Josh Condie – A lot of people assume that being a Microsoft employee gives you access to any Microsoft technical training you desire (cloud or on-prem). While this can be the case for some roles in the company, and for those who are especially adept at scouring the depths of our employee intranet, I often find that the best technical training is right in front of us all, on the public domain. Microsoft Virtual Academy is just such an example:
What is MVA? From the site:
“Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of Microsoft training courses, in 14 different languages. Our mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. Through MVA, we offer free Microsoft training, and the entire service is hosted on Windows Azure.
Become an MVA member so that you can earn points for your learning, achieve different levels of badges and status relative to others in your country or around the world, and get certificates when you complete an entire online training course. Your personal dashboard helps you track your progress against your personal learning plans.
MVA learning opportunities combine on-demand Microsoft training courses and live events:
- On-demand, free Microsoft training courses help you learn at your own pace, and when the time is right for your busy schedule.
- MVA’s exciting live online courses include Jump Start training, where you can interact with experts and a worldwide audience of learners from around the world. Through this method of interactive online training, our instructors and subject matter experts will answer the questions you pose in real time chat sessions so that you can apply what you learn right away.
IT Pros and Partners who are looking to evaluate, deploy, administer, update, and manage infrastructure in their organization should checkout our hundreds of online IT training courses. Topics include Management and Security training, Windows Server training, Office 365 training, Windows 8 training, Windows Azure training, Virtualization, Hybrid Cloud Training and Business Intelligence.”
Right now, there is an excellent set of Azure technical trainings available for Partners and IT Pro that are exploring Public Cloud and IAAS as a new practice opportunity. The first, 5-part series entitled: Establish Microsoft Azure IaaS Technical Fundamentals” is a 300-level overview of all things IAAS inside of Azure. Furthermore, these experts share their deep technical insights on these topics and help prepare you to take Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions for Microsoft Azure Specialist Certification.
Here’s an expanded view of just a few of the technical training series available:
This is a great first step towards building a Public Cloud IAAS practice, that also accelerates you towards Cloud certification, which only enhances the partner benefits and incentives you receive to sell solutions on Azure. Self perpetuating – just have to take that first step.