Azure AI and Azure Data Fundamentals Certifications (NEW)

Microsoft announced two more Azure Fundamentals certification:

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals

Here are some specific details about the new certifications:

Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals

Exam – AI-900: Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (beta)

Candidates for this exam should have foundational knowledge of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and related Microsoft Azure services. This exam is an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of common ML and AI workloads and how to implement them on Azure. This exam is intended for candidates with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. Data science and software engineering experience are not required; however, some general programming knowledge or experience would be beneficial.

Skills measured

  • Describe AI workloads and considerations
  • Describe fundamental principles of machine learning on Azure
  • Describe features of computer vision workloads on Azure
  • Describe features of conversational AI workloads on Azure

Full list at: https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RE4wAEF

Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals

Exam – DP-900: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals

Candidates for this exam should have foundational knowledge of core data concepts and how they are implemented using Microsoft Azure data services. This exam is intended for candidates beginning to work with data in the cloud. Candidates should be familiar with the concepts of relational and non-relational data, and different types of data workloads such as transactional or analytical.

Skills measured

  • Describe core data concepts
  • Describe how to work with relational data on Azure
  • Describe how to work with non-relational data on Azure
  • Describe an analytics workload on Azure

Full list at: https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RE4wqeZ

I will create study plans for these two exams and publish then in this website. I also plan to create 2 more playlists to my YouTube channel and create content for these two certifications. You can find my Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvP41PZ3zM4aV8Zqey5yz7w. Subscribe to my Channel today and get notified when I launch the videos.

These certifications should be available on or around June 8, 2020. I already got some space in my schedule to take this! Always excited to add two more badges to my Microsoft Transcript!

What about you? Are you going to prepare and take the challenge?

Speaking at Global Azure 2020

Global Azure Lisbon – 25th April

The Global Azure 2020 – https://globalazure.net/ – was initially scheduled to be an in-person event across several cities in the world. Due to the limitation imposed by COVID-19, organizers had 2 options:

  1. Cancel the event
  2. Move to virtual.

I’m one of the organizers of the Lisbon event and the decision was to move to virtual, it never crossed my mind not having the event in Lisbon. Lisbon has been a proud member city since the first Global Azure event (remember it was called Global Windows Azure Global Bootcamp – GWAB).

You can find the Lisbon Virtual Global Azure at https://www.globalazure.pt. We already have more than 350 persons signup! It’s the best number EVER! We can still accommodate more people so, if don’t have a ticket, stop reading this post and get your FREE ticket right now!

I’m also a speaker on the event so if you want to learn all about how to build applications to respond to request and demand at a global scale, how can you lose this session??? My session will be delivered in English so that I can accommodate all my audience. Join me for a full 1 hour of fun session and demos, lots and lots of demos!!!

Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK & Ireland

Has some of you know I have my fair of traveling to the UK and Ireland. So it made all sense to also speak there and I’m very proud to got the possibility to do so. You can watch my session on the first day of the event – 23 April. Go to https://azureglobalbootcamp2020.azurewebsites.net/ and signup for the event! It will be awesome too!!!

Azure Tip: Add an SSL/TLS certificate to you Azure Web App for FREE!!!

When we talk about free SSL certificates the Let’s Encrypt initiative is the market reference. It is an awesome initiative but today I want to talk about something that is super easy to implement under Azure Web Apps.

In Azure Web Apps we have not the option to add a free, yes you read it, FREE!!! SSL/TLS certificate. With this feature you can create a certificate that can be used for SSL Binding for the selected sub-domain. App Service Managed Certificates are free of cost and fully managed by App Service to maintain the safety and security of your site at the highest level. This feature comes with some limitations:

  • No support for wildcard certificates
  • No support for naked domains
  • Cannot be exported
  • Does not support DNS A-records

If you have a workload that needs one of those features currently you cannot use this feature. You can Import App Service Certificates or even import your own SSL/TLS certificate.

How to create the free certificate?

1. Navigate to the overview blade of your Web App and select the TLS/SSL settings option.

2. In the TLS/SSL settings blade select the Private Key Certificates (.pfx) option.

3. In the TLS/SSL settings blade, select the + Create App Service Managed Certification option.

4. In the Create App Service Managed Certificates blade, in step 1 select the non-naked domain you want to create the SSL/TLS certificate and then press the Create button.

There you go, you just created a certificate for free for your Web App custom domain. All this for free with a super easy setup. If you like these Azure tips leave your comments or questions on the comment box!

Speaking at Microsoft Ignite!!!

Microsoft Ignite starts in just a few days. Microsoft Ignite is the biggest Microsoft conference of the year where around 30000 IT Professionals join for a week long of amazing announcements of new services and features, deep dive technical sessions and amazing Networking during the conference and in the after parties – cof cof – events 😊. You can also find areas to do some HOL – Hands on Labs, talk about certifications, talk with amazing sponsors in the expo area, etc…

This will be my third Microsoft Ignite, but it’s the first where I will be a Speaker. I already had the honor to speak at several events around the world. All events have their strong points and I have loved every one of them, from the smallest to the biggest. I always try my best to deliver a state-of-the-art presentation, if I have a small or big audience it
really does matter and I hope that every other speaker fells the same. Speaking in all those conferences gave me the possibility to deliver 3 sessions in this year Microsoft Ignite. Has you can imagine I was thrilled and astonishing when I got the confirmation email. Microsoft Ignite is the high point of the conference season. I just finished all presentations and demos and I’m already in Orlando, so it’s GO time!!!

A lot of new services and new features will be announced during the week, keep your eyes on social network and this blog. I will do my best to report everything ASAP. I have my gimble with me for some short videos that I plan to record with some of the speakers, PMs and general attendees. I want to bring the felling of Ignite to some of you that for all sort of reasons can’t attend in-person.

I will deliver 3 amazing sessions:

  • BRK2273 – Best ways to capacity your team on Microsoft Azure
  • THR1107 – Training & Certification Roadmap – Azure Apps & Infra
  • THR2132 – Access OneDrive and SharePoint files, a Developer view

 

BRK2273 – Best ways to capacity your team on Microsoft Azure

Tuesday – Sep 25 – 12:45PM to 1:30 PM @OCCC W240

During this 45-minute session, I will explain with real case scenarios how you can capacity your team for the brand-new world of the Cloud! Using cloud technologies is not something of the future, is the PRESENT, and if your team currently is not up to speed with Microsoft Azure, this is a to-go session. We will go throw all the steps needed to get your team able to design, Architect, develop and maintain Microsoft Azure based solutions. A lot of resources will be shared in this session.

THR1107 – Training & Certification Roadmap – Azure Apps & Infra

Wednesday – Sep 26 – 10:45AM to 11:05AM @Expo Theater #9

In this session I will have the honor to officially release the new Microsoft Azure Certifications from Microsoft Learning. A lot will change and if some is already public because a part of it was launch in July during Microsoft Inspire, now we will open the full book! Everything will be shared. If you are in the Learning space and if your work with Microsoft Azure and want to be certified don’t forget to come by this session and get all the information first hand!

THR2132 – Access OneDrive and SharePoint files, a Developer view

Wednesday – Sep 26 – 4:00PM to 4:20PM @Expo Theater #2

In this short session, I will show how the Microsoft Graph can help developer build and integrate a file experience to store files into OneDrive and/or SharePoint in their apps.

BIG BIG News!!! – Microsoft launches Azure DevOps

Microsoft just announced Azure DevOps.

In a great blog post, Jamie Cool the Director of Program Manager for Azure DevOps announced the service and what Includes:

  • Azure Pipelines
  • Azure Boards
  • Azure Artifacts
  • Azure Repos
  • Azure Test Plans

Azure DevOps is an amazing in the evolution of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). If you currently use VSTS you will be upgraded to Azure DevOps automatically. Your URL will be updated from myvsts.visualstudio.com to dev.azure.com/abc and the service will support redirection of the old URL to the new one, this means that you don’t need to update right away your url. Stuff will still work for you, but of course is highly recommended that you inform your teams of the new URL ASAP.

With this change Team Foundation Server will also be updated naming wise, it will be called Azure DevOps Server.

Next few days I will review the new UI and create a more complete blog post about Azure DevOps. Hope you’re so exited with this change has I am!

Official Launche will happen on the Sep, 11th 8AM to 9:30AM (Pacific Time). Check all the information about the event at: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/community/events/devops/

You can check all the pricing of this service at: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/devops/azure-devops-services/