Microsoft Azure

Skill Me Up Provides comprehensive Microsoft training for Business Professionals. Learn the fundamentals, to how to take advantage of Microsoft Azure from the context of a business pro. Learn via On-Demand Courses, Live Labs, and Live Training

learning path
4 (96)
6 Lectures | 2 Labs | 6h 54m | Intermediate | Certification Prep

In this learning path, you will learn key concepts about the cloud and various Microsoft Azure Services. From there, you will learn core concepts such as various PaaS and IaaS services including management tools. This course will also cover several key concepts for security and compliance, as well as a brief look at a Azure pricing and support. This course will help you prepare for AZ 900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals.

learning path
5 (16)
4 Lectures | 0 Labs | 2h 43m | Beginner

In this learning path, you will learn how Azure impacts your business whether it is creating new solutions using technologies only available in the cloud, or how to guide your organization through a migration to Azure with effective change management.

learning path
4 (18)
5 Lectures | 6 Labs | 7h 59m | Beginner | Certification Prep

In this this learning path you will explore Power BI Desktop and the the Power of PowerBI.com deploy datasets and reports as well as deploying, sharing, and securing assets in PowerBI.com. You will learn how to model data using DAX, as well as build reports and visualizations through on-demand courses and interactive hands-on labs.

learning path
5 (15)
0 Lectures | 6 Labs | 15h 40m | Advanced

Complete an Azure Challenge and earn a badge that proves your skill set that you can post on your Acclaim profile page and LinkedIn. Check back often as we will be adding new challenges all the time!

learning path
0 (0)
8 Lectures | 0 Labs | 5h 30m | Beginner

Thinking Cloudy episodes provide discussions and talks about cloud strategy. These episodes include the various phases of cloud adoption, trends within Azure, cost optimization, governance within the cloud, and much more. If you are planning a strategy to cloud transformation, Thinking Cloudy is the place to go to find information.

lecture
5 (4)
19m | Beginner | Jun 18 2018 |

Welcome to the Agile for Decision Makers course! In this course, we will cover the following:A Time Before AgileThe Benefits of AgileAgile Transformation

lecture
5 (2)
19m | Beginner | Jun 18 2018 |

Welcome to the AI and Cognitive Services for Decision Makers course! In this course, we’ll start by discussing how AI can empower innovation. Then we’ll look at the steps of the Journey to AI for what is needed to implement Artificial Intelligence. Finally, we’ll take a look at the AI and Cognitive Services within Microsoft Azure and what they have to offer for implementing AI for your business.

lecture
5 (7)
1h 4m | Beginner | Aug 1 2018 |

This class is intended for senior decision makers and executives whose organizations are using the Cloud to drive digital transformation.This class starts by presenting the critical role of the Cloud in enabling digital transformation through enhanced agility, improved quality of service, access to a global customer pool, and by enabling new scenarios such as big data analytics, machine learning, and cognitive services.We then discuss how to build a Cloud strategy for your organization followed by a more detailed discussion of how to migrate existing workloads to the Cloud from a process and management perspective. This is then followed by discussion on the advantages of Cloud-native application architectures in contrast to a purely Cloud-infrastructure approach.We then consider some of the organizational challenges of Cloud adoption including common staff concerns, how to address them, and how to design a digital skills strategy so your staff possesses the skills they need to support your digital transformation journey.We finish by discussing how to create a Cloud ‘Center of Excellence’ (CoE) within your organization as well as how to promote collaboration by building an in-house technical community. This includes the role of the CoE and how to ensure the CoE is set up for success.

lecture
0 (0)
23m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn to identity ways to plan and manage costs and purchase services within Azure, how to understand the Azure Service Level Agreements and calculating a composite SLA for more than one service combination, and understanding the service lifecycle within Azure. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
5 (3)
1h 1m | Beginner | Jun 17 2018 |

Welcome to the Azure IoT for Decision Makers course! In this course, we'll start with why companies are revolutionizing the way they do business by creating innovative new solutions using the power of IoT. We'll discuss several examples and common use cases. From there, we'll discuss the IoT journey your organization will take by identifying processes and data that can be used to transform parts of your business. We'll move on to discuss how these capabilities can be enabled through the power of Microsoft Azure and its suite of services that simplify the development of IoT based solutions. Finally, we'll wrap up with a discussion of industry specific IoT scenarios and close on IoT security and its impact in your solution.

lecture
0 (0)
27m | Beginner | Oct 22 2020 |

Traditional IT governance delivers a tightly-controlled software and hardware infrastructure, enabling the reliable delivery of business-critical services. This control is achieved through the disciplined application of IT processes and best practices, designed around the typical weeks-to-months timeframes associated with on-premises IT. These existing processes struggle to adapt to the technology changes and accelerated timeframes the cloud delivers. In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, Jonathan Tuliani will discuss the challenges and importance of robust governance as an enabler of at-scale cloud adoption, and discuss some of the governance features included in Microsoft Azure.

lecture
5 (1)
15m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn about the core solutions within Azure and the management tools that are available. These include Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics, artificial intelligence, serverless computing, and DevOps. You will get a high-level understanding of the tools available to create resources, automate, and govern resources within Azure. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
5 (2)
1h 35m | Beginner | Mar 6 2020 |

In this course we will cover Data Modeling and the xVelocity Engine. We will also discuss DAX Basics along with Advanced DAX and optimizing the data model.

lecture
5 (1)
33m | Beginner | Mar 6 2020 |

This course will cover the basics of acquiringdata in Power BI Desktop andbuilds on the data acquisition basics and adds performance optimization and re-usability techniques.

lecture
0 (0)
43m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will get an understanding of the security challenges to an organization within the cloud. You will learn some ways to build a defense in depth strategy utilizing Azure security tools, such as Azure Security Center, Azure Sentinel, Azure Key Vault, and other network security services. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
0 (0)
58m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn about the various tools for Identity and Access Management, governing Azure resources with role-based access control and resource locks and using Azure Policy for cost and resource compliance. We will discuss how Azure can assist in regulatory and governmental compliance. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
5 (2)
32m | Beginner | Mar 6 2020 |

Welcome to this introduction to Power BI for data professionals. In this course, we will have an overview of the Power BI ecosystem. Then we will have a tour of Power BI Desktop.

lecture
5 (2)
56m | Beginner | Mar 6 2020 |

In this course we will discuss an overview of the Power BI Service. We will also cover sharing and securing your report and designing Enterprise Solutions in Power BI.

lecture
0 (0)
53m | Beginner | Sep 22 2020 |

In this Expert Talk, we will discuss the benefits and advantages of moving your solutions off premises to the cloud. Topics covered will range from basic fundamental concepts like Operational vs Capital expenditures, disaster recovery and failover, security, and scalability to complex discussions around governance and the new roles to which your developers and administrators will need to adapt in a cloud-centric approach to DevOps.

lecture
5 (2)
36m | Beginner | Mar 9 2020 |

In this course you will learn about building interactive reports. We will also discuss helpful data visualization techniques in Power BI.

lecture
0 (0)
31m | Beginner | Oct 2 2020 |

For most organizations, cloud adoption is an IT-driven project. However, the reality is that large-scale, successful cloud adoption requires awareness and change from across the organization. From management, to finance, to HR, and business teams, this episode of Thinking Cloudy by Jonathan Tuliani will explain the impact and opportunities associated with cloud adoption from the viewpoint of non-IT teams across the organization.

lecture
0 (0)
40m | Beginner | Oct 22 2020 |

A major component of the cloud value proposition is the agility it offers. Being able to provision resources in minutes instead of weeks or months enables business to deliver new features and fixes must more quickly, delivering continual improvements in the customer experience. To take advantage of this agility, IT and development teams must radically change the way they work, embracing truly agile development and delivery methodologies. In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, join Jonathan Tuliani for a discussion of his first-hand experience of how an organization can transform from traditional roles to truly agile delivery, and learn about some of the challenges and success strategies associated with this journey.

lecture
5 (5)
54m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn the evolution of computing to cloud computing. The course will guide you through the various types of cloud services, cloud deployment models, and how to understand shared responsibility between the cloud provider and the consumer. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
5 (2)
43m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn about the Azure service components and products. This course will familiarize you with the Azure geographic regions and zones, resources, and core Azure products, such as compute, app services, networking, containers, storage, and database services. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
0 (0)
1h | Beginner | Oct 29 2020 |

Interest in the cloud continues to grow. Many organizations are looking to adopt and migrate applications and data to Azure to reduce capital expenses and costly data centers. As administrators, architects, developers, and engineers, what are you doing to keep up with the accelerated organizational adoption of cloud technologies? How do you guide your organization toward cloud adoption? In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, Shannon Kuehn and Dwayne Natwick will explore the stages of the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure to help speed up digital transformation.After this discussion, you will have a better idea of how you can build a roadmap to adopting Azure cloud services.

lecture
0 (0)
38m | Beginner | Sep 25 2020 |

In this episode of Think Cloudy, join Jonathan Tuliani for a discussion of the culture changes needed to truly embrace cloud technologies. Many organizations treat cloud adoption as a drop-in technology replacement, and try to manage cloud projects using the same processes that were designed for on-premises IT. We’ll discuss the flaws in this approach, and how a legacy IT mindset drives existing IT processes and attitudes. We’ll then contrast this with a cloud mindset and explain how this mindset shift it is essential to take full advantage of the cost savings, agility, and new scenarios the cloud enables.

lecture
0 (0)
39m | Beginner | Sep 22 2020 |

In this Expert Talk, join Jonathan to learn why many organizations use the Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE) model to drive their cloud adoption. We’ll discuss the role and responsibilities of the CoE and how the CoE engages with other cloud delivery teams. We’ll also discuss the internal CoE structure, team size and financing model. We’ll close by reviewing some common pitfalls and best practices you can use to help set your CoE up for success.

lecture
0 (0)
Why Cloud? Understanding the Cloud Value Proposition
Beginner | Coming Soon!

While most organizations are adopting the cloud, they often have different reasons for doing so. In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, Jonathan Tuliani will discuss the different benefits that cloud adoption can bring to an organization. These range from cost savings and cost transparency, to agility and time to market, to security and compliance, to enabling new scenarios through global reach and new technologies such as Big Data and AI. Fully understanding the potential benefits from cloud adoption enables you to better define your short-, medium- and long-term cloud strategy, and align your stakeholders on a shared vision.

real-time lab
0 (0)
2h 45m | Beginner | Sep 3 2020 |

Contoso Coffee Ltd., a popular supplier of goods for baristas has decided that its time to move their 15-year-old e-commerce application to the cloud. Nonetheless, their CTO, John Wash, wants to leverage their cloud migration as an opportunity to modernize their core business logic backend as well. Specifically, theyve looked at how they could take advantage of Azure Functions to achieve a higher degree of scalability whenever their application is under high load. That said, whilst technically they could certainly implement the latest and greatest services to achieve the best level of scalability, their current customer portfolio and market share doesnt validate the use of many specific and expensive services. As a result, they are looking to minimize their operational Azure costs during this upgrade.

real-time lab
0 (0)
3h 30m | Beginner | Sep 9 2020 |

You have successfully engaged with Contoso Coffee Ltd., a popular supplier of goods for baristas and showcased them a proof-of-concept solution which would both migrate them to the cloud and modernize their backend. Nonetheless, before getting started its of paramount importance to ensure proper security policies are in place to prevent malicious users from taking Contoso Coffees application down.

real-time lab
0 (0)
4h | Beginner | Aug 5 2020 |

In this challenge, you will be tasked to build a new web application using Microsoft Azure. These exercises will test your ability to work with a C# Asp.Net Web Application deployed to an Azure App Service. You will leverage your knowledge to integrate Azure storage, the Azure Content Delivery Network, Azure App Configuration, CosmosDb, and Logic Apps. Additional tasks will make sure you are familiar with Application Insights and using telemetry from your applications. Each challenge is validated automatically so you will need to pay close attention to the requirements in each challenge. If you successfully complete all of the challenges during the time frame, you will earn the Azure Developer Fundamentals Certification badge from Skill Me UP, issued via Acclaim.

real-time lab
5 (1)
2h 45m | Advanced | May 29 2020 |

In this challenge, your lab environment will pre-provisioned with an initial deployment of IaaS resources. You will then be challenged to complete a series of operations tasks on this environment. These include configuring the VM Insights solution and enabling automatic enrollment of virtual machines, using Azure Resource Graph to explore the deployed resources, and building an Azure Monitor Workbook. The lab will validate that each challenge has been completed correctly, so pay close attention to the requirements in each challenge. If you successfully complete all of the challenges during the time allowed, you will earn the Azure Infrastructure Operations Challenge certification badge from Skill Me UP, issued via Acclaim.

real-time lab
5 (10)
1h 30m | Beginner | Apr 21 2020 |

As the new IT Professional for Contoso Mortgage, you are responsible for setting up infrastructure in the cloud. Contoso Mortgage has chosen Microsoft Azure as their cloud provider of choice. The closest Azure region to their headquarters is Central US. To try out the service, you have been asked to setup a new highly-available web server in Contoso Mortgages Azure subscription. In this lab, you will be challenged to complete the web server setup through a series of challenges. The lab will validate that each challenge has been completed correctly, so pay close attention to the requirements in each challenge. If you successfully complete all of the challenges during the time allowed, you will earn the Azure Infrastructure Fundamentals Challenge certification badge from Skill Me UP, issued via Acclaim.

real-time lab
5 (4)
1h 10m | Beginner | Apr 29 2020 |

In this challenge, you will be tasked to complete a variety of basic Azure administration tasks. These exercises will test your familiarity with the Azure portal and the most commonly-used Azure services. Each challenge is validated automatically so pay close attention to the requirements in each challenge. If you successfully complete all of the challenges during the time frame, you will be earn the Azure 101 Certification badge from Skill Me UP from Acclaim.

real-time lab
5 (2)
45m | Beginner | Mar 3 2020 |

In this lab, you will create a report that contains multiple visuals as well as text boxes and buttons. You will add bookmarks to allow users to see a particular view.

real-time lab
4 (3)
30m | Beginner | Mar 4 2020 |

In this lab, you will learn the basics of acquiring data using Power BI Desktop. You will import Excel files into Power BI Desktop and transform the data. You will use Power Query/M to connect to data sources such as SQL Databases, Excel files, text files, JSON files, and websites and then cleanand shape the data with Power Query/M.

real-time lab
4 (53)
1h 40m | Beginner | Sep 28 2020 |

In this lab, you will create a virtual network that will allow the virtual machines you create to securely connect with each other. You will then create two virtual machines and specify the virtual network configuration and the availability set configuration along with storage for the virtual machine.

real-time lab
5 (35)
1h 15m | Intermediate | Oct 22 2020 |

In this lab, you will create an Azure Web App and a SQL Database and configure the popular content management system (CMS) Orchard CMS. You will then configure the web app to automatically scale based on actual CPU usage.

real-time lab
5 (1)
40m | Beginner | Aug 4 2020 |

In this lab, you will learn the basics of importing CSV files into a Power BI model and adjusting query and column properties to prepare them for your data model. Then you will set table and column properties in the data model and create relationships between tables.

real-time lab
5 (1)
30m | Beginner | Mar 3 2020 |

In this lab, you will import Excel and CSV files into Power BI Desktop and then merge queries, group data, and group queries in the query pane. It is common to have to pull data from transactional systems and shape them. It is also common to add data from other sources to provide a more complete picture.First, you will stage the data from the multiple sources. Then you will merge and group data to get final reporting tables to be used in Power BI. Then you will disable staging queries. Finally, you will organize your queries into folders for better organization.

real-time lab
5 (1)
30m | Beginner | Mar 3 2020 |

In this lab, you will implement basic row-level security in Power BI Desktop and PowerBI.com. First, you will create roles on a model in Power BI and add filters for each role. Then you will deploy the model and test the row-level security in PowerBI.com. Then you will add members to the role in PowerBI.com.

real-time lab
5 (1)
50m | Beginner | Nov 28 2019 |

In this lab, you will learn the basics of time intelligence measures to show year-to-date, quarter-to-date, and month-to-date totals. Then you will use DAX to enhance the data model and build a table that lets users choose which measures they want to see.

learning path
4 (96)
6 Lectures | 2 Labs | 6h 54m | Intermediate | Certification Prep

In this learning path, you will learn key concepts about the cloud and various Microsoft Azure Services. From there, you will learn core concepts such as various PaaS and IaaS services including management tools. This course will also cover several key concepts for security and compliance, as well as a brief look at a Azure pricing and support. This course will help you prepare for AZ 900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals.

learning path
5 (16)
4 Lectures | 0 Labs | 2h 43m | Beginner

In this learning path, you will learn how Azure impacts your business whether it is creating new solutions using technologies only available in the cloud, or how to guide your organization through a migration to Azure with effective change management.

learning path
4 (18)
5 Lectures | 6 Labs | 7h 59m | Beginner | Certification Prep

In this this learning path you will explore Power BI Desktop and the the Power of PowerBI.com deploy datasets and reports as well as deploying, sharing, and securing assets in PowerBI.com. You will learn how to model data using DAX, as well as build reports and visualizations through on-demand courses and interactive hands-on labs.

learning path
5 (15)
0 Lectures | 6 Labs | 15h 40m | Advanced

Complete an Azure Challenge and earn a badge that proves your skill set that you can post on your Acclaim profile page and LinkedIn. Check back often as we will be adding new challenges all the time!

learning path
0 (0)
8 Lectures | 0 Labs | 5h 30m | Beginner

Thinking Cloudy episodes provide discussions and talks about cloud strategy. These episodes include the various phases of cloud adoption, trends within Azure, cost optimization, governance within the cloud, and much more. If you are planning a strategy to cloud transformation, Thinking Cloudy is the place to go to find information.

lecture
5 (4)
19m | Beginner | Jun 18 2018 |

Welcome to the Agile for Decision Makers course! In this course, we will cover the following:A Time Before AgileThe Benefits of AgileAgile Transformation

lecture
5 (2)
19m | Beginner | Jun 18 2018 |

Welcome to the AI and Cognitive Services for Decision Makers course! In this course, we’ll start by discussing how AI can empower innovation. Then we’ll look at the steps of the Journey to AI for what is needed to implement Artificial Intelligence. Finally, we’ll take a look at the AI and Cognitive Services within Microsoft Azure and what they have to offer for implementing AI for your business.

lecture
5 (7)
1h 4m | Beginner | Aug 1 2018 |

This class is intended for senior decision makers and executives whose organizations are using the Cloud to drive digital transformation.This class starts by presenting the critical role of the Cloud in enabling digital transformation through enhanced agility, improved quality of service, access to a global customer pool, and by enabling new scenarios such as big data analytics, machine learning, and cognitive services.We then discuss how to build a Cloud strategy for your organization followed by a more detailed discussion of how to migrate existing workloads to the Cloud from a process and management perspective. This is then followed by discussion on the advantages of Cloud-native application architectures in contrast to a purely Cloud-infrastructure approach.We then consider some of the organizational challenges of Cloud adoption including common staff concerns, how to address them, and how to design a digital skills strategy so your staff possesses the skills they need to support your digital transformation journey.We finish by discussing how to create a Cloud ‘Center of Excellence’ (CoE) within your organization as well as how to promote collaboration by building an in-house technical community. This includes the role of the CoE and how to ensure the CoE is set up for success.

lecture
0 (0)
23m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn to identity ways to plan and manage costs and purchase services within Azure, how to understand the Azure Service Level Agreements and calculating a composite SLA for more than one service combination, and understanding the service lifecycle within Azure. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
5 (3)
1h 1m | Beginner | Jun 17 2018 |

Welcome to the Azure IoT for Decision Makers course! In this course, we'll start with why companies are revolutionizing the way they do business by creating innovative new solutions using the power of IoT. We'll discuss several examples and common use cases. From there, we'll discuss the IoT journey your organization will take by identifying processes and data that can be used to transform parts of your business. We'll move on to discuss how these capabilities can be enabled through the power of Microsoft Azure and its suite of services that simplify the development of IoT based solutions. Finally, we'll wrap up with a discussion of industry specific IoT scenarios and close on IoT security and its impact in your solution.

lecture
0 (0)
27m | Beginner | Oct 22 2020 |

Traditional IT governance delivers a tightly-controlled software and hardware infrastructure, enabling the reliable delivery of business-critical services. This control is achieved through the disciplined application of IT processes and best practices, designed around the typical weeks-to-months timeframes associated with on-premises IT. These existing processes struggle to adapt to the technology changes and accelerated timeframes the cloud delivers. In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, Jonathan Tuliani will discuss the challenges and importance of robust governance as an enabler of at-scale cloud adoption, and discuss some of the governance features included in Microsoft Azure.

lecture
5 (1)
15m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn about the core solutions within Azure and the management tools that are available. These include Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics, artificial intelligence, serverless computing, and DevOps. You will get a high-level understanding of the tools available to create resources, automate, and govern resources within Azure. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
5 (2)
1h 35m | Beginner | Mar 6 2020 |

In this course we will cover Data Modeling and the xVelocity Engine. We will also discuss DAX Basics along with Advanced DAX and optimizing the data model.

lecture
5 (1)
33m | Beginner | Mar 6 2020 |

This course will cover the basics of acquiringdata in Power BI Desktop andbuilds on the data acquisition basics and adds performance optimization and re-usability techniques.

lecture
0 (0)
43m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will get an understanding of the security challenges to an organization within the cloud. You will learn some ways to build a defense in depth strategy utilizing Azure security tools, such as Azure Security Center, Azure Sentinel, Azure Key Vault, and other network security services. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
0 (0)
58m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn about the various tools for Identity and Access Management, governing Azure resources with role-based access control and resource locks and using Azure Policy for cost and resource compliance. We will discuss how Azure can assist in regulatory and governmental compliance. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
5 (2)
32m | Beginner | Mar 6 2020 |

Welcome to this introduction to Power BI for data professionals. In this course, we will have an overview of the Power BI ecosystem. Then we will have a tour of Power BI Desktop.

lecture
5 (2)
56m | Beginner | Mar 6 2020 |

In this course we will discuss an overview of the Power BI Service. We will also cover sharing and securing your report and designing Enterprise Solutions in Power BI.

lecture
0 (0)
53m | Beginner | Sep 22 2020 |

In this Expert Talk, we will discuss the benefits and advantages of moving your solutions off premises to the cloud. Topics covered will range from basic fundamental concepts like Operational vs Capital expenditures, disaster recovery and failover, security, and scalability to complex discussions around governance and the new roles to which your developers and administrators will need to adapt in a cloud-centric approach to DevOps.

lecture
5 (2)
36m | Beginner | Mar 9 2020 |

In this course you will learn about building interactive reports. We will also discuss helpful data visualization techniques in Power BI.

lecture
0 (0)
31m | Beginner | Oct 2 2020 |

For most organizations, cloud adoption is an IT-driven project. However, the reality is that large-scale, successful cloud adoption requires awareness and change from across the organization. From management, to finance, to HR, and business teams, this episode of Thinking Cloudy by Jonathan Tuliani will explain the impact and opportunities associated with cloud adoption from the viewpoint of non-IT teams across the organization.

lecture
0 (0)
40m | Beginner | Oct 22 2020 |

A major component of the cloud value proposition is the agility it offers. Being able to provision resources in minutes instead of weeks or months enables business to deliver new features and fixes must more quickly, delivering continual improvements in the customer experience. To take advantage of this agility, IT and development teams must radically change the way they work, embracing truly agile development and delivery methodologies. In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, join Jonathan Tuliani for a discussion of his first-hand experience of how an organization can transform from traditional roles to truly agile delivery, and learn about some of the challenges and success strategies associated with this journey.

lecture
5 (5)
54m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn the evolution of computing to cloud computing. The course will guide you through the various types of cloud services, cloud deployment models, and how to understand shared responsibility between the cloud provider and the consumer. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
5 (2)
43m | Beginner | Sep 16 2020 |

In this course, you will learn about the Azure service components and products. This course will familiarize you with the Azure geographic regions and zones, resources, and core Azure products, such as compute, app services, networking, containers, storage, and database services. This course covers one of the objective areas that help you in preparing for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.

lecture
0 (0)
1h | Beginner | Oct 29 2020 |

Interest in the cloud continues to grow. Many organizations are looking to adopt and migrate applications and data to Azure to reduce capital expenses and costly data centers. As administrators, architects, developers, and engineers, what are you doing to keep up with the accelerated organizational adoption of cloud technologies? How do you guide your organization toward cloud adoption? In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, Shannon Kuehn and Dwayne Natwick will explore the stages of the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure to help speed up digital transformation.After this discussion, you will have a better idea of how you can build a roadmap to adopting Azure cloud services.

lecture
0 (0)
38m | Beginner | Sep 25 2020 |

In this episode of Think Cloudy, join Jonathan Tuliani for a discussion of the culture changes needed to truly embrace cloud technologies. Many organizations treat cloud adoption as a drop-in technology replacement, and try to manage cloud projects using the same processes that were designed for on-premises IT. We’ll discuss the flaws in this approach, and how a legacy IT mindset drives existing IT processes and attitudes. We’ll then contrast this with a cloud mindset and explain how this mindset shift it is essential to take full advantage of the cost savings, agility, and new scenarios the cloud enables.

lecture
0 (0)
39m | Beginner | Sep 22 2020 |

In this Expert Talk, join Jonathan to learn why many organizations use the Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE) model to drive their cloud adoption. We’ll discuss the role and responsibilities of the CoE and how the CoE engages with other cloud delivery teams. We’ll also discuss the internal CoE structure, team size and financing model. We’ll close by reviewing some common pitfalls and best practices you can use to help set your CoE up for success.

lecture
0 (0)
Why Cloud? Understanding the Cloud Value Proposition
Beginner | Coming Soon!

While most organizations are adopting the cloud, they often have different reasons for doing so. In this episode of Thinking Cloudy, Jonathan Tuliani will discuss the different benefits that cloud adoption can bring to an organization. These range from cost savings and cost transparency, to agility and time to market, to security and compliance, to enabling new scenarios through global reach and new technologies such as Big Data and AI. Fully understanding the potential benefits from cloud adoption enables you to better define your short-, medium- and long-term cloud strategy, and align your stakeholders on a shared vision.

real-time lab
0 (0)
2h 45m | Beginner | Sep 3 2020 |

Contoso Coffee Ltd., a popular supplier of goods for baristas has decided that its time to move their 15-year-old e-commerce application to the cloud. Nonetheless, their CTO, John Wash, wants to leverage their cloud migration as an opportunity to modernize their core business logic backend as well. Specifically, theyve looked at how they could take advantage of Azure Functions to achieve a higher degree of scalability whenever their application is under high load. That said, whilst technically they could certainly implement the latest and greatest services to achieve the best level of scalability, their current customer portfolio and market share doesnt validate the use of many specific and expensive services. As a result, they are looking to minimize their operational Azure costs during this upgrade.

real-time lab
0 (0)
3h 30m | Beginner | Sep 9 2020 |

You have successfully engaged with Contoso Coffee Ltd., a popular supplier of goods for baristas and showcased them a proof-of-concept solution which would both migrate them to the cloud and modernize their backend. Nonetheless, before getting started its of paramount importance to ensure proper security policies are in place to prevent malicious users from taking Contoso Coffees application down.

real-time lab
0 (0)
4h | Beginner | Aug 5 2020 |

In this challenge, you will be tasked to build a new web application using Microsoft Azure. These exercises will test your ability to work with a C# Asp.Net Web Application deployed to an Azure App Service. You will leverage your knowledge to integrate Azure storage, the Azure Content Delivery Network, Azure App Configuration, CosmosDb, and Logic Apps. Additional tasks will make sure you are familiar with Application Insights and using telemetry from your applications. Each challenge is validated automatically so you will need to pay close attention to the requirements in each challenge. If you successfully complete all of the challenges during the time frame, you will earn the Azure Developer Fundamentals Certification badge from Skill Me UP, issued via Acclaim.

real-time lab
5 (1)
2h 45m | Advanced | May 29 2020 |

In this challenge, your lab environment will pre-provisioned with an initial deployment of IaaS resources. You will then be challenged to complete a series of operations tasks on this environment. These include configuring the VM Insights solution and enabling automatic enrollment of virtual machines, using Azure Resource Graph to explore the deployed resources, and building an Azure Monitor Workbook. The lab will validate that each challenge has been completed correctly, so pay close attention to the requirements in each challenge. If you successfully complete all of the challenges during the time allowed, you will earn the Azure Infrastructure Operations Challenge certification badge from Skill Me UP, issued via Acclaim.

real-time lab
5 (10)
1h 30m | Beginner | Apr 21 2020 |

As the new IT Professional for Contoso Mortgage, you are responsible for setting up infrastructure in the cloud. Contoso Mortgage has chosen Microsoft Azure as their cloud provider of choice. The closest Azure region to their headquarters is Central US. To try out the service, you have been asked to setup a new highly-available web server in Contoso Mortgages Azure subscription. In this lab, you will be challenged to complete the web server setup through a series of challenges. The lab will validate that each challenge has been completed correctly, so pay close attention to the requirements in each challenge. If you successfully complete all of the challenges during the time allowed, you will earn the Azure Infrastructure Fundamentals Challenge certification badge from Skill Me UP, issued via Acclaim.

real-time lab
5 (4)
1h 10m | Beginner | Apr 29 2020 |

In this challenge, you will be tasked to complete a variety of basic Azure administration tasks. These exercises will test your familiarity with the Azure portal and the most commonly-used Azure services. Each challenge is validated automatically so pay close attention to the requirements in each challenge. If you successfully complete all of the challenges during the time frame, you will be earn the Azure 101 Certification badge from Skill Me UP from Acclaim.

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5 (2)
45m | Beginner | Mar 3 2020 |

In this lab, you will create a report that contains multiple visuals as well as text boxes and buttons. You will add bookmarks to allow users to see a particular view.

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4 (3)
30m | Beginner | Mar 4 2020 |

In this lab, you will learn the basics of acquiring data using Power BI Desktop. You will import Excel files into Power BI Desktop and transform the data. You will use Power Query/M to connect to data sources such as SQL Databases, Excel files, text files, JSON files, and websites and then cleanand shape the data with Power Query/M.

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4 (53)
1h 40m | Beginner | Sep 28 2020 |

In this lab, you will create a virtual network that will allow the virtual machines you create to securely connect with each other. You will then create two virtual machines and specify the virtual network configuration and the availability set configuration along with storage for the virtual machine.

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5 (35)
1h 15m | Intermediate | Oct 22 2020 |

In this lab, you will create an Azure Web App and a SQL Database and configure the popular content management system (CMS) Orchard CMS. You will then configure the web app to automatically scale based on actual CPU usage.

real-time lab
5 (1)
40m | Beginner | Aug 4 2020 |

In this lab, you will learn the basics of importing CSV files into a Power BI model and adjusting query and column properties to prepare them for your data model. Then you will set table and column properties in the data model and create relationships between tables.

real-time lab
5 (1)
30m | Beginner | Mar 3 2020 |

In this lab, you will import Excel and CSV files into Power BI Desktop and then merge queries, group data, and group queries in the query pane. It is common to have to pull data from transactional systems and shape them. It is also common to add data from other sources to provide a more complete picture.First, you will stage the data from the multiple sources. Then you will merge and group data to get final reporting tables to be used in Power BI. Then you will disable staging queries. Finally, you will organize your queries into folders for better organization.

real-time lab
5 (1)
30m | Beginner | Mar 3 2020 |

In this lab, you will implement basic row-level security in Power BI Desktop and PowerBI.com. First, you will create roles on a model in Power BI and add filters for each role. Then you will deploy the model and test the row-level security in PowerBI.com. Then you will add members to the role in PowerBI.com.

real-time lab
5 (1)
50m | Beginner | Nov 28 2019 |

In this lab, you will learn the basics of time intelligence measures to show year-to-date, quarter-to-date, and month-to-date totals. Then you will use DAX to enhance the data model and build a table that lets users choose which measures they want to see.