Microsoft Learning has expanded the Microsoft Professional Program to include a Big Data track and a Front-End Web development track. I’m off to a great start on the Big Data track. It doesn’t show it, but I have started on my 4th course which is on NoSQL. My friend Sidney is the author on that course. He says, he is scrambling to get CosmosDB added.
This morning, at Microsoft Build conference in Seattle, Scott Guthrie, talked about core design principles. for Azure and introduced the Azure Cosmos DB platform. Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s globally distributed, multi-model database and enables you to elastically and independently scale throughput and storage across any number of Azure’s geographic regions
This coming Wednesday, April 19 at 8AM Pacific Time (click for your local time), Microsoft will be hosting a major on-line event of interest to anyone working with big data, analytics, and artificial intelligence: Microsoft Data Amp.
During Data Amp, Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie and Corporate Vice President Joseph Sirosh will share how Microsoft’s latest innovations put data, analytics and artificial intelligence at the heart of business transformation. The event will include exciting announcements that will help you derive even more value from the cloud, enable transformative application development, and ensure you can capitalize on intelligence from any data, any size, anywhere, across Linux and other open source technologies.
Just when I thought I had all the certifications figured out, Microsoft announced yesterday the addition of the MCSE: Business Applications (focusing on Dynamics 365) which includes two new supporting MCSA paths – MCSA: Dynamics 365 and MCSA: Dynamics 365 for Operations. Additionally, they’ve added the new MCSA: Data Science, which puts you on a path to earn an MCSE: Data Management & Analytics certification. Check out this new pdf that clearly outlines the requirements for each certification and the electives that can be taken to renew each MCSE annually. Bonus information on the pdf download is some other unannounced MCSA certifications including Cloud Database Development, Big Data Engineering, and BI reporting.
I am happy to announce that I will be delivering not one but two exam prep sessions at the MCT Summit in March. The prep sessions will be for exams 70-473: Cloud Data Platform and 70-475: Big Data and Analytics Solutions. Don’t miss these and many more awesome sessions, register now: www.namctsummit.com
I’m kind of upset by this, because I actually paid for three of these books already. But that means there are 47 more I can read. It seems the selection leans towards Machine Learning. Click here for the entire list.
Keeping up with changes to the Cloud Data Platform is very difficult as changes happen all the time. Fortunately, Microsoft now has a Cloud Platform Roadmap to show what they are working on and what will be coming down the road. I’m really starting to like this open and transparent version of Microsoft. You can check out the roadmap here.
I am very excited to be helping others learn new technologies and asisst them in earning new certifications. On January 19, 2017, I will be delivering two exam prep session at the Microsoft Tech Summit in Chicago. The first is for the 70-473: Cloud Data Platform exam and the second session is for the 70-475: Big Data and Analytics Solutions. Click on the appropriate link if you would like to download the powerpoint presentations.
During the session I focus on Microsoft websites, however, if you have a Pluralsight account I would recommend the following video sessions to study for the exams. For the 70-473 exam: SQL Azure by Scott Seely, SQL Server 2016 New Features by Leonard Lobel, Implement Storage for Azure by Tim Warner, and Practical SQL Server HA/DR by Russ Thomas. For the 70-475 exam: Start with the 70-473 videos and then add Applying the Lambda Architecture by Ahmad Alkilani, HDInsight Deep Dive with Elton Stoneman, and Real World Big Data in Azure by Elton Stoneman.
Two weeks from today, I will be delivering Prep sessions on the 70-473 (Cloud Data Solutions) exam and the 70-475 (Big Data Analytics) exam at the Chicago Tech Summit. There are so many other great Azure and Office 365 sessions to attend if you are in the area.
Would you like to know how to build big data and advanced analytics solutions? This course from Microsoft Virtual Academy is a great starting point. Learn features and capabilities of the Microsoft cloud data platform that can help you build solutions using big data and analytics.