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New Azure, IoT, Data Science training courses from Microsoft – extend your skills for free

New Azure, IoT, Data Science training courses from Microsoft – extend your skills for free

Where to learn more about Cloud, Azure, IoT, Data Science, Big Data, Cognitive tools, and Office 365

As a Microsoft partner or consultant, you’ve got your technical skills, carefully built up over the years, with great on-the-job experience.  But the IT world has become more and more mobile first, cloud first.  How can you extend your skills in these and related areas, free of charge?  Microsoft is here to help!  There are a couple of exciting new web sites that we’d like you to look at….they cover Azure, IoT, Data Science, as well as a host of the key skills needed in high volume over the coming years.

Whether you are a Dynamics 365 expert, PowerBI champion, Azure and Infrastructure king, or Office 365 guru, extending your skills into complementary areas can be great for your career, and your salary.  For instance, there is a huge growth in demand for Dynamics people who can Analyse and Visualize data with SCS or PowerBI, understand Cloud, and particularly understand and deploy on Azure.  And that’s just the start of it, as the world heads more into Voice, Facial Recognition, and much more interactive computing.

There are two great sites where you can browse and book the courses.

The first site is aimed squarely at tech consultant skills extension, and shows mainly online courses, mostly self paced.  The courses are taught by experts from Microsoft and Microsoft partners, learning through hands-on experience on a wide range of cutting-edge technologies in areas including cloud services, mobile development, and data sciences. The range of courses suits both students and seasoned technologists. Browse through, see what looks good, and check out the reviews – most are well rated but the reviews give you an honest insight into what to expect.  The courses themselves are free, and some even come with a certification which you can choose to purchase for a small fee (usually $25-$49) if you want proof of skills, or want to boast about it.

The second site is for partners as well as tech consultants, called Partner Upskill and is an interesting mix of tech and commercial courses.  Want to learn about Azure, or Office 365 voice, or some sales fundamentals?  Then this is a great place to look.  Many, but not all, of the courses are instructor-led, run onsite around the country (UK in this site’s case) and again free of charge.

  1. It’s not just Azure, IoT, Data Science……

And for Dynamics skills, it’s always worth a look at 365 Talent Portal for regular webinars, news, and updates, as well as access to specialised Microsoft training and information resources for those consultants who qualify for access.

There’s some great stuff in there – why not take this chance to expand your horizons?

About us: 365 Talent Portal is the first online platform that enables thousands of Microsoft Dynamics consultants to improve their technical, consulting, and soft skills, as well as advertise their profiles whenever they choose to look for work. This profile gives Microsoft Dynamics partners and end-users instant, direct access to the consultants if they want to be contacted. With a network spanning 114 countries, 365 Talent Portal allows companies to search for consultants based on their detailed skills, rates and available dates, to find the best consultants for their projects.  Companies can find and employ them on a very low cost model on either a freelance or permanent basis, without incurring the hefty fees typical of recruitment agencies. To find and hire excellent Dynamics resource, please go to

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