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IBM App Modernization Badges

Organizations taking their applications to the cloud to achieve scalability, agility, and improved experience are looking to specific technologies and practices. Covering concepts such as containers, kubernetes, microservices, devops, and migration approaches, the Application Modernization badges recognize expertise for the journey.

Click on any of the badged activities below to learn what it takes to earn that credential.

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Kabanero Contributor

The badge earner has demonstrated a commitment to the success of Kabanero through direct contributions. This individual has proven a dedication to the Kabanero project, its goals, and the needs of the developer community, while adhering to common development practices that contribute to successful code. To earn this badge, you must contribute to the Kabanero Open Source project itself.

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App Modernization Basics

Badge earners understand concepts of containers, container orchestration, and Kubernetes. They demonstrate knowledge of legacy app migration methods, microservices architecture, and the twelve-factor app methodology for building cloud native apps. They can describe the steps involved in the replatform, repackage, and refactor modernization approaches. They understand the results from running the IBM Cloud Transformation Advisor on a monolithic Java EE application.

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App Modernization Essentials

Through hands-on exercises, badge earners have experience and understanding of containers, container orchestration, Kubernetes, microservices architecture, and twelve-factor apps. They can describe the steps in the replatform, repackage, and refactor modernization approaches for a Kubernetes environment, including deploying a microservices app, managing containerized applications with Helm and templates, automating deployment of containers, and continuous integration/delivery with Jenkins.

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