I hope you are all excited about the upcoming special, a month-long event. The Festive Tech Calendar 2022 Session details are coming soon!
This year, organizers are aiming for something a bit different and more joyful. It will be a joyful learning experience throughout the month of December as the event will bring you much new content from different speakers and communities around the globe.
We are presenting
Awesome news came from the Festive Tech Calendar, as I am presenting this year too, with the recent content on Azure Bicep configuration details.
There is a great announcement from the Microsoft Ignite event that announced the Cloud Skills Challenge will be back this year. YAY !
Cloud Skills Challenge
This is a time bounded event where you choose your tech challenge and earn a Microsoft certification exam by studying the Microsoft technology of your choice.
And this year, there will be 7 challenges available to choose from, select one that’s right for you.
Complete one of the learning challenges below to get a 100% discount (aka #free) on one of the following Microsoft certification exams:
▶ AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions ▶ AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions ▶ DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure ▶ MB-240: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant ▶ MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams ▶ MS-720: Microsoft Teams Voice Engineer ▶ PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker ▶ SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst
It is summertime and naturally we all want to enjoy it, right? Microsoft is scheduled to hold its annual signature event for partners – called Microsoft Inspire in few weeks.
What is Microsoft Inspire?
It is a conference held annually by Microsoft Corporation for its partner organizations and community around the globe. At Microsoft Inspire, partners learn about the Microsoft’s technology announcements for the upcoming year and experience the latest product innovations while learning new skills and techniques.
Usually, it starts with a keynote from Satya Nadella – a Microsoft CEO and Board Director, followed by other Microsoft executives, featured speakers, business-track specific offerings, and hundreds of sessions.
How to Register?
This year, the Microsoft Inspire will be a virtual event and #free. Thank you, Microsoft, for opening this event for every organization and people!
Please use the link below to register and don’t forget to pick/book your sessions from Schedule once your registration is completed.
I had a great opportunity to attend an OpenHack Serverless event and guided my team in their hacking adventure. It was a great training/hacking event where participants team up to solve a close, real-world problem using the technology.
What my team did?
My team consisted of five professionals who had various levels of experience with Azure and its Serverless tech stack. As a team they were able to overcome a number of success criteria by solving problems and unlocking next challenges over the day. A number of different serverless technologies have been used in this event, such as:
Azure Logic App
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure Key Vault
Azure Event Grid
Azure Event Hub
How coaches help their Team?
As their Coach, I have leveraged my understanding of how to build and deploy an Azure Serverless solution and lead my team to learn and follow best practices through a Serverless OpenHack event.
My team will leverage these skills to understand and explain the serverless tech challenges to a diverse team of customers. Each participant of this event also provided product feedback directly to Microsoft employees.
If you get an opportunity to participate in a Microsoft OpenHack event, don’t miss that. You will be really challenged with your skills and learn much more while enjoying the event.
It is very natural to wonder – “what is the meaning of data integration”? In a nutshell, it is a combination of differently sourced data for a high-level overview and analysis. In other words, “Data Integration” – is a common term referring to the requirement to combine data from multiple separate business systems into a single unified view, also known as a single view of the truth.
This unified view is typically stored in a central data repository known as a data warehouse.
Data integration can serve your organization some short- and long-term benefits, including the followings:
✔️ Better Data ✔️ Better Collaboration ✔️ Fast connections between Data Storage ✔️ Increased efficiency and ROI ✔️ Better customer and partner experiences ✔️ A more comprehensive view of your business
What are the Data Integration solutions in Microsoft Azure?
Application integration often requires connecting multiple independent systems, often in complex ways. This white paper explains how the components of Azure Integration Services—API Management, Logic Apps, Service Bus, and Event Grid—work together to provide a complete solution for integrating both cloud and on-premises applications.
The references below are taken from official Microsoft docs and focused on designing Data Integration solutions in Azure. You could also find it helpful to check the Microsoft docs and learning paths with [Tutorials] below 😉.
This collection of links is gathered with a focus on the exam objectives of the AZ-305 certification exam.
If you’ve already earned the Data Analyst Associate certification, you will see the new name in your Certification Dashboard on February 28, 2022.
If you’ve been studying for Exam DA-100, no worries. You have until March 31, 2022, to take it.
If you’ve just started preparing for Exam DA-100, consider reviewing the skills requirements for new Exam PL-300 and switching your focus to the new exam because the exams are very similar. However, between February 28 and March 31, 2022, learners can pass either exam to earn their Power BI Data Analyst Associate certification.
Microsoft Lean blog
Thank you for reading this post and checking the preparation resources.
Please, feel free to share your experience, as i am planning to keep this post up to date with your valuable contributions going forward. #keeplearning
As it was the case last year, Microsoft Ignite is back and held digitally free of charge, during Nov 2-4 🎉 🎇
Microsoft Ignite is a signature event and held virtually for a global audience across a variety of industries to experience the latest and greatest technologies. It is an event where you could get a sneak peek at new products and services that will be coming in the future.
Cloud Skills Challenge
This year you could choose from 12 tech challenges and select the one that is right for you. Once you complete that challenge you will earn a free Microsoft Certification exam that can be applied to your choice from a select list of options:
Azure Developer Challenge
Azure Admin Challenge
Identity + Information Protection Challenge
Teams Admin Challenge
Teams Voice Engineer Challenge
Azure Database Admin Challenge
Desktop and Device Management Challenge
Windows Server Hybrid Admin Challenge
Dynamics 365 Sales Consultant Challenge
Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Mgmt Challenge
Power Platform Developer Challenge
Security Operations Analyst Challenge
When does the challenge begin?
The listed challenges will begin on November 2, 2021 and end on November 30, 2021. You can start your registration here to join the challenge.
What happens when I complete my Cloud Skills challenge?
If you complete your challenge before it ends, one Microsoft Certification exam will be associated with your Learn profile on December 7, 2021. You will be notified via email when it becomes available.
What are the Terms and Conditions?
Check out the Official rules; including Terms and Conditions with FAQ in this web page.
That’s it friends, buckle up to complete your challenge before Nov 30, 2021 to earn new skills and receive a complementary Azure exam award 🏆.
How to get your Azure & Data Fundamentals (AZ-900 + DP-900) ⁉🤔
(Attention: you could get a free training + Azure exam voucher by the end of this article)
Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest growing cloud solution providers in the world. It has an “Azure Fundamentals” certification – an entry level cloud certification. Candidates for this exam (AZ-900) should have foundational knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure.
Azure Fundamentals exam is an opportunity to prove knowledge of cloud concepts, core Azure services, Azure pricing, SLA, and lifecycle, and the fundamentals of cloud security, privacy, compliance, and trust.
Are you excited to start your Azure study?
Check these absolutely free resources below and get ready for this exam then 🙂
Microsoft Virtual training events (check below 👇👇👇)
Well, next step will be the exam registration, that has a $99 cost in the USA. You could take this exam online, proctored through Pearson VUE or other exam providers.
I have a good news for you – for limited time, Microsoft generously provides complementary exam vouchers for its virtual event attendees. Thank you Microsoft for empowering people on their #cloudjourney!