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What’s New @ A Cloud Guru: December 2020

Matt McDougall
Matt McDougall

We’ve almost made it, cloud gurus! As this whopper of a year winds down, be sure to give yourself a pat on the back. Whoever you are, wherever you are, this year has thrown up challenge after challenge for all of us, and making it out more or less intact is an accomplishment in itself. 

Now that that’s done, settle in and get ready for some cloud learning goodness. In addition to our usual flow of new and updated courses, labs, and videos, we’ve also got some awesome new ebooks for your reading pleasure. Our Cloud Dictionary of Pain gives you a handy cloud fluency resource that breaks the trickiest cloud concepts down into definitions that regular humans can understand. And our Cloud Skills ROI Report provides a look at the very real returns companies realize when they invest in cloud skills development. Scroll on down for more info. 

This month, we’re also thrilled to report that we’ve been selected as a Microsoft Training Partner, with a focus on delivering an enhanced learning journey by integrating our AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals course and labs with Microsoft Learn’s content. Check out our updated course below. 

December is also re:Invent month, and as this year’s event closes out, be sure to visit our blog for recaps, wrap-ups, and deep insights about all the AWS awesomeness that was released and teased.

Get your Azure Fundamentals

Hot on the heels of being selected as a Microsoft Training Partner, we’ve just released a major update to our AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals course. Whether you’re just getting started in cloud, or looking to extend your knowledge from another platform, Azure’s AZ-900 is a great place to start. 

Update your AWS skills

This month, we’re rolling out significant updates to many of our most popular AWS certification courses. Keep up with the latest information, keep your skills fresh, and be prepared to take the most recent versions of some of the industry’s most in-demand certs.

All new courses

AWS 

Azure

GCP

Linux

DevOps

Check in on your favorite series

We’ve got new episodes coming out all the time, so be sure to check back often!

Keep up with the latest in tech innovation 

As always, our weekly and monthly updates help you stay current with all the news, updates, and fresh releases from modern technology’s leading platforms. 

The ROI Report: How Cloud Skills Generate Real Returns

We analyzed information from a sample of more than 90 public and private companies across 20 dimensions to determine the impact of a commitment to cloud skills and cloud maturity. In this guide, see how much value companies get when investing in cloud skills and technology.

Cloud Dictionary of Pain

Transitioning to the cloud is difficult enough — and it’s more challenging if your team can’t understand each other. We’re here to help you learn how to bring everyone to the same level of cloud fluency. We’ve identified the key phrases and concepts that trip up our learners the most and give you the plainest definitions you need to speak the same language.

Featured blog post

Each month we’ll be highlighting a blog post we think you should check out.

This month, Mark Nunnikhoven breaks down Werner Vogels’ re:Invent keynote for us

And be sure to check out the AWS tag on our blog for a whole host of posts covering everything that went down at this year’s re:Invent, from broad overviews to deep dives into various technical rabbit holes. 

Take up the #CloudGuruChallenge

Want to put your cloud skills to the test and demonstrate hands-on ability to potential employers? Our monthly #CloudGuruChallenge puts our learn-by-doing approach on steroids. Complete one of our spec-based portfolio projects, and an ACG instructor will endorse you for the demonstrated skills on LinkedIn. All you need is an ACG free-tier membership to post your results to the forum. 

December’s project will be coming out soon. In the meantime, check out November’s #CloudGuruChallenge from Kesha Williams.

Recent & upcoming webinars

Join ACG and industry experts for fun and thought-provoking discussions on a range of topics, from high-level cloud strategy to hands-on implementation. 

Sign up for upcoming webinars

Watch recent webinars on demand

What are you learning?

We always love hearing what our learners are up to. What certifications are you studying for? What challenges are you trying to solve? What cool things are you building? Drop by our forums and let us know, or hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Until next month, keep being awesome, cloud gurus!

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