Designing Azure Solutions Using Platform Services
1h 13m

This course is focused on creating practical solutions using Azure technologies in areas such as AI, messaging, the Internet of Things, and video media. This will require familiarity with dozens of Azure solutions.

This course will take you through all of the relevant technologies and ensure you know which ones to pick to solve specific problems. This course is for developers, engineering managers, and cloud architects looking to get a better understanding of Azure services.

Whether your app deals with artificial intelligence, managing IoT devices, video media, or push notifications for smartphones, Azure has an answer for every use case. This course will help you get the most out of your Azure account by preparing you to make use of many different solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Design solutions using Azure AI technologies

  • Design solutions for IoT applications using Azure technologies

  • Create a scalable messaging infrastructure using Azure messaging technologies

  • Design media solutions using Azure media technologies and file encoding

Intended Audience

  • People who want to become Azure cloud architects


  • General knowledge of IT architecture


Greetings! Welcome to the Cloud Academy Microsoft Azure Design Solutions using Platform Services course! I am delighted to have you join me on what is bound to be yet another educational and delightful adventure into the world of Microsoft Azure. 

First I will let you know a bit about myself before I get into the course outline. My name is Jonathan. I am one of the course developers with Cloud Academy. I work professionally as a technical consultant specializing in DevOps, data engineering, and security. I am also a former high school teacher, so it is a treat to get back into teaching all you lovely people about technology.

So enough about me, let’s get into this course. Who is this course for exactly? This course is also for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of Azure platform solutions in the fields mentioned above. If you happen to be a software engineer, a product manager, a CTO, or just someone who happens to be trying to build a product using Microsoft Azure, then this course could save you a lot of time and money as you discover Azure’s powerful product toolset.

So what exactly are the prerequisites for this course then - what do I expect you to know in order to understand the material? Well, not too much actually. You don’t need to be a programmer or have a deep knowledge of computer science. The course will focus mostly on explaining Microsoft Azure systems and how to use the Azure user interface. You should have a general understanding of the domains related to each product category. You will need a basic understanding of terms like “Internet of Things,” “Machine Learning,” “Messaging Queue,” and, “File Encoder.” If you have no idea what any of these things are, this course may be premature for you.

The course will cover a lot of information given its short length. We are going into detail on a number of Azure services and practices. Our goal is to explain in depth each Azure service and ensure that you have a stronger understanding of which service to choose to solve a particular problem. After going through all of the content, you should have a thorough grasp of several Azure products. You should be ready to start creating products in any of the four domains described above. 

So as you may have gathered, there are four core learning objectives - takeaways, if you will: 1. The student will have an in-depth knowledge of Azure artificial intelligence services and know when to opt for specific offerings. 2. The student will have an in-depth knowledge of Azure IoT services and know when to opt for specific offerings. 3. The student will be able to design a scalable messaging architecture using Azure services. 4. The student will have a deep understanding of Azure media services.

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to leave feedback. Email if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns. We always appreciate people taking the time. Now without further ado, let’s get started.

About the Author

Jonathan Bethune is a senior technical consultant working with several companies including TopTal, BCG, and Instaclustr. He is an experienced devops specialist, data engineer, and software developer. Jonathan has spent years mastering the art of system automation with a variety of different cloud providers and tools. Before he became an engineer, Jonathan was a musician and teacher in New York City. Jonathan is based in Tokyo where he continues to work in technology and write for various publications in his free time.