Content Roadmap: AZ-500, ITIL 4, MS-100, Google Cloud Associate Engineer, and More

Last month, Cloud Academy joined forces with QA, the UK’s largest B2B skills provider, and it put us in an excellent position to solve a massive skills gap problem. As a result of this collaboration, you will see our training library grow with additions from QA’s massive catalog of 500+ certification courses and 1500+ instructor-led courses. Since the acquisition, we’ve been working hard to deliver more content for you and your teams!

Our latest content roadmap is designed to help you get started with business transformation, become more agile in solving business problems, and be more aware of security best practices. To see all of our courses scheduled for the next 3-4 months, check out our Content Roadmap landing page or our short Content Roadmap Overview video.

Cloud Academy Content Roadmap

Key themes this quarter

Driving security best practices

We are building three comprehensive cybersecurity Learning Paths this quarter. Based around the CISM, CISMP, and CISSP certifications, these new Learning Paths will provide enterprise-grade training for security roles such as Intrusion Analyst, Security Manager, and InfoSec Manager. This new content will help your organization maintain security best practices.

Enabling business transformation

Our partnership with QA enables us to deliver more business training to help drive your business programs. ITIL 4 is a proven way to help organizations move to a digital-operating model. Design Thinking and AgileShift enable non-technical teams to apply agile techniques to common business situations.

Remaining your go-to destination for cloud certifications

We are building Learning Paths for the Microsoft Azure AZ-500, Microsoft MS-100, and the Google Associate Cloud Engineer certifications. We will continue to cover and maintain all eleven AWS certifications, and continue to publish new certification Learning Paths within two weeks of the certification’s general release.

Cloud Academy Content Roadmap

The roadmap at a glance

More on the new security Learning Paths

If you are unfamiliar with the security industry, allow me to generalize to help explain all the acronyms. The most common enterprise security certifications tend to come from one of three industry certification bodies: ISACA , ICS,  or BCS. Each certification body is unique and arguably the same in some ways — I will leave any comparison safely in the hands of the experts.

From my perspective, our European customers tend to align with BCS and ICS, while our U.S. customers tend to align with ISACA. There are many other aspects to consider, and many other certification programs for that matter. However, ISACA, ICS, and BCS all serve to help you implement security best practices and encourage a security culture within your organization.

For this upcoming roadmap, we are releasing three role-based security Learning Paths plus three security certification Learning Paths. The role-based Learning Paths we are building are Cyber Primer Foundation, Intrusion Analyst, and Penetration Tester. These Learning Paths will help you progress though to those roles. The certification Learning Paths are for CISM, CISMP, and CISSP. So which one should you choose? My advice is to choose the one which aligns with your industry.

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Learning Path is ideal for solution architects, program managers, team leads — anyone designing online business solutions. The CISSP curriculum helps you design, implement and manage a cybersecurity program. I recommend your business teams achieve this certification.

The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification offered by ISACA is another starting point for program leaders wanting to be aligned with best practices to prove their skills.

The Cyber Primer Learning Path includes the Certified Information Security Manager (CISMP) certification curriculum, which provides an ideal foundational path for security professionals looking to achieve the BCS certification.

More on enabling business transformation

Most organizations are struggling with transformation as it involves business change. With QA, we have the ability to deliver unrivaled breadth and depth of business orientated content. Rather than overwhelm you with all that, we have hand-selected the content we believe your teams need to know first to become more agile and drive transformation. So for this upcoming quarter, here’s what’s coming to help you!

ITIL 4 Foundation

ITL 4 is all about digital transformation. ITIL 4 gives your teams the terminology and operating model knowledge to lead and participate in digital programs. In short, ITIL 4 enables an organization to adopt a digital operating model rapidly. This course should be a first module for all teams to complete to ensure all members have a baseline level of IT service management knowledge in your organization.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a way to solve business problems by focusing on customer needs, prioritizing requirements, and solving customer problems. We selected this content for this upcoming quarter since it enables business managers to start applying new techniques to old problems, which is crucial to making things happen fast! This non-technical process can revolutionize how your staff think and act with customer problems.

Agile Fundamentals

With business teams using a common syntax, it becomes easier for them to think and act differently when approaching customer problems. So the next phase is getting everyone to work the same way. AgileShift enables non-technical teams to learn and apply agile techniques to common business situations. This is a crucial step to achieving operational success. My advice is to have all of your business teams complete this course so your organization knows how to collaborate on Agile projects.

ScrumMaster/Product Owner

The next phase is encouraging team members who show enthusiasm and initiative for an Agile process to progress into training for Agile leadership roles. These role-based courses will enable your leaders to understand how to lead, direct, and manage Agile projects.

More on cloud certifications

In our upcoming roadmap, we have Microsoft certifications front and center. We are building Learning Paths to help you master the AZ-500, MS-100, and the Google Associate Cloud Engineer certifications. We will continue to update and maintain all eleven of the AWS certifications, and continue to publish new certification Learning Paths within two weeks of the certification’s general release.

Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies

This is a new exam, and as usual we are on top of it with quality learning to help you pass the certification. The AZ-500 content works within our security focus. This certification should appeal to security engineers who implement security controls, maintain the security posture, manage identity and access, and protect data, applications, and networks.

Exam MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services

This exam is still in beta, so count on us to keep you updated with any changes to help ensure you pass. Candidates for this exam are Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrators who take part in evaluating, planning, migrating, deploying, and managing Microsoft 365 services. We have a lot of Azure content coming — thanks to our partnership with QA (who is a Microsoft Gold Partner).

Programming

We continue to build out the development languages that are trending in Cloud Catalog™. Currently, we are building practical content on how to use SQL to solve business problems.

Comments and feedback

We are continually updating our Content Roadmap, so make sure to check back often for new courses and updates. If there is anything you would like to see included in our roadmap, please reach out to me at andrew.larkin@cloudacademy.com.

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Andrew Larkin

Andrew is an AWS certified professional who is passionate about helping others learn how to use and gain benefit from AWS technologies. Andrew has worked for AWS and for AWS technology partners Ooyala and Adobe. His favorite Amazon leadership principle is "Customer Obsession" as everything AWS starts with the customer. Passions around work are cycling and surfing, and having a laugh about the lessons learnt trying to launch two daughters and a few start ups.

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