Azure IoT Microsoft Professional Program



>> Today on the IoT Show
we are talking about a new certification program
for developers, which is part of the Microsoft
Professional Program? >> Yes. That's correct. >> It's about Azure IoT. I rang guys on
the IoT Show to give us some details about what it is about, what it covers, and how you
guys can get certified. . >> Hey guys. Thanks for
watching the IoT Show, this is Olivier your host. Today, we're going talk about
developer certification for IoT and I have Ranga with
me. Hey Ranga, how are you? >> Good. Thanks for
having me, Olivia. >> Of course. So, Ranga for
our audience and people watching us, can you tell us a bit about, what are you doing at Microsoft? What is your role within the
Azure IoT engineering team? >> Sure. I'm Ranga Vadlamudi. I'm a Principal Program Manager
in Azure IoT engineering team. I work on partner
engineering, as well as, technical enablement for our field, for MPP's, and for our partners. >> Awesome. So, concretely that means that you engage with these partners,
with the developers, and you produce content and one of the type of content actually is
certification training, right? >> Exactly. Yeah, we're really
excited about what we're releasing. >> So, we are announcing that today. What is it that we're
announcing actually? >> Sure. What we have is we have
a MPP program which is called Microsoft Professional Program
and for Azure IoT track. So, we have developed
about eight courses, and we go deep dive into some
of our product verticals, but overall what we want to do is
IoT is generally an ecosystem. So, we built end-to-end from device all the way to
the cloud and then also, we have implemented like
a lambda architecture where you're looking at
streaming analytics, where you're tracking data
coming in and trying to alert anything which is abnormal and alert into operators et cetera, so they're taking actions. >> So, basically covering
all the aspects of an IT application and the idea
is to certify developers. But why would a developer actually want to be
certified and go through that specific set of courses to get that certification
at the end of the day? >> Sure. In general, what we want to make sure is IoT projects
can get complex. You're trying to solve a
business problem at the end. So, what we want to do
is we want to make sure whoever is starting
that journey of IoT, that they are certified, they know how to do the architecture
of an end-to-end solution, as well as, a per vertical go deep dive and learn
how to code for it. >> So, the expectation will be that, we'll look at someone
certified as an expert in the overall end-to-end IoT
implementation of the application. >> Exactly. So, they're
able to actually take a business problem and put
together that blueprint. At the end of each vertical will have their own experts to go deep dive and develop that end-to-end solution. >> Got it. So, basically,
for a partner, it would be, "Hey, I have
these many certified people. So, I can serve you as a customer." For a developer, it's something that it can
put on their resume as, "I'm certified and I actually
do these kind of projects.". >> Exactly. So, for
especially our partner ecosystem, the more certifications they
have around this MPP program, I think they'll be basically be able to go to the customer
and that could be one of their checkbox to say hey I have like these many MPP certified
developers and architects. >> Let's see exactly what these
courses are about so that we see that coverage of technologies or areas that you're
having in the courses. >> Sure. >> I think you have
a web page for that? >> Yes. So, if you
look at the web page, if you go to the website
aka.ms/mppiot. >> We're going to add the link in
the description of video here. >> Exactly. If you go
look at this website, what we have is, we have our eight-course program and each course can go up from eight
hours all the way up to 60 hours. The beauty of this is it's
MOOCs, so it's online. You can basically do it
at your own leisure. The way we have built this is take each course and get
certified per course. Then you come to the end, you do a capstone project which
is a real project in IoT, you submit it, and then once
you're certified in the capstone, then you get the MPP program. >> Like back to school. >> Exactly. You do it at
your leisure. You go home. >> Yes. You take your time. Do you have to pay for
that certification? >> Exactly. For
each certification that is. >> There's a cost for it. >> There's a cost for
it and at the end. >> Is it fair to say
that the cost actually allows us to have
this like higher bar, so that you really are vetted as an expert and it's not just like random people just like putting the video on and
waiting for it to happen, you really are validating
skills useful in real life. >> Exactly. >> That has a cost, basically. >> Also, there are a lot of benefits. For each course you're taking, there are other people
who are taking so, you can start
communicating with them, you can start communicating
with our instructors, and overall you're creating
that good learning ecosystem. Rather than you just go off
and listen to some videos. >> All right. Make sense. >> So, if you look
at the track itself, what we have is we
have eight courses. So, if you look at the first one, what you do is you start off
with getting started with IoT. It's a basic generic IoT course, where you're learning
what the ecosystem is. If you're somebody new, you basically come and understand
the different verticals, industry verticals,
like manufacturing, retail et cetera, et cetera. Get that broad perspective
of what actually IoT is. >> Makes sense. >> Then as we go through, we teach you how to do
embedded device programming, we have SDKs for Azure, which we have developed in
five different languages. We pick a language and we go with it. Once you learn that, you can go and start working with
other languages as you need. Then, we go into
device communication. So, if you look at our
Azure IoT storage, we have our cloud gateway,
which is IoT Hub, which helps you connect millions
of devices into the cloud, and also manage them at scale. So, you'll learn how to do
that device-to-cloud communication, cloud-to-device communication, and
how do you manage your devices. >> Yeah. >> As we go, data lands in the cloud, you basically learn how to analyze
the code or the data coming in, and put some alerts
et cetera as real-time, and also how do you store? Like this could become big data. So, how do you store that data? We have solutions like Cosmos DB or Blob storage et cetera on bringing that telemetry
and storing it. Then we go into, like, visualization, we have
Time Series Insights, where you're able to actually bring that telemetry data and
visualize the data, as well as, we have the updates to Time Series Insights which is in public preview where
you're able to store that data and connect
into storage et cetera. Then we go into once the data
lands there, what do we do? You could do real-time streaming
and raise alerts, as well as, once data
lands in a store, you can create these predictive
models and basically run Azure Machine Learning et cetera
or services on Azure. So, that's what they learn. One thing I want to discuss is once you've finished
all these courses, before you go to
the final capstone project, we actually go through
this journey of helping you architect your solutions end-to-end because
you have now learned. >> So, you learn
all the bits and pieces? >> Exactly. >> Now, you learn how to put them together in a way that makes sense. >> Exactly. So, we teach you, especially when you get an RFP, if you're a partner or even a
developer working for a customer, if you get that requirement
of business problem to solve, how do you take that requirement, and how do you identify
quality attributes? How do you identify constraints? Et cetera. So, we teach you all that. Also, at the end we try to help you, once you've developed your project, how do you operationalize it? So, look at our Azure Monitor to be able to get that
end-to-end storage for you. Once you finish
that architecture course, then you go and find a project, and basically real project and implement that end-to-end
from all the learnings you have, submit it, and get
an MPP certification. >> Awesome. So, we
see it's super broad. It's lots of the parts
of an IT project. You were saying also
initially, that eventually, then you can become an expert
in one of these areas. You want to become
an expert in Azure Storage. Then, there's another MPP program
that actually allows you to get certified for that very deep dive
on these technologies, right? >> Yeah, like predictive analytics. For example, if you really want to go deep dive and
learn data science, we have an MPP for data science. >> So you can actually have
several badges of expertise if you want to like stay
in school for life because that's actually
time-consuming as well. >> Yeah. Exactly. But one thing, you talked about the deep dive, I actually want to ask
you that question. I know you're working on something. >> Damn it. I'm the one
asking the questions for you. >> Exactly. I'm going
to turn it around. I know you're working on something,
can you tell me about that? >> So, I think there's
a connection actually, a complementarity between this
certification and the IoT School, which is actually about teaching people about anything
IoT, in Azure IoT. The way see it is actually
IoT School gives you the breadth and the higher level perspective on what IoT is about and
Azure IoT has to offer. Once you've seen these, you go get certified, when you estimate that you want to become an expert
or you're an expert, you want to validate that and
you go take the MPP program. Then we can do is like, actually you can also
do the other way round. You are an expert, you get certified but then you want to
extend your horizons to other technologies
where they go deeper into AI or things like that from the edge this cool
platform you'll be able to actually to reach up
other technologies, like AI and storage and so forth. So, definitely, a bridge into the rest of the world
through IoT School and MPP. >> Awesome. To basically summarize, what I would suggest is if you're a developer,
if you're an architect, if you are NVP who's basically, either you're starting
your journey in IoT or you have already
spent some time in IoT, it's a great way to validate
yourself by getting certified. >> So, the call to action is simple. Go to the aka.ms/mppiot
link. That's the one, right? >> That's correct. >> Go to that link, get certified. Give us feedback as well. Let's see you soon with
that new badge of you being certified for Azure IoT. >> Awesome. >> Well, thanks for
watching. Don't forget to subscribe to the IoT Show
and see you soon.

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