Windows Azure is a key part of Microsoft’s “Cloud” strategy moving into the future but of course, it needs people to use it and develop for it for it to be truly successful. They are piloting a new way of training developers & architects Azure, via self paced, web based training…best of all it’s FREE!
The method is one that I’m quite familiar with which aims to offer the best features of classroom training without the hassles and expense of travel, hotels, being out of the office for days etc. It utilises:
- Interactive Live Meeting sessions with a tutor
- On-line videos
- Hands on Labs
- Weekly Assessments
to cover off the topics, and you don’t need to go anywhere! The course lasts for 6 weeks from:
May 10th – June 18th
Week 1 – Windows Azure Platform
Week 2 – Windows Azure Storage
Week 3 – Windows Azure Deep Dive and Codename "Dallas"
Week 4 – SQL Azure
Week 5 – Windows Azure Platform AppFabric Access Control
Week 6 – Windows Azure Platform AppFabric Service Bus
and did I mention it’s FREE?!
This is aimed at developers, architects, programmers and system designers and recommends at least 6 months experience programming in .NET and Visual Studio.
It will take around 4 to 5 hours a week to research and complete the tasks and there are timelines etc for submitting the work. However, successful completion gets you a “Microsoft Certificate of Completion” 🙂
This is a new approach from Microsoft and one that I hope will be expanded out to other product areas.
You can find more information and sign up here:
If you’re technically minded and interested in Azure, sign up…and get any colleagues/friends that would be interested to sign up too!
I’ve registered and am looking forward to it so hopefully I’ll see you there 🙂