Microsoft Learn Blog articles https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/bg-p/MicrosoftLearnBlog Microsoft Learn Blog articles Wed, 29 Sep 2021 02:16:56 GMT MicrosoftLearnBlog 2021-09-29T02:16:56Z Students: Get creative over break—earn Microsoft Certifications and academic credit https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/students-get-creative-over-break-earn-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/1820647 <P>Hey, students! Although the term is just getting started, it is time to start planning ahead for your school break. In additional to rest and relaxation there are a few creative ways to earn Microsoft Certifications—and college credit—over summer or winter break. Certifications not only help you demonstrate your technical skills and open doors to careers, but they can also count as credit toward your college degree. In this post, you’ll meet Sam Jones and Jason Powell, who saved money and completed their degrees faster <SPAN>with college credits they earned as a result of their Microsoft Certifications</SPAN>. They were focused on getting a good education and on using certifications to get ahead with their tech careers as quickly as possible. You’ll see how they did it, and we’ll show you some tools and resources you can use to do the same.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>ACE Learning Evaluations</H2> <P>Microsoft Certifications are industry-recognized credentials that many employers look for in new hires. If your college recognizes them as valid for credits, you might be able use them to graduate faster and to save money on your education, while getting a job or advancing in your career. The American Council on Education (ACE) Learning Evaluations department has a nationally recognized process for reviewing and validating industry training. With this process, ACE has reviewed many Microsoft Certifications and has recommended them for academic credit. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ACE National Guide</A> lists all the Microsoft Certifications that have successfully gone through this process. It also lists the many institutions of higher learning that accept the ACE-recommended training. To learn more about ACE and to follow step-by-step guidance for getting college credit for your certifications, read <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">College credit for certification exams</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Sam Jones: Using certifications to accelerate his undergraduate degree</H2> <P>When Sam Jones started working in IT for the United States government at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), he didn’t have an undergraduate degree. His managers recommended that he complete a degree so he could advance his career and move into higher salary roles. One of the reasons he chose to attend the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was that the school accepted many industry-recognized certifications, including Microsoft Certifications, that he had earned before starting college. In fact, Sam was granted 60 academic credits, verified though ACE, for those certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>At UMGC, Sam studied computer networks and cybersecurity and was able to complete a four-year degree in just two years, thanks to those 60 credits. Sam considers the value of earning certifications “priceless.” He observes, “Not only are employers looking for those certifications, but you’re also getting college credit for them. You don’t have to sit through a college course or write long papers. You can study for certification, pass the exam, put that on your résumé, get a nice job. And you can get college credits.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sam encourages students who are interested in tech to earn certifications and get that college credit. He also has some advice for prospective students in the workforce who have been earning certifications and who are considering returning to college. He exclaims, “I wish we could yell this from the rooftops because there are a ton of people out there like me, who have a lot of certifications and want a degree—but feel like a degree would take too much time. My biggest advice is to get an assessment of your certifications with ACE and make sure none of them are out of date. Send them over to the transcript service, and send the transcript to your school. A small fee to eliminate thousands of dollars of credits is a no-brainer. Figure out where you want to go based on the credits that ACE gave you, and figure out the shortest timeline to a degree.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sam loves the idea of using a long break to train for and pass certification exams, especially if you want to save money and accelerate your degree process. He notes, “It took me about three months to study for a certification exam. If you’re studying over summer break, you could take the exam right before you return to school. When I tell people what I did and how I did it, people look at me like I’m a magical unicorn. But everyone should know how to do this. If you have credentials, you should be able to use them the same way I did.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Jason Powell: Using certifications to get elective credits for his undergraduate degree</H2> <P>Like Sam, Jason Powell took a nontraditional path to higher education. Jason served in the United States Air Force, and then he worked in IT for a defense contractor in Iraq. Along the way, his employer encouraged him to earn Microsoft Certifications to stay on top of changing technology. He was looking for ways to advance professionally and to be more valuable to his company, so in addition, he decided to earn an undergraduate degree. He chose to attend Excelsior College, a remote learning institution that “was very friendly for transfer credits, as long as the credits applied to the degree.” He received a degree in liberal studies, with an emphasis in computer tech and a minor in history. He learned through ACE that he could use Microsoft Certifications for two elective courses.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Jason spent his time between deployments studying for certification exams or taking college classes. He was very motivated to get the degree, which would give him the opportunity to advance to a system administrator role and to reduce the chance that he’d be maintaining computers in IT “outsites.” He says that earning Microsoft Certifications “helped dramatically. Pursuing certifications sets you apart. You’re going after the practical knowledge of your craft by going after those certifications. After a while, if you continue to get certifications, the accumulation of that achievement shows when you’re on the phone for an interview.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Jason notes, “By using Microsoft Certifications for two elective courses, it probably saved me 16 weeks of coursework and thousands of dollars. It’s a remarkable amount of money you could save.” He urges students to get Microsoft training and certification. “Simply do it. Do what you can to minimize the amount of time and money you must expend to achieve your goal. It’s about efficiency. And applying yourself in the most efficient way.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Tips and tricks:&nbsp; Using your break to prepare for certification exams</H2> <P>These stories show that if you have the will, you can find the way! If you have a break from school or a light term and are ready to study for certification, we have a few recommendations to help you on your journey:</P> <UL> <LI>Use the learning paths on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> to gain technical skills.</LI> <LI>If you’re just starting out in the tech world, consider getting a fundamentals certification. If you’re new to the workforce, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">having a fundamentals certification on your résumé can help set you apart.</A> <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Browse Microsoft Certifications</A> to see which roles and levels are right for you.</LI> <LI>Attend <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Virtual Training Days</A> to deepen your knowledge. When you register for and complete the fundamentals training, you’ll be able to take the fundamentals certification exam at no added cost.</LI> <LI>Take a certification exam. <UL> <LI>As noted, if you attend Microsoft Virtual Training Days, you will receive a free &nbsp;certification exam voucher.</LI> <LI>See if you qualify for a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">$15 discount on a Microsoft Certification exam</A>.</LI> </UL> </LI> <LI>After you pass your exam, work with ACE and your college to claim academic credit for your certification. For details on how to do this, go to our article on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">“College credit for certification exams.”</A></LI> <LI>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">update your LinkedIn profile</A>. Share your achievements and help boost your career potential.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Seize the day—start working on certification now</H2> <P>Sam and Jason understand the value of both certifications and college degrees. They’re agile and flexible students—as well as hardworking professionals. A <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM> report</A> found that the more experience IT professionals have, the more likely it is they have multiple certifications, which indicates that acquiring IT credentials is a lifelong pursuit.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sam and Jason both continue to make learning an essential part of their careers. Sam is in networking, finishing a master’s degree, and looking at earning the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure Network Engineer Associate</A> certification “because the cloud is so hot right now.” Jason is in a cyber-technical role and working on a doctorate. Both are looking forward to a time when their Microsoft Certifications can be applied to advanced degrees, too. They encourage students in college to pursue Microsoft Certifications before they graduate. The time is now! Jason points out, “It’s important to apply your time and emphasis to whatever it is that you need to be good at for the role that you’re in. You only have so much time—everything else you can make more of. But time, you don’t get any more of that.”</P> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 17:13:20 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/students-get-creative-over-break-earn-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/1820647 RWortmanMorris 2021-09-24T17:13:20Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-supply-chain/ba-p/2388937 <P>Are you a functional consultant with an understanding of supply chain management industry standards? Do you have experience in configuring and implementing <SPAN>Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management to meet the needs of your organization</SPAN>? If so, the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification could be a great fit for you. You can put your skills to work to obtain certification that can help you advance your career and earn the recognition you deserve. A Microsoft Certification validates to the world that you have these skills—whether you’re just starting out and growing your career, looking to use your skills to advance, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand consulting role.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Companies are investing in evolving technology, so technical professionals who understand business and finance applications need to find a way to highlight their skills. In fact, 74 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A> listed “understanding business models” and “having business acumen” as hard skills that would make them more attractive to employers. Plus, 80 percent believe that Dynamics 365 certifications are important for increasing earning potential.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can add your certifications to your résumé and your LinkedIn page to alert organizations to your expertise. In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of earning the Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate certification. Plus, we suggest other certifications that can be useful for functional consultants who want to call attention to their broad variety of professional skills.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The supply chain management functional consultant role and certification</H2> <P><SPAN>You fit the profile for this certification if you’re a functional consultant or a business user with a fundamental understanding of supply chain management industry standards and experience configuring and implementing Microsoft Dynamics 365 supply chain management to meet the needs of your organization. Supply chain management functional consultants are key resources who work with developers, solution architects, project managers, and functional consultants in finance, commerce, and manufacturing.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this role, you need experience with both Dynamics 365 core finance and operations apps and Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, so you’ll take two exams to earn this certification:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-300 Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-330 Microsoft Dynamics 365: Supply Chain Management</A></LI> </UL> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>Companies are looking for agile and flexible professionals who can creatively use capabilities they already have to help build new technical solutions. A globally recognized Microsoft Certification validates your skills and abilities and can help keep you competitive. According to a Microsoft white paper on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">role-based tech training and certifications</A>, professionals with Microsoft certifications are 90 percent more productive than their peers. People who evolve their skills through learning are also better at troubleshooting and meeting client requirements.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To advance in a career, functional consultants need to know how to support business requirements by implementing and configuring new technologies. An IDC white paper, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT</EM></A><SPAN>,</SPAN><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_edn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ednref1"><SPAN>[i]</SPAN></A><SPAN> examined capabilities related to operations and financial line of business processes and found that improving three straightforward capabilities would make for better performance—supporting, reporting, and visibility. It indicated that professionals with certification are more likely to believe that their skills can be developed. This contributes to better performance, and the attitude is called a <EM>growth mindset</EM>.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>According to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM> report</A>, the top motivation for people seeking certification is a desire to upskill and stay ahead of technological advances. It found that 73 percent of candidates pursued certification to obtain necessary skills and enhance job performance, and 86 percent of survey respondents intended to get a certification in a new specialty within 12 months.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Having a certification on your résumé can set you apart. It’s a way to distinguish yourself from your colleagues. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers. This survey indicates that over half of global IT decision-makers report they expect their organization to invest in Microsoft technology this year. The survey uncovered that IT professionals don’t lack opportunities to boost their pay. Those who earned a certification or learned a new skill could see an increase of upwards of $12,000 a year.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on the direction you want to take your career, you should investigate the different Microsoft Certifications available to you to help you take the next steps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>If you’re new to Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, check out</SPAN> <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900</A>) and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (ERP)</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-920</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you want to deepen your skills and open up your career options in related areas of supply chain management, consider exploring this other Dynamics 365 associate certification: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam MB-300, linked to earlier in this post, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-320</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Depending on your experience and interest, later in your career, you might consider pursuing an advanced certification for solution architects, such as <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect Expert</A> (complete a prerequisite and pass Exam <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MB-700</A>).</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Supply chain management expertise, business acumen, and technical ability characterize supply chain management functional consultants. You’re skilled at implementing solutions that could include procurement, trade, logistics, or managing warehouses and transportation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the required exam just yet, we have a few suggestions for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Try working with<SPAN> an experienced functional consultant on a Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management project, or work on a supply chain management consulting project. Find a mentor, or join a Dynamics 365 community (see the bulleted list later in this post). Study the manufacturing modules on Microsoft Learn, and complete the hands-on practice.</SPAN> Explore other training opportunities, or take an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate certification journey map. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="D365 Supply Chain Management FC.PNG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/293864iFB15C893CE690A4D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="D365 Supply Chain Management FC.PNG" alt="D365 Supply Chain Management FC.PNG" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Functional Consultant Associate journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when you take the required exam, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-300 and Exam MB-330 skills outline</A>. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, browse curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules on Microsoft Learn for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">review the <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from Microsoft Learning Partners</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">find a Learning Partner</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to add to your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Use this diagram to map out the possibilities: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other supply chain management functional consultants in a community with other finance professionals. Share your career journey with colleagues who have similar interests in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management and related technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 jobs</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 network</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and other resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></LI> <LI>Videos: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></LI> <LI>TechTalks: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 FastTrack TechTalks</A></LI> <LI>Twitter: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A></LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>You’re a skilled supply chain management professional. Are you ready to explore where Microsoft Certification can take you on your career journey? See how a functional consultant certification can shine a light on your skills in innovating and turning business requirements into great solutions and can help you make the most out of your Dynamics 365 career path.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>[1]</SPAN> IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT</EM></A>, #US46245620, May 2020.</P> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-supply-chain/ba-p/2388937 NancyTandy 2021-09-22T14:00:00Z Coming soon: The new Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/coming-soon-the-new-windows-server-hybrid-administrator/ba-p/2747784 <P>We’re happy to announce the addition of the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate</A> certification to our portfolio, to be released in early December 2021. This new certification validates the skills of administrators working in hybrid environments. Hybrid is the reality for many organizations that are building new cloud-native applications, while still supporting current on-premises applications, and Windows Server administrators help organizations successfully make the most of these environments.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Administrators in this role support their teams and organizations using Windows Server—both in the cloud and on-premises—by performing critical tasks, such as elevating security posture starting with the operating system, extending the datacenter to Azure for greater IT efficiency, and taking advantage of a flexible platform to modernize applications. Windows Server hybrid administrators can run new and existing business-critical applications on Azure, on-premises, and at the edge.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3><STRONG>The Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification</STRONG></H3> <P>You’re a great candidate for the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification if you have subject matter expertise configuring and managing Windows Server on-premises, hybrid, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform workloads. You should have extensive experience working with the Windows Server operating system.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Typical responsibilities for administrators in this role include:</P> <UL> <LI>Integrating Windows Server environments with Azure services and managing Windows Server in on-premises networks.</LI> <LI>Managing Windows Server IaaS workloads in Azure, in addition to migrating and deploying workloads to Azure.</LI> <LI>Collaborating with Azure administrators, enterprise architects, Microsoft 365 administrators, and network engineers.</LI> <LI>Implementing and managing on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, management, compute, networking, and storage.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Professionals in this role have experience performing tasks related to security, migration, monitoring, high availability, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. They use administrative tools and technologies, including Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, Azure Arc, and IaaS virtual machine (VM) administration. In addition, they work with Azure Automation Update Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, Azure Security Center, Azure Migrate, and Azure Monitor.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You’ll need to pass two exams to earn this certification. These exams, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-800 (beta): Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-801 (beta): Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services</A>, will be available in early December 2021. If you’re a skilled Windows Server hybrid administrator, we encourage you to participate in the beta. Stay tuned for the announcement.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3><STRONG>Start preparing now for the upcoming beta exams</STRONG></H3> <P>Even though these exams will be released in December 2021, you can start preparing for them now:</P> <UL> <LI>Check out the exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-800 (beta) skills outline</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-801 (beta) skills outline</A> documents alert you to key topics covered on the exams.</LI> <LI>Tune in for two special <EM>IT Ops Talk</EM> episodes, in which Microsoft Cloud Advocate&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/251291" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@OrinThomas</A> takes Azure Stack HCI/Windows Server/Hybrid Cloud Principal Program Manager <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/60612" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@Jeff Woolsey</A> through the details for both exams: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AZ-800 Reaction</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AZ-801 Reaction</A>.</LI> <LI>Gear up with the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AZ-800 Study Guide</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AZ-801 Study Guide</A> created by Orin Thomas.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3><STRONG>Be a leader in the hybrid future</STRONG></H3> <P>Are you ready to shine a spotlight on your skills in working in hybrid environments? Do you have the experience you need to integrate Windows Server environments with Azure services, manage Windows Server in on-premises networks, and manage Windows Server IaaS workloads in Azure? If you do, start learning about the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification today and signal that you have what it takes to manage and deploy apps in the new hybrid future.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375306" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:59:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/coming-soon-the-new-windows-server-hybrid-administrator/ba-p/2747784 SandraMarin 2021-09-16T16:59:00Z Discover Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant certification https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-dynamics-365-supply-chain-management-manufacturing/ba-p/2388936 <P>Are you a functional consultant with an understanding of supply chain management manufacturing industry standards and <SPAN>experience configuring and implementing Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing to meet the needs of your organization</SPAN>? If so, you should consider the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification. A globally recognized Microsoft Certification validates your skills and abilities and can help keep you competitive. It lets the world know that you have these skills—whether you’re just starting out and growing your career, looking to use your skills to advance, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand consulting role.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Functional consultants need to know how to support business requirements by implementing and configuring new technologies. IDC white paper <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT</EM></A><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_edn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ednref1"><SPAN>[i]</SPAN></A><SPAN> notes that the skills of its people can make or break a high-performing IT organization. As IT professionals assume new roles and configure new solutions, this continuous </SPAN>evolution of skills requires a program of continuous learning and development, sometimes <SPAN>called a <EM>growth mindset</EM>. Many professionals who pursue certification and grow in their career have this mindset.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>You can add skills and certifications to your résumé and your LinkedIn page to alert organizations to your expertise. In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we explore the benefits of earning the Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate certification. Plus, we suggest other certifications that can be useful for functional consultants who want to call attention to their broad variety of professional skills.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing functional consultant role and certification</H2> <P><SPAN>These professionals are key resources who work with developers, solution architects, project managers, and functional consultants in finance, commerce, and supply chain. </SPAN>In this role, you need experience with both Dynamics 365 core finance and operations apps and Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, so you’ll take two exams to earn this certification:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-300 Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-320 Microsoft Dynamics 365: Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing</A></LI> </UL> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>Companies are investing in evolving technology, so technical professionals who understand business and finance applications need to find a way to highlight their skills. In fact, 74 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A> listed “understanding business models” and “having business acumen” as hard skills that would make them more attractive to employers. Plus, 80 percent believe that Dynamics 365 certifications are important for increasing earning potential.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As companies evolve, they notice that there’s a gap not only in skills but also in roles. Organizations need agile and flexible professionals who can creatively use capabilities they already have to help build new technical solutions. According to a Microsoft white paper on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">role-based tech training and certifications</A>, 91 percent of IT professionals with certifications believe that the effort employees put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success in digital transformation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As noted in a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM> report</A>, the top motivation for people seeking certification is a desire to upskill and stay ahead of technological advances. It found that 73 percent of candidates pursued certification to obtain necessary skills and enhance job performance. Certification itself is an accomplishment, but for many survey respondents it also brings other benefits that can be tangible, such as pay raises and promotions, or intangible, such as increased respect from peers and higher job satisfaction.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Having a certification on your résumé can set you apart. It’s a way to distinguish yourself from your colleagues. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers. This survey indicates that over half of global IT decision-makers report that they expect their organization to invest in Microsoft technology this year. The survey uncovered that IT professionals don’t lack opportunities to boost their pay. Those who earned a certification or learned a new skill could see an increase of upwards of $12,000 a year.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on the direction you want to take your career, you should investigate the different Microsoft Certifications available to you to help you take the next steps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>If you’re new to Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, check out</SPAN> <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900</A>) and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (ERP)</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-920</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you want to deepen your skills and open up your career options in related areas, consider exploring these other Dynamics 365 associate certifications:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam MB-300, linked to earlier in this post, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-310</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam MB-300 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-330</A>)</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Depending on your experience and interest, later in your career, you might consider pursuing an advanced certification for solution architects, such as <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect Expert</A> (complete a prerequisite and pass Exam <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MB-700</A>).</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Supply chain management manufacturing expertise, business acumen, and technical ability characterize these professionals. As a functional consultant, you’re skilled at configuring process and discrete and lean manufacturing and you can manage manufacturing processes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the required exam just yet, we have a few suggestions for you. Try working with<SPAN> an experienced manufacturing functional consultant in a manufacturing workstream. Find a mentor, tour manufacturing lines, and learn how things are made. Study the Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing modules on Microsoft Learn, and complete the hands-on practice.</SPAN> Explore other training opportunities, or take an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate certification journey map. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="D365 Supply Chain Management Manufacturing FC.PNG" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/293847i05D880CB431E66CB/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="D365 Supply Chain Management Manufacturing FC.PNG" alt="D365 Supply Chain Management Manufacturing FC.PNG" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when you take the required exam, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-300 and MB-320 skills outline</A>. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, browse curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules on Microsoft Learn for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from Microsoft Learning Partners</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">find a Learning Partner</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to add to your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Use this diagram to map out the possibilities: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other supply chain management, manufacturing functional consultants in a community with other finance professionals. Share your career journey with colleagues who have similar interests in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, and related technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 jobs</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 network</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification, to share your badge, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and other resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></LI> <LI>Videos: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Configure discrete manufacturing in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management </A></LI> <LI>TechTalks: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 FastTrack TechTalks</A></LI> <LI>Twitter: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A></LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>You’re a skilled supply chain management, manufacturing professional. Are you ready to explore where Microsoft Certification can take you on your career journey? See how a functional consultant certification can validate your skills in planning, managing, and implementing manufacturing processes and can help you make the most out of your Dynamics 365 career path.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>[1]</SPAN> IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT</EM></A>, #US46245620, May 2020.</P> Wed, 15 Sep 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-dynamics-365-supply-chain-management-manufacturing/ba-p/2388936 NancyTandy 2021-09-15T14:00:00Z New Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 training: August 2021 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-power-platform-and-dynamics-365-training-august/ba-p/1633453 <P>Check out what’s new in our training and certification portfolio—we’ve a learning path, modules, and a new landing page to explore Dynamics 365 Commerce on Microsoft Learn. We update learning paths and modules on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> regularly to help ensure that you’re getting the most current information as technology continues to advance. Keep your career up to date by using training to build and enhance your skills, and then move ahead by validating those skills with a Microsoft Certification. This month, in addition to the new Commerce landing page on Microsoft Learn, explore our new learning path for Human Resources and our new and updated modules for Success by Design. Plus, we’ve added new modules for Business Central, Customer Service, Field Service, Intelligent Order Management, Marketing, and Sales. We’ve also converted our Power Apps “Create a Model Driven App” exercise to a lab.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Work through these and other modules at your own pace. Use free, online training on Microsoft Learn to explore new skills to use on the job or to take your career in a new direction. If you need help figuring out which training to take, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 learning paths</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform learning paths</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re removing older, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">retired courses from the Dynamics Learning Portal</A> on October 15, 2021, as a result of the significant reduction in the number of downloads of these e-learning courses. If you want to keep any of them for your own use, be sure to download them before that date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in August 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Business Central</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;<STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Implement interfaces in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Work with reports in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Extend reports in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Work with entitlements and permission sets in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Customer Service</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;<STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Enhance agent productivity with Customer Service workspace</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create custom experiences for agents with the App profile manager in Customer Service</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create or update records automatically in Customer Service Hub</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Enhance agent productivity and personalization in Omnichannel for Customer Service</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Enhance agent productivity and personalization in Customer Service Hub</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Field Service</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use AI in Dynamics 365 Field Service</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Human Resources</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path </STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started and use functionality in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Human Resources</A></P> <P>Learning path, 6 modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Intelligent Order Management</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with Dynamics 365 Intelligent Order Management</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Marketing</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manage content, event triggers, and journeys in real-time marketing with Dynamics 365 Marketing</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Power Apps</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hands on Lab: Create a model-driven app</A></P> <P>Module update: Converted “Create a model-driven app” exercise to a lab. No trial needed.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Sales</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set up and configure Dynamics 365 Sales</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Success by Design</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module/Learning Path</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P>Learning Path - <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Plan a testing strategy for your Dynamics 365 solution</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>MB-700</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P>Module - <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dual-write implementation for Dynamics 365 solutions</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>MB-700</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P>Module - <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cutover strategy for Dynamics 365 solutions</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P>Module - <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Post go-live strategy for Dynamics 365 solutions</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>MB-700</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Product landing pages</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Business Central</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Finance</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Commerce</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Commerce on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="57px"> <P>Supply Chain Management&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="57px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Customer Service</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Customer Service on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Field Service</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Field Service on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Marketing</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Marketing on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Sales</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Sales on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Power BI</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power BI on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Power Apps</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Apps on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="166.979px" height="30px"> <P>Power Automate</P> </TD> <TD width="425px" height="30px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Automate on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 14 Sep 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-power-platform-and-dynamics-365-training-august/ba-p/1633453 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-09-14T15:00:00Z How the Microsoft Certification community can help you and your career https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-the-microsoft-certification-community-can-help-you-and-your/ba-p/2038072 <P>Learning takes dedication, hard work, and persistence. And this #ProudToBeCertified blog series has shown us that the journey is worth it. The inspiring stories we’ve heard from all our generous contributors around the world have come from so many different points of view. Thanks to all of them, and you for being a part of it. From getting a head start while still in school to advancing a career as a new mom, to those who are highly experienced and wanted to keep going – even from the standpoint of a career rocked by a global crisis – every single story we’ve shared have one common theme: community.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Watch the #ProudToBeCertified stories video </STRONG></P> <P><LI-VIDEO vid="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Do5l-1olHg" align="center" size="large" width="600" height="338" uploading="false" thumbnail="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/1Do5l-1olHg/hqdefault.jpg" external="url"></LI-VIDEO></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Sharing can inspire, motivate, and advance your career</H2> <P>When you share your experiences, challenges, wins, and goals with your network, you put yourself out there for support and acknowledgment – maybe when you didn’t realize you need it. Perhaps you didn’t even expect what you’re sharing can benefit someone else too. When you speak up with a question, you’re helping others who might have the same ask – which ultimately keeps the conversation going for everyone. With more than 1.1 million people who viewed the #ProudToBeCertified posts on Twitter, LinkedIn, videos, and other locations, the stories from our community seem to have a real impact – learners are making connections, finding resources, and gaining motivation together.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>How connecting with the certification community can help you</H2> <P>We’ve been fortunate to share these personal stories through this #ProudToBeCertified blog series. It’s helped show us that whoever and wherever you are in your career, you’re not alone. There’s a network of people ready to offer advice and support you with the resources you need. Simply reaching out can spark a blaze of interconnections.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And we’ve seen how making new connections and sharing accomplishments in your community can lead to real career advances. For instance, you can benefit by sharing your achievements with a networking site like LinkedIn. Members who have at least five skills on their profiles are messaged up to 27 times more than those who don’t.<SUP>1</SUP> We’ve also seen career advances made through mentorships, public celebration of accomplishments, new connections that happened during the certification journey, and more. We’re learning that when you celebrate and share your achievements, you’re giving yourself an additional boost to get where you want to go in your career and life.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="P2BC_TheJourneyIsWorthIt.jpg" style="width: 801px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/296476iAA98ABEE83A50D01/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="P2BC_TheJourneyIsWorthIt.jpg" alt="P2BC_TheJourneyIsWorthIt.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>What can you take away from these #ProudToBeCertified stories?</H2> <P>Beyond the fact that the Microsoft Certification community provides support and motivation, there are a number of practical lessons and tips these #ProudToBeCertified stories have shown us.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <OL> <LI><STRONG>It’s never too early – or too late – to start. </STRONG></LI> </OL> <P class="lia-indent-padding-left-30px">When it comes to learning, there’s no limit on age. In this blog series, we’ve seen university students decide to explore Microsoft technologies and certifications on Microsoft Learn, leading to careers in tech. We’ve also heard from seasoned professionals with decades of experience give their careers a boost by investing in learning and having a growth mindset. Everyone is welcome when it comes to learning.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <OL start="2"> <LI><STRONG>The journey begins with curiosity and passion.</STRONG></LI> </OL> <P class="lia-indent-padding-left-30px">The #ProudToBeCertified stories in this series originate from a diverse set of people, from job seekers to those affected by the pandemic, to experienced technical professionals with a passion for life-long learning. Whatever their stories, they’ve chosen their own learning path based on their enthusiasm for working with technology – and continuously exploring their personal interests along the way. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <OL start="3"> <LI><STRONG>Make use of <U>Microsoft Learn.</U></STRONG></LI> </OL> <P class="lia-indent-padding-left-30px">Featured individuals in our blog series have found direction, certification <SPAN>details</SPAN>, and training resources on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A><SPAN>, a place to customize your learning journey and build your technical skills needed </SPAN>to meet professional and personal goals. From free self-paced learning paths to instructor-led training courses offered by Learning Partners, you can choose the best way to learn and prepare for a certification. With training resources designed to meet your personal learning style, Microsoft Learn is the place to go so you too can be #ProudToBeCertified.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <OL start="4"> <LI><STRONG>Add depth to your online resources.</STRONG></LI> </OL> <P class="lia-indent-padding-left-30px">Beyond Microsoft Learn, there are plenty of additional options to find what you need along your learning journey. Start with the <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Tech Community</A>. You’ll likely find what you’re looking for among its over 600k members and over 1.6 million discussions. You’ll also find a vast community of support at social sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Wherever you are on your certification journey, you are not alone</H2> <P>You could be on day 1 or day 900 on your learning journey; wherever you are, you have a community and support. We’re all in this with you to cheer you on, surface the best resources, and encourage each other to keep learning. If you’ve contributed your #ProudToBeCertified story on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A>, or another platform, thank you for joining us by sharing your journey. Keep learning, discovering, and moving ahead.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/are-you-proud-to-be-certified-share-your-story/ba-p/2050023" target="_blank" rel="noopener">More and more people are #ProudToBeCertified with Microsoft</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-certifications-boost-it-careers-from-the-start/ba-p/2038067" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN>Microsoft Certifications boost IT careers from the start</SPAN></A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/certifications-can-spark-confidence-amidst-unexpected-changes/ba-p/2038069" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN>Certifications can spark confidence amidst unexpected changes</SPAN></A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-microsoft-certifications-advance-women-in-tech/ba-p/2038068" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN>How Microsoft Certifications advance women in tech</SPAN></A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/see-how-one-woman-maximized-the-impact-of-her-microsoft/ba-p/2038071" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN>See how one woman maximized the impact of her Microsoft Certifications</SPAN></A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/staying-motivated-mid-career-with-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/2038070" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN>Having a growth mindset can fuel your certification journey</SPAN></A></LI> </UL> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <P><SUP>1</SUP>LinkedIn, “<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What You Need to Know To Get Hired This Month: September 2020</A>."</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:07:29 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-the-microsoft-certification-community-can-help-you-and-your/ba-p/2038072 KarinaUng 2021-09-16T21:07:29Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-finance-functional/ba-p/2388935 <P>Are you a finance consultant with a solid understanding of accounting principles and financial operations? Do you translate business requirements into solutions implementing industry best practices? If so, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification. Use your skills in implementing and configuring Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance to obtain a certification that can help you to advance your career and to earn the recognition you deserve. A Microsoft Certification validates to the world that you have these finance consulting skills—whether you’re early in your career and growing your skills, looking to use your skills to advance in your field, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand consulting role.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Companies are investing in evolving technology, so technical professionals who understand business and finance applications need to find a way to highlight their skills. In fact, 74 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A> listed “understanding business models” and “having business acumen” as hard skills that would make them more attractive to employers. Plus, 80 percent believe that Dynamics 365 certifications are important for increasing earning potential.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can add your certifications to your résumé and your LinkedIn page to alert organizations to your expertise. In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of earning the Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate certification. Plus, we suggest other certifications that can be useful for finance consultants who want to call attention to their broad variety of professional skills.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The finance functional consultant role and certification</H2> <P><SPAN>You fit the profile for this certification if you’re a finance consultant with experience analyzing business requirements and translating them into fully realized business processes and solutions that implement industry best practices. This certification is also for other professionals who have similar experience working with Dynamics 365 Finance apps. Either way, you’re a key resource who implements and configures Dynamics 365 Finance to meet business requirements.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This certification is a good fit for professionals in finance departments who work in <SPAN>accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, fixed assets, budgeting, cost accounting and cost management, or expenses. You must have a fundamental understanding of business accounting principles and financial operations, including the use of Dynamics 365.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this role, you need experience with both Dynamics 365 core finance and operations apps and Dynamics 365 Finance, so you’ll take two exams to earn this certification:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-300 Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-310 Microsoft Dynamics 365: Finance</A></LI> </UL> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>A globally recognized Microsoft Certification validates your skills and abilities. A Microsoft white paper on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">role-based tech training and certifications</A> reports that 91 percent of IT professionals with certifications believe that the effort employees put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success in digital transformation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To advance in a career, it matters that finance consultants know how to support business requirements by implementing and configuring new technologies. An IDC white paper, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT</EM></A>,<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_edn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ednref1"><SPAN>[i]</SPAN></A> indicates that professionals with a growth mindset can develop the capacity to implement technology transformation. Those who have achieved a relevant technical certification are more likely to believe that competence can be developed through dedication, hard work, and a willingness to take advantage of tools and learnings.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Having a certification on your résumé can set you apart. It’s a way to distinguish yourself from your colleagues. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers. This survey indicates that more than half of global IT decision-makers report they expect their organization to invest in Microsoft technology this year. The survey uncovered that IT professionals don’t lack opportunities to boost their pay. Those who earned a certification or learned a new skill could see an increase of upwards of USD$12,000 a year.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM> report</A> found that the average survey respondent holds seven certifications, and 86 percent planned to get a certification in a new specialty within 12 months. Certification helped most respondents fill a skills gap, plus many enjoy pay raises, promotions, and the newfound respect of leaders and peers. In addition, employers reaped the benefits of having employees with certification. The report notes that these appear to be long-term trends and that the value of certification will continue to grow.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on the direction you want to take your career, you might investigate the different Microsoft Certifications available to you to help you take the next steps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>If you’re new to Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, check out</SPAN> <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900</A>) and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (ERP)</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-920</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you want to deepen your skills and open up your career options in related areas of finance and operations, consider exploring other Dynamics 365 associate certifications:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam MB-300, linked earlier in this post, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-320</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam MB-300 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-330</A>)</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Depending on your experience and interest, later in your career, you might consider pursuing an advanced certification for solution architects, such as <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect Expert</A> (complete a prerequisite and pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-700</A>).</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Financial expertise, business acumen, and technical ability characterize finance functional consultants. You’re driven by turning business requirements into solutions that implement industry best practices.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the required exam just yet, we have a few suggestions for you. Try working with<SPAN> a functional consultant who has experience in Dynamics 365 Finance, or take part in a finance consulting project. Join a Dynamics 365 community (see the bulleted list later in this post).</SPAN> Find a mentor, or look for more support by exploring training opportunities or taking an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate certification journey map. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="D365 Finance FC.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/293846i17CE0B49DE4B826D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="D365 Finance FC.png" alt="D365 Finance FC.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when you take the required exam, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-300 and Exam MB-310 skills outline</A>. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules on Microsoft Learn for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance.</A>&nbsp;Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">review the <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from Microsoft Learning Partners</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">find a Learning Partner</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to add to your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Use this diagram to map out the possibilities: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other finance functional consultants in a community. Share your career journey with colleagues who have similar interests in Dynamics 365 Finance and related technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 jobs</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 network</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Dynamics 365 resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance</A></LI> <LI>Videos: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance</A></LI> <LI>TechTalks: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 FastTrack TechTalks</A></LI> <LI>Twitter: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A></LI> </UL> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>You’re a skilled financial professional. Are you ready to explore where Microsoft Certification can take you on your career journey? A certification signals that you have what it takes to turn business requirements into great solutions for your organization.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>[1]</SPAN> IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT</EM></A>, #US46245620, May 2020.</P> Wed, 08 Sep 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-finance-functional/ba-p/2388935 NancyTandy 2021-09-08T14:00:00Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-business-central/ba-p/2388934 <P>If you’re passionate about excellent small and medium business operations and have experience setting up and implementing core processes that can adapt as your business grows, the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification might be a great fit for you. In this role, you could wear many hats, such as functional consultant, administrator, or quality assurance professional. This certification demonstrates that you know how to set up, configure, migrate, and perform operational tasks in Dynamics 365 Business Central. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A Microsoft Certification validates to the world that you have these skills—whether you’re just starting out, looking to use your functional consultant knowledge and experience to advance your career, or wanting to take your career journey in a new direction.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Companies of all sizes want automated solutions. There’s an ever-growing need for employees and consultants who can adapt innovations that bring better, more connected operational experiences. The Microsoft approach to certification focuses on building a strong learning culture and encouraging learners on their journey. This drives tech intensity. A Microsoft white paper on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">role-based tech training and certifications</A> reports that 91 percent of IT professionals with certifications believe that the effort employees put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success in digital transformation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can add your certifications to your résumé and your LinkedIn page to alert organizations to your expertise. In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of earning the Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate certification. Plus, we suggest other certifications that can be useful for functional consultants who want to call attention to their broad variety of professional skills.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The Business Central functional consultant role and certification</H2> <P><SPAN>You fit the profile for this certification if you’re a functional consultant in a small or medium business who </SPAN>implements and configures core application setup and runs operations processes<SPAN>. You could be in a</SPAN> role such as administrator, quality assurance professional, DevOps specialist, developer, UX designer, or solution architect.<SPAN> You need to have experience configuring Dynamics 365 Business Central role centers, including adapting insights, cues, action tiles, reports, and charts, and extending Business Central by using Microsoft Power Platform components.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You should have applied knowledge of meeting user needs through Business Central, and you need to understand industry terminology, priorities, standards, methodologies, and best practices. If you have this knowledge, in addition to a basic understanding of financial management sales, purchasing, and inventory, this certification is designed for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To earn this certification, you need to pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-800: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>Dynamics 365 certifications are popular. In fact, 80 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A> believe that Dynamics 365 certifications are important for increasing earning potential. Plus, 74 percent listed “understanding business models” and “having business acumen” as hard skills that would make them more attractive to employers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For business success, it matters that people in the organization know how to support business requirements by implementing new and transformative technologies. An IDC white paper, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT</EM></A><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_edn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ednref1"><SPAN>[i]</SPAN></A> indicates that professionals with a growth mindset can develop the capacity to implement technology transformation. Those who have achieved a relevant technical certification are more likely to believe that competence can be developed through dedication and hard work and a willingness to take advantage of tools and learnings.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re relatively new to the workforce, having a certification on your résumé can set you apart. You know that organizations need to keep pace with the digital transformation trend. A certification tells employers that you’ve studied for and passed an exam for specific skill sets and that you’re ready to keep learning, regardless of where you are on your career path. It’s a way to distinguish yourself from your colleagues. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers without any.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM> report</A>, professionals list their top reasons for certification as improving professional standing, adding technical knowledge, and increasing their chances of a salary increase. Plus, 67 percent of the respondents indicate greater self-confidence in their abilities, and 55 percent note that the knowledge they gained was transferable to actual work situations.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on the direction you want to take your career, you should investigate the different Microsoft Certifications available to you to help you take the next steps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>If you’re new to Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, check out</SPAN> <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900</A>) and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (CRM)</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-910</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you want to deepen your skills and open up your career options in related business functionalities, consider exploring other Dynamics 365 associate certifications:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200</A>, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-220</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-240</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-210</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-230</A>)</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Depending on the depth of your experience and interest, later in your career, you might consider pursuing an advanced certification for solution architects, such as <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> (complete a prerequisite and pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600</A>).</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Sensitivity to the needs of a small or medium business, a drive to facilitate project success, and technical skills characterize Business Central functional consultants. You’re driven by helping your business grow, and you have experience setting up and implementing solutions that help your organization scale and become more efficient by connecting people and processes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the required exam just yet, we have a few suggestions for you. Try working on<SPAN> a Dynamics 365 Business Central setup or implementation project. Or you might work with a</SPAN><SPAN> functional consultant who regularly uses Dynamics 365 Business Central.</SPAN> Find a mentor or look for more support by exploring training opportunities or taking an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate certification journey map. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="D365 Business Central FC Associate.png" style="width: 626px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/286106i6C1813B8080F8342/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="D365 Business Central FC Associate.png" alt="D365 Business Central FC Associate.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when you take the required exam, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-800 skills outline guide</A>. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules on Microsoft Learn for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central.</A>&nbsp;Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">review the <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from Microsoft Learning Partners</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">find a Learning Partner</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to add to your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Use this diagram to map out the possibilities: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other Business Central functional consultants in a community. Share your career journey with colleagues who have similar interests in Dynamics 365 Business Central and related technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 jobs</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 network</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and other resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></LI> <LI>Video blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></LI> <LI>YouTube channel: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></LI> <LI>Twitter: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A></LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>Are you ready to validate that you know how to help your small or medium business implement processes that can help it innovate and grow as the business environment evolves and changes? As a Business Central functional consultant, you have a passion for implementing operations solutions that help your company adapt and scale. A certification signals that you have what it takes to deliver operational excellence for your organization.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ednref1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_edn1"><SPAN>[i]</SPAN></A> IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT</EM></A>, #US46245620, May 2020.</P> Wed, 01 Sep 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-business-central/ba-p/2388934 NancyTandy 2021-09-01T14:00:00Z University of Lincoln: Innovative program adds Microsoft Certifications to jump-start grads’ careers https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/university-of-lincoln-innovative-program-adds-microsoft/ba-p/1820646 <P>For many students in higher education, finding a job after graduation is one of their biggest concerns. And, in an era of digital transformation, students studying technology want to ensure they have the up-to-date cloud skills that employers need. So, how can a new graduate make sure they have the right skills—skills that stand out in the job market? <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Educators</A> works with faculty at colleges, universities, community colleges, and polytechnics around the globe, in over 85 countries, to come up with innovative, cloud-focused courses of study aligned to industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications. This helps to give students a head start on their careers after they graduate.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>At the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">University of Lincoln</A>, a public research university in Lincoln, England, faculty developed a master’s degree (MSc) program in cloud computing designed to equip students with the cutting-edge skills required by the fast-growing cloud computing industry. The university partnered with Microsoft to augment the degree paths already available to students with Microsoft curriculum, certification training, and teaching materials for the faculty to help their students prepare to enter the workforce as cloud-ready professionals. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Integrating Microsoft Certification into the master’s degree program</H2> <P>Under the guidance of program leader Dr. Derek Foster, Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science, students at the University of Lincoln can earn an MSc in cloud computing and gain in-demand skills for professional roles, including cloud developer, solution architect, DevOps technologist, and data specialist. The groundbreaking program balances computer science principles with industry best practices for cloud computing. It integrates training on Microsoft fundamentals and associate certifications with the goal of providing a pipeline of skilled graduates who are industry-prepared and cloud-ready.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Students in the program gain a rigorous conceptual and practical understanding of state-of-the-art, scalable cloud systems. Dr. Foster is excited about the way that the program enhances his students’ chances for making an immediate difference in the field of cloud computing. He observes, “The MSc in cloud computing will equip graduates with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen cloud career. Students will learn how to create and deploy cutting-edge cloud technologies, so they are equipped to take on roles such as cloud data engineer or cloud administrator.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Higher education works to close the cloud skills gap</H2> <P>The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Cloud Skills Report: Closing the Cloud Skills Chasm</A> sounded the alarm throughout industry and across higher education that there is a scarcity of qualified cloud professionals ready to meet the challenges that organizations face as digital transformation reshapes industry. Dr. Foster and other computer science educators realize that to successfully build a pipeline of future talent, they need to not only offer rigorous technical training but also to engage with industry, so their graduates have the sought-after skills that industry requires. In <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cloud computing: developing contemporary computer science curriculum for a cloud-first future</A>, Dr. Foster and his co-authors set out their vision for new approaches to curricula that best prepare their students for supporting the needs of industry. Now, students who earn Microsoft Certifications at the University of Lincoln can validate their skills and have a résumé that sets them apart from other graduates.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>How it works: Earning certifications for academic credit</H2> <P>The program offers Microsoft Certifications for academic credit. The faculty carefully maps academic course outcomes to certification outcomes. At least one Microsoft Certification is offered to students in the program each semester. In fact, the University of Lincoln is adding the following Microsoft Certifications to its program:</P> <P>Fundamentals certifications:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;Associate certifications:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Setting up the employer pipeline</H2> <P>The University of Lincoln is also working with local and regional organizations to develop pathways for its students into cloud careers using its master’s program and targeted graduate goals. One example of a successful partnership is with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Elastacloud</A>, a company that builds data platform solutions using data science and AI. The organization developed its <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cloudgrads</A> program, which provides services for businesses seeking graduates who have the skills they need for implementing the Azure platform powered by agile and DevOps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Richard Conway, CEO of Elastacloud reports, “We’re proud to collaborate in partnership with Lincoln University to support the development of a highly skilled graduate pipeline as part of our graduate recruitment program. Lincoln’s cloud computing program enables students to develop themselves to begin a career in the fast-growing cloud sector.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Preparing for the future</H2> <P>Dr. Foster and his academic and industry collaborators are continuing to spread the word about business and academic partnerships – like theirs with Microsoft Learn for Educators and Elastacloud – that offer students the opportunity to develop the skill sets needed for cloud-based services, in addition to preparing them for a cloud era that includes the internet of things (IoT) and cybersecurity. In&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Toward a Cloud Computing Learning Community</A>, these leaders examine the possibility of creating a model curriculum, and they provide guidance to educators about cloud computing skill sets sought in the job market. They also report on a community platform designed to host cloud learning resources. If their efforts are any indication, these are exciting times to be a student in the computer sciences—especially at the University of Lincoln.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 03 Sep 2021 17:24:13 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/university-of-lincoln-innovative-program-adds-microsoft/ba-p/1820646 RWortmanMorris 2021-09-03T17:24:13Z Continue staying ahead with Microsoft Certifications https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/continue-staying-ahead-with-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/2038070 <P>There’s one thing that’s become clear throughout this #ProudToBeCertified series. One of the most critical success elements in a tech career is a willingness to put in the effort, time, and training to learn new skills and technologies.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>According to a 2020 IDC white paper, technology professionals who believe that continuous learning benefits their career have what’s called a “growth mindset.” The study shows that it’s incredibly important to stay current for those in a long-term career. Of those with certifications, 91% believe that the effort they put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success – not just the skills themselves.<SUP>1</SUP> In other words, <EM>dedication</EM> can ultimately add personal and professional value in a rapidly evolving technology market. Let’s take a look at two individuals whose growth mindset helped them through long-term careers. Both credit their certification journeys for their continuing success over many years.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Watch Tammy and Charles-Henri’s #ProudToBeCertified stories </STRONG></P> <P><LI-VIDEO vid="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb8FqMexcEY" align="center" size="large" width="600" height="338" uploading="false" thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/sb8FqMexcEY/hqdefault.jpg" external="url"></LI-VIDEO></P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Tammy: Discovering a new door to opportunity</H2> <P>“I'm so happy I made the decision I did many years ago to get certified.” Says Tammy Schwark, an IT Pro/Consultant, “It's the best thing I could have done.” For Tammy, her learning journey began 25 years ago when she was working as the Microsoft Exchange administrator for a hospital.&nbsp; She found out a male peer in a similar role at the other hospital in the same city made significantly more money than she did. While unfair pay gap was upsetting, it fueled her to do something about it.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Having already earned one Microsoft Certification, she was determined to do more by getting additional training and pursued another Microsoft Certification. She started off studying on her own, then she turned to study books and guides as well as the exam outline. “The biggest piece, of course, is working with the product, right?” She confirms, “And that's what I would continue to do over the years.” It was hard work, but she passed, and she says that getting an early certification “opened up doors for me, big time.” Soon she was offered a job in Bermuda, where she lived for two years before moving back to Canada. She continues to support the company in Bermuda, along with their office in Florida, while also pursuing continuous career growth.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As she moves forward in her career, Tammy leverages Microsoft resources to help her keep up with the rapid change in technology. <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> has been a critical resource and learning tool, and the <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Tech Community</A> is where she says she found her inspiration. To colleagues looking for a similar connection, Tammy advises they share, collaborate, and celebrate their certification journey: “Get out there in the community on Twitter, LinkedIn, whatever, and find those people. Follow the products that you think you're interested in. You'll eventually learn how to follow the people who work with those products, from the MVPs to developers or IT pros. Just immerse yourself in it.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_ContinuousLearning_InBlog_Quote_Tammy.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/292741iA96C87846A247790/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_Blog_P2BC_ContinuousLearning_InBlog_Quote_Tammy.png" alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_ContinuousLearning_InBlog_Quote_Tammy.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Charles-Henri: Keeping up with the cloud</H2> <P>“If you have been in IT for a while,” says Charles-Henri, an MVP data platform &amp; technical leader, “you certainly went through the big shift that was the transition to the cloud.” He remembers well how that shakeup brought home for him the need for continuous training. “There is nothing that evolves faster than IT,” he says, “especially the cloud. I know today's knowledge will be obsolete by tomorrow. That's why I'm counting on [Microsoft] Certifications to let me know what knowledge I need to keep up to date.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For him, continuously learning has provided stability and respect in fast-changing times – especially when it comes to his livelihood, “These certifications” he says, “have really helped me earn my customers' trust as a consultant and in general, they give me a lot more confidence and assurance in my own knowledge.” They also provide a valuable planning tool to maintain his mastery. “Ever since Microsoft updated Microsoft Learn,” he says, “learning new technologies has become much easier thanks to the lab, the sandbox, and the learning paths, which are really thorough on the Microsoft Learn site.” Charles-Henri has earned many certifications during his career, and he is determined to keep learning – that way he can stay on top of the rapidly changing technology and continue to grow throughout his career. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_ContinuousLearning_InBlog_Quote_CharlesHenri.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/292751iE59AA2669DBE3D2A/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_Blog_P2BC_ContinuousLearning_InBlog_Quote_CharlesHenri.png" alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_ContinuousLearning_InBlog_Quote_CharlesHenri.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>No matter where you are in your tech career, success is as much about determination and dedication as it is about learning. We’d love to hear how hard work and a growth mindset has paid off in your career. Tell us how you keep learning and growing in your #ProudToBeCertified story. Check out more <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#ProudToBeCertified videos</A> and submit your story on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A>, or your preferred platform with #ProudToBeCertified.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/staying-resilient-with-continuous-learning/ba-p/1469343" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Staying resilient with continuous learning</A></LI> <LI> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-microsoft-certifications-advance-women-in-tech/ba-p/2038068" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Microsoft Certifications advance women in tech</A></P> </LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-certifications-moving-up-in-it-with-chris-dinnel/ba-p/2080036" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certifications: Moving up in IT with Chris Dinnel</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/why-you-should-celebrate-your-microsoft-skills-and/ba-p/1469349" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why you should celebrate your Microsoft skills and certifications</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SUP>1</SUP>IDC Business Value White Paper, sponsored by Microsoft, Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT, May 2020</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:11:19 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/continue-staying-ahead-with-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/2038070 KarinaUng 2021-09-16T21:11:19Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-field-service/ba-p/2388933 <P>If you’re a functional consultant who uses your technical expertise with both Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform to implement intelligent planning solutions for your organization to help ensure consistent and dependable operations, the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification could be just what you’ve been looking for. A Microsoft Certification validates to the world that you have valuable skills—whether you’re just starting out, looking to use your functional consultant experience to advance your career, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The Microsoft approach to certification focuses on building a strong learning culture and on encouraging learners on their journey. A Microsoft white paper on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">role-based tech training and certifications</A> reports that certification increases efficiency and productivity in hard-to-fill roles. Compared to peers, professionals with Microsoft Certifications are 90 percent more productive. Recent IDC research on role-based certifications indicates that the people in specific roles have responsibilities which typically span several domains and that each role works with many different technologies.<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> There’s a need for functional consultants in Dynamics 365 Field Service who are multitaskers—they plan, organize, and implement better solutions for teams dealing with customer issues.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can add your certifications to your résumé and your LinkedIn page to alert organizations to your expertise. LinkedIn is a very effective and easy way to call attention to your accomplishments. Did you know that <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn members with profiles that list at least five skills on are messaged up to 27 times more</A> than those who don’t?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of earning the Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate certification. Plus, we suggest other certifications that can be useful for functional consultants who want to call attention to their broad variety of skills as seasoned professionals.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The Field Service functional consultant role and certification</H2> <P>You fit the profile for this certification if you’re a functional consultant with responsibility for using Dynamics 365 Field Service to implement solutions that manage resources which complete the Field Service lifecycle.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Functional consultants collaborate with the designers of Field Service processes. They implement these processes, configure default administration areas of the Field Service application, deploy the Connected Field Service (IoT) solution and the mobile application, and implement any additional customizations needed. Field Service functional consultants are responsible for the configuration and deployment of the Field Service application in conjunction with the core customer service application.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a candidate for this certification, you must know how to configure and customize components of the Field Service application, including configuring services, resources, characteristics, incidents, inventory integration, service agreements, resource scheduling, work orders, service tasks, user roles, settings, the Connected Field Service solution, and configuration of the Field Service Mobile application. You should also be familiar with the Microsoft Power Apps–based mobile application.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a functional consultant in this role, you need experience working on teams with project managers, developers, and solution architects, plus a minimum of one to three years of experience as a functional consultant implementing Dynamics 365.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Since you need experience with both Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, you’ll take two exams to earn the certification:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200: Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-240: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>In <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE’s <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM></A> report, professionals list their top reasons for certification as improving professional standing, increasing technical knowledge, and increasing their chances of a salary increase. Plus, 67 percent of the respondents indicate greater self-confidence in their abilities, and 55 percent note that the knowledge they gained was transferable to actual work situations.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Certifications can give you career flexibility and promising earning options. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers without them. Interestingly, the survey found that the more certifications a professional holds, the higher their average salary. In fact, 12 percent of individuals who received a raise attribute it to new skills. IT professionals who obtained a new certification saw their salary increase by nearly $13,000.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition to validating your abilities and skills, certification be useful when you use your skills to seek&nbsp; promotions and raises. In the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A>, 80 percent of respondents believe that Dynamics 365 certifications are important for increasing earning potential.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a functional consultant working with Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, you need to know multiple technologies and your responsibilities need to span more than one domain. IDC research on role-based certifications indicates that people with a relevant certification perform on average 26 percent better than colleagues with the same responsibilities who haven’t earned a certification.<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn2" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref2"><SPAN>[2]</SPAN></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on the direction you want to take your career, you should investigate the different Microsoft Certifications available to you to help you take the next steps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re interested in the Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant certification, your skill set might also be a great fit for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-230</A>).</P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>If you’re new to Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, check out</SPAN> <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900</A>) and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (CRM)</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-910</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you want to use your skills to broaden your career options, consider exploring other Dynamics 365 associate certifications:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200, linked to earlier in this post, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-210</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-220</A>)</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To further your career, when you’re ready, you might want to pursue an advanced solutions architect certification: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> (complete a prerequisite and pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Planning skills, organizational ability, technical acumen, and a passion for enabling the team to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently characterize Field Service functional consultants. As one of these professionals, you want to implement solutions that empower technicians and agents and to connect assets for better team integration so that the team can focus on satisfying customers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the two required exams just yet, we have a few suggestions for you. Try working as a functional consultant on<SPAN> a Dynamics 365 Field Service implementation project. Or you might work with a</SPAN><SPAN> functional consultant who regularly uses Dynamics 365 Field Service. Be strategic about taking your two required exams. One approach would be to </SPAN>focus on first passing the required exam that fits your skill set best. Just by reading this blog post, you’ve probably noted that Exam PL-200 is a paired requirement for this certification and several others, so it might be a good exam to take first. Find more support by exploring training opportunities or taking an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our Dynamics 365 Field Service Consultant Associate certification journey map. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="D365 Field Service FC Associate.png" style="width: 624px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/286098i70E28459B11CFB93/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="D365 Field Service FC Associate.png" alt="D365 Field Service FC Associate.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when you take the two required exams, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200 skills outline guide</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-240 skills outline guide</A> on their respective exam pages. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules on Microsoft Learn for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">review the <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from Microsoft Learning Partners</A>. To learn more, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners: Teaching the skills of tomorrow, today</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Check the journey map to explore taking a practice exam for this certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exams and earn your certification, you can continue to add to your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Use this diagram to map out the possibilities: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other Field Service functional consultants in a community! Share your career journey with colleagues who have similar interests in Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 jobs</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 network</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform job board</A></LI> </UL> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics CRM Support</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>YouTube channel: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Twitter: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A>&nbsp;</LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">April Dunnam’s Power Apps blog</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> </UL> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>As a Field Service functional consultant, you have a passion for improving operations and finding the most efficient ways for your team to resolve customer issues. By achieving this certification, you let the world know that you have these skills. Certifications signal that you have what it takes to build a new future—for your organization and its customers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftnref1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftn1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A>, #US47225021, January 2021.</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftnref2" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftn2"><SPAN>[2]</SPAN></A> IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Benefits of Role-Based Certifications</EM></A><EM>,</EM> #US46572820, June 2020.</P> Wed, 18 Aug 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-field-service/ba-p/2388933 NancyTandy 2021-08-18T14:00:00Z 10 facts you should know about Microsoft Learn https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/10-facts-you-should-know-about-microsoft-learn/ba-p/2038073 <P>We live in a rapidly changing world of technology, where every day brings innovation. How can you keep pace in this era of digital transformation? <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>, with almost 3,000 modules and learning paths on various Microsoft technologies, offers a comprehensive collection of training options and a wide array of role-based certifications to help you pick up new skills or brush up on old ones.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><LI-VIDEO vid="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcPnZYsf8pE" align="center" size="large" width="600" height="338" uploading="false" thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/AcPnZYsf8pE/hqdefault.jpg" external="url"></LI-VIDEO></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Microsoft Learn has the resources you need to add to your existing skills and to build new ones, along with tools that can help you achieve more for your team, your organization, and your career. Whether you’re just starting out in tech or are an experienced professional who wants to stay current with the latest developments, check out these 10 facts you should know about Microsoft Learn:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <OL> <LI><STRONG>Learn for free, at your own pace and time</STRONG><BR />Access interactive, self-paced learning materials at no cost, available at your own pace and at your preferred time. Choose from a range of learning paths and certifications across roles to learn and experience Microsoft products and services for free.<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>Practice while learning</STRONG><BR />Get hands-on experience with the free <SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">sandbox</A>&nbsp;</SPAN>environment, enabling you to work with Microsoft Azure services—without a paid Azure subscription. Our self-paced learning content includes exercises that teach you how to create real things in Azure, such as Azure Functions or spin up virtual machines, and accomplish even more as you practice real-world tasks.<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>Explore content for all skill levels </STRONG><BR />Microsoft Learn isn’t just for tech professionals in the workforce. It’s also for students and those new to tech who want to get a head start on their careers. You can filter learning content and certifications by level—beginner, intermediate, and advanced. If you’re relatively new to a technology, start with beginner courses and fundamentals certifications. If you’re a student, build technical skills for the future with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Students</A>.<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>Create and share your own collection of content</STRONG><BR />Curate and share custom sets of training content, technical documentation, code samples, reference architectures, and more with <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-learn-collections-now-support-docs-and-q-amp-a-content/ba-p/2549380" target="_blank" rel="noopener">collections on Microsoft Learn</A>. Collections<SPAN> enable you to assemble and share a personal training plan to help you prepare for a project or help others get onboard.<BR /><BR /></SPAN></LI> <LI><STRONG>Schedule instructor-led training courses</STRONG><BR />If you prefer in-depth, structured learning with personal attention and support from technical subject matter experts, schedule <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">instructor-led training courses</A> offered by authorized Microsoft Learning Partners. With instructor-led training, you learn from Microsoft Certified Trainers in a classroom setting. Search for courses on Microsoft Learn—filter by location and time, explore virtual deliveries, and complete the scheduling process with an integrated checkout process directly on the partner website.&nbsp;&nbsp;<SPAN>Note this feature is in beta and currently available for a limited number of courses. If schedules are not visible, you can find a full list of </SPAN><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank">Microsoft Learning Partners</A></SPAN><SPAN> by country or region.</SPAN><BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>Boost your professional profile with a certification</STRONG><BR />Interested in earning a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certification</A>? On Microsoft Learn, it’s easy to find out what skills you’ll need and how to prepare. Explore a certification that interests you to see what skills are measured, which exams are required, and how to prepare. Adding a role-based Microsoft Certification to your professional profile, such as your LinkedIn profile or résumé, can help you stay ahead in today’s cloud-based world and get the recognition you deserve.<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>Renew certifications for free </STRONG><BR />Do you have a role-based or specialty Microsoft Certification expiring within six months? You can <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renew your certification on Microsoft Learn</A> at no cost. Pass an online certification renewal assessment before your certification expires to extend the certification validity by another year.<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>Earn badges and trophies</STRONG><BR />As you complete self-paced learning content, collect badges and trophies while tracking your progress in your Docs profile.&nbsp;When you earn a Microsoft Certification, you’re awarded a certification badge to validate that you have the technical skills and ability to succeed in that job role. These accomplishments are worth celebrating, so be sure to share with friends, colleagues, and potential employers on social media, such as LinkedIn. This helps to ensure that your network sees your talent and the hard work you put in to attain your goals.<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>Learn in your preferred language</STRONG><BR />Build your skills <EM>and</EM> your confidence as you study in the language of your choice. Review the list of many <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">available languages</A> for self-paced learning content and choose the one you prefer.<BR /><BR /></LI> <LI><STRONG>Watch TV and learn</STRONG><BR />You might be surprised to know that Microsoft Learn has a TV channel. Tune in and watch <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Learn TV</A> for live streams, shows, and instructional videos to learn how to build solutions using Microsoft products—from the experts who created them.</LI> </OL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We hope you discovered something new about Microsoft Learn to help you take the next steps on your learning journey. Be sure to share it with your peers and let us know your favorite feature or capability in the comments.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-learn-collections-now-support-docs-and-q-amp-a-content/ba-p/2549380" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn collections now support Docs and Q&amp;A</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-study-shows-the-value-of-microsoft-learning-partners/ba-p/1830186" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New study shows the value of Microsoft Learning Partners</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/why-you-should-celebrate-your-microsoft-skills-and/ba-p/1469349" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why you should celebrate your Microsoft skills and certifications</A></LI> </UL> Tue, 17 Aug 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/10-facts-you-should-know-about-microsoft-learn/ba-p/2038073 KarinaUng 2021-08-17T15:00:00Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-customer-service/ba-p/2388932 <P>If you have strong applied knowledge of Customer Service, along with experience implementing Dynamics 365 omnichannel solutions that focus on service, quality, reliability, efficiency, and customer satisfaction, the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification could be a great fit for you. In addition, this certification demonstrates that you know how to collaborate with a customer engagement administrator to implement and upgrade Microsoft Power Platform components, including knowledge management, customer feedback, and connected services.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A Microsoft Certification validates to the world that you have these skills—whether you’re just starting out, looking to use your functional consultant prowess to advance your career, or wanting to take your career journey in a new direction.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Companies are searching for new automated solutions for their customers. In today’s tech workforce, there’s great demand for employees and consultants who can adapt innovations that bring better and faster customer experiences. The Microsoft approach to certification focuses on building a strong learning culture and encouraging learners on their journey. This drives tech intensity. A Microsoft white paper on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">role-based tech training and certifications</A> reports that 91 percent of IT professionals with certifications believe that the effort employees put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success in digital transformation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can add your certifications to your résumé and your LinkedIn page to alert organizations to your expertise. In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of earning the Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate certification. Plus, we suggest other certifications that can be useful for functional consultants who want to call attention to their broad variety of professional skills.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The Customer Service functional consultant role and certification</H2> <P>You fit the profile for this certification if you’re a functional consultant responsible for configuring and implementing Dynamics 365 Customer Service solutions for customers. <SPAN>You can use this certification to shine a light on your skills and to help advance your career. </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>As a functional consultant, you know how to work with project managers, developers, and solution architects. For this certification, you need a minimum of one to three years of experience as a functional consultant implementing Dynamics 365. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The functional consultant with Customer Service expertise must have significant experience in meeting user needs through Dynamics 365 Customer Service, including in-depth understanding of cases, knowledge management, queues, entitlements, resource scheduling, service-level agreements (SLAs), visualizations, connected services, Customer Service Insights, Power Virtual Agents, and Omnichannel for Customer Service. Their knowledge should include a comprehensive understanding of the Customer Service application's role in relationship to the Dynamics 365 suite of applications, along with a basic understanding of the solution architecture and quality assurance.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this role, you need experience with both Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, so you must pass two exams to earn this certification:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200: Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-230: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>If you’re relatively new to the workforce, having a certification on your résumé can set you apart. You know that organizations need to keep pace with the digital transformation trend. A certification tells employers that you’ve studied for and passed an exam for specific skill sets and that you’re ready to keep learning, regardless of where you are on your career path. It’s a way to distinguish yourself from colleagues who don’t have certifications. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers without any.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Interestingly, the survey found that the more certifications a professional holds, the higher their average salary. In fact, 12 percent of individuals who received a raise attribute it to new skills. IT professionals who obtained a new certification saw their salary increase nearly $13,000. Dynamics 365 certifications are popular—80 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A> believe that Dynamics 365 certifications are important for increasing earning potential. Plus, 74 percent listed “understanding business models” and “having business acumen” as hard skills that would make them more attractive to employers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM></A> report, professionals list their top reasons for certification as improving professional standing, increasing technical knowledge, and increasing their chances of a salary increase. Plus, 67 percent of the respondents indicate greater self-confidence in their abilities, and 55 percent note that the knowledge they gained was transferable to actual work situations.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on where you want to take your career, consider investigating the different Microsoft Certifications available to you. They signal that you have the skills that organizations are looking for when they hire and advance employees. Certification, combined with your expertise and experience, can help you take the next step in your career. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re interested in the Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant certification, your skill set might also be a great fit for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-240</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Another a great way to call attention to the breadth of your Microsoft Power Platform abilities is to get the fundamentals certification. Check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900)</A>. This baseline certification proves your flexibility in using Microsoft Power Platform skills to help improve your team’s productivity.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re familiar with business operations and customer relationship management (CRM), and you’re IT savvy, explore this fundamentals certification: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (CRM)</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-910</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you want to use your skills to open up your career options, consider exploring other Dynamics 365 associate certifications:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200, linked to earlier in this post, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-220</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-210</A>)</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Depending on the depth of your experience and interest, when you’re ready, a next step might be to pursue an advanced certification for solution architects, such as <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> (complete a prerequisite and pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600</A>).</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Sensitivity to customer needs, a drive to innovate, and technical skills characterize Customer Service functional consultants. You’re inspired to solve problems, and you have experience working on teams that focus on creating and implementing experiences that benefit your organization’s customers by providing them convenient and fast solutions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the two required exams just yet, we have a few suggestions for you. Try working on<SPAN> a Dynamics 365 Customer Service implementation project. Or you might work with a</SPAN><SPAN> functional consultant who regularly uses Dynamics 365 Customer Service. Be strategic about taking your two required exams. One approach would be to </SPAN>focus on first passing the required exam that fits your skill set best. Just by reading this blog post, you’ve probably noted that Exam PL-200 is a paired requirement for this certification and several others, so it might be a good exam to take first. Find more support by exploring training opportunities or taking an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate certification journey map</A>. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="D365 Customer Service FC Associate.png" style="width: 626px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/286041iB31B656E250B4004/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="D365 Customer Service FC Associate.png" alt="D365 Customer Service FC Associate.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when you take the two required exams, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200 skills outline guide</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-230 skills outline guide</A> on their respective exam pages. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules on Microsoft Learn for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, review the <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from Microsoft Learning Partners. To learn more, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners: Teaching the skills of tomorrow, today</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>It might be helpful to take an official <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Practice Test for Exam PL-200</A> or a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test for Exam MB-230</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the actual exams and earn your certification, you can continue to add to your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you aim for the next milestones on your career journey. Use this diagram to map out the possibilities: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other Customer Service functional consultants in a community! Share your career journey with colleagues who have similar interests in Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 jobs</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 network</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform job board</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics CRM Support</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>YouTube channel: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Twitter: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">April Dunnam’s Power Apps blog</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>Are you ready to validate that you can implement innovative customer connections as the business environment evolves and changes? As a Customer Service functional consultant, you have a passion for providing Customer Service solutions that satisfy customer needs. Certifications signal that you have what it takes to build a new future—for your organization and your customers.</P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> Wed, 11 Aug 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-customer-service/ba-p/2388932 NancyTandy 2021-08-11T14:00:00Z New Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform training: July 2021 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-dynamics-365-and-microsoft-power-platform-training-july-2021/ba-p/1633449 <P>Explore the new modules we’ve added to our training and certification portfolio. We update learning paths and modules on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> regularly to help ensure that you’re getting the most current information in a constantly evolving technical landscape. Differentiate yourself by enriching the capabilities you already have, and help your team create new solutions using Microsoft technologies. Use training to build and enhance your skills, and then advance your career by validating them with a Microsoft Certification. This month, check out our new learning path for Project Operations and our new and updated modules for Success by Design. Plus, we’ve added new modules for Business Central, Supply Chain Management, Field Services, and Human Resources.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Work through these and other modules at your own pace. Use free, online training on Microsoft Learn to explore new skills to use on the job or to take your career in a new direction. If you need help figuring out which training to take, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 learning paths</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform learning paths</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re removing older, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">retired courses from the Dynamics Learning Portal</A> on October 15, 2021, as a result of the significant reduction in the number of downloads of these e-learning courses. If you want to keep any of them for your own use, be sure to download them before that date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in July 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Business Central</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create workflows in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use approval workflows in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Field Service</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Customize and configure the Dynamics 365 Field Service Mobile application</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set up Field Service to create work orders from IoT data</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Human Resources</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manage personnel with Dynamics 365 Human Resources</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manage your organization with Dynamics 365 Human Resources</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create compensation plans in Dynamics 365 Human Resources</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Project Operations&nbsp;</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deploy Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>Learning path, 3 modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Administrator, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Success by Design</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Business intelligence and analytics design for Dynamics 365 solutions</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gap solution design for Dynamics 365 solutions</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with Success by Design for Dynamics 365</A></P> <P>(<STRONG>Module update</STRONG>&nbsp;to incorporate CRM and ERP products in one learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Design data models for Dynamics 365 solutions</A></P> <P>(<STRONG>Module update</STRONG> to incorporate CRM and ERP products in one learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Review the security model for your Dynamics 365 solutions</A></P> <P>(<STRONG>Module update</STRONG> to incorporate CRM and ERP products in one learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Integration design for Dynamics 365 solutions</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>(<STRONG>Module update</STRONG> to incorporate CRM and ERP products in one learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create a data migration strategy for Dynamics 365 solutions</A></P> <P>(<STRONG>Module update</STRONG> to incorporate CRM and ERP products in one learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create a solution blueprint for Dynamics 365 solutions</A></P> <P>(<STRONG>Module update</STRONG> to incorporate CRM and ERP products in one learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Supply Chain Management</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Convert an existing product to an engineering product in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Product landing pages</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Business Central&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Finance&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance on Microsoft Learn&nbsp;</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Supply Chain Management &nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management on Microsoft Learn&nbsp;</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Customer Service&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Customer Service on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Field Service&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Field Service on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Marketing&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Marketing on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Sales&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Sales on Microsoft Learn&nbsp;</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Power BI&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power BI on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Power Apps&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Apps on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Power Automate&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Automate on Microsoft Learn&nbsp;</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> Thu, 12 Aug 2021 23:30:06 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-dynamics-365-and-microsoft-power-platform-training-july-2021/ba-p/1633449 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-08-12T23:30:06Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-marketing-functional/ba-p/2388931 <P>If you’re a marketer who uses your technical expertise with both Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform to implement marketing solutions for your organization, the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification could be just right for you. A Microsoft Certification validates to the world that you have valuable skills—whether you’re just starting out, looking to use your functional consultant experience to advance your career, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>IDC research shows that after professionals have achieved something challenging, like earning a certification, they’re more likely to continue learning and increase their value to their organizations.<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> There’s a need for marketing professionals who innovate and bring better solutions to customers. The Microsoft approach to certification focuses on building a strong learning culture and encouraging learners on their journey. A Microsoft white paper on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">role-based tech training and certifications</A> reports that 91 percent of IT professionals with certifications believe that the effort employees put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success in digital transformation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can add your certifications to your résumé and your LinkedIn page to alert organizations to your expertise. LinkedIn is a very effective and easy way to call attention to your accomplishments. Did you know that <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn members with profiles that list at least five skills on are messaged up to 27 times more</A> than those who don’t?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of earning the Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate certification. Plus, we suggest other certifications that can be useful for functional consultants who want to call attention to their broad variety of skills as seasoned professionals.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The marketing functional consultant role and certification</H2> <P>You fit the profile for this certification if you’re a functional consultant, a marketing or business professional using Dynamics 365 Marketing to empower your organization, a developer looking to hone your consulting and configuration skills, a solution architect on a path to the solution architect certification, or an IT professional.<SPAN> As a candidate for this certification, you must have knowledge and experience configuring Microsoft Power Platform, plus you need to know Dynamics 365 model</SPAN><SPAN>-</SPAN><SPAN>driven applications and data modeling principles. </SPAN>This certification helps you market yourself more effectively for projects and lets your organization know that you can create Dynamics 365 Marketing solutions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Candidates for this certification implement marketing initiatives like campaigns, emails, and customer journeys. You have experience working with an organization’s stakeholders, such as solution architects, developers, and testers, to gather requirements and implement Dynamics 365 Marketing solutions. You extend Dynamics 365 solutions using Microsoft Power Platform components, such as Power Automate and Power Apps. You perform tasks like configuring the Dynamics 365 Marketing application and Dynamics 365 organizational security.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this role, you need experience with both Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, so you’ll take two exams to earn the certification:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200: Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-220: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>You know that certification validates your abilities and skills. Let certification work for you as you use those skills to strive for promotions and raises. In the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A>, 80 percent of respondents believe that Dynamics 365 certifications are important for increasing earning potential.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In that survey, 74 percent listed “understanding business models” and “having business acumen” as hard skills that would make them more attractive to employers. As a marketing professional working with Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, you need to know multiple technologies and your responsibilities need to span more than one domain. IDC research on role-based certifications indicates that people with a relevant certification perform on average 26 percent better than colleagues with the same responsibilities, but without certification.<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn2" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref2"><SPAN>[2]</SPAN></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Certifications can give you career flexibility and promising earning options. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers without them. Interestingly, the survey found that the more certifications a professional holds, the higher their average salary. In fact, 12 percent of individuals who received a raise attribute it to new skills. IT professionals who obtained a new certification saw their salary increase nearly $13,000.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE’s <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM></A> report, professionals list their top reasons for certification as improving professional standing, increasing technical knowledge, and increasing their chances of a salary increase. Plus, 67 percent of the respondents indicate greater self-confidence in their abilities, and 55 percent note that the knowledge they gained was transferable to actual work situations.&nbsp;</P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on the direction you want to take your career, you should investigate the different Microsoft Certifications available to you to help you take the next steps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>If you’re new to Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, check out</SPAN> <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900</A>) and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Customer Engagement Apps (CRM)</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-910</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you want to use your skills to broaden your career options, consider exploring other Dynamics 365 associate certifications:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200, linked to earlier in this post, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-210</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-240</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-230)</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To further your career, when you’re ready, you might want to pursue an advanced solutions architect certification: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> (complete a prerequisite and pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Marketing acumen, business expertise, technical ability, and a passion for customers characterize marketing functional consultants. You’re driven by creating solutions that delight customers, and you have experience working on teams that focus on reaching customers by using technology in new and creative ways.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the two required exams just yet, we have a few suggestions for you. Try working on<SPAN> a Dynamics 365 model-driven app implementation project. Or you might work with a</SPAN><SPAN> functional consultant or a solution architect who regularly uses Dynamics 365 Marketing. Be strategic about taking your two required exams. One approach would be to </SPAN>focus on first passing the required exam that fits your skill set best. Just by reading this blog post, you’ve probably noted that Exam PL-200 is a paired requirement for this certification and several others, so it might be a good exam to take first. Find more support by exploring training opportunities or taking an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate certification journey map. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="D365 Marketing FC Associate.png" style="width: 626px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/286038i51552B6DAB328024/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="D365 Marketing FC Associate.png" alt="D365 Marketing FC Associate.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when you take the two required exams, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200 skills outline guide</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-220 skills outline guide</A> on their respective exam pages. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules on Microsoft Learn for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">review the <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from Microsoft Learning Partners</A>. To learn more, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners: Teaching the skills of tomorrow, today</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Check the journey map to explore taking a practice exam for this certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exams and earn your certification, you can continue to add to your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Use this diagram to map out the possibilities: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other marketing functional consultants in a community! Share your career journey with colleagues who have similar interests in Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 jobs</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 network</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform job board</A></LI> </UL> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics CRM Support</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>YouTube channel: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Twitter: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A>&nbsp;</LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">April Dunnam’s Power Apps blog</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> </UL> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>As a marketing functional consultant, you have a passion for engaging customers and providing personalized customer journeys. People look to you when they want to deliver meaningful content to customers. You need to be ready with the best business and technical solutions. Certifications signal that you have what it takes to build a new future—for your organization and your customers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftnref1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftn1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A>, #US47225021, January 2021.</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftnref2" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftn2"><SPAN>[2]</SPAN></A> IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Benefits of Role-Based Certifications</EM></A><EM>,</EM> #US46572820, June 2020.</P> Wed, 04 Aug 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-marketing-functional/ba-p/2388931 NancyTandy 2021-08-04T14:00:00Z See how one woman maximized the impact of her Microsoft Certifications https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/see-how-one-woman-maximized-the-impact-of-her-microsoft/ba-p/2038071 <P>Among all the personal narratives we’ve heard in this #ProudToBeCertified series, one common theme keeps appearing with individuals – sharing their personal stories is the boost people need to go after their goals. Whether pursuing Microsoft Certifications to start a career or move it forward, to chart a new professional path, or to gain the confidence needed for job security, every person’s journey has had a moment where they connected with others – sharing their challenges and triumphs. Very few people out there exemplify this feeling of being a part of a larger community as much as Bidemi Muibudeen.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Watch Bidemi’s #ProudToBeCertified story</P> <P><LI-VIDEO vid="https://youtu.be/GVDYY9-9q2Y" align="center" size="large" width="600" height="338" uploading="false" thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/GVDYY9-9q2Y/hqdefault.jpg" external="url"></LI-VIDEO></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Bidemi did not start out on a technical path. Up until 2020, she worked in a sales role. While in that job, she sometimes needed access to certain web pages and kept getting an error message that told her she needed to contact an administrator. This made her wonder, why couldn’t she be an administrator to get the access she needed. “I was very curious,” she says, “So I started searching the exact error messages I was getting.“ This led her to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A>, but to understand what the documentation was talking about, she then turned to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. That’s when a whole new world opened up for Bidemi. “Really,” she continues, “certification wasn't the major thing I wanted to do then. I was just really curious about learning things.” And with Microsoft Learn she found herself picking up new skills that piqued her interests. “Eventually certifications came in because I wanted proof of what I'd done or what I'd learned.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Before long, Bidemi started giving herself goals; to hold herself to them, she announced a big one on Twitter: “I wanted to write all six fundamental Microsoft Certifications.” In three months she had done it. “I was able to show everyone that, considering my background or that I didn't have any knowledge of this topic beforehand, I was still able to achieve my dreams." As she progressed through her journey, Bidemi updated the Twitter community on her progress to keep herself motivated.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>By sharing her learning journey – certification achievements, process, successes, and struggles – she believes she helped others feel confident to start their own. “People from my own company started taking out their own certification as well, because ‘Bidemi did it, so why can't I?’</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Being curious and finding her unique way to stay motivated – that’s how Bidemi started her move from a sales role to a technical role using the resources on Microsoft Learn. Moving at her own pace, Bidemi has followed the path she set out for herself. Her process was simple: “I check out all the examinations that Microsoft has on Microsoft Learn.” She looks for the certification that fascinates and aligns with her plan, then she goes for it.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>From the very beginning, Bidemi’s certification journey wasn't just about studying to pass. “It was also about wanting to make an impact. It was about being able to talk, to converse comfortably in whatever topic that that certification covers.” She wants others to see her story and know that there’s a community of people out there finding their way through the same things.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In just a year, Bidemi was able to land a position as an infrastructure engineer through dedication, careful planning, and her network’s ongoing guidance. People often say to her ‘You have to be the first person from a sales background to transfer to the technology side in a global administrative role.’ And she’s more than happy to tell them her story and hear theirs. As she puts it, “If I don't share my work, what exactly is the point?”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Key to success: Tap into your certification community</H2> <P>In her ongoing journey, Bidemi often seeks support from others. And the Microsoft Certification community has come through for her as well: “People are always willing and ready to help with whatever topic you have issues with.” She discovered she could share her questions and find help fast.&nbsp; ‘Hey,’ she might post, ‘I'm trying to take this exam and looking for a particular fact.’ And before she knew it, people would start sending her resources. “The help you get from the community,” she says, “the amazing people who are ready to embrace you and welcome you to being one of them – really, it creates a sense of belonging.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The community she discovered has been key to her success. “After passing the exam,” she says, “there was this feeling of elation, of fulfillment.” With the help of Microsoft Learn and the larger community, she had gained new skills and newfound confidence and connection. “For me, it was a source of joy” as she kept receiving messages of support and encouragement.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Now Bidemi encourages others to discover the value of their network and community, “Share your work on Twitter,” she says, “Share your work on LinkedIn. People are always willing to help. The community's an awesome place where you need to be. People need to see it.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Bidemi_PTBC.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/295880iAA477F25E7F00F34/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Bidemi_PTBC.png" alt="Bidemi_PTBC.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Telling your story benefits everyone, including you</H2> <P>By sharing your experience and hearing from others through #ProudToBeCertified, you initiate a cascade of benefits. It all starts when you check out the latest <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">videos</A> and submit your own stories on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A>, or your preferred platform with #ProudToBeCertified.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-microsoft-certifications-advance-women-in-tech/ba-p/2038068" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Microsoft Certifications advance women in tech</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-certifications-boost-it-careers-from-the-start/ba-p/2038067" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certifications boost IT careers from the start</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/why-you-should-celebrate-your-microsoft-skills-and/ba-p/1469349" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why you should celebrate your Microsoft skills and certifications</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:15:52 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/see-how-one-woman-maximized-the-impact-of-her-microsoft/ba-p/2038071 KarinaUng 2021-09-16T21:15:52Z Students in Hong Kong with Microsoft Azure certifications attract recruiters https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/students-in-hong-kong-with-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1820645 <P>At Microsoft we’re inspired by the faculty at universities, community colleges, and polytechnics around the globe who leverage Microsoft curriculum and teaching materials to prepare students for certifications in Microsoft Azure. These faculty members are working to support their students as they seek to enter the workforce as cloud-ready professionals. <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cyrus Chun Yin Wong</A> is one such inspirational and innovative faculty of cloud technologies. He’s a data scientist and acting senior lecturer in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Department of Information Technology</A>&nbsp;at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) (Lee Wai Lee) and he is the program leader of <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IT114115</A> <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Higher Diploma in Cloud and Data Centre Administration</A> which integrates Microsoft curriculum to prepare students to take four Azure certification exams.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As an educator who’s always searching for ways to help his students to stand out and prove their cutting-edge cloud abilities, Wong is no stranger to collaborating with industry. He couldn’t wait to be a part of <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Educators</A>. He was immediately impressed with the edge that being in Microsoft Learn for Educators gave him—both as he recruited students into his program and then as he trained students and encouraged them to get certifications so they could graduate from his program skilled up and ready to join the workforce. He points out, “In APAC [Asia-Pacific], nearly all enterprises are Microsoft customers, and they often chose to migrate their platforms to the Azure cloud. So we are very happy to move to Microsoft Learn for Educators and provide Azure to all IT114115 students.”</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Getting certifications, doing good, and having fun</H2> <P>Wong is a firm believer in certifications because employers are looking for students with industry-recognized credentials. He has four Azure certifications himself. He also challenges his students to earn them. One student, Mei Ching Pearly Jean Law, passed the three fundamentals exams for Azure in one day. When his students surpassed their goal of achieving 100 certifications by this summer, he challenged the group to earn an additional 100 certifications within 24 hours. They achieved this goal by taking the Azure fundamentals exams. Wong is very proud of his students’ accomplishments—220 certifications within two months. As a part of their celebration of this achievement, Wong’s students combined all of their Azure certifications into a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">wall of fame</A> using &nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deep Zoom</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition to earning certifications, Wong encourages students to put the cloud technology skills they’ve gained in his courses to use by entering contests or creating special projects. His students won the Popular Choice award at the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2021 Global Azure AI Hackathon</A>. They had learned the Azure cognitive API and Azure skills in the Azure AI and Azure fundamentals courses. They worked on solving a serious problem—getting computers to poor students who request them. They used Azure Cognitive Services to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">create the iShare Donation Platform</A>, which quickly matches donors, students, and volunteers, by using AI, and renders an order of distribution based on need. There are plans for the platform to be released with a Microsoft Hong Kong staff volunteer team and a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Hong Kong.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>A smart business decision</H2> <P>Wong sees choosing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Educators</A> as a smart business decision. He says, “Two key performance indicators (KPIs) drive the reason for choosing a company and taking its courses. One is promoting your course to secondary school students. It is easy to promote our courses saying we provide cloud computing from Microsoft. Those students use Microsoft Office and Windows. They know Microsoft. The other KPI is the placement of graduates. A lot of companies in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Partner Network</A> now come looking for us to find graduates with formal Azure training. Many industries in Hong Kong use Microsoft.”</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>A curriculum that prepares students for the real world</H2> <P>Wong uses Azure learning paths and other course materials from <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> in his classes: “It’s especially important for students to have knowledge of cloud computing to be able to complete their daily tasks.” He also appreciates that Microsoft Learn keeps its course materials up to date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>His students love the lab exercises. For students in the program, Microsoft provides a lot of lab exercises for free. Wong observes, “Students don’t need to use a credit card.” His students want “more lab, less lecture.” For Wong, this is a major differentiator between Microsoft and other offerings. He explains, “To do something in IT, you need to practice. Employers want someone to do it—not talk about it.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If students are working on an exercise but don’t understand it, they’ll return to the course materials. According to Wong, the students really appreciate the self-paced materials from Microsoft Learn, which allow them to work independently. He adds that students like using the step-by-step content—more advanced students can move along very quickly, and those who need more theory can go back and read more.</P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Graduating a cloud-ready workforce</H2> <P>The first interview question that many tech recruiters ask is, “Do you have experience using the cloud?” This puts Wong’s students at an advantage because, as he reports, “We are the only school providing Azure training in Hong Kong.” He observes that most of the students in Hong Kong have “zero experience using any cloud.” His students who have earned their <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Fundamentals</A> certification can prove to employers that they know cloud basics. In addition, Wong has discovered that students who have the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Administrator Associate</A> certification are actually sought out by companies. He’s very happy to offer these cloud skills and certifications to his students through Microsoft Learn for Educators.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Many enterprises in APAC and around the globe are Azure customers so they need an Azure-trained workforce. In addition, Microsoft partners in Hong Kong and around the globe want to recruit students with Azure knowledge and certifications. Commercial training is expensive, and partners need to have a certain number of employees who have earned Microsoft Certifications. Wong believes that the best approach to meet this need is to recruit and hire first-class students who were taught by faculty and attend schools that are a part of Microsoft Learn for Educators and who have achieved tech certifications that validate their skills.&nbsp;</P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Looking ahead</H2> <P>Wong has a way of absorbing and delivering new technical content that inspires students and other educators. He’s building great excitement around using Microsoft Learn for Educators. And he’s growing a program that encourages students to create projects using the Azure technologies he’s teaching, take as many Azure certification exams as possible, and prepare for future success with a career in the modern cloud world.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 29 Jul 2021 21:07:02 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/students-in-hong-kong-with-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1820645 RWortmanMorris 2021-07-29T21:07:02Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-sales-functional/ba-p/2388930 <P>If you have experience using your technical expertise with both Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 to implement and extend sales solutions for your organization, the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification could be just right for you. It’s designed to highlight those same in-demand skills. This certification demonstrates that you know how to apply technical knowledge to implement simplified experiences for sellers that enable them to focus on building customer relationships. A Microsoft Certification validates to the world that you have these skills—whether you’re just starting out, looking to use your functional consultant prowess to advance your career, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand career. Use this industry-recognized Microsoft Certification to help shape the direction of your journey.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Companies are investing heavily in new technology, such as cloud infrastructure and the next generation of automation. There’s a need for employees and consultants who can adapt innovations that bring better solutions to customers. The Microsoft approach to certification focuses on building a strong learning culture and encouraging learners on their journey. This drives tech intensity. A Microsoft white paper on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">role-based tech training and certifications</A> reports that 91 percent of IT professionals with certifications believe that the effort employees put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success in digital transformation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can add your certifications to your résumé and your LinkedIn page to alert organizations to your expertise. In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of earning the Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate certification. Plus, we suggest other certifications that can be useful for functional consultants who want to call attention to their broad variety of skills as seasoned professionals.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The sales functional consultant role and certification</H2> <P>You fit the profile for this certification if you’re a functional consultant, a sales or business professional using Dynamics 365 Sales to empower your organization, a developer looking to hone your consulting and configuration skills, a solution architect on a path to the solution architect certification, or an IT professional.<SPAN> As a candidate for this certification, you must have knowledge and experience configuring&nbsp; Microsoft Power Platform, plus you need to know Dynamics 365 model</SPAN><SPAN>-</SPAN><SPAN>driven applications and data modeling principles. </SPAN>This certification lets you market yourself more effectively for projects and lets your organization know that you can use Dynamics 365 Sales to empower the sales force. It’s a great way to help advance your career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a candidate for this certification, you work with your organization’s stakeholders, such as solution architects, developers, and testers, to gather requirements and implement Dynamics 365 Sales solutions. You model Dynamics 365 Sales data, and you extend Dynamics 365 solutions using Microsoft Power Platform components, including Power Automate and Power Apps. You perform key tasks, like configuring the Dynamics 365 Sales application and Dynamics 365 organizational security.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this role, you need experience with both Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, so you’ll take two exams to earn this certification:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200: Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-210: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>Many people in technical careers have more than one certification, especially when they feel an urgency to validate skills in multiple areas. Like you, they want to do great work and be rewarded for it. So it’s no surprise that 80 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A> believe that Dynamics 365 certifications are important for increasing earning potential. Plus, 74 percent listed “understanding business models” and “having business acumen” as hard skills that would make them more attractive to employers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Obtaining a variety of certifications can help you as you explore different pathways to success. Certifications can give you career flexibility and promising earning options. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers without any. Interestingly, the survey found that the more certifications a professional holds, the higher their average salary. In fact, 12 percent of individuals who received a raise attribute it to new skills. IT professionals who obtained a new certification saw their salary increase nearly $13,000.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM> report</A>, professionals list their top reasons for certification as improving professional standing, increasing technical knowledge, and increasing their chances of a salary increase. Plus, 67 percent of the respondents indicate greater self-confidence in their abilities, and 55 percent note that the knowledge they gained was transferable to actual work situations.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on your own unique career path, you should investigate the different Microsoft Certifications available to you. They signal that you have the skills that organizations are looking for when they hire and advance employees. Certification, combined with your expertise and experience, can help you take the next step in your career. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re new to Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900</A>) and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Customer Engagement Apps (CRM)</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-910)</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you want to use your skills to open up your career options, consider exploring other Dynamics 365 associate certifications:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200, linked to earlier in this post, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-220</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-240</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-230</A>)</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To further your career, when you’re ready, you might want to pursue an advanced solution architect certification: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> (complete a prerequisite and pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600</A>).</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Sales acumen, business expertise, and technical skills characterize sales functional consultants. You’re driven by solving problems, and you have experience working on teams that focus on creating solutions&nbsp; that benefit your organization’s customers by helping to make the sales force successful.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the two required exams just yet, we have a few suggestions for you. Try working on<SPAN> a Dynamics 365 model-driven app implementation project. Or you might work with a</SPAN><SPAN> functional consultant or a solution architect who regularly uses Dynamics 365 Sales. Be strategic about taking your two required exams. One approach would be to </SPAN>focus on first passing the required exam that fits your skill set best. Just by reading this blog post, you’ve probably noted that Exam PL-200 is a paired requirement for this certification and several others, so it might be a good exam to take first. Find more support by exploring training opportunities or taking an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate certification journey map. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="D365 Sales FC Associate.png" style="width: 643px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/286022i33D323B42B0374DB/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="D365 Sales FC Associate.png" alt="D365 Sales FC Associate.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when you take the two required exams, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200 skills outline guide</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-210 skills outline guide</A> on their respective exam pages. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules on Microsoft Learn for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, review <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from Microsoft Learning Partners</A>. To learn more, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners: Teaching the skills of tomorrow, today</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Check the journey map to explore taking a practice exam for this certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exams and earn your certification, you can continue to add to your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Use this diagram to map out the possibilities: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other sales functional consultants in a community! Share your career journey with colleagues who have similar interests in Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 jobs</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 network</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform job board</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678?wt.mc_id=d365_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics CRM Support</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>YouTube channel: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Twitter: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-your-career-path-get-started-with-fundamentals/ba-p/2080040" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Discover Your Career Path: Fundamentals</A></LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>Are you ready to build connections for the future, as the business environment evolves and changes? As a sales functional consultant, you have a passion for providing sales solutions that satisfy customer needs. People look to you when they want to know how to be more efficient, collaborative, and productive. You need to be ready with the best business and technical solutions that have a human touch. Certifications signal that you have what it takes to build a new future—for your organization and your customers.</P> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-dynamics-365-sales-functional/ba-p/2388930 NancyTandy 2021-07-28T14:00:00Z Microsoft Learn collections now support Docs and Q&A content https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-learn-collections-now-support-docs-and-q-amp-a-content/ba-p/2549380 <P>Last year, we introduced ‘collections’ on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>, allowing users to easily curate and share custom sets of modules and learning paths. Collections allow users to curate Microsoft Learn’s content into custom learning paths and easily share them with anyone. Need to prepare for a project, craft a training plan for your team, or assemble a learning session for a customer engagement? Simply create a collection, share it, and start learning.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Since launching collections, a top request we’ve received from the community is to enable support for more content from across the Microsoft Docs ecosystem. We’re excited to share that collections now support curating content from both Microsoft Docs and Learn. Users can now pair Microsoft Learn’s training content with Microsoft Docs’ in-depth documentation, code samples, reference architectures, and more.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’ve also introduced a new “save” workflow that combines collections and bookmarks functionality into a single experience. As part of this change, bookmarks are now the “Favorites” collection. Find your Favorites collection on the <STRONG>Collections</STRONG> tab in your Docs profile.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>How it works</H2> <P>To create your first collection, click the <STRONG>Save </STRONG>button on any content page. Next, click&nbsp;<STRONG>New collection</STRONG>, then give it a name and a description. Now you’re ready to add learning modules, documentation, certification details, and more. Anything content with a <STRONG>Save </STRONG>button can be added to a collection. <BR /><BR /></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><IMG src="https://cdn.techcommunity.microsoft.com/assets/Learn/MSBuild-Docs_CreatingACollection_v2.gif" border="0" /></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Once you’ve assembled your collection, sharing it with others is easy. Just share the collection’s URL or use the <STRONG>Share</STRONG> button to post it to social media. Anyone who receives the link to your &nbsp;collection can view it and start learning immediately.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sharing your collection with colleagues from around the world? Collections automatically display localized versions of all content when available.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><IMG src="https://cdn.techcommunity.microsoft.com/assets/Learn/MSBuild-ShareLocality.gif" border="0" /></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Share your collection with us on LinkedIn or Twitter!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:18:29 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-learn-collections-now-support-docs-and-q-amp-a-content/ba-p/2549380 BrendaSu 2021-09-07T22:18:29Z Beta exam: Prove your expertise as an Azure Network Engineer https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/beta-exam-prove-your-expertise-as-an-azure-network-engineer/ba-p/2147116 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated July 23, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P><STRONG><FONT color="#FF0000">Discount code usage limit has been reached and is no longer available.</FONT></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re looking for Azure Network Engineers to take our new beta exam. If you plan, implement, and maintain Azure networking solutions, including hybrid networking, connectivity, routing, security, and private access to Azure services, <SPAN>be sure to check it out</SPAN>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Is this the right certification for you?</H3> <P><SPAN>If you manage these solutions, including taking care of performance, resiliency, scale, and security, this certification could be a great fit. Plus, if you deploy networking solutions by using the Azure portal and other methods, including PowerShell, Azure CLI, and Azure Resource Manager templates (ARM templates), this could be your certification.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If this is your skill set, the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure Network Engineer Associate</A> certification can validate your expertise in this area and offers you the opportunity to prove your skills. To earn this certification, pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-700: Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions</A>, currently in beta.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Ready to prove your skills?</H3> <P>Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. <STRONG>The first 300 people who register to take Exam AZ-700 (beta) on or before August 20, 2021, can get 80 percent off market price!</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code <STRONG>AZ700MAYESVILLE</STRONG>. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must <STRONG>take the exam on or before August 20, 2021</STRONG>. <EM>Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Get ready to take Exam AZ-700 (beta):</P> <UL> <LI>Review the Exam AZ-700 (beta) exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-700 skills outline document</A> alerts you to key topics covered on the exam.</LI> <LI>Gear up with the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AZ-700 Study Guide </A>created by Microsoft Cloud Advocate&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/278133" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@thomasmaurer</A>.</LI> <LI>Get hands-on guidance for using Azure networking services in the free <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Networking Cookbook</A> from Packt.</LI> <LI>Review <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">networking content on Microsoft Learn</A>.</LI> <LI>Want even more in-depth training? We just released (three-day) <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Course AZ-700T00: Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions</A>. Connect with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> in your area for in-person training.</LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/just-how-does-one-prepare-for-beta-exams/ba-p/1469421" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Just How Does One Prepare for Beta Exams?</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Did you know that you can take any role-based exam online?</STRONG> Online delivered exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, check out my blog post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/online-proctored-exams-what-to-expect-and-how-to-prepare/ba-p/1469424" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The rescore process starts on the day an exam goes live, and<STRONG> final scores for beta exams are released approximately 10 days after that</STRONG>. For details on the timing of beta exam rescoring and results, read my post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/creating-high-quality-exams-the-path-from-beta-to-live/ba-p/1469422" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creating high-quality exams: The path from beta to live</A>. For more information, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Ready to get started?</H3> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates registering to take Exam AZ-700 (beta) on or before <STRONG>August 20, 2021</STRONG>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements<BR /></STRONG><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/coming-soon-the-new-azure-network-engineer-associate/ba-p/2465056" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Coming soon: The new Azure Network Engineer Associate certification</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you </A></P> Fri, 23 Jul 2021 18:55:19 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/beta-exam-prove-your-expertise-as-an-azure-network-engineer/ba-p/2147116 Liberty Munson 2021-07-23T18:55:19Z Introducing the new Microsoft Teams Support Engineer Associate certification https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/introducing-the-new-microsoft-teams-support-engineer-associate/ba-p/2319493 <H2>New certification: Microsoft Teams Support Engineer Associate</H2> <P>We’re eager to share the good news with you that we’re launching a customer service and support (CSS) certification for a new job role: support engineer. This professional is a frontline technical resource who works with Microsoft customers and partners by phone, via email, or on the web.&nbsp;The <A href="#" target="_self">Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Support Engineer Associate</A> certification is a new way for these engineers who support Microsoft Teams to validate their skills. To earn this certification, candidates need to take <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MS-740: Troubleshooting Microsoft Teams (beta)</A>. Because the exam is still in beta, we invite you to participate in our <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">beta exam process</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Shine a light on your Teams support skills</H2> <P>In the coming days, we’ll share more on the new Microsoft Teams Support Engineer certification. This certification is a great fit for organizations, such as cloud solution provider (CSP) partners, that are looking for a way to differentiate support engineering skills as they accelerate digital transformation. A globally recognized Microsoft Certification validates employee skills and abilities and can help maintain an organization’s competitive edge. Use certification training to deepen your support engineers’ Microsoft Teams troubleshooting experience and to give them the skills they need to deliver an outstanding support experience for your customers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And be sure to join us at <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Inspire</A> to learn more about technical and readiness resources for partners including our new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">readiness hub</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>Seize this opportunity and be among the first CSP partners to have your support engineers earn this new Microsoft Teams certification and the associated badge. Encourage them to celebrate the accomplishment with their network. In fact, it often takes less than a minute for a new certification holder to update their LinkedIn profile and share their achievements, highlight their skills, and help boost recognition of their organization’s bench of skilled technical professionals. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>When a candidate earns a certification, they simply follow the instructions in their congratulations email. They find their badge on their&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (They’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to a LinkedIn profile, candidates can go to their profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that they choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for the specific certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Who is the best fit for this certification?</H2> <P>Support engineers who are focused on Microsoft Teams environments and who troubleshoot deployments, tune performance, collect and analyze telemetry and log data, and manage Teams environments are great candidates for the Microsoft Teams Support Engineer Associate certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Candidates should have significant exposure to unified communications, and they need substantial hands-on experience with Microsoft Teams. In addition, they need in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Azure fundamentals, networking, telephony, PowerShell, data storage technologies, and APIs. Plus, they should have solid experience with app security, authentication and authorization, security and compliance information, debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring.&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Shine a spotlight on these skills</H2> <P>We invite you to go to Microsoft Learn and check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Support Engineer Associate skills outline</A> and associated <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">learning path</A>. Your Microsoft Teams support engineers will want to explore this new certification, so they can make an even bigger difference troubleshooting and supporting this technology for your customers.</P> Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/introducing-the-new-microsoft-teams-support-engineer-associate/ba-p/2319493 GitaSharma 2021-07-14T15:00:00Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-power-platform-solution-architect/ba-p/2388929 <P>If you have experience using your technical expertise to drive Microsoft Power Platform projects that seamlessly combine developer and business needs and that optimize solutions for your organization, the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> certification is designed for you. This expert certification demonstrates that you’re highly proficient at applying technical knowledge to solve today’s business challenges. It validates to the world that in addition to your years of experience, you’re keeping up with technology changes and refreshing your skills with new training. Use this industry-recognized Microsoft Certification to help open career doors.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To stay competitive, solution architects need to swiftly adopt new technologies that drive innovations to bring better solutions to customers. In addition to taking advantage of new tech capabilities, these professionals must often develop new capabilities from technology that’s available. In other words, they are drivers of tech intensity, which can only exist in a culture of learning. Solution architects can help build that learning culture by example, showing other team members that certification and training can enhance their competitive advantage and career success. A Microsoft white paper on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">role-based tech training and certifications</A> reports that professionals with Microsoft Certifications are 90 percent more productive than their non-certified peers. And they’re better at meeting client requirements, increasing productivity, and finishing projects rapidly.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can add your certifications to your résumé and your LinkedIn page to alert organizations to your expertise. In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of earning the <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-microsoft-power-platform-solution-architect/ba-p/1628149?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">new Power Platform Solution Architect Expert certification</A>. Plus, we suggest other certifications that can be useful for solution architects and aspiring solution architects who want to call attention to their broad variety of skills as seasoned professionals.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The solution architect role and certification</H2> <P>You fit the profile for this certification if you’re a solution architect or if you’re a developer or a senior functional consultant ready to take the next step to become a solution architect. <SPAN>This leader works with all project team members, including functional consultants, project managers, developers, and business analysts. And they facilitate design decisions across development, configuration, integration, infrastructure, security, availability, storage, and change management. </SPAN>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a candidate for this certification, you need functional and technical knowledge of Microsoft Power Platform, Dynamics 365 customer engagement apps, related cloud solutions from Microsoft, and other third-party technologies. <SPAN>You can apply your experience as a Microsoft Power Platform solution architect (minimum 1</SPAN><SPAN>–3 years) or as a senior consultant or developer (7</SPAN><SPAN>–10 years), along with your deep knowledge of Microsoft Power Platform architecture.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To earn this certification, you must first earn one of the prerequisite certifications:&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate</A>&nbsp;(pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200</A>)</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-400</A><SPAN>).</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Your experience with the following tasks is the background you need to take <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600: Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect:</A></P> <UL> <LI>Initiate solution planning and identify Microsoft Power Platform components.</LI> <LI>Identify organization information and metrics.</LI> <LI>Evaluate an organization’s enterprise architecture.</LI> <LI>Capture requirements and perform gap analysis.</LI> <LI>Architect a solution.</LI> <LI>Lead the design process, and use Power Automate in your automation strategy.</LI> <LI>Design integrations between Microsoft Power Platform solutions and Dynamics 365 apps.</LI> <LI>Identify opportunities to integrate and extend Microsoft Power Platform solutions by using Azure.</LI> <LI>Design the data and security models.</LI> <LI>Validate the solution design.</LI> <LI>Support and troubleshoot the solution as it goes live.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>It’s no surprise that senior technical leaders typically have more than one certification. In fact, 49 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A> believe that Business Applications certifications are likely to increase their worth. That survey lists the salary for senior solution architects in the United States as more than $140,000. In addition, 54 percent of respondents said that they had at least one Microsoft Certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE <EM>Value of IT Certification</EM> report</A>, professionals list their top reasons for certification as improving professional standing, increasing technical knowledge, and increasing their chances of a salary increase. Plus, 74 percent of the respondents indicated that they mostly or completely achieved their objectives.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Obtaining a variety of certifications can help you as you explore different pathways to success. Certifications give you good career flexibility and good earning options. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that 87 percent of IT professionals hold at least one certification and that IT professionals with certifications on average earn more than their peers without one. Interestingly, the survey found that the more certifications a professional holds, the higher their average salary. In North America, for example, someone with six or more certifications earns $13,000 more than someone with one certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on your development skills and domain experience, investigate the different Microsoft Certifications available to you. They signal that you have the skills that organizations are looking for when they hire and advance employees. Certification, combined with your expertise and experience, can help you take the next step in your career. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you don’t have this certification yet, a great way to call attention to the breadth of your Microsoft Power Platform abilities is to get the fundamentals certification. Check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900</A>). This baseline certification proves your flexibility in using&nbsp; Microsoft Power Platform skills to help improve your team’s productivity.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You might also explore the prerequisite certifications for this one, including Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate and Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate, noted earlier in this post. These validate your domain expertise and your developer expertise.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Even though you have advanced technical skills, it would be a good idea to augment your traditional development background with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker Associate</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-100</A>). By validating that you have a deep understanding of low-code/no-code strategies so that you can identify use cases that meet business and technical objectives, you could broaden your appeal to prospective clients and employers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your developer experience includes a background as a data analyst who knows Microsoft Power BI, consider earning the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate&nbsp;</A>certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam DA-100</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Depending on your experience and interest, you might want to pursue other advanced certifications for solution architects, such as <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect Expert</A> (pass a prerequisite exam and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-700</A>).&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Technical acumen, business expertise, and leadership skills characterize solution architects. You’re driven by solving problems, and you’ve led technical teams to create solutions that focus on the broader business needs of an organization.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the solution architect certification exam just yet, we recommend that you work closely with a Microsoft Power Platform or Power Apps solution architect and take on a project or two to deepen your skills. Focus on passing the prerequisite exam that fits your skill set. Explore training opportunities, or take an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert certification journey map. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_self"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="PP Solution Architect.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/286010i06C7C75FC7D56F78/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="PP Solution Architect.png" alt="PP Solution Architect.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when taking the exam, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600 skills outline guide</A> on the exam page. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules for Microsoft Power Platform on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from Microsoft Learning Partners</A>. To learn more, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners: Teaching the skills of tomorrow, today</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to add to your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Use this diagram to map out the possibilities: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A><SPAN>. </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other solution architects and developers in a community! Share your career journey with technical leaders who have similar interests in Microsoft Power Platform technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn/ct-p/MicrosoftLearn" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Business Applications Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Apps Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Automate Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power BI Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Virtual Agents Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform job board</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Power Platform Community: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Forums, blogs, videos, support</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Microsoft Power Platform resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">April Dunnam’s Power Apps blog</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI>Udacity: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Training from Cloud Advocates for Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">“Introducing Microsoft’s Power Platform Solution Architect Certification” | The Launch Space | Channel 9</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn TV for Developers</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-your-career-path-get-started-with-fundamentals/ba-p/2080040" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Discover your career path: Get started with fundamentals</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to get started with Power Apps</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform videos</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Platform Certification Guide</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>As a seasoned technology pro, you’re savvy enough to know that there are always new pathways to discover. You’ve seen a lot of changes, and you’ve stayed ahead of the curve through continuous learning. People look to you when they evaluate their Business Applications needs, so you need to be ready to supply the best business and technical solutions for your organization. Certifications that validate your technical acumen and experience signal that you have what it takes to build a new future—for yourself and for your organization.</P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> Wed, 14 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-power-platform-solution-architect/ba-p/2388929 NancyTandy 2021-07-14T14:00:00Z New Microsoft Dynamics 365 training: June 2021 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-training-june-2021-roundup/ba-p/1633446 <P>We’ve recently added a few new modules to our training and certification portfolio. We hope you’ll use them, along with our other modules and full learning paths on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>, to find new ways to deepen your knowledge. Enrich the capabilities you already have, and help your team create new solutions using Microsoft technologies. Use training to build and enhance your skills, and then help advance your career by validating them with a Microsoft Certification. This month, check out our new modules for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Field Service, Human Resources, and Project Operations.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Work through these and other modules at your own pace. Use free, online training on Microsoft Learn to explore new skills to use on the job or to take your career in a new direction. If you need help figuring out which training to take, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 learning paths</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform learning paths</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re removing older, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">retired courses from the Dynamics Learning Portal</A> on October 15, 2021, as a result of the significant reduction in the number of downloads of these e-learning courses. If you want to keep any of them for your own use, be sure to download them before that date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in June 2021.</P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Business Central&nbsp;&nbsp;</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set up email in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Field Service</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with the Dynamics 365 Field Service Mobile application</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Human Resources</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manage leave and absence in Dynamics 365 Human Resources</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Project Operations</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deploy Dynamics 365 Project Operations&nbsp;</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Supply Chain Management</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Convert an existing product to an engineering product in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, Business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Product landing pages</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Business Central&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Finance&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance on Microsoft Learn&nbsp;</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Supply Chain Management &nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management on Microsoft Learn&nbsp;</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Customer Service&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Customer Service on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Field Service&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Field Service on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Marketing&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Marketing on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Sales&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Sales on Microsoft Learn&nbsp;</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Power BI&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power BI on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Power Apps&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Apps on Microsoft Learn</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Power Automate&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Automate on Microsoft Learn&nbsp;</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-training-june-2021-roundup/ba-p/1633446 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-07-13T15:00:00Z How Microsoft Certifications advance women in tech https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-microsoft-certifications-advance-women-in-tech/ba-p/2038068 <P>The Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report found that 86% of women in IT positions hold at least one certification.<SUP>1</SUP> Being certified can help establish a path for advancement in tech roles and can be critical for success in a competitive field. In this edition of our #ProudToBeCertified blog series, we’ll dive into how certifications have helped two women on very different career paths.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <DIV style="position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; min-width: 320px;"><IFRAME src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/qjmA_DBnWf4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;" class="video-iframe" title="”Microsoft" certifications="" advance="" women="" in="" tech="" proudtobecertified=""></IFRAME></DIV> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Sharon: Supporting her growing family while moving her career forward</H2> <P>Sharon Bennett, a senior IT instructor, has a history of overcoming adversity through solid planning, persistence, and dedication to continuous learning. Even as a high school dropout, these priorities have helped her achieve a college degree, a successful career, and the ability to support her family financially. Earning certifications were a big part of that. As she says, “Certifications keep my career moving forward.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sharon began her certification journey right out of college. Her first job after graduation required that she become certified. “That's how I started my certification journey,” she says. That first experience motivated her to keep seeking more knowledge and skills through Microsoft Certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Even when she became a mom, Sharon knew she needed to keep learning to reduce the “motherhood penalty” – typical when one pauses their career to start a family and unfortunately finds themselves at a disadvantage in the workplace. To help close that gap and misperceived competence, she says, “I'd be at home, baby in arms with a textbook in the other hand.” While her learning progress slowed, it didn’t stop.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sharon credits her certification accomplishments to her professional and financial success. She says, “I can directly align my learning and certification to where I am today.” She’s just one of many persevering women who are #ProudToBeCertified and moving ahead – professionally and personally.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_TechWomen_InBlog_Quote_Sharon.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/289275i7912917BD747BAC3/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_Blog_P2BC_TechWomen_InBlog_Quote_Sharon.png" alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_TechWomen_InBlog_Quote_Sharon.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Jaqueline: How helping herself led to helping others</H2> <P>As a product manager working for a Microsoft partner, Jacqueline Ye needs to operate in two worlds: business and technology. When she began her role, she needed to be able to communicate with stakeholders and customers to clearly understand their technological and business needs. Then, she would use those insights to collaborate with solution architects and engineers while bringing innovation to life. While building her technical skills with Microsoft Learn, she discovered and earned Microsoft Certifications which helped her gain the confidence and credibility to successfully work with colleagues on both sides.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a result of sharing her certification achievements through channels like LinkedIn, Jacqueline started hearing from her professional network – they wanted advice to get ahead but didn’t know where to start. In response to this, Jacqueline launched a Microsoft skill up campaign within her organization to encourage and help her peers advance their skills and careers through learning. Her results? “Today, I'm proud to tell you,” she says, “within six months, we had more than 60 people join us and earn more than 100 certifications.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Earning certifications has become more than a personal goal for Jacqueline. She built a community with her leadership and experience during her certification journey and has made continuous learning a mission to help her colleagues. “I want others to know that with some hard work, dedication, and having an always be learning mindset, you can have a fulfilling career.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_TechWomen_InBlog_Quote_Jaqueline_v2.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/289276i9FAA2B8F387844C2/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_Blog_P2BC_TechWomen_InBlog_Quote_Jaqueline_v2.png" alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_TechWomen_InBlog_Quote_Jaqueline_v2.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Share your #ProudToBeCertified stories and opportunities</H2> <P>#ProudToBeCertified is one part of the Microsoft Certification community – where people like Sharon and Jacqueline can inspire peers to move ahead professionally and personally through the power of continuous learning. In the weeks ahead, we’ll keep sharing stories of those who have made education their foundation for success. We also encourage you to share your certification stories. When people share their struggles and triumphs, the more motivated we all are to keep going, and keep learning – together.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Check out the latest <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">videos</A> and submit your own on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A>, or your preferred platform with #ProudToBeCertified.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/more-and-more-people-are-proudtobecertified-with-microsoft/ba-p/2038053" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SPAN>More and more people are proud to be certified</SPAN></A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-mvp-award-program-blog/mvps-mentor-women-about-equality-in-tech/ba-p/2217948" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MVPs mentor women about equality in tech</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-mvp-award-program-blog/mvp-women-in-tech-the-untold-stories/ba-p/2214509" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MVP women in tech: The untold stories</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/azure-active-directory-identity/empowering-women-technology-entrepreneurs-to-build-enterprise/ba-p/1257345" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Empowering women technology entrepreneurs to build enterprise-ready solutions</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SUP>1</SUP>Global Knowledge’s 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</A></P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:19:55 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-microsoft-certifications-advance-women-in-tech/ba-p/2038068 KarinaUng 2021-09-07T22:19:55Z New certification for Microsoft Teams Support Engineers https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-for-microsoft-teams-support-engineers/ba-p/2147109 <P>We are looking for engineers who support Microsoft Teams environments, troubleshoot deployments, tune performance, collect and analyze telemetry and log data, and manage Microsoft Teams environments to participate in our new beta exam for a new portfolio of certifications that we will be launching for Customer Support Engineers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If this is your skill set, we have a new certification for you. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Support Engineer Associate</A> certification validates your expertise in this area and offers you the opportunity to prove your skills. To earn this certification, pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MS-740: Troubleshooting Microsoft Teams</A>, currently in beta.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Is this the right certification for you?</H2> <P>This certification could be a great fit if you have significant experience with unified communications and hands-on experience with Microsoft Teams. In addition, you should have networking knowledge of Azure fundamentals, telephony, PowerShell, data storage technologies, APIs, app security, authentication and authorization, security, and compliance information, debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to prove your skills?</H2> <P>Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. <STRONG>The first 300 people who take Exam</STRONG> <STRONG>MS-740 (beta) on or before August 5, 2021, can get 80 percent off market price!</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code <STRONG>SummerMS740</STRONG>. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must <STRONG>take the exam on or before August 5, 2021</STRONG>. <EM>Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Get ready to take Exam MS-740 (beta):</P> <UL> <LI>Review the Exam &nbsp;MS-740 (beta) exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">skills outline document</A> alerts you to key topics covered on the exam.</LI> <LI>Want even more in-depth training? Connect with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> in your area for instructor-led training.</LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/just-how-does-one-prepare-for-beta-exams/ba-p/1469421" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Just How Does One Prepare for Beta Exams?</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Did you know that you can take any role-based exam online?</STRONG> Online delivered exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, check out my blog post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/online-proctored-exams-what-to-expect-and-how-to-prepare/ba-p/1469424" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The rescore process starts on the day an exam goes live, and<STRONG> final scores for beta exams are released approximately 10 days after that</STRONG>. For details on the timing of beta exam rescoring and results, read my post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/creating-high-quality-exams-the-path-from-beta-to-live/ba-p/1469422" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creating high-quality exams: The path from beta to live</A>. For more information, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to get started?</H2> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking Exam MS-740 (beta) on or before <STRONG>August 5, 2021</STRONG>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG><BR /><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/updating-microsoft-certifications-how-we-keep-them-relevant/ba-p/1469425" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Updating Microsoft Certifications: How we keep them relevant</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Browse available learning paths for Microsoft Teams</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/sharpen-your-technical-skills-with-instructor-led-training/ba-p/1469348" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sharpen your technical skills with instructor-led training</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Fri, 09 Jul 2021 16:10:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-for-microsoft-teams-support-engineers/ba-p/2147109 Liberty Munson 2021-07-09T16:10:00Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-power-platform-developer-associate/ba-p/2080044 <P>Are you a software developer who extends and customizes Microsoft Power Platform? The <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-microsoft-power-platform-developer-associate/ba-p/1469335?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified Power Platform Developer Associate</A> certification is designed for you. Do you wonder how you can use your Microsoft Power Platform skills to help advance your career and to earn the recognition you deserve? A Microsoft Certification validates to the world that you have these development skills—whether you’re just starting out and growing your dev skills, looking to use your dev skills to advance your career, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand development career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Software development is core to the digital transformation in organizations around the world. Companies are investing in evolving technology, and they need devs who understand the next generation of automation. A <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft white paper on role-based tech training and certifications</A> explains that the need for workers who are deeply knowledgeable about the latest technology is skyrocketing. If you want to pursue these opportunities, certification could give you a boost. Sixty-one percent of respondents in a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nigel Frank survey</A> believe that certifications can give you an edge in the job market. In that survey, one participant observed, “Certifications are ‘worldwide,’ so I am able to prove to partners worldwide that I am familiar with the product, and not just based on local references.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can add your certifications to your résumé and LinkedIn page to alert employers to your expertise. In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of achieving an industry-recognized <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate</A> certification after passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-400</A>, and we suggest other certifications that can be useful for devs—whether you’re just starting out or brushing up on your skills as a seasoned professional.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The developer role and certification</H2> <P>Greg Hurlman, a Microsoft developer with more than 20 years of experience and a member of the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team, shares a helpful message with the traditional developer community—using Power Apps saves time and development effort. He points out, “I’ve been coding forever, but I will create an app with Power Apps first before I try to create anything with custom code—just because it’s so much faster and does so much of what you’re trying to do.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You fit the profile for this developer role if you’re passionate about designing, developing, securing, and extending Microsoft Power Platform solutions. Developers who earn this certification must be able to create solution components (including application enhancements), custom user experiences, system integrations, data conversions, custom process automations, and custom visualizations. You need a strong applied knowledge of Microsoft Power Platform services and a basic understanding of DevOps practices for Microsoft Power Platform. In addition, your background should include development experience using JavaScript, JSON, TypeScript, C#, HTML, .NET, Azure, Microsoft 365, RESTful Web Services, ASP.NET, and Power BI.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You should have experience working with app makers, functional consultants, solution architects, and IT administrators. Your responsibilities are typically varied and include:</P> <UL> <LI>Creating technical designs and Power Apps.</LI> <LI>Configuring Dataverse, Power Apps, and business process automation.</LI> <LI>Extending the platform and the user experience.</LI> <LI>Developing integrations.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>Even developers with established skills need to stay ahead of the continuing changes in IT and technology. The role-based technical training white paper, mentioned earlier, reports that data shows the average life of a skill is about five years and that many technical professionals are only somewhat confident in their cloud computing abilities. Training and certification can help build that confidence.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>There’s a growing demand for workers to build the next generation of automation. In the Global Knowledge <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A>, over half of global IT decision-makers report that they expect their organization to invest in Microsoft technology this year. The survey also uncovered that IT professionals have plenty of opportunities to boost their pay. Those who earned a certification or learned a new skill could see an increase of as much as $12,000 a year.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition to highlighting your specific technical skills, a certification also indicates that you’re willing to learn new technology to get ahead and stay ahead. Employers are building tech-intensive organizations where people have not only the skills they’re looking for but also a willingness to embrace a culture of learning.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearson VUE report on the value of IT certification</A>, many professionals report numerous personal benefits from having earned certifications, such as more credibility in the workplace and greater self-confidence. In the Global Knowledge survey, mentioned earlier, 93 percent said certified employees add more value, close skills gaps, are more productive than their non-certified peers, and meet their clients’ needs better.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Obtaining a variety of certifications can help you as you explore different pathways to success. Certifications give you career flexibility and earning options. The Global Knowledge survey found that the more certifications someone holds, the higher their salary tends to be.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>Depending on your development skills and what you want to do with them, investigate the different Microsoft Power Platform certifications available to you. A Microsoft Certification signals that you have the skills that organizations are looking for when they hire and advance employees. Certification, combined with your drive and abilities, can help open career doors for you. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Many developers hold multiple certifications. We recently profiled April Dunnam, a Microsoft developer on the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team. Dunnam, who had been a Power Apps and Power Automate Most Valuable Professional (MVP), noted that certification helped her break into her development career during a recession and that her multiple certifications signaled to prospective employers her readiness for other roles.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Those with experience creating application enhancements, custom user experiences, system integrations, data conversions, and custom visualizations with Microsoft Power Platform might consider earning a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200</A>). This and your Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate certification can help set you up for later success with a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600</A>).</P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Technical acumen, agility, and flexibility characterize traditional developers. You’re driven to solve problems and create automated solutions. These days, you might not be following a traditional career path, but you have successfully built, customized, and extended Microsoft Power Platform apps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, if you don’t feel ready to take the development certification exam just yet, we recommend that you work closely with a Microsoft Power Platform or Power Apps developer that you know and take on a project or two to deepen your skills. Get some real-life experience designing, configuring, and customizing Power Apps. Explore training opportunities to deepen your programming skills, or take an instructor-led course. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started with this certification, check out our Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate certification journey map. You can also find the journey map in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_self"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Power Platform Developer Associate.png" style="width: 936px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/285801i5E78BB506CD648ED/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Power Platform Developer Associate.png" alt="Power Platform Developer Associate.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence on the Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate journey map. Start at the beginning by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when you take the exam, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-400 skills outline guide</A>. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform on Microsoft Learn</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, review the <STRONG>instructor-led training </STRONG>from Microsoft Learning Partners. To learn more, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners: Teaching the skills of tomorrow, today</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A practice exam is available for this certification. You can take a trial run for the Microsoft Power Platform App Maker Associate exam with the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PL-400 Microsoft Official Practice Test.</A> All the exam objectives are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to broaden your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our associate and expert certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Map out the possibilities with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A>.</P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join other developers in a community! Share your career journey with devs who have similar interests in Microsoft Power Platform technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn/ct-p/MicrosoftLearn?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Business Applications Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Apps Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Automate Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power BI Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Virtual Agents Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform job board</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Power Platform Community: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Forums, blogs, videos, support</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You can renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Microsoft Power Platform resources</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">April Dunnam’s Power Apps blog</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI>Udacity: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Training from Cloud Advocates for Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">“Introducing Microsoft’s Power Platform Solution Architect Certification” | The Launch Space | Channel 9</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn TV for Developers</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-your-career-path-get-started-with-fundamentals/ba-p/2080040?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Discover your career path: Get started with fundamentals</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to get started with Power Apps</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform videos</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Platform Certification Guide</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>Career prospects for developers are looking good. You’ve probably heard that millions of apps will be created in the next few years. To set yourself apart and ensure that you’re ready to be part of this tech intensity, remember that certifications validate your technical skills and experience. They’re a sign to employers that you’re ready to build for the future.</P> Wed, 07 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-power-platform-developer-associate/ba-p/2080044 NancyTandy 2021-07-07T14:00:00Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-power-platform-functional/ba-p/2080042 <P>If you’re a functional consultant or data analyst, or even a developer or solution architect, this is a very useful certification to have on your résumé and to help you earn the recognition that you deserve. In this post in our series on discovering your career path with Microsoft Power Platform certifications, we explore the benefits of achieving a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification. Use this Microsoft Certification to validate the applicable skills you’ve worked so hard to hone—whether you’re just starting out, looking to advance, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand career. And we point out other certifications you can earn, depending on your career path.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re hoping that certification can help you advance your career, you’re not alone. In fact, 61 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Nigel Frank Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM></A> believe that certifications give you an edge in the job market. In addition, a functional consultant certification from Microsoft is recognized worldwide, so you can let employers everywhere know that you have the skills they need.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The functional consultant role and certification</H2> <P>What does your workday look like? A typical day for a functional consultant might include gathering requirements for a Power Apps project and collaborating with solution architects, designers, and business stakeholders to understand and flesh out those requirements. As the project moves forward, functional consultants could be analyzing data, automating processes, creating and configuring application enhancements, building custom user experiences, creating virtual agents, or designing seamless integrations with third-party applications. Functional consultants iterate and incorporate feedback from the team to improve the product and add extensions as needed.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Does this sound like you? To qualify for this certification, you’re likely to be a functional consultant, a data analyst, a developer looking to hone your consulting and configuration skills, a solution architect, or an IT professional with <SPAN>knowledge and experience configuring Microsoft Power Platform. You can leverage your Dynamics 365 model-driven applications skills and data modeling principles. This certification lets the world know that you’re considered qualified to build and implement solutions that use Power Apps, Power BI, and Power Virtual Agents.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a functional consultant, you can use this certification to market yourself more effectively for projects and other engagements. This certification lets organizations know that you can build solutions requiring no code or low code, which would normally require developer expertise.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, certifications can demonstrate that you’re technically agile. It’s important to have a holistic understanding of several domains. In <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Benefits of Role-Based Certifications</EM></A>,<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> IDC reports that skilled IT professionals typically have multiple roles and that certifications based on their roles better prepare them for real-world responsibilities. The research demonstrates that professionals with a role-based certification perform on average 26 percent better than their colleagues without certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The Global Knowledge <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn2" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref2"><SPAN><EM><STRONG>[2]</STRONG></EM></SPAN></A> notes that 87 percent of IT professionals have at least one certification, and nearly 40 percent are pursuing another one. To remain competitive and prove to employers that your skills are up to date, certification makes a lot of sense.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition to highlighting your specific technical skills, certification also indicates that you’re willing to put forth effort to learn new technologies to get ahead and stay ahead. Employers are building tech-intensive organizations where people have not only the necessary skills but also a willingness to embrace a culture of learning.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>As you can see, there are many paths to the functional consultant certification. Depending on your path, you might consider several different Microsoft Certifications. Many IT professionals hold multiple certifications—they indicate a breadth of knowledge and skills.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you haven’t gotten the fundamentals certification yet, consider adding it to your portfolio. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> certification proves your basic skills across Microsoft Power Platform. It highlights your familiarity with computer technology, data analytics, cloud computing, and the internet.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you come to the functional consultant role via the traditional development path, take a look at the new Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate certification. To learn more, read&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-microsoft-power-platform-developer-associate/ba-p/1469335?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New certification: Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate.&nbsp;</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Those who come to the functional consultant role as data analysts with Power BI expertise might want to explore earning the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate</A> certification.&nbsp;Or, if you have a lot of functional consultant experience, your logical next step would be to earn the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> certification.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>People who become functional consultants are flexible technical experts who love creating, building, and extending applications, and they understand the value of collaborative work between business and technology. As you’ve seen, there is more than one path to this role. However, if you aren’t far enough along to be ready for certification, there are several things you can do to prepare. Here are some suggestions:</P> <UL> <LI><SPAN>Work on a Microsoft Power Platform or Dynamics 365 model-driven app implementation project.</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>Shadow a functional consultant or a solution architect who works with Power Apps.</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>Build a basic productivity app using Power Apps.</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>Create a basic productivity flow using Power Automate.</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>Put together a basic dashboard using Power BI.</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>Take available learning paths on Microsoft Learn.</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>Sign up for an instructor-led training course.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re ready to get started on your path to certification, check out our <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Associate Functional Consultant certification journey map</A>. You can also find it in the resources section on the associated certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_self"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="PP Functional Consultant.png" style="width: 940px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/284744iD6B69A4F0C4934E6/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="PP Functional Consultant.png" alt="PP Functional Consultant.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To plan out your path, follow the sequence on the Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate journey map. Start by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when taking the exam, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200 skills outline guide</A> on the exam page. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules for Microsoft Power Platform on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, review the <STRONG>instructor-led training </STRONG>from Microsoft Learning Partners. To learn more, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners: Teaching the skills of tomorrow, today</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A practice exam is available for this certification. Take a trial run with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test PL-200 Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant</A>. All the exam objectives are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to broaden your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our intermediate and advanced certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. Map out the possibilities with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths. </A></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join a community to network with other functional consultants, share ideas, and ask questions. You can also find news about Microsoft events and learning opportunities.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn/ct-p/MicrosoftLearn?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Business Applications Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Apps Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Automate Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power BI Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Virtual Agents Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform job board</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Power Platform Community: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Forums, blogs, videos, support</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related blogs and other resources </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">April Dunnam’s Power Apps blog</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI>Udacity: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Training from Cloud Advocates for Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">“Introducing Microsoft’s Power Platform Solution Architect Certification” | The Launch Space | Channel 9</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn TV for Developers</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-your-career-path-get-started-with-fundamentals/ba-p/2080040?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Discover&nbsp;your career path: Get started with fundamentals</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to get started with Power Apps</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform videos</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Platform Certification Gui</A><A style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #063e6c; outline: 0px;" href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">de</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</LI> <LI>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate certification expires, you can <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renew your certification</A> by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Plus, effective June 2021, a certification is valid for one year from the date you earned it. This shift aligns with the rapid evolution of cloud technology and skills. Get more information in our blog post&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is your certification expiring soon? Renew it for free today!</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>You’re a skilled technical professional. Are you ready to explore where Microsoft Certification can take you? See how a functional consultant certification can highlight your skills, as you innovate, turn good ideas into great solutions, and take the next steps on your Microsoft Power Platform career path.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftnref1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftn1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> Source: IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Benefits of Role-Based Certifications</EM></A>, #US46572820, June 2020.</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftnref2" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftn2"><SPAN>[2]</SPAN></A> Global Knowledge, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A>, 2020.</P> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-power-platform-functional/ba-p/2080042 NancyTandy 2021-06-30T14:00:00Z New certification: Dynamics 365 Commerce Functional Consultant Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-dynamics-365-commerce-functional-consultant/ba-p/2147108 <P>Want to participate in a beta exam? We’re looking for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Commerce functional consultants who design, configure, and manage Dynamics 365 Commerce and who provide ongoing support for the app.&nbsp;These candidates have a strong understanding of unified commerce business operations. They may also have experience deploying, using, and maintaining Dynamics 365 Commerce.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If this is your skill set, we have a new certification for you. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Commerce Functional Consultant Associate</STRONG></A> certification validates your expertise in this area and offers you the opportunity to prove your skills. To earn this certification, pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-340: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Commerce Functional Consultant</A>, currently in beta.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Ready to prove your skills?</H3> <P>Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. <STRONG>The first 300 people who take Exam MB-340 (beta) on or before August 3, 2021, can get 80 percent off market price.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code <STRONG>PjMMB340</STRONG>. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must <STRONG>take the exam on or before August 3, 2021</STRONG>. <EM>Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China</EM>.</P> <P>Get ready to take Exam MB-340 (beta):</P> <UL> <LI>Review the Exam MB-340 (beta) exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">skills outline document</A> alerts you to key topics covered on the exam.</LI> <LI>Want even more in-depth training? Connect with in your area for in-person training. in your area for in-person training.</LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/just-how-does-one-prepare-for-beta-exams/ba-p/1469421" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Just How Does One Prepare for Beta Exams?</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Did you know that you can take any role-based exam online?</STRONG> Online delivered exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, check out my blog post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/online-proctored-exams-what-to-expect-and-how-to-prepare/ba-p/1469424" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The rescore process starts on the day an exam goes live, and<STRONG> <U>final scores for beta exams are released approximately 10 days after that</U></STRONG><U>.</U> For details on the timing of beta exam rescoring and results, read my post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/creating-high-quality-exams-the-path-from-beta-to-live/ba-p/1469422" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creating high-quality exams: The path from beta to live</A>. For more information, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Ready to get started?</H3> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking Exam MB-340 (beta) on or before August 3, 2021.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG><BR /><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/exciting-news-at-microsoft-business-applications-summit-may-4/ba-p/2080035" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exciting news at Microsoft Business Applications Summit, May 4 - Microsoft Tech Community</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/mcsa-mcsd-mcse-certifications-retire-with-continued-investment/ba-p/1489670" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MCSA, MCSD, MCSE certifications retire; with continued investment to role-based certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/updating-microsoft-certifications-how-we-keep-them-relevant/ba-p/1469425" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Updating Microsoft Certifications: How we keep them relevant</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you </A></P> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 21:29:28 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-dynamics-365-commerce-functional-consultant/ba-p/2147108 Liberty Munson 2021-07-21T21:29:28Z Coming soon: The new Azure Network Engineer Associate certification https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/coming-soon-the-new-azure-network-engineer-associate/ba-p/2465056 <P><SPAN>Microsoft Azure enables organizations around the world to become more digitally connected, and networking is transforming the way these organizations work. When companies shift to the cloud, networking as a service unlocks new benefits for customers in the areas of scale, speed, elastic resources, and managed oversight. In the cloud landscape, the critical role of the network engineer continues to evolve as these professionals tackle complex tasks, from migrating workloads to the cloud and managing hybrid connectivity to empowering remote workers and supporting strategic scenarios that enable digital transformation.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>The Azure Network Engineer Associate certification and beta exam</H3> <P><SPAN>We’re happy to announce today that we’re expanding our Azure training and certification portfolio to include the</SPAN> <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Network Engineer Associate certification</A><SPAN>. This new certification can</SPAN><SPAN> help networking professionals to shine a light on their critical skills</SPAN><SPAN>. </SPAN>You can use this globally recognized Microsoft Certification to validate your skills and abilities and to stay competitive.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Candidates for the Azure Network Engineer Associate certification need to have subject matter expertise in recommending, planning, implementing, and maintaining Azure networking solutions, including hybrid networking, connectivity, routing, security, and private access to Azure services. And they need expert Azure administration skills. Professionals in this role deploy networking solutions by using the Azure portal and other methods, including PowerShell, Azure CLI, and Azure Resource Manager templates (ARM templates).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Azure network engineers work with solution architects, cloud administrators, security engineers, application developers, and DevOps engineers to deliver Azure solutions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The exam for this certification, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-700: Designing and Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions (beta)</A>, will be available in late July. If you’re a skilled Azure network engineer, we encourage you to participate in the beta—stay tuned for the announcement.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Start preparing now for the upcoming beta exam</H3> <P>Even though Exam AZ-700 (beta) will be released in July 2021, you can start preparing for it now:</P> <UL> <LI>Check out the exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-700 (beta) skills outline document</A> alerts you to key topics covered on the exam.</LI> <LI>Review networking content on Microsoft Learn, like the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Architect network infrastructure in Azure</A> learning path. Want more? We have plenty of <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">modules and learning paths</A> ready for you.</LI> <LI>Get hands-on guidance for using Azure networking services in the free <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Networking Cookbook</A> from Packt.</LI> <LI>Gear up with the&nbsp;<FONT color="#0000FF"><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AZ-700 Study Guide</A></FONT> created by Microsoft Cloud Advocate&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/278133" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@thomasmaurer</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Set your sights on the future</H3> <P>Are you ready to let the world know that you have the Azure networking experience and skills that enable you to plan, implement, and maintain your company’s Azure networking solutions? Get started learning about the Azure Network Engineer Associate certification today, and prepare to take your career to the next level.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375306" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 24 Jun 2021 15:30:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/coming-soon-the-new-azure-network-engineer-associate/ba-p/2465056 SandraMarin 2021-06-24T15:30:00Z Discover Microsoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-power-platform-app-maker-associate/ba-p/2080041 <P>Do you love coming up with creative ways to make apps using Microsoft Power Platform and Power Apps? If you want to use these skills to help advance your career and to earn the recognition you deserve, you’re a great candidate to earn this Microsoft Certification. This validates to the world that you have the applicable skills—whether you’re just starting out creating apps for yourself, looking to use your app maker skills to advance your career, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You’re not alone if you’re considering that earning your certification with your app maker skills could help boost your income. In fact, 19 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Nigel Frank Microsoft Dynamics Salary</EM> <EM>Survey</EM></A> note that app builder certifications are likely to increase their worth. In addition, an app maker certification can help improve your confidence by highlighting your creativity and enthusiasm for using the latest technologies. Add your certifications to your résumé and LinkedIn page to alert employers to your expertise.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The combination of your ingenuity and a globally recognized, industry-endorsed Microsoft Certification sends a career-building message to employers. In this post in our series on discovering your career path, we look at the benefits of achieving a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker Associate</A> certification, and we also suggest other certifications that can be useful for app makers—whether you’re just starting out or brushing up on your skills as a seasoned professional.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A great way to get started is by earning the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> certification. This proves that you can use your Microsoft Power Platform skills to improve your team’s productivity. No experience is necessary to train for it—just basic familiarity with computer technology, data analytics, cloud computing, and the internet. To learn more, read our recent blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-your-career-path-get-started-with-fundamentals/ba-p/2080040?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Discover your career path: Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 Fundamentals.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The app maker role and certification</H2> <P>You fit the profile for the app maker role if you’re self-directed and solution-focused and if you work with Microsoft Power Platform tools to simplify, automate, and transform tasks and processes for yourself and your team. There are as many pathways to the app maker role as there are people comfortable using the technology to solve problems. Not every app maker works in a business organization. You might be a student or a professional in another field. For example, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lauren Taylor</A>, an elementary school principal, uses Microsoft Power Platform to create apps to track student reading data and to help teachers coordinate lesson plans.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As an app creator, you might have some experience with creating formulas (or functions and equations) for Excel, Microsoft Teams, and other tools. Although you don’t need to have formal IT training, typically you’re comfortable working with IT administrators and Microsoft Power Platform developers using technology to solve business problems.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re a business professional with deep expertise in your solution domain who wants to leverage your passion for building Microsoft Power Platform solutions, this certification is designed for you. You can use your skills in key technical business analyst tasks, such as data modeling, basic UX design, requirements analysis, and process analysis. Your responsibilities include:</P> <UL> <LI>Designing and creating apps and automating workflows.</LI> <LI>Analyzing and visualizing data in context of an app or automated workflow.</LI> <LI>Implementing and managing apps and automated workflows.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Benefits of certification</H2> <P>The digital revolution is booming, resulting in a well-documented IT skills gap. There’s a growing demand for workers to build the next generation of automation. In the Global Knowledge <SPAN><EM>2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></SPAN>,<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> 75 percent of IT decision-makers point out that they are dealing with skills gaps. Why not make a difference for one of those employers? Microsoft training and certifications prepare you for the app-building roles that organizations are looking to fill.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition to highlighting your specific technical skills, a certification also indicates that you’re willing to put forth effort to learn new technology to get ahead and stay ahead. Employers are building tech-intensive organizations where people not only have the right skills but also have a willingness to embrace a culture of learning.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In the <SPAN>Pearson VUE Value of IT Certification survey</SPAN>, those who have earned their certification report numerous personal benefits, including more professional credibility and greater self-confidence. They also reported increased job satisfaction and responsibilities. Some even reported salary increases.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Business decision-makers see benefits from having workers with certifications. In the Global Knowledge survey mentioned earlier, 93 percent of respondents said employees who have earned certifications add more value, close skills gaps, and are more productive than their peers who haven’t. Plus, they meet their clients’ needs better.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Other certifications for you</H2> <P>If you’re an experienced app maker, consider exploring other certifications for Microsoft Power Platform, too. Many IT professionals hold multiple certifications. The Pearson VUE survey notes that more than 90 percent of certified technical professionals say that they would recommend certification to a friend or colleague looking to advance their career in a tech-related field.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you have a more traditional development background and some experience with Microsoft Power Platform, take a look at the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate</A> certification. To learn more, read&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-microsoft-power-platform-developer-associate/ba-p/1469335?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New certification: Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate.&nbsp;</A></P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>Inventiveness and creativity characterize people who become app makers. These days, you might not be following a traditional career path, but you might have successfully built Microsoft Power Platform apps. However, if you don’t feel ready to take the certification exam just yet, we recommend that you work closely with a Microsoft Power Platform or Power Apps expert and take on a project to deepen your skills. Get some real-life experience with designing and creating apps and automating workflows. Explore Microsoft training opportunities. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training that can help you get underway.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get started, check out our <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform App Maker Associate certification journey map</A>. You can also find it in the resources section on the associated certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="App Maker journey map.png" style="width: 626px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/284737i131CFF9EE4ABAD89/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="App Maker journey map.png" alt="App Maker journey map.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your path, follow the sequence on the journey map. As shown at the beginning of the map, start by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam PL-100, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Power Platform App Maker Associate skills outline guide</STRONG></A> on the exam page. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">modules for Microsoft Power Platform on Microsoft Learn</A>. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, review the <STRONG>instructor-led training </STRONG>led by Microsoft Learning Partners. To learn more, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners: Teaching the skills of tomorrow, today</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A practice exam is available for this certification. You can take a trial run with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test PL-100 Microsoft Power Platform App Maker</A>. All the exam objectives are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to broaden your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other certification offerings. Consider our intermediate and advanced certifications when you achieve the next milestones on your career journey. To map out the possibilities, explore <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A>.</P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>Join a community to network with other app makers, share ideas, and ask questions. You can also find news about Microsoft events and learning opportunities.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn/ct-p/MicrosoftLearn?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Business Applications Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Apps Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Automate Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power BI Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Virtual Agents Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform job board</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Power Platform Community: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Forums, blogs, videos, support</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Related blogs and other resources </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">April Dunnam’s Power Apps blog</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI>Udacity: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Training from Cloud Advocates for Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">“Introducing Microsoft’s Power Platform Solution Architect Certification” | The Launch Space | Channel 9</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn TV for Developers</A></LI> <LI>Discover your career path: Get started with fundamentals</LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to get started with Power Apps</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform videos</A></LI> <LI>Video (April Dunnam): <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Platform Certification Guide</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renew your Microsoft Certification</A></LI> </UL> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>It’s easy to renew your certification</H2> <P>When your Power Platform App Maker Associate certification expires, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Plus, effective June 2021, a certification is valid for one year from the date you earned it. This shift aligns with the rapid evolution of cloud technology and skills. Get more information in our blog post&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405?wt.mc_id=pp_dycp_blog_wwl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is your certification expiring soon? Renew it for free today!</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>As a creative app maker, are you ready to get started on your certification journey? It’s time to let a Microsoft Certification shine a light on your builder skills and help you make the most out of the Microsoft Power Platform career path. By demonstrating your expertise with a Microsoft Certification, you let employers know that you have what it takes to be an agile player in today’s rapidly changing business environment.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftnref1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftn1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> Global Knowledge, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A>, 2020.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-microsoft-certified-power-platform-app-maker-associate/ba-p/2080041 NancyTandy 2021-06-23T14:00:00Z Certifications can spark confidence amidst unexpected changes https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/certifications-can-spark-confidence-amidst-unexpected-changes/ba-p/2038069 <P>While the pandemic has slowed down many aspects of life, research shows that the last 18 months has accelerated digitization and the tech employment market. By 2025, Microsoft estimates that 149 million new jobs will be added in technology industries. Leading those gains will be 98 million new software development jobs and 23 million cloud and data roles.<SUP>1</SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To help those around the world prepare for this growth, Microsoft’s <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">skills initiative</A> offers free training content and discounted certifications, and has helped over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories gain access to essential digital skills. As part of our ongoing #ProudToBeCertified blog series, we’d like to introduce you to Ricardo Lessa and how he went beyond personal advancement during the COVID crisis.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><LI-VIDEO vid="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzTJB94RFbk" align="center" size="medium" width="400" height="225" uploading="false" thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/xzTJB94RFbk/hqdefault.jpg" external="url"></LI-VIDEO></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ricardo: Helping others starts with helping yourself</H2> <P>Ricardo Lessa has a history of resilience and self-motivation. When he came out of the datacenter, Ricardo launched his career as an entrepreneur. For about a decade, he ran his own company until the pandemic struck in 2020. When the pandemic started, “My sources of income were literally cut off,” says Ricardo. He was forced to close his business. Searching for new opportunities, a Microsoft MVP and colleague introduced him to the power of certification through <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Making the most of available resources, Ricardo was able to earn Microsoft Certifications that helped him land a job as a pre-sales engineer. And that’s just the beginning. Certification is more than a credential; it’s a personal confidence builder, as Ricardo explains, “the term ‘proud to be’ is the sense of accomplishment for getting the job done, for having completed a stage, for having progressed, for truly scoring a win. And, on a personal level, it greatly improves our focus, our discipline and, consequently, our results.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Ricardo was inspired by how his colleague’s advice had made a real impact on his career. So, they joined forces and found a way to help others in similar circumstances. “This situation and its demands inspired us to do something new – something unique,” he says. And together, they began a new technical support community: CloudExpert, an online network of support, training, and resources for professionals designed to get members trained to progress on their career paths. The goal of this network is to help peers rekindle their dreams and get back in the job market sooner than later.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>By creating this new support system for others, Ricardo discovered more about himself than he ever imagined. “I was able to believe again in the possibility of starting over,” Ricardo says, “updating myself and returning to the IT market. I dreamed that I could influence others so that they can overcome hardship and believe in a new beginning. And it happened!”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_COVID_InBlog_Quote_Ricardo.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/289998iEDE11DAA50228C6E/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_Blog_P2BC_COVID_InBlog_Quote_Ricardo.png" alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_COVID_InBlog_Quote_Ricardo.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Share your #ProudToBeCertified stories and opportunities</H2> <P>Like Ricardo’s initiative, the Microsoft Certification community can help you and your peers move forward, no matter how the world changes around you. Keep an eye out for more stories in this #ProudToBeCertified blog series and the latest <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">videos</A> – where people like you are dedicating themselves to continuing education to get an edge in our competitive and changing market.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Have a Microsoft Certifications story to share? We’d love to hear how you got started on your path, where it took you, the obstacles you overcame, or the confidence you gained from earning your first or fifteenth certification. Submit your own on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A>, or your preferred platform with #ProudToBeCertified.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/more-and-more-people-are-proudtobecertified-with-microsoft/ba-p/2038053" target="_blank" rel="noopener">M</A><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/more-and-more-people-are-proudtobecertified-with-microsoft/ba-p/2038053" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ore and more people are #ProudToBeCertified with Microsoft</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/why-you-should-celebrate-your-microsoft-skills-and/ba-p/1469349" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why you should celebrate your Microsoft skills and certifications</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><U>Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</U></A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SUP>1</SUP>Microsoft Data Science, utilizing LinkedIn Data. Methodology and assumptions can be found in the white paper “Methodology: Digitization Capacity of the World Economy.”</P> <P><SUP>2</SUP>Official Microsoft Blog, “<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Building a more inclusive skills-based economy: The next steps for our global skills initiative</A>,” Brad Smith, March 30, 2021</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:21:50 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/certifications-can-spark-confidence-amidst-unexpected-changes/ba-p/2038069 KarinaUng 2021-09-07T22:21:50Z Discover your career path: Get started with fundamentals https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-your-career-path-get-started-with-fundamentals/ba-p/2080040 <P>Are you looking for the right Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certifications to help advance your career and to earn the recognition you deserve? We’re here to help you discover the career path that’s right for you—whether you’re just starting out, looking to advance, or wanting to change to something new. When you pass a Microsoft Certification exam, you let the world know that you have these in-demand skills. In addition to providing evidence of your mastery of technical skills, certifications can boost your confidence and highlight your drive to keep pace with technical change.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The combination of your growth mindset and a globally recognized, industry-endorsed Microsoft Certification sends a career-building message to employers. To help you discover your career path and choose the certifications that are right for your journey, we’re kicking off a new series of blog posts that explain the value and benefits of Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this post, we offer a quick overview of our fundamentals certifications. These certifications let the world know that you’ve mastered the basics of Microsoft Power Platform or Dynamics 365—whether you’re new to the field or brushing up on your skills as a seasoned professional—and that you’re ready to advance. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The fundamentals certifications</H2> <P>Certifications matter. The Global Knowledge <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> points out, “A majority of certified IT professionals experience two main certification benefits: better job performance and higher salaries.”<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> A fundamentals certification is a great way to help open doors to professional advancement. If you’re new to the workforce, having a fundamentals certification on your résumé can set you apart. If you’re already in your career, you know that organizations need to keep pace with the digital transformation trend. A certification tells employers that you’ve studied for and passed an exam for specific skill sets and that you’re ready to keep learning, regardless of where you are on your career path.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A fundamentals certification can be the first milepost on your journey as you prepare for role-based or specialty certifications, but it isn’t a prerequisite for any of them.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> certification proves that you can use your Microsoft Power Platform skills to improve your team’s productivity. No experience is necessary to train for it—just basic familiarity with computer technology, data analytics, cloud computing, and the internet.&nbsp;You earn it by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900: Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>There are two fundamentals certifications for Dynamics 365. The first is for those who are familiar with customer relationship management (CRM) and are IT savvy—either generally or through work experience. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (CRM)</A> certification can highlight those skills and enhance your career journey. You earn it by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-910: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (CRM) (beta)</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The other fundamentals certification is for those who have a broad exposure to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) capabilities of Dynamics 365 and who understand the basics of how finance and operations apps fit in within the overall Microsoft ecosystem. Earn <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (ERP)</A> by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-920: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (ERP)</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>These two certifications that focus on CRM and ERP skills are replacing the older Dynamics 365 Fundamentals certification, which retires on June 30, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Benefits of fundamentals certifications</H2> <P>Microsoft created fundamentals certifications to build and validate understanding of technologies that businesses use. These very popular technical certifications are held by professionals all over the globe. They build the foundational skills and provide a pathway for earning certifications based on deeper technical skills required to perform industry roles. We keep these certifications current with market and industry demands.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In the annual <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nigel Frank survey on Dynamics 365 salary and marketing trends</A>, 61 percent of respondents say that a certification gives you an edge in the job market. And 28 percent of professionals with a certification report that they experienced a pay increase after successfully completing their training.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>People in different roles and career stages can benefit from fundamentals certifications. These include:</P> <UL> <LI>IT professionals who want to show a general understanding of the applications they work with.</LI> <LI>Business stakeholders and others who know Microsoft Power Platform or Dynamics 365 and want to validate their skills and experience.</LI> <LI>Developers who want to highlight their understanding of business operations, ERP, or CRM.</LI> <LI>Students, recent graduates, and people changing careers who want to leverage Microsoft Power Platform or Dynamics 365 capabilities to move to the next level.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How do I get started?</H2> <P>If you need more experience before you take the exam, we recommend that you work closely with a Microsoft Power Platform or Dynamics 365 expert on your team and take on a project to deepen your skills. Then explore our training opportunities. No matter where you are on your journey, we have training to fit your needs. To get started, check out our three fundamentals certification journey maps. You can also find the journey maps in the resources sections on the associated certification and exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="TRendall_0-1622155510508.png" style="width: 626px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/284478iE6E90CA25EA05041/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="TRendall_0-1622155510508.png" alt="TRendall_0-1622155510508.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="TRendall_1-1622155571830.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/284489iB9C83DF5C5E17FB9/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="TRendall_1-1622155571830.png" alt="TRendall_1-1622155571830.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="TRendall_2-1622155606768.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/284490i765EE355999B338E/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="TRendall_2-1622155606768.png" alt="TRendall_2-1622155606768.png" /></span></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your path, choose the journey map for your fundamentals certification. Then follow the sequence in the map. As shown at the beginning of the map, start by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, choose the training you’ll need to be prepared. To understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam PL-900, Exam MB-910, or Exam MB-920, review the <STRONG>skills outline guide </STRONG>on the associated exam page. Then sign up for the training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>On the certification page, choose curated <STRONG>learning paths</STRONG> and modules on Microsoft Learn. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, review the <STRONG>instructor-led training </STRONG>led by Microsoft Learning Partners, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (CRM)</A> or <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (ERP)</A>. To learn more, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners: Teaching the skills of tomorrow, today</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Practice exams are available for some certifications. For example, you can take a trial run for the Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals exam with the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PL-900 Microsoft Official Practice Test</A>. All the exam objectives are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to broaden your technical expertise by taking one of the other certifications described in this blog post or by exploring other fundamentals offerings. Each certification you earn validates proven capabilities in a specific line of business. This can be very valuable for an IT professional who wears many hats. Or dive deeper into the intermediate and advanced certifications for your targeted career journey. Check out the possible <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Where’s my community?</H2> <P>You’re not alone! Share your career journey with others who have similar interests in Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 technologies. Here are some places where you can share and gather information and learn from your peers and others.</P> <UL> <LI>Dynamics 365 on LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365 (AX) Community</A></LI> <LI>Dynamics 365 Community: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Forums, blogs, videos, support</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Power Platform Community: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Forums, blogs, videos, support</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform LinkedIn job board</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cloud Advocates for Microsoft Power Platform training on Udacity</A>&nbsp;</LI> <LI>Nigel Frank: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft tech blog: The latest on Dynamics, Azure, and more</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn</H2> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</LI> <LI>For more information on badges, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Badges FAQ</A>.</LI> <LI>To add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, go to your profile page and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related blogs and other resources </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn/ct-p/MicrosoftLearn" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Community</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ten reasons to earn a Microsoft Certification</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Blog</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365 Blog</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>Join the community of professionals who have earned a Microsoft Certification—to help land that first job, advance your career, or shift your focus to a new and exciting technology. These certifications not only validate your technical skills and experience but also help ensure that you've got what it takes for those key roles that employers need to fill.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SUP>1 </SUP>Source: Global Knowledge, <EM><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</A></EM>, 2020.</P> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/discover-your-career-path-get-started-with-fundamentals/ba-p/2080040 NancyTandy 2021-06-16T14:00:00Z Earn the new Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty certification with Exam AZ-140, now out of beta https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/earn-the-new-azure-virtual-desktop-specialty-certification-with/ba-p/2417605 <P>Today, we’re happy to announce that <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam AZ-140: Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop</STRONG></A> is now live. Passing this exam is the only requirement to earn the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty</STRONG></A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In related news, our blog post a few days ago, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Virtual Desktop: The flexible cloud VDI platform for the hybrid workplace</A>, announced new capabilities in the platform, along with the name change from Windows Virtual Desktop service to Azure Virtual Desktop. In alignment with this broader vision, we’re updating the associated certification and exam, beginning with the name change.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The shift to hybrid work is an opportunity for organizations to rethink everything from the employee experience and talent to digital sales and events. It starts with empowering employees for a more flexible work world. Earning the new Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty certification puts the spotlight on your skills in this evolving work environment, proving that you have subject matter expertise in planning, delivering, and managing virtual desktop experiences and remote apps, for any device, on Azure.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Although we’re changing the name, the job role and exam objective domains remain the same. As with&nbsp; other exams and certifications in our portfolio, we’ll continue to regularly review and update Exam AZ-140 and the Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty certification as needed to keep them aligned to the job skills required by the new capabilities in the platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>If you took the beta exam with the original name, what now?</H3> <P>You should be receiving your scores in about 10 business days, if you took Exam AZ-140 in beta.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>If you passed the beta exam</STRONG>, the new certification and exam names will be reflected on your online transcript. After you receive your score, you don’t need to do anything—just check your Microsoft Certification Dashboard, where you’ll also find your new digital badge.</P> <P>Don’t forget to celebrate and share your achievement. Add your newly acquired skills and badge to your LinkedIn profile to stand out in your network. Follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;Certification Dashboard, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Credly website.)</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Considering this certification?</H3> <P>To help you prepare, today we’re releasing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Course AZ-140T00: Configuring and Operating Azure Virtual Desktop</A>. This brand-new, four-day instructor-led training will help you skill up for Exam AZ-140 with a series of demonstrations and hands-on labs where you deploy virtual desktop experiences and apps. To discuss training solutions customized to your project plans and goals, connect with a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you prefer to learn on your own, explore this&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">learning path on Microsoft Learn</A>, along with other self-paced learning:</P> <UL> <LI>Review the exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-140 skills outline</A> alerts you to key topics covered on the exam.</LI> <LI><SPAN><SPAN>Check out the<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A tabindex="-1" title="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/azure-virtual-desktop/azure-virtual-desktop-specialty-certification-is-here/m-p/2435757#m7210" href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/azure-virtual-desktop/azure-virtual-desktop-specialty-certification-is-here/m-p/2435757#M7210" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty certification is here!</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN>post by Azure FastTrack Engineer&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN><A tabindex="-1" title="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/181970" href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/181970" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><SPAN>@Dean Cefola</SPAN></A></SPAN><SPAN>. It includes multiple resources to get ready for the Exam AZ-140.</SPAN></SPAN></LI> <LI>Don’t miss the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AZ-140 study guide</A>&nbsp;created by Microsoft Cloud Advocate&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/278133" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@thomasmaurer</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Plus, watch this space for additional training content we plan to release in mid-July.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>With today’s mobile and remote work environments, organizations around the world need professionals who have what it takes to plan, implement, monitor, and maintain an Azure Virtual Desktop architecture and infrastructure. And these pros know how to help ensure that this virtualization platform is secure, scalable, and easy to manage. If this sounds like you, skill up, pass Exam AZ-140, and celebrate your Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty certification, as you become part of the solution to empower organizations and to deliver seamless, high-performance experiences on Azure.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375306" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:00:30 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/earn-the-new-azure-virtual-desktop-specialty-certification-with/ba-p/2417605 SandraMarin 2021-06-10T17:00:30Z Find the right Dynamics 365 certification for you https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/find-the-right-dynamics-365-certification-for-you/ba-p/2080039 <P>Do you love using Dynamics 365 to empower your organization to deliver operational excellence and delight customers? Have you considered earning a certification that validates your ability to strengthen your team’s digital foundation and to use technology to innovate and adapt? To help you plan your career journey, we’re presenting a new series of blog posts that explore the value and benefits of Dynamics 365 certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this post, we’ll focus on some of the highlights of our certification portfolio, which spans from fundamentals to role-based certifications that validate key Dynamics 365 skills. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re here to help you discover the career path that’s right for you—whether you’re just starting out with Dynamics 365, looking to advance, or wanting to change to a new focus. When you pass an exam and earn your Microsoft Certification, that’s a validation of your skills and experience. The combination of your skills and a globally recognized, industry-endorsed Microsoft Certification sends a career-building message to employers. Your certification can even give you a boost of confidence and recognition in your career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In later posts in this series, we’ll dive deeper into each of the certifications that we highlight here, to help you further explore and choose the certifications that are right for you and your career journey. Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certifications often complement each other. To learn more about Microsoft Power Platform certifications, go to Finding the right Microsoft Power Platform certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The benefits of certification</H2> <P>Dynamics 365 offers many avenues for professionals to deepen their skills. Let those skills guide you as you investigate the different Dynamics 365 certifications available to you. A Microsoft Certification validates that you have the skills that organizations are looking for when they hire and advance employees. Plus, Microsoft keeps certifications up to date based on market and industry demands.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Many respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A> consider that years of experience with Dynamics 365 is the most important factor associated with a professional’s earning potential. Added to that, 61 percent of that survey’s respondents believe that certifications give you an edge in the job market. Many reported a salary increase (a 22 percent increase, on average) after they achieved a certification. Just as you use certifications to prove your skills, organizations can use them to identify the talent they’re looking for. They can even help you achieve promotions and raises.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Certifications can give your self-confidence and your career a boost. They’re an indication to employers that you’re willing to invest the time to build essential skills. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers without them. Interestingly, the survey found that the more certifications a professional holds, the higher their average salary. Certification, combined with your drive and abilities, can help to open career doors for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The fundamentals certifications</H2> <P>Consider a fundamentals certification as the first milepost on your certification journey. These very popular technical certifications are held by professionals all over the globe. They build foundational skills and provide a pathway for earning certifications based on deeper technical skills required to perform industry roles.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>There are two fundamentals certifications for Dynamics 365. The first is for those who are familiar with customer relationship management (CRM) and are IT savvy—either generally or through work experience. If you have this basic experience, look into <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (CRM)</A> certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-910</A>). To start exploring your journey to certification, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (CRM) journey map.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The other fundamentals certification is for those who have a broad exposure to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) capabilities of Dynamics 365 and who understand the basics of how finance and operations apps fit in within the overall Microsoft ecosystem. If this sounds like you, consider the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (ERP)</A> certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-920</A>). The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (ERP) journey map</A> can help you get started.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>These two certifications that focus on CRM and ERP skills are replacing the older Dynamics 365 Fundamentals certification, which retires on June 30, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The functional consultant certifications</H2> <P>Functional consultants understand the value of collaborative work between business and technology. There are many possible career paths for those in this role. We have a wide variety of Dynamics 365 certifications for functional consultants who seek to validate their skills and broaden their career options.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re a professional with expertise in marketing, sales, field service, or customer service, consider exploring the following Dynamics 365 associate certifications. Professionals who achieve these certifications also have skills configuring Microsoft Power Platform solutions and apps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Marketers who use their technical expertise with both Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform to implement marketing solutions for their organization might consider the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification (pass two exams: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-220</A>). To start your journey to certification, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant journey map</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sales professionals who use their technical expertise with both Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 to implement and extend sales solutions for their organization should explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification (pass two exams: Exam PL-200, linked to earlier in this post, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-210</A>). The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Sales Functional Consultant journey map</A> can help you get started.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Field service professionals who have technical expertise using both Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform to implement intelligent planning solutions for their organization to help ensure consistent and dependable operations should consider <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification (pass two exams: Exam PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-240</A>). To start your journey to certification, explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant journey map</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Customer service professionals who have strong applied knowledge of customer service and experience using Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 to implement omnichannel solutions that focus on service, quality, reliability, efficiency, and customer satisfaction should investigate the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification (pass two exams: PL-200 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-230</A>). To start your journey to certification, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant journey map</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re a functional consultant with applied knowledge of Dynamics 365 Business Central, Commerce, Finance, or Supply Chain Management, consider exploring the following Dynamics 365 associate certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Functional consultants who implement core Dynamics 365 Business Central processes for small and medium-sized businesses might be interested in <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-800</A>). The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant journey map</A> can help you get started.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Functional consultants, developers, information workers, or business professionals who use Dynamics 365 Commerce to support their teams might consider <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Commerce Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass two exams: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-300</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-340</A>). To start your journey to certification, check out the certification page on Learn.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Functional consultants with experience working in finance departments analyzing business requirements and translating them into business processes and solutions should explore <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass two exams: Exam MB-300, linked to earlier in this post, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-310</A>). The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance Functional Consultant journey map</A> can help you start your journey to certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Business users and functional consultants with a fundamental understanding of supply chain management industry standards should consider <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass two exams: Exam MB-300 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MB-330</A>). To start your journey to certification, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant journey map.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Functional consultants or business users with a deep understanding of industry and manufacturing standards with experience configuring Dynamics 365 supply chain management should look into <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate</A> (pass two exams: Exam MB-300 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MB-320</A>). To start your journey to certification, get more information on the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant journey map.</A></P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>The developer certification</H2> <P>Developers who are responsible for translating requirements into critical system functionality for finance and operations apps in Dynamics 365 should look into <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Apps Developer Associate</A> certification (pass two exams: Exam MB-300 and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-500</A>). You need to have experience providing solutions using standardized application coding patterns, extensible features, and external integrations. To get started on your journey to certification, explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Apps Developer journey map</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The solution architect certification</H2> <P>This expert certification is for highly qualified professionals with years of experience, such as solution architects, functional or technical consultants, or IT or business professionals who have a deep understanding of Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations apps. You fit the profile for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect Expert</A> certification (complete a prerequisite and pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-700</A>) if you’re a trusted advisor for stakeholders and you design cohesive solutions for your customers. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect journey map</A> can help get you started on your journey to certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Dynamics 365 resources</H2> <P>These resources can help you get started on your journey and connect with others:</P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics CRM Support</A></LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn resources: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>YouTube channel: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365</A></LI> <LI>Twitter: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365</A><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>Training is available for every Dynamics 365 certification, whether you want to review before an exam or brush up on your skills to prepare. Go to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> for Dynamics 365 (linked to earlier in this post) to decide how you want to learn and which platform best fits your learning style. You have access to a breadth of options to help grow your confidence and expertise—from self-paced learning, training events, instructor-led training, and more. It's time to take the next step to discover your career path!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And stay tuned for the next blog posts in this series to learn more about the certifications that interest you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-to-stay-motivated-during-your-learning-journey/ba-p/1469345" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to stay motivated during your learning journey</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/staying-resilient-with-continuous-learning/ba-p/1469343" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Staying resilient with continuous learning</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/technical-certifications-could-help-drive-business-optimization/ba-p/1469344" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Technical certifications could help drive business optimization</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/what-goes-into-creating-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/1469346" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What goes into creating Microsoft Certifications?</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 09 Jun 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/find-the-right-dynamics-365-certification-for-you/ba-p/2080039 NancyTandy 2021-06-09T14:00:00Z New Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 training: May 2021 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-power-platform-and-dynamics-365-training-may-2021/ba-p/1633443 <P>As you check out the recent additions to our training and certification portfolio, you’ll find new ways to deepen your knowledge and to use Microsoft technology to open new career possibilities. Explore the new learning paths and modules that we released last month on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. Look for ways to build and enhance your skills, and then validate them by earning a Microsoft Certification. This month, we have new learning paths for Power BI, Dynamics 365 Project Operations, and Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management. Plus, we have new modules for Power Automate, Project Operations, and more.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Work through these and other modules at your own pace. Use free, online training on Microsoft Learn to explore new skills to use on the job or to take your career in a new direction. If you need help figuring out which training to take, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 learning paths</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform learning paths</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re removing older, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">retired courses from the Dynamics Learning Portal</A> on October 15, 2021, as a result of the significant reduction in the number of downloads of these e-learning courses. If you want to keep any of them for your own use, be sure to download them before that date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in May 2021.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Power Automate</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Optimize your business process with Process Advisor</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Extend Dataverse with Power Automate</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use Dataverse triggers and actions in Power Automate</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Power BI</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power BI for Tableau users</A></P> <P>Learning path, 7 modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Data analyst, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Project Operations</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path/module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with the features in Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A></P> <P>Learning path, 7 modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Explore the architecture of Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Supply Chain Management</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set up engineering change management for Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></P> <P>Learning path, 3 modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Administrator, functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manage product version information in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></P> <P>Learning path, 3 modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Product landing pages</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Business Central</P> </TD> <TD width="419"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Finance</P> </TD> <TD width="419"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Supply Chain Management&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="419"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Customer Service</P> </TD> <TD width="425"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Customer Service on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Field Service</P> </TD> <TD width="419"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Field Service on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Marketing</P> </TD> <TD width="419"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Marketing on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Sales</P> </TD> <TD width="419"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Sales on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Power BI</P> </TD> <TD width="419"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power BI on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Power Apps</P> </TD> <TD width="419"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Apps on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="167"> <P>Power Automate</P> </TD> <TD width="419"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Automate on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 08 Jun 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-power-platform-and-dynamics-365-training-may-2021/ba-p/1633443 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-06-08T15:00:00Z Find the right Microsoft Power Platform certification for you https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/find-the-right-microsoft-power-platform-certification-for-you/ba-p/2080038 <P>Do you love using Microsoft Power Platform to analyze data, build solutions, automate processes, and more? Have you considered earning your certification to validate your ability to support your team and organization with this technology? To help you plan your career journey, we’re kicking off a new series of blog posts to explore the value and benefits of Microsoft Power Platform certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this post, we’ll focus on some of the highlights of our certification portfolio, which spans from fundamentals to role-based certifications that validate key Microsoft Power Platform skills. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re here to help you discover the career path that’s right for you—whether you’re just starting out with Microsoft Power Platform, looking to advance, or wanting to change to a new focus. When you pass an exam and earn your Microsoft Certification, that’s a validation of your skills and experience. The combination of these and a globally recognized, industry-endorsed Microsoft Certification sends a career-building message to employers. Your certification can even give you a boost of confidence and recognition as you advance your career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In later posts in this series, we’ll dive deeper into each of the certifications that we highlight here, to help you further explore and choose the certifications that are right for you and your career journey.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The benefits of certification</H2> <P>Let your skills guide you as you investigate the different Microsoft Power Platform certifications available to you. A Microsoft Certification validates that you have the skills that organizations are looking for when they hire and advance employees. These certifications provide a pathway to success by starting with the foundations and then providing multiple avenues that validate deeper technical skills. Plus, Microsoft keeps certifications up to date based on market and industry demands.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Just as you use certifications to prove your skills, organizations can use them to identify the talent they’re looking for. They can even help you achieve promotions and raises. For example, 61 percent of respondents in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2020</EM><EM>–</EM><EM>2021 Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</EM> from Nigel Frank</A> believe that certifications give you an edge in the job market. Many respondents reported a salary increase after they achieved a certification—an average of 22 percent.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Certifications can give you career flexibility and promising earning options. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge<EM> 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A> found that IT professionals with certifications, on average, earn more than their peers without them. Interestingly, the survey found that the more certifications a professional holds, the higher their average salary. Certification, combined with your drive and abilities, can help to open career doors for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The fundamentals certification</H2> <P>Consider a fundamentals certification as the first milepost on your certification journey. A great way to call attention to the breadth of your Microsoft Power Platform abilities is to earn the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> certification (pass <A href="#" target="_self">Exam PL-900</A>). This baseline certification proves your flexibility in using Microsoft Power Platform skills to improve your team’s productivity.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re new to the workforce, having a fundamentals certification on your résumé can set you apart. If you’re already working in your chosen career, you know that organizations need to keep pace with the digital transformation. You can use a fundamentals certification to help you prepare for role-based certifications, but it isn’t a prerequisite for any of them. To start exploring your journey to certification, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals journey map</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The app maker certification</H2> <P>There are as many pathways to the app maker role as there are people excited about using technology to solve problems. You could be a student, a professional, or a businessperson with deep expertise in your solution domain. You fit the profile to be a candidate for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker Associate</A> certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-100</A>) if you’re self-directed and solution-focused and you work with the maker tools of Microsoft Power Platform to simplify, automate, and transform tasks and processes for yourself and your colleagues. To start exploring your journey to certification, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform App Maker journey map</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The functional consultant certification</H2> <P>Functional consultants understand the value of collaborative work between business and technology.&nbsp; There are many possible paths to this role. These professionals perform a variety of tasks, such as gathering requirements for a Power Apps project and collaborating with solution architects, designers, and business stakeholders to understand and flesh out those requirements.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Does this sound like you? To qualify for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate</A>&nbsp;certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200</A>), you could be a functional consultant, a data analyst, a developer looking to hone your consulting and configuration skills, a solution architect on a path to the solution architect certification, or an IT professional with <SPAN>knowledge and experience configuring Microsoft Power Platform. </SPAN>To start exploring your journey to certification, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate journey map</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The developer certification</H2> <P>If you’re a traditional developer who customizes Microsoft Power Platform apps, you fit the profile for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate</A> certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-400</A><SPAN>)</SPAN>. You’re driven by solving problems and creating automated solutions. You have successfully built, customized, and extended Microsoft Power Platform apps. You’re passionate about designing, developing, securing, and extending solutions with this technology. To start exploring your journey to certification, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate journey map.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The solution architect certification</H2> <P>This expert certification is for highly qualified professionals with years of experience. You fit the profile for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> certification (complete a prerequisite and pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600</A>) if you’re a solution architect, a developer, or a senior functional consultant ready to take the next step to become a solution architect. <SPAN>Professionals who qualify for this exam are leaders with functional and technical knowledge of Microsoft Power Platform who work with all project team members, including functional consultants, project managers, developers, and business analysts.</SPAN> To start exploring your journey to certification, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert journey map.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Microsoft Power Platform resources</H2> <P>These resources can help you get started on your journey and connect with others:</P> <UL> <LI>Blog: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Microsoft Power Platform</EM></A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Community</A></LI> <LI>LinkedIn: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform job board</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Microsoft Power Platform</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to discover your career path?</H2> <P>Training is available for every Microsoft Power Platform certification, whether you want to review before an exam or brush up on your skills to prepare. Go to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> for Microsoft Power Platform (linked to earlier in this post), and decide how you want to learn and which platform best fits your learning style. You have access to a breadth of options to help grow your confidence and expertise—from self-paced learning, training events, instructor-led training, and more. It's time to take the next step to discover your career path!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And stay tuned for the next blog posts in this series to learn more about the certifications that interest you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-to-stay-motivated-during-your-learning-journey/ba-p/1469345" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to stay motivated during your learning journey</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/staying-resilient-with-continuous-learning/ba-p/1469343" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Staying resilient with continuous learning</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/technical-certifications-could-help-drive-business-optimization/ba-p/1469344" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Technical certifications could help drive business optimization</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/what-goes-into-creating-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/1469346" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What goes into creating Microsoft Certifications?</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 02 Jun 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/find-the-right-microsoft-power-platform-certification-for-you/ba-p/2080038 NancyTandy 2021-06-02T14:00:00Z At Stoneridge Software, a learning culture builds customer trust https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/at-stoneridge-software-a-learning-culture-builds-customer-trust/ba-p/2080037 <P>Everyone likes to get reliable answers from a trustworthy expert, right? Stoneridge Software is the expert that other organizations call when they need help tackling their most complex business systems. But what does it take these days to be an expert in a world that’s constantly changing—and to cultivate trust in that expertise? According to Stoneridge, it takes a love of technology, more than 200 Microsoft Certifications, and a company-wide commitment to learning.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The ever-curious team at <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> wanted to find out more about what learning, training, and certification mean to Stoneridge Software and how these contribute to the company’s success. We talked to Principal Developer and Team Lead Nicole Gentz and her colleague, Team Manager Jessica Dunlap, and asked them about the company’s learning culture and how the experts at Stoneridge got so many Microsoft Certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Staying Gold means staying on top of change</H2> <P>Stoneridge is a Microsoft Gold partner and an expert in Microsoft Dynamics 365—a suite of cloud-based products that bring together customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) functions for large and small organizations. It’s the software that companies need to run their mission-critical systems, including sales, finance, operations, service, human resources, and more.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“In tech especially, you're only as good as what you keep up with,” Dunlap points out. “In order for us to be the best in the industry, we have to make sure we're allowing people to invest in themselves.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Stoneridge was founded in 2012 by former Microsoft employees who proudly call themselves “technology nerds.” It’s even on the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stoneridge website</A>! Even longtime employees like Gentz invest in training classes. She has been with the company since its earliest days and has more than 20 years of ERP experience. “You can’t be stagnant,” she notes. “You have to constantly keep up and grow.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Today she and Dunlap lead teams of expert consultants, solution architects, and developers who maintain their technology nerd status in a variety of ways—instructor-led programs taught by Microsoft Learning Partners, self-paced online courses, in-house lunch-and-learn events, monthly get-togethers, and tactical internet browsing.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That investment has helped Stoneridge grow into an award-winning global business that employs more than 200 people and provides guidance for a long client list that represents manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and other industries.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Certifications drive a culture that drives the certifications</H2> <P>To maintain Gold partner status, an organization needs to employ a certain number of employees who have current Microsoft Certifications. That’s another reason why Stoneridge promotes a culture of learning where employees are rewarded for achieving those certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“It's a big reason why we want our employees to be certified,” explains Dunlap, “but at the same time, we realize how important it is to have the knowledge and skill set to support the type of clients we have asking for our services."</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Gentz agrees, adding, “It says a lot to our clients to know, ‘Hey, these guys say they know what they’re doing!’ Certification is an extra layer.” Gentz has personally accumulated an impressive number of Microsoft Certifications in Dynamics 365 during her time at Stoneridge. “I worked in ERP for years, but the certifications helped me ensure that I knew what I knew.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Gentz’s team supports enterprises that use Dynamics 365 Finance and other products in the suite that meet the needs of Stoneridge’s largest clients. Dunlap’s team works with small-to-medium-sized organizations with implementations of all Dynamics products, including Dynamics 365 Business Central and earlier versions of Dynamics. “Our training programs help us keep up with all the changes,” Dunlap notes. “It’s been great having the experts to show us what’s new.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Regardless of the size of the client, the Stoneridge teams take their training seriously. This year, the company set a goal to achieve 60 new certifications by the end of the year. “We’re more than halfway there already,” Dunlap reports.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The training and certification process typically starts with a simple request, such as, “Hey, Jessica, I’d really like to get certified.” And she says, “OK! When?”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Even Stoneridge developers who’ve been at it for decades work toward Microsoft Certifications in their areas of interest. “I have guys on my team who worked at Microsoft for 25 years,” Gentz notes. “They still want to make sure their skills are up to par. The exams test you on another level.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Gentz and Dunlap agree. When it comes to gaining the skills and knowledge for the associate and expert certifications, there’s no substitute for real-world experience. And that day-to-day, hands-on work with the technology augments the more structured training in the classroom. The result is good for Stoneridge clients, because as Gentz explains, “You really need to have a deep understanding of the products.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Finding time for training</H2> <P>In addition to the Dynamics 365 certifications, such as <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified:&nbsp;Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Apps Developer Associate</A> (candidates need to pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-300</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-500</A>) and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified:&nbsp;Dynamics 365&nbsp;Field Service Functional Consultant Associate</A>&nbsp;(candidates need to pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-240</A>), this year, the Stoneridge team is adding Microsoft Power Platform training to the list. The team is skilling up for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification (candidates need to pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200</A>) and for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate</A> certification (candidates need to pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-400</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>According to Dunlap, “The timing of these courses was great for us, since we just rolled out our five-year vision.” The company’s focus is Dynamics 365, but it recognizes the value of Microsoft Power Platform and the growing trend of low-code and no-code projects. As noted in <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and BI Platforms</A> on the Microsoft Power BI Blog, 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies are using Microsoft Power Platform. Its popular approach to app making is creating a new category of users called “citizen developers.” Other developers also appreciate how quickly they can build apps using Microsoft Power Platform tools. For Stoneridge, that means added value for their Dynamics 365 clients.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>However, even the most enthusiastic learners at Stoneridge have a busy client schedule. “Developers always think they’re too busy,” Dunlap laughs. However, every developer sets certification goals, and the team managers give them the time they need. It’s a key part of the company’s core values.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Dunlap’s strategy for her busy team is to find downtime between client engagements. “Before the next project starts, I like to give my team members a change of pace, a week to wind down and invest in some learning and development.” Even in a small project that might take only half a day of client work, “I tell them to spend the other half of your day investing in yourself. Study for an exam. Write a blog.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Not only does the company maintain a budget for its learning culture, but also it encourages team members to share what they know. Team members write blog posts with practical tips from their Dynamics 365 client engagements. Internal experts lead “confabs” where they talk about the latest industry trends.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“Last week they talked about data lakes,” Dunlap recalls. “It was really interesting, and they put it in a way that people who aren’t technical can understand. It’s super important that we're not only investing in ourselves, but we share all the info we can to let others know, hey, this is great stuff!”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Expertise builds trust</H2> <P>Like any smart business, Stoneridge Software knows that fostering customer trust creates return engagements. Each individual Microsoft Certification is a building block toward creating that trust, and each team member’s commitment to training helps the company uphold its proud technology nerd status.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“Customers come to us for advice, asking, ‘How should I design my system?’” Gentz explains. “They come to us for expert knowledge. They come to us with big, long-term plans, and we have to be able to provide that. When we do, we gain their trust. And then they come back years later because of that trust.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Learn more:</STRONG></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certifications</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 on Microsoft Learn</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform on Microsoft Learn</A></P> Tue, 01 Jun 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/at-stoneridge-software-a-learning-culture-builds-customer-trust/ba-p/2080037 NancyTandy 2021-06-01T15:00:00Z Microsoft Certifications boost IT careers from the start https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-certifications-boost-it-careers-from-the-start/ba-p/2038067 <P>In this #ProudToBeCertified blog series, we’re highlighting stories of Microsoft-certified professionals and how certification changed their career paths – even at the very beginning of their professional life or new career. These personal narratives show how getting certified is a great way for you to build a credible track record of productivity while demonstrating you have the fortitude for continuous learning to support your new career in tech right from the start.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><LI-VIDEO vid="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h9sZ_sgRTA" align="center" size="large" width="600" height="338" uploading="false" thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5h9sZ_sgRTA/hqdefault.jpg" external="url"></LI-VIDEO></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Rachitha: Her career got a boost before it even began</H2> <P>Even though Rachitha Tholasi’s professional career hasn’t started yet, her Microsoft Certifications are already playing a powerful role. She’s a senior at Virginia Tech, dual majoring in business information technology and management consulting. Through her course selections, she discovered a passion for cloud computing. Her love of the topic led her to earn the Microsoft 365 and Azure fundamentals certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Rachitha.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/281897i95C5C5564E27A250/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Rachitha.png" alt="Rachitha.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For Rachitha, earning her first certification proved useful by facilitating her real-world knowledge of the topics she was studying in school. She found that Microsoft Certifications helped her understand the cloud and emerging technology as a whole.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As her senior year progressed, her job search began. By letting the world know that she was #ProudToBeCertified, Rachitha has found more career opportunities. “Once I posted that I received these certifications on LinkedIn, I received a lot of InMail from recruiters for cloud positions.” Many LinkedIn members have a similar experience – with those listing at least five skills on their profiles receiving up to 27 times more messages than those who don’t.<SUP>1</SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And those efforts have paid off. “I was able to receive my dream job offer from Microsoft as a Customer Account Success Manager by doing these certification exams.” She continues, “It's given me a realization that I can do anything when I have a passion for it.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Salman: While searching for confidence, he found a love of learning</H2> <P>Salman Chishti, a Cloud Solution Architect Intern at Microsoft, holds a number of Microsoft Certifications including the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert, DevOps Engineer Expert, and Azure Data Engineer Associate certifications, just to name a few. For Salman, it’s not just about the knowledge itself; it’s about <EM>knowing</EM> that he has the knowledge.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>His learning journey in technology began in high school, where he became interested in working with .NET and C#. But when he went to university, he discovered there were no courses in what he wanted to study. That’s what led him to online educational resources such as Microsoft Docs and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. Through these experiences, Salman saw doors open up with opportunities to work in new technologies and verticals at Microsoft.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Coming in as an intern at Microsoft, Salman found himself among team members who had 10+ years of experience. This could certainly be overwhelming, so he realized he had to build his technical skills and knowledge, leveraging Microsoft’s role-based certifications as milestones. He began with the fundamentals, moving on to associate-level certifications, then expert. In doing so, he says “I fell in love with the process of being able to learn and then apply it to my everyday role.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Now, when Salman works with those who have decades of experience, he has the confidence that he can contribute at a high level. With his certification credentials, his teammates know they’re working with a dedicated, well-trained, and highly skilled professional who’s willing to continue learning.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Salman.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/281898i7A18C51FB1104674/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Salman.png" alt="Salman.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Tony: How a veteran keeps serving his country</H2> <P>Even though Tony Hernandez was finishing his US military service, he wanted to continue giving back to his country in some capacity. With the help of Microsoft Certifications, he has been able to launch a new career as a Cloud Engineer, providing technology solutions to government agencies.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As he was preparing to leave the military, Tony learned about the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Software and Systems Academy</A> (MSSA). It provides career skills training to service members transitioning from the military to civilian life. Through MSSA, he began his technical training and certification journey with Microsoft Learn.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As he was preparing for the certification exam, Tony took advantage of resources included in his learning path. He created a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">free Azure sandbox</A> online to experience the concepts while studying with the text, videos, and knowledge checks on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. He says “basically everything you need to know is there, just follow along.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After earning his certification, he’s not stopping. His next goal is to become an Azure Solution Architect, preparing him for future advances in cloud technology and ensuring that his expertise stays current with the constant demand. He couldn’t be more pleased, “Taking this exam and becoming certified was the best decision of my life.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Tony.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/281899i6D3D896B7CC7B1C6/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Tony.png" alt="Tony.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Keep moving. Stay inspired.</H2> <P>Whether you’re in university, starting a new career, or well-established in technology, Microsoft Certification can give you a boost. Keep an eye out for more posts on how certifications have helped advance careers. You’ll learn how people overcame barriers to advancement, thrived in adversity, and added new life to their existing roles – all by nurturing a commitment to having a growth mindset and continuously learn.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2><SPAN>What was your journey to earning a Microsoft Certification?</SPAN></H2> <P>We want to hear your #ProudToBeCertified story. After all, you are the certification community. The more we all share our experiences, the more supported and encouraged we are to go for what we want. Check out more <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#Proud to be Certified videos</A> and submit your video or post on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A>, or your preferred platform with #ProudToBeCertified.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/more-and-more-people-are-proudtobecertified-with-microsoft/ba-p/2038053" target="_blank" rel="noopener">More and more people are #ProudToBeCertified with Microsoft</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/why-you-should-celebrate-your-microsoft-skills-and/ba-p/1469349" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why you should celebrate your Microsoft skills and certifications</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><SUP>1</SUP>Global Knowledge’s 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:30:20 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-certifications-boost-it-careers-from-the-start/ba-p/2038067 KarinaUng 2021-09-16T21:30:20Z Join us at Microsoft Build on May 25-27 https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/join-us-at-microsoft-build-on-may-25-27/ba-p/2038066 <P>Get ready to learn, connect, and code at <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Build 2021</A> on May 25-27, 2021! Explore what’s next in tech and the future of hybrid work, discover solutions, and add to your toolbox.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>Whether you’re new to the industry or are a seasoned developer, the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Learning Zone</A> is the place to build your skills and learn something new. Through a variety of learning activities, workshops, sessions, and more, you’ll find something that fits your skill level and personal learning style to expand your knowledge.</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Cloud Skills Challenge – </STRONG>If you like competition, sign up and complete one or more unique challenges tailored to different themes across our cloud services and be entered for a chance to meet one of our product leaders – Amanda Silver, Donovan Brown, Scott Hanselman, or Mark Russinovich, just to name a few!</LI> <LI><STRONG>Learn Live – </STRONG>If hands-on learning is your preferred style, tap into these self-paced modules while you’re guided by subject matter experts.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Student Zone - </STRONG>This isn’t just for ‘traditional students.’ If you’re new to the industry or looking to make your next career move in tech, be sure to check out these sessions.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition, join us in the <STRONG>Ask the Experts: Microsoft Certification</STRONG> sessions in the Connection Zone to get your Microsoft Certification questions answered by our panel experts.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ATE-LRN001: Ask the Experts: Microsoft Certification (May 25 at 2:30-3:00pm PT)</A></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ATE-LRN002: Ask the Experts: Microsoft Certification (May 26 at 1:00-1:30am PT)</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You’ll also find a Table Topics session on <STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How the community and certifications can help you achieve more</A></STRONG> in the Connection Zone – an opportunity to connect with the community and our experts to tap into help with your professional development.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To get the latest event details, follow us on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A> (#MSBuild, #CloudSkillsChallenge, #ProudToBeCertified). After the event, be sure to continue what you start from one free convenient location – <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. You’ll find deeper technical content, training options, certification details, and developer communities.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Now that you know what we have in store for you, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">register for Microsoft Build today</A> and join us in the Learning Zone on May 25-27 so you can build your learning journey.</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:35:21 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/join-us-at-microsoft-build-on-may-25-27/ba-p/2038066 KarinaUng 2021-09-07T22:35:21Z Microsoft Certifications: Moving up in IT with Chris Dinnel https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-certifications-moving-up-in-it-with-chris-dinnel/ba-p/2080036 <P>When a race that Chris Dinnel had been training for was canceled in 2020, he used the time for a different kind of training and earned the first of three Microsoft Certifications. Not long after, the effort paid off in a new job more closely aligned to his career goals.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We recently spoke with Dinnel, now Dynamics 365 Administrator/IT Technician at SBS CyberSecurity, to find out more about how preparing for and earning certifications helped his career and how he worked with the exam prep content on Microsoft Learn.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>“Let’s see what happens!”</H2> <P>As a system administrator with a cybersecurity background, Dinnel was looking for something new. “My interest was shifting more to cloud infrastructure,” he explains. Dynamics 365 caught his eye when he researched it for a possible project at the company where he previously worked. Even though the project didn’t pan out, his interest remained.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Around this time, his summer vacation plans fell through—like so many plans in 2020. Instead of competing in a challenging physical endurance race, he used the time off to challenge himself mentally and began studying for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification</A>, which required that he pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-104</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>He studied the course content on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. “There’s a ton of valuable materials there, and it’s free. I told myself, ‘Let’s see what happens!’”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To stay on track, he used the lure of certification. He spent a few months studying the Azure Administrator coursework before taking—and passing—the exam. When he saw that this material was a prerequisite for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer Expert</A> certification (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-400</A>), he decided to study that next and see if he could earn another certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“I just studied hard and kept asking myself, ‘Is this something I want to get into?’” The exam prep became a way of exploring career paths and assessing his next steps as he looked for a new job. “Along the way, I realized that I didn’t want to go back to the type of programming I used to do,” he notes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>“If there’s an opportunity, I’m open!”</H2> <P>When Microsoft sponsored a free Virtual Training Day event for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals</A> certification (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-901</A>), Dinnel signed up. These types of events give participants the opportunity to expand their skill sets and to connect with Microsoft experts, which he did.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“Once I got into Dynamics 365 fundamentals, I was really impressed with the quality of the training and how engaging the content was,” he explains. “It sparked this new interest in the whole concept of the ‘dataverse.’”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Dinnel was so impressed with the Virtual Training Day event for Dynamics 365 that he posted about it on LinkedIn, praising the instructor, Microsoft Technical Trainer Chelsea Lee.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Lee noticed the post and replied, as did an old programming friend of his. The friend wondered how interested Dinnel was in Dynamics 365, because it just so happened that his company wanted to add an in-house Dynamics 365 administrator to its workforce.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“I said, ‘That sounds like a great pivot,’” Dinnel remembers. “I said, ‘If there’s an opportunity, I’m open!’” After a round of interviews, he landed the job—just a few months after starting his self-directed learning odyssey.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>“A very good way of presenting the content in a concise, down-to-earth way”</H2> <P>Microsoft started Virtual Training Days in 2020 to provide a free resource to people who wanted to know more about Microsoft products, like Dynamics 365. The fundamentals event is two half-days of training that prepare the participants for certification exams.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Dinnel mentioned the convenience of the half-day programs. “The scheduling made it easy to get time off, rather than a whole day where you’re completely unavailable.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>He points out that not only did the format work well, but also the quality of the training was impressive. “Chelsea was very engaging, and she had a very good way of presenting the content in a concise, down-to-earth way that also was easily understandable in real-world terms. That’s what mattered to me.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next year, Microsoft plans to roll out more Virtual Training Days to include additional Dynamics 365 technologies.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Virtual Training Days are free to all participants. Microsoft creates the content, and experienced technical trainers like Lee teach the classes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition to the two-day fundamentals trainings, five-day instructor-led programs are available, based on organizational roles, such as administrator, system architect, and developer. These role-based certifications guide participants along a learning path specific to the role they have or aspire to.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> can help individuals and organizations meet their training and development goals. Learning Partners are expert consultants that can customize a program uniquely suited to individual and group needs. Many offer hands-on labs, a mix of self-paced and classroom training, custom content, role-based learning paths, exam and certification prep, and more.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>“One of the most valuable things I’ve learned so far”</H2> <P>The Dynamics 365 fundamentals training gave Dinnel more insight into relational database structures—something he hadn’t studied in the past. “I’m not a database administrator, but technically, that’s been one of the most valuable things I’ve learned so far,” he explains. “Just drawing the lines between tables, getting exposure to different aspects of data structures—I’m really enjoying that.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>“A great way to get exposed to technology and learn new things”</H2> <P>Dinnel may have missed that race last summer, but he came out ahead anyway with three Microsoft Certifications that led to a better paying position as a Dynamics 365 system administrator. He spent about two months studying before he earned his first certification. Within six months, he had a new job that he loves.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“When I started interviewing, I had a gap in my résumé in hands-on experience with different technologies,” he explains. “Ultimately the certifications were the foundation on which I could build practical experience.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When asked to offer advice to others looking to move in a new direction, Dinnel notes that there’s no substitute for hands-on experience. “But certification is a great way to show people that you can take initiative and communicate that kind of abstract concept, like self-motivation, that is otherwise hard to show on a résumé.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Want to pursue your own learning journey in Dynamics? Check out other <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 certifications</A>. As Dinnel points out, “The majority of employers know that the skills will have to be taught on the job, regardless of the amount of training. But the certifications are a great way to get exposed to technology and learn new things.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 19 May 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-certifications-moving-up-in-it-with-chris-dinnel/ba-p/2080036 NancyTandy 2021-05-19T14:00:00Z Cybersecurity skills and certifications open doors to the next hot jobs for recent grads https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/cybersecurity-skills-and-certifications-open-doors-to-the-next/ba-p/1820644 <P>Today we are excited to announce the addition three new courses to the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Educators</A> program:</P> <UL> <LI>SC-900 – Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals</LI> <LI>MB-910 – Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Customer Engagement Apps (CRM)</LI> <LI>MB-920 – Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Finance and Operations Apps (ERP)</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Among the others, the addition of SC-900 – Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals to our portfolio of offerings in the higher education space reflects the growth of these skills in the marketplace and our ongoing commitment to supporting faculty in delivering cutting-edge technical instruction to students to prepare them for future jobs.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>By all indicators, the cybersecurity field is one of the largest growth areas in today’s corporate landscape – and it should be. According to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TechJury</A> reporting on 2020 cyber-attack statistics, this is what a day in cybersecurity looked like in 2020:</P> <UL> <LI>Globally, 30,000 daily website attacks</LI> <LI>With every passing second, 75 records went missing worldwide</LI> <LI>Every 39 seconds, there was a new attack somewhere on the web</LI> <LI>An average of around 24,000 malicious mobile apps were blocked daily on the Internet</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The result? 64% of companies worldwide experienced at least one form of a cyber-attack in 2020 alone.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Companies need to protect themselves by having appropriately skilled employees to help them keep their businesses and their data secure. With explosive growth in demand, cybersecurity is a great area for companies to acquire new talent. As students prepare to enter the workforce in today’s environment, they’re searching for ways to stand out. By bringing SC-900 – Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals into your curriculum you will be supporting students in the acquisition of cybersecurity skills and industry-recognized certifications to do just that – stand out.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>SC-900 is targeted to those looking to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity (SCI) across cloud-based and related Microsoft services. The breath of the topics covered in SC-900 reflects the complex nature of the cybersecurity discipline as it involves skills in areas like information or network security, cryptography, identity management, and information assurance.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The cybersecurity job market</H2> <P>In order to understand how a course like SC-900 might help college students in the job market, we used data from job postings in the United States to examine areas of technical skill growth, demand, and salary data. This analysis was conducted with Labor Insight, an industry data set from <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Burning Glass</A> for understanding the job market. Figure 1 represents the top 15 skills listed for cybersecurity job postings in the US. It’s a mix of cybersecurity skills, common technical skills, and business skills.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="SC900 Blog - Figure 1.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/281170i9AEA68011C090985/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="SC900 Blog - Figure 1.png" alt="SC900 Blog - Figure 1.png" /></span></P> <P><EM>Figure 1. Source: Analytics compiled through Labor Insight from Burning Glass.</EM></P> <P><EM>&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>Cybersecurity is evolving as its own discipline with security specific occupations; however, the discipline of cybersecurity is applicable to many more traditional titles in the marketplace.&nbsp; Again, relying on Labor Insight from Burning Glass, Figure 2 reflects the top occupations by % for cybersecurity job postings in the US in the past 12 months.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Figure 2.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/281173iAEEC10A6635C28B4/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Figure 2.png" alt="Figure 2.png" /></span></P> <P><EM>Figure 2. Source: Analytics compiled through Labor Insight from Burning Glass.&nbsp;&nbsp;</EM></P> <P><EM>&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>And, although there is a rich technical and business consulting industry around cybersecurity itself, every industry needs cybersecurity expertise. We are seeing demand for cybersecurity skills across all industries. From banking to healthcare to insurance to manufacturing, all industries are investing in talent to help them secure their systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. Figure 3 depicts the top industries by % for cybersecurity job postings in the US the past 12 months. &nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Figure 3.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/281174i9B0397BF1DEF27E4/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Figure 3.png" alt="Figure 3.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Figure 3. Source: Analytics compiled through Labor Insight from Burning Glass. (Note: these industry classifications are based on the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)</A> standards.)</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The cybersecurity job market provides a broad opportunity for students and recent grads to find a job in a field and company that suits them.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Cybersecurity jobs for recent grads</H2> <P>Amid the overall demand in cybersecurity, when we look at the demand for people with a bachelor’s degree and zero to two years experience, we find that over 82,000 jobs or 19% of all jobs in the cybersecurity space in the US in the last 12 months are posted asking for 0-2 years of experience (Figure 4).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Figure 4.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/281175i211E2ABC35478769/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Figure 4.png" alt="Figure 4.png" /></span></P> <P><EM>Figure 4. Source: Analytics compiled through Labor Insight from Burning Glass.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Additionally, over 75% of these jobs are looking for a bachelor’s degree or less (Figure 5). This suggests that for recent graduates there is a tremendous opportunity to not only find a job, but to truly find one in a field and at a company that is a great fit.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Figure 5.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/281176i031543C0A8C1F1D5/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Figure 5.png" alt="Figure 5.png" /></span></P> <P><EM>Figure 5. Source: Analytics compiled through Labor Insight from Burning Glass.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Cybersecurity jobs and salaries</H2> <P>When we look at salaries in the cybersecurity space (Figure 6), a bachelor’s degree will put students at the mean salary level at just over $72,000/year. However, when compared to the Information Technology space in general, that’s $17,000/year higher than the mean salary. If you add cloud computing skills to that, for example by also teaching and certifying students in AZ-900 – Azure Fundamentals, the salary is even higher. The mean salary for a cybersecurity job requiring limited experience, a bachelor’s degree, and both cybersecurity and cloud skills is over $92,000/year. By bringing these Microsoft technical skills and certifications into your curriculum, program, or department, you will be playing a pivotal role in empowering your students for future success.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Cyber Fig6.png" style="width: 648px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/280342i4491C1F15C892649/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Cyber Fig6.png" alt="Cyber Fig6.png" /></span></P> <P><EM>Figure 6. Source: Analytics compiled through Labor Insight from Burning Glass.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Cybersecurity certifications</H2> <P>Not only do cybersecurity skills matter, but so do certifications. For years certifications have provided benefits to learners attaining them in job placement, job effectiveness, salary increases, and promotions. Right now, certifications in cybersecurity have the highest demand in the market. According to the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report</A>, “over half of our survey respondents have at least one cybersecurity certification, making it by far the most popular category in 2020. Cisco is second (22%) and Microsoft is third (21%).” Furthermore, when looking at the most in-demand certifications for the upcoming year, there are four of the top ten are security certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Certifications are also in demand by employers. Of the 82,000 job postings for limited experience cybersecurity professionals, 54% of those jobs are looking for at least one certification in their job postings. This may not sound significant on its own, but when compared to the Information Technology (IT) space, it is. For IT positions all-up, only 30% of them ask for a certification of any kind on the job posting. This differentiates the cybersecurity space tremendously not only in the demand for but also the value of certifications in this market. Certifications are a critical part of ensuring your students future success as they enter the job market.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Cybersecurity and Microsoft</H2> <P>Today we are adding SC-900 – Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals to the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Educators</A> program because we recognize how critical these technical skills are for the future. By joining Microsoft Learn for Educators you will be building you students' technical skills with curriculum and educational materials provided by Microsoft – a tried and true presence in the certification and cloud space for, according to Global Knowledge, “over half of global IT decision-makers say they expect their organization to invest in Microsoft technology this year. This is the second straight year Microsoft tops the list.”&nbsp; When you couple that type of customer demand for Microsoft technology together with the demand for cybersecurity skills and certifications, adding Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Fundamentals to your curriculum will ensure that you are preparing your students for future jobs.</P> Tue, 18 May 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/cybersecurity-skills-and-certifications-open-doors-to-the-next/ba-p/1820644 RWortmanMorris 2021-05-18T15:00:00Z New Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 training: April 2021 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-power-platform-and-dynamics-365-training-april/ba-p/1633417 <P>Our training and certification portfolio continues to evolve, and we invite you to discover the power of Microsoft technology to open new career possibilities. Here are the new learning paths and modules that we released last month on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. Look for ways to build and deepen your skills, and then validate them by earning a Microsoft Certification. This month, we have a new learning path (with 12 modules) for Microsoft Power Platform solution architects. Check out our other new Microsoft Power Platform and Power Automate modules, plus a new Industry Solutions module. In addition, we’ve got new Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection, Project Operations, and Human Resources modules. Work through these and other modules at your own pace. Use free, online training on Microsoft Learn, to explore new skills to use on the job or to take your career in a new direction. If you need help figuring out which training to take, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 learning paths page</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform learning paths page</A>, where you’ll find useful collections, learning paths to get you started, and popular modules. We’ve also added <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_Product_landing_pages" target="_blank" rel="noopener">product-specific landing pages</A>, listed at the end of this post.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re removing older, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">retired courses from the Dynamics Learning Portal</A> on October 15, 2021, as a result of the significant reduction in the number of downloads of these e-learning courses. If you want to keep any of these courses for your own use, be sure to download them before that date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in April 2021.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Microsoft Power Platform</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path/module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Solution Architect: Design Power Platform solutions</A></P> <P>Learning path, 12 modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create a chatbot with Power Virtual Agents and&nbsp;Dataverse&nbsp;for Teams</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Build your first app with Power Apps and&nbsp;Dataverse&nbsp;for Teams</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Power Automate</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create Power Automate&nbsp;OpenAPI&nbsp;custom connectors</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certify and create an open-source Power Automate custom connector</A>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Build your first Power Automate Desktop flow</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Define input and output parameters in Power Automate</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Automate an approval process in Power Automate&nbsp;</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Troubleshoot slow-running flows in Power Automate</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Connect a cloud flow to a desktop flow in Power Automate Desktop</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Build your first workflow with Power Automate and Dataverse for Teams&nbsp;</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use AI Builder to process invoice forms in Power Automate</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Run Power Automate Desktop flow in unattended mode</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use the Teams connector in Power Automate</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Integrate desktop flow with Outlook connector in Power Automate Desktop&nbsp;</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Extend Dataverse with Power Automate</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use Dataverse triggers and actions in Power Automate</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Industry Solutions</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with Return to School solution</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="160"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Project Operations</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with project sales management in Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with work management in Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with invoicing in Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with project accounting in Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Fraud Protection</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Implement device fingerprinting in Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Human Resources</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create benefit plans in Dynamics 365 Human Resources&nbsp;</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Product landing pages</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE width="569"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Business Central</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Business Central on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Finance</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Finance on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Supply Chain Management&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Customer Service</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Customer Service on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Field Service</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Field Service on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Marketing</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Marketing on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Sales</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Sales on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Power BI</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power BI on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Power Apps</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Apps on Microsoft Learn</A></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="185"> <P>Power Automate</P> </TD> <TD width="384"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Automate on Microsoft Learn </A></P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> Thu, 12 Aug 2021 23:32:58 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-power-platform-and-dynamics-365-training-april/ba-p/1633417 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-08-12T23:32:58Z Flexible, high-quality training helps teams prosper, says IDC study https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/flexible-high-quality-training-helps-teams-prosper-says-idc/ba-p/1830188 <P><EM>This blog post is the third in a series of three examining the results of a recent IDC study, <SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></EM><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A><EM>.<SPAN>*</SPAN></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Upskilling is a key requirement in today’s IT centers, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> can help your organization get the greatest impact from your learning initiatives, development programs, and digital transformation efforts. Given the importance of staying ahead of quickly evolving technology, we asked IDC researchers to find out what makes a Learning Partner valuable to an organization.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Our first post in the series, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-study-shows-the-value-of-microsoft-learning-partners/ba-p/1830186" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New study shows the value of Microsoft Learning Partners</A>, took a high-level look at the benefits of using a Learning Partner to meet your technical skilling needs. Among the findings: the right partner, along with high-quality content, improves outcomes. The second post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/get-results-from-end-to-end-training-solutions-offered-by/ba-p/1830187" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get results from end-to-end training solutions offered by Microsoft Learning Partners</A>, highlighted the tremendous value Learning Partners bring to organizations through their capacity to provide an end-to-end solution and to deliver value-added services to support a learner’s ability to gain and retain needed skills.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This final post explores the additional benefits. Working with a Learning Partner provides:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Scale, flexibility, and speed.</STRONG> Learning Partners have the scale to support global organizations, the flexibility to tailor programs to client needs, and the speed to stand up complex programs quickly.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Quality content and delivery.</STRONG> They also deliver the latest in accurate, relevant content using <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Courseware</A> (MOC) delivered by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs).</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Value of LP3a.png" style="width: 637px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/277650i25D7C87390A1998C/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Value of LP3a.png" alt="Value of LP3a.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Programs with scale, flexibility, and speed meet learning goals</H2> <P>Learning Partners have the scale, flexibility, and speed to set up your IT skills initiatives quickly, provide all the necessary resources, and make sure programs stay on track. As learning experts, they know how to adapt to changing circumstances and schedules and to help ensure that learning initiatives succeed.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The IDC study emphasized three areas where Learning Partners make a difference to organizations:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>The scale to work locally and globally.</STRONG> Whether your IT group is big or small, a Learning Partner works with you to scope and adapt their programs to your organization’s needs, such as rolling out learning across time zones.</LI> <LI><STRONG>The flexibility to adapt to change.</STRONG> Learning Partners have the flexibility to adapt their deliverables to your changing requirements and business constraints.</LI> <LI><STRONG>The speed to stay ahead of the tech.</STRONG> Learning Partners not only keep up with the technology but also anticipate changing requirements and help you prepare for the road ahead.</LI> </UL> <H2>Quality always makes a difference</H2> <P>Quality in learning programs helps accelerate your organization’s business goals, including digital transformation. Tom O'Reilly, Head of Group Strategy at QA, talks about quality as meeting the unique needs of learners and circumstances. “You cannot execute a transformation program without offering a breadth of learning modalities and a high-quality offering in each of them," he points out.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The IDC study emphasized that high-quality training comes from using official courseware and current content, delivered by certified instructors. Quality extends to the way that Learning Partners address every aspect of the learner experience—beginning with an assessment of your training needs and, for some, ending in certification exam preparation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Some organizations view certifications as a natural outcome of a quality learning experience. Certified IT pros perform their role better,** and certifications can lead to improved IT performance. Learning Partners can help your workforce prepare for the industry’s most trusted certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Next step: Ask an expert about their services</H2> <P>To move forward with your skilling needs, consider working with a Microsoft Learning Partner with the scale, flexibility, and speed to deliver the resources that work best for your workforce—along with the quality content and instructors that can help everyone succeed.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Share your thoughts by <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/flexible-high-quality-training-helps-teams-prosper-says-idc/ba-p/1830188#comment-on-this" target="_blank" rel="noopener">posting your comment</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Download the IDC study white paper, <EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Download the IDC study datasheet, <EM>Top reasons to get IT training from a Microsoft Learning Partner</EM></A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Find a Microsoft Learning Partner</A></P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="LP badge.png" style="width: 62px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/277651i27CB1DBAE45E526F/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="LP badge.png" alt="LP badge.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/sharpen-your-technical-skills-with-instructor-led-training/ba-p/1469348" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sharpen your technical skills with instructor-led training</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/leading-learning-partners-association-a-unique-organization-for/ba-p/1469332" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Leading Learning Partners Association—a unique organization for delivering Microsoft training</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/technical-certifications-could-help-drive-business-optimization/ba-p/1469344" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Technical certifications could help drive business optimization</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>* IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A>, #US47225021, January 2021.</P> <P>** Global Knowledge, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>2019 IT Skills and Salary Report</EM></A>, as quoted in <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Ten reasons to earn a Microsoft Certification</EM></A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 08 Sep 2021 18:50:58 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/flexible-high-quality-training-helps-teams-prosper-says-idc/ba-p/1830188 debbieuttecht 2021-09-08T18:50:58Z Exciting news at Microsoft Business Applications Summit, May 4 https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/exciting-news-at-microsoft-business-applications-summit-may-4/ba-p/2080035 <P>Get ready to activate, adapt, and accelerate your business. And learn how training and certification helps to make it happen. With the worldwide community of Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 customers, partners, power users, evangelists, and implementers at <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Business Applications Summit</A>, you can find out the latest from Microsoft Learn—your destination for free, always-on learning.&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Join us at the summit today</STRONG></A> for a digital experience that includes keynotes, technical sessions, Q&amp;A with experts, inspiring videos, and an opportunity to sign up for a fun Cloud Skills Challenge.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Announcing the new Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Commerce Functional Consultant certification</H2> <P>Are you all about creating friction-free shopping experiences and uniting digital and physical commerce? If you’re a functional consultant, developer, information worker, or IT or business professional using Dynamics 365 Commerce in your organization, we have a new certification for you. Now you can validate your skills in configuring, deploying, and maintaining Dynamics 365 Commerce applications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re happy to announce the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Commerce Functional Associate certification</A>&nbsp;available in beta in June 2021. To earn this certification, you’ll need to pass <SPAN class="TextRun Highlight SCXW230480522 BCX8" data-contrast="auto"><SPAN class="NormalTextRun SCXW230480522 BCX8">you’ll need to pass</SPAN><SPAN class="NormalTextRun SCXW230480522 BCX8"><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><A class="Hyperlink SCXW230480522 BCX8" href="#" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><SPAN class="TextRun Highlight Underlined SCXW230480522 BCX8" data-contrast="none"><SPAN class="NormalTextRun SCXW230480522 BCX8" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Exam MB-300: Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations</SPAN></SPAN></A><SPAN class="TextRun Highlight SCXW230480522 BCX8" data-contrast="auto"><SPAN class="NormalTextRun SCXW230480522 BCX8">&nbsp;along with&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-340: Dynamics 365 Commerce Functional Consultant.</A>&nbsp;Exam MB-340 measures your ability to configure Dynamics 365 Commerce headquarters; configure and manage Dynamics 365 Commerce call centers; manage Point of Sale (POS) in Dynamics 365 Commerce; configure products, prices, discounts, loyalty, and affiliations; and manage e-commerce.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Now available on Microsoft Learn: Certification renewal features</H2> <P>A few months ago, we shared an update on renewing role-based and specialty certifications on Microsoft Learn. This feature is now available for 19 certifications, with more following in the near future. If your role-based or specialty certification expires within six months, you can take a certification renewal assessment online—at no cost and on your schedule—and extend your certification for a year at a time.&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Learn more about renewing your Microsoft Certification</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Microsoft Learn at Microsoft Business Apps Summit</H2> <P>Get ready for a day jam-packed with sessions and activities to boost your Business Apps skills. Explore ways to expand your horizons with Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certifications, and get the most out of training on Microsoft Learn.</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Cloud Skills Challenge.</STRONG>&nbsp;</A>Come to the Connection Zone to sign up for a fun and engaging gamified learning experience. We have the challenges you’re looking for, with four Microsoft Power Platform challenges and four Dynamics 365 challenges to choose from. Buckle up, and “May the skills be with you!” Invite your colleagues, teams, and communities to join the challenge. Try for prizes, including free mentoring sessions with well-known product experts.</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Learn Live sessions.</STRONG></A> We have a couple of “don’t miss” sessions for you. From 9:45–11 AM PT, drop by our Customer Insights session on the Dynamics 365 Customer Insights customer data platform (CDP), led by John Wiese and Tad Thompson of Microsoft<SPAN>. From 11:45 AM–12:45 PM PT, check out “Create bots with Power Virtual Agents,” led by April Dunnam and Gitika Gupta of Microsoft.</SPAN></LI> <LI><STRONG>Watch cool videos.</STRONG>&nbsp;You won’t want to miss our latest&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#ProudToBeCertified</A> video, in which learners from around the globe share how certifications have given their career a boost. In addition, check out our <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">videos</A> on energizing your career with certifications in Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365.</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Ask the Experts.</STRONG>&nbsp;</A>During this Q&amp;A session, 9:45–10:15 AM PT, experts from Microsoft, including Liberty Munson, Matthew Minton, Margo Crandall, and Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, take your questions on Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certifications, exams, learning paths, and recently announced changes to certification extension and renewal.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Event Desk.</STRONG> Drop by anytime to chat with Dona Sarkar, Microsoft Dev Advocate for Microsoft Power Platform, and Natahri Felton, Principal Program Manager, to learn about interviews, sessions, and keynotes. Catch engaging on-the-spot interviews “From the desk” with Heather Newman, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Power Platform Engineering. There’s a lot going on, including a trivia game, and the folks in the booth are looking forward to meeting you.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Social.</STRONG> To get the latest conference information, follow us on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A> (#MBAS, #CloudSkillsChallenge, #ProudToBeCertified, #MicrosoftCertified).</LI> <LI><STRONG>Keep on learning.</STRONG> Continue learning with us after the event. Go to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> for more content, training options, communities, and Microsoft Certification details.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Now that you’ve discovered what we have in store for you, join us at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit today, as we explore how you can use Microsoft Learn as your destination for free, always-on learning about Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 04 May 2021 14:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/exciting-news-at-microsoft-business-applications-summit-may-4/ba-p/2080035 NancyTandy 2021-05-04T14:00:00Z More and more people are #ProudToBeCertified with Microsoft https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/more-and-more-people-are-proudtobecertified-with-microsoft/ba-p/2038053 <P>The popular response to our call for stories at #ProudToBeCertified has been inspiring. Anyone who’s taken a certification exam knows that passing takes dedication and an intensive time commitment. That’s just one of the reasons why these personal stories are worth sharing. In the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting how Microsoft Certification has encouraged and empowered so many people around the world.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><LI-VIDEO vid="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAsbTY5p1CA" align="center" size="medium" width="400" height="225" uploading="false" thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/dAsbTY5p1CA/hqdefault.jpg" external="url"></LI-VIDEO></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The perks of certification</H2> <P>When you expand and maintain your career by getting Microsoft-certified, the opportunities that become available are enough to make anyone proud. It increases confidence, income, professional credibility, and happiness. A study by Pearson VUE found that 67% of technical professionals say certification builds confidence; about 35% of technical professionals say getting certified led to salary or wage increases; and 41% said they’re happier in their jobs.<SUP>1</SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Organizations also benefit from continuous learning. IDC has found that trained and certified teams responsible for core IT activities are almost 20% more productive than less proficient staff, with Microsoft-certified IT professionals performing 26% better across all roles than uncertified IT professionals with the same responsibilities.<SUP>2</SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In other words, certification is a great investment in yourself, and in your team. It’s a game-changer. As Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Trainer Heather Severino said in her Proud to be Certified story, “I can't imagine what my journey would have been like had I not started with that first Microsoft Certification.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_Intro_InBlog_Quote_HeatherSeverino.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/273139i7220D050E08D32D5/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_Blog_P2BC_Intro_InBlog_Quote_HeatherSeverino.png" alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_Intro_InBlog_Quote_HeatherSeverino.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Microsoft Certification benefits</H2> <P>When you, your team, and your organization maintain a culture that celebrates learning and achievement, everyone wins. Certification supports a forward-looking culture that values up-to-date knowledge and a constant striving for the next, most useful capabilities, not only as proof of skills and expertise, but with real benefits to individuals and companies.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Microsoft Certification helps you:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Get recognized.</STRONG> Build confidence and be recognized as a leader, unlock new opportunities, and share your credentials with your professional network.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Get ahead.</STRONG> Stay ahead of the curve, increase your productivity, and take your career to the next level.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Get hired. </STRONG>Certified technical skills help you prepare for job opportunities by proving to employers you have the skills they want.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Microsoft Certification helps your organization:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Increase performance.</STRONG> Certified employees are more productive, more efficient in their roles, and bring more creative solutions to complex technical problems.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Increase value. </STRONG>Organization’s benefits include improved productivity, faster troubleshooting, and fewer skills gaps.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Increase the talent pool.</STRONG> By simplifying talent identification and recruiting through certification you make your screening process easier.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_Intro_InBlog_Quote_AkahMandelaMunab.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/273142i140E1827BF275FCA/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_Blog_P2BC_Intro_InBlog_Quote_AkahMandelaMunab.png" alt="WWL_Blog_P2BC_Intro_InBlog_Quote_AkahMandelaMunab.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>This is just the start</H2> <P>When you check out the #ProudToBeCertified videos and stories, you’ll see that certification is a continual and rewarding journey. You might even be surprised by the opportunities certification has provided for individuals around the world. IT Consultant, MVP, and Microsoft Certified Trainer Akah Mandela Munab said in his story that certifications “opened doors to a large community where I could share my ideas and help others on their Microsoft Certification path.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This is the first in a series of posts where we’ll be sharing the personal stories, business benefits, and latest insights on creating and maintaining a personal attitude of continual learning. Plus, we’ll highlight how organizational culture encourages and supports the extra effort and time it takes for every team member to keep advancing.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Already certified? We want to hear from you – because we believe the more professionals who share their accomplishments, the more encouraged others will be to join Microsoft’s growing community dedicated to continuous improvement. <EM>You</EM> are our certification community. Now, it’s time to celebrate it.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Watch more <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#Proud to be Certified videos</A> and submit your story as a video or post on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A>, or your preferred platform with #ProudToBeCertified.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/are-you-proud-to-be-certified-share-your-story/ba-p/2050023" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Are you proud to be certified? Share your story!</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/haimantika-mitra-s-journey-from-student-with-no-code-experience/ba-p/1628150" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Haimantika Mitra’s journey from student with no code experience to app-making intern</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <P><SUP>1</SUP>Pearson VUE, “2018 Value of IT Certification”</P> <P><SUP>2</SUP>IDC white paper sponsored by Microsoft, “Benefits of Role-based Certifications,” June 2020</P> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 23:10:38 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/more-and-more-people-are-proudtobecertified-with-microsoft/ba-p/2038053 KarinaUng 2021-09-16T23:10:38Z ‘Everybody wins,’ when Avtex invests in training and certifications https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/everybody-wins-when-avtex-invests-in-training-and-certifications/ba-p/2080034 <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Avtex</A>, a Microsoft Gold Partner, knows well the value of training and how it helps build loyalty—both with its clients and among its employees. We recently spoke with Steven Jacobowitz, Avtex Director of Capabilities, about how the company maintains its technical expertise and Gold Partner status with a dedicated program of workforce training.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“We made an investment in our people, and they appreciate that,” Jacobowitz explains. “It makes a difference in how our clients trust our expertise. The training has also been a real morale booster for our teams.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Staying Gold in an ever-changing digital world</H2> <P>Since the 1970s, Avtex has helped its clients build and retain their customers with marketing and communications solutions. These days, Avtex guides its clients through digital transformation initiatives using cloud solutions powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365, Azure, and Microsoft 365. The company also partners with Genesys, one of the largest call center applications in use today.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Avtex hires highly skilled technicians and consultants who must stay up to date on the Microsoft technologies that support its clients. Avtex team members have passed hundreds of exams and assessments on technical competencies and have earned hundreds of Microsoft Certifications—all of which give its clients a deep pool of talent to depend on.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To maintain Gold Partner status, Avtex supports ongoing training and certifications. To achieve and retain this level of partnership requires a huge learning commitment.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Before Jacobowitz came to Avtex, the training process was informal. “Part of my job is to work with our technicians’ careers and make sure that they’re upskilling all the time,” he says. “Before, everybody was scrambling at the end of the year to get to those certifications so we could remain Gold.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Jacobowitz himself holds more than 40 Microsoft Certifications, including every available Dynamics 365 certification and some legacy Dynamics certifications. He’s a big believer in the value of certifications, which have helped him earn promotions and bigger salaries over the years. Now, he reports, “I’m at a point in my career where I can do that for others.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Jacobowitz initiated a more methodical approach to tracking the progress of his team members against their learning goals and to publicly celebrating their achievements. These efforts are part of his drive to enhance the culture of learning that Avtex promotes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“It’s just so important to be more educated in the technologies that we’re supporting,” he notes. “I want everybody to know that our people are passing exams and getting certified.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Advocating for training and advancing team skills</H2> <P>Training has become a key part of the employee review process at Avtex, where Jacobowitz maintains a skills matrix of the training and certification achievements for his team of technicians. He built the skills matrix using Microsoft Power Platform as a way to assess skill gaps while also boosting his knowledge of the low-code app building platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“I'm already planning, based on each one of my technician’s abilities, what they should be focusing on,” he explains. “Then I try to gently push them into the right direction. So far, it's been working.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For example, Jacobowitz wants to build more Microsoft Power Platform competency inside of Avtex this year. Some of his technicians are ramping up on the technology by training and studying for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker</A> to earn the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker Associate</A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>More advanced technicians are aiming for the coveted “architect” title and preparing for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600: Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect</A>, currently in beta, to earn the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> certification. Still others are working on the requirements for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-230: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service</A> for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification. You can explore these <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics certifications</A> and more on our website.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Tracking progress helps to keep people focused on their goals, Jacobowitz reports. Microsoft also recognizes the benefits and recently launched a learning management system called <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Organizational Reporting</A>. This valuable service offers enterprise customers, partners, and academic institutions the ability to view and report on Microsoft Learn training progress and achievements for individuals within their organization’s tenant.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For Jacobowitz, helping his people learn has become job one. “I get to help them grow their own careers, which is really important. I get more thrill out of that than anything else I could possibly do at this point.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The value of working with Microsoft Learning Partners</H2> <P>Last year, Jacobowitz initiated an effort at Avtex to roll out a new approach to training, starting with key technical people in the organization. Training is delivered through authorized Microsoft Learning Partners, which provide all the resources and course materials based on Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Jacobowitz chose Learning Partners based on unusual but practical criteria. “I clicked on their websites to see whose was fastest. I didn’t want anything to hinder class sign-ups!”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Learning Partners help companies like Avtex meet their specific training and certification goals. In addition to delivering content, instructor-led trainings, and other material and logistical support, Learning Partners can help with assessing skill gaps and tracking progress, although that’s Jacobowitz’s role at Avtex.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Microsoft even commissioned a study by global research corporation IDC to find out more about the value that Learning Partners bring to organizations. For details, see <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A>.<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Avtex is working with two Microsoft Learning Partners—<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Global Knowledge</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Learning Tree</A>—that take care of the details for the approximately 50 employees going through the new training program. This support frees Jacobowitz to focus on building his team’s skills.</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftnref1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftn1"></A></P> <P>“I have a philosophy of never leaving anybody behind,” he explains. “I get to focus on mentoring my people.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>‘I didn't know Microsoft can do that!’</H2> <P>A culture of learning takes time to build. For the consultants who say they don’t have time for certifications, Jacobowitz has prepared a motivating response. “I say to them, ‘Look, if you're not willing to invest in your own career, how do you think you're ever going to get ahead in this industry?’”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Jacobowitz believes so firmly in the value of training that he convinced his executive team to set aside a week during which each consultant and technician in the program can focus on training and prepare for exams. It’s a big investment, as he notes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“From our point of view, it isn't just the cost of the training per employee, but it's a week’s worth of missed billings that we're also investing in. So it’s really a true partnership between Avtex and Microsoft.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Participants in the training program are surveyed about their experience. Their feedback has included comments like, “I didn't know Microsoft can do that!” and, “Wow, this is really better than I thought it was.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Jacobowitz adds that as more Avtex technicians earn their certifications, they can better represent Microsoft products. More certifications also mean that the company can better serve its customers, and Avtex retains its Gold Partner status.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As Jacobowitz says, “Everybody wins in this situation.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>[1]</SPAN> Source: IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A>, #US47225021, January 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Learn more</H2> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certifications</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Organizational Reporting</A></P> Fri, 30 Apr 2021 23:59:44 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/everybody-wins-when-avtex-invests-in-training-and-certifications/ba-p/2080034 NancyTandy 2021-04-30T23:59:44Z Reminder: Role-based and specialty certifications to be valid for one year https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/reminder-role-based-and-specialty-certifications-to-be-valid-for/ba-p/2150406 <P>In December 2020, we notified the learning community of a couple <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">changes to the Microsoft Certification program</A>. Today, we’re announcing the effective time and date for the change in certification validity period. Starting <STRONG>12 AM GMT on</STRONG> <STRONG>June 30, 2021, </STRONG>(5 PM PT on June 29, 2021), all newly earned&nbsp;role-based&nbsp;and&nbsp;specialty certifications&nbsp;will be <EM>valid for one year from the date the certification was earned.</EM>&nbsp;All required exams must be passed before 12 AM GMT on Jun 30, 2021 for certifications to remain valid for two years from the date they were earned; if the required exam(s) are passed after 12 AM GMT on June 30, 2021 certifications will be valid for 1-year from the date they were earned.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And, as a reminder, those who have earned role-based and specialty certifications <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405" target="_blank" rel="noopener">can renew them annually for free</A> by passing an online assessment on Microsoft Learn. This can be done at any time within six months before the certification expires. When the learner passes the renewal assessment, their certification is extended by one year from the current expiration date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The shift to validating skills every year—rather than every two years—helps align Microsoft Certifications to evolving job roles and in-demand skills as a result of the rapid pace of change in cloud technologies. This new approach is intended to enable tech professionals to prove that their skills are relevant in the market and to help them stay up to date with evolving technology, while also reducing the stress, complexity, and cost of maintaining an active certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts:</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is your certification expiring soon? Renew it for free today!</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A></LI> </UL> Wed, 21 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/reminder-role-based-and-specialty-certifications-to-be-valid-for/ba-p/2150406 Sudarshan 2021-04-21T15:00:00Z Get results from end-to-end training solutions offered by Microsoft Learning Partners https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/get-results-from-end-to-end-training-solutions-offered-by/ba-p/1830187 <P><EM>This blog post is the second in a series of three that examines the results of a recent IDC study, </EM><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A><EM>.* The first p</EM>o<EM>st, </EM><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-study-shows-the-value-of-microsoft-learning-partners/ba-p/1830186" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>New study shows the value of Microsoft Learning Partners</EM></A><EM>, provides a high-level look at the benefits of using a Learning Partner to meet your technical skilling needs.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We commissioned IDC researchers to explore the value of Microsoft Learning Partners, a worldwide network of authorized training providers that work with organizations to fill skill gaps and meet their strategic learning and business goals. In the first post, we explored how <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> can play a key role in delivering learning results that make a measurable difference in organizations’ cloud initiatives and digital transformation efforts.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Among the findings, four areas consistently stood out as essential capabilities. In this post, we dive into two of them—specifically, that organizations benefit from working with a Learning Partner which provides:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>An end-to-end solution</STRONG> that starts with consultation to identify needs and wraps up by evaluating the program’s success.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Value-added services</STRONG> that support learners, such as hands-on labs and custom content.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The study identified two other top-of-mind areas that we’ll cover in our third post—the quality of the training content and delivery, and the flexibility, scale, and speed of the partner.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To learn more about all four qualities, download <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Top reasons to get IT training from a Microsoft Learning Partner</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Value of LP blog #2a.png" style="width: 624px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/272322i19CFC4B6D4554CC7/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Value of LP blog #2a.png" alt="Value of LP blog #2a.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Customized, end-to-end services help you assess gaps, simplify learning, and meet goals</H2> <P>Learning initiatives are usually complex, involving many people and moving parts. Rather than spin out various tasks to different providers, organizations can benefit from working with one provider that can deliver an end-to-end training solution.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Microsoft Learning Partners provide a range of capabilities that help enterprises build and execute successful training initiatives, including:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Identifying an organization’s skill gaps.</STRONG> As consultants, Learning Partners work with their clients to offer proactive guidance and solutions. They work with organizations to identify the requirements and then align their services to meet a client’s specific needs, coordinating and delivering the resources that meet the objectives.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Simplifying the learning initiative.</STRONG> By shifting the task to a Learning Partner, organizations can efficiently move their training programs forward. Learning Partners take care of the details, aligning the curriculum to the requirements, coordinating activities, and managing learning outcomes for their clients.</LI> </UL> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>A mix of value-added services meet learners’ needs and deliver results</H2> <P>People learn best from a variety of tools and approaches, and flexibility is important, as Dan O’Brien notes. O’Brien is the President, United States and Canada, of Fast Lane, a worldwide provider of advanced IT education for leading technical vendors. “When we train [a large professional services firm], many of their staff are billable resources who can't sit in a five-day class. We built a tailored training model specifically for this use case: We trained one day a week over five weeks, minimizing the impact on work performance.”*</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Learning Partners make a difference in their scope of offerings, including hands-on labs, a mix of self-paced and instructor-led training, custom content, role-based learning paths, mentoring and discussion groups, and assessments before, during, and after the training. Services may also extend to preparation for certification exams.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Learning Partners give organizations the tools they need to successfully meet their business and learning goals through:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Customized learning programs.</STRONG> Authorized Microsoft Learning Partners make training programs as relevant as possible for learners. They can use standard courses and learning paths, and they can tailor the content or flow to suit an organization’s unique situation.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Training delivery aligned to client requirements.</STRONG> Some organizations want instructor-led training and boot camps, and some prefer e-learning. Learning Partners are experts at finding the right delivery model and experience for their customers.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Next step: Get the training program that’s right for you</H2> <P>Microsoft Learning Partners can help organizations get the most impact from their learning initiatives. The key is to find providers that offer end-to-end solutions and value-added services for learners of all types.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Find a Microsoft Learning Partner</A></STRONG></P> <P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="LP blog image 2.png" style="width: 62px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/272323i959FED684B89F31C/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="LP blog image 2.png" alt="LP blog image 2.png" /></span></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/sharpen-your-technical-skills-with-instructor-led-training/ba-p/1469348" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sharpen your technical skills with instructor-led training</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/leading-learning-partners-association-a-unique-organization-for/ba-p/1469332" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Leading Learning Partners Association—a unique organization for delivering Microsoft training</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/technical-certifications-could-help-drive-business-optimization/ba-p/1469344" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Technical certifications could help drive business optimization</A></P> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/get-results-from-end-to-end-training-solutions-offered-by/ba-p/1830187 debbieuttecht 2021-04-14T15:00:00Z New Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 training: March 2021 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-power-platform-and-dynamics-365-training-march/ba-p/1633378 <P>We’re always adding to our training and certifications portfolio, and now you can discover the new role-based learning paths and modules that we released last month on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. Look for new ways to build and deepen your skills and then validate them by earning certification. Check out our four new Power Automate modules and a new Finance module. This month, we also have a new learning path (with six modules) that explores how to upgrade from Dynamics AX 2012 to Finance and Operations apps. Work through these and other modules at your own pace. Using free, online training on Microsoft Learn, you can develop new skills to use on the job—and to show your employer that you’re ready to advance your career. If you need help figuring out which training to take, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 learning paths page</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform learning paths page</A>, where you’ll find useful collections, learning paths to get you started, and popular modules.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in March 2021.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Power Automate</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path/module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with customer connectors in Power Automate</A></P> <P>Seven modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Configure custom connectors with authenticated APIs in Power Automate</A><SPAN><BR /></SPAN>(A module in the “Get started with customer connectors in Power Automate” learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create triggers for custom connectors for Power Automate</A></P> <P>(A module in the “Get started with customer connectors in Power Automate” learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Configure policy templates for custom connectors in Power Automate</A><SPAN><BR /></SPAN>(A module in the “Get started with customer connectors in Power Automate” learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Finance</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Work with Asset leasing in Dynamics 365 Finance&nbsp;</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Finance and Operations</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path/module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Upgrade Dynamics AX 2012 to Finance and Operations apps</A></P> <P>Six modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant, developer, administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Compare integrations in Finance and Operations apps with Dynamics AX 2012</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>(A module in the “Upgrade Dynamics AX 2012 to Finance and Operations apps” learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant, administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Compare reporting and analytics in Finance and Operations apps with Dynamics AX 2012</A></P> <P>(A module in the “Upgrade Dynamics AX 2012 to Finance and Operations apps” learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant, administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with the extensibility framework in Finance and Operations apps</A></P> <P>(A module in the “Upgrade Dynamics AX 2012 to Finance and Operations apps” learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer, solution architect, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tools for code and data upgrade from Dynamics AX 2012 to Finance and Operations apps</A></P> <P>(A module in the “Upgrade Dynamics AX 2012 to Finance and Operations apps” learning path)</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, administrator, solution architect, developer&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Industry Solutions</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with the Return to Workplace solution</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Dataverse for Teams</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with Microsoft Dataverse for Teams</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, app maker</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-power-platform-and-dynamics-365-training-march/ba-p/1633378 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-04-13T15:00:00Z Why you should celebrate your Microsoft skills and certifications https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/why-you-should-celebrate-your-microsoft-skills-and/ba-p/1469349 <P>Earning new Microsoft Certifications and skills takes dedication; from completing courses and studying for the big day to finally passing the certification exam or putting new skills to work on the job, you deserve to celebrate your achievements.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Giving yourself a pat on the back and making sure others know you’ve put in all that effort not only feels good, it also empowers you to transform those additional tools into real benefits for your career. It ensures your professional network understands that you’re committed, hard-working, and talented enough to attain your career goals.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Letting peers know about your new skills and certifications can also increase your chances of getting ahead. Take <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LinkedIn</A> for instance: Members listing at least five skills on their profiles are messaged up to 27 times more than those who don’t.<SUP>1</SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As Daniel Christian, a Microsoft MVP and certified trainer says, “When you earn certifications, in addition to the positive feeling you get, you can also put your badges on LinkedIn and your resume. It’s a simple action that can give you the edge you need to set yourself apart from other candidates – to prove that you’ve got something extra.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Not only can you prove it, but you can also turn new knowledge and ability into added income. About 35% of technical professionals say getting certified led to salary or wage increases, and 26% report job promotions.<SUP>2</SUP> Gaining skills can also move your career forward; 87% of recruiters consider skills to be a critical factor when it comes to vetting candidates.<SUP>3</SUP> These advantages come when your managers and others realize you have the capabilities and dedication to continuously learn.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Professional development also creates a measurable boost in confidence. IDC found that IT professionals who were certified were consistently more likely to believe they could learn difficult skills, with 91% of certified IT professionals believing that the effort employees put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success.<SUP>4</SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Wear your badge proudly</H2> <P>The first step to letting peers know about your achievement, as soon as you pass an exam or earn a certification, is through claiming a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">digital badge</A>. Microsoft partners with Credly to award badges for certification achievements.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Digital badges give you authenticated digital representations of your achievements including an easily-recognized badge image and metadata uniquely linked to you and your achievement. Anyone looking at your information instantly sees your skills aligned to the certification and can verify the badge’s authenticity. You can share your digital badge on popular online sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, and embed it into your resume, personal website, or email signature. It’s an easy and objective way to prove you have what it takes to advance in your career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="CelebrateCerts_DanielChristian.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/270828i2C3BC7D90193DC25/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="CelebrateCerts_DanielChristian.png" alt="CelebrateCerts_DanielChristian.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>One more tip to honor your achievements: keep them up to date. Don’t forget to periodically renew your certifications and update your skills. You can find a wealth of resources to refresh them on&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/humans-of-it-blog/guest-blog-7-lessons-from-a-24-year-tech-career/ba-p/1522415?search-action-id=292710118382&amp;search-result-uid=1522415" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Lessons from a 24 year tech career</A></LI> <LI><A style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px; background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is your certification expiring soon? Renew it for free today</A><SPAN style="color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px;">!</SPAN></LI> </UL> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <P><SUP>1</SUP>LinkedIn, “What You Need to Know To Get Hired This Month: September 2020”&nbsp;</P> <P><SUP>2</SUP>Microsoft, “10 reasons to earn a Microsoft certification,” 2020</P> <P><SUP>3</SUP>LinkedIn, “To Find Your Next Job More Quickly, Tell Your Community You’re Open to Work,” October 2020</P> <P><SUP>4</SUP>IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, “Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT,” May 2020.</P> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/why-you-should-celebrate-your-microsoft-skills-and/ba-p/1469349 KarinaUng 2021-04-12T15:00:00Z April Dunnam encourages success with Microsoft Power Platform https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/april-dunnam-encourages-success-with-microsoft-power-platform/ba-p/1628154 <P><EM>This blog post is a follow-on to a three-part series exploring the many ways that Microsoft Power Platform empowers people with no coding experience to upskill and quickly learn how to create apps to solve business problems or local community issues. The cloud advocate featured in this post, April Dunnam, is a developer and app creator who uses social media, including YouTube, Twitter, and blogs, along with virtual conference sessions, to show devs and other makers how using Microsoft Power Platform can empower them in new ways. </EM><EM>To hear the other cloud advocates talk about their experience with Microsoft Power Platform, tune in to this </EM><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Digital Lifestyle podcast</EM></A><EM>.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you follow Microsoft Power Platform on Twitter or other social media, you’ll know that April Dunnam is a familiar and popular presence. You might have seen her YouTube channel where she introduces Microsoft Power Platform—and the certification process—to thousands of new users. Before joining Microsoft, Dunnam was a Power Apps and Power Automate Most Valuable Professional (MVP) who shared development tips and tricks at many events and on her community blog. She’s part of an elite group of makers who love to share their knowledge and to inspire others. You might be wondering about the path that brought her to Microsoft Power Platform. We recently met with Dunnam for a conversation and got all the interesting details.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Before Microsoft, Dunnam had a successful career in IT, running her own consulting business for eight years. Back in her college days, she started in the Microsoft SharePoint space and quickly found an affinity for development. During a college internship, she was introduced to C# and .NET development on top of SharePoint, as she helped the organization’s IT team with an internet rollout.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Over time, she did some on-premises work as a SharePoint developer and then transitioned (along with the rest of the world) to SharePoint cloud development. Back in the day, as a SharePoint dev, she did a lot of business process workflow work using full-stack code or InfoPath and SharePoint Designer. When Microsoft Power Platform came along, it was a natural transition for her. She was an early adopter of Power Apps. She points out, “I started looking at it and figuring out ways I could use it instead of InfoPath and SharePoint Designer for things I was building for my clients.&nbsp; It was a smooth transition to the Power Platform.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Sharing the excitement of Microsoft Power Platform</H2> <P>Dunnam saw the potential of Microsoft Power Platform because it was so customizable and so much was already in the product. As she explains, "I loved not having to worry about coding in authentication to the various services I might need to connect to, like SQL databases. That was already baked in, and I could tell that using it would save me a lot of development time over using custom code. That's what really got me excited about it.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To spread the word and help make it easier for others to build applications, Dunnam started a “Template Tuesdays” series on her YouTube channel. In addition to those available in Power Apps, she created her own templates and explained how to use them. She remembers a timesheet template that she created, which saved a lot of time. She made it available to download for free. She notes, “It really took off.” Her generous attitude toward other makers, that template, and those downloads all caught the eye of <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/empowering-dona-sarkar-s-passion-for-upskilling-people-around/ba-p/1628147" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dona Sarkar</A>, lead for the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team. The two stayed in touch.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Harnessing the power of certification</H2> <P>In addition to showing developers and makers the ins and outs of Microsoft Power Platform, Dunnam is passionate about bringing the message of certification to them. She’s a believer in the power of certification to help discover your career path. “I have all the Microsoft Power Platform certifications,” she enthuses. She wants to help users decide which certifications are right for them. “I put a video together to explain the key differences between the certifications because I definitely see the value.” She started accumulating certifications early in her career. “I really believe that they help you on your career path by validating your skills. They are something that organizations look for. They definitely see merit in them.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Dunnam remembers how challenging it was to graduate from college during the economic collapse of 2008–2009. It was hard to find a development job right away, so she took a data entry role at a telecom company. She kept up her development work on the side and started studying for her first SharePoint certification. She attributes her success at moving into a role as a SharePoint developer to proving her skills and to the Microsoft Certification that validated them. “Certification,” she explains, gave her “personal validation and proved that I actually knew what I was talking about. ”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>So, when Dunnam started to add Microsoft Power Platform development skills to her portfolio, she continued to study for additional certifications. She first took <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900: Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals</A>. “It seemed like a good starting point because it’s about the basics.” She knows that certification can be a great career boost for developers like her who become Power Apps power users. To learn more about Microsoft Power Platform certifications, check out the <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#DiscoverCareerPath" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Discover your career path: &nbsp;Microsoft Power Platform certifications</A> section later in this post.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>An award-winning Power Apps solution</H2> <P>Dunnam joined Microsoft in 2019 as a Partner Technical Architect in the One Commercial Partner (OCP) organization. She helped partners in the Microsoft ecosystem build Microsoft Power Platform practices. Along the way, she also developed a Power Apps application for her team so they could have a virtual internal conference, with an experience that would be like Ignite, where people could go in, browse virtual sessions, and register. The app that she created for the internal conference won a Technology Solutions Award within her team.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Many paths to Microsoft Power Platform</H2> <P>In her work, Dunnam has noticed that there are many paths to Microsoft Power Platform. She thinks the smoothest path is to come from a Dynamics 365 background, but she has seen a lot of people in the community come from a SharePoint background, as she did. She observes, “With SharePoint, it’s easy to set up your data, and a lot of people are used to this. People who use SharePoint are used to working with collaborative suites of products. It’s a great introductory data source when you’re building Power Apps. For people like me, who used InfoPath to customize forms, it seemed like a natural migration to just use Power Apps and to switch to Power Automate if you’re already using tools like SharePoint Designer to create workflows.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Dunnam also sees a path to Microsoft Power Platform for people who don’t have a Dynamics or SharePoint background. “Most people use Microsoft Excel. You’d like it better if you had an interface to get data into Excel and have an actual application you can pull up on your phone easily. That’s a natural integration, and it’s pretty simple. Using Power Apps this way is like taking a hybrid of Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel because the interface to build the app is very similar to PowerPoint, and endless people are familiar with PowerPoint and Excel. If you use these products, you’re already halfway to knowing how to use Power Apps.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Working with the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team</H2> <P>As a developer and maker, Dunnam was excited to join Dona Sarkar’s Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team. Sarkar had noticed and shared Dunnam’s social content. Dunnam reports, “When the position on Dona’s team opened, I thought it would be a really great fit for the things I’m passionate about. I wanted to scale out and help developers and makers be successful with Microsoft Power Platform.” On the team, Dunnam deploys social media to reach makers and code developers and to dive into Power Apps and Power Automate—whether it’s helping those who are just getting started or sharing tips and tricks about integrations and customizations with pro devs.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Dunnam blogs regularly about Microsoft Power Platform, SharePoint, and other technologies. A recent post, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Automate Desktop for Windows 10 Intro</A>, explores Microsoft Power Automate Desktop, which is now free for Windows 10 users. She also keeps a busy conference schedule, having recently presented at Microsoft Power Platform week at a virtual SharePoint conference in Europe. You can check out her conference schedule on her blog.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>On <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dunnam’s popular YouTube channel</A>, she continues to post educational videos on Microsoft Power Platform. In the past few months, her content has had more than 500,000 views. A particularly popular video is her <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Certification Guide</A>. You can join more than 6,000 <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">April Dunnam followers on Twitter</A> to read her #PowerAddict comments. She’s also planning a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn TV Channel 9</A> show for developers, <EM>The Powerful Dev Show</EM>, with another member of the Cloud Advocate team, Greg Hurlman, whom we recently featured in <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/greg-hurlman-create-inventive-solutions-with-microsoft-power/ba-p/1628152" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create inventive solutions with Microsoft Power Platform</A>. They plan to highlight stories about using Microsoft Power Platform in code first innovations.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Discover your career path: Microsoft Power Platform certifications</H2> <P>Depending on your skill set and where you are on your career path, Dunnam recommends that you check out the certifications for Microsoft Power Platform developers. A Microsoft Certification signals that you have the skills that organizations are looking for when they hire and advance employees. And, as Dunnam’s career path shows, certification—when paired with your drive and abilities—can help open career doors for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As mentioned earlier in this post, Dunnam started with Exam PL-900 to validate her overall understanding to earn the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re a maker and an app creator without a formal background in development, see whether your skills map to the requirements for passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-100</A> for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform App Maker Associate</A> certification. Dunnam found this certification extremely useful.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Those who have a passion for designing, developing, securing, and extending Microsoft Power Platform solutions should consider the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate</A> certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-400</A>). To learn more, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-microsoft-power-platform-developer-associate/ba-p/1469335" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New certification: Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate</A>.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And if you’re a functional consultant, data analyst, developer, or solution architect looking to showcase your consulting and configuration skills, explore the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification (pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-200</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Seasoned pros who have a lot of experience with Microsoft Power Platform should consider the</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> certification (complete a prerequisite and pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600</A>). It’s a great way to signal that you’re ready to take the next steps in your career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Helping developers build their careers</H2> <P>Dunnam is always enthusiastic about giving practical technical guidance to Microsoft Power Platform developers and makers. And she’s equally enthusiastic about helping people nurture and grow their careers through certification. She and the other experts on the Cloud Advocates team are eager to help you along the way. Watch for Dunnam’s latest content on her YouTube channel, her current thoughts on Twitter, and her most recent tips, advice, instruction, and encouragement for Microsoft Power Platform users at upcoming virtual conferences. As Dunnam says, “I’m really passionate about helping people get certified and celebrate their certification wins.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Sat, 01 May 2021 00:00:13 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/april-dunnam-encourages-success-with-microsoft-power-platform/ba-p/1628154 NancyTandy 2021-05-01T00:00:13Z New study shows the value of Microsoft Learning Partners https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-study-shows-the-value-of-microsoft-learning-partners/ba-p/1830186 <P><EM>This blog post is the first in a series of three that summarize the results of a recent </EM>IDC study<EM>, </EM><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A><EM>.*</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>How do IT organizations gain the technical skills needed to help power organizations’ cloud initiatives and digital transformation efforts? Microsoft recently sponsored a research study with IDC to help get the answers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>IT leaders reported that the key to success is having the right skills in-house. To meet an organization’s strategic goals, technical workers in particular need the right training. Digital transformation is moving business forward so fast that upskilling and reskilling at the same rate are essential to keep up with IT requirements.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In short, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> can play a key role in delivering learning results that make a measurable difference in organizations. Our community of Learning Partners knows how to advance employees to their learning goals using <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Courseware</A> (MOC) taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="LP blog image 1.png" style="width: 616px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/268137iEDE016691EE4AE3D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="LP blog image 1.png" alt="LP blog image 1.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>How Learning Partners can help you achieve your learning goals</H2> <P>To stay up to date, IT pros are constantly learning and adding skills. The IDC study concluded that Microsoft Learning Partners are well positioned to help organizations achieve their business and learning goals. The IT leaders who were surveyed found the most value from a Learning Partner that provides:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>An end-to-end solution</STRONG> which starts with identifying skill gaps, simplifies the learning experience, and finishes by evaluating how well the Learning Partner met the organization goals.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Scale, flexibility, and speed</STRONG> to train teams of any size, in any location, amid changing circumstances.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Value-added services</STRONG>, such as hands-on labs, classroom training, and custom content that help the skills development program succeed.</LI> <LI><STRONG>High-quality content and delivery</STRONG>, meaning accurate, relevant courseware, top-notch instructors, and a path to certification, if needed.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>According to those surveyed, Learning Partners with the scope to deliver in these four areas make a difference in helping organizations meet their digital transformation goals.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To learn more about the value of Microsoft Learning Partners, download <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Top reasons to get IT training from a Microsoft Learning Partner</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The right partner makes a difference</H2> <P>The IDC study also assessed eight common use cases for IT skill development, comparing Learning Partners to other providers and internal training teams.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>IT leaders selected Microsoft Learning Partners more often than other training providers in upskilling people in digital literacy, especially in analytics and cloud-related topics.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>IT leaders also chose Learning Partners more often for training in new product deployment and processes. Learning Partners were also rated comparable or better for reskilling, skill maintenance, attracting and engaging workers, career development, and compliance.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For details about the IT use case results, see Figure 1 in <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A>.*</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Quality matters</H2> <P>IDC researchers found that high-quality training programs help ensure that IT teams meet their learning objectives. That, in turn, helps accelerate the achievement of an organization’s business goals, including digital transformation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Authorized Microsoft Learning Partners specialize in helping organizations reach their training goals. MCTs are experts in technology and instruction who know how to guide organizations to measurable results. MOC provides relevant, accurate training content reviewed by Microsoft product teams. It’s also aligned with the industry-recognized Microsoft Certification objectives, for those who want to go that route.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Next step: Get help from an expert</H2> <P>In a digital-first world, instructor-led training and customized learning plans from the experts can give your organization’s IT workforce the edge it needs.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Find a Microsoft Learning Partner</STRONG></A></P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="LP blog image 2.png" style="width: 62px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/268138i888E079A0586CD25/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="LP blog image 2.png" alt="LP blog image 2.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/sharpen-your-technical-skills-with-instructor-led-training/ba-p/1469348" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sharpen your technical skills with instructor-led training</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/leading-learning-partners-association-a-unique-organization-for/ba-p/1469332" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Leading Learning Partners Association—a unique organization for delivering Microsoft training</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/technical-certifications-could-help-drive-business-optimization/ba-p/1469344" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Technical certifications could help drive business optimization</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>* <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A>, IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft, doc #US47225021, January 2021.</P> Wed, 31 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-study-shows-the-value-of-microsoft-learning-partners/ba-p/1830186 debbieuttecht 2021-03-31T15:00:00Z 10-year-old Khan twins earn Microsoft Power Platform Certification https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/10-year-old-khan-twins-earn-microsoft-power-platform/ba-p/1628153 <P>How do you keep your 10-year-old twins entertained during a lockdown? If you’re Microsoft Technical Specialist and dad Adeel Khan, you send them to the internet. However, the results surprised the family when Zara and Zenubia Khan became the youngest twins to earn the Microsoft Power Platform certification. They join the ranks of talented young ladies that started with Arfa Karim Randhawa, the computer prodigy who in 2004 became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Those of us who work at Microsoft Learn were beyond excited to hear about the twins’ success. We talked to Adeel about how it happened.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The Khan family spent the first part of the COVID-19 lockdown stuck in a hotel away from home, where the girls could overhear their father’s work conversations. “They would come to me and say, ‘You keep on talking about this Microsoft Power Platform,’” recounts Adeel, who helps Microsoft customers implement Microsoft Power Platform, a low-code (or no-code) way to build apps that analyze data and automate processes. “They’re always asking me questions about how things work, so I introduced them to Microsoft Learn.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>While Adeel worked from home, Zara and Zenubia studied videos, online documentation, sample applications, and other <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn resources</A>. A few days later, the girls demoed their very first Microsoft Power Platform app—an expense tracker that reads data from an Excel spreadsheet and helps users create a budget.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The twins hoped that their father would use their app, but Adeel saw something more. “I saw how self-learning got them started, so I introduced them to more apps and resources to see how far they could go.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Lockdown leads to more learning</H2> <P>The journey to the twins’ first app happened during a three-month period when the Khans were sheltering in place away from home and school was on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adeel introduced Zara and Zenubia to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Platform Labs and Challenges</A>, a set of learning resources that help professionals—and, apparently, 10-year-olds—learn more about Microsoft Power Platform and its solutions for building apps, designing workflows, connecting data, and displaying the results.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>He also pointed the twins to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">App in a Day</A> events and hands-on <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/healthcare-and-life-sciences/create-an-app-end-to-end-in-under-an-hour-with-microsoft-s-power/ba-p/916101" target="_blank" rel="noopener">App in an Hour Labs</A> to find out how to create more custom apps without writing code. “I had used these resources myself when I was learning Power Platform for my job,” he points out. “I knew from experience how helpful it is to take the courses and learn about product areas that my job might not otherwise expose me to.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Life for the Khans began to look a bit more normal when the family was finally able to return home and the twins went back to school. Adeel thought that the twins would be too busy to resume their study of Microsoft Power Platform, until he heard them talking to their cousins one day.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Much to his surprise, the twins were conducting a bootcamp session from home and explaining to their cousins what Microsoft Power Platform could do. Seeing the twins’ commitment, Adeel volunteered to help them go deeper.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“I didn’t want to pressure them in any way. Besides, you can’t force a 10-year-old!” Adeel laughs. Instead, he began sharing new product features that he was learning about, and he and the twins set aside regular time after homework to talk about how to use them.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>One day, Adeel’s wife asked the twins whether they were interested in studying for the certification exam as they’d watched their father do in the past, and they were. Adeel holds several Microsoft Certifications. His most recent addition is the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 + Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> &nbsp;certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>During the holiday break in December 2020, Adeel, Zara, and Zenubia studied together. They redid the labs, reviewed the Microsoft Learn modules, and took the sample exams to test their knowledge.</P> <P>“The twins passed the test on their first attempt,” says the proud father. They earned the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals</A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Zara reports that she told her school friends about the certification, but they hadn’t heard of it. “I told them to search it up on Google, and then they said that I’m famous.” Now she hopes she can help them learn Microsoft Power Platform so they can have more fun together at school.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The heady whirl of success</H2> <P>Since receiving the distinction of being the first twins (and among the youngest learners) to earn Microsoft Power Platform certification, Zara and Zenubia have been on an unexpected press tour of sorts. Several social media outlets and news channels have interviewed the girls about their achievement, and they’ve been asked to speak at events, including Women in Technology, Power Apps 4 Kids, and Power Platform Boot camp – Pakistan.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Adeel reports that the girls never expected to be the focus of so much attention. “We were not expecting this type of response from the social media outlets and from friends and the community,” he notes. “They were just focused on what they were doing.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The twins never thought of their pursuit as too much work, as some social media critics wondered. “Honestly, we were getting bored a lot, especially during lockdown,” Zara explains. “Thanks to Power Platform, we had exciting challenges to work on.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Zenubia notes that their parents kept a close eye on their activities and made sure they took breaks. “We have a good balance between learning and playing,” she says.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Recently, Zara and Zenubia taught a Microsoft Power Platform session for other young people. Afterward, a girl told them, “I want to be like you! I want to get a certification.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“The moment they realized that a lot of people are getting inspired by their story, they felt so proud,” Adeel reports. Both girls want to spread the word so more kids can see how easy it is to use Microsoft Power Platform make their own apps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>One way to get started, Zara advises, is to get involved with science, technology, engineering, and math, also known as STEM. “It’s really fun! If there’s anything else you want to learn in the world, you can learn it—but learn it by doing it.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>What’s next for the Khan family coders</H2> <P>Zara and Zenubia have continued to write apps—both for their own learning and for others. Currently, they’re creating a mobile app to make it easier for teachers to take attendance at their school and to distribute homework. The app uses the automated notification and reminder features of Microsoft Power Platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“It was all their idea,” Adeel notes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>They also developed a quiz app that helps them study for tests. Even their six-year-old sister uses the app in her playtime. “The best thing that I learned about is how fast we can build apps that can work on mobile, use the camera, and even build games,” Zara explains. “l love Power Automate.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When asked whether the certification process was too much work for 10-year-olds, they said it was no such thing. “I don’t think that it was too much,” Zenubia insists. “And our parents never let us get burdened with our studies.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Zara agrees. “I would have never imagined that I could build applications for my own learning with such speed.” Besides creating apps during the lockdown, the twins also learned to ride bikes. “So, yeah, we had fun learning <EM>and</EM> playing!” she adds.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>They may have started out by following their father’s example, but it was their own curiosity and drive that kept them working toward the goal of certification. “We definitely want to get all the certifications like our father,” Zenubia points out, “and I am sure that you’ll see us with more cool Microsoft badges soon!”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As for Adeel, he cherishes his certifications. “The certification process exposes you to the capabilities of a platform, a system, or a technology beyond your immediate needs and gives you a chance to excel or expand into those new areas. There is also a massive respect for Microsoft Certifications in the industry. The moment you have those credentials on your résumé, the question is not about your capabilities on the platform but how you can leverage them.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Who knows where the twins’ curiosity and drive will take them next? As Zenubia says, “Even if you have slight failures in beginning, don‘t worry. You’ll improve as you move on. Never give up!”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>At Microsoft Learn, we add our congratulations and best wishes for the future.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re interested in following in the twins’ footsteps, consider charting a path as they did on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn.</A></P> Sat, 01 May 2021 00:00:38 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/10-year-old-khan-twins-earn-microsoft-power-platform/ba-p/1628153 NancyTandy 2021-05-01T00:00:38Z Beta exam: Prove your expertise in Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/beta-exam-prove-your-expertise-in-windows-virtual-desktop-on/ba-p/2147107 <P>Along with the burgeoning growth of remote work comes an urgent need for administrators with subject matter expertise in planning, delivering, and managing virtual desktop experiences and remote apps—for any device—on Azure.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If this is your skill set, the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Windows Virtual Desktop Specialty</A> certification can validate your ability to fulfill the tasks required of this key role and add value to your team and organization. To earn this certification, pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-140: Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure</A>, currently in beta.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Is this the right certification for you?</H3> <P>This certification is ideal for Azure administrators with expertise in delivering applications on Windows Virtual Desktop and optimizing them to run in multisession virtual environments. To deliver these experiences, they work closely with other Azure administrators and architects, along with Microsoft 365 administrators.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you have deep experience in Azure technologies, including virtualization, networking, identity, storage, backup, resilience, and disaster recovery, you’re a great candidate for this certification. You leverage your understanding of on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure technologies for migrating to Windows Virtual Desktop. And, as a professional interested in this certification, you know how to use the Azure portal and Azure Resource Manager templates. You might also use PowerShell and Azure CLI for more efficient automation.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Ready to prove your skills?</H3> <P>Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. <STRONG>The first 300 people who take Exam AZ-140 (beta) on or before April 29, 2021, can get 80 percent off market price!</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code <STRONG>AZ140LAHAINA</STRONG>. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must <STRONG>take the exam on or before April 29, 2021</STRONG>. <EM>Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Get ready to take Exam AZ-140 (beta):</P> <UL> <LI>Review the exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-140 (beta) skills outline document</A> alerts you to key topics covered on the exam.</LI> </UL> <UL> <LI>Complete this&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">learning path on Microsoft Learn</A>. And we’ll have more helpful content coming soon.</LI> <LI>Don’t miss the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AZ-140 study guide</A>&nbsp;created by Microsoft Cloud Advocate&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/278133" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@thomasmaurer</A>&nbsp;or the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AZ-140 study guide video series</A>&nbsp;created by Azure FastTrack Engineer&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/181970" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@Dean Cefola</A>.</LI> </UL> <UL> <LI>Want even more in-depth training? Connect with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> in your area for in-person training.</LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/just-how-does-one-prepare-for-beta-exams/ba-p/1469421" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Just How Does One Prepare for Beta Exams?</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Did you know that you can take any role-based exam online?</STRONG> Online delivered exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, check out my blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/online-proctored-exams-what-to-expect-and-how-to-prepare/ba-p/1469424" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The rescore process starts on the day an exam goes live, and<STRONG> final scores for beta exams are released approximately 10 days after that</STRONG>. For details on the timing of beta exam rescoring and results, read my post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/creating-high-quality-exams-the-path-from-beta-to-live/ba-p/1469422" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creating high-quality exams: The path from beta to live</A>. For more information, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Ready to get started?</H3> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking Exam AZ-140 (beta) on or before April 29, 2021.</P> <P>Pass Exam AZ-140 (beta), earn your certification, and prove that you have what it takes to plan, implement, monitor, and maintain a Windows Virtual Desktop architecture and infrastructure. Be part of the solution that so many organizations are seeking, and make a difference deploying and administering remote technology for their workers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements<BR /></STRONG><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:15:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/beta-exam-prove-your-expertise-in-windows-virtual-desktop-on/ba-p/2147107 Liberty Munson 2021-03-29T15:15:00Z Sharpen your technical skills with instructor-led training https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/sharpen-your-technical-skills-with-instructor-led-training/ba-p/1469348 <P>In the fast-changing world of remote work, having up-to-date technical skills that align with what’s in-demand is more crucial than ever for productivity, innovation, and growth. Last year, we observed two years of digital transformation take place across the globe in just a couple of months. From schools to corporations, governments, and small businesses, digital transformation suddenly became a matter of business continuation. That put an instant premium on necessary skills to support it, and having the right skills makes a measurable difference. An IDC study showed that trained and certified teams responsible for core IT activities are almost 20% more productive than less proficient staff.<SUP>1</SUP> While a different study shared that IT professionals who have achieved a relevant role-based technical certification perform on average 26% better than their uncertified colleagues.<SUP>2</SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Effective training can result in measurable benefits in three critical areas<SUP>3</SUP>:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Timeliness:</STRONG> Well-trained cloud migration teams meet nearly 90% of their business and project milestones.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Insight:</STRONG> 90% of the organizations with well-trained teams are satisfied or very satisfied with their ability to monitor, forecast, and optimize server, storage, and network resources.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Business</STRONG><STRONG> impact:</STRONG> 80% of the organizations with teams well-trained in automation and orchestration tools report being satisfied or very satisfied with the business impact of moving to the cloud.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The bottom line: Ensure you have the right skills for successful digital transformation. Microsoft Learn offers robust resources to deliver targeted training you need, including instructor-led training offered by Microsoft Learning Partners. Let’s take a look at these opportunities as well as how to get a quick training boost with Microsoft Virtual Training Days.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Value_of_ILT_Info.png" style="width: 801px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/266199i9B9EF5C96B8A3643/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Value_of_ILT_Info.png" alt="Value_of_ILT_Info.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Everyone learns differently – at different paces, using different media, and with emphasis on different topics. At Microsoft, we take these variations into account to help you learn in a style that fits you best. In addition to free and interactive self-paced learning paths discoverable on Microsoft Learn, instructor-led training delivers in-depth, structured training to match your needs. <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft instructor-led training courses</A> are delivered by Microsoft Certified Trainers, giving you flexibility to customize your training agenda and dedicated personal attention from technical subject matter experts who are available to help in real-time.&nbsp; They also provide local market expertise and language <SPAN>– </SPAN>an efficient way to advance your skills.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Microsoft Learning Partners: Make training relevant, personal, and timely</H2> <P>As you consider your instructor-led training options, one of your most valuable training resources will be <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A><SPAN>.</SPAN> They can help customize your training to meet your learning needs with the right blend of in-person, hands-on, and online experiences that can take place in a classroom, virtually, or at your company’s location.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Learning Partners can assess your level of knowledge and deliver a customized training plan to quickly advance your technical expertise. They’ll help you:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Define your path </STRONG>to hone in on the technical skills that are right for you to achieve career or business goals.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Tailor your training plan </STRONG>to match your requirements and deliver training that levels up your skills to meet your specific objectives and project needs.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Ensure steady progress </STRONG>with individual and team-level reporting, skills assessments, and knowledge checks to inform any adjustments to your learning plan.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Microsoft Virtual Training Days: Digital training events to skill up</H2> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Virtual Training Days</A> are a great place to initiate and explore your training journey. They offer free, in-depth, virtual training on opportunities for career and organizational impact, and are available weekly. You’ll find digital training events to match every level and grow your technical skills for the fast-changing future. Virtual Training Days cover a wide variety of Microsoft technical skills including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Power Platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The benefits of role-specific training go beyond performance and productivity boosts. It’s worth exploring instructor-led training, Microsoft Learning Partners, and Virtual Training Days to increase job satisfaction, team culture, and talent retention.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To discover more about these offerings, along with the wide range of other empowering, educational opportunities check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/what-goes-into-creating-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/1469346" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What goes into creating Microsoft Certifications?</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-to-stay-motivated-during-your-learning-journey/ba-p/1469345" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to stay motivated during your learning journey</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/staying-resilient-with-continuous-learning/ba-p/1469343" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Staying resilient with continuous learning</A></LI> </UL> <H3><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></H3> <P><SUP>1</SUP>IDC white paper sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Business Value of Digital Transformation and the Contribution of a Growth Mindset in IT</EM></A>, May 2020</P> <P><SUP>2</SUP>IDC white paper sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Benefits of Role-Based Certifications</EM></A>, June 2020</P> <P><SUP>3</SUP>IDC white paper sponsored by Microsoft, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Leveraging Microsoft Learning Partners for Innovation and Impact</EM></A>, January 2021</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:34:12 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/sharpen-your-technical-skills-with-instructor-led-training/ba-p/1469348 KarinaUng 2021-09-07T22:34:12Z Greg Hurlman: Create inventive solutions with Microsoft Power Platform https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/greg-hurlman-create-inventive-solutions-with-microsoft-power/ba-p/1628152 <P><EM>This blog post is a follow-on to a three-part series exploring the many ways that Microsoft Power Platform empowers people with no coding experience to upskill and quickly learn how to create apps to solve business problems or local community issues. The cloud advocate featured in this post, Greg Hurlman, shows developers how using Microsoft Power Platform can empower them in new ways. He also works with nondeveloper creators who use Microsoft Power Platform to come up with inventive solutions. </EM><EM>To hear the other cloud advocates talk about their experience with Microsoft Power Platform, tune in to this </EM><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Digital Lifestyle podcast</EM></A><EM>.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When Dona Sarkar, lead for the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team, needed a developer advocate for the team, she looked for “one of the best people in the world at what they do.” She wanted someone who could show classic software developers how to do their job more efficiently and how to write and debug less code. She found that person in Greg Hurlman, who is now in customer engagement on the Microsoft Power Apps engineering team.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As Hurlman talked to customers trying to get Power Apps started in their organizations, he heard about Sarkar’s efforts. In fact, he even helped her when she had issues with her own environment as she was doing a demo. Sarkar saw firsthand how knowledgeable and helpful Hurlman was and how friendly and informative he was when he moderated Q&amp;As for different Microsoft Power Platform sessions. So when he asked her if there was anything else he could do to help, she told him she needed a cloud developer advocate. As Hurlman puts it, “If you’re going to volunteer to Dona that you’re going to help her do her work, she will volunteer you to do it.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>A career helping others use technology</H3> <P>As a support engineer and consultant, Hurlman has always helped customers solve their problems. As he puts it, “I’ve been keeping people from having to call IT for the past 20 years.” His consulting work allowed him to develop empathy for customers. Hurlman explains, “I met with a lot of end users of the folks that were going to use the applications that IT was having us build. I helped them figure out their requirements and how they were going to actually use it. I’ve done a lot of community work when I was in the SharePoint space. That gives me a more rounded outlook on how software gets built because I’ve actually talked to customers that build things.”</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H3>Reaching out to traditional developers</H3> <P>The message that Hurlman brings to the traditional developer community is simple—using Power Apps saves time and development effort. He points out, “At this point in my career, I’ve been coding forever but I will create an app with Power Apps first before I try to create anything with custom code—just because it’s so much faster and does so much of what you’re trying to do.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Hurlman has a lot of tips and tricks to show traditional developers how to create apps faster using Power Apps. He observes that there are two types of traditional developers—those who like building the user interface (UI) for the web (the front end) and those who like building the middle layer APIs that talk to databases (the back end). Typically, these developers can code for both the front end and the back end, but they have a preference. He uses an example, “If you’re a developer who only wants to work on the back end but you still need to work on the UI, you can use Power Apps to create that front end for you. You create your API, and you write a connector to it. Now the data through your API can get into that app super easily. The amount of time you can spend on the front end goes from weeks and months to days and weeks.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>He tells the story of a mobile developer who was introduced to Power Apps. “In the span of an hour, he was able to build an app that was actually useful, that you could run on your phone. It made him question why he would go through the rigamarole of doing things to create mobile apps the way you do as a professional developer when you’re getting 90 percent of everything you could get either out of the box or with just a little bit of tweaking with Power Apps.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Greg notes that Microsoft Certification can be a great career boost for developers who become Power Apps power users. To learn more about these developer certifications, check out the “Skill up with Microsoft Power Platform certification” section later in this post.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Reaching out to app creators</H3> <P>Then there’s <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lauren Taylor, an elementary school principal in Tacoma, Washington</A>, who uses Power Apps to help her run the school better. Her customers are her faculty. She created apps to help track student reading data, to have the teachers coordinate lesson plans, and more. Hurlman was struck by the fact that Taylor says that “she’s not an application developer—she’s an <EM>app creator</EM>.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To acknowledge these new skills, Hurlman points out that the cloud advocates are working on a fusion developer team learning path that walks through creating Microsoft Power Platform apps using both the traditional dev sensibility and the app maker approach. Hurlman marvels at the creativity of the app makers. “They will take one thing and use it the way you planned,” he states, “and then use it 10 more ways that you didn’t plan.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>A future full of opportunity</H3> <P>Sometimes these app creators attend Hurlman’s talks for developers on custom connectors or the Power App platform at (pre-COVID-19) in-person events. He explains, “Every single time there would be somebody who has never written traditional code who maybe created a few Power Apps or maker apps or used Power Apps with Power Automate, and so on. These folks didn’t understand the developer content, but they would come up to me after and say that they’re interested in learning more so they can take the next step in their career journey. They just need to pick up the development 101 stuff.” They’re eager to use Power Apps to enrich or advance their careers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Hurlman observes that there’s going to be a surge in the number of apps that need to be created in the next decade. He explains, “The amount of traditional developers we have to create those apps does not line up. We’re only going to be able to create a third of what we need. The other two-thirds are going to have to come from this maker space.” This means that there’s more than enough work for traditional developers and app makers who understand their organizations’ needs and who want to quickly create and iterate on apps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Skill up with Microsoft Power Platform certifications</H3> <P>Depending on your skill set, Hurlman recommends that you check out the certifications for Microsoft Power Platform developers. A Microsoft Certification signals that you have the skills that organizations are looking for when they hire and advance employees. And it can help open career doors for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re a maker and an app creator without a formal background in development, see whether your skills map to the requirements for passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker</A> for the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform App Maker Associate</A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Those with a more traditional development background and some experience with Microsoft Power Platform should take a look at the new Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate certification. To learn more, read our blog post,&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-microsoft-power-platform-developer-associate/ba-p/1469335" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New certification: Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate</A>.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And if you’re a traditional developer looking to showcase your consulting and configuration skills, explore the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate</A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Seasoned developers who have a lot of experience with Microsoft Power Platform should check out the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> certification. It’s a great way to signal that you’re ready to take your career further.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Helping developers discover their career paths</H3> <P>Hurlman is passionate about helping a wide variety of developers. He likes to surprise the traditional developers by showing them new ways they can save time and effort by incorporating Power Apps into their traditional tool set. Certifications can help them grow their careers. Plus, the inventive app creators have a special place for him because they, too, will be important to tomorrow’s workplace. It doesn’t matter what their backgrounds are—they can come to Power Apps and quickly build tools that make a difference for themselves and their organizations. Power Apps is a confidence builder, and Hurlman wants to spread the news that there are Power Apps development career paths available for people who love to create apps.</P> Sat, 01 May 2021 00:01:06 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/greg-hurlman-create-inventive-solutions-with-microsoft-power/ba-p/1628152 NancyTandy 2021-05-01T00:01:06Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-developer-associate/ba-p/2107663 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Posted originally May 20, 2020, and updated September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Whether you’re a professional developer or you write code for fun, developing with Microsoft Azure puts the latest cloud technology and best-in-class developer tools at your fingertips. You can even use your preferred language to build for the cloud. How do you prove to the world that you have these modern skills?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure Developer Associate</STRONG></A>&nbsp;certification validates that you have what it takes to design, build, test, and maintain cloud applications and services on Azure. You earn it by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure</STRONG></A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your responsibilities include all phases of cloud development—from requirements definition and design, to development, deployment, and maintenance, performance tuning, and monitoring—this is the certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</H3> <P>As a candidate for this certification, you should have one or two years of professional development experience, including experience with Azure. Other requirements include the ability to program in a language supported by Azure. Proficiency in Azure SDKs, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, data storage options, data connections, and APIs is also important, along with experience in app authentication and authorization, compute and container deployment, debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate</A>. You can also find it in the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A>&nbsp;on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure developers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Azure Developer certification journey.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308747i6512355FB6B63667/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Azure Developer certification journey.png" alt="Azure Developer certification journey.png" /></span></P> <P><EM>Azure Developer Associate certification journey</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on, review the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam AZ-204 skills outline guide</STRONG></A>&nbsp;on the exam page.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training, choose curated <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths for Exam AZ-204 on Microsoft Learn</STRONG></A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, <STRONG>choose instructor-led training</STRONG> from a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A>, the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Developer’s Guide to Azure</A>, or the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Architecture Center</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Then take a trial run with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Microsoft Official Practice Test AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure</STRONG></A>. All objectives of the exam are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out the many other certification opportunities. Want to add to your toolkit? Consider skilling up on AI apps or in DevOps.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note</STRONG>: Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <H3><BR /><SPAN>Celebrate your Azure talents with the world</SPAN></H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</LI> <LI>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the&nbsp;<STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG>&nbsp;section.&nbsp;<STRONG>Tip:</STRONG>&nbsp;We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3>Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Azure Developer Associate certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You can now renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is your certification expiring soon? Renew it for free today!</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Plus, effective June 2021, a certification is valid for one year from the date you earned it. This shift aligns with the rapid evolution of cloud technology and skills. Get more information in our blog post&nbsp;<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>As a developer, when you grow your Azure skills, you can take advantage of more than 200 services to build, deploy, and manage applications—in the cloud, on-premises, and at the edge—using the tools and frameworks of your choice. Earn your certification, and open up new possibilities for your career and for turning your ideas into solutions on Azure.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A><BR /><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-with-microsoft-certified-azure-fundamentals/ba-p/1650768" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics with Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 21:42:23 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-developer-associate/ba-p/2107663 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T21:42:23Z Announcing General Availability for Organizational Reporting https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/announcing-general-availability-for-organizational-reporting/ba-p/2194335 <P>As a team manager or training manager, you know how important it is to support your learners on their training and certification journeys. Professionals who offer technical training to students at schools, colleges, and universities also understand this critical need. A key part of that support is getting insight into the learners’ and students’ journeys and achievements: Which roles and technologies are they investing their skills on? Have they completed any learning paths? How many modules have they finished? When a manager or trainer knows the details of a learner’s learning and development progress, they can help fill training gaps, measure and visualize what success means—both to the learner and to the organization—encourage them along the way, and celebrate their achievements.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To address this need, we’re happy to announce the General Availability of Microsoft Learn Organizational Reporting.&nbsp;This valuable service offers enterprise customers, partners, and academic institutions the ability to view and report on Microsoft Learn training progress and achievements for individuals within their organization’s tenant. The data used from Azure Data Share will incur costs associated with data storage within your existing Microsoft Azure subscription, but no separate or additional billing will occur.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Reporting details</H2> <P>Managers and trainers can explore and report on many activities of their employees, including:</P> <UL> <LI>Microsoft Learn units and modules that are in progress and completed.</LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn learning paths completed.</LI> <LI>Badges, trophies, and experience points earned.</LI> <LI>Microsoft Certification (<EM>coming soon</EM>).</LI> </UL> <P>Please note that training service providers, like Learning Partners, can track <EM>their own employees’ progress</EM> but does not extend to accessing their clients’ learning specific data.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>How it works</H2> <P>The system uses Azure Data Share to extract, transform, and load (ETL) user progress data into data sets, which can then be processed further or displayed in visualization tools, like Power BI. You can store data sets to Azure Data Lake, Azure Blob Storage, Azure SQL Database, or Azure Synapse SQL Pool. And you can create and manage your data share with the Azure Data Share no-code UI.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>With Microsoft Learn Organizational Reporting, each user is assigned a unique object ID, and no personally identifiable information (PII) is stored in the data set. (Individuals can be identified by sending the object ID to the Microsoft Identity service.)</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>With this information, get the details on the number of users, most completed learning paths and modules, top users, completion rates (percentages), and more. And visualize the data in ways that support your learners and offer insight to your organization.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="organization reporting power bi1.jpg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/263981i61FCE95FC3B5A03E/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="organization reporting power bi1.jpg" alt="organization reporting power bi1.jpg" /></span></P> <P><EM>Figure 1. Sample Microsoft Learn Organizational Reporting in Power BI.</EM></P> <P><EM>&nbsp;</EM></P> <H2>Setting up</H2> <P>It’s very straightforward to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">set up an Azure Data Share</A> for Microsoft Learn Organizational Reporting. Use your Azure subscription and be sure your Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account is attached to your organization’s tenant, since Azure AD will need access to the tenant’s Azure portal.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Next steps</H2> <P>If you’re ready to support your learners on their training and certification journeys with this practical information, set up <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Organizational Reporting</A>. In just a few steps, you’ll have the details you need to keep current on what they’re learning and to visualize, report on, and celebrate their achievements. This service can give you deeper insight into your team’s progress to help reinforce training foundations and set them up for further success for specific job roles—a win-win for learners and organizations alike.</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:46:25 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/announcing-general-availability-for-organizational-reporting/ba-p/2194335 scottbur68 2021-09-07T22:46:25Z Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Beta Exam Now Available https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-power-platform-solution-architect-beta-exam-now/ba-p/2079595 <P>Do you have experience performing proactive and preventive work to increase the value of your customers’ investment? Are you able to identify opportunities to solve business problems? Do you promote organizational health in your engagements? If this describes you, why not start the path of earning the Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert certification?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To pursue this expert level certification, you must have experience leading successful implementations and an ability to focus on solutions that address the broader business and technical needs of an organization. You should have functional and technical knowledge of Microsoft Power Platform, Dynamics 365 customer engagement apps, related cloud solutions from Microsoft, and third-party technologies. In addition to having experience across Microsoft Power Platform, you should be able to facilitate design decisions across development, configuration, integration, infrastructure, security, availability, storage, and change management.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Are you ready for this beta exam? Can you:</P> <UL> <LI>Initiate solution planning and identify Microsoft Power Platform components?</LI> <LI>Identify organization information and metrics?</LI> <LI>Evaluate an organization’s enterprise architecture?</LI> <LI>Capture requirements and perform gap analysis?</LI> <LI>Architect a solution?</LI> <LI>Lead the design process, and use Power Automate in your automation strategy?</LI> <LI>Design integrations?</LI> <LI>Identify opportunities to integrate and extend Microsoft Power Platform solutions by using Azure?</LI> <LI>Design the data and security models?</LI> <LI>Validate the solution design?</LI> <LI>Support and troubleshoot the solution as it goes live?</LI> </UL> <P>If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions (or most of them), you may be ready to earn the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A> certification. It has one exam that is currently in beta: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PL-600: Power Platform Solution Architect</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the 80% discount*, use code PL600Sunny when prompted for payment.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>This is <STRONG>NOT </STRONG>a private access code. <STRONG>You can use this code to register for and take the exam on or before April 14, 2021.</STRONG></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>*The first 300 people who register can take these exams for an 80% discount!&nbsp;(<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why beta exams are no longer free</A>.) The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for the exam on or before <STRONG><EM>April 14, 2021</EM></STRONG>.<STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG>Take the exam as soon as possible, so we can leverage your comments, feedback,&nbsp;and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Preparing for Beta Exams</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PL-600 prep guide</A> and practice the skills listed.</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Find classroom and online training from Microsoft Learning Partners</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Explore free learning paths, courses, and hands-on learning on Microsoft Learn</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">blog post on preparing for beta exams</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>Taking a beta exam is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live.&nbsp;The rescore process starts on the day that exams go live, and final scores are released approximately 10 days later. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, see the blog posts <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Path from Beta Exam to Live Exam</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">More Tips About Beta Exams</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that&nbsp;there are some countries where the beta code will not work (including Turkey, Pakistan, India, and China). You will not be able to take the beta exam in those countries.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Also keep in mind that these exams are in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status after your exam is live.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements<BR /></STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Skill up and stand out, with new role-based training and certification!</A> <BR /><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New role-based certification and training is here, and we’re just getting started!</A> <BR /><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Catching up: continuing our journey with new role-based certifications and training</A></P> <P><SPAN><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-microsoft-power-platform-solution-architect/ba-p/1628149" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MB-600 Exam retiring</A></SPAN></P> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-power-platform-solution-architect-beta-exam-now/ba-p/2079595 Liberty Munson 2021-03-17T15:00:00Z New Microsoft Dynamics 365 learning paths and modules: February 2021 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-learning-paths-and-modules-february/ba-p/1633347 <P>We’re always adding to our training and certification portfolio, and now you can discover the new role-based learning paths and modules that we released last month on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. Look for new ways to build and deepen your skills and then validate them by earning certification. Check out our new Fraud Protection and Business Central learning paths. Plus, we have a couple of new Business Central modules—including one for developers who want to use Docker in their Business Central development process. This month, we also have two modules that explore upgrading from Dynamics AX 2012 to Finance and Operations apps—one compares the two technologies and one addresses migration. Work through these and other modules at your own pace. Using free, online training on Microsoft Learn, you can develop new skills to use on the job—and to show your employer that you’re ready to advance your career. If you need help figuring out which training to take, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 learning paths page</A>, where you’ll find useful collections, learning paths to get you started, and popular modules.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in February 2021.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Finance and Operations</H2> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Key differences between Dynamics AX 2012 and Finance and Operations apps</A></P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, administrator, solution architect, developer&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with the upgrade process from Dynamics AX 2012 to Finance and Operations apps&nbsp;</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, administrator, solution architect, developer&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Business Central</H2> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path/module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Receive and put-away items in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>Three modules</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Put items away in the warehouse in Dynamics 365 Business Central&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cross dock items in Dynamics 365 Business Central&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pick and ship items in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Three modules</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pick and ship items from the warehouse in Dynamics 365 Business Central&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ship cross-docked items in Dynamics 365 Business Central&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ship assemble-to-order items from the warehouse in Dynamics 365 Business Central&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use Docker in your Business Central development process&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Fraud Protection</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path/module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deploy and work with Loss Prevention for Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>Three modules</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, business user, solution architect, administrator&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Generate a Loss prevention report in Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>Module</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Functional consultant, business user&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="132"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> Tue, 09 Mar 2021 16:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-learning-paths-and-modules-february/ba-p/1633347 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-03-09T16:00:00Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-for-sap-workloads/ba-p/2189227 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>With SAP solutions on Microsoft Azure, organizations can unlock and implement important business strategies and accelerate innovation. With the scalability, flexibility, and cost savings of Azure, these solutions can help organizations drive better outcomes and gain real-time insights. As an architect or engineer specialized in Azure for SAP workloads, make the most of these opportunities and prove your expertise and worth with this certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty</STRONG></A> certification validates that you have extensive experience and knowledge of the SAP system landscape and industry standards that are specific to the long-term operation of an SAP solution on Azure. You earn this certification by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-120: Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your responsibilities include making recommendations on services and adjusting resources for optimal resiliency, performance, scale, provision, size, and monitoring, this could be the certification for you. Additionally, you partner with cloud administrators, cloud database administrators, and clients to implement solutions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</H3> <P>As a candidate for this certification, you should have extensive experience and knowledge of SAP applications, including SAP HANA, S/4HANA, SAP NetWeaver, SAP BW/4HANA, and OS servers for SAP applications and databases. You also need to be familiar with the Azure portal, Azure Resource Manager templates, operating systems, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, storage structures, high availability design, disaster recovery design, data protection concepts, and networking.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Candidates for this certification must have expert Azure administration and Azure solutions architect skills. Although it’s not required, we strongly recommend that you shore up your foundation with training in these areas. In fact, you might even consider earning the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Administrator Associate certification</A> and the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification</A>. For more details, check out our blog posts, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-administrator-associate/ba-p/2107661" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate</A> and <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-solutions-architect/ba-p/2147283" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect</A>. It would also be very helpful to have SAP HANA and Linux certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty</A>. You can also find it in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for professionals pursuing this specialty certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Azure for SAP Workloads certification journey.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308760iAE690A739AD115B3/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Azure for SAP Workloads certification journey.png" alt="Azure for SAP Workloads certification journey.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you, and then be sure your Azure administrative skills are up to date. To understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam AZ-120, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>skills outline guide</STRONG></A> on the exam page.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training, choose curated <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths on Microsoft Learn</STRONG></A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>. Take this practical course: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A> or the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Architecture Center</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out our many other <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">training and certification opportunities on Microsoft Learn</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note:</STRONG> Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Celebrate your Azure talents with the world</H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how:&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</LI> <LI>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the <STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG> section. <STRONG>Tip:</STRONG> We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <H3><BR />Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A>, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re ready to help your organization simplify and accelerate SAP migration, unlock new insights, and drive business value, earn your Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty certification. Not only can you help your business but also you can create new and better customer and employee experiences, as you bring the benefits of Azure to your SAP applications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-of-microsoft-azure-cloud-data-and-ai/ba-p/1644825" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics of Microsoft Azure—cloud, data, and AI</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:08:48 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-for-sap-workloads/ba-p/2189227 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T22:08:48Z Exciting learning news and opportunities at Microsoft Ignite, March 2-4 https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/exciting-learning-news-and-opportunities-at-microsoft-ignite/ba-p/1489680 <P>Tech capability is more crucial than ever in driving productivity, innovation, and growth. As we rise to meet each new technological challenge, our continued mission is to empower you with essential skills for digital transformation today and the future. At <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Ignite</A>, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, connect, and explore new tech. <STRONG>Register and join us today</STRONG> for a two-day digital experience and learn about our new training and certification announcements, along with engaging opportunities at the event’s Learning Zone.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Our commitment to closing the security skills gap</H2> <P>With complex cyberattacks increasing and more employees working remotely, the need for cybersecurity professionals is growing by the day. With the struggle to fill security skills gap, there’s an estimated global shortage of 3.5 million security professionals. To help close this gap, we’re dedicated to getting you up to speed on Microsoft security, compliance, and identity solutions with training and certifications on Microsoft Learn. And wherever you are with your learning journey, expand your knowledge and validate your skills with <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/introducing-microsoft-s-new-security-certifications/ba-p/2147106" target="_blank" rel="noopener">four new certifications</A>:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals.</STRONG> Validate your foundational understanding of security, compliance, and identity across cloud-based and related Microsoft services.</LI> <LI><STRONG><STRONG>Microsoft Certified: Information Protection Administrator Associate. </STRONG></STRONG>Prove your expertise in planning and implementing controls to meet organizational compliance needs.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate.</STRONG> Certify your knowledge of core identity governance principles and your ability to ensure a proper identity lifecycle.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Microsoft Certified: Security Operations Analyst Associate.</STRONG> Validate your skills in threat mitigation using Microsoft security, compliance, and identity solutions, in addition to performing proactive threat-hunting activities.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition, find relevant content based on your needs in the Microsoft Security Technical Content Library, and sign up for Microsoft Virtual Training Days – free in-depth virtual training events available in multiple languages and time zones. <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-security-and/microsoft-commitment-to-close-security-skills-gap/ba-p/2148074" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Learn more about these additional resources</A> to help you expand your knowledge and skills on security and compliance solutions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>New Windows Virtual Desktop specialty certification</H2> <P>Over the past year, we’ve witnessed a worldwide surge in the remote work economy, and organizations around the globe are looking for reliable productivity tools for their remote workers. Along with the burgeoning growth of remote work comes the urgent need and great demand for administrators with subject matter expertise in planning, delivering, and managing virtual desktop experiences and remote apps—for any device—on Azure. That’s why we’re excited to announce the release of a new certification to help validate those skills. <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn/get-ready-for-the-upcoming-windows-virtual-desktop-specialty/m-p/2160905" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get ready for the upcoming Microsoft Certified: Windows Virtual Desktop Specialty certification</A>, available at the end of March.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Certification renewal features are now available on Microsoft Learn</H2> <P>In December 2020, we shared our new approach to renewing role-based and specialty certifications for free on Microsoft Learn. We’re happy to announce that this feature is now available for 19 certifications, with more following shortly. If you have a certification that expires within six months, you can take a certification renewal assessment online—at no cost and on your schedule—and extend your certification for an additional year. <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Learn more about renewing your Microsoft Certification</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Get in the zone at Microsoft Ignite</H2> <P>Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned professional, you’ll find the perfect way to expand your digital toolkit in the Learning Zone at Microsoft Ignite. We’ve designed Learning Zone experiences for every learning style and skill level:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Cloud Skills Challenge.</STRONG> Self-starters will enjoy diving into this challenge, where you can learn and earn a free certification exam to help you validate your skills.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Learn LIVE.</STRONG> If hands-on learning is your preferred style, tap into these self-paced modules while you’re guided by subject matter experts.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Intro to Tech Skills.</STRONG> If you’re just getting started in a tech career or looking to make your next move in tech, you’ll feel right at home in these sessions. Build new skills using Microsoft technologies and get started on your chosen path to success.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Ask the Experts.</STRONG> During these Q&amp;A sessions, pick our experts’ brains about your specialty or role and their accompanying Microsoft Certifications.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Learn at Ignite. </STRONG>Continue learning with us after the event. Find your way to deeper content, training options, communities, and certification details across Microsoft cloud solutions from one place.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Now that you’ve learned about what we have in store for you, what are you waiting for? Register for Microsoft Ignite and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">join us today at the Learning Zone</A> so you can build your journey to having greater tech confidence.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:13:36 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/exciting-learning-news-and-opportunities-at-microsoft-ignite/ba-p/1489680 alexpayn 2021-03-02T15:13:36Z Introducing Microsoft’s New Security Certifications https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/introducing-microsoft-s-new-security-certifications/ba-p/2147106 <P>Microsoft is launching a new portfolio of security certifications! Help us launch these exams with style by taking them in beta and providing the feedback that we need to ensure they are of the highest quality. Here are the current options:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Exam SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst</H2> <P>Do you collaborate with organizational stakeholders to secure information technology systems for the organization and reduce organizational risk by rapidly remediating active attacks in the environment? Do you advise on improvements to threat protection practices and refer violations of organizational policies to appropriate stakeholders? Do you investigate, respond to, and hunt for threats using Microsoft Azure Sentinel, Azure Defender, Microsoft 365 Defender, and third-party security products?&nbsp; Welcome to the world of Security Operations Analyst. Learn more about this exam: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Exam SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator</H2> <P>Do you design, implement, and operate an organization’s identity and access management systems by using Azure AD?&nbsp; Do you manage tasks such as providing secure authentication and authorization access to enterprise applications? Do you troubleshoot, monitor, and report the identity and access environment? If so, you are the right person to be taking the new Microsoft Identity and Access exam. Learn more about the exam: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Exam SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator</H2> <P>Do you plan and implement controls that meet organizational compliance needs? Do you translate requirements and compliance controls into technical implementation and assist organizational control owners to become and stay compliant? &nbsp;Do you work with stakeholders to implement technology that supports policies and controls necessary to sufficiently address regulatory requirements for their organization? Do you define applicable requirements, test IT processes and operations against those policies and controls, and create policies and rules for content classification, data loss prevention, governance, and protection? If so, it sounds like you’re an Information Protection Administrator, and we need your help. Learn more about the exam: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2><SPAN>Exam SC-900: Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals</SPAN></H2> <P>Are you looking to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity (SCI) across cloud-based and related Microsoft services and demonstrate to others that you have that knowledge? Be one of the first to do just that by taking the new Microsoft Security Fundamentals exam while it’s in beta. Learn more about the exam: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SC-900: Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>To receive the 80% discount*, use the code below when prompted for payment.</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="82"> <P><STRONG>SC-200</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="328"> <P>Microsoft Security Operations Analyst</P> </TD> <TD width="206"> <P>SC200WATERLOO</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="82"> <P><STRONG>SC-300</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="328"> <P>Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="206"> <P>SC300VANDALIA</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="82"> <P><STRONG>SC-400</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="328"> <P>Microsoft Information Protection Administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="206"> <P>SC400EMPORIA</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="82"> <P><STRONG>SC-900</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="328"> <P>Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals</P> </TD> <TD width="206"> <P>SC900TUPELO</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P><EM>This is <STRONG>NOT </STRONG>a private access code. <STRONG>You can use this code to register for and take the exam on or before March 15, 2021.</STRONG></EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>*The first 300 people who register can take these exams for an 80% discount!&nbsp;(<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why beta exams are no longer free</A>.) The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for the exam on or before <STRONG><EM>March 15, 2021</EM></STRONG>.<STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG>Take the exam as soon as possible, so we can leverage your comments, feedback,&nbsp;and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Preparing for Beta Exams</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SC-200 prep guide</A> and practice the skills listed.</LI> <LI>Review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SC-300 prep guide</A> and practice the skills listed.</LI> <LI>Review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SC-400 prep guide</A> and practice the skills listed.</LI> <LI>Review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SC-900 prep guide</A> and practice the skills listed.</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Find classroom and online training from Microsoft Learning Partners</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Explore free learning paths, courses, and hands-on learning on Microsoft Learn</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">blog post on preparing for beta exams</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Taking a beta exam is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live.&nbsp;The rescore process starts on the day that exams go live, and final scores are released approximately 10 days later. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, see the blog posts <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Path from Beta Exam to Live Exam</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">More Tips About Beta Exams</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that&nbsp;there are some countries where the beta code will not work (including Turkey, Pakistan, India, and China). You will not be able to take the beta exam in those countries.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Also keep in mind that these exams are in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status after your exam is live.</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Answers to your questions</H2> <P><STRONG>Will these new certifications replace MS-500 or AZ-500 certification?</STRONG><BR />No, there is currently no plan to replace those certifications. The new certifications do not replace ALL the objective­s tested on the MS-500 or AZ-500 certification exams.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>I’ve been certified on the existing security certifications MS-500 “Microsoft 365 Security Administrator” or AZ-500 “Azure Security Engineer.” How are the new Security, Compliance, and Identity certifications different? </STRONG></P> <P>The new Security, Compliance, and Identity certifications are more focused on more discreet job roles.&nbsp; For example, whereas the Azure Security Engineer Associate (AZ-500) Microsoft 365 Security Administrator Associate (MS-500) certifications are composed of about 25% Identity and Access Management objectives, the new Identity and Access Administrator certification (exam SC-300) is entirely focused on identity and access management.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Another example – the Microsoft 365 Security Administrator Associate certification (exam MS-500) was composed of 15-20% information protection objectives, whereas the Information Protection Administrator Associate certification (exam SC-400) is entirely focused on those objectives.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements<BR /></STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Skill up and stand out, with new role-based training and certification!</A> <BR /><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New role-based certification and training is here, and we’re just getting started!</A> <BR /><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Catching up: continuing our journey with new role-based certifications and training</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Mon, 22 Mar 2021 20:25:18 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/introducing-microsoft-s-new-security-certifications/ba-p/2147106 Liberty Munson 2021-03-22T20:25:18Z Is your certification expiring soon? Renew it for free today! https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405 <P>We continue to advocate for our learners to have a <STRONG><EM>continuous learning mindset</EM></STRONG>. This key principle is critical because cloud technologies are rapidly changing and it’s important to keep your skills current. Plus, maintaining an active certification can validate your up-to-date knowledge and your ability to perform in the job role. A couple months ago, we <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">announced a new approach – free certification renewals</A> – to reduce stress, complexity, and cost of keeping your certifications active.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Today, we’re proud to announce that 19 certifications are now available to renew on Microsoft Learn, with additional certifications following shortly. Within six months of your role-based or specialty certification expiring, you’re eligible to renew it by passing an online assessment – at no cost and on your own schedule. If you’re within the eligibility window, visit your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A> to find more information about renewing your certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>How can you prepare?</H2> <P>To help you prepare for the certification renewal assessment, we offer a curated collection of bite-sized learning content aligned to each assessment, and you can access it at any time – even before you’re eligible to renew your certification. Completing the collection is optional but we highly recommend it, especially if you’re not familiar with the latest technology updates. To understand what the assessment might include, you can review the <STRONG>skills measured</STRONG> section on the renewal page specific to your certification. Based on your assessment performance, we’ll also curate a personalized collection of learning content for you to save so you can learn which topics you might need to spend more time on.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>When should you take the assessment?</H2> <P>Another key principle we’re adopting is to help learners keep their certification active with more <STRONG>flexibility and less friction</STRONG>. The eligibility window begins within six months before your certification expires, providing you the ability to complete the assessment online at a time that works best for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You may take the assessment as many times as you need to pass. If you don’t pass the first time, you may immediately attempt it again. After your second attempt, you must wait at least 24 hours before trying again. Keep in mind that you must pass the renewal assessment before your certification expires, otherwise the assessment will no longer be accessible and you’ll need to earn the certification again by passing the required exam (or exams). Be sure to factor this in as you plan to renew your certification. Note that the renewal assessment won't be available to you prior to your eligibility window, but the learning collection will always be available so you can continuously learn and keep your skills up to date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>What if you have multiple certifications? To avoid renewing your certifications in the same week or month, you’ll have the flexibility to stagger your renewal assessment time frames, thanks to the six-month eligibility window. We recommend that you review the expiration dates for all certifications you currently have and plan your renewal assessment cadence accordingly. For example, if you have three certifications expiring in December, your eligibility window for all three certifications begins in June. You may decide to spread out your workload by taking one renewal assessment in June, another in August, and the third in October.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>No matter when you pass the assessment, your certification will be extended by an additional year from its current expiration date. Note that if you have an expert-level certification for which an associate-level certification is a prerequisite, you only need to pass the assessment for the expert-level certification to renew it. Your associate-level certification needs to be renewed separately, and you need to follow the eligibility window based on when you earned that certification. In other words, you aren’t required to pass two renewal assessments to keep your expert-level certification active. If you choose to let your associate-level certification expire, you can keep your expert-level certification active by passing the renewal assessment for that certification only.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Exam updates and their impact on renewal</H2> <P>Renewal assessments are at the certification level and not for individual exams that lead up to the certification. Assessments are kept in sync with any changes made to the certification exams to help ensure that content and skills measured are aligned. If updates are made to the exam (or exams) that lead to a certification you already have, there’s no need to re-take the updated exam as changes will be reflected in the skills measured within the renewal assessment.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For example, if you earned a Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification by passing Exam AZ-103 initially, no action is required on your part to&nbsp;take the replacement Exam AZ-104. You only need to pass the certification renewal assessment to keep your certification active. If a certification retires altogether because the job role associated with it has evolved, the ability to renew the certification will no longer be available.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>What about newly released certifications?</H2> <P>As we continue to invest in new certifications, we’ll also release associated renewal assessments and collections of learning content approximately six months after the certification has been in market. Additionally, renewal assessments will be updated periodically to reflect changes to the technology that impact the job role. To keep your certifications active, be sure to pass the assessment every year before your certification expires.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Find details on how to <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">renew your Microsoft Certification</A>. We're excited to share the evolution of our certification program to help you validate your up-to-date skills with more flexibility while supporting you through your continuous learning journey.</P> Mon, 01 Mar 2021 23:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/is-your-certification-expiring-soon-renew-it-for-free-today/ba-p/2150405 Sudarshan 2021-03-01T23:00:00Z Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Customer Finance and Operations Apps Beta Exam Now Available https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-dynamics-365-fundamentals-customer-finance-and/ba-p/2079599 <P>As I mentioned in a previous blog, we have decided to split the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals exam into its core components—customer engagement apps and finance and operation apps. The second one, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MB-920: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Finance and Operations Apps (ERP)</A><SPAN>,</SPAN> is now in beta. This exam covers the features and capabilities of Dynamics 365 finance and operations apps. Candidates should have a fundamental understanding of financial principles and business operations.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When you successfully pass this exam, you will earn the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Finance and Operations Apps (ERP)</A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the 80% discount*, use code MB920LMhiking when prompted for payment.<STRONG><EM> You can use this code to register for and take the exam on or before March 26, 2021.</EM></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>This is <STRONG>NOT </STRONG>private access code. </EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>*The first 300 people who register can take these exams for an 80% discount!&nbsp;(<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why beta exams are no longer free</A>.) The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for the exam on or before <STRONG><EM>March 26, 2021</EM></STRONG>.<STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG>Take the exam as soon as possible, so we can leverage your comments, feedback,&nbsp;and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Preparing for Beta Exams</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MB-920 prep guide</A> and practice the skills listed.</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Find classroom and online training from Microsoft Learning Partners</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Explore free learning paths, courses, and hands-on learning on Microsoft Learn</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">blog post on preparing for beta exams</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>Taking a beta exam is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live.&nbsp;The rescore process starts on the day that exams go live, and final scores are released approximately 10 days later. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, see the blog posts <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Path from Beta Exam to Live Exam</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">More Tips About Beta Exams</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that&nbsp;there are some countries where the beta code will not work (including Turkey, Pakistan, India, and China). You will not be able to take the beta exam in those countries.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Also keep in mind that these exams are in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status after your exam is live.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements<BR /></STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Skill up and stand out, with new role-based training and certification!</A> <BR /><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New role-based certification and training is here, and we’re just getting started!</A> <BR /><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Catching up: continuing our journey with new role-based certifications and training</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/announcing-two-new-microsoft-dynamics-365-fundamentals/ba-p/1628148" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Announcing two new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals certifications!</A></P> Mon, 01 Mar 2021 15:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-dynamics-365-fundamentals-customer-finance-and/ba-p/2079599 Liberty Munson 2021-03-01T15:00:00Z Great news for Azure AI engineers: Exam AI-102 (beta) is here https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/great-news-for-azure-ai-engineers-exam-ai-102-beta-is-here/ba-p/2121850 <P>In a blog post earlier this year, I talked about how <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/we-re-taking-azure-certifications-for-data-and-ai-to-the-next/ba-p/1868370" target="_blank" rel="noopener">we’re taking Azure certifications for data and AI to the next level</A>. As part of that process, we’ve got great news for AI engineers. <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution (beta)</A> is here! It replaces Exam AI-100 (retiring on June 30, 2021). Exam AI-102 (beta) is the only exam required to earn an <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure AI Engineer Associate</A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Decide whether this the right certification for you</H2> <P>As an Azure AI engineer, you build, manage, and deploy AI solutions that leverage Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Cognitive Search, and Microsoft Bot Framework. And you participate in all phases of AI solutions development—from requirements definition and design to development, deployment, maintenance, performance tuning, and monitoring.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Your colleagues include solution architects, and you use your skills to translate their vision. You also work with data scientists, data engineers, IoT specialists, and AI developers to build complete end-to-end AI solutions. You’re proficient in C#, Python, or JavaScript. Plus, you can use REST-based APIs and SDKs to build computer vision, natural language processing, knowledge mining, and conversational AI solutions on Azure?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Does this describe your workday? If so, this certification—and the new beta exam—is for you!</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Prove your skills now</H2> <P>Take advantage of the limited-time discounted beta exam offer. <STRONG>The first 300 people who take Exam AI-102 (beta) on or before March 24, 2021, can get 80 percent off market price!</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code <STRONG>AI-102WINDSOR</STRONG>. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must <STRONG>take the exam on or before March 24, 2021</STRONG>. <EM>Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Get ready to take Exam AI-102 (beta):</P> <UL> <LI>Review the exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AI-102 skills outline document</A> alerts you to key topics covered.</LI> <LI>Explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure AI engineer content on Microsoft Learn</A>, which we’ve created to help you prepare.</LI> <LI>Want even more in-depth training? Connect with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> in your area about <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Course AI-102T00: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution</A>.</LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/just-how-does-one-prepare-for-beta-exams/ba-p/1469421" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Just How Does One Prepare for Beta Exams?</A></LI> </UL> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H2>Do you have questions? I’ve got answers</H2> <P><STRONG>What will happen to Exam AI-100? </STRONG>This exam retires on June 30, 2021. If you’ve already started preparing, you still have time to take it before that date.</P> <P>If you’re just beginning your exam prep, consider taking the new Exam AI-102 (beta) instead. To compare versions, check out the skills outlines.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>I already earned my Azure AI Engineer Associate certification. Can I renew it by passing the new Exam AI-102 (beta)? </STRONG>No. Starting in March 2021, to renew your certification, you need to pass a renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn. For more information, see <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A> and our FAQs, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renew your Microsoft Certification</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Can I take this exam online?</STRONG> Yes. Online delivered exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, check out my blog post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/online-proctored-exams-what-to-expect-and-how-to-prepare/ba-p/1469424" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>When will I get my exam results? </STRONG>The rescore process starts on the day an exam goes live, and final scores for beta exams are released approximately 10 days after that. For details on the timing of beta exam rescoring and results, read my post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/creating-high-quality-exams-the-path-from-beta-to-live/ba-p/1469422" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creating high-quality exams: The path from beta to live</A>. For more information, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to get started?</H2> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking Exam AI-102 (beta) on or before March 24, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Pass Exam AI-102 (beta), earn your certification, and prove you have the engineering skills required to build, manage, and deploy AI solutions on Azure.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-data-engineer-associate/ba-p/2096458" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/azure-data-engineers-exam-dp-203-beta-now-available/ba-p/2121832" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure data engineers: Exam DP-203 (beta) now available&nbsp;</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> Thu, 25 Feb 2021 16:25:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/great-news-for-azure-ai-engineers-exam-ai-102-beta-is-here/ba-p/2121850 Liberty Munson 2021-02-25T16:25:00Z Azure data engineers: Exam DP-203 (beta) now available https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/azure-data-engineers-exam-dp-203-beta-now-available/ba-p/2121832 <P>In my recent blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/we-re-taking-azure-certifications-for-data-and-ai-to-the-next/ba-p/1868370" target="_blank" rel="noopener">We’re taking Azure certifications for data and AI to the next level</A>, I shared exciting news. Today, I’m happy to announce that the new exam I talked about in that post, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam DP-203: Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure (beta)</A>, is now available. It’s the only requirement to earn the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate</A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Exam DP-203 (beta) replaces both Exam DP-200 and Exam DP-201, which will retire on June 30, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Is this the right certification for you?</H2> <P>The&nbsp;Azure Data Engineer Associate&nbsp;certification is for candidates who have subject matter expertise in integrating, transforming, and consolidating data from various structured and unstructured data systems into structures that are suitable for building analytics solutions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In this role, you help stakeholders understand the data, and you use different tools and techniques to explore, build, and maintain secure and compliant data processing pipelines. To store and produce cleansed and enhanced datasets for analysis, you use various Azure data services and languages. As an Azure data engineer, you also help ensure that data pipelines and stores are high-performing, efficient, organized, and reliable, given a specific set of business requirements and constraints. You deal with unanticipated issues swiftly, and you minimize data loss. You also design, implement, monitor, and optimize data platforms to meet the data pipeline needs.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Candidates must have solid knowledge of data processing languages, such as SQL, Python, or Scala, and they need to understand parallel processing and data architecture patterns. Does this sound like you?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to prove your skills?</H2> <P>Take advantage of the limited-time discounted beta exam offer. <STRONG>The first 300 people who take Exam DP-203 (beta) on or before March 24, 2021, can get 80 percent off market price!</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code <STRONG>DP203CARLISLE</STRONG>. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must <STRONG>take the exam on or before March 24, 2021</STRONG>. <EM>Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Get ready to take Exam DP-203 (beta):</P> <UL> <LI>Review the exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam DP-203 skills outline document</A> alerts you to key topics covered.</LI> <LI>Explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure data engineer content on Microsoft Learn</A>, which we’ve created to help you prepare.</LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/just-how-does-one-prepare-for-beta-exams/ba-p/1469421" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Just How Does One Prepare for Beta Exams?</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Do you have questions? I’ve got answers</H2> <P><STRONG>What will happen to Exams DP-200 and DP-201? </STRONG>Both exams retire on June 30, 2021. If you’ve already taken one of them, you still have time to complete your journey and take the other one before they retire on June 30, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re just beginning your exam prep, consider taking the new Exam DP-203 (beta) instead. To compare versions, check out the skills outlines.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Can I renew the Azure Data Engineer Associate certification I already earned, by passing the new&nbsp; Exam DP-203 (beta)? </STRONG>No. Starting in March 2021, to renew your certification, you need to pass a renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn. For more information, see <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A> and our FAQs, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renew your Microsoft Certification</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Can I take this exam online?</STRONG> Yes. Online delivered exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, check out my blog post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/online-proctored-exams-what-to-expect-and-how-to-prepare/ba-p/1469424" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>When will I get my exam results? </STRONG>The rescore process starts on the day an exam goes live, and final scores for beta exams are released approximately 10 days after that. For details on the timing of beta exam rescoring and results, read my post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/creating-high-quality-exams-the-path-from-beta-to-live/ba-p/1469422" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creating high-quality exams: The path from beta to live</A>. For more information, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Ready to get started?</H2> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking Exam DP-203 (beta) on or before March 24, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Pass Exam DP-203 (beta), earn your certification, and prove you have the data engineering skills required to build analytics solutions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements<BR /></STRONG><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-ai-engineer-associate/ba-p/2080078" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate</A>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/great-news-for-azure-ai-engineers-exam-ai-102-beta-is-here/ba-p/2121850" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Great news for Azure AI engineers: Exam AI-102 (beta) is here</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 25 Feb 2021 16:25:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/azure-data-engineers-exam-dp-203-beta-now-available/ba-p/2121832 Liberty Munson 2021-02-25T16:25:00Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-data-engineer-associate/ba-p/2096458 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In today’s fast-paced business environment, agility requires seamless data collaboration across the organization—and data engineers are key to an organization’s success. These professionals know that cloud analytics is a critical first step to resilient business transformation, and they spend their days unlocking data and putting it to work for key insights and ground-breaking value. If you have these skills and want to prove them, check out this certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure Data Engineer Associate</STRONG></A>&nbsp;certification validates your ability to integrate, transform, and consolidate data from various systems into structures that are suitable for building analytics solutions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You earn the certification by passing the newly available <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam DP-203: Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure</A>, which is replacing both <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution</A>. Data expertise is essential to the digital revolution, and the updated exam better aligns to the evolving skills of real-world data engineer roles.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re just beginning your exam prep, the new exam is your best path. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/we-re-taking-azure-certifications-for-data-and-ai-to-the-next/ba-p/1868370" target="_blank" rel="noopener">We’re taking Azure certifications for data and AI to the next level</A>. (Note: Passing either the first set of exams or the new exam will earn you the certification. If you’ve been preparing for Exam DP-200 and Exam DP-201, you still have time to take them before they retire on June 30, 2021.)</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</H3> <P>Azure data engineers explore and investigate specific data questions posed by stakeholders, and they build and maintain secure and compliant processing pipelines by using different tools and techniques. These professionals use various Azure data services and languages to store and produce cleansed and enhanced datasets for analysis.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Data engineers help ensure that data pipelines and stores are high-performing, efficient, organized, and reliable, given a specific set of business requirements and constraints. They deal with unanticipated issues swiftly, and they minimize data loss. They also design, implement, monitor, and optimize platforms to meet the pipeline needs.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>These professionals must have solid knowledge of data processing languages, such as SQL, Python, or Scala, and they need to understand parallel processing and data architecture patterns..</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic,&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate</A>. You can also find it in the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A>&nbsp;on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure data engineers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Azure Data Engineer certfication journey v2.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308748i49CFE27DA22CC36F/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Azure Data Engineer certfication journey v2.png" alt="Azure Data Engineer certfication journey v2.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on, review the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam DP-203 skills outline guide</A>&nbsp;on the exam page.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training on the new exam, choose curated&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths for Exam DP-203 on Microsoft Learn</STRONG></A>. To continue your preparation for the old exams, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">learning paths for Exams DP-200 and DP-201</A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose&nbsp;<STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG>&nbsp;from a&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>. For the new exam, a helpful course, Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure, is coming soon. (For the old exams, you can take <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Implementing an Azure Data Solution</A> or <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designing an Azure Data Solution</A>.)</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A> or the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Architecture Center</A>. Don’t miss the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Data Exposed</EM>&nbsp;show on Channel 9</A>, which explores everything about data—relational and non-relational, on-premises and in the cloud, big and small.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Then take a trial run with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution</A> or <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution</A>. All objectives of the exam are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out the many other training and certification opportunities. Want to increase your knowledge and experience around Azure data engineering? Consider taking additional self-paced learning, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Migrate data to Azure</A>, or more in-depth instructor-led training, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Migrate Open Source Data Workloads to Azure</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note:</STRONG>&nbsp;Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Celebrate your Azure talents with the world</H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A><SPAN>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the <STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG> section. <STRONG>Tip:</STRONG> We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Azure Data Engineer Associate certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A>, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Many organizations today have petabytes of data, and analytics and AI play pivotal roles in putting this data to work—as do data engineers. These professionals work with data from many sources, and they know how to do this quickly and securely to deliver cost savings, new insights, improved business processes, and ground-breaking value. Ready to prove your worth to your team—and to current and future employers? Roll up your sleeves, and get started earning your Azure Data Engineer certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-of-microsoft-azure-cloud-data-and-ai/ba-p/1644825" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics of Microsoft Azure - cloud, data, and AI</A></P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 21:45:15 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-data-engineer-associate/ba-p/2096458 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T21:45:15Z What does it all mean? Defining key certification concepts https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/what-does-it-all-mean-defining-key-certification-concepts/ba-p/2103639 <P>The world of certifications, exams, and assessments is a complicated one. Added to that, many of the words that we use in the certification industry have very specific meanings that may not align to their common, everyday usage. I know this can be confusing and challenging to keep everything straight if you’re not immersed in this every day, and even when you are—see, for example, my team, even makes mistakes and I often have to correct them. So, I thought it would be helpful to define and explain some of the most misused or misunderstood terms. What makes something a certification vs. a certificate?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A <STRONG>certification</STRONG> is an independent evaluation of knowledge and/or skills. This means that it doesn’t matter how you got the skills, only that you have them. This is important because you can earn a certification without taking training or learning. If you already have the knowledge, skills, and abilities being assessed, you don’t need the training, and we shouldn’t require it to earn a certification. From a psychometric perspective, the hallmarks of a quality certification are:</P> <UL> <LI>We have confirmed that you are who you say you are (identity verification),</LI> <LI>We have ensured that the person who submitted the work is the person who did the work (proctoring),</LI> <LI>Passing the exam does not require taking a prescribed learning path, and most important from my perspective,</LI> <LI>We have ensured that the evaluation process is psychometrically sound.</LI> </UL> <P>By psychometrically sound, I mean that the evaluation is<SPAN>:</SPAN></P> <UL> <LI>Valid (measuring what it’s supposed to be measuring and not something that is irrelevant (like test taking ability) to the content domain),</LI> <LI>Reliable (repeated measurements yield the same results all things being equal (if you don’t change your test preparation strategies, odds are you’ll get the same score each time you take the exam), and</LI> <LI>Fair (all test takers are treated the same or have the same opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills).</LI> </UL> <P>In addition, as an organization employing certification holders, you should also consider<A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftn1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftnref1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A>:</P> <UL> <LI>Is the certification program from a significant provider of your IT infrastructure?</LI> <LI>Is the certification program aligned to roles that are relevant to your organization's current and future requirements?</LI> <LI>Are the skills represented by the certification program evolving with the technology?</LI> </UL> <P>A <STRONG>certificate</STRONG> is the artifact that you receive after earning a certification. To complicate things a bit, in the world of exams, assessments, and tests, you can also earn an <STRONG>assessment-based certificate</STRONG>. These are based on training; in other words, you will most likely need to take the training in order to pass the assessment as many of the questions will be specific to that learning opportunity.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We distinguish an <STRONG>exam</STRONG>, which is tied to a certification, from an <STRONG>assessment</STRONG>, which is linked to training, for this very reason. If you take an exam, it’s an independent evaluation of skills; if you take an assessment, it often is not. Because we are providing a customized learning path specific to the new skills as part of our certification renewal process, I fought hard that the evaluation at the end be called an “assessment” rather than an “exam.” Although you won’t find the exact answer to the questions in the learning materials, we have designed the learning materials in a way that provides a very targeted means to prepare for the assessment. While you don’t need to complete the learning materials to take the renewal assessment, the modules included are focused on what is covered by the assessment and doing so will certainly increase the odds that you pass it.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Confused by these distinctions? You’re not the only one. Check out these great resources that do an excellent job of differentiating the different types of credentials in the marketplace:</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Differing Types of Workplace Credentials - YouTube</A></P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Accreditation Type Chart One-Pager (workcred.org)</A></P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Certification-related</H2> <P>Now, that you have a better understanding of what makes something a certification, let’s look at a few certification-related terms and how Microsoft defines them.</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Active certification:</STRONG> A certification that you have earned that has not expired. This is in contrast to an ‘<STRONG>inactive certification</STRONG>,’ which is one that has expired or no longer has value in the industry.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Certification dashboard: </STRONG>Your “one stop shop” for everything related to your active and past certifications and certification exams. You will also find links to help you register for exams as well as view or download badges, certificates, and transcripts of your certification accomplishments.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Certification history:&nbsp;</STRONG>Two years after a certification retires, it will move to the "Certification History" section of your transcript. Any certifications that have expired will also move to this section of your transcript.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Certification renewal (renew):</STRONG> If your certification is still active, you can renew it and thus, extend the expiration date. If you do not renew your certification, it will expire and become inactive. Once it expires, you will need to re-earn the certification by completing the certification requirements as if you were starting over. <UL> <LI><STRONG>Certification renewal assessment: </STRONG>The set of items that you must complete and pass to demonstrate your ongoing competence to extend the expiration date of your certification.</LI> </UL> </LI> <LI><STRONG>Certification expiration date:</STRONG> The date after which your certification will no longer be active, meaning that you have not revalidated your ongoing competency and skills in the job role or specialty. If your certification expires, you must re-earn it.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Fundamentals:</STRONG> Earning a fundamentals certification validates your foundational understanding with mixed concepts and applied learning of Microsoft technologies.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Recertification:</STRONG> Re-earning the certification as if you are starting from scratch. <UL> <LI>Note that Microsoft’s use of “recertification” is a bit different from many other certification programs because our candidates find it confusing to differentiate renewing a certification from having it expire and having to re-earn it. If you renew it, you have not let it expire; if you recertify, you have and must re-earn it.</LI> </UL> </LI> <LI><STRONG>Role-based:</STRONG> Our certifications are aligned with industry leading cloud-based job roles. Earning one of our role-based certifications demonstrates that you have the key knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform in that job role using Microsoft platforms and technologies.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Retired certification:</STRONG> The certification can no longer be earned. This typically follows the retirement of the associated exams.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Specialty: </STRONG>Earning a specialty certification validates deep technical skills and ability managing industry solutions, including third party solutions, on or with Microsoft platforms and technologies.</LI> </UL> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2><SPAN>Exam-related </SPAN></H2> <P>Remember, to earn a certification, you must pass one or more exams. Here are some common exam-related words and how Microsoft defines them:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Item:</STRONG> A question on an exam; these can take many forms from multiple choice to drag and drop to active screen to labs (we don’t call them ‘questions’ because they may not always take the form of question).</LI> <LI><STRONG>Exam:</STRONG> A set of items that you must answer in a specified period of time in a secure environment after proving your identity. You must pass one or more exams to earn a certification. Exams do NOT expire, but they do, however, retire. Retired exams can only be used for one year after they retire to meet certification requirements. <UL> <LI><STRONG>Beta exam:</STRONG> The first release of an exam that is designed to get psychometric information on each of the items, so we truly understand how an item works in an exam-like situation. No matter how good an item is on paper, there are always issues that reveal themselves during the beta process that no one could have predicted otherwise. To learn more about beta exams, visit: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">About Microsoft Certification exams | Microsoft Docs</A>.</LI> </UL> </LI> <LI><STRONG>JTA (Job task analysis):</STRONG> The detailed process of outlining all knowledge, skills, and abilities that are needed to be successful in a given job role, specialty, or content area. This can take on many different names depending on a certification program’s goals (e.g., competency analysis, practice analysis, task analysis, etc.), and although the output will be different, the process of how you get to that end point is fundamentally the same… so this process can be (and is used) even if the certification, exam, or assessment is not strictly a job role.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Live exam: </STRONG>The version of the exam that results in near immediate scores when someone takes it. This version has incorporated all of the beta feedback and remains available until the exam retires.</LI> <LI><STRONG>OD (Objective domain): </STRONG>The list of knowledge domains, skills, or tasks that are covered by the exam. This is a subset of what was identified in the JTA. <UL> <LI><STRONG>Skills outline document:</STRONG> Based on the OD, it defines the target audience and lists the knowledge, skills, or abilities that will be assessed on the exam.</LI> </UL> </LI> <LI><STRONG>Retired exam:</STRONG> The exam can no longer be taken, but if the exam is one of several certification requirements, it can be used to fulfill the certification requirements for up to one year after it retires. For example, MB-200 is used as one requirement in several functional consultant job role certifications in Dynamics 365. That exam is being replaced by PL-200. However, if you have passed MB-200, you can use this exam to meet the requirements for those functional consultant job role certifications for up to one year after it retires… so if you have passed MB-200, be sure to pass the other exam in your certification path within that year so you don’t have to pass PL-200 to meet the requirement. This is confusing, so I’m hoping the two tables below will help clarify how this works:</LI> </UL> <TABLE width="582"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="145"> <P><STRONG>On or before December 31, 2020:</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="145"> <P><STRONG>On or before December 31, 2021:</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="291"> <P><STRONG>Result:</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="145"> <P><STRONG>Passed MB-200</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="145"> <P>Pass MB-210, 220, 230, or 240</P> </TD> <TD width="291"> <P>Earn the associated functional consultant job role certification</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE width="582"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="145"> <P><STRONG>On or before December 31, 2020:</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="145"> <P><STRONG>On or after January 1, 2022:</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="291"> <P><STRONG>Result</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="145"> <P><STRONG>Passed MB-200</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="145"> <P>Pass MB-210, 220, 230, or 240</P> </TD> <TD width="291"> <P>You will need to pass PL-200 to earn the associated functional consultant job role certification</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Learning/Training-related</H2> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Continuous learning: </STRONG>What you should be doing every day! With the pace of change in technology and the daily growth of new information, to remain successful, you must continue to learn. Invest in yourself by completing a self-paced learning path on Microsoft Learn or taking a course through one of our Learning Partners.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Instructor-led training (ILT): </STRONG>In-depth structured training courses facilitated by an instructor. They include hands-on elements, are based on Microsoft Official Courses, and provide more personalized attention and support in the areas where you need it most through your interactions with the instructor. Most ILT courses are multiple days.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Learner:</STRONG> You!</LI> <LI><STRONG>Learning Partners:</STRONG> Training organizations around the globe that have met minimum program requirements to be able to publicly teach Microsoft-developed training content via Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). More information on Learning Partners and the markets they serve can be found <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</A>.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Learning path:</STRONG> Learning paths on Microsoft Learn are collections of learning modules that are organized around specific roles (like developer, architect, or system admin) or technologies (e.g., Azure Web Apps, Power BI). When you finish a learning path, you've gained a new understanding of different aspects of the technology or role you're studying. You also earn a trophy!</LI> <LI><STRONG>MCTs (Microsoft Certified Trainers):</STRONG> Our premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies who lead ILT courses provided through Learning Partners; some are free-lance while others are employed by Learning Partners. Because they have completed rigorous training and have met stringent technical certification requirements, they are the only instructors qualified to deliver Microsoft Official Courses. Learn more about the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MCT program</A>.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Module:</STRONG> Modules on Microsoft Learn are the building blocks of the learning experience. Think of a module as a course that contains a collection of related units, such as videos, labs, and articles. When you finish a module, you've gained a new skill that relates to your role and target technology. You also get a badge!</LI> <LI><STRONG>Microsoft Learn: </STRONG>Microsoft Learn is the place to start and customize your learning journey with up-to-date content developed by experts and a variety of resources. Choose from free self-paced learning, instructor-led training, and certifications, covering existing and newly released Microsoft technologies. Learn more in this&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">video</A>.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Sandbox:</STRONG> The Microsoft Learn sandbox is a free environment you can use to explore Azure through Microsoft Learn content. It‘s a temporary subscription that's added to your account which allows you to create resources for the duration of a module. Microsoft Learn automatically cleans up the temporary resources for you after you've completed the module.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Training:</STRONG> Designed to help those who want to acquire a new skill, chase a new career path, and stay up to date on the latest technological advances.</LI> </UL> <P>Are there other terms that you don’t understand or are confused about? Let me know. I’m happy to clear up what I can.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=#_ftnref1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" name="_ftn1"><SPAN>[1]</SPAN></A> Source: IDC white paper, sponsored by Microsoft,&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Benefits of Role-Based Certifications</EM></A>, June 2020, #US46572820</P> Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:25:38 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/what-does-it-all-mean-defining-key-certification-concepts/ba-p/2103639 Liberty Munson 2021-02-19T19:25:38Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-solutions-architect/ba-p/2147283 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Update September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>How do organizations today balance risk, cost, and capabilities—while continuing to deliver business value? The cloud can address all of these issues, and it has transformed the way businesses solve their technology challenges. Microsoft Azure solutions architects are the key to implementing cloud architecture, using resources efficiently, and maintaining security—whether migrating an existing system to the cloud or building a new one.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure Solutions Architect Expert</STRONG></A> certification validates that you have what it takes to design and implement solutions that run on Azure, including aspects like compute, network, storage, and security. You earn this certification by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your responsibilities include advising stakeholders and translating business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable cloud solutions—especially if you partner with cloud administrators, cloud database administrators, and clients to implement solutions—this could be the certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</H3> <P>As a candidate for this expert-level certification, an Azure solutions architect has the skills to design end-to-end solutions for Azure, considering infrastructure, apps, data, security, and more. Since it’s the most comprehensive certification, it’s suitable for IT pros, developers, and data professionals. If your experience is on the infrastructure side, you might need to reinforce your apps and data design and architecture skills. If you’re coming from the developer side, be sure to reinforce your Azure administration skills. And all candidates need to be experts in DevOps processes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When you’re skilled up and confident in your administration and developer foundations, combine them with your advanced experience and knowledge of IT operations. These include networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance. And you should know how to manage the way that decisions in each area affect an overall solution.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert</A>. You can also find it in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure solutions architects.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Azure Solutions Architect certification journey.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308752iFED64E93CFE5A0FF/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Azure Solutions Architect certification journey.png" alt="Azure Solutions Architect certification journey.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you, and then make sure your administration and development skills are up to date. To understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam AZ-303 and Exam AZ-304, review the <STRONG>skills outline guides </STRONG>for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-303</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-304</A> on the exam pages.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training, choose curated <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths on Microsoft Learn</STRONG></A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>. Consider taking a course, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Azure Technologies for AWS Architects</A>, or <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Azure Architect Design</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">Then take a trial run with the </SPAN><A style="font-family: inherit; background-color: #ffffff;" href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test for AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies</A><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;"> and the </SPAN><A style="font-family: inherit; background-color: #ffffff;" href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test for AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design</A><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">. All objectives of the exams are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A> or the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Architecture Center</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out the many other certification opportunities. Want to add to your Azure knowledge? Explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note:</STRONG> Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Celebrate your Azure talents with the world</H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how:&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</LI> <LI>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the <STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG> section. <STRONG>Tip:</STRONG> We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</LI> </UL> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3>Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A>, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In modern business, the cloud is definitely here to stay. Be future-ready! Validate your skills and experience as an Azure solutions architect expert by earning your certification. Then apply key principles and best practices to your cloud solutions to meet your organization’s needs. Prove your worth to your team and company by designing, building, and continuously improving secure, reliable, efficient, and scalable architecture on Azure—today and in the future.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-of-microsoft-azure-cloud-data-and-ai/ba-p/1644825" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics of Microsoft Azure—cloud, data, and AI</A></P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:00:56 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-solutions-architect/ba-p/2147283 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T22:00:56Z Invest in training and certification for your company’s success https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/invest-in-training-and-certification-for-your-company-s-success/ba-p/1628151 <H3>Imagine <EM>not</EM> doing so and your employees stay, say HSO managers</H3> <P><EM>This post is based on a conversation with four people at HSO: </EM><SPAN><EM>Henk-Jan Brommer, Manager HSO Academy, which is Netherlands-based with a global reach; </EM></SPAN><SPAN><EM>Rebecca Fox, Learning and Development Manager, HSO UK; Kristen Ramerini, Vice President, Human Resources, HSO US; and Kevin Moore, Human Resources Director, HSO Germany. In a spirit of collaboration, they stepped out of their daily tasks to reflect together on the challenges and achievements of the company’s journey to making training and certification integral to its organization, and they blended their voices into one representing the company’s passion and commitment.</EM></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Upskilling workers for the digital transformation of business is a necessity today. <SPAN>HSO, a global solution integrator with a hands-on attitude that facilitates companies’ digital transformation, knows this well, and it has established programs and processes to encourage and support tech learning. T</SPAN>raining and certification in tech skills are integral to its success strategy—for its customers, its employees, and itself.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Founded in 1989, HSO built a </SPAN>track record helping enterprise systems adopt and use smart technology systems to empower their employees and become more efficient. In 2002, it moved to Microsoft Business Applications, first<SPAN> as a Dynamics ERP implementation partner and then adding Dynamics CRM, Analytics, Azure, Modern Workplace, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Power Platform. Over the years, it has earned many gold and silver Microsoft awards, and it’s been an Inner Circle Partner for more than 10 years. In 2020, </SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HSO won the Microsoft Partner of the Year award</A> in the “Modernize Finance and Operations” category, and it was a finalist for Microsoft Partner of the Year in “Connected Field Service.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="HSOMSFT_2020_POTYA_Dark.jpg" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/254314i5DF5678DD9391E9D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="HSOMSFT_2020_POTYA_Dark.jpg" alt="HSOMSFT_2020_POTYA_Dark.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>To provide its customers with the best service, the company is committed to a “hands-on attitude.” Its consultants, who operate out of 27 offices around the world, are </SPAN>experienced solution architects and trusted advisors for enterprise clients across Dynamics 365 and other Microsoft platform <SPAN>technologies. Experts who specialize in global implementations, they </SPAN><SPAN>work “up close and personal” with companies in a year-long dynamic process of analysis and design, matching the company’s business processes to Microsoft technologies, training the company to use the technologies, and supporting the implementation. </SPAN>That means HSO consultants <SPAN>need to know not just the customer but also which technologies will help that customer. In other words, they need soft skills <EM>and</EM> hard (or application) skills. “</SPAN><EM>That’s</EM> why the company is committed to effective training <EM>and certification</EM> for <EM>all </EM>its consultants,” HSO managers say, “why we’re so passionate about it. By training our people effectively and supporting their technical knowledge with soft skills, we ensure that we have the best people to help our customers.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>A program and corporate academy to train and certify <EM>all </EM>employees</H3> <P><SPAN>That commitment to training <EM>and certification</EM> is real. The company has always had a strong culture of learning and development. But, although its consultants always had the technical knowledge they needed for their work, they didn’t always get officially certified. Over the years, however, more and more customers requested that the HSO consultants working with them be certified. So, in 2019, when </SPAN>Microsoft initiated role-based certifications, HSO started a program to get every employee certified in Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform. Before this, many HSO<SPAN> consultants were getting certified in Dynamics 365, but there was no company policy supporting certification. After 2019, the company added certification as a primary focus alongside training. This is supported by its own corporate academy, HSO Academy, which was established in 2014, providing </SPAN>all employees with training and support for certification so they “are able to work for HSO with pleasure and with the right knowledge.”</P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>The program and Academy</SPAN> started with the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 Fundamentals</A> certification. The biggest challenge with that first wave of company-wide fundamentals certification, the managers say, was streamlining the training and certification for such a large number of people—more than a thousand. At one point, HSO Academy was delivering a Dynamics 365 Fundamentals training nearly every day of the week.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As Microsoft continued to update and add new certifications in Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform, HSO followed suit. For example, the company will be supporting the two new Dynamics 365 fundamentals certifications that in February 2021 will replace the Dynamics 365 Fundamentals certification it taught in its first certification push: one in <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Customer Engagement Apps (CRM)</A> and one in <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finance and Operations Apps (ERP)</A>. For all of its training, it uses the learning material on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>, plus Microsoft Official Curriculum. To this it adds its own training in soft business skills, including communication, handling different situations, and being a role model.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>HSO intentionally incorporates training and support for certification for <EM>all</EM> its employees—all the way from consultants to noncustomer-facing employees and from new hires to experienced consultants.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H3>Masterclass for young professionals and onboarding for all new hires</H3> <P>As part of HSO Academy, HSO offers a five-week training program for every young professional who is new to HSO: the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Masterclass</A>.&nbsp;The Masterclass, led by Henk-Jan Brommer, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), quickly prepares trainees for their role at HSO—from consultancy skills to application skills in the context of the digital transformation of business. "Even if they don't have an IT background,” Brommer says, “we make sure they're prepped for their first assignment with the customer in five weeks. Specifically, we train them in our <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HSO-led Dynamics 365</A>&nbsp;and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HSO-led Power BI</A> courses, with the goal of earning Microsoft Certification in&nbsp;Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations or&nbsp;Dynamics 365&nbsp;Customer Engagement by the end of the class. After a year, they’ve often earned two or more additional certifications.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The practical examples and situations of the Masterclass keep the training hands-on rather than theoretical, and they help stimulate group dynamics. An added value to the Masterclass, Brommer notes, is that participants come from all over the world. In the process of learning together, they form “friendships for life” that carry over into their later work for the company’s customers, because they can more easily share their knowledge and experience with one another. This bond is nurtured after the Masterclass ends, when participants are placed on a team that works with a mentor or senior consultant on a client project, with the aim of running a client project as an independent junior consultant by the end of one year.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>All </EM>new hires—junior or senior, tech-experienced or not—are encouraged and supported to get trained and certified. “In Germany, for example,” Moore explains, “HSO has an onboarding program in which we look at new hires’ career level and experience and determine with them which certifications they have to do, at which level.” Then, in the first six months, in addition to having a mentor, they have two or three meetings with HR to make sure they’re getting what they need, to see whether there are any roadblocks. “We want to make sure the people we hire are successful, that they’re growing, not stagnating,” the managers point out. “<SPAN>Competence leads to confidence. When people have knowledge, the skills they need, they’re better able to work independently and think outside the box. They can be creative and ask, <EM>How can I use Microsoft Power Platform to solve this problem?</EM> <EM>How can I make this solution work better?</EM> They have fun in their projects, and when you have fun, you have more success.”</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Investing in people</H3> <P><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">The company’s commitment to training and certification is appreciated by HSO’s customers, and it has also resulted in greater acknowledgement and deeper partnership with Microsoft. But </SPAN><SPAN style="font-family: inherit;">it’s much more than that, these managers say. For HSO, training and certification are “a way of investing in people.” When a person leaves the company, they take their knowledge, experience, and certifications with them. This doesn’t hold HSO back, however, because “the skills and knowledge of our employees are what differentiate us from the competition.”</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>“</SPAN>For our HSO employees, as well as for candidates during the recruiting process, one of the major factors in choosing HSO and remaining loyal to the company is our continuous learning and development culture. We see it this way: if we can enable our colleagues through trainings and certifications, they will be successful. And when they are successful, HSO is successful. This is a win-win-win situation for the employee, for HSO, and for our customers!”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>When asked, “What is the value of training and certification for your company?,” the group shared this story that “says it all”:</SPAN> <SPAN>“A CFO says to a CEO: ‘I see that many people are being trained. Do you have any clue what that costs? What if they leave?’ To which the CEO replies: ‘Imagine not training them and they stay…’”</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>This investment in people is built into the structure of the company. </SPAN><SPAN>Certification is a fully integrated part of the company’s Career and Performance Development Plan and each employee’s Personal Development Plan. In fact, it’s at the top of the list. Every year, managers work with each employee to choose which certification best suits them and together they make a plan to train for and earn that certification. They then follow up with regular conversations throughout the year to help them achieve their goals. </SPAN><SPAN>“There’s a direct correlation between the level and type of certification and the career level of our people to fulfill their respective roles,” the managers note. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>T</SPAN><SPAN>he fact that </SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">more and more Microsoft Certifications</A><SPAN> are becoming available makes it easier to tailor certification for employees. “That’s what we’re most enthusiastic about—the move to role-based certifications, the addition of so many more certifications, and the massive improvements in Microsoft Learn to support those certifications. Our options are no longer limited. It’s like we now have this candy store to pick and choose from. And Microsoft Learn is now an efficient one-stop shop for learning, whereas before we had to scrape together bits and pieces to get adequate training.” </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>This encouragement and support to learn and grow extends to employees who work in noncustomer-facing areas, such as Rebecca Fox, who works in Learning and Development, and Kristen Ramerini and Kevin Moore, who work in Human Resources. Ramerini and Moore are planning to work toward one of the new Dynamics 365 fundamentals certifications soon. Fox just passed </SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-901: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals</A><SPAN> to earn her first certification. “If I can do it, anyone can!” she says. ”After I passed, I got lots of emails saying ‘Well done! You inspired me to get going on one.’”</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Fox particularly appreciated the blended approach to learning of the virtual instructor-led training (VILT) that prepared her to take her certification exam. An instructor can talk people through the content, apply it to a specific area, and respond to questions. That’s what made it so exciting for her. </SPAN>The combination of Microsoft Learn content with engaging virtual instruction from a trainer is a winning one, Brommer agrees. Microsoft is on the right track with instructor-led training for exam preparation, he says, because it enables instructors—like those at HSO Academy—to take the Microsoft Learn building blocks and provide that “last mile” of a practical approach, tailoring the instruction to very specific areas, such as finance for retail or finance for the public sector. Not all companies can invest in their own in-house instructors and training like HSO, however, and that’s where <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> come in. Learning Partners offer exam prep courses led by MCTs. Companies can support individual employees in taking VILT training from Learning Partners and even arrange for custom trainings for their teams or groups.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>With the support of the Academy, HSO also runs two-day regional training conferences for its employees. In the United Kingdom, for example, it runs a conference every 18 months for all employees in the region, consultant or not, so everyone has access to the Academy. Trainers teach the soft skills and bring in Brommer and others to help people learn the skills needed to pass certification exams, especially in Dynamics 365 or Microsoft Power Platform fundamentals. Another advantage of the Academy is that as an entity independent of a region it can bring together people from the company’s different regions and build learning communities in which people can share their knowledge, support one another in earning certifications, and nurture close bonds. “Creating learning communities,” these managers say, “is one of the things we’d advise other partners to consider.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Employees who are trained, certified, and invested in learning and growing</H3> <P><SPAN>Currently, the vast majority of HSO employees are certified in Dynamics 365, and the number certified in Microsoft Power Platform is increasing fast, especially because Microsoft Power Platform is one of the company’s main areas of investment for 2021 and beyond. Before, when doing its fit-gap analysis, the organization would offer customization as an option. With Microsoft Power Platform, customization has become the last option, because it offers so many more possibilities to fit business processes into the applications that the company recommends. Fortunately, this group says, HSO employees feel not only challenged but also encouraged and supported by this emphasis on certification. “Because our company culture is so focused on learning and development,” Ramerini explains, “we tend to attract people who are also invested in learning and growing. So there’s a natural flow. Our employees are proactive, and they work independently toward their goals, with our support.” </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>The company does try to add an element of fun to upskilling and certification by making it a friendly game. It sponsors games like “Who will be the first person with four different Dynamics 365 Fundamentals certificates?” or “Who will be the first person to get certified in two different areas?” Recently, it held a competition to use Microsoft Power Platform to create an app that would be useful in the HSO organization, with a prize of £5,000. “People took the initiative to upskill themselves using Microsoft Learn just to be able to participate,” the managers report. A number of the apps that employees created for the company are being used for HSO’s customers too, such as the Workplace Wizard, which creates a map of a workplace that calculates and displays social-distancing possibilities for COVID-19 on any particular day.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Clearly HSO has created a corporate culture and structured its organization to enhance learning and development. When asked what advice they would give other Microsoft partners about helping their employees get trained and certified in Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform, these managers replied: “</SPAN><SPAN>Rewarding and recognizing employees for their efforts in getting trained on new technologies and obtaining the corresponding certifications is very important. We’ve found that rewarding team members with exam bonuses helps, as does recognizing people’s efforts multiple times and in many ways, for instance by posting announcements on Yammer, offering congratulations on earning certification in team and company meetings, and displaying achievements on an internal dashboard so everyone is aware of it. We recommend that other partners consider doing these things—and coming up with more ways.”</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>HSO’s commitment to training and certification is part of its strategy to help businesses future-proof themselves by digital transformation and to help their employees future-proof their careers by acquiring and validating the latest tech skills for business. So what is HSO planning for its own future? “We aim t</SPAN>o be the leading global provider of technology-driven business solutions that improve the performance and results of our clients.”<SPAN> How does it plan to get there? “We plan to accelerate what we’re doing to keep up with and keep ahead of rapid changes. We want to keep moving forward and quickly adopt new Microsoft Certifications as soon as they become available. We’ve even offered to assist Microsoft in setting up additional certifications and helping to create content for that. Partnership in learning is the way forward.” </SPAN></P> Sat, 01 May 2021 00:01:41 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/invest-in-training-and-certification-for-your-company-s-success/ba-p/1628151 NancyTandy 2021-05-01T00:01:41Z The future of Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/the-future-of-microsoft-technology-associate-mta-certifications/ba-p/1489679 <P>While the responsibilities of IT professionals have become increasingly complex, the importance of having relevant technical skills and industry-recognized certifications has&nbsp;grown. To help our next generation succeed and attain necessary skills for jobs of the future, we are committed to supporting educational institutes, educators, and students.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For anyone starting out into the broad world of technology, our <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fundamentals training and certifications</A> on Microsoft Learn are a great place to start. With eight fundamentals certifications and growing, they validate foundational understanding with mixed concepts and applied learning of Microsoft technologies, and are a springboard to our role-based certifications across emerging and in-demand jobs such as data analysts, IT administrators, developers, and security engineers. And designed for academic leaders and teachers, the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Educators</A> program provides instructional resources to help their students learn new technical skills and prepare for their certification journey. Microsoft Learn also includes <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">learning paths for students</A> to help build technical skills for the future with foundational programming languages like Python, PowerShell, HTML, JavaScript, etc.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As we continue to invest in our fundamentals and role-based learning offerings, all remaining exams associated with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications will retire on <STRONG>June 30, 2022</STRONG>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Important dates and next steps:</H3> <UL> <LI>MTA certification exam licenses can be purchased until June 30, 2021.</LI> <LI>MTA certification exams will retire on June 30, 2022. Effective July 1, 2022, MTA exam deliveries by our exam delivery providers, Certiport and Pearson VUE, will cease.</LI> <LI>If you’re working towards an MTA certification, you’ll want to pass the required exam(s) before they retire on June 30, 2022.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you have an existing MTA certification, it will remain on your Microsoft transcript, even after the exams retire. It will remain in the active section of your transcript for two years from June 30, 2022; at that time, the certification will be moved to the “Certification History” section of your transcript.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Be sure to visit <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> to access free self-paced learning paths aligned to roles, and discover certifications, instructor-led training courses, and more. We look forward to you joining us on this journey as we continue to invest in helping our next generation keep pace with businesses and technology.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Still have questions? Check out our <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FAQ</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Existing MTA exams that will retire June 30, 2022:</H3> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Database Fundamentals</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-364</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals </STRONG></A><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>Exam 98-365</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Security Fundamentals</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-367</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Windows Operating System Fundamentals </STRONG></A>&nbsp;</P> <P>Exam 98-349</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Introduction to Programming Using Java</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-388</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Software Development Fundamentals</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-361</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-375</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Introduction to Programming Using Python</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-381</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Networking Fundamentals</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-366</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-383</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Introduction to Programming Using JavaScript</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-382</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>MTA: Mobility and Device Fundamentals</STRONG></A></P> <P>Exam 98-368</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> Tue, 16 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/the-future-of-microsoft-technology-associate-mta-certifications/ba-p/1489679 alexpayn 2021-02-16T16:00:00Z How Microsoft is training veterans for careers in tech https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-microsoft-is-training-veterans-for-careers-in-tech/ba-p/1469347 <P>According to the US Government Accountability Office, about 200,000 members of the military transition to civilian life every year.<SUP>1</SUP> The question is, how do we help them make the move to civilian employment and life, so they can enhance and leverage their skills for tomorrow’s competitive job market? &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA)</A> gives veterans a launch pad into the modern workforce that builds on their military skills, experience, and strengths – both soft and hard – with a wide variety of technical training and professional development. It’s a 17-week program that prepares veterans for high-demand careers in cloud development or cloud administration.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>MSSA graduates get the opportunity to interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of our over 600 hiring partners, including some of the world’s most well-known and prestigious technology firms. The program provides a centralized training hub focused on preparing service members – often before their discharge – to transition seamlessly from the military to a solid career path.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>New veterans might be surprised by how well their skills and experiences align with what most private sector employers are looking for, especially with technology. Veterans are uniquely qualified for some of the most in-demand and under-filled roles – and often already have the security clearances companies need. MSSA offers technical training, leveraging <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft instructor-led training courses</A>&nbsp;and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certification</A>, to skill individuals with in-demand specialties such as cloud computing. It enables graduates to align their training with skills in demand, custom-fitting themselves to the roles they desire – either while still on active duty or after discharge. As a MSSA graduate and current Microsoft data center technician lead, Darren Braun explains, “I'm fortunate that the military has this MSSA program, because I was able to take time on my active-duty contract to do something about the next steps in my life.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="DarrenBraun_MSSA_Quote.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/254083i5B34F033D2A1A8AC/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="DarrenBraun_MSSA_Quote.png" alt="DarrenBraun_MSSA_Quote.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>A faster track to a better career: Lauren’s story</H2> <P>Lauren Capers’ military skillset makes her an excellent candidate for a range of technology or engineering firms. Over six years in the U.S. Army, she trained and worked as a helicopter mechanic; then transferred to specialize in electronic warfare. She loved her time in the Army and felt she was leaving with great skills for a successful career. While going to college for computer science, Lauren found work as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service until her husband told her about MSSA. That’s when she made the decision to enroll. It was a choice that changed and accelerated her career trajectory.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Lauren had already been out of the service for two years when she tested and was accepted for MSSA. Once in the program, she became fascinated with Microsoft Azure and the vast possibilities of cloud computing. She focused on particular server and networking skills, taking the tests for such topics as Windows Server, storage, networking, and others. Through her studies and work she also earned a number of Microsoft Certifications including the Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals and the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate. These certifications enabled her to focus on building skills needed to be successful in a role and begin her career at Microsoft as an Azure Support Engineer.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Lauren soon learned that the initiative-taking, limit-pushing, and leadership she’d developed in the military was extremely useful at Microsoft. As she puts it, “MSSA gives you the tools and tells you what you need to do to succeed. Then it’s up to you to push your skills to the limit.” With that attitude and her MSSA training, she’s found a new level of freedom at Microsoft that was enhanced by both her time in service and her experience with MSSA.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="LaurenCapers_MSSA_Quote.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/254085i0C5637468AD38F17/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="LaurenCapers_MSSA_Quote.png" alt="LaurenCapers_MSSA_Quote.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Developing skills beyond technology: Darren’s story</H2> <P>Darren Braun, the Iowa-based data center tech lead received both technology training and soft skills from his MSSA experience. He discovered the program while still on active duty as a U.S. Marine, and enrolled before discharge to prepare for the transition.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Like Lauren, Darren came out of the military with years of leadership experience and training. As a satellite communications technician, he had worked on a number of systems – his career being defined by increasing responsibility and trust from his colleagues. While in the Marines, Darren had gained a confident engineer’s outlook that he could fill any role in the field. Now, as a former Marine in the world of private enterprise, he brings a valuable, fresh perspective to any team, making a direct impact on projects and culture.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Darren found himself drawn to cybersecurity as a specialty in MSSA, but with his background in communications, he also had strong technology knowledge and interest. As he says, “I was kind of in the middle.” He had IT experience, but it was more hardware-based than in networking. This broader field of knowledge and experience gave him a number of options for specialization, from which he chose the IT path that led him to his current position as data center lead tech.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Having made a choice he was excited about, Darren realized he had some work to do on his professional life skills. While on active duty, he wore his uniform and never had to think about what to wear in an office setting. He never had to worry about paying bills or how to write a compelling resume. Through MSSA, Darren developed these soft skills and learned how to market himself most effectively to companies that receive thousands of applications a day. Mentorship was key to helping Darren develop these kinds of life skills. These lessons have greatly contributed to his success.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“At the end of the day,” says Darren, “no one is going to care for you more than you care for yourself. And that was something that my mentors always drove on me.” In addition to expanding on his skillset through MSSA, he also learned to be strategic about <EM>how</EM> he expanded it; to be mindful about how he went about the learning, what steps he took, and how to ensure impact against his goals. For that, Microsoft Learn is an excellent resource throughout the learning journey.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>It’s largely because of this holistic transition process with MSSA (and his considerable personal qualities) that Darren is, at 23 years old, one of the youngest data center leaders – not only in his region – but in the Americas region as well. He credits MSSA for this achievement, “I would 100% say that if I didn't join the MSSA, I would not be in the same position that I'm in now.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Transforming skills for post-military success</H2> <P>Since its inception seven years ago, MSSA has been highly successful, with a 90% completion rate.<SUP>2</SUP> Those graduates have gone on to successful careers as software engineers, sales support, and service engineers just to name the top three. Even as COVID-19 hit in 2020, the MSSA program has been able to find opportunities within the pandemic by making remote classes a more central part of the program – opening it up to participants from Seattle to Italy to Okinawa.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA)</A> is one of many ways Microsoft is helping a diverse population find more rewarding and successful careers. Explore our other tools, strategies, and resources for education and advancement at <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></P> <P>˃&nbsp; &nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deepening our investment in the military community: Why we’re fully funding Microsoft Software and Systems Academy</A></P> <P>˃&nbsp;&nbsp; <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/staying-resilient-with-continuous-learning/ba-p/1469343" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Staying resilient with continuous learning</A></P> <P>˃&nbsp;&nbsp; <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-database-administrator/ba-p/1944913" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Database Administrator Associate</A></P> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <P>Source: <SUP>1</SUP>GAO, “<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Transitioning Servicemembers: Information on Military Employment Assistance Centers</EM></A><EM>”</EM>, June 2019</P> Sat, 01 May 2021 03:37:48 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-microsoft-is-training-veterans-for-careers-in-tech/ba-p/1469347 KarinaUng 2021-05-01T03:37:48Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-security-engineer/ba-p/2107662 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Anyone keeping up with business news these days knows that IT security is paramount. They also know that traditional IT security practices aren’t enough to defend against today’s cyberattacks. And with more security vulnerabilities identified every day, it’s increasingly more difficult to triage, prioritize, and manage responses. Azure provides security from the ground up—from identity and access control, security posture management, threat protection, and much more. And Azure security engineers are on the front lines, helping to keep their organizations’ infrastructure, apps, and data safe in the cloud.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure Security Engineer Associate</STRONG></A> certification validates that you have subject matter expertise implementing security controls and threat protection, managing identity and access, and protecting data, applications, and networks in cloud and hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure. You earn this certification by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies</STRONG></A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your responsibilities as part of a larger team include maintaining the security posture, identifying and remediating vulnerabilities by using a variety of security tools, implementing threat protection, and responding to security incident escalations, this could be the certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</H3> <P>Candidates for this certification must have expert Azure administration skills. Although it’s not a requirement, we recommend that you shore up your foundation with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure administrator training</A>. In fact, you might even consider earning the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Administrator Associate certification</A> before pursuing this one. For more details, check out our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-administrator-associate/ba-p/2107661" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In addition to Azure administrator skills, you should have solid scripting and automation skills. Plus, you need a deep understanding of networking, virtualization, and cloud N-tier architecture. And it’s important to be thoroughly familiar with cloud capabilities, along with Azure technologies and other Microsoft products and services.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate</A>. You can also find it in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure security engineers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Azure Security Engineer certification journey.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308756i0B06BE752CD24AA0/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Azure Security Engineer certification journey.png" alt="Azure Security Engineer certification journey.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you, and be sure your Azure administrative skills are up to date.</P> <P>Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam AZ-500, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>skills outline guide</STRONG></A> on the exam page.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training, choose curated <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths on Microsoft Learn</STRONG></A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>. Take this practical course, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Azure Security Technologies</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Then take a trial run with the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test for AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies</A>. All objectives of the exam are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A> or the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Architecture Center</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out the many other training and certification opportunities. Want to add to your Azure knowledge? Explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework</A>. For related training, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note:</STRONG> Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Celebrate your Azure talents with the world</H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how:&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A><SPAN>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the <STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG> section. <STRONG>Tip:</STRONG> We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Azure Security Engineer Associate certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A>, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Although cloud security may be a relatively new field in many industries, it’s definitely here to stay—and it’s foundational to Azure, with multiple layers across infrastructure and operations. And implementation is key. As an Azure security engineer, validate that you have the skills and experience you need to assess your current IT environment and assets and to identify and address potential security issues. Help keep your organization’s data, devices, and apps safe every day—smarter and faster—with your proven Azure skills.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-of-microsoft-azure-cloud-data-and-ai/ba-p/1644825" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics of Microsoft Azure—cloud, data, and AI</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:05:33 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-security-engineer/ba-p/2107662 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T22:05:33Z New Microsoft Dynamics 365 learning paths: January 2021 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-learning-paths-january-2021-roundup/ba-p/1633346 <P>Explore the new role-based learning paths and modules that were released last month on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. We continually add to our training and certification portfolio to help you build your skills and then validate them by earning certification. Check out our two new Business Central learning paths—one on setting up warehouse management and one on managing warehouse practices—and our new modules on Microsoft Power Platform, Power Virtual Agents, Business Central, and more. You can work through these and other modules at your own pace. Using free, online training on Microsoft Learn, you can develop new skills to use on the job—and to show your employer that you’re ready to advance your career. If you need help figuring out which training to take, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 learning paths page</A>, where you’ll find useful collections, learning paths to get you started, and popular modules.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in January 2021.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Microsoft Power Platform</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with Microsoft Power Platform Center of Excellence</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Administrator, maker, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Power Virtual Agents</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manage Power Virtual Agents</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Administrator, maker, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Supply Chain Management</H2> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with the Engineering Change Management Add-in for Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Business Central</H2> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path/module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set up warehouse management in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Six modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manage warehouse processes in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Three modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Move items in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use item journals in the warehouse in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Produce items in the warehouse in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P><SPAN>Module</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with warehouse management in Dynamics 365</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set up zones and bins in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create new bins in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set up put-away templates in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Prepare warehouse management for item tracking in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Module&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Configure bins on the location card in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Receive orders in Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Human Resources</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with Dynamics 365 Human Resources&nbsp;</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Functional consultant, business user</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> Thu, 12 Aug 2021 23:41:55 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-learning-paths-january-2021-roundup/ba-p/1633346 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-08-12T23:41:55Z Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Customer Engagement Apps (CRM) Beta Exam Now Available https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-dynamics-365-fundamentals-customer-engagement-apps-crm/ba-p/2079597 <P>Based on your feedback, we have decided to split the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals exam into its core components—customer engagement apps and finance and operation apps. The first one, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MB-910: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Customer Engagement Apps (CRM)</A><SPAN>,</SPAN> is now in beta. This exam covers the features and capabilities of Dynamics 365 customer engagement apps. Candidates should have a fundamental understanding of customer engagement principles and business operations.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When you successfully pass this exam, you will earn the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Customer Engagement Apps (CRM)</A> certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the 80% discount*, use code MB910Travel when prompted for payment.<STRONG><EM> You can use this code to register for and take the exam on or before March 8, 2021.</EM></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>This is <STRONG>NOT </STRONG>private access code. </EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>*The first 300 people who register can take these exams for an 80% discount!&nbsp;(<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why beta exams are no longer free</A>.) The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for the exam on or before <STRONG><EM>March 8, 2021</EM></STRONG>.<STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG>Take the exam as soon as possible, so we can leverage your comments, feedback,&nbsp;and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Preparing for Beta Exams</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI>Review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MB-910 prep guide</A> and practice the skills listed.</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Find classroom and online training from Microsoft Learning Partners</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Explore free learning paths, courses, and hands-on learning on Microsoft Learn</A><SPAN>.</SPAN></LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">blog post on preparing for beta exams</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>Taking a beta exam is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live.&nbsp;The rescore process starts on the day that exams go live, and final scores are released approximately 10 days later. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, see the blog posts <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Path from Beta Exam to Live Exam</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">More Tips About Beta Exams</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that&nbsp;there are some countries where the beta code will not work (including Turkey, Pakistan, India, and China). You will not be able to take the beta exam in those countries.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Also keep in mind that these exams are in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status after your exam is live.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements<BR /></STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Skill up and stand out, with new role-based training and certification!</A> <BR /><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New role-based certification and training is here, and we’re just getting started!</A> <BR /><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Catching up: continuing our journey with new role-based certifications and training</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/announcing-two-new-microsoft-dynamics-365-fundamentals/ba-p/1628148" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Announcing two new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals certifications!</A></P> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 19:58:29 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-dynamics-365-fundamentals-customer-engagement-apps-crm/ba-p/2079597 Liberty Munson 2021-02-05T19:58:29Z Are you proud to be certified? Share your story! https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/are-you-proud-to-be-certified-share-your-story/ba-p/2050023 <P>We are looking for people who have an inspiring story to share about why they got certified and how it impacted their life, career, or personal development. We’ll be featuring select stories starting at the next <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Ignite</A> March 2-4, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We know that <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certification</A> can help you build confidence, get recognized as a leader, and unlock new opportunities. But we want to hear it from you. If you achieved a Microsoft Certification (fundamentals, role-based, or specialty), tell us your experience and how it’s helped you. What did you do to prepare?&nbsp; How has being certified changed your career? What new insights did you gain after becoming certified? Your video should be under 3 minutes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Is English not your native language? No problem! We would love for you to submit your video in your native language.</P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H2>Things to consider</H2> <OL> <LI>Make sure to start by introducing yourself – include your name and the fact that you’re “proud to be certified.”</LI> <LI>When you record your video, make sure you have good, even lighting in front of you so we can clearly see your face, keep your camera at eye level (you don’t want to be looking up or down), use an external microphone if you have one, and turn off anything wherever you’re recording that could be creating additional noise like your cell phone, radios, fans, etc.</LI> <LI>Keep your background clutter free.</LI> <LI>Keep videos to a maximum of 3 minutes in length. We know you’re excited about your certifications, but give us the highlights and we can always follow up with you for more information.</LI> <LI>And maybe most importantly, be yourself. Tell us what excites you in your own words or even your native language – and have some fun with it!</LI> </OL> <P>We are excited to hear your stories and highlight some of you at the next Microsoft Ignite on March 2-4, 2021. Make sure to submit your video prior to February 5, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P class="lia-align-center"><FONT size="5"><STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Share your story today!</A></STRONG></FONT></P> Thu, 04 Feb 2021 06:38:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/are-you-proud-to-be-certified-share-your-story/ba-p/2050023 allisonkraker 2021-02-04T06:38:00Z What goes into creating Microsoft Certifications? https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/what-goes-into-creating-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/1469346 <P><SPAN>Microsoft Certifications come together thanks to a dedicated team of subject matter experts. Liberty Munson joined Microsoft 13 years ago as the psychometrician for Microsoft’s technical certification program. She makes sure the tools or processes used to evaluate people are measuring the right skills and abilities.&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN>In partnership, Sudarshan Krishnamurthi is responsible for the product management and product experience of the Microsoft Certification program. He helps optimize and modernize the certification program, enhancing the learner experience for anyone who wants to earn a Microsoft Certification by analyzing pain points, competitive offerings in market, and more.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>From opposite sides of the country, both Munson and Krishnamurthi play major roles in making Microsoft Certifications valuable. That’s why we went to them to dig deeper into how the certification exams are created, and why certifications matter for businesses and individuals today.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2><SPAN>Creating Microsoft Certification exams</SPAN></H2> <P><SPAN>The Microsoft Certification program has evolved over the years, shifting away from product-based certifications to a focus on role-based certifications. Role-based training and certifications are created to help individuals develop necessary skills and experience to advance in an accelerated and increasingly cloud-based world. </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>So, how does a Microsoft Certification exam get created? Munson explains that the process begins with the job task analysis (JTA) – the foundation of a certification. A JTA is the process of identifying the core skills needed for success in the job role; most often, this is accomplished through a focus group with subject matter experts (SMEs) who know the job role. SMEs identify the core skills that are needed to be successful in that role. Using that information, Munson and her team give another larger and more diverse set of SMEs an opportunity to rate how important those skills are and how frequently they are performed. With this process, Munson can make data-driven decisions and prioritize 20-30 skills to measure on the exam. After that, she can figure out how many questions are needed for each skill. That ‘blueprint’ becomes the basis that SMEs use when writing the exam questions.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>When creating questions, there are a few ways Munson coaches SMEs – experts in the job role who are external to Microsoft – to make exam questions as relevant as possible. First, she has them tap into their own experiences. She asks them to think about a time they had to do a certain task and then write a question around that. Then, she has them think about the most common mistakes made. Not only does this make for a great exam question, but mistakes are often a great basis for writing plausible distractors (incorrect answer choices). Plus, qualified test takers should be able to solve relevant problems without making common mistakes. </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2><SPAN>Write. Release. Update.</SPAN></H2> <P><SPAN>Munson also shared this interesting tidbit: The exam creation process, from the JTA to writing questions to releasing the beta exam, takes about 14-15 weeks. This process of developing exams faster than just about any certification program in the industry is extremely valuable given how quickly technology changes. Munson adds, “When we create exams, we have to move fast. We have to stay relevant by assessing the skills needed right now. If we took any longer, the skills could already be outdated.”</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_ValueBlog_BehindtheScenes_Infographic_Liberty.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/249382i89371ADCC15E9BF8/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_ValueBlog_BehindtheScenes_Infographic_Liberty.png" alt="WWL_ValueBlog_BehindtheScenes_Infographic_Liberty.png" /></span></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Once the exam goes live, the team updates each exam every two months. If there are updates, a minimum of a 30-day notice is provided on the exam details page where you can download the skills guide to see the changes being made to the exam as you prepare for it.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <H2><SPAN>One piece of advice, and the best feedback to give</SPAN></H2> <P><SPAN>Did you know when you launch the exam, there’s an introduction that tells you what your test experience will be like? You’ll find out if you’re getting labs or case studies or something else. As you move into different sections of the exam, you’ll be presented with important instructions about what to expect. It may seem obvious, but Munson notes that many test takers miss this step and are surprised while taking the exam.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>What if you have some feedback on a question? Mark it for comment and provide your feedback after your exam. Your comments help inform the team of possible issues with a question. While commenting on typos is common, what truly helps is feedback about the technical accuracy of a question. Here are some good examples: </SPAN></P> <UL> <LI><SPAN>There’s more than one answer and here’s what I think they are. </SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>The question is technically inaccurate and here’s why. </SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>This question doesn’t have a correct answer and here’s why. </SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2><SPAN>Why invest in Microsoft Certifications?</SPAN></H2> <P><SPAN>Now that we’ve taken you through the certification exam process, it’s key to understand why being certified matters. Krishnamurthi explains that with every organization today trying to digitize their businesses, IT professionals play a pivotal role. Business leaders want to focus on driving business outcomes and they expect their technical employees to leverage the most optimal technical solutions available in the market to solve complex business problems. In order for IT pros to do this, they need to be abreast with all the new features that are being added on a regular basis. Technology is moving faster than ever before; what used to be a six-month or one-year shelf life is now reducing to a few months. So, it’s crucial for businesses to focus on continuously keeping their workforce up-skilled and create a culture of continuous learning. </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>As for individuals, if you’re looking for a new career or just starting out, Krishnamurthi says to look no further. There is high demand in the industry for many areas. He notes, for example, that data scientists are getting a 40% salary premium because that’s a skill companies need and there aren’t enough people with the capabilities. This means businesses are willing to pay more to find the right person for the job. </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>So, what should you do if you’re fresh out of college or trying to make your resume stand out? Krishnamurthi suggests aligning your training plans to </SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">in-demand jobs</A><SPAN> and get a Microsoft Certification in that field. You can start with fundamentals training and certifications. Both help build and validate foundational understanding of mixed concepts and applied learning of Microsoft technologies, and are a springboard into deeper role-based learning paths and certifications. Krishnamurthi adds, “Microsoft has invested a lot of resources in skilling individuals to be successful, like Microsoft Learn – where people can consume learning nuggets and learn about new technologies and features. All at no cost and at their own pace and time.”</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_ValueBlog_BehindtheScenes_Infographic_Sudarshan.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/249384iB02CB7D46A4B90DC/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_ValueBlog_BehindtheScenes_Infographic_Sudarshan.png" alt="WWL_ValueBlog_BehindtheScenes_Infographic_Sudarshan.png" /></span></SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>With Microsoft Learn, you can find learning paths to help you prepare for certifications. Content is updated over time so you can keep coming back and take the latest modules to make sure you’re up to date with today’s modern technology. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>To learn more, check out all the learning paths and certifications at </SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A><SPAN>. </SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN><STRONG>Related posts: </STRONG></SPAN></P> <UL> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/online-proctored-exams-what-to-expect-and-how-to-prepare/ba-p/1469424" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/updating-microsoft-certifications-how-we-keep-them-relevant/ba-p/1469425" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Updating Microsoft Certifications: How we keep them relevant</A></LI> <LI><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></LI> </UL> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 16:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/what-goes-into-creating-microsoft-certifications/ba-p/1469346 KarinaUng 2021-02-03T16:00:00Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-administrator-associate/ba-p/2107661 <P class="lia-align-left"><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P class="lia-align-left">&nbsp;</P> <P class="lia-align-left">Cloud infrastructure enables companies around the world to reduce costs, enhance security, simplify management, and much more. And Azure administrators have what it takes to unlock the benefits of cloud computing for their organizations, making the most of the resiliency, scalability, and unified data governance of Azure. Plus, these professionals understand how to put the cloud to work to enable newly remote business processes and to help companies become more agile in the face of today’s rapid digital transformation. It’s no wonder that certified Azure administrators are in such great demand.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure Administrator Associate</STRONG></A> certification validates that you have subject matter expertise in implementing, managing, and monitoring an organization’s Azure environment. You earn the certification by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator</STRONG></A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your responsibilities include implementing, managing, and monitoring identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment, this could be the certification for you. Other key skills include the ability to provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources when needed, especially as part of a team dedicated to implementing your organization's cloud infrastructure.</P> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</H3> <P>As a candidate for this certification, you should have at least six months of hands-on experience administering Azure, along with a strong understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and governance. In addition, you should have experience using PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager templates.&nbsp;</P> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate</A>. You can also find it in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure administrators.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Azure Administrator certification journey.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308746i178DD05536461BB1/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Azure Administrator certification journey.png" alt="Azure Administrator certification journey.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam AZ-104, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>skills outline guide</STRONG></A> on the exam page.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training, choose curated <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths on Microsoft Learn</STRONG></A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>. Take either of these courses: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Azure Administrator</A> or <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Administration for AWS SysOps</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>Then take a trial run with the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test for AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator</A>. All objectives of the exam are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A>, the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Architecture Center</A>, or the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out the many other learning and certification opportunities. Want to add to your skill set? Consider learning to migrate application workloads and data to Azure or to manage hybrid cloud solutions. For related training, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note:</STRONG> Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3>Celebrate your Azure talents with the world</H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A><SPAN>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the <STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG> section. <STRONG>Tip:</STRONG> We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Azure Administrator Associate certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A>, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As an Azure administrator, you understand what the cloud can do for your organization. And you know how to enable purpose-built infrastructures for consistent management, security, and governance—on-premises, in a hybrid scenario, or fully in the cloud. With all the innovation and capabilities that Azure has to offer, now is the time to earn your Azure Administrator Associate certification. Prove your ability to make a difference to your team and your organization—today and in the future—with your in-demand Azure administrator skills and experience.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-of-microsoft-azure-cloud-data-and-ai/ba-p/1644825" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics of Microsoft Azure—cloud, data, and AI</A></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 21:39:10 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-administrator-associate/ba-p/2107661 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T21:39:10Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Database Administrator Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-database-administrator/ba-p/1944913 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Qualified data professionals are always in demand in today’s job market. And their importance in digital transformation is ever-increasing, as they modernize relational Microsoft SQL Server databases on-premises, migrate and administer them on Microsoft Azure, or use the best of both worlds in hybrid environments. Does this describe you? If you understand the transformation from on-premises databases to cloud data services—and the cloud database technologies available to you with Azure—now is the time to showcase the value you add to your organization as a database administrator.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure Database Administrator Associate</STRONG></A> certification validates that you have what it takes to be a data management specialist with subject matter expertise implementing and managing cloud and on-premises relational databases built on top of SQL Server and Azure data services. You earn the certification by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam DP-300: Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure</STRONG></A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</H3> <P>If you’re responsible for database management, availability, and security, plus performance monitoring and optimization of modern relational database solutions, and if you manage operational aspects of data platform solutions, together with Azure data engineers, this could be the certification for you.</P> <P>As a candidate for this certification, you should have experience using a variety of methods and tools to perform day-to-day operations, including applying knowledge of using T-SQL.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure Database Administrator Associate</A>. You can also find it in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure database administrators.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Azure Database Administrator certification journey.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308745i31CD09B9F0883C12/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Azure Database Administrator certification journey.png" alt="Azure Database Administrator certification journey.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam DP-300, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>skills outline guide</STRONG></A> on the exam page.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training, choose curated <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths on Microsoft Learn</STRONG></A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>. Take a helpful course, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A> or the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Architecture Center</A>. Don’t miss the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Data Exposed</EM> show on Channel 9</A>, which explores everything about data—relational and non-relational, on-premises and in the cloud, big and small.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out the many other training and certification opportunities. Want to add to your skill set? Consider learning to migrate SQL workloads to Azure.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note:</STRONG> Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Celebrate your Azure talents with the world</H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A><SPAN>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the <STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG> section. <STRONG>Tip:</STRONG> We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Azure Database Administrator Associate certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>When you earn your Azure Database Administrator Associate certification, you not only grow professionally but you also have the opportunity to show your colleagues and your employer how you can contribute to your organization’s cost savings, efficiency, and scalability. As more and more companies move to the cloud, this is a great opportunity to level up—and prove—your Azure database administrator skills.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-of-microsoft-azure-cloud-data-and-ai/ba-p/1644825" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics of Microsoft Azure - cloud, data, and AI</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 21:35:46 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-database-administrator/ba-p/1944913 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T21:35:46Z Haimantika Mitra’s journey from student with no code experience to app-making intern https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/haimantika-mitra-s-journey-from-student-with-no-code-experience/ba-p/1628150 <P>Haimantika&nbsp;Mitra is a third-year student at Siliguri Institute of Technology (SIT), a private engineering and management college in West Bengal, India, majoring in electronics and communications. She won’t graduate until May 2021, but she’s already working as an intern at a major tech company, a step she hopes will lead to a full-time job offer after graduation. She credits her discovery of and training in Microsoft Power Platform—especially the support and inspiration she received from developer and cloud advocate Dona Sarkar and other women in tech—for helping her land this internship. But it’s clear that her own passion for technology and for helping others—especially women—also plays a large role in her journey to success.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Mitra grew up in Siliguri, the third-largest urban area in West Bengal, after Kolkata and Asansol. Her early years of education, from the age of 10 on, were conducted in English, and her focus was on biology. Her family always stressed to her and her two sisters the importance of getting as much education as they could to help them succeed, especially since as women they were likely to encounter hindrances in the working world. So Mitra knew early on that she would continue her studies after high school. She didn’t want to do engineering at all, she says, but in India it’s mainstream and everybody does it. In fact, in India <A href="#"s%20IT%2DBPM%20industry%20currently,are%20women%20(~1.3%20million)." target="_blank" rel="noopener">more women are enrolled in engineering programs and other STEM disciplines than in the United States and the United Kingdom</A>. However, the only technical college in Mitra’s area was SIT, and as the child of a single parent, she couldn’t move away, so that’s where she applied. “But I did love electronics and devices,” she says, laughing, “so I thought I’d give it a try.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>At SIT, women represented less than a third of the student population. In 2017–2018, the academic year she began her studies, women made up only 29.7 percent of the entire student population in colleges approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).&nbsp;In her second year, when she started learning programming and saw how much could be done with technology, she reached out to fellow students for help, since she had zero coding experience. She found that male students hesitated to help women learn coding. The juniors and seniors, for example, often didn’t follow through on answering her questions or showing her how to do things, even though they would politely agree to her requests for help. “This is why it’s so important to me to help women learn coding,” she explains. Her professors, on the other hand, were ready to help, but they were experts in technology that was rapidly becoming outdated and their educational model was more a book-learning one than an experiential one based in real-world learning. To acquire the skills she needed to succeed in today’s world, she knew she had to find ways to augment and amplify her formal technical education. “It’s time for me to do something on my own,” she told herself.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>It was only in her third year that Mitra found out about tech communities and other ways that people shared tech knowledge, such as events hosted by <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors</A>, a global program of on-campus ambassadors who assist students and their communities by taking a lead in their local tech circles and helping them develop technical and career skills for the future. “I was really inspired by the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador program,” she says. On Twitter she began following Dona Sarkar, a lead for the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team, who often hosted events. In April 2020, Mitra decided to attend an event led by Sarkar. That day, Sarkar gave a presentation on building Power Apps with Microsoft Power Platform, told the audience what kind of apps people had created, and gave them homework: try it out for yourself and create your own app.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“That was the first time I had heard about Microsoft Power Platform,” Mitra points out. As a result of showing up for that event, Mitra not only learned about Power Apps but she also built an app <EM>that day</EM>—in less than 24 hours—and shared it with the Microsoft team. She started by working through the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals learning path</A> on her own, including the modules on how to build canvas apps, and then watched the demo, which empowered her to build her own app. The app she created tracked COVID-19 numbers in her area, drawing data from a government site that was open source.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After that experience, Mitra was hooked. “I was amazed to see the power of this particular platform,” she says, “and I got excited about all the things we could do with this.” So she immersed herself in more <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> content—mixing and matching learning paths, tutorials, and docs—to teach herself&nbsp; other parts of Microsoft Power Platform.<STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG>She was ready for the challenge of creating more apps, not just because she was a curious student but also because she was dedicated to her local community. “Before this, she explains, “I had had a lot of ideas in my head for apps that could help people in my community with real issues they faced every day. So I thought, let’s see how I can integrate these skills with my ideas.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>One of her ideas led to an app to alert people to flooding, which happens frequently in her area. She used Power BI to collect all the data the Indian government had on flooding and then built an app that notifies people through Twitter, Gmail, and other media of possible flooding, so whenever there’s an emergency they can prepare. She also built a custom connector for weather forecasting, so if the temperature gets really high or low, it sends a notification. Currently she’s working on app to help people with speech and hearing impairments, using AI Builder to detect American Sign Language. Microsoft Power Platform is really helpful, she notes, because it empowers you to build solutions to community problems <EM>fast</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Mitra knew right away that she could help not only herself and her community with her newly acquired skills but also her coder and non-coder friends by sharing this knowledge with them. In January 2020, Mitra became a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador herself, exploring Microsoft technologies, organizing events, and speaking about Microsoft Power Platform. Soon after that, she participated in <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Black Minds Matter Hackathon</A><U> 2020</U>, in which the organizers set up a bootcamp to help Black students learn about Microsoft Power Platform and build apps with it. She and other student ambassadors helped one of those students build a mental health tracking app for the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) community. The girl’s app records people’s moods and, based on that, connects them to YouTube videos, calendar reminders for events they can attend, or other resources that can help them calm their mind. The app, known as iFeel, won a prize. Because of that experience, the girl got excited about the amazing things that could be done with Microsoft Power Platform, decided to keep learning this technology, and was inspired to pass along the kind of help she had received from Mitra’s and her team to others. To see some of what Mitra’s been up to recently, including speaking engagements, hackathons, and other events, scroll through <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">her #MSFT Student Ambassador Twitter</A> account.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>According to Sarkar, Mitra became such a role model that she was invited to speak at <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Build 2020</A>, a conference for developers, where she gave a presentation, “<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Low code, no code, more power—Power Platform</A>,” with colleagues Justin Yoo and Phantip Kokilanon. Since then, she’s been speaking at and actively participating in many other events. She spoke at <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Start. Dev. Change. 2020</A>, a conference and community for people who want to learn to code, including beginners in tech and people switching careers. At <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Devs Speak: Low Code, No Code</A>, a gathering of developers and tech enthusiasts from communities like Women Who Code, she presented “Empowering Students with Power Platform” (time stamp: 1:11:47). And during <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2020</A>, an annual nationwide initiative that provides students a platform to solve some of the pressing problems submitted from across India, she used Microsoft Power Platform low-code skills on a use case to help her team become a winner. The solution they created, Smart Flood Prediction and Warning System, predicts flooding in hydroelectric projects and issues warnings to local residents about impending floods.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>With all the time she’s been spending on giving presentations, creating videos to share what she’s learned or to point others to how they can learn, winning prizes, and participating in various tech communities and her own community in Siliguri, Mitra has also kept up with her own learning and career goals. She’s worked her way through all the Microsoft Power Platform training and is ready to take <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-900: Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals</A> in January 2021, the next scheduled date, to earn her <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Platform Fundamentals</A> certification.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P>Clearly Mitra’s not one to sit around and wait. Instead, she scopes out new opportunities and challenges to help her learn and grow. While anticipating the certification exam and finishing her third year at SIT, she decided to seek an internship. Internships aren’t a requirement or an expectation at SIT, but Mitra wanted an opportunity to gain real-world experience and to test out her app-making skills, so she went looking for a place that would take her on as an intern. Though Cyclotron Group in Austin, Texas, doesn’t have an internship program, she convinced a hiring manager there to give her a shot. “And that’s how I got lucky!” she notes.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Mitra started working at Cyclotron Group in November 2020—the first intern the company has ever hired. As a part-time Power Platform consultant, she’s building solutions using Microsoft Power Platform, that is, Power Apps, Power BI, Power Virtual Agents, and Power Automate. Her internship runs until she graduates in May. “Before the pandemic, I wasn’t even aware of opportunities like this. But during the pandemic I began to seek them out, and this is how the pandemic became a boon for me.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>What excites her most about Power Apps? “I wanted to learn a skill and help people in my community,” she says. “I was interested in Microsoft Power Platform because I’ve always been inclined to help people around me.” And that’s exactly what she does with her Microsoft Power Platform skills. In addition to creating apps to help solve local problems, she also teaches underprivileged students in her local area, and she works as a student mentor at the Siliguri Welfare Organization. Also, in India, she says, there are a lot of startups, most of which are owned by people who have no coding experience. “I hope that by introducing them to this no-code platform they won’t have to hire a third party to solve their problems. They can do it themselves.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>A self-professed Microsoft Power Platform evangelist, Mitra’s mission is to is help make technology easier for everyone by teaching them or introducing them to these tools. Her work with companies, developers, tech communities, and kids proves that. As does her commitment to introducing women to tech and helping them learn it. “A woman helped me get excited about technology and build my skills as a developer,” she explains, “and I want to continue that tradition of women helping women in technology. The world’s been unfair for women for a very long time, and it's time for us to support and empower one another. Through technology and women-in-tech communities, women are now being heard and helped, including me. By carrying the help I received forward to other women, I move a little closer to my goal of technology for everyone."&nbsp;To that end, she often chooses to mentor girls, she participates in developer communities that focus on women, and she’s the Siliguri lead for a women’s developer group. Though in many ways India is a leader in women in technology—with women making up 34 percent of the IT industry (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">compared to 26 percent in the United States</A>)—there’s still lots of room for improvement. And Mitra is helping lead the way to greater success for women in technology in her country and around the world.</P> <P><BR />Mitra’s story is unique but not rare. Training and certification in Microsoft Power Platform can help advance your career, whether you’re still a student, you’re just entering the work force, you’re changing careers, or you want to advance your developer skills. Anyone who’s interested in learning how to build apps with low-code techniques to simplify, automate, and transform business tasks and processes can start their upskill journey by checking out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform app maker training and certification on Microsoft Learn</A>. And once you’ve earned your certification, head over to the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform LinkedIn Job board</A> to see all the opportunities available and find the one waiting for you.&nbsp;</P> Sat, 01 May 2021 00:02:17 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/haimantika-mitra-s-journey-from-student-with-no-code-experience/ba-p/1628150 NancyTandy 2021-05-01T00:02:17Z Microsoft Learn for Educators delivers cutting-edge instruction to students https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-learn-for-educators-delivers-cutting-edge-instruction/ba-p/1820643 <P>Technology is changing the future of work. As students prepare to enter the workforce in today’s challenging environment, they’re searching for ways to stand out. At Microsoft, we’re committed to supporting higher education institutions, students, and the educators teaching and mentoring them on their learning journey to attain new technical skills for the jobs of the future.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Educators</A> </STRONG>takes the best of <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft&nbsp;Learn</A>&nbsp;online learning paths and supporting instructor-led training materials into the classroom. Higher education institutions, educators, and faculty members at colleges, universities, community colleges, polytechnics, and secondary schools can access Microsoft ready-to-teach curriculum and teaching materials aligned to industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications. These certifications augment a student’s existing degree path and validate the skills needed to be successful across a variety of in-demand technical careers.</P> <P>Demand for technical certifications is growing. For students who are looking to stand out in the job market, and the faculty and higher education institutions looking to support them, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/azure-skills-and-certifications-can-boost-grads-salary-potential/ba-p/1820642" target="_blank" rel="noopener">technical certifications can be a differentiator</A>. For a student, adding a Microsoft Certification to their profile alongside artifacts from class projects demonstrates not only their learning from coursework, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">but also a commitment to keeping up with the evolving forefront of technology.</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Today, we’re announcing the global availability of the Microsoft Learn for Educators program. After 12 months of piloting the program with higher education institutions, faculty, and students around the globe, we are launching new features to better enable and support Microsoft technical skills training. Our newest features include educator-curated learning paths on Learn, a self-serve portal, and the Microsoft Learn for Educators &nbsp;community where educators can connect directly with Microsoft and educators from around the globe to share course delivery best practices and innovate together. Let’s take a closer look at the new features, benefits, and the available training and curriculum.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Microsoft Learn for Educators program benefits.</STRONG> Through this program <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">we are offering educators &amp; academic institutions many benefits</A>, including:</P> <UL> <LI>Microsoft curriculum and teaching materials</LI> <LI>Free Microsoft Certification practice exams</LI> <LI>Free Microsoft Certification exams</LI> <LI>Training program managers</LI> <LI>Curriculum integration support</LI> <LI>Microsoft Learn for Educators community</LI> <LI>Data and insights reporting</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Curriculum and teaching materials. </STRONG>Eligible educators can access the Microsoft fundamentals curriculum and teaching materials aligned to Microsoft Certifications.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This curriculum provides foundational-level knowledge of Microsoft cloud services and business applications and is ideal for students who are considering or just starting a career in technology. These courses have been designed for instructor-led and blended learning models and can be delivered remotely or in person.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Microsoft Learn for Educators provides access to a curriculum of official Microsoft Learning fundamentals products for Azure, Azure data, Azure AI, and Microsoft Power Platform. Each course covers Microsoft Certification exam objectives through lessons based on real-world scenarios and practice exercises. Supporting resources for the Microsoft courses include:</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Online training</STRONG> – Self-paced online learning paths and modules available on Microsoft Learn</LI> <LI><STRONG>Microsoft Official Courseware</STRONG> – Full course and module content (including lab components, where available) and Trainer Guide</LI> <LI><STRONG>Course datasheet</STRONG> – Course overview, outline, and learning objectives</LI> <LI><STRONG>Educator teaching guide</STRONG> – General course information to prepare for delivering classes</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Digital Experience on Learn. </STRONG>Explore our new educator role-based landing page providing access to content, teaching tools, and training for educators. Here, any educator or academic institution can apply to join the program. You’ll be able to access information about the Microsoft curriculum and teaching materials, sign up for training events, leverage Microsoft tools for your classes, read success stories, and get ready to make an impact on students’ career paths.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Training program management.</STRONG> Once your department, program, or school has joined the Microsoft Learn for Educators program, your institution will be assigned a training program manager. Your training program manager acts as your go-to contact to support you in the program. From your onboarding session through to teaching your first course, your training program manager will support your progress to ensure your success and your students' success in building new technical skills for the future.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Community.</STRONG> The Microsoft Learn for Educators community is a space for live connections with fellow educators from around the globe and subject matter experts from Microsoft. You can discover best practices, share experiences, and solve problems together in real time. Empower each other to inspire students and find support for using Microsoft content and teaching materials in ways that can help empower your students. Additionally, we’ll use the community to share announcements, events, and exclusive training opportunities.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Get Started Now!</STRONG></P> <P>Explore the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn for Educators</A> experience and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">apply to be a part of the program</A>. We’re looking forward to helping you empower your students for future success!</P> Mon, 25 Jan 2021 17:09:40 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-learn-for-educators-delivers-cutting-edge-instruction/ba-p/1820643 RWortmanMorris 2021-01-25T17:09:40Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-ai-engineer-associate/ba-p/2080078 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Organizations all over the world are gearing up for a future powered by AI. And they’re looking for&nbsp; engineers who can create AI-enabled apps and bots to help improve customer service, drive cost savings, accelerate decision-making, and build agility and resilience with this new breed of digital technologies. Does this sound like you?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure AI Engineer Associate</STRONG></A>&nbsp;certification validates that you have subject matter expertise using cognitive services, machine learning, and knowledge mining to architect and implement Microsoft AI solutions involving natural language processing, speech, computer vision, and conversational AI.</P> <P>You can earn the certification by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AI-100: Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution</A>, which is live through June 30, 2021. Or, after February 23, 2021, you can earn the certification by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution</A>, which will eventually replace Exam AI-100. The updated exam focuses more on practical engineering and less on solution architecture, in keeping with the current skills for the role.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Passing either exam will earn you the certification. If you’ve been preparing for Exam AI-100, you still have time to take it before it retires. If you’re just beginning your exam prep, consider taking the new exam instead, after the beta version is available. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/we-re-taking-azure-certifications-for-data-and-ai-to-the-next/ba-p/1868370" target="_blank" rel="noopener">We’re taking Azure certifications for data and AI to the next level</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</H3> <P>As an Azure AI engineer, you analyze requirements for AI solutions, recommend the appropriate tools and technologies, and design and implement AI solutions that meet scalability and performance requirements. Your responsibilities include translating the vision from solution architects and working with data scientists, data engineers, IoT specialists, and software developers to build complete end-to-end solutions. If this describes your workday, this could be the certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic,&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate</A>. You can also find it in the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A>&nbsp;on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure AI engineers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Azure AI Engineer certification journey v2.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308758i0AF599F299792BF4/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Azure AI Engineer certification journey v2.png" alt="Azure AI Engineer certification journey v2.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on, review the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam AI-100 skills outline guide</STRONG></A>&nbsp;on the exam page or check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam AI-102 skills outline guide</STRONG></A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training, choose curated&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths on Microsoft Learn for Exam AI-100</STRONG></A> or <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths for Exam AI-102</STRONG></A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose&nbsp;<STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG>&nbsp;from a&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>. Take a helpful course, like&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Developer’s Guide to Azure</A>, or the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure Architecture Center</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out the many other training and certification opportunities. Want to add to your skill set? Consider taking a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">machine learning course</A> or exploring <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AI Business School</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note:</STRONG>&nbsp;Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Celebrate your Azure talents with the world</H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A><SPAN>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the <STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG> section. <STRONG>Tip:</STRONG> We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Azure AI Engineer Associate certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A>, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Future growth in many industries will be empowered by AI and the engineers who work with it. Whether you’re building mission-critical solutions to understand speech, make predictions, or analyze images, or you’re using bots to engage customers and empower employees, there are a lot of career doors to open. The Azure AI Engineer certification is a great opportunity to prove your skills and worth to current and future employers.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-of-microsoft-azure-cloud-data-and-ai/ba-p/1644825" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics of Microsoft Azure - cloud, data, and AI</A></P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:07:21 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-ai-engineer-associate/ba-p/2080078 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T22:07:21Z New certification: Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-microsoft-power-platform-solution-architect/ba-p/1628149 <P>We’re pleased to announce the new <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Solution Architect Expert</A>&nbsp;certification, giving you the opportunity to prove your expertise in architecting solutions using Microsoft Power Platform. To earn this certification, you must pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam PL-600: Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect</A> and earn at least one of the following certifications:&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate</A>&nbsp;</LI> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate</A></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Exam PL-600 is replacing Exam MB-600 on June 30, 2021</H2> <P>Exam PL-600 replaces <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-600: Microsoft Dynamics 365 + Power Platform Solution Architect</A>, which <STRONG>expires on June 30, 2021</STRONG>.<STRONG> After that date, MB-600 will no longer be available for you to take—only PL-600 will be. If you’re currently preparing for MB-600, make sure you take and pass that exam before June 30, 2021.</STRONG> When you pass Exam PL-600 and earn one of the prerequisite certification options, you’ll have earned your&nbsp;Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert&nbsp;certification, and it will be valid for a full year.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Give your career a boost</H2> <P>Getting advanced training and certification in Microsoft Power Platform can help you improve your business and expand your opportunities to get hired and promoted. An increasing number of job listings on LinkedIn, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and other sites list proficiency in Microsoft Power Platform as part of the job description. And, according to the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2020/2021 Nigel Frank Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey</A>, 61 percent of respondents believe that certifications give you the edge in the job market, and 73 percent of permanent employees reported that their salary increased after certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Is this certification right for you?&nbsp;</H2> <P>Do you have experience performing proactive and preventive work to increase the value of your customers’ investment? Are you able to identify opportunities to solve business problems? Do you promote organizational health in your engagements? If this describes you and you want to brush up on these skills, why not take training that can help you earn certification as a Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect Expert?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To pursue this advanced certification, you must have experience leading successful implementations and an ability to focus on solutions that address the broader business and technical needs of an organization. You should have functional and technical knowledge of Microsoft Power Platform, Dynamics 365 customer engagement apps, related cloud solutions from Microsoft, and third-party technologies. In addition to having experience across Microsoft Power Platform, you should be able to facilitate design decisions across development, configuration, integration, infrastructure, security, availability, storage, and change management.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Are you eager to sit for the exam? Your experience with the following tasks is the background you need to take the exam and get a certification that validates your skills:</P> <UL> <LI>Initiate solution planning and identify Microsoft Power Platform components.</LI> <LI>Identify organization information and metrics.</LI> <LI>Evaluate an organization’s enterprise architecture.</LI> <LI>Capture requirements and perform gap analysis.</LI> <LI>Architect a solution.</LI> <LI>Lead the design process, and use Power Automate in your automation strategy.</LI> <LI>Design integrations.</LI> <LI>Identify opportunities to integrate and extend Microsoft Power Platform solutions by using Azure.</LI> <LI>Design the data and security models.</LI> <LI>Validate the solution design.</LI> <LI>Support and troubleshoot the solution as it goes live.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Preparing for certification</H2> <P>Start your Microsoft Certification journey today! The&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section on the certification page</A> contains valuable help to get you ready for the certification exam. There, you’ll&nbsp; find links to the free online learning paths and paid instructor-led training offered by Microsoft Learning Partners that help you prepare for this exam, along with a link for scheduling the exam.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-certification-microsoft-power-platform-solution-architect/ba-p/1628149 NancyTandy 2021-01-19T16:00:00Z We’re taking Azure certifications for data and AI to the next level https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/we-re-taking-azure-certifications-for-data-and-ai-to-the-next/ba-p/1868370 <P>Qualified data professionals and cloud experts have promising job prospects in today’s world of digital transformation. And they’re in demand for good reason. These pros help migrate data to the cloud, use AI and analytics to provide actionable insights, and manage significant volumes of data—including reporting and visualizing. If this is your skill set, earning your Microsoft Certification can help you prove that you have the necessary knowledge and experience and that you’re ready for the job.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re constantly working to keep our certifications current. Today, I’m excited to announce upcoming changes for two role-based Azure certifications for data and AI—<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate</A> and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate</A>—taking these certifications to the next level. We know how essential data and AI expertise is to the digital revolution, and these updated certifications better-align to the evolving skills of real-world data and AI engineer roles.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We use our regular portfolio reviews to ensure that our certifications remain technically relevant. Certifications can open career opportunities, so we’re committed to keeping them current for you. To understand our process, check out my blog post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/updating-microsoft-certifications-how-we-keep-them-relevant/ba-p/1469425" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Updating Microsoft Certifications: How we keep them relevant</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Here’s what you need to know about the updated certifications</H3> <P>On February 23, 2021, we’re releasing the following changes:</P> <P><STRONG>For the Azure AI Engineer Associate certification</STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>, Exam AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution</STRONG></A><STRONG> replaces Exam AI-100. </STRONG>The skills for the role have been updated to focus more on AI software engineering and less on solution architecture, and the new version of the exam reflects those new skills.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This certification is for professionals who build, manage, and deploy AI solutions that leverage Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Cognitive Search, and Microsoft Bot Framework. Candidates should be proficient in C#, Python, or JavaScript and should be able to use REST-based APIs and SDKs to build computer vision, natural language processing, knowledge mining, and conversational AI solutions on Azure. They should also understand the components that make up the Azure AI portfolio and the available data storage options. Plus, candidates need to understand and be able to apply responsible AI principles.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To understand the skills measured by the new exam, explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AI-102 skills outline</A>. To start preparing, check out some <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">refreshed content on Microsoft Learn</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>For the Azure Data Engineer Associate certification, </STRONG><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam DP-203: Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure</STRONG></A><STRONG> replaces both Exam DP-200 and Exam DP-201. </STRONG>The updated skills for the role are aligned to data engineering skills required to build analytics solutions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This certification is for candidates with subject matter expertise in integrating, transforming, and consolidating data from various structured and unstructured data systems into structures that are suitable for building analytics solutions. Candidates must have solid knowledge of data processing languages, such as SQL, Python, or Scala, and they need to understand parallel processing and data architecture patterns.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To understand the skills measured by the new exam, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam DP-203 skills outline</A>. To start preparing, check out some of the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">new content on Microsoft Learn</A> we are working on.</P> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3>Still have questions? We’ve got answers</H3> <P><STRONG>I was preparing for the current exams. What should I do?</STRONG></P> <P>If you’ve been preparing for Exam AI-100, you have still have time to take it before it retires on June 30, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’ve already taken one of the two exams for Azure Data Engineer Associate (Exam DP-200 and Exam DP-201), you have time to complete your journey before they retire on June 30, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If you’re just beginning your exam prep, consider taking the new exams instead. To compare versions, check out the skills outlines.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>I’ve already earned an Azure AI Engineer Associate or Azure Data Engineer Associate certification, and it’s expiring soon. What’s the best way to keep my certification up to date? </STRONG></P> <P>Starting in early February 2021, you’ll be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn. The renewal assessment can be completed online on your own time, anytime within six months before your certification expires.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If your certification was set to expire between January 1 and June 30, 2021, it was automatically extended for six months to give you enough time to renew it when the assessments become available. The new certification expiration dates are reflected on your&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>For more information, see <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A> and our FAQs, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renew your Microsoft Certification</A>.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Can I renew my current certification by passing the new beta exam or by retaking the current exams before my certification expires?</STRONG></P> <P>No. Starting in early February 2021, to renew your certification, you need to pass the <EM>renewal assessment</EM> before your certification expires.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Ring in the new!</H3> <P>Want to get more involved in our certification and exam creation process this year? During our portfolio review, we listen carefully to feedback on the skills that need to be measured for specific roles—like we did for these Azure certifications for data and AI. If you want to share your voice and insight, check out my blog post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/help-us-create-exams-and-learning-content-join-our-sme-database/ba-p/1653047" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Help Us Create Exams and Learning Content! Join Our SME Database Today!</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Plus, stay tuned on February 23, 2021, for the blog post announcing the release of the updated certifications and the beta versions of these new exams. But you can start preparing now with the skills outlines and the content on Microsoft Learn. Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A>, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification. It’s time to get ahead of the curve with certifications that put a spotlight on your data and AI skills.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/updating-microsoft-certifications-how-we-keep-them-relevant/ba-p/1469425" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Updating Microsoft Certifications: How we keep them relevant</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/help-us-create-exams-and-learning-content-join-our-sme-database/ba-p/1653047" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Help Us Create Exams and Learning Content! Join Our SME Database Today!</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> Fri, 15 Jan 2021 01:05:06 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/we-re-taking-azure-certifications-for-data-and-ai-to-the-next/ba-p/1868370 Liberty Munson 2021-01-15T01:05:06Z New Microsoft Dynamics 365 learning paths: December 2020 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-learning-paths-december-2020-roundup/ba-p/1633329 <P>We’re continually adding to our training and certification portfolio to help you build and validate your skills, demonstrate those skills to employers or colleagues, and help you advance your career. Explore the new role-based learning paths and modules released on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> in December 2020. Look at the latest free, online training that you can work through at your own pace. And check out our new learning paths and modules on fraud protection, expense management, and application development best practices. If you aren’t sure which training to take, explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Dynamics 365</A> landing page, where you’ll find useful collections, learning paths to get you started, and popular modules.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in December 2020.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Project Operations</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path/module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Work with Expense management in Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A></P> <P>Four modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant, administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>MB-310</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set up and configure Expense management in Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant, administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>MB-310</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Create and process expense reports in Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A></P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>MB-310</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Work with travel requisitions in Dynamics 365 Project Operations&nbsp;</A></P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Business user, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>MB-310</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Business Central</H2> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path/module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use application development best practices in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central</A></P> <P>Seven modules</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Consider application monetization responsibilities in Business Central</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understand the process of bringing an app to AppSource in Business Central</A></P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Introduction to application types in Business Central</A></P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Implement SaaSification techniques in Business Central </A>&nbsp;</P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Prepare for an easy application upgrade experience in Business Central</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Learn about application performance and monitoring in Business Central</A>&nbsp;</P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Implement test automation techniques in Business Central</A></P> <P>One module</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>N/A</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Fraud Protection</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Provision Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection&nbsp;</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Administrator, functional consultant, solution architect&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Power Automate Desktop</H2> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Generate Power Automate Desktop flows by recording</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Take your first steps with Power Automate Desktop</A></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, business user, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Combine Power Automate Desktop and Power Automate</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Automate Desktop development essentials</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Text manipulation in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">OCR technologies in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Active Directory handling in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, administrator</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Configure exception and error handling in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, administrator, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Configure flow control in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Excel automation in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Handle variables in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Simulate mouse and keyboard actions by using Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Communicate using message boxes in Power Automate Desktop flows</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Automate repetitive tasks using loops in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Control file and folder handling in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Scripting in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>Developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Web automation in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Automating email handling in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Adjust process behavior using conditional actions with Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Automate system and services actions in Power Automate Desktop</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use Power Automate Desktop to interact with windows and applications</A></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN></P> </TD> <TD width="102"> <P>App maker, developer, functional consultant</P> </TD> <TD width="150"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-learning-paths-december-2020-roundup/ba-p/1633329 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-01-12T16:00:00Z How to stay motivated during your learning journey https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-to-stay-motivated-during-your-learning-journey/ba-p/1469345 <P>Having a goal like completing a Microsoft Learn learning path or earning a Microsoft Certification starts with a determination to succeed. In fact, in an IDC white paper, research showed that well-trained and certified IT professionals had one common attribute – their ability to have a growth mindset. Certified IT professionals were also 15% more confident with new technology responsibilities than noncertified specialists; on average, those who were certified prior to their first IT position were promoted 23% sooner than their noncertified counterparts.<SUP>1 </SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SUP><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="WWL_ValueBlog_Motivated_Infographic.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/244589iAC3B92100BAD66E8/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_ValueBlog_Motivated_Infographic.png" alt="WWL_ValueBlog_Motivated_Infographic.png" /></span></SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>So, how do you stay focused while continuing your learning journey? With Microsoft Learn, get trained on your own time and at your own pace. Explore topics in-depth through guided learning paths and learn how to accomplish specific tasks through individual modules. Feel empowered and inspired to keep going throughout your journey.</P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H3>Experience points</H3> <P>Once you get started on Microsoft Learn, you’ll notice that you can earn experience points (XP) by completing units, modules, and learnings paths. The more you complete, the more XPs you’ll earn which will ultimately increase your level. For instance, if you’re starting at level one, then finish a unit that’s worth 200 XPs and you’ll achieve a level two status.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="XP screenshot.jpg" style="width: 483px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/244603iFCB64CBF1ADB931D/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="XP screenshot.jpg" alt="XP screenshot.jpg" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You are capable of putting in the work. If you need encouragement, try creating your own XP goal to hit. Write that number on a sticky note, tell a friend or family member what you’re aiming for, and get started.&nbsp;</P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H3>Badges, trophies, and certifications &nbsp;</H3> <P>Sharing your achievement can feel just as great as earning it. With Microsoft Learn, earn badges when you finish a module, and earn trophies when you complete a learning path. Be proud of these learning accomplishments and show them off with your network on social media.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="Achievement screenshot.png" style="width: 400px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/244604iE77081A908DDC0A5/image-size/medium?v=v2&amp;px=400" role="button" title="Achievement screenshot.png" alt="Achievement screenshot.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>You can also take the next step in your career and earn a globally and industry-recognized Microsoft Certification to help you get hired, promoted, and stay ahead. By becoming certified, you can share your achievement via a digital badge, giving you an easy way to validate your skills and ability to embrace new technologies, empowering you to get the recognition you deserve.</P> <H2>&nbsp;</H2> <H3>Set yourself up for success</H3> <P>A new goal could require extra concentration, more dedicated time, and a good amount of encouragement. You can make each task easier by creating a quiet space and blocking an hour or more on your calendar when needed. As you go through your learning journey, remember that you have XPs, badges, trophies, and more on Microsoft Learn to help you stay focused. If you prefer to learn with an instructor in person or virtually, instructor-led training courses delivered by our Learning Partners are also an option to help you skill up. You’ll get in-depth, dedicated, and personal attention and support from technical subject matter experts. And finally, find the right Microsoft Certification for you and aim to achieve one to validate your knowledge and ability to perform in a job role.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Now that you’re aware of various features available on Microsoft Learn to keep you motivated and empowered, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">get started on your learning journey for free today</A>. &nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Related posts:</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_self">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/continue-your-learning-journey-new-certifications-and-training/ba-p/1489669" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Continue your learning journey: New certifications and training experience on Microsoft Learn</A></P> <P><A style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/ey-s-learning-journey/ba-p/1489673" target="_blank" rel="noopener">EY’s learning journey</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>1. Source: IDC, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>“Impact of Certifications and Training on Career Milestones”</EM></A><SPAN><EM>,</EM></SPAN> June 2019</P> Thu, 07 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/how-to-stay-motivated-during-your-learning-journey/ba-p/1469345 KarinaUng 2021-01-07T16:00:00Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Scientist Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-data-scientist-associate/ba-p/2033938 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>What’s one of the hottest roles in today’s fast-paced IT environment? If you guessed <EM>data scientist</EM>, you’d be right. In great demand, these professionals are empowered by AI, machine learning, and data science. A data scientist helps their organization visualize and deliver innovation, improve customer experience, grow the company’s revenue, and stay ahead of the competition. Specifically, a data scientist promotes a data-driven culture using rigorous scientific methodology and algorithms to discover and resolve business problems and to pursue opportunities to help achieve their organization’s goals. If this describes you, your skill set, and your passion for data, we have just the certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Azure Data Scientist Associate</STRONG></A> certification validates that you have subject matter expertise implementing and running machine learning workloads on Microsoft Azure. You earn the certification by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure</STRONG></A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Your responsibilities include planning and creating a suitable working environment for data science workloads on Azure, and you run data experiments and train predictive models. In addition, you manage, optimize, and deploy machine learning models into production.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</H3> <P>As a candidate for this certification, you should have knowledge and experience in data science and using Azure Machine Learning.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Scientist Associate</A>. You can also find it in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure data scientists.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Azure Data Scientist certification journey.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308730iDF8F74C7E4C2365B/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Azure Data Scientist certification journey.png" alt="Azure Data Scientist certification journey.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam DP-100, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>skills outline guide</STRONG></A> on the exam page.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training, choose curated <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths on Microsoft Learn</STRONG></A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>. Take a course, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>Then take a trial run with the<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Microsoft Official Practice Test for DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure</A>. All objectives of the exam are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out the many other training and certification opportunities. Want to add to your skill set? Explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AI Business School</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note:</STRONG> Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Celebrate your Azure talents with the world</H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A><SPAN>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the <STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG> section. <STRONG>Tip:</STRONG> We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Azure Data Scientist Associate certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A>, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Ready to prove your experience and skills in this in-demand role? Take the exam, earn your Azure Data Scientist Associate Certification, and roll up your sleeves to help your organization navigate the fast pace of IT transformation. As a data scientist, you’ll bring the agility, resilience, and actionable insight of AI and Azure Machine Learning to deliver insights, innovation, and results.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-of-microsoft-azure-cloud-data-and-ai/ba-p/1644825" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics of Microsoft Azure—cloud, data, and AI</A></P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 20:18:56 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-azure-data-scientist-associate/ba-p/2033938 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T20:18:56Z Azure Stack Hub operators: Prove you can bring cloud agility on-premises https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/azure-stack-hub-operators-prove-you-can-bring-cloud-agility-on/ba-p/1995893 <P>Azure Stack Hub, part of the Azure Stack portfolio, is an extension of Azure that enables you to bring the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to your on-premises environment. It extends the power of Azure so your organization can consistently build, deploy, and operate hybrid applications across cloud, datacenter, and edge locations. As an Azure Stack Hub operator, you can run your own autonomous cloud—partially or completely disconnected from the internet and public cloud—and you control access to your own data.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>If this is your skill set, we have a new certification for you. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified: Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate</A> certification validates your expertise in this area and offers you the opportunity to prove your skills. To earn this certification, pass <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam AZ-600: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub</A>, currently in beta.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Is this the right certification for you? </STRONG></P> <P>If you’re an Azure administrator or Azure Stack Hub operator who provides cloud services to your end users or customers from within their own datacenter using Azure Stack Hub, you’re on the right path, especially if you plan, deploy, package, update, and maintain the Azure Stack Hub infrastructure. Your responsibilities also include offering hybrid cloud resources and requested services and managing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This certification could be a great fit if you have significant experience managing and operating Azure Stack Hub environments. You should also have a strong understanding of Azure, in addition to some knowledge of virtualization, networking, and identity management. And you need to understand how Azure Stack Hub enables DevOps processes and the hybrid development model.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Ready to prove your skills?</STRONG></P> <P>Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. <STRONG>The first 300 people who take Exam AZ-600 (beta) on or before February 2, 2021, can get 80% off market price!</STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code <STRONG>AZ600CASCADE</STRONG>. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must <STRONG>take the exam on or before February 2, 2021</STRONG>. <EM>Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China</EM>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Get ready to take Exam AZ-600 (beta):</P> <UL> <LI>Review the Exam AZ-600 (beta) exam page for details. The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">skills outline document</A> alerts you to key topics covered on the exam.</LI> <LI>Explore this <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Tech community post</A> for additional study material.</LI> <LI>Want even more in-depth training? Connect with <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partners</A> in your area for in-person training.</LI> <LI>Need other preparation ideas?&nbsp;Check out my blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/just-how-does-one-prepare-for-beta-exams/ba-p/1469421" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Just How Does One Prepare for Beta Exams?</A></LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>What about Exam 70-537? </STRONG></P> <P>If you’re preparing for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam 70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack Hub</A>, which is an elective for <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Core Infrastructure</A>, remember that <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/mcsa-mcsd-mcse-certifications-retire-with-continued-investment/ba-p/1489670" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam 70-537 and the associated certification will be retired on January 31, 2021</A>, so you’ll want to pass your exam by that date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That being said, you should consider the new <STRONG>Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate certification</STRONG>—and Exam AZ-600 (beta) instead—to help you prove that your knowledge and skills in this specific job role are up to date.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Did you know that you can take any role-based exam online?</STRONG> Online delivered exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, check out my blog post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/online-proctored-exams-what-to-expect-and-how-to-prepare/ba-p/1469424" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>When do you get your score?</STRONG></P> <P>The rescore process starts on the day an exam goes live, and<STRONG> final scores for beta exams are released approximately 10 days after that</STRONG>. For details on the timing of beta exam rescoring and results, read my post <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/creating-high-quality-exams-the-path-from-beta-to-live/ba-p/1469422" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creating high-quality exams: The path from beta to live</A>. For more information, follow me on Twitter (<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@libertymunson</A>).</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Ready to get started?</STRONG></P> <P>Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking Exam AZ-600 (beta) on or before February 2, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Pass Exam AZ-600 (beta), earn your certification, and apply your Azure Stack Hub operator skills to working with Azure Stack Hub. Extend the reach of Azure, balance flexibility and control, and bring the fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to your on-premises environment. Plus, earn the recognition that can come with certification, as you manage modern applications in a hybrid cloud, bringing more agility to your workplace with this powerful extension of Azure.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements<BR /></STRONG><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/mcsa-mcsd-mcse-certifications-retire-with-continued-investment/ba-p/1489670" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MCSA, MCSD, MCSE certifications retire; with continued investment to role-based certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/updating-microsoft-certifications-how-we-keep-them-relevant/ba-p/1469425" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Updating Microsoft Certifications: How we keep them relevant</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you </A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:45:26 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/azure-stack-hub-operators-prove-you-can-bring-cloud-agility-on/ba-p/1995893 Liberty Munson 2021-01-05T00:45:26Z Empowering—Dona Sarkar’s passion for upskilling people around the world https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/empowering-dona-sarkar-s-passion-for-upskilling-people-around/ba-p/1628147 <P><EM>This is the third of a three-part series on the ways that Microsoft Power Platform empowers people with no coding experience to upskill and quickly learn how to create apps to solve business problems or problems they’ve identified in their local communities. The first post</EM><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/empowering-gomolemo-mohapi-s-journey-from-student-to-microsoft/ba-p/1628145" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>, Empowering—Gomolemo Mohapi’s journey from student to Microsoft Power Platform advocate</EM></A><EM>, focused on this young South African student’s path to becoming an app maker. The second post</EM><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/microsoft-learn-blog-post-student-ambassador-program-interview/ba-p/1628146" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>, Empowering—Joe Camp’s path from no-code to Microsoft Power Platform advocate</EM></A><EM>, features the career switch and journey to app maker of one of Mohapi’s colleagues on the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team. Today’s post tells the story of how Dona Sarkar, team lead, built the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team. To hear Sarkar, Mohapi, and Camp talk about their experience with Microsoft Power Platform, listen to this </EM><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Digital Lifestyle podcast</EM></A><EM>.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Dona Sarkar, lead for the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team, is a person who brings her own unique perspective and energy to whatever she touches. She asks questions, notices problems or opportunities for change, brings her creativity to them, and then <EM>does something</EM> to make a difference in the world. Helping people around the world upskill with Microsoft Power Platform is by no means the whole of her story, but it is one of her great passions.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>When Sarkar was working as the “Chief #NinjaCat” of the&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Windows Insider Program</A>&nbsp;at Microsoft, a community of people in every country/region in the world—even Antarctica—who give feedback on Windows releases before they goes out to public, she noticed something was missing. Windows Insiders are passionate about technology, she says, and they’re also passionate about other people learning and using technology, which is why their input is so valuable. But most of the Windows Insider feedback they were getting came from the United States and Western Europe. How could they build a good product for everyone in the world, she wondered, if they didn’t have feedback from other places, countries/regions, and cultures with different circumstances and needs? Not everyone has 24/7 online access, for example, so the requirement to be online to sign in to Windows doesn’t work in many places.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>So, what did she do? She and her team got on planes and traveled to places all over the world—Jakarta, Malaysia, Ghana, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, and more—to find out what those other needs were. The team found that people in developing countries/regions wanted to help their peers and colleagues who were not as technical as they were to skill up to improve their lives and get better jobs. So, while she was in South Africa, Sarkar focused on talking to people about how to organize an upskilling program Microsoft could sponsor and on finding people who might help with leading this locally. That’s how she met Gomolemo Mohapi, who had traveled from his home in Durban to Microsoft Ignite The Tour in Johannesburg in 2019. Mohapi, a college student at the time, was already “a big Microsoft follower—a huge .NET fan and a Windows Insider.” He told Sarkar he thought they really needed just such a program in South Africa. What really inspired her was that this young student, who was working hard and getting good grades, was taking time to help other students learn—for free. She was so inspired by the work he was doing that she and her team started building out an upskilling program, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">#InsiderUp</A>, with Mohapi as the inspiration.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Envisioning and creating the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team</H2> <P>A year later, Sarkar was asked to head up a new Developer Advocacy team for Microsoft Power Platform, focused on getting people to understand this new technology’s potential to help them. She was interested in how it might help workers already in jobs, but she also asked different questions that led her in another direction. “How do we get people all over the world <EM>into</EM> jobs? What about the people who don’t know what Microsoft Power Platform is, who don’t know that it’s a really quick way to build app development skills? That with these tools, people who aren’t software engineers like me, people with no developer skills at skill, can very easily build websites, chatbots, workflows, and automation?”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>So, what did Sarkar do? She was so inspired by Microsoft Power Platform and its potential to help upskill people around the world, especially in places where computer science degrees are expensive and very difficult to get, that she started sketching out a team centered on upskilling people no matter what background they came from.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sarkar identified three audiences her team would serve all over the world: students under 25 who might be a little lost career-wise, with no one to guide them into technology so they could get a better job; mid-career workers who wanted to do better at their jobs or to switch jobs or careers; and classic software developers who wanted to do their job more efficiently and to write and debug less code. When it came time to hire, she wanted to work with people who were passionate about upskilling and who already doing this work, so she hired “three people who were the best in the world at what they do.” To head the Student Ambassador program, she hired Mohapi. For the mid-career/career switch position, she hired Joe Camp. And for the developer position, Greg Hurlman.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Her team, the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team, was ready to go in July 2020. “There’s so many people we can help,” she realized after they were up and running. And they have. From the get-go, they’ve been extremely busy. They’re constantly creating new content, organizing events, helping train people, and maintaining a job board where they post Microsoft Power Platform jobs. In just the few months her team has been working together, they’ve put on 3 conferences, spoken at over 100 events, and created 50 pieces of content—plus, Mohapi kicked off the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors Low-Code League</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>No chance of this team slowing down. “Our work has just started,” Sarkar says. “We’re going big on international now, which has been our aim from the beginning.” They’re working on a series of events in Africa, called Power Africa, for citizen developers with a range of skills from no code all the way to code-first developers. Sarkar herself is heading up three in-person events in Barbados, called Power Barbados. She’ll be leading a series of workshops for The University of the West Indies there, which will be open to educators and students and to business owners. She’s also recruiting people to do an in-person hackathon there to solve local problems.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>And these are just the team’s short-term projects. In January 2021, her team starts moving their advocacy into South America and Latin America, where up until now they’ve done very little work. They plan to work with local Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), student partners, and others to create Power Latin America/South America. &nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <H2>Empowering people everywhere to solve local problems, including her own</H2> <P>Sarkar’s commitment to diversity and advocacy for Microsoft Power Platform are part of her life, not just her role as the team leader for Microsoft Power Platform advocacy. In May 2020, she and a friend of hers, along with teams of volunteers from the community, ran a 48-hour virtual hackathon for 390 people from over 40 countries/regions. At #Hack4GoodMBAS, participants used&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform</A> to build solutions to problems real people were facing in their local communities during the pandemic. One person created an app to connect elderly people who need groceries with designated shoppers. Another created a mental health app to help combat the loneliness many people are feeling right now. That app’s SharePoint list of people willing to connect and talk means people can reach out to those willing to listen and help. The winning app came from New Zealand—an app that enables businesses to scan your signature, so you don’t have to touch a pen or other device to complete a transaction.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>“These apps are all so simple,” Sarkar stresses, “and yet they’re enormously helpful.” And most were built in just a few hours by people who were brand new to coding or had minimal coding experience. People can learn how to use Microsoft Power Platform in a day, she says. For the hackathon, she did give participants pre-work, a set of unique learning paths she created for them: a carefully chosen set of <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> tutorials—the best of Microsoft Learn—combined with other resources, all on one page. That content is now available as <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Upskilling Academy for Power Platform</A>, a co-created curriculum designed for people starting from scratch, especially for groups that want to upskill their employees and fellow students together in cohorts or groups.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The curriculum was developed by a Microsoft customer in Nigeria and blends Microsoft Learn content, docs, tutorials, guides, and videos, plus other resources. You can use it as a loose starting point to learn the basics of each aspect of Microsoft Power Platform, including customizing canvas apps, managing apps, working with Common Data Service and model-driven Power Apps, Power Automate, AI Builder, Power Virtual Agents, and Power BI.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>During the virtual hackathon, Sarkar and the other helpers “stayed away from technical instruction because we believed people could figure it out on their own.” And they did. “Most people figured it out, and they did it fast.” If someone asked, “How do you use AI to …?,” they wouldn’t show them how to do it but instead would point them in the right direction, saying, “Go look at AI Builder.” People were immensely proud of themselves, she says, because they built something out of nothing to solve a real problem they had identified in their local community. “Anyone can build an app,” she says. You can watch her prove it in the video, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Anyone Can Build a Power App—and Today I Prove It</EM></A>. And you can prove it to yourself. If you want to learn how to build apps with low-code techniques to simplify, automate, and transform business tasks and processes, check out this handy <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Learn Power Apps collection of learning paths on Microsoft Learn</A>. And if you want to learn app-making skills <EM>and </EM>validate them, explore the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Power Platform app maker training and certification</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Although Sarkar is a software engineer, she uses Microsoft Power Platform to help solve her own real-life challenges. After being diagnosed with dyslexia four years ago, she realized that many coping mechanisms were available and there was no need to suffer in silence, so she started using the tools in OneNote and other hacks. But when she encountered difficulty reading a teleprompter, she realized that Microsoft Power Platform is actually “a hack for dyslexia.” Looking at an Excel spreadsheet or SharePoint list is very stressful, for example. But if you generate it into a Power App, it’s much easier to decode, even on a phone, because the content is displayed not all at once but one segment at a time. So, what did she do? She created a teleprompter app for herself that pulls from an Excel spreadsheet all the lines she needs to say and displays them on her phone in a way she can easily read, so she knows what’s coming up and can be extra prepared. For her, Power Apps are a “dyslexia coping tool.” And the potential is there for helping to solve other neurodiversity challenges that people experience, too.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>The advantages of diverse points of view in the workplace</H2> <P>Hiring is expensive, Sarkar says. “Companies spend so much money hiring people. You have to interview 10,000 people to hire 1,000.” She’s hired over 1,000 people herself, from all over the world. The more you get outside your bubble, your comfort zone, she explains, whether that’s Redmond or any other place, the better hires you’re going to get. You’re not just looking for people who can code in C. You want people who bring a different point of view to whatever problem you’re facing. “Say you’re working in AI and are tagging pictures of people, and you want to tag light skin or dark skin. A person in Nigeria is going to tag a picture very differently than a person in Britain. I consider myself to be a dark-skinned person, but in Nigeria I’m considered to be a light-skinned person.” That subjectivity is true for many things—what we consider good or bad, offensive or funny, for instance. “Many other cultural context issues are missed, as well, like internet connectivity and speed or what hybrid cloud means in different parts of the world, when you build products in Redmond with only an American point of view. The more diverse points of view you have, the better your product or service is going to be.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>That’s why corporations don’t need clones. They need “misfits and weirdos,” <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sarkar notes on her website</A>, “the b, entrepreneurial types. The ones who refuse to do the job the way the last guy did it. The ones who hate tracking our work in the tool. The ones that are always creating our own jobs. The ones that are determined to use the power of the corporation to make a real difference in the world.” She calls winning in the corporate world—while being <EM>you</EM>—the “art of <EM>Intrapreneurship</EM>.” She still tells herself, “I’m a software engineer. And I’m a fashion designer. I don’t belong at Microsoft.” As you might expect, her colleagues quickly let her know that she indeed does belong. “It’s the people who think they don’t belong who are often the people companies need most, people with different points of view.” People like Sarkar herself, who saw a need to help people in countries/regions all over the world get into jobs by helping them skill up in technology and then set about making that happen in her role at Microsoft.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Working is learning</H2> <P>Intrapreneurial workers need corporations as much as corporations need them. Corporations can help their “crazy” ideas become reality. They provide mentors and support. They give you the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them, because they provide a buffer of time, money, and people. And they pay you to learn. “You’re always learning on the job,” she notes. “No one expects you to know everything. You may know how to deliver a service for 10,000 people, but who knows how to scale to 1.5 billion?” You’re always being challenged by problems and situations you haven’t dealt with before, so you’re always learning something new. Big companies give you an opportunity to learn. “That’s why I believe Microsoft needs weirdos and weirdos need Microsoft.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Fast Company lists Sarkar as one of its<SPAN>&nbsp;</SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Most Productive People</A>. It’s hard to disagree. All you have to do is check out her <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instagram</A> or <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</A> to see what she’s up to currently. Whether working with her Microsoft Power Platform advocacy team, speaking or leading workshops, running hackathons, creating apps, coaching entrepreneurs in emerging markets, designing an ethically made clothing line for women by women, or writing fiction, she’s always taking creative action, <EM>doing something</EM> to make a difference in the world.</P> <P>Make some friends somewhere else in the world, Sarkar suggests, and bring them along with you on your adventures. Go forth and #DoTheThing—together.&nbsp; &nbsp;And check out the new Microsoft Power Platform course at aka.ms/UdacityPower.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Sat, 01 May 2021 00:03:31 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/empowering-dona-sarkar-s-passion-for-upskilling-people-around/ba-p/1628147 NancyTandy 2021-05-01T00:03:31Z Technical certifications could help drive business optimization https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/technical-certifications-could-help-drive-business-optimization/ba-p/1469344 <P>There is a rich opportunity for organizations to optimize and bring more comprehensive digital transformation to the forefront. With a pandemic shifting how we work today and likely in the future, a new question about business comes to mind: Can change drive optimization in your business? &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This new normal is well, still new to a lot of us. Some elements of the business need urgent help with technology, like the rapid shift to remote work. Supporting a workforce that is suddenly remote comes with an increased time investment. Other parts of the business might need to be put on pause in order to focus on more immediate needs. Maintaining business continuity, keeping up with the digital landscape, and meeting demands are all part of the job – and now more than ever, IT departments need to stay focused and remain confident during these changing times.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>What are the most important IT skills to support business optimization?</H3> <P>A recent IDC report<SUP>1</SUP> may help set you on a path to relevant trainings and certifications for your team to be successful in keeping pace with technology. In the report, a finding that stands out: The skills most needed in your organization depend on the stage the business is in. Is your organization working to maintain continuity? Have you already returned to growth?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>One of the requirements to being a proactively supportive IT team lead is understanding the current stage of growth.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Five stages of business growth<SUP>1</SUP></H3> <UL> <LI>Business continuity – where we were before the pandemic</LI> <LI>Economic slowdown – where we were shortly after the pandemic hit, and many may still be here</LI> <LI>Recession – experiencing layoffs and restructuring</LI> <LI>Return to growth –pivoting the business model or rebounding from the early economic slowdown</LI> <LI>The next normal – looking ahead, settled into a growth pattern that’s appropriate for the uncertainty of the times</LI> </UL> <P>For each stage of business growth, there are specific IT skills that seem to take precedence, with cybersecurity taking the lead.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Five most important IT skills for business growth<SUP>1</SUP></H3> <P>Cybersecurity, IT Operations, Data analytics, Digital innovation, Software development</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Whereas Artificial Intelligence (AI) was an important IT skill pre-pandemic, research shows it gives way to software development as an organization moves through the stages of business recovery. It could be that AI requires more investment in capital and time, both of which were more abundant to organizations pre-pandemic. Moving to a “necessities only” IT position can help a business move out of the trough and into growth.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Certified IT leads have a significant influence on the organization</H3> <P>The training and certifications your team adopt are critical to business recovery. Why? IDC research<SUP>2</SUP> has discovered that certification leads to professional influence. With the skills needed to be certified, in many ways a certification provides tenure that prescribes professional respect – especially when businesses need subject matter experts during recovery mode. Having an IT expert in house gives a business agility, security, and responsiveness, all of which can greatly impact the speed of recovery and optimization.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-center" image-alt="WWL_ValueBlog_Undecided_Infographic_combo.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/240502i6414D4BFB0478D07/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_ValueBlog_Undecided_Infographic_combo.png" alt="WWL_ValueBlog_Undecided_Infographic_combo.png" /></span></P> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3>The path to recovery and optimization</H3> <P>This is an important moment for IT leads. Organizational recovery from the pandemic depends on IT skills. And IT can significantly influence the organization with certifications. Choosing the right certification focus for yourself and your team helps build not just a path to recovery, but the ability to respond to whatever comes next. Ultimately, certification empowers the team, which helps your business succeed – whether in recovery or growth.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Wherever you are on the path, certifications are key to helping your organization succeed in a digital world. Explore <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> to find the right training and certifications for your team.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related post:</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/the-most-important-factor-for-business-success-is-to/ba-p/1469341" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The most important factor for business success</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size="3">1. Source: IDC, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Road to Recovery: What Are the Most Important IT Skills Worldwide to Support Organizational Recovery?, Doc # US46713620</EM></A>, July 2020</FONT></P> <P><FONT size="3">2. Source: IDC, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Do Certifications Increase IT Professional Impact in the Enterprise?, Doc # US46090520</EM></A>, February 2020</FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:45:13 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/technical-certifications-could-help-drive-business-optimization/ba-p/1469344 KarinaUng 2021-09-07T22:45:13Z Announcing two new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals certifications! https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/announcing-two-new-microsoft-dynamics-365-fundamentals/ba-p/1628148 <P>People in many different roles and at various stages in their careers can all benefit from the two new fundamentals certifications being added to the Microsoft training and certification portfolio: <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified:&nbsp;Dynamics 365&nbsp;Fundamentals Customer Engagement Apps (CRM)&nbsp;</A>and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Certified:&nbsp;Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Finance and Operations Apps (ERP)</A>. With more and more businesses using Microsoft Dynamics 365, and a growing need for people skilled in using it to help take advantage of its potential, the opportunities for people who can demonstrate their skill with certification are also increasing. See if these two new certifications can help you advance your career.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365&nbsp;Fundamentals Customer Engagement Apps (CRM)&nbsp;</H2> <P>The training for this certification gives you a broad understanding of the customer engagement capabilities of Dynamics 365. It covers the specific capabilities, apps, components, and life cycles of Dynamics 365 Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, and Project Operations, and also the features they share, such as common customer engagement features, reporting capabilities, and integration options. <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exam MB-910: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals: Customer Engagement apps (CRM),</A> which you must pass to earn this certification, measures skills in these areas. There are no prerequisites for this certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Is this certification right for you? </STRONG></P> <P>If you want to gain broad exposure to the customer engagement capabilities of Dynamics 365, and you’re familiar with business operations and IT savvy—with either general knowledge or work experience in information technology (IT) and customer relationship management (CRM)—this certification is for you. &nbsp;Acquiring these skills and getting certified to validate them can help you advance, no matter where you are in your career or what your role is. Here are just a few examples of who can benefit from this certification:</P> <UL> <LI>IT professionals who want to show a general understanding of the applications they work with</LI> <LI>Business stakeholders or people who use Dynamics 365 and want to validate their skills and experience.</LI> <LI>Developers who want to highlight their understanding of business operations and CRM.</LI> <LI>Student, recent graduates, or people changing careers who want to leverage Dynamics 365 customer engagement capabilities to move to the next level.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Finance and Operations Apps (ERP)</H2> <P>The training for this certification covers the capabilities, strategies, and components of these finance and operations areas: Supply Chain Management, Finance, Commerce, Human Resources, Project Operations, and Business Central, along with their shared features, such as reporting capabilities and integration options.<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Exam-MB-920: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals: Finance and Operations apps (ERP),</A> which you must pass to earn this certification, measures skills in these areas. There are no prerequisites for this certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Is this certification for you? </STRONG></P> <P>If you’re looking for broad exposure to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) capabilities of Dynamics 365 and a better understanding of how finance and operations apps fit within the Microsoft ecosystem—and how to put them to work in an organization—this certification is for you. People who are familiar with business operations, have a fundamental understanding of financial principles, and are IT savvy—with either general knowledge or work experience in IT and the basics of ERP—are good candidates for this certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>By earning this fundamentals certification, you will gain the skills to solve ERP problems and you can validate those skills to current or potential employers, helping to open career doors. If one of the following groups describes you, earning this certification can benefit you.</P> <UL> <LI>IT professionals who want to highlight their broad understanding of the applications they work with</LI> <LI>Technical professionals and business decision makers who are exploring how Dynamics 365 functionality can integrate with apps they’re using.</LI> <LI>Business stakeholders and others who use Dynamics 365 and want to learn more.</LI> <LI>Developers who want to show a deeper understanding of business operations, finance, and ERP.</LI> <LI>Students, recent graduates, and people changing careers who want to leverage Dynamics 365 finance and operations apps to move to the next level.</LI> </UL> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Exam MB-901 is being retired</STRONG></P> <P>The two exams associated with these new certifications, Exam MB-910 and MB-920, are replacing Exam MB-901: Microsoft Dynamics Fundamentals. <STRONG>Exam MB-901 will expire on June 30, 2021</STRONG>. After that date, it will no longer be available for you to take - only MB-910 and MB-920 will be - so if you're currently preparing for MB-901, make sure you take and pass that exam before June 30, 2021.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Explore these two new fundamentals certifications and other <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform fundamentals certifications</A>. While you’re looking for ways to build and validate skills to stay current and enhance your career, why not browse the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">16 Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform role-based certifications</A> too? Find a training and certification that’s a perfect match for where you are now. &nbsp;&nbsp;</P> Wed, 16 Dec 2020 16:00:00 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/announcing-two-new-microsoft-dynamics-365-fundamentals/ba-p/1628148 NancyTandy 2020-12-16T16:00:00Z Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated January 27, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This past year has certainly been an extraordinary one, and we’ve seen the impact of technology as it transforms to meet increasing productivity and collaboration needs around the world. In just the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we observed two years’ worth of digital transformation take place. And the momentum continues to help organizations and businesses optimize. In fact, in the past year, Microsoft Azure grew by more than 1,000 new capabilities, allowing us to innovate with the latest advancements in key areas including AI, machine learning, and virtualization. The rapid pace of technology change has truly shifted the landscape of in-demand skills for a digital world.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>At Microsoft, we’ve been building a portfolio of role-based training and certifications designed to help tech professionals stay current and be future-ready. The retirement of product-focused certifications has allowed us to continue investing in our role-based learning offerings. And today, we’re excited to announce a couple of upcoming updates to our certification program to help our customers and partners keep pace with technology.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>First,&nbsp;we’re providing&nbsp;our certified professionals a method </SPAN><SPAN>to renew their Microsoft Certifications</SPAN><SPAN>, initially earned by passing rigorous exam(s). </SPAN>In<STRONG>&nbsp;March 2021,</STRONG> you’ll be able to renew your role-based and specialty certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn. Rather than having to retake scheduled exam(s), the renewal assessment can be completed online on your own time, and anytime within six months before your certification expires. After you pass the renewal assessment, your certification is extended by one additional year from the current expiration date; this can be done annually. To help you prepare, you’ll also have the option to access a free collection of curated learning modules for each renewal assessment.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN>Second,&nbsp;we’re updating the validity for role-based and specialty certifications to one year from the date you earned it. S</SPAN>tarting<STRONG> in June 2021</STRONG>, this change will take effect for newly earned certifications. <SPAN>The shift to a one-year certification validity</SPAN><SPAN> aligns&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN>to&nbsp;how quickly&nbsp;cloud technology changes; renewing certifications on an annual basis validates skills and ability to perform in job roles are relevant in the market.</SPAN></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>This new frictionless approach is intended to enable you to focus on keeping current with technology, while also reducing the stress, complexity, and cost of keeping your certification active. Embracing a growth mindset and the need for continuous learning can help you open career opportunities, successfully perform in job roles, and continue to support your organization’s digital and cloud transformation. With a Microsoft Certification—globally recognized and industry-endorsed evidence of mastered real-world skills—you also demonstrate your proficiency in keeping pace with technology.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re happy to share these upcoming changes that enable you to stay current with necessary skills and to seamlessly weave in your certification renewal. For additional details on how to renew role-based and specialty certifications, including answers to frequently asked questions, check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renew your Microsoft Certification</A> page. We thank you for sharing your learning journey with us, and we look forward to keeping you up to date on technology’s groundbreaking ability to continue transforming our world.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:52:52 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678 alexpayn 2021-01-27T18:52:52Z Explore data in basketball; inspired by SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/explore-data-in-basketball-inspired-by-space-jam-a-new-legacy/ba-p/1964933 <P>Basketball and coding share more than you think. They both require creativity, curiosity, and the ability to look at the big picture while strategizing your next move. <EM>Space Jam: A New Legacy</EM> is the perfect inspiration to learn computer and data science, and we've teamed up to create unique learning paths for data science and machine learning.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Space Jam LearnCard.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/239327i5A209FBA517455B5/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Space Jam LearnCard.png" alt="Space Jam LearnCard.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The new learning path, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use machine learning to coach Looney Tunes basketball players, inspired by SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY</A>, is inspired by real basketball players and the stats that guide the game of basketball.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><LI-VIDEO vid="https://youtu.be/pXkIIzihEYM" align="center" size="small" width="200" height="113" uploading="false" thumbnail="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/pXkIIzihEYM/hqdefault.jpg" external="url"></LI-VIDEO></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In the first module of this learning path, you will learn how to use machine learning to impute missing data and discover bimodality in data separating human basketball players from Tune Squad players to create a complete dataset of player statistics, including their&nbsp;<A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Player Efficiency Rating</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The second module is where you get the opportunity to take your data into the game. You will use machine learning to create a realistic simulated dataset of player stats throughout one game. Using this dataset, you will learn how to create and deploy a basic web app to support a coach's decision making on which players to give a water break to, and which to put in the game.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>With the power of <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Visual Studio Code</A>, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Azure</A>, and <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GitHub</A>, you will level up your coding skills while solving real-world challenges, with a little extra pizzazz from your favorite Tune Squad players. And, if you’re someone who also likes to watch walkthroughs of code, Dr. G is launching a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">short series of video tutorials</A> guiding you through the learning path.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>Welcome to the Jam!  Basketball champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny in the animated/live-action event “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” from director Malcolm D. Lee and an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter.  This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safely by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny, and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before.  It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>We’re excited to partner with this film because learning to code doesn’t have to be a series of the same sample project, together we can explore new tech skills paired with our love for basketball with an added flare of fun Looney Tunes characters. If you’re interested in other learning opportunities for younger students and educators, check out our post on the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Education Blog</A>. Be sure to check out the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">new learning path today</A> and don’t forget to catch the film, coming 2021!</P> Mon, 14 Dec 2020 16:22:46 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/explore-data-in-basketball-inspired-by-space-jam-a-new-legacy/ba-p/1964933 sguthals 2020-12-14T16:22:46Z Staying resilient with continuous learning https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/staying-resilient-with-continuous-learning/ba-p/1469343 <P>Resilience is a theme that has emerged from all over the world as we find ways to cope, learn, and grow through these unusual times. We have good news for people who would like to start a career or who already work in technology: Research shows that the pandemic has accelerated digitization to the tune of a projected 149 million new jobs in tech by 2025.<SUP>1</SUP></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>In-demand tech jobs by 2025:</P> <UL> <LI>98M new jobs projected in software development</LI> <LI>23M in cloud and data roles</LI> <LI>20M in data analysis, machine learning, and AI</LI> <LI>6M in cyber security</LI> <LI>1M in privacy and trust</LI> </UL> <P>In contrast, since 2008 employer-paid training has declined steadily.<SUP>2</SUP> So how can you keep up with the training and certifications you need to grow into these high-demand roles? This is an encouraging opportunity to take charge of your own career growth through available training resources. Recently, we launched an <A href="#" target="_self">initiative to help people worldwide acquire the digital skills</A> needed in a COVID-19 economy.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="WWL_ValueBlog_COVIDimpact_Infographic_V1_reco.png" style="width: 800px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/238371iF0C3FE70CF16F638/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="WWL_ValueBlog_COVIDimpact_Infographic_V1_reco.png" alt="WWL_ValueBlog_COVIDimpact_Infographic_V1_reco.png" /></span></STRONG></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s the right time to get skilled</H3> <P>Where are you in your career stage? Maybe you’re happily employed and the pandemic has not significantly impacted your career path. If so, this is a good opportunity to keep your skills relevant with training or explorations in new areas to ensure you’re current. Maybe you’re actively looking for a new role. Do you need to strengthen skills to be a prime candidate? Perhaps you’re a recent graduate and want to build specific skills for a role you’re interested in. Or maybe you’re growing in your career and want to take the next steps to become an expert in your field. Wherever you are in your current career stage, using this time of change to improve your skills can help you stay ahead.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Get role-based tech training</H3> <P>We’ve been building a portfolio of technical role-based training and certifications designed to help you stay current and be future-ready. Role-based training focuses on department objectives rather than product knowledge. For example, training and certification for a cloud administrator covers a broad set of products including data management and analytics, system properties and provisioning rules, VMs and even resource management, just to name a few. This helps provide a valuable set of skills to be successful in a job role, and in turn, makes you valuable as an employee or partner.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Learn in the style that fits best</H3> <P>Everyone learns differently. To meet people where they are, Microsoft Learn provides a range of learning modalities, often combined to create a personalized experience. This method empowers you to grow in a way that fits you best:</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI><STRONG>Self-paced learning</STRONG> on Microsoft Learn helps build practical jobs skills with free, step-by-step, bite-sized tutorials and modules. Learning paths offer interactive coding environments right in the browser.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Training events</STRONG> provide unique upskilling experiences, combining presentations with demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on workshops virtually and/or in person.</LI> <LI><STRONG>Instructor-led training </STRONG>with Learning Partners, using Microsoft Official Courses taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, brings customized training plans and dedicated personal attention and support to quickly advance technical expertise.</LI> </UL> <H3>&nbsp;</H3> <H3>Keep moving forward</H3> <P>Continuous learning is a key signal of resilience and staying ahead. Just as Microsoft training is aligned with roles, Microsoft Certifications are designed to validate that those in-demand talents exist. Microsoft Certification validates technical knowledge and the ability to demonstrate real-world skills, recognition that can help you aim for your next career step. Continue learning and growing, even during a pandemic. Explore <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A> to find your path forward.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Related post:</STRONG></P> <UL> <LI><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft launches initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire the digital skills needed in a COVID-19 economy</A></LI> </UL> <H4>&nbsp;</H4> <P><SUP>1</SUP> Microsoft Data Science, utilizing LinkedIn Data. Methodology and assumptions can be found in the white paper “Methodology: Digitization Capacity of the World Economy.”</P> <P><SUP>2 </SUP>Council of Economic Advisers calculations of data from Census Bureau, Survey of Income and Program Participation. Microsoft CELA Data Science and Analytics.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 22:49:37 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/staying-resilient-with-continuous-learning/ba-p/1469343 KarinaUng 2021-09-07T22:49:37Z Level up with Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-data-analyst-associate/ba-p/1969691 <P><FONT color="#FF0000"><EM>Updated September 7, 2021</EM></FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Data analysts drive business insights and manage ever-growing volumes of data. With Microsoft Power BI, analysts can make the most of this data—from ingesting and storing it to reporting it in inspiring ways. In fact, these insights can help drive your business forward and even open career doors. If you’re a data analyst, you use Power BI to discover hidden insights in the data—and you empower your team to do the same. Plus, you know that better visualization leads to improved recall and communication—and that means powerful insights for your organization.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Data Analyst Associate</STRONG></A> certification validates that you have subject matter expertise helping businesses to maximize the value of their data assets using Power BI. It also shows that you have what it takes to design and build scalable data models, clean and transform data, and enable advanced analytics capabilities that provide meaningful business value. You earn the certification by passing <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>Exam DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI</STRONG></A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?</P> <P>As a candidate for this certification, you should have a fundamental understanding of data repositories and data processing in the cloud and in on-premises settings. In addition, you should have knowledge and experience with Power BI.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>How can you get ready?</H3> <P>To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The journey to Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate</A>. You can also find it in the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">resources section</A> on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for data analysts.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><span class="lia-inline-image-display-wrapper lia-image-align-inline" image-alt="Data Analyst certification journey.png" style="width: 999px;"><img src="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/308751i2330ACC55AAB7CD0/image-size/large?v=v2&amp;px=999" role="button" title="Data Analyst certification journey.png" alt="Data Analyst certification journey.png" /></span></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam DA-100, review the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>skills outline guide</STRONG></A> on the exam page.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:</P> <UL> <LI>For self-paced online training, choose curated <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><STRONG>learning paths on Microsoft Learn</STRONG></A>.</LI> <LI>If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose <STRONG>instructor-led training</STRONG> from a <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learning Partner</A>. Take a practical course, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI</A>.</LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Then take a trial run with the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Official Practice Test for DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI</A>. All objectives of the exam are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Complement your training with additional resources, like <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Docs</A> or the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power BI Learning catalog</A>. And don’t miss the <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power BI community webinars</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>After you pass the exam and earn your certification, explore other opportunities with Azure and Power BI to make the most of your big data with Azure. Connect, combine, and analyze your entire data estate with Power BI and Azure analytics services—from Azure Synapse Analytics to Azure Data Lake Storage. Analyze petabytes of data, use advanced AI capabilities, apply additional data protection, share insights across your organization, and much more. For related training, check out <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Note:</STRONG> Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Celebrate your Azure and Power BI talents with the world</H3> <P>When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how: &nbsp;</P> <UL> <LI>If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certification Dashboard</A><SPAN>, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)</SPAN></LI> <LI><SPAN>To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the <STRONG>Skills and endorsements</STRONG> section. <STRONG>Tip:</STRONG> We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.</SPAN></LI> </UL> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Keep your certification up to date</H3> <P>If you’ve already earned your Data Analyst Associate certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/stay-current-with-in-demand-skills-through-free-certification/ba-p/1489678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals</A>.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>It’s time to level up!</H3> <P>Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/need-another-reason-to-earn-a-microsoft-certification/ba-p/1469342" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?</A>, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>As a data analyst, you know that data tells a story—and your data’s story could be a potential path to more sales, greater efficiency, improved insights, and patterns that could lead to big wins for your organization. Grow beyond charts and graphs, enrich and expand your data visualizations, and prove your skills and experience. It’s time to level up with a Data Analyst Associate certification.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Related announcements</STRONG></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/understanding-microsoft-azure-certifications/ba-p/1469358?BlogId=8&amp;Id=375305" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/finding-the-right-microsoft-azure-certification-for-you/ba-p/1469359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you</A></P> <P><A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/master-the-basics-of-microsoft-azure-cloud-data-and-ai/ba-p/1644825" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master the basics of Microsoft Azure—cloud, data, and AI</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 21:57:45 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/level-up-with-microsoft-certified-data-analyst-associate/ba-p/1969691 SandraMarin 2021-09-07T21:57:45Z New Microsoft Dynamics 365 learning paths: November 2020 roundup https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-learning-paths-november-2020-roundup/ba-p/1633324 <P>Explore the new role-based learning paths that were released last month on <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Microsoft Learn</A>. The Microsoft Learn training and certification portfolio is continually expanding to help you build your skills and then validate them by earning certification. Take a look at the latest free, online training that you can work through at your own pace. Whether you’re beginning or continuing your skilling journey, choose a learning path and start it today. Before long, you’ll have a new set of skills you can demonstrate to employers or colleagues—and the satisfaction of having accomplished a goal and helped to advance your career. Want help figuring out where to begin and which training to take when? Check out the Microsoft Learn <A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dynamics 365 landing page</A>, which highlights useful collections, learning paths to get you started, and popular learning paths and modules.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The following learning paths and modules were released in November 2020.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>FastTrack for Dynamics 365</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="232.889px"> <P><STRONG>Learning path</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="96px"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="159.111px"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="232.889px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use Success by Design for Customer Engagement apps solutions</A></P> <P>All 11 modules now published</P> </TD> <TD width="96px"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="159.111px"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="232.889px"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Use Success by Design for Unified Operations apps solutions</A></P> <P>Three modules</P> </TD> <TD width="96px"> <P>Solution architect, functional consultant&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="159.111px"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Supply Chain Management</H2> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="96"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master planning in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management</A></P> <P>Two modules</P> </TD> <TD width="96"> <P>Business user, functional consultant, solution architect</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>MB-320, MB-330</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Project Operations</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Module</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="96"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="96"> <P>Business user, functional consultant, solution architect</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get started with Expense Management in Dynamics 365 Project Operations</A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="96"> <P>Business user, functional consultant, solution architect</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>MB-310</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Business Central</H2> <P>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="96"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Continuous Integration with Azure DevOps for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central&nbsp;&nbsp;</A></P> <P>Six modules</P> </TD> <TD width="96"> <P>Developer</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Customer Insights</H2> <P>&nbsp;</P> <TABLE> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><STRONG>Learning path</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="96"> <P><STRONG>Role</STRONG></P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P><STRONG>Certification</STRONG></P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD width="234"> <P><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Unlock customer intent with Dynamics 365 Customer Insights</A></P> <P>Entire learning path updated and two new modules added:</P> <P><SPAN>· </SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ingest data into Customer Insights&nbsp;</A></P> <P><SPAN>· </SPAN><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Enrich data and predictions with Customer Insights</A></P> </TD> <TD width="96"> <P>Business user, functional consultant</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> <TD width="156"> <P>Not currently part of an exam</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> <P>&nbsp;</P> Thu, 12 Aug 2021 23:43:40 GMT https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/new-microsoft-dynamics-365-learning-paths-november-2020-roundup/ba-p/1633324 MargoCrandall-MSFT 2021-08-12T23:43:40Z Empowering—Joe Camp’s path from no-code to Microsoft Power Platform advocate https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/empowering-joe-camp-s-path-from-no-code-to-microsoft-power/ba-p/1628146 <P><EM>This is the second of a three-part series on the ways that Microsoft Power Platform empowers people with no coding experience to upskill and quickly learn how to create apps to solve business problems or problems they’ve identified in their local communities. The first post, based on <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/empowering-gomolemo-mohapi-s-journey-from-student-to-microsoft/ba-p/1628145" target="_blank" rel="noopener">an interview with Gomolemo Mohapi</A>, focused on the young South African student’s path to becoming an IT teacher, app maker, and Microsoft Student Ambassador and cloud advocate experienced in Microsoft Power Platform. The third post, based on a conversation with Dona Sarkar, Advocate Lead - Microsoft Power Platform, tells the story of Sarkar’s meeting Mohapi and inviting him to become a member of her team. Today’s post is based on an interview with Joe Camp, Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team member and one of Mohapi’s current colleagues. To hear Mohapi, Sarkar, and Camp talk about their experience with Microsoft Power Platform, listen to this </EM><A href="#" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><EM>Digital Lifestyle podcast</EM></A><EM>.</EM></P> <P><EM>&nbsp;</EM></P> <P>In July 2020, when Joe Camp joined the Microsoft Power Platform/Power Apps Advocacy team led by Dona Sarkar, he and Gomolemo Mohapi became colleagues. Camp is the lead advocate for career switches to Microsoft Power Platform, and Mohapi is the lead advocate for students and emerging markets. They first met just over a year earlier, at the Microsoft Build Conference in Seattle in 2019, when Camp was still on the Windows Insider team and Mohapi hadn’t yet been hired by Microsoft. Mohapi had been invited to speak at Build and to help launch the project he had worked on with Sarkar, #InsiderUp. Although Sarkar was the one who invited Mohapi and guided him through the conference, it was Camp who helped arrange all his travel from South Africa to Seattle, including visas, lodging, meals, and transportation in Seattle, and who was on call to help him with any logistical issues that arose during the conference. “Now, just a year later,” Camp says with a smile, “we’re colleagues.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>It was Sarkar who was the catalyst for their meeting and becoming colleagues. She had met Mohapi during Microsoft Ignite The Tour in Johannesburg in 2019, when she was head of the Windows Insider Program. She’d been “blown away” by Mohapi, especially by that fact that he had taught himself Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Power Platform using the resources on Microsoft Learn and had created content to help his student peers learn this tech, too. So she invited the young South African and a few others she had met at conferences to the 2019 Build conference in Seattle to help her launch a new program and meet other Microsoft executives. “This shows,” Camp emphasizes, “why it’s so important to get out and meet people.” By staying inside a tech or corporate or even location bubble, and not engaging with people in different contexts, many opportunities are missed. In <A href="https://gorovian.000webhostapp.com/?exam=t5/microsoft-learn-blog/empowering-gomolemo-mohapi-s-journey-from-student-to-microsoft/ba-p/1628145" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Empowering—Gomolemo Mohapi’s journey from student to Microsoft Power Platform advocate</A>, the first post in this series, you can read the story of how Mohapi made the journey from attending Microsoft Ignite The Tour in Johannesburg to speaking at Build in Seattle to being hired on the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team and becoming Camp’s colleague. &nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H2>Cloud advocates who continue their learning by learning from each other</H2> <P>As colleagues, Camp and Mohapi are frequently in contact. They have regular contact in team meetings, of course, but their work relationship extends far beyond that. “We’re a generation apart,” Camp says, “but we’re peers. He’s one of the most mature people I’ve ever met—at any age. When I first met him at Build and heard that he had developed learning guides to help his fellow college students grasp difficult material, I was blown away. I certainly wasn’t that focused at that age or in college.” Add to that, Camp says, Mohapi is humble. “He always gives credit to other people first, instead of calling attention to himself.”</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>Working with Mohapi on the Microsoft Power Platform Advocacy team these past months, Camp has also had the opportunity to observe his teaching close up. “He’s one of the best presenters I’ve ever seen—though I know speaking in public hasn’t always been easy for him. He’s always thoroughly prepared, he’s concise, and he’s engaging. Most important, his content is always eas