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As of 2020, Microsoft Azure has a 60% adoption rate with a whopping 95% of the Fortune 500 companies using Azure technologies. This makes Azure one of the most popular cloud services platforms used by enterprises, making it a crucial tool for cloud computing professionals — especially cloud developers — to add to their skillset. 

Keeping this in mind, after launching the Cloud DevOps using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program, we are excited to introduce the latest program under that collaboration — Cloud Developer using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program. This program further strengthens our partnership with Microsoft and also Udacity’s School of Cloud Computing

Become a cloud developer with developer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree Program

Learn In-demand Skills with the Cloud Developer using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree Program

The Cloud Developer using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program teaches students how to deploy, build, migrate, and monitor applications on Azure. This program will also prepare graduates for Microsoft’s Exam AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure — required to become Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate.

This Nanodegree program prepares a student for an entry-level position in a cloud developer role. It teaches core Azure concepts and practices and provides hands-on experience with Azure’s development portal.

This Nanodegree program also teaches how to build “cloud native” applications which are critical for developers to stay relevant in the future. After all, cloud development could eventually be a prerequisite for any experienced software professional.

The content has been designed by industry experts. The Nanodegree program comes with a host of relevant projects to provide hands-on training.

COURSE 1: Azure Applications

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of deploying an application to Azure and understand the benefits and costs of cloud deployments, different types of service models, and how to navigate the Microsoft Azure platform. 

PROJECT 1: Deploy an Article CMS to Azure

You’ll deploy an article content management system (CMS), built with a Python Flask application, to Microsoft Azure. 

COURSE 2: Azure Microservices 

You’ll learn how to implement a serverless microservice back-end architecture in Python using Azure cloud serverless offerings. 

PROJECT 2: Deploying the Neighborly App with Azure Functions 

Implement a serverless microservice backend architecture for a social networking web application called Neighborly, a service for neighbors to exchange helpful information, goods, and services.

COURSE 3: Azure Migration 

This course focuses on the techniques, processes, and nuances of migrating an existing application to Azure. It will cover the whole end-to-end process of an Azure migration from predicting costs of the migration to refactoring the code to ensure the application and corresponding databases are compatible with Azure.

PROJECT 3: Migrate App to Azure 

In this project you will strategically migrate a pre-existing conference registration system to Azure. Taking in consideration cost, you will architect a resilient and scalable system in Azure with the knowledge that the legacy application is very expensive, unable to scale at peak, has one single point of failure and performance issues, and is underutilized during off hours.

COURSE 4: Azure Performance

In the third course, you’ll learn how to collect data about the health & performance of an application, analyze and display the collected data to make informed decisions, and create automations to remedy application health or performance issues.

PROJECT 4: Enhancing Applications 

You will collect and display performance and health data about an application post-migration to Azure.

What’s the Hype Around Microsoft Azure?

According to Burning Glass, the growth rate for Azure-related jobs is expected to hit 38.4 percent over the next 10 years. The median salary for those with Azure skills is $100,868.

Cloud computing has been almost like a revolution for most companies globally and Microsoft Azure is one of the most popular closed services platforms being used by organizations. 

Top global organizations are looking for Azure skills. Some of the job titles that require Azure skills these days are:

  • Software Developer / Engineer
  • Computer Systems Engineer / Architect
  • Network Engineer / Architect
  • Network / Systems Administrator
  • Cyber / Information Security Engineer / Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • Business Intelligence Architect / Developer
  • Database Architect
  • Business / Management Analyst

What’s the Difference Between Cloud Developer vs Cloud DevOps

Cloud developers are tasked with designing remote platforms to save and access data and information. Cloud devOps engineers are the key link between development and deployment, leveraging agile methodologies to ensure efficient and reliable release cycles.

The most common job responsibilities of a cloud engineer include:

  • Ideating creative cloud solutions
  • Ensuring compatibility across operating systems
  • Securing a company’s information over the cloud
  • Developing strategies that align with company goals
  • Updating firmware and drivers whenever required

The most common job responsibilities of a cloud devops engineer include:

  • Identifying new opportunities for automation
  • Utilizing automated configuration tools like Chef and Puppet
  • Maintaining and deploying web-based applications
  • Monitoring security issues
  • Measuring performance against expected business outcomes

Thus, while cloud engineers design cloud systems, devops engineers focus on streamlining the development and release of a company’s software products and services.

Become a Cloud Developer using Microsoft Azure. Enroll Now!

If you want to start your career as a cloud developer or want to get skilled in Azure to advance your career then this is an ideal course for you. 

Check out our latest Cloud Developer using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program.

Alper Tekin
Alper Tekin
Alper Tekin is the Chief Product Officer at Udacity. He was Udacity’s first international hire, founded the company’s EMEA presence as the Regional Director of EMEA, and later founded Udacity Enterprise, Udacity's B2B division targeting business customers. Prior to joining Udacity in 2015, Alper was a serial entrepreneur in Europe, acting as founder & CEO of several startups, including AlfaPeople,, and BlaBlaCar TR.