Microsoft is set to launch four new certification programs for Azure Enterprise Data, Microsoft Exchange Online, Cybersecurity architecture and others over the next few weeks.
The new Microsoft certifications will become available starting at the end of this month and in mid-April, starting with Azure Support Engineer for Connectivity Specialty, an addition to the company’s Azure training and certification portfolio designed for support engineers tasked with resolving networking and connectivity issues in Azure.
According to Microsoft, candidates should have experience troubleshooting hybrid environments, including issues with Azure Virtual Machines, virtual networks and connectivity between on-premises and Azure services.
They should also be able to use available tools to diagnose issues related to business continuity, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), access control, networking and virtual machines connectivity, the company says.
In addition, Microsoft is releasing early next month its Cybersecurity Architect Expert certification for IT professionals that design and evolve their organization’s cybersecurity strategy. This is the first expert-level certification in the company’s security, compliance and identity portfolio.
According to Microsoft, professionals in this role design a Zero Trust architecture, evaluate Governance Risk Compliance strategies and collaborate with IT in security, privacy and other roles to implement an organization-wide cybersecurity strategy.
Candidates should have advanced experience and knowledge in a wide range of security engineering areas, including identity and access, platform protection, security operations, securing data, securing applications and hybrid and cloud implementations.
The new Microsoft certifications includes an expansion of the Microsoft 365 training and certification portfolio with the Microsoft 365 Certified: Exchange Online Support Engineer Specialty Certification, which will be available in mid-April.
This certification is for IT professionals with experience identifying, troubleshooting and resolving issues in Microsoft Exchange Online and hybrid Exchange environments, in addition to related components, technologies and services.
Candidates should have experience with PowerShell and the Exchange PowerShell module, in addition to “deep familiarity” with deploying and managing Exchange Online environments.
Also being released in mid-April is the Azure Enterprise Data Analyst Associate certification designed for enterprise data analysts that are increasingly in demand as businesses rely on technology and data to make business decisions.
Candidates for this role should have expertise in designing, creating and deploying enterprise-scale data analytics solutions and advanced Power BI skills, such as managing data repositories and data processing in the cloud and on-premises, along with using Power Query and Data Analysis Expressions (DAX).
Microsoft says candidates should also be skilled in consuming data from Azure Synapse Analytics and querying relational databases, analyzing data by using Transact-SQL, and visualizing data.
Visit the Microsoft Learn Blog to learn more about these upcoming certifications.
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