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.
Whatever your role is, you can find readiness resources tailored for you:
For sellers, check out the Microsoft Azure sales for SMB and presales for SMB learning paths – these trainings are part of the Cloud SureStep program and focused on the licensing and solution scenarios that are relevant to the SMB segments. Also stay tuned in early 2015 for an online sales curriculum focused on enterprise scenarios.
For Implementers, sign up for an Azure trial and deploy your first Azure solution in under five minutes – tips and instructions in this get started on Azure video. I also recommend the Microsoft Azure technical learning path for SMB andtechnical learning path for enterprise, which provide prescriptive, 200-level training across all the Azure components that are relevant for your end customer segment. Finally, learn how to activate your Azure service and create virtual machines on Azure with 1:1 support from Microsoft using Labs on Azure: First Steps – these cost two Partner Advisory Hours.
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:
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.
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:
The Microsoft Server and Cloud Partner Resources website provides tools to help you sell various scenarios, with resources for IT implementers, developers, and solution architects.
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 sales, presales, 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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