DevOp Enterprise Summit 2019 Vegas

Katy Andreeva

6 November, 2019 - 5 minute read

The 6th annual DevOps Enterprise Summit USA was a hit! With great talks and breakout sessions from DevOps leaders working at Google, Kronos, Disney, BMW, and many other industry-leading companies. A revolutionary IT event that began with the author and founder of IT revolution, researcher, and multiple award-winning CTO Gene Kim.

Here is my insight on the conference and why I would consider going again next year.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Go To Tech Community Events | Devopsdays LDN 2019

Katy Andreeva

7 October, 2019 - 5 minute read

What is Devopsdays? What do you gain by going to tech community events? Read about my experience at Devopsdays and listen to DevOps experts and IT professionals share their views on community and DevOps. 

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What is an Azure DevOps Cloud Consultant? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

2 October, 2019 - 2 minute read

 

What does an Azure DevOps Cloud consultant do? Azure expert, Albert describes his role in tech transformations and gives a few tips for learning. Watch the video to learn more.

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Introducing Albert Starreveld | Azure DevOps Consultant | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

2 October, 2019 - 3 minute read

Meet Albert he is an Azure DevOps Consultant for Xpirit. Watch the video below to hear stories about organizations taking on DevOps and Cloud transformation, and how these tools improve productivity.

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What is an Azure DevOps Consultant?  | Azure DevOps Consultant | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

26 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Find out what is an Azure DevOps Consultant. Maira Camu, an expert in Azure from Xpirit shares what is the role of a DevOps and Automation Consultant in an organization. Watch the video to learn more. 

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What is Gamification? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 3 minute read

UX designer explains gamification. Learn why gamification is important for business and how it effects customers. Watch the video below to learn how. 

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What is a UX Designer? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Emrys is a UX Designer for Xebia Studio. He explains what is UX design, what is the role of UX designer, and what is the biggest challenge of being a UX Designer. 

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What is a  Cloud Consultant? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Chris explains what it means to be a cloud consultant. He works with Azure, AWS, GCP. Find out what it means to be a cloud consultant for an organization.

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What is Azure DevOps & Automation? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Chris is an expert in Azure DevOps & Automation. He helps a customer become great in Microsoft Azure. Watch the video to find out how!

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Introducing Chris the Azure Cloud Consultant | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Meet Chris - He is an expert in Azure Cloud - we’re working with him to create premium enterprise training content. He is an awesome Cloud expert from the Netherlands.

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What is Software Development? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 3 minute read

Patrick is a software development expert at Xebia Studio. He's day-to-day involves developing, designing, testing, maintaining, and evaluating software. Watch the video to learn what it takes to do software development.

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Introducing Emrys the UX Designer | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Meet Emrys - He is an expert in UX design and gamification - we’re working with him to create the most relevant articles and how-to-guides on user experience. He is an excellent UX designer from the Netherlands.

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What is a Software Engineer? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 3 minute read

Patrick has been at Xebia Studio since February. Learn what it means to be a Software Engineer and what tools you need to know to become one.

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What is Security Awareness? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Carlo is an expert in security awareness. Typically people think it only about informing others not to share your passwords on a post it which is good advice, but there is more. Watch the video to find out!

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What is a Security Coach? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 3 minute read

Ever wondered what it means to work in the IT security field? Carlos Klerk is a Security Coach at Xebia Security. Watch the video to hear his story, first starting out in the Air force and then switching in to the tech industry as a security coach. Also find out how he stays up to date on new technology. 

 

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What is a DevOps Consultant? | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Frank is a DevOps Consultant at Xebia. He helps companies implement DevOps technologies and habits to be more productive and effective. Watch the video to learn what it takes to be a DevOps Consultant.

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What is a Cloud Migration and SRE? Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Frank Levering is an expert in Cloud Migration and SRE, he has helped many companies in their cloud and DevOps transformations. Watch the video to hear how companies can benefit from cloud migration and SRE.

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Introducing Maira the DevOps Consultant | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 3 minute read

Meet Maira - she’s an expert in DevOps and Automation. We’re working with her and a few of her Xpirit colleagues to create premium tech training content. She’s an amazing DevOps expert from the Netherlands.

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Introducing Carlo the Security Coach | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Meet Carlo - He is a Security Expert- we’re working with him to create premium technical hands-on tracks around the topic security. He is an out of the ordinary Security Coach from the Netherlands.

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Introducing Frank the DevOps Consultant | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

20 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Meet Frank - He is an expert in SRE and Cloud Migration - we’re working with him to create in-depth articles on DevOps, Cloud transformations, and SRE. He is an excellent SRE expert from the Netherlands.

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The First Kubernetes Community Days in Amsterdam - Supported by CNCF

Katy Andreeva

18 September, 2019 - 6 minute read

There is a new IT conference in town and it’s called Kubernetes Community Days Amsterdam. We were there spreading knowledge with our arcade and conversation. Read to see what community leaders think about Kubernetes and its future. 

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Introducing Patrick the Software Engineer | Transformation | Instruqt

Katy Andreeva

18 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

Meet Patrick - He is an expert in software - Together with him, we’re working on creating useful learning content on all topics software development. Check out the video to see what challenges he has experienced through so far as a developer. 

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Adé Mochtar on the Google Cloud Platform Podcast

Katy Andreeva

13 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

We have some exciting news! Our CTO and Co-founder, Ade Mochtar, was recently invited to talk on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Podcast to share the secret in building and maintaining our hands-on learning platform. While talking with the GCP Podcast hosts, he also tells our story of how Instruqt got started. Later on, Sandeep of Google stops in with new  information on the Instruqt arcade games everyone saw at Google Next ‘19.

 

Listen to his conversation below!

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HashiConf EU 19: Simplify Your Terraform Codebase Using Terraform 0.12

Katy Andreeva

12 September, 2019 - 2 minute read

HashiConf EU '19 was a great event! It was filled with workshops and talks created by  HashiCorp experts and engineers from around the world. A great opportunity to expand your skills, learn new ways to improve your process, and increase your team’s productivity.

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Instruqt Talk at CNCF event: Our Identity Crisis and Market Research

Katy Andreeva

11 September, 2019 - 4 minute read

We enjoy being a part of the IT community. So last month our Marketing Manager, Julian Jay Roux, was invited to give a talk at a CNCF meetup called Kubernetes at NMBRS.

In the talk, he gave the Amsterdam tech community an honest look at Instruqt’s business plan. He shared his story and how nearly two months of market research has shed light on the realities of learning in tech.

He took a deep looking to a survey he had designed and collected on-site at some important tech conferences such as KubeCon. All research validates the importance of the online community, and show a strong disconnected between tech professionals and management when it comes to learning and development.

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Instruqt at GOTO AMS 2019

Katy Andreeva

9 September, 2019 - 4 minute read

This year, Jefta van der Woerd and I had the opportunity to meet and chat with some of you at the ninth edition of the GOTO Amsterdam Conference. 

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Instruqt at Container Days 2019

Katy Andreeva

5 September, 2019 - 4 minute read

Which conference is known to be the biggest and best container conference in Europe? That's right,  ContainerDays in Hamburg. 

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How to give more value in your training with Vincent Warmerdam

Katy Andreeva

2 September, 2019 - 4 minute read

 

How do you get your students excited about learning? Sure, as a trainer, you can give your students lectures and presentations. Have them read books and watch examples of things getting done. But is this effective and are you giving them the most value your course can offer?

 

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New Feature Alert: Introducing embedded Instruqt interactive sandboxes

Niels van Doorn

13 August, 2019 - 3 minute read

 

For weeks my colleagues and I have been cooking up a new feature for you and I am happy to be the one who gets to share it with you!

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The do's and don t's of creating awesome eLearning content

Katy Andreeva

5 August, 2019 - 6 minute read

 

 

You are looking to design an eLearning course that will have an impact on the learner. The good news is, you have a lot of resources at your fingertips to make it happen. 

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Old Corporate Ideals are Dead -- The Secret to Generating New Ideas in Your Team

Katy Andreeva

1 August, 2019 - 4 minute read

 

Do you want to kill innovation in your team? Then make the smart decision to standardize all day-to-day tasks. Write manuals with strict instructions which must be followed word-for-word, with no room for colleagues to think for themselves. Cultivate a hostile environment for learning and push back new ideas. Promise your boss an increase in auto-drive performance and checkmarks.

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Make Your Boss Say Yes: 3 simple tips to build a strong case for employee training and development

Katy Andreeva

29 July, 2019 - 4 minute read

 

Are you struggling to convince your boss that training has its financial benefits? The battle to assure your boss that employee training is a positive investment can be a constant struggle. Communication can be tough, and receiving pull back on new ideas is never fun. Are you finding it difficult to demonstrate to upper management that employee upskilling is not a money hole? Are you looking for a way to fight for employee’s right to develop in their careers?

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Why traditional learning doesn’t cut it anymore: 4 principles you need to steal from instruqt CTO

Katy Andreeva

8 July, 2019 - 4 minute read

 

Do you feel like you are in a race with technology? Once you’ve learned a new tool, an even better one rises up? Then you know the struggle, the need to keep up with industry trends and tools at work is overwhelming. The traditional ways of classroom learning are no longer suitable to stay relevant in the current tech environment.

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Product Adoption in IT: The Problem With Free Trials

Heily Speetjens

16 January, 2019 - 4 minute read

A lot of articles and blogs describe how the customer journey should unfold and what gets in the way of achieving real success. Very few have been written about the problem of one of the most common steps for buying a technical product: the free trial. That is why this article discusses the problems with these trials but also discusses a possible solution for this problem.

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HashiConf US 2018 highlights

Bas Tichelaar

22 November, 2018 - 2 minute read

HashiConf is organized every year by HashiCorp, the company behind Vault, Terraform and Vagrant.

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Instruqt Arcade edition

Bas Tichelaar

23 October, 2018 - 1 minute read

If you’ve read the About Us page, you know that we started Instruqt as a gamified challenge platform. People could solve challenges and we measured the time they took to complete them. The fastest player would win a cool prize.

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HashiCorp launches Consul Connect during HashiDays Amsterdam

Bas Tichelaar

26 June, 2018 - 1 minute read

Consul was already an awesome product for service discovery, but now with Consul Connect it’s even more awesome. HashiCorp integrated service mesh features into Consul, that makes connecting services more secure and manageable.

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Building a scalable online learning platform

Erik Veld

11 May, 2018 - 1 minute read

At the CodeMotion event in Amsterdam which was held on 8 and 9 May, I gave a talk which gives a look behind the scenes of instruqt.

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6 ways to run Kubernetes in the Cloud

Bas Tichelaar

16 April, 2018 - 5 minute read

Until a few months ago, your best (and probably only) option to run Kubernetes in the cloud was Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). But things have changed, and there are a lot of viable alternatives. Let’s compare these offerings and see what’s the best solution for you.

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Instruqt invited at Dutch Open Hackathon 2018

Bas Tichelaar

12 April, 2018 - 1 minute read

At Instruqt, we love hackathons. In fact, Instruqt was initially created to facilitate competitions around technology. We participated in quite a few hackathons ourselves. We just love the vibe and competitive atmosphere. So we are really excited to attend the Dutch Open Hackathon 2018. We will help the teams during the hackathon itself, and we will even participate in the jury.

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Codemotion 2018 is sponsored by Instruqt and Xebia!

Bas Tichelaar

29 March, 2018 - 2 minute read

On May 8-9 the largest tech conference for developers, Codemotion, will take place in Amsterdam and we will be there! Erik Veld, one of the founders of Instruqt, is invited to talkabout the technical details of the online learning platform. Instruqt offers online courses for IT professionals. Together with our friends from Xebia, we decided to sponsor the event as well. During the event, you can try to beat us by solving challenges using our retro arcade machine. Stay tuned for more details, we will be posting the making-of soon!

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Instruqt updates online learning platform with new features

Niels van Doorn

23 February, 2018 - 2 minute read

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The story behind online learning platform Instruqt

Bas Tichelaar

1 December, 2017 - 2 minute read

It all started spring 2016, when HashiCorp asked Xebia to organize HashiConf EU. We wanted to step off the beaten track of standard conference booths, give-aways and leaflets. We wanted something different, something new, something fun. Relying on positive experiences with self-paced hands-on workshops, we developed the HashiContest.

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Getting your people fit for the future

Rik Farenhorst

1 April, 2017 - 2 minute read

This letter, written some time ago, is becoming increasingly relevant for organizations that wish to stay in business:

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Winner of Instruqt Google Cloud competition announced

Aila Albrecht

10 March, 2017 - 1 minute read

Maarten van den Boogard won the Google Cloud contest during Google Cloud Next 2017During our launch week in the course of Google Cloud Next 17 in San Francisco, Instruqt hosted a contest focussing on Google Cloud Technology. Participants were invited to play challenges in Kubernetes, App Engine, Compute Engine, Google Cloud Storage and — since the official announcement yesterday — Cloud Functions. We were happy to welcome a broad audience from all over the world, competing in different timezones. It has been a tight race, but this morning at 11 am PST we held our award ceremony at our booth on the Google Next playground.

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