Why Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing is established as the new normal for enterprise IT and is proliferating at a much faster pace than ever before. Gartner Forecasts Worldwide Public Cloud Revenue to Grow 6.3% in 2020 to total $257.9 billion.
Cloud Computing Growth
|Cloud Business Process Services (BPaaS)||45,212||43,438||46,287||49,509|
|Cloud Application Infrastructure Services (PaaS)||37,512||43,498||57,337||72,022|
|Cloud Application Services (SaaS)||102,064||104,672||120,990||140,629|
|Cloud Management and Security Services||12,836||14,663||16,089||18,387|
|Cloud System Infrastructure Services (IaaS)||44,457||50,393||64,294||80,980|
|Desktop as a Service (DaaS)||616||1,203||1,951||2,535|
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Cloud computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. IT professionals need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.
Why Microsoft Azure?
One of the Reasons To get Microsoft Azure Certified now is that Microsoft Azure is the second-largest public cloud service provider. As we all know that despite the fact that AWS is the market leader, Azure is also catching up very fast. Due to COVID-19 most of the organizations are looking to quickly digitalize their existing business processes and are moving to the cloud to cut down the upfront cost required to setup the end to end infrastructure.
Azure is very user friendly and gives the advantage to the end users to easily create, configure and manage their resources. Enterprise companies are looking forward to use Hybrid configuration and Microsoft Azure has been a pioneer in providing it. Azure Stack is a dedicated product of Microsoft which can be used to create a private-cloud setup within the organization.
Azure DevOps is getting adopted widely across the globe and clients are looking for a large number of DevOps professionals and it will be a game-changer.
Cloud Spend Report
One of the most important reasons to become Microsoft Azure certified is that you get paid a higher salary and will have more job opportunities. Most of the organizations are shifting to Azure and they are looking for skilled professionals to improve their Return on Investment (ROI).
According to Nigel Frank’s Microsoft Azure Salary Survey the average Microsoft Azure Developer salary for a junior-level professional in the United States is around $115,000, while mid and senior-level Azure Developer earn an average of $150,000 and $175,000 respectively.
Azure Developers are among the most sought-after in the cloud ecosystem, and 58% of respondents cited that DevOps was the most important skill to have when making a career in Azure. Among the most popular DevOps tools used by respondents were Ansible, Jenkins, and Terraform.
Microsoft Azure Salary
Microsoft Azure Skills Demand Is Outpacing Supply
Lack of certified IT Professionals/Developers with cloud skills is one of the main reasons for huge financial losses at the organizations around the globe using Microsoft Azure and the problem is expected to continue into the near future.
According to one of the Rackspace report, large enterprises around the world are losing around $258 million annually because they lack the proper cloud expertise. Due to the lack of skilled professionals, CIO & IT decision-makers are concerned they won’t be able to keep pace with changes and demands in the cloud industry.
Better integration with .NET Platform
Microsoft Azure 100+ services support .NET natively, you can take benefit of integrated Visual Studio developer tools, use standard templates and become more productive with powerful debugging tools. You can use Azure DevOps to setup a CI/CD pipeline for your app and implement a one-click deployment.
Visual Studio supports Docker development for web-based applications. When you create a new ASP.NET Core application, you have an option to configure it with Docker support.
Several Learning Paths
There is no specific background required to earn a Microsoft Azure Certification. You can belong to any of these backgrounds (developer, administrator, data scientist, IoT engineer, DevOps engineer, data platform engineer, AI engineer, etc.) Microsoft is providing Azure Role-Based Certification that will help professionals in keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements of the clients. Here is a list of certifications that you can target based on your background and aspiration:
Microsoft Azure Certifications
Fundamentals: Azure Fundamentals exam is an opportunity to prove knowledge of cloud concepts, Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and privacy in Azure, as well as Azure pricing and support.
– AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
– DP-900: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals
– AI-900: Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals
Developer: Developers design, build, test, and maintain cloud solutions
– Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate (AZ-204)
Administrator: Administrators implement, monitor, and maintain Microsoft solutions.
– Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate (Exam AZ-104)
Solutions Architect: Solutions Architects have expertise in compute, network, storage, security.
– Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert (Exam AZ-303, AZ-304)
Data Engineer: Data Engineers design and implement the management, monitoring, security, and privacy of data using the full stack of data services.
– Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate (Exam DP-200, DP-201)
Data Scientist: Data Scientists apply machine learning techniques to train, evaluate, and deploy models that solve business problems.
– Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Scientist Associate (Exam DP-100)
AI Engineer: AI Engineers use Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, and Knowledge Mining to architect and implement Microsoft AI solutions.
– Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate (Exam AI-100)
DevOps Engineer: DevOps Engineers combine people, processes, and technologies to continuously deliver valuable products and services that meet end-user needs and business objectives.
– Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert (Exam AZ-400)
Security Engineer: Security Engineers implement security controls and threat protection, manage identity, and access, and protect data, applications, and networks.
– Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate (Exam AZ-500)
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Ranjan is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, author, founder, freelance corporate trainer having 12 years’ hands-on experience in Microsoft technologies including Azure, Power Apps, Power Automate & Microsoft 365 (SharePoint). He has delivered 300+ corporate training & trained 5000+ professionals across the globe with excellent feedback.