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IoT Concept Explanation

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The Microsoft Azure 70-535 exam has a large section focused on creating practical solutions using Azure technologies. About 10-15% of the exam will cover Azure products focused on AI, Messaging, 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. After taking this course you should be well-prepared for the 70-535 exam. However this is not only a test prep course. This course is also 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 smart phones - 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

  • People preparing for Microsoft’s 70-535 exam


  • General knowledge of IT architecture


Get ready for a super short lesson that is completely skippable if you already know the subject. All we’re going to do is briefly define exactly what we mean by, “Internet of Things,” or “IoT.”


Now, a lot of people, when they hear the term “Internet of Things,” immediately get a very superficial image. They imagine cheesy home automation gadgets, like an internet-connected talking toaster. Due to the dubious value of many trendy items billed as “IoT,” there is an unfortunate tendency to be dismissive of the term.


In reality, “Internet of Things,” refers to a much more consequential and larger trend. The Internet of Things refers to a historically recent growth of internet access and network-connected devices in all manner of fields. So when we talk IoT, we’re not just talking toasters. We’re also talking about agriculture, solar power, elderly care, transportation, and manufacture. We’re talking about internet connected cameras and audio sensors deployed by municipal police to combat crime. We’re talking about internet-connected crop watering systems that let farmers automate much of their work and generate larger crop yields. We’re talking about a massive new economic opportunity creating jobs and new fields of technological inquiry. We are talking about all of the ways cheaply adding internet access to everyday devices creates new opportunities to make our communities safer, our lives easier, and our work more intelligent and efficient.


IoT is not just a meme. It is one of the few truly futuristic technological developments that will push us toward living the George Jetson / Back to the Future lifestyle we’ve all dreamed of since we were kids. IoT is a natural consequence of computers getting smaller and high speed internet access getting cheaper. Thousands of startups are exploiting new business opportunities as a result. With the right vision, it could be a great opportunity for you as well.


So that is all you really need to know at the conceptual level. So now the natural question is, “Where does Azure factor in to all of this?” Well, to make IoT work, you need the right software infrastructure. Azure has many tools in place to simplify setup of IoT systems. In the next lesson we will take a thorough survey of these technologies. So if you’re ready, let’s dive in. Good luck.

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.