Got selected to the Microsoft Certifications Advisory Council

Last Friday I got an email from Microsoft Learning (or WWL – Worldwide Learning has they are called now) welcoming me to the Microsoft Certifications Advisory Council. I have no words! Literally!!! This is a super-limited to around 30 persons from the community that have been chosen across MCTs and MVPs. I have been working in the technical training industry for more than 15 years, helping thousands of students to get certified and in the last years with a focus on Azure. I have tons of feedback to provide to Microsoft!

It’s an honor to be able to provide feedback directly from the field and help Microsoft FTEs (Full time employees). I will not make any decisions, but I can help then with data then it would be easier to make awesome decisions for the market! If you have feedback about Microsoft Certifications, I’m ready and eager to hear what you have to say. Reach out to me and I promised your feedback will be sent over to Microsoft!

Super excited! Let the game begin!!!

 

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?

Course 20532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solution Authoring

This has been an amazing year so far! I’m very privileged to do what I love to do. This allows me to get up every day full of energy for one more long working day that sometimes involves flying around the world.

In the beginning of the year I had the opportunity to share with you that I had authored, together with another three amazing professionals, the 20535A: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions course for Microsoft Learning. This was my first MOC Authoring project and I loved every bit of it. If this was not enough, I just helped on authoring the update of the 20532D: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions MOC course. This project was done with Sidney Andrews has the lead SME. What a great project too. I hope that you all love this update on this Microsoft Azure course and what better way for me to celebrate this? Yes!!!! I’m going to deliver this course next week!!! It will be 4 days of an amazing delivery in the beautiful city of Sofia the capital of Bulgaria.

New Microsoft Azure Exam: 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Microsoft is creating a new Microsoft Azure Exam – 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, in order to better align the objective domains to Architecting solutions in Microsoft Azure and not the details in implementing solutions in Azure like we have today in the 70-534 exam.

This new exam will also bring changes to the current certifications that use the now old 70-534 Exam. MCSA and MCSE will start using this in the next few weeks. If you have a current MCSA/MCSE or MCSD certification that used the 70-534, your certification will still be current. I also recommend you to check the new Microsoft Azure Certification that Microsoft is releasing. You can find more information’s at:  https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/announcing-three-new-azure-exams

Microsoft is also creating a new MOC (Microsoft Official Course) that aligns with this new exam. It will be the 20535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. According to the Born to Learn post it will be available in February 2018.

You can find more information in this Born to Learn article: https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/microsoft-exam-70_2d00_535-to-replace-70_2d00_534_3a00_-architecting-microsoft-azure-solutions-on-november-30-_1320_-here_1920_s-what-you-should-know-