Taking the Stage at Microsoft Ignite!

As the Microsoft world converges at the Microsoft Ignite conference, get ready to be captivated by the insights and expertise of the impressive speaker lineup. I will deliver a session about “Microsoft Certifications”.

If you’re in Seattle, join me this Wednesday, November 15, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. If you’re online, join us at https://ignite.microsoft.com/en-US/sessions/ee0c3cee-c72a-4ae3-adeb-83569526cd6f


Proctoring Lab experience

But this is not the only part I will be doing this year. I will also run two labs on Generative AI.

LAB: Implement a Generative AI Solution with Azure OpenAI Service

  • Wednesday, November 15 |1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Standard Time
  • Thursday, November 16 |2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Pacific Standard Time


Booth dual Presence: Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Learn Booth

But it doesn’t stop at the speaker’s podium. I will also share my expertise in the Azure and Microsoft Learn booths. This dual presence reinforces my commitment to the community by sharing my knowledge and hands-on engagement with the tech community.

At the Azure Booth, I will share real-world experiences, provide live demonstrations, and offer personalized advice on navigating the Azure ecosystem. From cloud infrastructure to AI solutions, attendees can expect to gain practical insights beyond the theoretical realm.

At the Microsoft Learn booth, I will interact with participants eager to explore the vast array of resources and educational opportunities offered by Microsoft Learn. I will serve as a source of inspiration for those embarking on their learning journeys.


Networking Opportunities:

Beyond the sessions and booths, I invite attendees to connect, share experiences, and foster meaningful relationships. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a novice in the tech industry, reach out to me, and let’s interact and enrich our Microsoft Ignite experience.

Next conferences I’m Speaking at!

2022 is getting to be a great year! Many unique consulting projects and great classes teach amazing Microsoft Azure, but all is not complete without contributing to the community. As in previous years, with Pedro Sousa, I have been leading the Azure User Group Portugal and doing monthly meetups. If you’re interested, you can check at https://www.meetup.com/azure-user-group-portugal/.

Until the end of the year, I’m speaking at 3 conferences:

  • European MCT Summit 2022
  • European Cloud Summit 2022
  • ESPC 2022

The MCT Summit had become kind of a tradition to attend. There are also versions in other locations like North America, Africa, Middle East, … It’s always amazing to review my MCT peers have great discussions and learn a lot! The European Cloud Summit goes to its second edition, and I believe it will become a reference in the Cloud computing area in Europe. It’s a great honor to speak and deliver a pre-day tutorial to their audience for the second time. ESPC used to be focused on SharePoint, but today, it’s so much more; it also includes Microsoft 365, Power Platform, and of course, Azure!

Here are some more details about the conference and I would love to say Hi to you if you’re around!


European MCT Summit 2022

Website: https://www.mctsummit.eu
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Date: 12 to 14 September 2022

Session 1: Lessons learned when teaching Azure with real-world implementations
Session 2: Creating classroom demo environments using Bicep and Azure Policy


European Cloud Summit 2022

Website: European Cloud Summit 2022
Location: Mainz, Germany
Date: 26 -28 September 2022

Tutorial: IaaS On Microsoft Azure PowerClass
Session: Building an Azure Adoption Strategy


ESPC 2022

Website: https://www.sharepointeurope.com/

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: 28 November – 01 December 2022

Session: I Find your Lack of Azure Governance Disturbing!


Hope to see you there!

Selected as a MCT Regional Lead for 2022-2023


I’m excited to share that Microsoft re-appointment me as a Microsoft MCT Regional Lead for 2022-2023. I’m a MCT Regional Lead since 2015 and Microsoft keeps trusting my advice by renewing me all these years. Couldn’t been prouder to help shape the program for the MCTs! The MCT Regional Lead program was created to identity community leaders to server as representatives in their regions. A Regional Lead acts has a point of contact between the local MCTs and Microsoft Learning.

Looking forward to work side-by-side with the MCT Program team and help shape the MCT program for the next years. Training is changing at a fast pace, ILT is no longer the king, micro-learning, Video-based Learning, … are all here and students no longer want to sit on a 5-day classes, but this is a topic for another post

Let’s help Microsoft Learning and MCTs to achieve more! Excited for the next 2 years!

MCT for 15 Years! WOW!!!

Today, 15 years ago I got accepted has a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). It was a changing moment on my professional career. I started teaching more often, was able to use Microsoft Official curriculum materials and most important I got introduced to the MCT Community. A true global family! Being a global traveler, I always have the chance to meet my MCT sisters and brothers, share a drink a meal having great conversations!

I try my best to give back to the community and help other MCTs. I have been accepted has an MCT Regional Lead and provide feedback and help my local community, but the best award I got this past April when I receive an award voted by the MCT Community – The Enrique Lima award. It was a big emotional moment for me, for all that Enrique represents for the MCTs to get an award with his name. It’s in central display on my office! When working from the office I always start the day by looking at it, remember Enrique and try my best to help every individual to achieve more! I do this on my consulting role but also on when training others. We all have the power to change other professional lives.

I’m focus on Microsoft Azure both in training and consulting, but I started my teaching career with Microsoft SQL Server. Still remember the first MOC I taught. I think it was M2074: SQL Server 2000 or 7 Administration. It has been quite a ride from that to Microsoft Azure. If one thing working with Microsoft all these years taught me is that you need to constantly go out your comfort zone and adapt to the new realities. From teaching in-person only to teach virtual and hybrid classes, the need to use other tools, … Maybe this is a great topic for another post

What best way to celebrate my MCT anniversary than spend the day teach one of my favorite classes – AZ:104 – Azure Administrator. It’s a great class and I love to deliver my version of it!

It was time to order my 15-year gift! An amazing jacket. Looking forward to getting mine still on time for the winter!

To the next 15 and beyond!!!

Stay safe and hope to see you all in a nearby event / class!

New exam – AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions


There’s a new Microsoft Azure in the house!!! AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions is announced! AZ-305 will be available in November 2021.

Starting with AZ-305 you no longer need the AZ-303 + AZ-304 combo to get the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification. But this doesn’t mean that you only need AZ-305. You will be require to earn the Azure Administrator Associate certification as a pre-requisite. So, in resume you will need that Azure Admin cert + the AZ-305 exam.

This are awesome news if you’re already Azure admin certified and want to achieve the Azure Architect cert! AZ-303 and AZ-104 have a lot of content overlapping. This change will simplify the candidates that want to get both the Azure Administrator and Architect certs!

This means that exams:

  • AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
  • AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

Will retire. The official retirement date is March 31, 2022.


Getting the new exam in November and retiring the old exams in the end of March, we will have a “transition” period. During that we have several paths to get the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification:


You can also find out more about this at the official blog post – Reimagining the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification – Microsoft Tech Community

What do you think about this change? Leave your comments here!