A Cloud Guru and Linux Academy F.A.Q. – Linux Academy
Recently A Cloud Guru introduced the acquisition of Linux Academy.
I do know this was an enormous shock for everyone — our clients, and the employees of each corporations! As a part of the announcement we supplied a high-level view of the imaginative and prescient for bringing the businesses collectively, and naturally, that results in a bunch of questions. Today, I need to give some extra readability and reply most of the buyer questions we’ve seen on the market.
Let me begin by reiterating the imaginative and prescient. Ryan and I began A Cloud Guru as a result of we believed there was a greater approach of serving to folks be taught expertise and entry to new alternatives. We’ve at all times cared about constructing coaching that’s partaking, hands-on and centered on serving to folks put their learnings into observe. Training for expertise shouldn’t be boring. It needs to be as thrilling and partaking because the expertise itself… you’ll obtain your targets in case you are having fun with the training expertise. The greatest approach to do that is to construct, get hands-on and have enjoyable (even giggle!)
We’ve at all times deeply admired Linux Academy’s dedication to hands-on studying. The LA group took it to the subsequent stage with their hands-on labs’ capabilities and built-in coaching environments. We LOVE this and love the deep and complete content material that Linux Academy has produced.
This acquisition is about development and offering much more to clients than we ever have earlier than. It’s not about cost-cutting or taking issues away.
What is altering now?
Nothing. Both corporations will proceed to function as regular whereas we work to deliver the businesses and choices collectively. If you may have a subscription to both service, you’ll proceed to have entry to the identical nice coaching content material, and we are going to proceed updating and constructing content material for each corporations.
Is one of many merchandise going away?
No. We nonetheless have each the A Cloud Guru product and the Linux Academy product, and now we may also be working to deliver your complete catalog collectively in a single place, beneath the A Cloud Guru model. If you’re a buyer of 1…we’re merely including extra.
Will you mix the 2 merchandise?
Yes, however not instantly. Keep studying for more information.
What will occur to my favourite content material?
Nothing in any respect — every part is staying precisely the place it’s proper now. As we mix the platforms, we intend to have a catalog and studying journey that comprises all of the programs, labs, and exhibits from each corporations.
When will you launch a mixed platform?
We have very formidable inner deadlines as a result of we all know that launching a platform that has BOTH A Cloud Guru and Linux Academy mixed can be an awesome win for our clients. We aren’t publicizing timeframes at this level as a result of there may be nonetheless so much to work out, and I’d hate to disappoint clients by both transferring a deadline or launching with no platform that we’re 100% pleased with. But let me guarantee you, we’re transferring quick.
What will the mixed platform seem like?
It can be one platform with all the A Cloud Guru and Linux Academy content material that you realize and love, mixed into one catalog. Linux Academy’s lab expertise can be totally built-in and baked in all through the platform, and A Cloud Guru programs will now profit from with the ability to drop learners immediately into cloud environments, in numerous situations.
Users of the brand new platform will be capable to entry all ACG and LA content material. It’s going to be superior!
Are the instructors that I’ve come to know and love on both facet going away?
No. The thesis behind this acquisition has at all times been about development and alternative. We are higher collectively. We love all ACG and Linux Academy instructors. These are our stars, our expertise, and they’re the most effective at what they do! We need to give them the most effective assist, instruments, and capabilities to collectively construct the IT faculty of the longer term, and train in the way in which that each ACG and LA clients have beloved.
Does this imply Linux Academy will solely produce cloud content material any more?
No. We will proceed to construct content material in all the areas that Linux Academy has been constructing content material in order that college students have the total breadth of information to achieve their careers. This is about having extra protection, not much less.
Our philosophy is that the cloud is the longer term, and we need to allow college students with a broad vary of skill-sets wanted to achieve the cloud. This contains, however shouldn’t be restricted to, coaching on the precise cloud platforms themselves (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud). There are additionally an enormous vary of applied sciences and approaches that college students have to know to achieve the cloud, and we intend to show all of those. This contains coaching for Linux, DevOps, containers, safety and extra.
There have been some questions particularly on the Linux content material. This will stay a spotlight. Our Linux content material is a vastly essential a part of the providing. We are very excited that now our mixed groups will be a part of forces. We’ll cease spending time producing a few of the similar issues, however as a substitute will be capable to produce extra content material, throughout a fair broader vary of subjects!
ACG and LA have totally different approaches to training, does this imply that one method can be dropped in favor of the opposite?
Everybody learns in a different way, and we acknowledge that. We know that the neighborhood has chosen ACG and LA for various causes. As a mixed platform, we are going to provide clients BOTH and match them collectively in a seamless catalog. We’ll proceed to create ACG-style content material which allows an efficient and partaking on-ramp to cloud with a speed-to-certification-focus, whereas additionally constructing a much wider library of the great and in-depth Linux Academy-style content material, with a hands-on focus.
In truth, Linux Academy’s SVP Content, Terrence Cox, is taking the reigns because the chief of the mixed content material group, which is able to be capable to produce BOTH the Linux Academy and ACG model content material that clients love. As we come collectively, the ACG content material can be up to date with the hands-on-labs expertise, so we are able to drop learners immediately into the cloud for a fair higher hands-on expertise.
What does this imply for Linux Academy’s lab expertise?
We LOVE all of Linux Academy’s lab expertise, and this was one of many main causes we wished to deliver the businesses collectively. This expertise can be built-in all through the mixed platform and all content material as applicable. We are investing extra assets to develop the groups that construct it, so we are able to proceed innovating and pushing the boundaries ahead. There’s much more to come back!
I’m paying for each merchandise now. Do I get each for the value of 1?
No – for the instant future, each platforms will proceed working individually as they at all times have. This permits us to function the businesses largely independently (enterprise as traditional) whereas we construct the mixed platform.
Bringing the platforms collectively is a serious undertaking, so we’re focusing loads of engineering assets to make this occur. Rather than spending time attempting to “Frankenstein” two techniques collectively, we’re focusing efforts on launching the mixed platform. Ultimately we imagine that bringing the platforms collectively as quick as potential would be the smartest thing for our clients.
I’m on a Linux Academy grandfathered pricing plan, will I lose it?
No, in fact not! Both A Cloud Guru and Linux Academy have been powered by our communities, and we’ve at all times supported those that backed us early. If you may have a grandfathered worth from the early days, nothing will change, you’ll preserve the identical pricing on the mixed platform.
You have been nice rivals — does this imply there can be much less innovation?
No approach. First of all, there’s a ton of competitors within the on-line training market, and we have to drive even tougher with a mixed group. The thrilling factor about this acquisition is that we now get to mix each of our groups as a unified power. We have 400 extremely proficient employees throughout the two corporations, and now as a substitute of spending loads of time competing towards one another and constructing most of the similar issues (studying platforms, b2b dashboard, billing, knowledge techniques, and so forth), we now get to focus our content material, product and engineering groups on constructing progressive NEW studying experiences and approaches. Less time on constructing “the same” and extra time on constructing “what’s next”.
The business is transferring quick, and our clients count on and deserve so much from us. Combined, we are able to now ship extra and innovate sooner, and we are going to transfer at a tempo like we by no means have earlier than!
You have buyers. Sounds scary. What does this imply for the corporate?
First of all, I need to make clear — each Linux Academy and A Cloud Guru already had buyers, and have performed for years. We’ve simply added another to the combination. I’ll lead the mixed firm and our mixed management group will proceed to make all selections for the corporate.
My background is engineering/programming, and till beginning A Cloud Guru I had no concept what it was wish to work with buyers. I can let you know from my private expertise, that I’ve discovered it to be very rewarding. Good buyers, like ours, don’t inform founders/administration what to do – they advise, information, and assist. They’ve seen 100s of corporations in related circumstances and give steering on totally different approaches and experiences. This is absolutely, actually useful for administration groups to make the proper selections and construct an awesome firm.
Ultimately, buyers need a enterprise to succeed. I’ve at all times rigorously chosen our buyers, solely accepting those that really imagine in the long run imaginative and prescient and are collaborative of their method. A board has a tradition identical to a group does, and we’ve an awesome supportive board that believes within the energy of high-quality training.
The approach that a enterprise succeeds is by offering probably the most worth to clients because it presumably can, and valuing its workers. I’ve labored with our board for years now, and they’ve been an unimaginable asset in guiding us in constructing our providing and instructing the world to cloud. We can’t look forward to all of the thrilling new issues to come back as a product of this highly effective becoming a member of of forces.