I have just done a fantastic knowledge refresh of my Azure knowledge and just passed the latest Azure Fundamentals course. You can check it out by clicking the image below:
Most of the course is theoretical, with a little hands-on practice. But what happens if you want to get down and dirty, with the platform. Never fear, I run a course with ALC Training that covers all things technical. It's an Azure 1 Day Technical Quickstart, where you will be spinning up virtual machines, storage and networking, like there is no tommorrow.
You won't get through all the lab exercises, but you can finish them off at your leisure, either in the same week, when you're back at home or work, or you can save them for a rainy day. I guarantee that you will be a lot more confident with spinning up the resources in Azure. Click on the picture below for more information:
So what did I learn? I refreshed my memory and skills on spinning up a number of compute, storage and networking resources, which I did outside of the tutorial with our Microsof Partner credits. I also explored a number of awesome features, that are geared towards regulated and large corporate entitites. Entities like government, banking, defence, healthcare, manufacturing to name a few. Here are some of the highlights:
It's my favourite, because I really love solving business problems using Artificial Intelligence. This particular solution above, shows how you can classify images, using machine learning. The use case for this could be for facial recognition, to detect and diagnose disease or simply to help classify patterns in your business or social media data. The possibilities are endless.
I'm going to end with a final diagram that shows the breadth of Azure services available. Click on the diagram to take you to the Azure Solutions site:
Feedback loops are a critical method for understanding where you need to improve and do things differently. Let's take a look at someone who is a master of feedback loops: Elon Musk.....
Feedback loops can take many forms:
Once you have the feedback and you understand what it means. The next step is go forth and act on it. Maybe trying something similar but with a slightly different angle. Or maybe it was a disaster, so you need a more radical approach. This is a common step that businesses miss out on, and is the key to delighting customers.
I cover feedback loops in my DevOps Foundation course, which leads to a certification by the DevOps Institute:
And also in the Leading SAFe course, which aligns to the Scaled Agile Framework, which I personally believe to be the best framework for successful digital transformation:
Have an awesome day beautiful people....and remember to practice your feedback loops daily....
There is no question, that governments are doing to be disrupted over the next 10 years. We've already seen hints of disruption along the way. Here are some very graphic examples that spring to mind:
Click on the image below to download an awesome full brexit infographic:
All these are examples are of 'resistance to change' and are the core underpinnings of digital disruption. By digital disruption, I mean the ability for an entity to transform itself, just so it simply survive. Entities include:
Transforming is really akin to learning. Those organisations that can learn faster than everyone else will win...and those that are slow at learning will be last. This learning, or failing fast as I call it, is a cornerstone of 4 courses that I run for ALC Training:
Cloud Computing Foundation
Want to learn more about Digital Disruption? Check the latest episode of the New York hit show #AskTheCEO, where Avrohom Gottheil grills me around all things digital!
In conunction with ALC Training, I'm proud to offer a FREE Cloud Computing Mini-Course, for both technical and non-technical people. It covers the very basic concepts of Cloud Computing and is perfect for anyone with an interest in Cloud.
All you need to do to access the course, is click the link below, enter your email address, and away you go:
Let me know what you think......and have fun.
It's not often I blog about someone else's work, but these stats on Tesla's meteroric rise, are too good NOT to share. Credit has to go to Tom Randall (@tsrandall), Senior Reporter at Bloomberg for the awesome pics and stats in this blog post.
But first I wanted to share my awesome experience of the latest version 9 Autopilot, that I tried out in Brisbane, a few months back,
Boy....has there been some serious improvements. Last time I took a Tesla Model S for a test drive, was around 1.5 years ago. And since then, the 'stay in lane' feature has come on leaps and bounds. I used the feature for around 5 minutes on a stretch of highway. The car in front was doing 70kmph in a 90kmph zone, and the Tesla slowed down gracefully. It kept perfectly in the centre of the left lane, as the road curved, left, then right and sharply left again.
At the next slip road, the vehicle in front exited. Once it was clear of the Model S, the car gracefully accelerated up to the speed limit of 90kmph without a hitch and without any input. All I had to do was to keep my hands on the wheel, so the car knew I was still alive. The 'hands-on wheel' feature was brought in by Tesla after a couple of accidents in the US, where drivers had totally relied on the Autopilot and were not paying attention to the driving. This feature aims to prevent such occurences.
All I can say it that is absolutely amazing, and I'm sure the experience translates precisely into the Model S and Model X cars. Unfortunately you can not test drive a Model 3 in Brisbane, so here is the closest I got:
In Q3 of 2018 you can see that the production of the latest Model 3 car increased exponetially. And it's likely this curve will continue through 2019 and 2020, as Tesla forfil a backorder in excess of 500,000 Model 3 orders.
It took Tesla 10 years to see 0.5 million cars, which includes significant amounts of research and development time and money. This was to hone the battery technology, the look of the various cars, and ensuring that all the components integrated seamlessly, and costs effectively. This includes the following models:
It looks like it will take only 15 months to reach the first 1 milion cars. Check the stats below:
You can see from the stats below that the Model 3 is the 5th Best-Selling Sedan in the US.
Not bad for a car that still costs around $55,000 USD.
Let's now take a look at the value, known as market capitialisation, of the world's most valuable automotive makers:
Now this next graphic shows the progression of Tesla's cash flow. This will likely lead to a positive $837millionUSD, as opposed to spring 2018, which was a negative at $795millionUSD:
Mmmmm...maybe I should invest in Tesla stock???
Paul Colmer is a digital coach for ALC training and consulting, with a real passion for learning and applying disruptive technologies. Paul has responsibility for building and delivering ALC's digital architecture strategy and the development and execution of a number of cloud courses, including Cloud Security (CCSP), Amazon AWS, DevOps, Microsoft Azure and Office 365.