Last year Microsoft launched the new Microsoft Professional Program (MPP). This is the latest initiative from Microsoft to provide training and an educational platform to help fill the ever growing skills gap in IT. Initially, Microsoft launched the program with a single track; the Data Science Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) track. Due to the huge success of this initial track, Microsoft announced earlier this year they are expanding the Microsoft Professional Program to 2 more additional tracks; Big Data and Front-end Web Development.
This past Saturday, Earth Day, April 22, 2017, was the day of the 5th annual Global Azure Bootcamp. There were over 250 event locations around the world! This was the biggest year so far by a large margin. It was amazing to see all the photos and comments shared Twitter and other social media. Here’s a short video about the Global Azure Bootcamp:
Also, here are some links about the Global Azure Bootcamp as well:
- SlideShare’s for 2017 Global Azure Bootcamp presentations
- Facebook Live videos from 2017 Global Azure Bootcamp
- Recap – Sweden and Global Azure Bootcamp by Eldert Grootenboer
Here’s some social media buzz from the #GlobalAzure hashtag!
I can’t wait until next year!
The Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) is the most recent program from Microsoft to provide training and an educational platform in an effort to help fill the growing skills gap. According to Microsoft there are 1.5 million jobs going unfilled as a result. The program was initially launched with a Data Science track and has been a big success.
In the Data Science track of the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) there have been nearly 4,000 learners enrolled in the program since July 2016. There has also been over 700 graduates of the program develop their skills and earn the Data Science certification.
There has also been over 700 graduates of the program develop their skills and earn the Data Science certification.
As was announced in October 2016, Microsoft is following through with a planned expansion of the Microsoft Professional Program. This expansion is brining with it the addition of 2 new tracks to the program. The 2 new tracks are:
- Big Data – The track will teach the skills required to design systems for capturing, processing and analyzing big data.
New Big Data and Front-end Web Development tracks are being added to the program.
Enrollees in the Microsoft Professional Program are getting a new benefit added to the program. The new benefit is the addition of a free 12 month Pro membership to Gooroo.io. Gooroo is a resource for learners interested in careers in technology that will give them access to employment opportunities from some of the world’s leading tech startups and corporations.
The overall price for the completion certificates for each of the courses in the Microsoft Professional Program is also increasing. Previously, the majority of the courses for the program would cost $49 to receive a certificate of completion for each course. While enrollees are also able to audit each course for free. The free course auditing is remaining, but the fee for the certificate of completion of each course will be increasing to $99. This will result in an increase of the full program from costing approximately $500 USD for the Data Science track to the new cost of nearly $1,000 USD. This is somewhat of a significant cost increase but still far cheaper than a technical college or university degree. Additionally, the reason for the cost increase is to help pay for the cost that Microsoft has been putting into the development of the program tracks and courses.
In addition to the above, there are a few other smaller changes and updates being made to the program. Overall it’s been a fairly good success so far, and will undoubtedly keep growing with the expansion of the 2 new tracks in Big Data and Front-end Web Development.
Alongside the Visual Studio 2017 launch event, Microsoft and Opsgility have announced a partnerships offering all members of the Microsoft Dev Essentials program free access to Opsgility on-demand, video training service. This benefits brings a 3-month subscription to that grants access to the Opsgility industry leading Microsoft Azure cloud training courses.
Opsgility is the global leader in Microsoft Azure cloud technology training for Developers, IT Professionals, and Architects. They are built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders from all around the globe.
Opsgility provides Live, Instructor-led (both onsite and virtual) training courses as well as self-paced, online courses that go above and beyond simple videos or blog posts. Each course is designed to comprehensively guide the student through the subject by providing expert instructors, step-by-step hands-on labs, and knowledge measures to assess and ensure new skills are mastered.
Microsoft Dev Essentials offers developers many great benefits. Now those benefits include the best Azure training available! You join Microsoft Dev Essentials, as well as see the full benefits list, at: https://www.visualstudio.com/dev-essentials
As you may, or may not, be aware, my day job is working as a Senior Cloud Solution Architect at Opsgility. My job duties are generally the normal duties of a Senior Solution Architect, but I focus entirely on Microsoft Azure. It’s also my job to build out training content (courses, slides, demos, hands-on labs, etc) and as an instructor to deliver that content (on-demand video recordings and instructor led classes online and in-person). The primary goal of Opsgility is to enable businesses and teams in the Cloud.
On-Demand Azure Training
I know I haven’t posted much here on my day job with Opsgility, but I thought I’d share a list of some of the on-demand courses available from Opsgility that I’ve created, recorded, and published to the Opsgility video streaming service recently.
Here’s a list of my recently published Azure training and Microsoft Certification prep courses at Opsgility:
- Architecting Azure App Services
- Architecting Global Solutions
- Choosing the Right Storage
- Building Solutions with Azure Logic Apps
- Implementing and Managing Web APIs in Azure
- Managing Azure Web Apps
- Real-Time Ingestion and Processing in Azure
- Hands-On Lab: Getting Started with ASP.NET Web Apps in Azure
When signing up for an Opsgility.com subscription, you’ll get a free trial initially to try out the service, before billing begins. I recommend you check out the service! I don’t only recommend because I work at Opsgility, but because we have the most up-to-date Azure training, and certification content in the industry. As a testament to our content, many large corporations, including Microsoft, hire us to train their Developers, IT Pros, and Database Engineers in Microsoft Azure.
Instructor-Led Azure Training
Opsgility offers MANY different Instructor led classes online as well as in-person. We train Microsoft as many other large corporations in Microsoft Azure all over the world! Personally, I’ve taught classes in many cities across the United States, as well as classes in Canada and Germany.
Here’s a short list of just a few of the Instructor Led classes that I’ve either built, taught, or both:
- Azure Fundamentals – This course introduces key concepts for cloud computing and how Microsoft Azure aligns with those scenarios. Students are introduced to several key Azure services and solutions that align with the following technical disciplines including Infrastructure as a Service, Hybrid Cloud, Application Development, and Big Data and Analytics.
- Designing and Implementing IoT Solutions – This course provides a comprehensive introduction to designing and implement Internet of Things (IoT) solutions on Microsoft Azure. The course covers both directions of message flow from device-to-cloud and cloud-to device, building analytics solutions atop the real-time telemetry, managing devices and securing the solution.
- Architecting Azure Solutions – Exam 70-534 – This course is designed to help students gain valuable and in-depth architecture skills on Microsoft Azure along with gaining the essential skills to pass Microsoft Exam 70-534. This course will put the students through several interactive architecture sessions where as one or more teams they will design the appropriate solution to address an architecture scenario based on several services in Microsoft Azure.
- Developing Cloud Solutions with Azure .NET – Exam 70-532 – This course is designed to introduce students to developing cloud based applications using Microsoft Azure and the Azure .NET SDK. This course covers key compute technologies such as virtual machines, cloud services, and App Services, as well as teaches how to build a developer environment and compose new applications using platform-as-a-service (PaaS) components.
- Developing Cloud Solutions with Azure using Java – Exam 70-532 – This course is designed to introduce students to developing cloud based applications using Microsoft Azure and the Azure Java SDK. This course covers key compute technologies such as virtual machines, service fabric, and App Services, as well as teaches how to build a developer environment and compose new applications using platform-as-a-service (PaaS) components.
I know many of you reading this may already have a Pluralsight subscription, but you should know Opsgility training content on Azure is more up-to-date and is updated more frequently! That’s one of the big differences with Opsgility having expertise on staff, rather than solely relying on contractors like Pluralsight.
Disclaimer: The opinions express in this blog post and throughout my blog are my own. They do not reflect that of my employer, Opsgility. I also don’t mean any offense towards Pluralsight or Pluralsight Authors. Pluralsight has many great courses to learn all sorts of things, it’s just in my strong opinion that the way Opsgility does Azure Training courses is superior. Thanks!
The Microsoft Tech Summit provides Free, two-day technical training for IT professionals and developers with experts who build the cloud services across Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10. These events are being hosted ALL over the world, and you don’t want to miss out on this amazing free training! It doesn’t matter if you already know your way around the Microsoft cloud, or are completely new and just getting started. These events boast 70 technical training sessions and hands-on labs to help build up your cloud skills. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with Microsoft engineering experts, technology partners, and your industry peers who can all help you make the most out of the Microsoft cloud!
Here’s a list of the currently published Tech Summit events around the globe:
- Amsterdam – March 23 – 24
- Birmingham – March 27 – 28
- Chicago – January 19 – 20
- Copenhagen – March 30 – 31
- Bangalore – March 16 – 17
- Frankfurt – February 9 – 10
- Johannesburg – February 6 – 7
- Milan – March 20 – 21
- Seoul – April 27 – 28
- Singapore – March 13 – 14
- Washington D.C. – March 6 – 7
The above cities and dates are just the Tech Summit events in 2017. There were already a number of awesome events held in 2016 (last year) in Taipei, Prague, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv!!
The daily agenda for the 2 day long Tech Summit events is packed full of Sessions and Networking opportunities! Here’s a breakout of the daily agenda both days.
Day 1 Conference Agenda
- Breakfast – Registration and Continental Breakfast
- Morning – Keynote & General Sessions
- Lunch & Networking
- Afternoon – IT Pro & Developer Breakouts
- Reception – Ask the Experts Reception
Day 2 Conference Agenda
- Breakfast – Continental Breakfast
- Morning – General Sessions AND IT Pro & Developer Breakouts
- Lunch & Networking
- Afternoon – IT Pro & Developer Breakouts
This week at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2016, Microsoft announced the release of the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program. This is an online degree program from Microsoft, and the first degree being offered (in Beta) is a degree in Data Science. It seems apparent the goals of the MPD program are to help close the skills gap. According to Microsoft there’s 1.5 million jobs awaiting qualified candidates.
Update September 26, 2016: Microsoft has renamed the “Microsoft Professional Degree” (MPD) program to be the “Microsoft Professional Program” (MPP), and they are going to be added 2 more tracks for MPP in 2017. Read More
Who doesn’t want a free drone / quadcopter? “Let’s face it, you’re SUPER HUMAN” The tryazuremarketplace.com website currently has a bunch of FREE Azure Marketplace Labs you can do virtually (online from anywhere). Once you complete a lab, you just submit proof you did the lab and Microsoft will send you a free mini-quadcopter! Alternatively, you can also get a 3-month Azure Pass instead. But, who doesn’t want a free drone!?
The drone is the Crazyflie 2.0 quadcopter.
There are tons of labs to choose from! You can go to the site to see a full list, but they are broken out into the following categories: Dev Ops, Security, Big Data, Open Source, and Management.
Here’s a list of the labs currently you can do for Free!
- Dev Ops
- CHEF – Automate an Infrastructure
- Docker – Containerize an Application
- KEMP – Intelligently Design Traffic
- Barracuda – Secure Distributed Networks
- Big Data
- Hortonworks – Modernize an Architecture
- Open Source
- Bitnami – Virtualize a Server
- Cloud Cruiser – Activate Profitable Insights
Attribution: The header image of this post as well as the photo of the drone were taken as screenshots of the Azure Super Human Lab website.
This past Saturday, April 16th 2016, was Global Azure Bootcamp day. This was the 4th year for the Global Azure Bootcamp, and the first year an event location for it had been held in Milwaukee, WI. The Global Azure Bootcamp is a full day of learning about Microsoft Azure with event locations around the world. This year I helped co-organize the Milwaukee event, and I presented as well on Azure App Service. There were a number of local and global sponsors of this completely community driven event, along with all volunteer presenters. Read More
There are plenty of resources available on how to implement and manage Microsoft Azure services; both for Developers and IT Pros. However, over the past few years there really haven’t been many resources to help learn how to affectively sell Microsoft Azure services. Whether you’re needing to make the case for your enterprise to adopt Microsoft Azure, or you work in Sales or Pre-Sales there is finally a resource to fit those training needs. The Microsoft Cloud Platform University Online (CPO) provides Free, Online, MOOC (massive open online course) courses targeted at Sales and Pre-Sales Technical roles. Read More