I have just done a fantastic knowledge refresh of my Azure knowledge and just passed the latest Azure Fundamentals course. You can check it out by clicking the image below:
Most of the course is theoretical, with a little hands-on practice. But what happens if you want to get down and dirty, with the platform. Never fear, I run a course with ALC Training that covers all things technical. It's an Azure 1 Day Technical Quickstart, where you will be spinning up virtual machines, storage and networking, like there is no tommorrow.
You won't get through all the lab exercises, but you can finish them off at your leisure, either in the same week, when you're back at home or work, or you can save them for a rainy day. I guarantee that you will be a lot more confident with spinning up the resources in Azure. Click on the picture below for more information:
So what did I learn? I refreshed my memory and skills on spinning up a number of compute, storage and networking resources, which I did outside of the tutorial with our Microsof Partner credits. I also explored a number of awesome features, that are geared towards regulated and large corporate entitites. Entities like government, banking, defence, healthcare, manufacturing to name a few. Here are some of the highlights:
It's my favourite, because I really love solving business problems using Artificial Intelligence. This particular solution above, shows how you can classify images, using machine learning. The use case for this could be for facial recognition, to detect and diagnose disease or simply to help classify patterns in your business or social media data. The possibilities are endless.
I'm going to end with a final diagram that shows the breadth of Azure services available. Click on the diagram to take you to the Azure Solutions site:
Paul Colmer is a digital coach for ALC training and consulting, with a real passion for learning and applying disruptive technologies. Paul has responsibility for building and delivering ALC's digital architecture strategy and the development and execution of a number of cloud courses, including Cloud Security (CCSP), Amazon AWS, DevOps, Microsoft Azure and Office 365.