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Microsoft banks on Cloud Academy for Azure IoT training

Steve Rogerson
June 8, 2017



Microsoft has turned to Cloud Academy to create online training content to help get developers up to speed building apps on the Azure IoT platform.
 
Microsoft will work with and advise the Cloud Academy content development team in the planning of courses, hands-on labs and quizzes that will make up the learning path to aid developers in app creation on the IoT platform. All the content created will be owned by Cloud Academy and will only be accessible on its platform.
 
"At Cloud Academy, we are driven to provide the most up-to-date training content available to developers and their organisations,” said Bessie Weiss, head of content at California-based Cloud Academy. “We understand how vital it is for workers and businesses to keep current with all of the latest updates and releases on cloud platforms. As these changes are ongoing, our training is continuous to meet its demands. We are thrilled to work with the Microsoft Azure IoT team, to bring our expertise in creating best-in-class Azure training to this emerging field, and to better serve developers in what they do."
 
Throughout the coming year, Cloud Academy will release content designed with the advice of the Azure IoT team, which will provide developers the training they need to build apps on the IoT platform.
 
"The Microsoft Azure IoT suite enables customers to capture and analyse untapped data that can improve business results,” said Jerry Lee, director of cloud platform marketing at Microsoft. “We are pleased to work with Cloud Academy to support the next generation of developers creating apps for this platform."
 
Today's cloud environment requires flexibility and fluency across multiple platforms and for highly specialised technologies. Cloud Academy was founded in 2014. Its mission is to create training that helps individuals, teams and organisations understand and develop the skills needed to support cloud technologies.
 
"At Cloud Academy, our learning experience is enhanced by great content combined with stellar learning technology," said Stefano Bellasio, CEO of Cloud Academy. "This combination has always been our secret for helping enterprise companies worldwide to get their teams up to speed with cloud technologies with a continuous learning approach. There is not really a beginning and an end with Cloud Academy – the teams we see move from one project to another, and keep using our platform every month to keep their cloud skills updated. We also see people enjoying our bite-sized content to assess their skills or learn on the go with their colleagues. IoT is a crucial trend for us, and we are proud to have Microsoft's support in delivering some of the best learning paths we have produced so far."
 
Cloud Academy offers continuous training for every step of the cloud journey, whether for an individual starting from scratch or an enterprise team using the latest cloud technologies. The expert-created learning paths, quizzes, courses and hands-on labs help keep skills current with the latest releases and updates.
 
"The Microsoft Azure IoT suite offers a comprehensive bundle of services for building connected applications across a range of devices and physical footprints,” said Cloud Academy's Josh Lane, Azure researcher and instructor. “From geo-scale messaging and databases to real-time streaming analytics and Microsoft Azure machine learning, as well as tight integration with the full Azure cloud platform, developers have everything they need to build the next generation of intelligent IoT solutions. As an Azure MVP and Cloud Academy instructor, I'm super-excited about our content collaboration with Microsoft in the IoT space, and can't wait to see what we build together."
 
Thousands of courses, quizzes and hands-on labs are available for every cloud platform and technology. Cloud Academy’s content library has everything needed to test progress, practice a new application or prep for certification.
 
Each learning path contains all the courses, hands-on labs and quizzes needed to prepare for cloud computing certifications or upgrade skills across a range of platforms. The hands-on labs are designed with a learn-by-doing approach. Each lab allows users to learn directly in the Azure Virtual Machine in a live, working environment.
 
There are thousands of multiple choice quizzes sessions with 15 questions per session to study, test and prepare students for certifications or general cloud knowledge. Explanations and links to documentation are included for every question.