One of the most powerful advantages of Azure is role-based access control which makes it easy to identify everyone and provide them exactly what they need. Given how huge Azure is, the same philosophy should be applied to the training it takes to make you an effective Azure professional. Beyond Azure, Microsoft is now revising its entire approach to role-based training to make learning paths easier to define. Which path will you choose? Here’s some insight into the choices.
Ever wonder why so many doctors are specialists? Beyond that, why the few general practitioners who remain refer patients to specialists? It’s really a pretty simple reason.
There’s just too much to know.
You’ve heard it said a thousand times, “don’t try to be all things to all people.” If doctors tried to do that, they’d have to know about literally thousands of intricate systems each with its own biochemistry, architecture, cellular structure, dependencies and so much more. And if they are really good at brain surgery who’s going to want to waste them on stitching a wound or diagnosing the flu?
It makes more sense to select the one area you want to focus on and become the best at that one thing.
The Azure Know-it-All is a Mythical Creature
The same observations are applicable to Azure. It’s a huge, very complex, feature-rich environment. So huge that any one human being would be overmatched to know all of it at expert level. Anyone who tells you they’re an Azure expert doesn’t mean to lie to you, they’re just not speaking within the context of all that Azure is.
But they’re telling a partial truth. They are likely expert at one or some of the aspects of working in an Azure environment, and that’s cool. Your next question should be “what’s your specialty?”
So, if you’re seeking to become an Azure Expert, you should start by determining which aspect of Azure you’d like to focus on. Like the brain surgeon you may want to select a highly-complicated discipline that seriously increases your value and billability. Or you may want to start by establishing a balance between your ambition and your ability to master new tech. You can always elevate later!
Azure roles include
Azure Administrator – Manages cloud services including storage, networking, and compute resources
Azure Developer – Programmers who create applications that deliver value to users
Azure Solutions Architect – Combine experience with operating systems, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, storage structures, billing, and networking to put applications to work in the Azure environment.
Why Role-Based Training?
According to a recent Microsoft blog, “Engaging with the tech community, Microsoft recognized a shift in expectations for what certification courses covered. Demand was growing for certifications that moved beyond teaching you how to use the technology to developing the skills you need to fulfil a specific job role…These new credentials mark the next stage in Microsoft Learning’s evolution of certification. With a core focus of building skills and knowledge aligned to specific job roles, earning a Microsoft certification has never been more powerful.”
This new approach to building your learning path is far more pragmatic, focusing on what is ultimately most important to most students – getting the job you want.
Far beyond Azure, Microsoft has structure role-based trainings organized into four major areas:
Apps & Infrastructure
- Azure Fundamentals
- Azure Developer
- Azure Solutions Architect
- Security Engineer Associate
- Data Engineer Associate
- Azure DevOps Engineer
- M365 Enterprise Administrator
- M365 Fundamentals
- M365 Modern Desktop Administrator
- M365 Security Administrator Associate
- M365 Messaging Administrator Associate
- M365 Teamwork Administrator Associate
- Sales Functional Consultant Associate
- Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate
- Marketing Functional Consultant Associate
- Field Service Functional Consultant Associate
- Dynamics Fundamentals
Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- AI Engineer Associate
- Data Engineer Associate
- Data Scientist Associate
The Right Role for You
To begin developing your own learning path toward landing or being promoted to the job you want most, talk to your New Horizons Career Counselor. They’ll gladly take you through the requirements and opportunities related to each of these.