Azure Certification: Where to Start? 2016 Edition

Here is an excellent blog that succinctly lays out the range of Microsoft Azure Certifications and exams required to achieve them. One thing I would like to see added to this that I might add once I have spent time researching is the amount of time that should be set aside for employees to undertake this training. This information is essential for employers in understanding the cost of developing skilled employees in this area.


The choice of choosing which certification to obtain can be a tricky one, especially if you’ve never studied for or taken a Microsoft Certification exam before. It can also be daunting if you don’t know anyone else who has done it either. You shouldn’t let this discourage you. It may be a bit confusing, but it’s actually not all that complicated. This article outlines some of the specifics in what certification you might want to target for your specific skills or interest, as well as some tips to help on your way to getting Microsoft Certified in Microsoft Azure.

What Azure Certifications are there?

Microsoft recently announced a complete revamp of the Microsoft Certified Professional program creating 5 new MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) certifications. While these MCSD and MCSE are the “big” certifications that require passing multiple exams to obtain, there are some…

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DevOps should be about value to business

I was intrigued recently at a presentation about DevOps in which one of the headline key objectives of DevOps was “to increase the speed and frequency of software releases”.

When I saw this statement it struck me that this wasn’t really the reason why DevOps has become so hyped in recent years, after all just because you release code faster and on a more frequent basis, doesn’t necessarily mean it is better or drives any additional value to the organisation. And to me value is at the heart of this or any other framework or methodologies that may be adopted by business. Continue reading DevOps should be about value to business

Collaboration requires different perspectives

Do not presume your knowledge of a subject means you know the answer to a problem. Your answer will inherit a natural bias of what you know, not what you don’t know. Your answers may lie in the ideas of those that do not necessarily have subject matter expertise and the perspective they bring to solving the problem. They instinctively think outside your box.