Time to Restart & Install Updates! [Study Resources] AWS & Azure

It’s that time of year for me to hit restart and install updates!

I will be looking at refreshing skills in both Azure and AWS. Wish me luck!

A few exams and study resources on my radar below:

Microsoft Azure Exams

AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
AZ-203 Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
AZ-300 Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
AZ-301 Microsoft Azure Architect Design
70-473 Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions
70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions

Please note: The following exams retire June 30, 2019!
70-774 Perform Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine Learning
70-775 Perform Data Engineering on Microsoft HDInsight

Udemy and Pluralsight have a selection of courses, Edx.org offers a number of Microsoft Certification Tracks that cover a range of Azure skills:
Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science
Microsoft Professional Program in DevOps
Microsoft Professional Program in Artificial Intelligence

AWS has Updated and New Exam Readiness Courses

Aligned to the recently released AWS Certification exams:
Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty
Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Security – Specialty

Updated Exam Readiness Courses
Reflect new features, services, and best practices covered in the respective exams:
Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
Exam Readiness: AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

Another great AWS resource is courses available via ACloud.Guru.

Custom Vision API

Henk Boelman has a great tutorial on using the Microsoft Custom Vision API. Easy to follow and a great resource to get you going quickly. Bonus if you’re a Simpson’s fan =)

https://www.henkboelman.com/object-detection-with-microsoft-custom-vision/

More on Custom Vision API available on the Microsoft site here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cognitive-services/custom-vision-service/home

Exam 70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions

Passed!  Working in Azure sure helps you get up to speed on the technology faster!  After learning about the cloud on AWS, I am now continuing my journey on Azure.  Stop 1 on my certification journey was Exam 70-475.

Resources

Books:

Mastering Azure Analytics: Architecting in the Cloud with Azure Data Lake, HDInsight, and Spark

Author: Zoiner Tejada

Cert Exam Prep:

Big Data Exam Prep session from Microsoft Ignite 2017

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-475.aspx

Microsoft Professional Program Big Data

available on Edx.org

Unit 1 – Data Fundamentals

Course 1:      Microsoft Professional Program : Introduction to Big Data

Course 3:      Introduction to NoSQL Data Solutions

Unit 2 – Big Data Processing

Course 5:      Delivering a Data Warehouse in the Cloud

Course 6a:    Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake Analytics

Course 6b:    Processing Big Data with Hadoop in Azure HDInsight

Course 7a:    Processing Real-Time Data Streams in Azure

Course 7b:    Implementing Real-Time Analytics with Hadoop in Azure HDInsight

Unit 3 – Big Data Analysis Solutions

Course 8:      Orchestrating Big Data with Azure Data Factory