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Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF)? is a certification from DevOps Institute. The purpose of this certification and its associated course is to impart knowledge of Continuous Delivery vocabulary, principles, practices, automation and value. CDEF is intended for development, quality assurance, security and operational professionals who are engaged in end-to-end DevOps software development from idea conception through live production operations.

The course highlights underpinning processes, metrics, APls and cultural considerations with Continuous Delivery.

Built upon the principles and practices highlighted in bestselling books such as “Continuous Delivery,” “Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations,” and more written by thought leaders in the DevOps movement. The Continuous Delivery Architecture course equips IT professionals with the broad-based competencies necessary in architecting and orchestrating effective and efficient automated deployment pipelines.

Learning outcomes

Key benefits of Continuous Delivery will be covered including increased velocity to assist organizations to respond to market changes rapidly, thus being able to outmanoeuvre competition, reduce risk and lower costs while releasing higher quality solutions. Increased productivity and employee morale by having more activities performed by pipelines instead of humans so teams can focus on vision while pipelines do the execution.

The Value of this Certification Credential

The learning objectives for CDEF include a practical understanding of:

  • Goals, history, terminology, and pipeline
  • The importance, practices, and transformation of a DevOps collaborative culture
  • Design practices, such as modular design and microservices
  • Continuous Integration (Cl), such as version control, builds, and remediation
  • Tenets and best practices of Continuous Testing (CT)
  • Continuous Delivery and Deployment (CD): packaging, containers, and release
  • Continuous Monitoring (CM): monitoring and analysis infrastructure, process, and apps
  • Infrastructure and tools: frameworks, tools, and infrastructure as code
  • Security Assurance: DevSecOps
  • The opportunity to hear and share real-life scenarios

This certification positions learners to successfully complete the Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation exam.
The learning objectives for this certification credential focus on knowledge and comprehension. This certification credential leads to the award of an Open Badge.

Who should attend

There are no formal prerequisites for the Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation (CDEF)? certification ALC course, an understanding of DevOps basics is not required but can be of value.

This course is designed for participants who are engaged in the design, implementation, and management of DevOps deployment pipelines and toolchains that support Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Testing and potentially Continuous Deployment.

The target audience for the Continuous Delivery Ecosystem Foundation course is anyone interested in learning about the principles of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, such as:

  • Build Engineers
  • Enterprise Architects
  • IT Managers
  • Maintenance and Support Staff
  • Operational and Infrastructure Teams
  • Project Managers
  • QA Managers
  • Release Managers and Engineers
  • Software Developers
  • Security Professionals
  • Testers

Course contents

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Continuous Delivery Concepts
  • Collaborative Culture
  • Design Practices for CD
  • Continuous Integration and Testing
  • Security Assurance
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Infrastructure & the DevOps Toolchain
  • Continuous Monitoring, Measurement & Improvement
  • Exam preparation

Course fees

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Course Fee Includes:

  • Comprehensive, full colour and fully-accredited course workbook
    • The course materials will include practical artifacts, templates, and lexicons collected by the author, Marc Hornbeek to assist learners post-class.
  • Online exam voucher

The format for the online exam is as follows:

  • 60 Minutes
  • Multiple Choice
  • 40 Questions
  • Open Book
  • Pass mark: 26/40 (65%)