by Eduardo Kassner on 11 January 2017
Chief Technology Officer, Worldwide Partner Group
The future of cloud is here — and we want to help you prepare. A recent IDC study reported that within IT organizations, certified staff members earned 15% more on average than staff without certification. Skilled Azure professionals are highly sought after in the job market. Technical certification gives you opportunities for career advancement, higher salaries, and more interesting work.
We know it can be difficult to master all the latest Azure skills in today’s increasingly complex technological environment. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to increase our offering of flexible, modern learning methods from Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to certifications. Not sure which option is best for you? Here, we answer your top questions about modern learning.
What is a MOOC?
Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are self-paced, interactive online learning environments that focus on core development skills for cloud and mobile technologies. The individual MOOCs are from 4–18 hours in length and provide high-tech job skills training, giving you the chance to move forward with your own skill-building online. With a variety of videos, labs, graded assessments, office hours, and more, our MOOCs will allow you to learn, apply, and validate your skills.
What’s the difference between video learning, MOOCs, and exams?
To help provide the training you need, we have a flexible catalogue of learning methods with a comprehensive selection of MOOCs and certifications. Not all people want to learn by the same method, or you may want to go deeper on a topic in a different format. With our flexible learning methods, you can do just that.
Should an IT pro who wants to learn Azure take a MOOC or a certification exam?
We’ve built a flexible range of learning methods to help you get up to speed with Azure, including both MOOCs and certification exams. This way, you can choose to study as part of an online course with hands-on learning experiences as rigorous as a traditional classroom setting but set at your own pace, or take a specialized certification exam to prove your skills. After completing your certification exam, you’ll receive a digital badge ready to share on your professional networking sites. Additionally, as an IT pro, you have the flexibility to select which MOOC courses or exams to take based on your own needs and knowledge. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.
Boost your Azure skills today
Today, with almost 80% of business deploying cloud technology, cloud is the new normal. And with triple digit growth over each of the last eight consecutive quarters, customer demand for Azure is going up fast. Ready to start increasing your Azure skills? We’ve recently launched a variety of new Azure training courses, including:
- Azure Fundamentals
- Azure for AWS Experts
- Azure Virtual Machines
- Azure Networks
- Azure Storage
- Azure Identity
- Managing Azure Workloads
- Automating Azure Workloads
- Azure App Service
- Databases in Azure
- Azure Security and Compliance
We’ll also be launching Azure App Services, Databases in Azure, Azure Security, and Application Deployment and Management later this year.
Overall, we’re offering opportunities for Azure certification at a deep discount. These offers are a high-value, simple, and customizable way to increase the technical skills of your team and earn valuable Microsoft Certified Professional designations to set your business apart.