About the Owner

ABOUT UNIXED

You’ve heard the phrase ”Those who can, Do. Those who can’t, Teach" - Don't take chances on your training and don't settle for a generic instructor.

When it comes to technical training - don’t leave the opportunity to chance by risking your chances on the instructor. At UnixEd, you’ll get Bill Calkins, no substitutes. Many training organizations shuffle their instructors from city to city. You just may get lucky and get a good one or, maybe not. Maybe some even use Bill’s books in their classroom. The fact is, most instructors don’t get any more experience than what they’ve obtained from the classroom.

Bill Calkins continues to improve his knowledge working as a consultant and Sr Level Administrator at Fortune 500 companies around the country. He delivers seminars at technical conferences across the country. Then, when it comes to delivering his courses, he brings this experience to the classroom. He believes that there is simply no substitute for real life experience and this is especially true for instructors. You have the choice: either learn from someone who reads from Bill's books or hire the author that wrote the book.

Bill Calkins
Bill Calkins - Owner/Author

Bill Calkins is an Oracle Certified Professional for the Solaris 10 and 11 Operating Environments. He is owner and president of Pyramid Consulting, a computer training and consulting firm located near Grand Rapids, Michigan, specializing in the implementation and administration of Unix and Microsoft Windows-based systems. He has 25 years of experience in Unix system administration, consulting, and training at more than 300 different companies. Bill is known world-wide for the Solaris textbooks he’s authored, which are currently best sellers and used by Oracle/Sun, universities, and training organizations worldwide.

Bill works as a consultant for Oracle Corporation developing training and testing materials for the Certification and Educational divisions of Oracle (and formerly Sun Microsystems). Recent projects with Oracle includes the development of the Solaris 10 & 11 Oracle certification exams.

Bill also works as an independent instructor for large training organizations such as Global Knowledge, Web Age Solutions, ProTech, New Horizons, and several Oracle University Partners.

Bill has also developed in-house E-learning courseware for Hewlett Packard’s worldwide technical pre-sales group and in-house SME’s. The courses were developed to describe technical differences between the HP-UX and Sun Solaris operating environments. Topics include the user environment, clustering, networking, system administration, security, virtualization, and performance. Bill developed all of the courseware and delivered the classes via HP’s web conferencing environment, receiving an overall rating of 4.5 (on a 1-5 scale with 5 being excellent).

Bill is the principal owner and developer of UnixEd.com- a website dedicated to providing Solaris certification study and training materials with over 4,000 registered members.

Drawing from his many years of experience as an Open-Systems consultant, Bill has worked as an instructor in both corporate and university settings helping thousands of administrators get their UNIX certification. His experience covers all varieties of UNIX, including Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, RHEL and most flavors of Linux, True64, and SCO. When he's not working in the field, he leads the West Michigan Sun User’s Group, writes UNIX articles, and conducts training and educational seminars on various system administration topics. He draws on his many years of experience in administering Solaris, HPUX, and AIX systems to provide a unique, unbiased, approach to UNIX consulting and training.