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What’s New @ A Cloud Guru: November 2020

Matt McDougall
Matt McDougall

It’s November! Whether it’s already November or only November is a bit of an open question in this year that seems somewhat unmoored from time. Whichever way you’re inclined, November’s the month when a good chunk of the world starts shifting into holiday mode. Individuals start thinking about using downtime to build some new skills. Companies institute change freezes to focus on availability from Black Friday on. And major conferences like AWS re:Invent and KubeCon give us all a chance to catch up on the latest in the broader cloud space.  

We’re here for all of it, with some great new courses this month, particularly the eagerly-awaited AWS Certified Data Analytics – Speciality course, plus a brand new Cloud Adoption Essentials series, a new #CloudGuruChallenge, and more. We’ve also got some cool stuff planned around this year’s three-week re:Invent (Nov. 30 – Dec. 18), so keep an eye out as we get closer to Thanksgiving.

Crunch that data

In late 2019, AWS announced that they’d be renaming the AWS Big Data – Specialty certification to AWS Data Analytics – Specialty. While there’s plenty of carryover, there are also plenty of new topics that need to be understood at a deeper level. Our new AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty course helps you learn the concepts and skills you’ll need to achieve this specialty certification. Join Brock Tubre and John Hanna to learn all about AWS data analytics services and how they integrate with one another.

Join the Azure elite

Know your way around Azure and think you’re ready to reach for the pinnacle of Azure certifications — Azure Solutions Architect Expert? Our new AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design course will help get you prepped for the AZ-304 exam, one of the two exams required to snag your expert-level certification. 

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New series alert!

A great deal of our courses and labs are focused on doing and building things in the cloud, but what if you need to step back and build a case for cloud adoption? Our new series, Cloud Adoption Essentials, provides a great beginner’s guide to building a comprehensive cloud adoption business case, including architecture, economics, organizational change, security, and governance. 

Drawing on an extensive career in IT, ACG Senior Community Training Architect Scott Pletcher walks you through building your cloud adoption business case from the ground up. Along the way, he’ll shares useful tips, and reflect on the things he wishes he’d known when he was starting out. Watch along and kick off your cloud adoption journey on the right foot.

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. 

Featured blog post

Each month we’ll be highlighting a blog post we think you should check out. This month, Ryan Kroonenberg ranks the top cloud diagramming tools

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. 

November’s project will be coming out soon. In the meantime, check out October’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. 

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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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