Microsoft Certified

It has been a while since I last pursued a Microsoft certification.

After a few years working as a developer, I focused primarily on SQL Server data platform and business intelligence. I learned from work experiences, Microsoft articles as well as various blogs from the awesome SQL Server communities. To test my level of knowledge and exposure in this field, I also took the challenge of certification for Microsoft Certified Solution Expert for Data Platform and Business Intelligence.

As my role at work continue to evolve, I have been wearing multiple hats and at time switch hat. I found myself heavily involved in Azure AD, Okta, Azure cloud resources, Azure Devops, Github, App / API Gateway, etc.. in addition to SQL Server administration.

So again, I thought it might be a good idea to take up the challenge to the certification in these areas to gauge my knowledge and learn something new that I might not have exposed to previously. At the same time, also reap the benefit of increasing credibility to existing or new employers. Win win.

For those who have not taken Microsoft certification for a while, Microsoft has make some changes on their websites and certification path. Microsoft now also provided free online study material in addition to instructor-led class. You can find the newest information at this Microsoft Learn certification site. In addition to this, at the moment, Microsoft also offers Enterprise Skills Initiative to organization for their employees to learn and take the certification examination for free.

I reviewed different Microsoft certifications and here are 3 that I felt that I have the experience or/and interested in.

Microsoft Azure Administrator (more details)
Manage Azure identities and governance
Implement and manage storage
Deploy and manage Azure compute resources
Configure and manage virtual networking
Monitor and maintain Azure resources

Azure Solutions Architect Expert (more details)
Design identity, governance, and monitoring solutions
Design data storage solutions
Design business continuity solutions
Design infrastructure solutions

DevOps Engineer Expert (more details)
Develop an instrumentation strategy
Develop a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) strategy
Develop a security and compliance plan
Manage source control
Facilitate communication and collaboration
Define and implement continuous integration
Define and implement a continuous delivery and release management strategy

After few months of study and exploration, I am glad that in addition to the MSCE for Data Platform and Business Intelligence, I am now certified as Azure Administrator Associate, Azure Solutions Architect Expert and DevOps Engineer Expert.

Happy holiday!

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