Luper's Learnings – Azure Technical Community for Partners (August 2015)


This is the August 2015 monthly edition of Luper’s Learnings. We’re now a full month into Microsoft’s new fiscal year (FY16) and I’m here to tell you that after the enthusiasm of our Worldwide Partner Conference and several internal events during the month of July, Azure is top of mind for all at Microsoft and we’re continuing to charge forward with new service development, investments in additional datacenters and more and more field resources to work with you and our customers to drive Azure deployments & customer success. Of course, a new fiscal year on my team means that it’s time to start planning for travel, events and partner visits. I will try to share updates here and look forward to meeting some of you as I plan travel in the next 6 months to Canada, US, UK, France, Australia and some other destinations around the world.

Here are topics I’ve run across and my Learnings from the last month…


Keeping up is hard to do! As you may have heard at //build, Ignite, WPC or any number of other opportunities, Azure has had 500+ new releases in the last 12 months. A great place to track these releases is the Service Updates page. “One place. All updates.” Three new ones posted just yesterday.

  • Have you had a chance to pass your Azure certification exams yet? We really want to help our Azure partners achieve the MPN Gold Cloud Platform Competency. One of the requirements is for two individuals within a partner organization to each pass an Azure exam. For the next five months, if you attempt the 70-532, 70-533 or 70-534 Azure exams and don’t achieve a passing score the first time, we’ll give you a free Second Shot.

  • If you really want to prove your prowess and you pass all three of the exams I mentioned above, you will earn the new MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect certification.

  • In our last fiscal year, we ran a series of events around the world called Azure University. This fiscal year, we’ll continue running some of those events in person but have renamed the series to Cloud Platform University and have also added an online component. Many of the online classes will be collaborative, include homework and have interactive opportunities as well as spanning multiple weeks. The first online offering started this week. Some upcoming Cloud Platform University Online (CPO) offerings include:

Topic

Start Date

Registration link

Hybrid Cloud Storage with StorSimple

August 10

Register

Azure and SQL Server for Business Continuity

August 10

Register

Security and Compliance

August 17

Register

Selling Enterprise Web and Mobile Applications

September 14

Register

Repeat: Selling Hybrid Cloud Storage with StorSimple

October 5

Register

Repeat: Selling Azure and SQL Server for Business Continuity

October 12

Register

Repeat: Selling Security and Compliance

October 19

Register

Repeat: Selling Enterprise Web and Mobile Applications

November 2

Register

 

  • From an in person perspective, we are working to bring Cloud Platform University to Egypt, several US cities, Canada, France, Columbia, Mexico, Germany, India and more. Today, registration is open for the below:

Location

Dates

Registration

Amsterdam

October 19 - 23

Azure Infrastructure and Architecture

Amsterdam

October 20 – 21

Cloud Platform University Sales Workshop

Amsterdam

October 20 - 21

Cloud Platform University Technical Architecture Workshop

Bucharest

October 5 – 9

Azure Infrastructure and Architecture

Bucharest

October 6 - 7

Cloud Platform University Sales Workshop

Bucharest

October 6 – 7

Cloud Platform University Technical Architecture Workshop

London

October 6 – 7

Cloud Platform University Sales Workshop

London

October 6 – 7

Cloud Platform University Technical Architecture Workshop

Sydney

October 12 – 16

Azure Infrastructure and Architecture

Sydney

October 13 - 14

Cloud Platform University Sales Workshop

Sydney

October 13 – 14

Cloud Platform University Technical Architecture Workshop

 

  • Coming in just over a month, the first ever Cortana Analytics Workshop in Redmond. Being held September 10 -11 you will have the opportunity to learn about Microsoft’s advanced analytics vision, get architectural guidance and hands-on training on how to build your own apps and custom solutions using the state-of-the-art Cortana Analytics platform and tools. You’ll get to network with other data professionals and have loads of fun, to boot! Learn more and pre-register today.

  • In addition to the many readiness offerings mentioned above, Azure DevCamp has been updated. With topics ranging from PaaS overview to features on App Service, Data Platform, Media and more, the full content (just updated within the past couple of weeks) including hands on labs are available at https://aka.ms/azure-devcamp.

  • Of course, we continue to update, add to and maintain the Azure Partner Readiness Catalog (APRC.) We’re soliciting new contributors, starting with P-Sellers who have B- Microsoft credentials. Want to contribute to the catalog? Let me know!

 

Microsoft loves Linux. Seriously. I didn’t make this up. Satya even said so.

Thanks for sticking with me and making it to the bottom of the August Luper’s Learnings. If you have topics you’d like me to include, please let me know what they are!


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