Mobile devices have evolved from an employee’s personal phone to a critical tool for the ever-moving employee. Sometimes, it may be a company-issued device, but more often, companies are turning to a “bring your own device,” or BYOD model. With 87% of companies relying on their employees using personal devices to access business applications (Syntonic), it’s often up to the IT team to offer support on whatever device the employee chooses to use. But how can IT teams be expected to support devices made by a myriad of manufacturers running varied operating systems they can’t control?
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. For a more infomation on getting certified in IT, check out the Ultimate Guide to IT Certifications.
As an entrepreneur or business leader, you have plenty of responsibilities already: You must juggle budgeting, managing, and planning for growth. When your business is small and just starting up, that last task is even more important ― especially considering that you have fewer employees to help guide your decisions. You may need to pick up some of the technical work to help when you don’t have the personnel. This means you should strive to have a better knowledge of the tech used in your network.