Exam Passed – 473

 Well, that was not as difficult as I thought it would be. I was able to pass the 70-473 exam for the Cloud Data Platform Specialist certification.  The first place to start if you are interested in passing this exam is Microsoft Virtual Academy. It has a great overview of the exam topics with some demonstrations. Next, spend some time with the Azure Documentation to walk through some very excellent tutorials.

Security and SQL Azure

I was doing some research on Security and SQL Azure Databases and found this great article form Joseph D’Antoni (Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting) and Stacia Varga (Data Inspirations) that I highly recommend. The summary states, “This paper details the security and data management features found in Microsoft Azure SQL Database. It first describes the security foundation provided by Microsoft Azure and then explains the techniques and features used to manage data access in SQL Database; to log and monitor database activity; to protect data at rest and in transit; and to build secure applications. By understanding and using these features correctly, you can remain confident that your data in the cloud is protected.”

Big Data Challenge

4cc185686a079d35c724b7bb83a6667fI completed the Know It, Prove It challenge and earned the Microsoft Virtual Academy Big Data badge. Whether you’re a Developer, Data Pro, or student, you can learn valuable skills quickly and correctly through video tutorials, assessments, and more. From now until December 14th you too can choose from one of three learning challenges that takes less than 12 hours to complete. Sign up now!

Microsoft and LinkedIn

li What happens when you join the world’s leading professional cloud and the world’s leading professional network? We are about to find out. Today, it was announced that LinkedIn has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Microsoft. My first thought was, didn’t LinkedIn just buy Lynda.com less then a year ago? This is a seismic shake in the Information Technology world that will ripple through the industry for years to come.

Cloud Wars

 During this 30-minute webinar from January 13, 2016, Jeremy Cioara, Garth Schulte, and Ben Finkel compare and contrast Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure — three of the leading cloud platforms on the market. You’ll learn what features the three share, what features help them stand out, and how they can benefit you and your organization.

IT Pro Cloud Essentials

Microsoft is currently offering two new ways to support IT professionals and their companies in a smooth transition to the cloud: Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials and Microsoft IT Pro Career Center. The IT Pro Cloud Essentials and the IT Pro Career Center are the two newest programs to help IT professionals familiarize themselves with Microsoft’s available cloud technologies and sharpen their IT skills. The free annual subscription to IT Pro Cloud Essentials offers IT professionals direct access to cloud services, including training, support and certification. Other benefits of the free IT Pro Cloud Essentials annual subscription include:

Free Cloud Virtual Training

VirtualClassroomBannerWant to develop your cloud skills? Attend one of these expert-led, virtual classes to get hands-on experience on the latest Microsoft cloud technologies for free. These engaging live sessions will help you learn how to work with Microsoft’s cloud products and services through step-by-step instructions in a practice environment. Find a topic below that interests you and register for a date that works for you. Space is limited for each class so reserve your virtual seat today.

Extend your Datacenter to the cloud with Microsoft Azure In this training, you will learn how you can integrate Azure into your existing datacenter to create a hybrid cloud infrastructure through flexible, cross-platform management toolsets.
Modernize your data platform with Microsoft SQL Server 2016 In this training, you will learn about break-through missional-critical capabilities with in-memory performance, built-in advanced analytics, new advanced security technology, and new hybrid cloud scenarios.
Empower employee productivity with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite In this training, you will learn how to manage mobile productivity and how to deploy and manage applications on premises or in the cloud using Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite.