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Lightbend and IBM Cognitive Class introduce six online courses on Reactive Architecture.


Last year, Lightbend released a three-day, instructor led training class entitled “Lightbend Reactive Architecture – Professional.” The main premise is that designing cloud-native systems and microservices requires architects and teams to think differently from the types of applications we’ve been building over the last 10-15 years. We set up the “Lightbend Reactive Architecture” class to teach development managers, architects, and software developers how to think about Reactive Systems – from design, through to production readiness in the cloud or on-prem.

Well, the training class took off. The student reviews have been great, and demand for instructor-led classes all over the world continues to grow. But there’s a limit to how many instructor-led classes Lightbend can teach and, for some individuals, committing to a continuous, three-day class is challenging. So we asked ourselves:

  • How could Lightbend teach many more of the Reactive Architecture courses to meet such high demand?
  • How could we offer an individual the flexibility of when and at what pace she/he completes the course?

It turns out that Lightbend’s strategic alliance with IBM offered the ability to create a self-paced online version of the instructor-led class, available for free on IBM’s Cognitive Class online learning platform.

Meet the six free, self-paced courses from IBM and Lightbend

Breaking the instructor-led class down into six shorter self-paced online courses means you can tackle the material:

  • In smaller chunks of time
  • With less cognitive load and learning at once
  • Whenever you want
  • For how long you want at each sitting
  • At your your own pace

Each self-paced course in total covers the entire three days of the instructor-led “Lightbend Reactive Architecture” course.

The three Reactive Architecture courses available as part of the “Lightbend Reactive Architecture: Foundations” learning path include:

The following three courses are part of a second “Lightbend Reactive Architecture: Advanced” learning path:

Lightbend and IBM think Reactive Architecture principles and techniques are the best way to build modern, responsive cloud-native (or on prem that’s ready for eventual cloud deployed) systems. We believe in Reactive Architecture so much we want it shared and known as widely as possible. So we are making all six of the self-paced courses free.

Get certified

It’s also worth mentioning that each course offers a certification document that confirms your knowledge and helps you stand out from the crowd.


We really hope you enjoy this learning experience. Start today, and become an expert in Reactive.

(Originally published on Lightbend.)