Posted on January 10, 2017

In its efforts to drive digital transformation in the region, Microsoft has launched Azure Skills – Cloud computing training and certification for IT Professionals in Qatar. Aimed to increase the use of new Cloud technologies, the Azure Skills program will help participants advance their Cloud computing skills; driving true digital transformation, and contribute to innovative and economic competitiveness in the country.

IDC forecasts that by 2020, more than one in three IT positions will be cloud related. Moreover, the research reveals that the availability and skill level of cloud professionals has a direct impact on businesses. While IT employment worldwide is set to increase approximately 4 percent each year until 2020, all of the growth will occur in cloud-related positions. Azure training and certification offers a high-value, simple, and customizable way to enhance the technical skills of individuals and IT enterprise teams, and help participants earn valuable Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) status, which will advance their careers and give them a competitive edge in the industry.

IT professionals signing up for the courses will have access to a broad range of technical resources and training at various levels including free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) in a self-paced interactive environment with the option to gain full certification. Those opting for free training will have access to Microsoft’s online catalogue of new Azure fundamentals and technical courses, with new learning material to be added each month. Digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion of each course. IT Professionals opting to take more advanced courses will be required to take the Azure certification exam to gain Microsoft Certified Professional status.

“Industries are facing a bold new world with the amazing technological developments in cloud computing, which has given rise to unprecedented challenges and opportunities,” Samer Abu Ltaif, Regional General Manager, Microsoft Gulf, said. “Emerging technologies in the fields of hybrid cloud, mobility, data analytics and machine intelligence are changing nearly every aspect of the IT landscape, making it imperative for organizations to identify and fill the skills gap. Microsoft training and certification will enable IT Professionals to address these technological challenges and develop skills required to adapt to the major transformation taking place in the IT industry.”

Over 80 percent of IT enterprise organizations will adopt hybrid cloud architectures that encompass multiple public cloud services, by the end of 2017. The advancements in the IT landscape will mean organizations will have to reprioritize skills required, and design and orchestrate a full stack of services to support new applications. Azure and hybrid cloud related training will enable organizations to plan, build, and operate cloud services to reduce management complexity and lower operating costs; ultimately reducing risk, increasing compliance, and delivering better business value.

“Acquiring cloud skills has become critical to the success of an organization. Our Azure Skills courses and certification will enable IT experts to reimagine their firm’s IT infrastructure, preparing them for a competitive digital future” Abu Ltaif added.

IDC has also reported that investment in digital transformation initiatives will reach $2.2 trillion by 2019. With more than 80 percent of Microsoft customers having already deployed or embraced the cloud, the surging cloud momentum will continue to rise. Microsoft cloud is a growing collection of integrated services — analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, web apps and more — for moving faster, achieving more, and reducing costs. Adding Azure skills to an organization’s toolbox will enable it to become more nimble and successful in a digital economy by meeting customer needs on any cloud computing platform.

More details on Azure learning options can be found here.