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While Jigsaw, the implementation of the Java Platform Module System, gets the most attention, there are in fact many interesting additions to Java in version 9. This talk will review the Jigsaw features and then discuss private methods in interfaces, additions to the Optional class, new Stream methods, and the new Comparators, among other features.

If time allows, a demonstration of the new jshell console will be done, as well as extra methods added to the Date-Time API, and other parts of the specification.

Speaker Bio:
Ken Kousen is a technical trainer, software developer, and conference speaker specializing in Java and open source topics, including Android, Spring, Hibernate/JPA, Groovy, Grails, and Gradle. He is the author of the O'Reilly books "Modern Java Recipes" and “Gradle Recipes for Android”, as well as the Manning book “Making Java Groovy”. He recorded a dozen video courses for O'Reilly, on topics that include Android, Groovy, Grails, Gradle, Advanced Java, and Spring and Spring Boot.

He is a regular speaker on the No Fluff, Just Stuff tour, and has also given keynotes at conferences in Copenhagen, Delhi, and Minneapolis. In both 2013 and 2016 he was awarded JavaOne Rockstar status. His academic background include BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from M.I.T., an MA and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton, and an MS in Computer Science from R.P.I. He is currently President of Kousen IT, Inc., based in Connecticut.
12/21/2017 1:00 PM
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This power-packed 60 minutes will include ten 5-minute training "packets", each covering one of the 10 practices that need to be in place to truly excel as project managers. In his engaging, storytelling way, Carl Pritchard comes back to Apex Systems with this "best of" presentation, highlighting the do's and don'ts of everything from WBS to tickler files and contract management. You will walk out this guidance with how to create better customer expectations, how to ensure others in a meeting verbalize their agreement, and how to avoid a contract "train wreck" with your next vendor.

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Carl Pritchard is the principal and founder of Pritchard Management Associates. He is recognized lecturer, author, researcher, and instructor. As a lecturer he is considered a leading authority on risk and communications management and presents on a variety of management topics, ranging from project essentials to the complexities of network diagramming and team motivation. As an author and researcher, he has published articles on project management language, advances in risk management, and on the challenges of training on the Internet. His work as an instructor has taken him around the world, training with some of the leading international training organizations, as well as for private clients and the Project Management Institute®. He is the U.S. Correspondent for the U.K. project management journal, Project Manager Today.

***This webinar is worth 1 Technical PDU for anyone with a certification from PMI until 1/10/2020!***
1/10/2018 1:00 PM
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Defeat Shadow IT - Cloud App Security in Microsoft Office 365
The problem of "shadow IT," in which your users run unmanaged software within your enterprise, presents logistical, support, and security issues for IT. In this webinar, Tim Warner teaches you how to use Cloud App Security, an Office 365 E5 feature that manages the discovery and management of all SaaS apps in use in your organization.

Author Bio:
Tim Warner is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and a full-time author with Pluralsight. He has worked in nearly every facet of IT, from systems administration and software architecture to technical writing and training. You can reach Tim via Twitter (@TechTrainerTim) or his blog, azuredepot.com.
1/17/2018 1:00 PM
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Angular in 60-ish Minutes with Dan Wahlin
Dan will review the core features of Angular for those who are new to it! 

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Dan Wahlin founded Wahlin Consulting (https://codewithdan.com) which provides training, consulting and architecture services on Web technologies such as Angular, Node.js, Express, JavaScript, TypeScript, C#, ASP.NET Core, Web API, Microservices, and Docker. He’s also published many developer courses on Pluralsight.com and Udemy.com. Dan is a Docker Captain, Google GDE, Microsoft MVP and Regional Director and speaks at conferences and user groups around the world.  Dan has written several books on Web technologies, hundreds of technical articles and blog posts (https://blog.codewithdan.com) and runs the "Code with Dan Web Development Newsletter" - a great way to stay up on the latest technologies. Follow Dan on Twitter @DanWahlin.
1/19/2018 1:00 PM
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Practical and Passionate Product Ownership
Agile product ownership is arguably the most important work leading to successful product outcomes. Product Owners need to be inventive yet intensely focused; collaborative but decisive; far-sighted but detail oriented.

Ellen will share how product management and product ownership intersect, the key practices of practical and passionate Product Owners, and the aptitudes and attitudes of successful Product Ownership.

About your Presenter
Ellen Gottesdiener is an Agile Product Coach and CEO of EBG Consulting, focused on helping product and development communities create valuable outcomes through product agility. Ellen is known in the agile community as an instigator and innovator for collaborative practices for agile product discovery and using skilled facilitation to enable healthy teamwork and strong organizations. 

She is an author of three books on product discovery and requirements, frequent speaker, and works with clients globally. In her spare time, she is Co-Producer of Boston’s Agile Product Open community and Director of Agile Alliance’s Agile Product Management initiative. You can connect digitally with Ellen via her Blog | Twitter | Newsletter | LinkedIn 
1/26/2018 1:00 PM
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Angular Data Binding Abstract:
Dan will cover the basics, input/output properties, nested components, etc.

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Dan Wahlin founded Wahlin Consulting (https://codewithdan.com) which provides training, consulting and architecture services on Web technologies such as Angular, Node.js, Express, JavaScript, TypeScript, C#, ASP.NET Core, Web API, Microservices, and Docker. He’s also published many developer courses on Pluralsight.com and Udemy.com. Dan is a Docker Captain, Google GDE, Microsoft MVP and Regional Director and speaks at conferences and user groups around the world.  Dan has written several books on Web technologies, hundreds of technical articles and blog posts (https://blog.codewithdan.com) and runs the "Code with Dan Web Development Newsletter" - a great way to stay up on the latest technologies. Follow Dan on Twitter @DanWahlin.
2/2/2018 1:00 PM
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Level Up Your Communication and Collaboration - “The secret skill you have been waiting for.”
In this highly interactive and fun session, Kupe, an improvisational actor, focuses on key improvisation lessons that will help you be a more attentive and flexible team member. You will walk away with lessons to help you suspend judgment, keep conversations moving forward, listen generously, and take collaboration to new levels. This will not be your average webinar where you sit back and listen. With Kupe’s Project management, Business Analysis and business background, he will be able to help you directly apply these skills on the job.

Why is this so important? The speed of business today requires teams to decide fast, learn fast and gain buy-in from all stakeholders involved. In Daniel Pink’s book, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, he highlights improv skills as a necessary competency for everyone. This quote sums it up. “In improv, you never try to get someone to do something. That’s coercion, not creativity,” Salit says. “You make offers, you accept offers— and a conversation, a relationship, a scene, and other possibilities emerge.” Your role is to help move others to accomplish agreed upon goals. Using the Improv Advantage, your job gets easier!

Speaker Bio:
Kupe Kupersmith possesses over 15 years of experience in software systems development. He has served as the lead Business Analyst and Project Manager on projects in the Energy, television and sports management and marketing industries. Additionally, he serves as a mentor for business analysis professionals. Kupe is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®).

Kupe is the co-author of Business Analysis for Dummies and is a requested speaker. Being a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you’re learning. For a feel for Kupe’s view on business analysis topics check out his blog on BA Times. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!

***This webinar will be worth 1 Leadership PDU/CDU until 2/7/2020!***
2/7/2018 1:00 PM
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Why can’t we just get along? Each generation brings their own management preference, work styles and desire for work-life balance. Master the exact strategies to managing and leading the next generation.

 Discover: 
•The 5 Myths Keeping Leaders From Engaging Millennials
•Anticipating Trends In The Future With Gen Z
•Developing Your Plan To Engage Millennials And Metrics For Success
•Executive Best Practices: What Working With America’s Top Company Proves About Millennial Retention
•Overcoming Communication Barriers Across Generations
•Why Managing Millennials Is Different Plus Strategies For Millennial Managers

Speaker Bios:
Brian Bosché is the #1 Millennial intrapreneuship expert. He is a featured keynote speaker, Bestselling Author and sought after success coach to thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide. In the last year alone, Brian has spent over 1,000 hours speaking and training business leaders, authors, and successful entrepreneurs on how to take extreme ownership to get explosive results. Brian is the Cofounder & CEO of 60-Day Solutions and Chief Strategy Officer at The Millennial Solution, America's Millennial experts.

Gabrielle Bosché is America's Millennial expert. The bestselling author of four books on her generation, Gabrielle has spoken on stages around the world for companies like Audi Volkswagen, Microsoft, The United States Naval Sea Command and the Department of The Interior. Gabrielle has developed Millennial engagement strategies for presidential campaigns, Fortune 500 CEOs and top government agencies. A Millennial herself, Gabrielle specializes in demystifying the Millennial generation and motivating Millennials to do and be more. Gabrielle has been called a Millennial mediator- bridging the generation gap and bringing her passion and personality to solving the challenge of a multi-generational workplace.
2/21/2018 1:00 PM
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In this webinar, you’ll learn about core routing features found in the Angular framework. Additional features such as child routes, lazy loading and route guards will also be discussed.

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Dan Wahlin founded Wahlin Consulting (https://codewithdan.com) which provides training, consulting and architecture services on Web technologies such as Angular, Node.js, Express, JavaScript, TypeScript, C#, ASP.NET Core, Web API, Microservices, and Docker. He’s also published many developer courses on Pluralsight.com and Udemy.com. Dan is a Docker Captain, Google GDE, Microsoft MVP and Regional Director and speaks at conferences and user groups around the world.  Dan has written several books on Web technologies, hundreds of technical articles and blog posts (https://blog.codewithdan.com) and runs the "Code with Dan Web Development Newsletter" - a great way to stay up on the latest technologies. Follow Dan on Twitter @DanWahlin.
2/23/2018 1:00 PM
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Myth Busted: Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server:
A common myth is that you'll get bad performance and Microsoft won't support you if you run Exchange Server in a virtualized environment. False! In this webinar, Tim Warner will summarize Microsoft's best practice guidance for deploying an Exchange Server organization in virtual machines (VMs).

Author Bio:
Tim Warner is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and a full-time author with Pluralsight. He has worked in nearly every facet of IT, from systems administration and software architecture to technical writing and training. You can reach Tim via Twitter (@TechTrainerTim) or his blog, azuredepot.com.
2/27/2018 1:00 PM
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Researchers at Harvard's department of Psychology did an experiment to see if individuals could guess what doctors had malpractice lawsuits against them. To do the experiment, the participants were only able to hear recordings of doctors voices. Not only that, but the words were warbled so all they could really hear was tone of voice. Despite having limited information the participants were able to accurately guess which doctors had past malpractice suits against them.

These days more and more of our interactions are not done face to face. We're increasingly having interactions via phone, web conferencing, email etc. Jeff Baird, certified body language trainer, will share ways that you can build trust and convey confidence with your nonverbal communication, even if you're not meeting in person.

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Jeff Baird is a certified body language trainer, goal hacker, hiring manager and the anti-boring corporate trainer. He's also worked in IT and Business intelligence for nearly 20 years and is a Chris Hemsworth look-a-like. Just checking to see if you're still reading. Jeff's approach is science backed, applicable & fun. He'll help you take control of your nonverbal communication, 'read' others' body language and finally nail those stretch goals. He's ready to help you break through your career (or life) plateaus.
3/2/2018 1:00 PM
What are your biggest challenges and/or questions when it comes to phone/virtual conversations?
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In this webinar, you’ll learn how Angular can be used to communicate with RESTful services using the new HttpClient service. This includes discussing RxJS observables, Http headers, GET/POST/PUT/DELETE and more.

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Dan Wahlin founded Wahlin Consulting (https://codewithdan.com) which provides training, consulting and architecture services on Web technologies such as Angular, Node.js, Express, JavaScript, TypeScript, C#, ASP.NET Core, Web API, Microservices, and Docker. He’s also published many developer courses on Pluralsight.com and Udemy.com. Dan is a Docker Captain, Google GDE, Microsoft MVP and Regional Director and speaks at conferences and user groups around the world.  Dan has written several books on Web technologies, hundreds of technical articles and blog posts (https://blog.codewithdan.com) and runs the "Code with Dan Web Development Newsletter" - a great way to stay up on the latest technologies. Follow Dan on Twitter @DanWahlin.
3/16/2018 1:00 PM
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Not Either/Or: Partnering Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Azure OMS:
Some Windows administrators make the mistake of believing that SCCM is for on-premises environments and Operations Management Suite (OMS) is for the cloud. Not entirely true! Join Tim Warner in this webinar to understand the partnership between these products, and how you can use them together to manage your hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Author Bio:
Tim Warner is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and a full-time author with Pluralsight. He has worked in nearly every facet of IT, from systems administration and software architecture to technical writing and training. You can reach Tim via Twitter (@TechTrainerTim) or his blog, azuredepot.com.
4/11/2018 1:00 PM
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***This 90 minute webinar will be worth 1.5 PDUs, .5 in Technical, .5 in Leadership, and .5 in Strategic & Business!***

Implementing Agile So It Sticks - Using brain science and active engagement to embed change
Picture the last time you led a project that involved change. Did the plan you created and executed to perfection lead to changes that are still in place in the organization? If not, don't worry. Managing change is a skill that requires practice, but there are a few tips and tricks that can help ensure your changes stick…and many of them are already hidden in an agile approach to managing projects.

Join expert agile change management facilitator Barbee Davis to learn why you should consider every project a change project. In this 90 minute hands-on tutorial, Barbee shares the latest research on how our brains function and demonstrates how to use this knowledge to transform your work, introduce new ideas, embed them within your organization, motivate people to change—and maintain those changes long after the project has wrapped up. These lessons are key for competing in a fast-paced marketplace, and creating happy customer employees who understand and support the organization.

What you’ll learn—and how you can apply it
By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand:
● The latest research on how brains function and the specific ways people are engaged, learn, and motivated to adopt new behaviors.
● Why this research is at odds with the ways we currently introduce and implement change in our organizations.
And you’ll be able to:
● Apply the latest research on brain function to construct ways to ensure people internalize and act on new ideas in order to maximize success in change projects,
● Understand why agile is so successful and how to use it and its hidden hooks,
● Move from PowerPoint to people-pointed presentations,
● Assist your organization in achieving its strategic objectives through more-skilled change practices,
● Be creative in building internal meeting processes, resulting in happy employees who understand and support the organizational goals.

This course is for you because…

● You're an Agile team member, Agile Lead, or Scrum Master who wants to change the behavior of others.
● You're a Project Manager with a traditional team who wants to change the behavior of your team, your managers, or your customers.
● You are working to create a hybrid Agile/Waterfall team.
● You lead a team involved with a change-centric project.
● You're a business analyst, manager, product owner, or customer working with project teams, and you need to change the behavior of your employees or customers.

Prerequisites:

● Experience implementing change in your organization (successfully or not).
● A need to lead change projects in the future – and remember, all projects are change projects.

Required materials and setup:

● A pencil and paper to use for exercises,

● A Post-it note with three specific challenges you’re facing with a change you are trying to implement, stuck to the bottom of your monitor,
● Printouts of exercises.

Barbee Davis is an author and international speaker in the fields of Agile and Project Management. Barbee's calling is to use her own knowledge and experience to help others successfully transition from the clean-cut theory learned in training, to the often shocking reality of putting those methods into messy, frustrating practice in real life. Her latest book is Adding Agile to Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage. She also formulates tough, real-life type questions you may encounter in the workplace and allows you to check your own knowledge via four possible answers. Once you have chosen, Barbee then shares her idea of the best approach and further advice on agile and project management-related topics in her twice-a-month feature, Topic Teasers, for Projectmanagement.com, read by almost 400,000 people worldwide. Barbee is a certified Project Manager, Agile project manager, and Business Analyst through the Project Management Institute; she holds the PMP®, PMI-ACP®, and PMI-PBA® certifications.
4/25/2018 1:00 PM
What are your biggest challenges and/or questions around implementing Agile practices?
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There are 5 generations in the workplace today. Do you know what motivates them? In this training, you will get access to America’s top Millennial experts sharing the science behind what motivates each generation and how to get the most out of your team—no matter their age!

Discover:
•The Science Behind Millennial Motivation: Why They Quit And What Makes Them Stay
•The 3 “Musts” You Must Have To Retain The Next Generation ( Hint: It’s Not Money!)
•Your Checklist For Millennial Retention: Strategies That Cost You Nothing Including Feedback Best Practices, Questions To Get Them Reengaged, And How To Quickly Measure Millennial Loyalty
•What Millennials Really Want: Why We Need To Move Away From “Careers” And Toward Experience

**Every Attendee Receives A Millennial Management Checklist
Speaker Bios:
Brian Bosché is the #1 Millennial intrapreneuship expert. He is a featured keynote speaker, Bestselling Author and sought after success coach to thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide. In the last year alone, Brian has spent over 1,000 hours speaking and training business leaders, authors, and successful entrepreneurs on how to take extreme ownership to get explosive results. Brian is the Cofounder & CEO of 60-Day Solutions and Chief Strategy Officer at The Millennial Solution, America's Millennial experts.

Gabrielle Bosché is America's Millennial expert. The bestselling author of four books on her generation, Gabrielle has spoken on stages around the world for companies like Audi Volkswagen, Microsoft, The United States Naval Sea Command and the Department of The Interior. Gabrielle has developed Millennial engagement strategies for presidential campaigns, Fortune 500 CEOs and top government agencies. A Millennial herself, Gabrielle specializes in demystifying the Millennial generation and motivating Millennials to do and be more. Gabrielle has been called a Millennial mediator- bridging the generation gap and bringing her passion and personality to solving the challenge of a multi-generational workplace
5/2/2018 1:00 PM
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Apex offers 4 webinar programs for our contract employees, candidates and client communities, including Toolbox Talks, Career Development Workshops and Recruiting Panel Best Practice Discussions, Technical Trends insights, and Let’s Talk quarterly Q&A forums. For our Toolbox Talks, we host industry experts, including well-known authors and conference speakers in their respective fields, to do a mixture of highly technical, project management or business analysis sessions. Many of these Talks are worth PDUs and CDUs. All of our webinars are free!

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