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Microsoft certification changes 2019: what you need to know

Earlier this year, Microsoft launched its added a whole new string to its certification bow, adding extra, career-focused badges to its stable of product specialist certifications.

The new crop of certifications is intended to equip professionals to take on tech’s ever-evolving job roles, with the accreditations aligned to positions—such as administrator, developer, and solution architect—rather than singular products.

These three were retired in late 2018: And here’s what’s being retired in summer 2019: Many of Microsoft’s older exams have been retired too, so while you can still earn an older certification, you might have to sit different exams to get them.

Both types of certification have the same kind of grading, with an entry-level certification covering basic concepts as the first step, a more technical mid-level cert, and a final, top-shelf certification aimed at experienced pros.

By earning this badge, you’ll verify that you have a good understanding of the benefits of adopting cloud services, the SaaS cloud model, and how to purchase, implement, configure, and secure Microsoft 365.

Fundamentals certifications aren’t a prerequisite for earning higher-level certs, but if you’re thinking about taking a crack at one of the many Azure Associate or Expert badges available, then the Azure Fundamentals exam will give you a good overview of core Azure services, pricing and support options, and the basics of cloud security, privacy, compliance, and trust.

Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate As an Azure Security Engineer, you’ll be responsible for implementing security controls and threat protection, managing identities and access levels, and safeguarding data, applications, and networks in your organization.

Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Marketing Functional Consultant Associate One of the newer editions to the Microsoft Dynamics 365 family, Marketing helps customers create, warm, and convert leads and grow brand awareness across a multitude of channels.

This certification will verify your skills as a Dynamics 365 for Marketing Functional Consultant, including configuration of the app, handling data, creating forms, segments and lists, managing customer journeys, and generating reports.

To earn this certification, you’ll need to be able to configure the app, manage the field service lifecycle, and deploy the Connected Field Service (IoT) solution to ensure the efficient processing of work orders and manage personnel and resources in the field.

The first cert focuses on the financials portion of the app, and will encompass tasks like overseeing global financials, automating workflows, streamlining customer ordering, plus selling, invoicing, and reporting.

To earn this certification, you’ll need to be able to use the app to integrate digital and physical systems, improve visibility, boost manufacturing efficiency and flexibility, and lower costs.

Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate The third of Microsoft’s ERP-focused certifications, this badge certifies skills relating to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations’ supply chain features, like cost accounting, inventory management, master planning, and warehouse management.

You’ll be expected to know all the usual app-related stuff—managing data, configuring the platform, upkeeping security processes—as well as how to manage cases, queues, entitlements, and knowledge bases within the solution to anticipate and address customer needs.

badge for all things Outlook, the Messaging Administrator Associate certification covers everything you need to know to deploy, configure, and manage a modern email system, including all of its infrastructure, topology, security features, and delivery settings.

Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate One of the more general certifications in the current stable, Modern Desktop Administrator Associate measures the skills involved in deploying, configuring, securing, managing, and monitoring Windows, the applications that run on it (such as Edge and Office 365), and the devices that use it.

this certification was created to validate the holder’s ability to secure Microsoft 365 enterprise and hybrid environments, including implementing and managing security and compliance solutions, responding to threats, and enforcing data governance.

The two exams that must be passed to earn this badge cover, among other things, migrating data, managing domains, designing identity strategies, configuring app access, managing device compliance, and monitoring security.

Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert Azure DevOps professionals are expected to be able to unite people, process, and technologies to deliver great business products and services on a continuing basis, meeting user needs and business objectives in the process.

MOS: Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 Validating your fundamental knowledge of core Office functions, the Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 certification demonstrates that you can help your organization dig deeper into Microsoft’s 2016 version of its central app suite.

This MTA certification is a perfect gateway, covering a wide range of essential relational database concepts, measuring core practical awareness of database security requirements, objects such as tables and views, graphical tools and T-SQL scripts, and boosting your technical street-cred.

Windows Operating System Fundamentals Covering a wide range of functions within the Windows 10 operating system environment, this cert verifies your understanding of operating system configurations, your ability to install, upgrade, maintain, and manage systems, and that you have a good grasp on how to manage files, folders, and devices.

Software Development Fundamentals This exam tests essential software development skills like understanding object-oriented programming, databases, web and desktop apps, and general software development knowledge including use of C#, Microsoft Visual Basic, and .NET.

good jumping off point for those looking to learn more about Microsoft’s huge stable of cloud products and services, the Cloud Fundamentals MTA  will test your knowledge of the cloud, how to enable Microsoft cloud services, administer Office 365 and Microsoft Intune, use and configure Microsoft cloud services, and support cloud users.

You’ll need to know how to apply strategies to solve computational problems, design algorithms, work with data representation in block-based programming languages, solve computational problems by using modeling and simulation, code programs in block-based programming, assess personal security in internet communications, and examine the software development process.

You should have at least 100 hours of practical Python development experience before taking this one on, as you’ll be expected to be able to recognize and write syntactically correct Python code, recognize data types supported by Python, and recognize and write Python code that will logically solve a given problem.

Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS Another programming fundamentals certification, to pass this exam you’ll need to demonstrate your knowledge of HTML and CSS, in particular, how to structure documents, present multimedia, and style web pages using these languages.

MCSA: Windows Server 2016 MCSA: Windows Server 2016 focuses on Windows 2016 skills including installation, storage, networking and identity functionality with Windows Server 2016, as well as installation and configuration of Nano Server, creation and management of images for deployment, and local and server storage solutions.

MCSA: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Another relatively new certification for a relatively new technology, this badge verifies your ability to implement, customize, configure, deploy, use, maintain, and support Microsoft Dynamics 365 in your customers’

MCSA: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations Focusing specifically on Dynamics 365 for Operations, the more ERP-heavy arm of the application, candidates for this certification will be quizzed on either administering a Microsoft SQL database infrastructure, or the basic technical and developmental tasks required to customize Microsoft Dynamics AX.

MCSA: SQL 2016 BI Development Intended for current or budding ETL and/or BI developers, this certification looks at your capabilities to create BI solutions that require implementation of multidimensional data models, implementation and maintenance of OLAP cubes, and implementation of tabular data models.

MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration Aimed at database professionals with a working knowledge of deployment models, upgrading and migrating databases, this certification certifies your skills in SQL installation, maintenance, and configuration tasks.

MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development Covering both on-premises and cloud-based databases, this MCSA tests knowledge in writing queries, creating database files, planning, creating, and optimizing indexes, and ensuring data integrity among other database-related functions.

MCSE: Core Infrastructure MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certifies the talents needed to run an efficient data center and implement and manage cloud technologies, as well other cloud skills such as identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking.

Starting off with a broad overview of the features and functions within Microsoft Dynamics 365, you’ll have the option to choose one of eight exams to earn the certification, each covering a specific Dynamics 365 app.

MCSE: Data Management and Analytics This competency demonstrates a broad skill set across SQL administration, building enterprise-scale data solutions, and leveraging business intelligence data both on-premises and in cloud environments.

MCSE: Productivity Validating your abilities to deploy Microsoft Office cloud and hybrid solutions to enterprise customers, this badge can be obtained via an elective exam focusing on any of the above platforms, depending on your specialism.

If you hold a certification that’s now been put out to pasture, Microsoft usually offers transitional exams to help you bridge gaps in your knowledge and earn a new certification at a discount.

Microsoft offers MCPs some useful tools to help continue your education, including a Certification Manager and Planner to track your progress and options for completing your certification, promotional offers on training and exams, admittance to the MCP community where you can find job opportunities and connect with your peers, and access to the MCP eStore, (in case having your MCP status on your business card just wasn’t enough).

And while many arguments against certifications hinge on the changeability of the IT industry hindering their longevity, with Microsoft’s certification structure so recently revamped to ensure their relevance, there’s never been a better time to get certified in your field.


This is an eclectic collection of interesting blog posts, software announcements and data applications from Microsoft and elsewhere that I've noted over the past month or so.

torchvision 0.3, the PyTorch library of datasets and tools for computer vision, adds new models for semantic segmentation and object detection.

The Wolfram Engine, featured in Mathematica and including a suite of algorithms for visualization, machine learning, NLP and more, is now available free for development (license required for production).  

Snips open-sources Tract, an embedded neural network inference engine designed for wake-word detection by virtual assistant devices.

Azure Machine Learning Service adds new MLOps capabilities, providing version control, audit trails, and packaging, deployment and monitoring support for machine learning models via an Azure DevOps extension.

Further updates to Azure Machine Learning Service are now in preview, including a new drag-and-drop visual interface, a new form-based UI for automated machine learning, model interpretability, and hosted Python notebooks.

Microsoft announces an end-to-end toolchain for autonomous systems (in preview), which developers can use to simulate and build robots and other AI-driven autonomous devices.

ODSC suggests 25 public data sets to get started with machine learning, spanning text, images, and tabular data.

Open Images v5, a large collection of annotated images including segmentation masks for 2.8 million objects in 350 categories, has been released by Google.

Google's "Translatotron", a speech-to-speech translation model that translates speech audio into a second language while retaining the original speaking voice.

Facebook researchers develop a method to synthesize full-body video of a person performing actions animated in real time under joystick control, based only on real source video.

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