Who is Jon?
Based in San Francisco, California, Jon is a self-employed IT consultant with over 10 years of experience, along with a top-10 global web property since 2004. Jon is an expert on cloud operations, data center based server administration, networking, IT leadership and even a bit of application programming. He chose CloudAcademy because he wanted to get serious about picking up AWS certifications.
“The general feeling online is that CloudAcademy had the best tests around. It isn't always about having the perfect toys, but how it makes the world a better place.”
He used his technical background for integrating with numerous companies (ranging from as few as 6 staff members to organizations with more than 500 people). He has benefited these enterprises with outstanding IT Services. He considers himself an IT leader and professional technology champion. Beyond leading IT departments, Jon's skill set touches on a wide variety of technologies, including: cloud infrastructure, networking, servers, help desk, and even some application programming.
Jon's experience on Cloud Academy
John successfully passed the certification exam on the first try. He advises that, even if you’ve used AWS for years, the nuances in the exam (that CA tested for) might trip you up. Cloud Academy prepares students for the tough questions.
“A number of the test questions on CA were harder than the real test, in a good way.”
John really liked the breadth of content type in the platform and when he wanted to take a break from courses and get some "hands on" time with labs, he could do that. He really liked the video speed controls because it offered him greater control over his learning experience.
“The Cloud Academy tests really helped me highlight which areas of AWS I wasn't as savvy about (such as Direct Connect) so that I could focus on studying specific materials and become proficient across the spectrum.”
I already have recommended Cloud Academy to a friend. Jon realized that even if he already knew AWS, he learned a lot more from Cloud Academy and keep his skills up-to-date.
“There are a lot of nuances that one might not think about day-to-day that the CA tests will keep you on your toes about.”
Jon greatly enjoyed the lab experience and practicing with the AWS console.