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Nov 3rd

Azure Myths Debunked

Azure Myths Debunked

Don’t believe everything you read or hear about Microsoft Azure Cloud platform.  Azure myths will be debunked below.


Nov 1st

What is Azure?

What is Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of datacenters. With Azure, you get the freedom to build and deploy wherever you want, using the tools, applications, and frameworks of your choice.

Freedom to build and deploy anywhere

Choose how you deploy Azure—connecting cloud and on-premises with hybrid cloud capabilities and using open source technologies—for maximum portability and value from your existing investments.


Build your apps, your way

Use the tools and open source technologies you already know and trust, because Azure supports a broad selection of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, databases, and devices.


Extend on-premises data and apps

Take the investment you’ve made in open source technology, data, or apps, and extend it to the cloud. Seamless hybrid cloud capabilities in Azure span infrastructure, data, user identity, apps, and management.


Deploy the cloud on-premises

Bring Azure capabilities to your datacenter with Azure Stack. Leverage the Azure portal, PowerShell, and DevOps tools experience and app model across the cloud and on-premises.

Ready for Azure training??

Jul 21st

PMP Exam Update Coming Soon

Join us for PMP® Exam Prep Bootcamp August 21st – August 25th.

EARLY BIRD* special pricing available for a limited time $1,500.00 per participant.

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is driven by current practices in the profession. Because project management is evolving, so is the PMP exam.

Did You Know?

  • As a result of the release of the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition in September 2017, the PMP exam will change soon. These updates will ensure the exam content is consistent with the PMBOK® Guide.
  • Active practitioners from around the world author the exam questions as well as the PMBOK® Guide to ensure the PMP remains relevant and reflects current practice.

What to Expect on the Updated Exam

Although the PMP is not a test of the PMBOK Guide®, it is one of the primary references for the exam. Some of the updates you can expect to see surround lexicon changes and terminology used within the exam as well as harmonization of process groups, tools, and techniques.

If you’re utilizing the PMBOK Guide® as a study tool for the PMP, you can expect to find the following updates in the PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition:

  • A new chapter on the role of the project manager has been added to focus on leading projects effectively – competencies, experience and skills that are all necessary.
  • Two Knowledge Areas have been re-named to more accurately reflect which elements can be managed… and which can not:
    • Time Management is now Schedule Management
    • Human Resource Management is now Resource Management

Every Knowledge Area Features Four New Sections

  1. Key Concepts
  2. Trends and Emerging Practices
  3. Tailoring Considerations
  4. Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments

It’s Not Too Late to Test Before the Exam Changes

Join us for PMP® Exam Prep Bootcamp August 21st – August 25th.

EARLY BIRD* special pricing available for a limited time $1,500.00 per participant.

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Apr 19th

Webinar – Embracing DevOps: Exploring the Best Practices & Patterns

Feb 28th

Take a Tour of Microsoft Azure

Take a Tour of Microsoft Azure

Deploy your first Azure solution in under 5 minutes.

An overview video of Microsoft Azure and what you can do. Presented by Scott Hanselman.

What is Azure?

Azure Myths Debunked


Oct 14th

Babbage Simmel & Salesforce Partner For Training


Columbus, OH – At Babbage Simmel, we pride ourselves on enabling our customers on the world’s best business solutions.  That’s why we’re very excited to announce that we have been certified as an official Authorized Training Partner for the worlds’ #1 CRM solution – SALESFORCE.

“Whether you’re brand-new or a Salesforce expert, this is a great opportunity to get the knowledge you need to get up to speed, perform at your best, and get the most out of Salesforce.”

Mike Lazroff, Babbage Simmel

Our team of Instructors have been trained and certified directly by the experts at Salesforce, which means that when you consume Salesforce training from us, you’re learning direct from the source.  Better yet, you can rest assured that you’re learning the latest Salesforce features, as we are required to maintain our curriculum offerings per the latest release.

We invite you to explore our Authorized Salesforce training class schedule HERE.

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About Babbage Simmel
For 34 years Babbage Simmel has been committed to helping organizations solve complex technology and business problems through advancing the skills of Technology, Business and Management professionals through a broad range of knowledge transfer methods across a wide array of technology / business issues and content areas.

About Salesforce
Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 CRM, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way.

Oct 7th

Which TFS Developer Course Is Right for You?


Regardless of the type of development you do, be it web, mobile, windows, or services, you need proficiency with the core skills that facilitate development in a team.

Two courses are offered that have been designed with the developer in mind.

1. TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals

This popular developer fundamentals course is targeted at the developer new to Microsoft Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Team Services. The course starts by getting developers familiar with the product suite before they create a new Team Project to organize their work. We then move onto Work Item Tracking, which is where requirements, tasks, bugs, and more are defined and tracked throughout the project.

The central part of the course provides a deep dive into version control topics that are central to a developer’s day-to-day work. This includes defining a branching model for the team and how to branch and merge following best practices. The course then examines unit testing and code quality features before moving onto the new build automation introduced in the 2015 product release.

2. TFS 2015 Advanced Developer Features

Many developers have been using Visual Studio for many years and continue to use the same features they have always used. This 2-day course is designed to educate developers on many of the features available in Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise edition that could greatly improve their code quality and productivity.

The Enterprise Edition is the “fully loaded” edition of Visual Studio and includes features that can improve your code testing, including the Fakes Framework and IntelliTest. There are also many new features to improve debugging and troubleshooting your code, such as IntelliTrace as well as the Performance and Diagnostics Hub. Finally, we’ll take a look at Code Visualisation and some of the modeling tools available to you.

Both of these courses are offered on a regular basis throughout the year on the public schedule but they can also be delivered as a private onsite course to help get your entire team up to speed quickly and efficiently.

TFS 2015 Classes

TFS 2015 Configuration & Administration 10/10, 11/15, 12/19

Build and Release Management Using TFS 2015 10/17, 12/1, 3/27

Managing Agile Projects Using TFS 2015 or VSTS 10/19, 12/5, 1/9

TFS 2015 Immersion 10/24, 12/12, 2/13

TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals 10/31, 12/8, 1/30

Software Testing Using Microsoft Test Manager 2015 10/31, 12/12, 1/16

TFS 2015 Advanced Developer Features 11/2, 1/12, 4/5

Test Automation, Web Performance, and Load Testing with Visual Studio 2015 11/3, 12/15, 1/19

DevOps Using Visual Studio TFS 2015 11/28, 2/1, 4/5

BizTalk Server 2013 Classes

BizTalk 2013 Developer Immersion 10/17, 11/14, 12/12

BizTalk 2013 Developer Deep Dive 10/24, 12/19, 2/13

BizTalk 2013 Administrator Immersion 11/7, 1/9, 4/3

BizTalk 2013 Administrator Deep Dive 11/28, 2/6, 5/15

BizTalk Server Classes

BizTalk Expert Series: EDI 11/16, 3/20, 7/5

BizTalk Expert Series: ESB 11/21, 2/22, 7/5

Azure App Service Classes

Cloud-Based Integration Using Azure App Service 12/5, 3/20, 6/5

Sep 15th

Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

attachment-1Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment.

M-20410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 focuses on the initial implementation and configuration of core services, such as Networking, Storage, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Group Policy, File and Print Services, and Hyper-V.

This course maps directly to and is the preferred choice for hands-on preparation for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Exam 410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012, which is the first of three exams required for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 credential.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Install and configure Windows Server 2012.
  • Describe AD DS.
  • Manage Active Directory objects.
  • Automate Active Directory administration.
  • Implement IPv4.
  • Implement Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
  • Implement Domain Name System (DNS).
  • Implement IPv6.
  • Implement local storage.
  • Implement file and print services.
  • Implement Group Policy.
  • Secure Windows servers by using Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
  • Implement server virtualization by using Hyper-V.


Sep 6th

Essentials of Business Analysis


Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 9/12.

This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization.

The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy analysis.

Participants learn how a Business Analyst supports the project throughout the solution development life cycle, from defining business needs and solution scope to validating that requirements have been met in the testing phase and ensuring the solution continues to provide value after implementation.

Participants will also obtain a solid working vocabulary to enable effective communication about business analysis activities and deliverables across the project team.

For more information about this and other upcoming training and development opportunities, give us a call at 614-481-6555 or e-mail


Aug 12th

Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCNA

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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an associate level certification for network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network.

The certification prepares you for the following job roles:

  • Network Administrators
  • Network Support Engineers
  • Network Engineer Associate
  • Network Specialist
  • Network Analyst

One option for becoming CCNA Routing and Switching certified is to pass exam 200-125 CCNA v3.0.  The exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills related to network fundamentals, LAN switching technologies, IPv4 and IPv6 routing technologies, WAN technologies, infrastructure services, infrastructure security, and infrastructure management.

Although instructor-led training is not required, it is highly recommended.  The recommended instructor-led training is Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX).

The other option for earning the CCNA Routing and Switching certification is to pass both exam 100-105 ICND1 v3.0 AND exam 200-105 ICND2 v3.0.

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) is the recommended instructor-led training for exam 100-105 ICND1 v3.0 and Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) is the recommended training for exam 200-105 ICND2 v3.0.

There are no prerequisites to obtaining the CCNA Routing and Switching certification.  However, it is recommended that you have 1-3 years of previous networking experience.

For more information about this and other upcoming training and development opportunities, give us a call at 614-481-6555 or e-mail