Constant Content: Cloud Academy’s Q3 2020 Roadmap

Hello —  Andy Larkin here, VP of Content at Cloud Academy. I am pleased to release our roadmap for the next three months of 2020 — August through October.

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Let me walk you through the content we have planned for you and how this content can help you gain skills, get certified, and be successful in your role. Our focus areas for new content over the next three months are data science, software engineering, and DevOps tools. 

New for Q3

Data science content

We are releasing eight new learning paths to provide an end-to-end solution for becoming a data engineer. This content is in production right now, and we will be rolling this content out through August. This is the full soup-to-nuts practical guide to mastering data science you’ve been waiting for. The learning paths and labs in this content track are all based on practical business scenarios designed to help you learn by doing in the real world. This content will become part of the new Personal Training Plan functionality we are releasing soon to make it even easier for you to get the skills you need to master a job role. 

Software engineering content

We are adding more Advanced Python content, Introduction to Scala, and Programming with Go for our backend development tracks. This is solid content to complement the Python, Java, and R domains we already cover. 

For front-end developers, we are creating Introduction to Angular to complement the ReactJS: Zero to Hero and Developing Web Applications with HTML and CSS front-end development content we added in Q2. We have Full-Stack Developer content, and it’s good content with lots of hands-on labs. 

Azure certifications content

Keeping you aligned and informed on Azure certifications (and the many changes and updates being released by Microsoft) is another focus for Q3. The Azure certifications keep changing, and you might be feeling unsure about what certs are current and, most importantly, how to prepare. Our Azure team is here to keep you updated across all the changes that have been made recently, and we have a comprehensive suite of new Azure courses to help you prepare and pass the Azure certs. We have many interesting data science and DevOps courses rolling out that you asked for, such as the DP-100 certification prep learning path. This is a big learning path that includes a lot of courses and labs. 

AWS content

As usual, we have a massive list of new content for AWS. The key focus is the AWS Data Analytics Specialty (DAS-C01) Certification learning path. This, combined with the Database Speciality Certification LP we released in Q2, ensures you have coverage for ALL the latest AWS certs. 

Google Cloud content

We are adding more GCP content, like Managing GCP Operations Monitoring, as well as Managing and Investigating Service Incidents on GCP.

We stay on top of all the tech changes so you can focus on learning

We all know cloud technology changes quickly. We love meeting your requests, and our roadmap process enables us to respond quickly when a new service emerges or becomes prominent in your toolchains. ALL the DevOps courses proposed for Q3 are based on customer requests. We have courses planned for:

  • Kafka Data Streaming
  • Introduction to Spinnaker (CICD)
  • Java Test Driven Development (TDD) using JUnit
  • C# Dotnet – Test-Driven Development (TDD) using xUnit
  • Java Build Automation using Maven 
  • Building Java-based Microservices with Spring Boot

We also have a Jira Fundamentals learning path planned, which will give more depth to our Atlassian coverage. A few other DevOps content titles that we are going to help you with this quarter include:

  • Docker Certified Associate (DCA) Exam Preparation
  • Docker Enterprise: Universal Control Plane (UCP)
  • Istio –  Kubernetes Service Mesh
  • Mastering Microservices with Python, Flask, and Docker

What certifications does Cloud Academy cover?

  • 8 of the 9 Azure certifications 
  • 6 of the 7 GCP certifications
  • 11 of 12  AWS certifications

And we are adding more content for the Alibaba Cloud Associate learning path and more content for the CISM security certification.

Cloud Academy is obsessed with getting you the most comprehensive, effective, and up-to-date cert training in the industry. Check out our blog post with a full breakdown of all the certs we offer.

We’re dedicated to your success, now and in the future

You can rest assured with Cloud Academy that our content is up-to-date this is a major priority for us, and one that ensures you and your teams know about the latest services and learn how to use services together to create business solutions and solve real-world problems. Please contact us at with any feedback, content requests, or advice.


Andy signing off for now


Q3 Content Update Overview


1 major learning path
12 courses 

Title  Type  ETA 
DP-100 Exam Prep: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure LP Aug
Introduction to Azure Machine Learning Course Aug
Using the Azure Machine Learning SDK Course Aug
Managing Code Quality and Security Policies with Azure DevOps Course Sep
Implementing High Availability Disaster Recovery from Azure SQL Databases Course Aug
Azure SQL and SQL Server Database Task Automation Course Sep
Azure SQL and SQL Server Database Monitoring Course Oct
Load Balancing with Azure Course Oct
Introduction to Azure Storage (redo) Course Sep
Designing for Azure Identity Management (update) Course Sep
Implementing Azure Relational Databases Course Oct
Intro to Azure Virtual Networking (redo) Course Oct
Analyzing Resource Utilization on Azure (update) Course Oct


2 new courses 

Title  Type  ETA 
Managing GCP Operations Monitoring Course Sep
Managing and Investigating Service Incidents on GCP Course Oct

Software Engineer

4 major learning paths 

Title  Type  ETA 
Introduction to Scala LP  Sept 
Introduction to Angular LP  Aug 
Advanced Python  LP  August 
Programming with Go  LP  Sept 


Data Engineer 

8 major learning paths 

Title  Type  ETA 
Beginner’s Guide to Machine Learning  LP  Aug 
Machine Learning Concepts and Applications LP  Aug 
The Basics of Data Management, Data Manipulation and Data Modelling  LP  Aug 
Moving Beyond Spreadsheets  LP  Aug 
How to Wrestle Your Data  LP  Aug 
A Practical Guide to Data Manipulation  LP  Aug 
Visualizing Your Data  LP  Aug 
Advanced Data Visualization with MatPlotLib and Seaborn  LP  Aug 



Note: All of these are based on customer requests
3 learning paths
6 courses

Title  Type  ETA 
Introduction to Spinnaker (CICD) Course Aug
Kafka Data Streaming  Course Aug
Introduction to Redis (Database) Course Sept
Introduction to Cassandra (Database) Course Sept
Java – Test-Driven Development (TDD) Using JUnit LP Aug
C# Dotnet – Test-Driven Development (TDD) Using xUnit LP Sept
Jira Fundamentals LP  Sept
Java Build Automation Using Maven Course Oct
Building Java-Based Microservices with Spring Boot  Course  Oct


2 learning paths
17 courses
1 lab

Title  Type  ETA 
AWS Data Analytics Specialty (DAS-C01) Certification Preparation (Preview) LP  Aug
DeepDive: Amazon S3 LP  Oct
Using Amazon S3 Security Features to Protect and Secure Your Data Course Oct
Overview of Differences Between AWS Database Types Course Aug
Redo – Database Fundamentals for AWS Course Aug
Techniques to Enhance DR and High Availability across AWS Database Services Course Sep
Understanding Amazon RDS Performance Insights Course Aug
Understanding RDS Scaling and Elasticity Course Aug
Using Automation to Deploy AWS Databases Course Sep
Maintaining and Operating AWS Databases Course Sep
Backup and Restore Capabilities of Amazon RDS & Amazon DynamoDB Course Aug
Configuring Operational Parameters for AWS Databases Course Sep
Troubleshoot and Resolve Common Database Issues Course Aug
Data Visualization using Amazon Quicksight Course Aug
AWS Glue: Developing ETL Pipelines Course Sep
Using AWS Lake Formation for Data Analytics Course Sep
Amazon RDS – Introduction to Monitoring Course July
Data Analytic Concepts Course Aug
Introduction to Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR) Course Aug
Efficiently Storing Data in S3 for Data Analytics Solutions Lab Aug
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