Last September, at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Microsoft showcased several new role-based certifications. As an early adopter, I naturally was excited to learn about the new certifications and began researching and preparing to take the AZ-100 and AZ-101 certification exams. I have already sat and passed the AZ-100 exam, and I have begun preparing to teach a course to help people earn the new Azure Administrator role. Well, if you haven’t read the new yet, surprise! Microsoft has just released information stating that both of the exams will be retiring as of May 1, 2019. This comes only a few short months after their debut! So, whether or not you have already passed, or started studying and planning to take the exams, take a breath. Let’s discuss what this change means for you.
If you’ve been working with Windows for a long time, and you’re comfortable with it, there are plenty of good reasons to stay with it. The comfort factor is certainly one of them. The idea of changing to a new platform when the old one works just fine can feel intimidating, and if you already know what you’re doing, the notion of learning something entirely new isn’t always a welcome one.
Yet, even if Windows is still working for you, you may be ready to expand your skills or just want to try something new. In the past, developers have avoided Linux servers due to the perceived limitations of the operating system, but recent changes have made them attractive to a growing number of people.
“We need more women in tech!”
For several years now, the dearth of women working in technology — and the need for creative ways to attract girls and women to technology-related careers, has been a hot topic. Yet despite all of the initiatives, the scholarships, the STEM education, and the outreach, for the most part, women are still woefully underrepresented in technology, particularly in IT.