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.
Udacity is excited to announce that we are launching 15,000 scholarships in Cloud Computing, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence with Bertelsmann for the second year! The scholarship program is part of a three-year commitment by Bertelsmann to fund 50,000 tech scholarships for students to learn with Udacity.
More than 60% of professionals spend over 30% of their time doing repetitive, administrative tasks that are a drain on their productivity, according to a Mckinsey report. Ultimately, these boring, mundane tasks can be automated.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA), an emerging technology, is a way to streamline those tasks enabling employees to do more impactful work while allowing organizations to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively.
In June, Udacity announced our partnership with Microsoft to create brand new training programs to help professionals learn highly coveted skills. Udacity is excited to introduce the newest product of that collaboration with Microsoft: the Cloud DevOps using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program. This program focuses on teaching principles for deploying and managing cloud infrastructure with Microsoft Azure.
With 95% of Fortune 500 companies using Azure and Azure-related jobs expected to grow by over 34% in the next 10 years, now is a great time to hone your DevOps skills with Microsoft’s platform. What’s more, Cloud DevOps Engineers with skills in Azure earn an average salary of over $99,000 a year according to Glassdoor. Cloud DevOps engineers in San Francisco make an average of $130,000 a year, with top earners bringing in over $166,000.
By completing the Cloud DevOps using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program, you’ll be prepared for Microsoft’s AZ-400 DevOps Engineer Expert certification exam, thereby demonstrating to employers that you have the skills they need.
What is Cloud DevOps?
Cloud DevOps Engineers are the key link between development and deployment, leveraging agile methodologies to ensure efficient and reliable release cycles. This means working on deployment, integrations, services, and testing. DevOps Engineers are an essential part of getting code written by developers verified and released to customers. Often, DevOps Engineers are responsible for the reliability, scalability, and security of a company’s systems. While the work is not simple, it is extremely rewarding for those who enjoy tinkering and problem-solving.
The Cloud DevOps using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program will teach students to deploy cloud infrastructure, use Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) for cloud infrastructure management, and create test environments to run automated testing. All of this learning will be done in a Microsoft Azure environment, using Azure pipelines and Azure App services.
To get the most out of this course, it’s important for students to have at least one year of experience working with Python. Enrollees must have a solid understanding of foundational coding concepts, including loops, conditionals, data types, functions, classes, and objects, and have a fundamental knowledge of scripting and Linux shell commands.
Additionally, students should understand cloud computing, including core cloud components (like databases, virtual machines, etc). If you need a primer on cloud computing, Udacity’s free Intro to Cloud Computing course is a great place to start.
In as little as three months, students who enroll in the Cloud DevOps using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program will thoroughly understand DevOps fundamentals, Azure Infrastructure, cloud computing security, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Agile project management methodologies in relation to CI/CD, and automated testing focused on performance, UI, function, and system integration.
Specific projects include:
Project 1: Deploy a Web Application
Students will use Terraform to deploy IaC and Packer to create reusable virtual machine images for deploying custom web applications. This project will help students become familiar with resource creation and management in Microsoft Azure using the portal and command-line interface (CLI), as well as solidify security best-practices in the Azure Security Center.
Project 2: Build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline
Deploy a Flask Machine Learning app by building a Continuous Delivery pipeline with Azure Pipelines and using Azure App Services to deploy Platform as a Service (PaaS). After this project, students will have experience leveraging Agile methodologies and tools, including Trello, to integrate Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) with Continuous Delivery of application to Azure.
Project 3: Run Automated Tests
Learn to create disposable environments to run automated tests using Terraform and apply IaC concepts to make different environment tiers for more comprehensive testing. This project covers performance, function UI, and integration testing. Students will also monitor app behavior and perform root cause analysis by observing log files.
Learning from Top Cloud DevOps Engineers
To develop this program’s world-class curriculum, we collaborated with professionals from top-rated tech companies, like Microsoft. Each of these collaborators contributed guidance and feedback to focus the program on the most in-demand skills. Each of the instructors has extensive technical experience with Cloud DevOps and Microsoft Azure, as well as teaching experience.
Noah Gift, Founder of Pragmatic AI Labs, Consultant on AI, Cloud, Data Science
Nathan Anderson, DevOps Engineer at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Erick Galinkin, Principal AI Researcher at Rapid7 and Montreal AI Ethics Institute
If you’re an engineer who wants to learn more about deploying applications securely and efficiently, this is a great course for you to take to advance your career. This course is also great for people with programming backgrounds who are interested in the Cloud Computing field or gaining familiarity with Microsoft Azure.
With Udacity’s combination of hands-on project-centric learning, technical mentorship, and industry-aligned career services, there’s no better way to meet the demand than by registering today for the Cloud DevOps using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program. Enroll now!
Udacity is excited to partner with UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, the professional education arm of University of California, Santa Cruz, one of the country’s most well-regarded higher education institutions, to offer Specializations in Data Science.
This partnership brings Udacity’s best-in-class online learning platform and in-demand skills training together with UCSC’s academic excellence and expertise built over 50 years working with practitioners and professionals in Silicon Valley.
Learners can get access to two of Udacity’s most popular Nanodegree programs — Programming for Data Science with Python and Data Scientist — packaged with UCSC Extension’s professional job training, career networking, recruitment specialists, and job search support. Students will have the option to choose a completely online, self-paced format or a more structured instructor-led experience with UCSC’s industry-expert instructors.
Security and data breaches are a growing concern globally. Believe it or not, more than 3.2 million records were compromised in the 10 biggest data breaches in the first half of 2020. The data could be anything ranging from Social Security numbers to your credit card details to something as personal as a medical record.
That’s why cybersecurity is top of mind for every company around the world. With the increasing number of data breaches — up 54% in 2019 — the role of a cybersecurity professional has become vital. In fact, the need for cybersecurity specialists has become so paramount, that according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation is projected to grow at a much faster rate — more than 30% between 2018 and 2028 — than the average of all other occupations.
As demand for cybersecurity specialists reaches a fever pitch, Udacity is excited to announce the release of the all-new Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree program — created in collaboration with SecurityScorecard — a great start for anyone interested in this critical field.