The Linux Foundation Adds Blockchain Training and Certifications

    The Linux Foundation, in anticipation of much broader adoption of blockchain technologies in the enterprise, announced this week that a training course, dubbed LFD271 – Hyperledger Fabric Fundamentals, is now open for enrollment. That course complements an existing Professional Certificate Program – Blockchain for Business, launched earlier this year, that is tied to a free course entitled Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications.

    In addition, The Linux Foundation plans to add Certified Hyperledger Fabric Administrator and Certified Hyperledger Sawtooth Administrator exams later in the year.

    Clyde Seepersad, general manager for training and certification at The Linux Foundation, notes that while there is no shortage of options when it comes to blockchain technologies, Hyperledger has gained a significant amount of traction among organizations planning to build immutable private blockchains. Hyperledger is a suite of open source blockchain technologies donated to The Linux Foundation in 2015.

    The goal now is to increase the base of IT and business professionals that have enough expertise to implement an application based on Hyperledger, says Seepersad.

    “Blockchain is starting to reach a tipping point in the enterprise,” says Seepersad.

    Of course, many of the principles taught in The Linux Foundation course are applicable to other blockchain technologies in much the same way a course on one type of relational database exposes students to concepts that can be applied to any database.

    Pricing for early registration for the course is $199, a discount from the standard $299 that The Linux Foundation plans to charge.

    It’s a little early to say with absolute certainty how widely blockchain technologies will be deployed across the enterprise. Many organizations view blockchain technologies as a unique opportunity to eliminate the need to pay settlement fees to a third party when transactions occur between trading partners that have established relationships. But the setting up of blockchain networks requires a considerable amount of compute resources that need to be networked together. There are already several startup companies alongside traditional services providers such as IBM that are all racing to set up those networks.

    In the meantime, any IT professional looking to ensure demand for their expertise through much of the next decade might be well-advised to invest in some blockchain training.

    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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