Authored by Wendy Cartee, Sr. Director of Product Marketing for Cloud Native Applications

Many books and papers have been written on DX or digital transformation with the promise of faster, and more agile business models leveraging technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, drones, IoT, mobile, and deep learning/machine learning algorithms. While the possibilities are immense and exciting, the key challenge for enterprises to achieve digital transformation is not technology, but gaining the expertise needed to build and operationalize the technologies. While there are countless reports with many organizations recognizing the skills shortage, that gap is only widening over time and proper training and certification remained elusive until now.

To address the gap, the Cloud Foundry Foundation announced the launch of the world’s largest cloud-native developer certification program this week. The “Cloud Foundry Certified Developer” program is designed to train developers and update their skills across cloud, application development and deployment. This program is open to all and will be delivered with the Linux Foundation, which has trained and certified more developers on open source software than any organization in the world.

The training program includes the following:

  • A free introductory course offered via the edX platform.
  • A self-paced eLearning Cloud Foundry Developer course.
  • A training partner program which includes licensed materials for in-person Cloud Foundry developer classes, offered by member companies
  • “Cloud Foundry Certified Developer” Certification, awarded to individuals who pass a performance-based exam.

Since Cloud Foundry Foundation was established in 2015, companies from all over the world have adopted its open source cloud platform to drive faster business agility and innovation. The Cloud Foundry community has built a platform that helps developers innovate faster and simplify production deployments of modern applications.

Adoption of Cloud Foundry is growing rapidly worldwide across all industries.  Customer examples include Volkswagen Group, who is on a quest for the connected car of the future, Fidelity with more than 45 applications running on its Cloud Foundry-based platform, and Rakuten, a Japanese ecommerce and Internet company, who has been running Cloud Foundry in production for five years on over 5,000 virtual servers.

Innovation in the Cloud Foundry community continues to expand. The community has built key projects such as BOSH that changed the game for enterprises. Recent projects such as the extension of Cloud Foundry Service Broker API to Kubernetes help enterprises provide the developer-ready platform needed to fuel their digital transformation. The strength of the Cloud Foundry platform is driving the creation of a very healthy partner ecosystem and now with Cloud Foundry Certified Developer program, more partners and developers will have access to much needed training.

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