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Instructions:
  1. Go to Microsoft Build Cloud Skills Challenge May 2022
  2. Complete one challenge of your choice by June 21
    • To complete a challenge, finish all of the modules in the selected challenges Microsoft Learn collection.
  3. By June 30, a free exam credit will be applied to your Microsoft Learn account
  4. Redeem your exam credit to take a Microsoft Certification Exam by December 31, 2022.
Eligible Exams:
  • AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution
  • AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
  • AZ-220: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer
  • AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions
  • DP-420: Designing and Implementing Cloud - Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB
  • MS-600: Building Applications and Solutions
  • PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker
  • PL-200: Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant
  • PL-300: Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst
  • SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst
  • SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator

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There are 8 challenges available to choose from, select one that's right for you. Once you complete that challenge you will earn a free Microsoft Certification exam that can be applied to your choice from a select list of options.

The challenge begins on May 24, 2022 at 4:00 PM UTC (16:00) and ends on June 21, 2022 at 4:00 PM UTC (16:00). Make sure all modules in your challenge are complete before time runs out.

If you complete your challenge before the eligibility period ends, one Microsoft Certification exam will be associated with your Learn profile on June 30, 2022. You will be notified via email when it becomes available. To see the full list of eligible exams please refer to the official rules page for more details.

Have questions? Find answers in the challenge FAQs.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/c...ation/2022
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MemorablePen7097 asked this question on 06-06-2022 at 09:52 AM
06-06-2022 at 01:28 PM
I think it depends on what you're planning to do. Both hospital systems or insurance companies have data analysts, cloud engineers, cyber security engineers, etc. IMO the easiest one would be doing the PL300 to get more exposure to analyzing, visualizing data since there's a broader demand, within the healthcare or outside of the healthcare industry. For healthcare you have a large variety of data such as member population, claims data, profit/cost/loss data, etc.
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ShrewdBanana4713 asked this question on 05-25-2022 at 10:03 AM
06-01-2022 at 10:54 PM
Data & AI: Who hacked matches PL-300. I confirmed it with support as I am trying to do this certification as well.
06-21-2022 at 09:39 AM
This is seriously confusing. Who would know this match up unless they publish. I think I finished some other challenge thinking that would match PL-300
FancySp00n asked this question on 05-17-2022 at 04:59 PM
05-18-2022 at 10:17 PM
You can click the link, find the link for Official Rules, click thru and see all of the certifications you can choose from.

Click thru each to see the course schedule in detail.

Azure (cloud computing) and Security are two hot IT areas right now.

I'd say Azure first because you need to have an investigative , almost sneaky mind for security to think like a hacker to defeat them.

Azure is mostly telling the could computer what to do, setting things up, so easier to grasp.

Both have entry level openings, so learn either and continue studying intermediate levels (even without paying for the tests) worthwhile.
HilariousOctopus892 asked this question on 06-06-2022 at 08:03 PM
06-07-2022 at 05:42 AM
Microsoft Security: Who Hacked? Challenge Will be for either SC-200 and SC-300 or both of them.

You can brush up your skills by taking free training for SC-900. It's a fundamental course. Some people skip it but it's recommended to at least gain some knowledge if you're new to this.

Here's the free virtual training. 2-3 hours each day for 2 days. After 5 business days you'll get the voucher in your Microsoft Learn profile.

https://mktoevents.com/Microsoft+Event/340086/157-GQE-382?source=mvtd
kevin1437 asked this question on 06-10-2022 at 10:09 AM
06-17-2022 at 07:33 PM
You can just skip through and use other study materials to prepare for the exam. It will not reflect that you've completed the module until the next day.

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The real sleeper exam here is SC-200: Security Operations Analyst. You're guaranteed a job — a well paying remote job — if you get it.

Other winners:

AZ-400: DevOps, but only if you already have an IT background. I wouldn't take/trust a new person to break down those silos without knowing why they exist.

PL-300: PowerBI. Tableau and similar is all the rage - this could get you started.

PL-100/200: Power Platform. PowerApps are hit or miss, but building portals for Dynamics365 could be a great selling point in an interview (assuming that's in the material). Beyond that, Power Automate is **amazing** — but you need to know what you're doing to really take advantage of it. I have a dev background, so it all made sense to me, but without that it's …a bit more uphill. The cert might teach you how to use connectors and APIs, but it won't teach you "when and where".
Almost all big companies use ai resume screening of applications due to volume.

Resumes lacking the keywords don't even get human review, so it's just a cold-war game of artificially rising bars made up mostly by hr that don't completely understand who they need.

(E.g. Bachelor's on most jobs = meaningless piece of paper because you're many jobs use what you've learned to do in school??
Almost always on the job training, so degree's artificially keep the poor and marginalized out... You know who...)

Eligible exams include:
AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution
AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
AZ-220: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer
AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions
DP-420: Designing and Implementing Cloud - Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB
MS-600: Building Applications and Solutions
PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker
PL-200: Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant
PL-300: Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst
SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst
SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator

Not bad.
Azure, DevOps, Security Ops even Power BI jobs can all top $100k salaries easily.

https://www.payscale.com/research..._BI/Salary

Although that's just starting out as a newbie.
Anyone with 5+ years experience ought to be able to get $300k+ at top companies today due to the absurd covid lack of workers driving even Wal-Mart store manager jobs $200k (latest wsj, 2 yrs training program)
Getting a job doesn't mean keeping a job ,)

But any cloud or security newbie will get a catch without too much difficulty because the lack of people in this field who isn't working is killing businesses.

Especially with Wal-Mart paying up to $200k for store managers.... https://www.google.com/amp/s/www....1652619602

And the army boosting bonuses to $50k + free everything including college....

Too many well paying opportunities right now for those not studying much, so MS, Google, etc are rolling out free certificate programs just to try and make up the need on the low end of the IT scale.

The need in Silicon LA alone is https://www.builtinla.com/jobs

Not to mention tons and tons more in Silicon Valley.

....

Many careers can crack $100k within 10 years. Ups truck driver to manager, Wal-Mart 2 year manager program, T-Mobile customer service to cs manager, real estate, car salesman, etc.

Don't think IT is the only way.

But if you want work from home, which means you can be in Paris while wfh programming, IT is the hot sector that can pay amazing.

Now some even squeeze the wfh by overenjoyment. Instead of working 1 wfh job, some smart ones find multiple lazy as the Zootopia Sloth positions, and work them simultaneously in 8 hours a day.

So not only the first job, J1, but also J2.

Some top managers can even juggle J3, J4 etc. Some of these are being paid as a retainer just to stand by in case a company needs their expertise, some of these are true top manager type jobs where you can schedule your own meetings, free times, etc.

So if j1 pays $200k, j2 pays $100k, j3 pays $50k etc, you get the idea. Wfh and get paid a crap load for just 8 hours or less a day.

It'll take a few years, but anyone can work their way to slothhood....

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IMO, azure certifications are worthless
It depends on what you want to do. AWS and GCP could be equally as worthless in the wrong environment.

If anything, it gives you a starting point in your career for cloud administration or architecture. There's also DevOps, Windows Server, SQL Server, and ML/AI certs available (the latter being the hot buzzword right now)
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I still don't know what people use these for...
In some places, they're used to justify raises, promotions, etc. For example, I worked for a govt entity and taught an employee how to use SQL and PowerBI. They had zero background in data administration, IT, etc. Within *months*, they became so good at it that they received requests for reporting across the state.

They wanted to shift his role to data admin and increase the pay, but he had nothing on paper to justify the change (its govt, after all). I suggested an MS cert and, lo and behold, that was all the justification required.
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I still don't know what people use these for...
Almost all big companies use ai resume screening of applications due to volume.

Resumes lacking the keywords don't even get human review, so it's just a cold-war game of artificially rising bars made up mostly by hr that don't completely understand who they need.

(E.g. Bachelor's on most jobs = meaningless piece of paper because you're many jobs use what you've learned to do in school??
Almost always on the job training, so degree's artificially keep the poor and marginalized out... You know who...)

Eligible exams include:
AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution
AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
AZ-220: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer
AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions
DP-420: Designing and Implementing Cloud - Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB
MS-600: Building Applications and Solutions
PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker
PL-200: Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant
PL-300: Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst
SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst
SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator

Not bad.
Azure, DevOps, Security Ops even Power BI jobs can all top $100k salaries easily.

https://www.payscale.com/research..._BI/Salary

Although that's just starting out as a newbie.
Anyone with 5+ years experience ought to be able to get $300k+ at top companies today due to the absurd covid lack of workers driving even Wal-Mart store manager jobs $200k (latest wsj, 2 yrs training program)
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The real sleeper exam here is SC-200: Security Operations Analyst. You're guaranteed a job — a well paying remote job — if you get it.

Other winners:

AZ-400: DevOps, but only if you already have an IT background. I wouldn't take/trust a new person to break down those silos without knowing why they exist.

PL-300: PowerBI. Tableau and similar is all the rage - this could get you started.

PL-100/200: Power Platform. PowerApps are hit or miss, but building portals for Dynamics365 could be a great selling point in an interview (assuming that's in the material). Beyond that, Power Automate is **amazing** — but you need to know what you're doing to really take advantage of it. I have a dev background, so it all made sense to me, but without that it's …a bit more uphill. The cert might teach you how to use connectors and APIs, but it won't teach you "when and where".
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I am not sure but looks like all negative comments driven by some prejudice towards Microsoft.

Knowledge is power! And knowledge of Azure or in fact any Cloud is top notch skill in this Era. I have seen people doubling their income after learning cloud.

Why cloud is necessary?
Back in 2016 - I worked on project where we needed App Server, DB Server, SMTP Server and so forth. It took weeks to get these all wrapped up since we were on-premise and didn't have our step into Cloud.

With Azure, all these can be wrapped up in hours and at max couple days.

Other benefits are immense too. Much better security, usability, scalability(globally), reliability, manageability insures ideas get shaped into products and products get to market much sooner.

So nay-sayers - please make use of these free resources. Back in a days we used to pay for Training, Certification and when company is making effort to help people grow - why do some of us have negative attitude?
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In some places, they're used to justify raises, promotions, etc. For example, I worked for a govt entity and taught an employee how to use SQL and PowerBI. They had zero background in data administration, IT, etc. Within *months*, they became so good at it that they received requests for reporting across the state.

They wanted to shift his role to data admin and increase the pay, but he had nothing on paper to justify the change (its govt, after all). I suggested an MS cert and, lo and behold, that was all the justification required.
I switched from non-IT to IT after spending 8 months of learning Microsoft SQL Server, T-SQL, and then became certified. Went from state minimum to decent living with help of this journey.

There is no short cut to success.
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I still don't know what people use these for...
To know more.
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IMO, azure certifications are worthless
You must be living somewhere in Amazon or Sahara where there is no internet.
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So you are saying if I somehow pass the SC-200 exam I will be guaranteed a job. even if I search up the answer on google when taking it?
Getting a job doesn't mean keeping a job ,)

But any cloud or security newbie will get a catch without too much difficulty because the lack of people in this field who isn't working is killing businesses.

Especially with Wal-Mart paying up to $200k for store managers.... https://www.google.com/amp/s/www....1652619602

And the army boosting bonuses to $50k + free everything including college....

Too many well paying opportunities right now for those not studying much, so MS, Google, etc are rolling out free certificate programs just to try and make up the need on the low end of the IT scale.

The need in Silicon LA alone is https://www.builtinla.com/jobs

Not to mention tons and tons more in Silicon Valley.

....

Many careers can crack $100k within 10 years. Ups truck driver to manager, Wal-Mart 2 year manager program, T-Mobile customer service to cs manager, real estate, car salesman, etc.

Don't think IT is the only way.

But if you want work from home, which means you can be in Paris while wfh programming, IT is the hot sector that can pay amazing.

Now some even squeeze the wfh by overenjoyment. Instead of working 1 wfh job, some smart ones find multiple lazy as the Zootopia Sloth positions, and work them simultaneously in 8 hours a day.

So not only the first job, J1, but also J2.

Some top managers can even juggle J3, J4 etc. Some of these are being paid as a retainer just to stand by in case a company needs their expertise, some of these are true top manager type jobs where you can schedule your own meetings, free times, etc.

So if j1 pays $200k, j2 pays $100k, j3 pays $50k etc, you get the idea. Wfh and get paid a crap load for just 8 hours or less a day.

It'll take a few years, but anyone can work their way to slothhood....
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All of these comments of 100k+, I most be doing something wrong on my resume b/c I'm not getting any hits with my job apps 😭
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