Microsoft Azure is open and flexible, always-on, and scalable. And, it’s everywhere – running on a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters across 13 regions.* Your customers may be asking about Azure. Are you ready? Your Azure learning journey has three distinct phases: Start, Grow, and Accelerate.
 
Start
 
Whatever your role is, you can find readiness resources tailored for you:
Grow
 
Next it is time to improve your deal and deployment velocity, and take a readiness assessment associated with your role. Technical accreditation offers a way to officially validate your individual Azure skills from Microsoft. These accreditations can also help your organization meet requirements for the Cloud Platform competency. There are three technical assessments available:
  • Application Development
  • Datacenter Solutions
  • Data Analytics and Data Platform Solutions
For more information and training, see the technical assessment learning path. Also review the study materials via Channel 9.
 
For sellers and IT implementers, stay tuned for early 2015 sales and technical-track trainings.
 
Accelerate
 
Once you master one or a few of the Azure scenarios, stay up to speed with the new features and scenarios of Azure and broaden your expertise. Start with these resources:
There are also three different Microsoft Specialist certifications available. Each includes a set of official courses, books, and online labs to help you prep efficiently for the exam. Choose from:
  • 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • 70-534 Designing Microsoft Azure Solutions (coming soon)
Azure online games make learning fun
 
Late last week, we released new Azure games for salespresales, and technical audiences. These help you learn about Azure in a fun, engaging, repetitive-learning environment. The games also include links to our Azure learning paths. So, you can play to find out what you know (or don’t) – then, continue studying using the training in the learning paths, and finally you can take any requisite exams or assessments (also found in the learning path). One special note: we talked to many of you at Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 who were especially asking for sales training in these games. I am thrilled to announce availability of this content.
 
Download Azure infographics
 
One last fun tidbit – visually see Azure features and common uses, understand core identity services in Azure, and review security and privacy in Azure via these downloadable infographics.
 
 
 
 
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