Demand for Azure Solutions professionals is steadily increasing for companies as a key requirement to get the most out of their cloud-based systems and services. This article on starting the journey to becoming a certified Microsoft Azure Solutions expert will benefit businesses looking to train their existing workforce to implement Azure solutions in-house as well as individuals looking to start a career in Microsoft Azure Technologies.

Read on as we look at what an Azure Solutions Architect is, why you’ll need the Microsoft Certification and the pathway to obtaining the Microsoft Certified Expert certification.

What is an Azure Solutions Architect?

Azure Solutions Architects play a fundamental role in keeping everything working in a world increasingly run by the cloud and leads technological change in the workplace. They push for cloud adoption, develop and coordinate cloud architecture, create a cloud strategy, and facilitate business growth.

Depending on the size and type of the company, an Azure Solution Architect’s responsibilities typically involve:

  • implementing cloud solutions
  • estimating and outlining solutions needed for successful cloud migration
  • executing implementation and providing technician guidance to teams during the solutions development and deployment phases.
  • estimating and outlining the solutions needed for cloud migration and continued operations

Why get the Microsoft Azure Certification?

Having an official Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect certification under your belt will significantly boost your chances of getting hired in the Azure Solutions domain. It shows potential employers you have the theoretical knowledge to implement solutions and the devotion to the field to prove it with an online course. 

The benefits of an accredited Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect certification have multiplied over the past few years due to growing demand. If you don’t believe us take a look at the statistics from 2020:

  • over 1,000 new customers sign up to Azure daily
  • Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud revenue, has increased by 104% from 2019 to 2020, with an annual run rate of £6.3billion
  • entry level Azure Solution Architects can expect an average salary of £65,000

The list of Microsoft Azure certification benefits grow alongside the software’s adoption. Gaining a Microsoft certification is one of the best investments you can make as an IT professional. When you consider the high desirability, significant number of prospects, and high salary, a career in Azure can be very tempting. 

If you think you have what it takes for a career in Azure solutions, look no further. Here are some of the certification paths to get started towards becoming a Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect.

The Azure Solutions Architect certification path

Our Azure Solutions Architect certification path prepares you for the AZ-303 and AZ-304 exams. On passing both exams, you’ll become a recognised Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect expert.

This certification path is ideal for novices with little to no knowledge of Azure. Starting from scratch, you can gain intermediate and expert level Azure certifications in a short timeframe.

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals 1 and 2-day course

The Microsoft Azure fundamentals training course provides the theory and practice skills needed for working with the Azure cloud.The official curriculum is tailored to suit your knowledge level and unique learning needs. Our Microsoft Certified Trainers provide bespoke training courses to support you straight through to the end of the course.

By the end of the two-day instructor-led training, you’ll know everything about:

  • Azure security, privacy, compliance, and trust 
  • Azure pricing and support
  • Azure services and cloud concepts
  • creating Azure Web Apps
  • Azure AD

We offer an accelerated 1-day version of the course that provides the core skills needed for those in a time crunch.

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect technologies course

The Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies course provides everything you need to advise businesses on effective Azure solutions.

Our Microsoft Certified Trainers will learn about virtualisation, automation, networking, storage, identity, security, data platforms, and applications. This course consists of:

  • Azure Active Directory
  • identity solutions across on-premises and cloud
  • collecting, combining, and analysing data from many sources
  • subscriptions, accounts, Azure policies, and Role-Based Access Control
  • Resource Manager, Azure portal, Cloud Shell, and CLI
  • VNet Peering and virtual network gateways
  • Azure App Service, Azure Container Instances, and Kubernetes

With these skills, you’ll be more than ready to deliver secure, scalable solutions as you work your way towards an Azure Solutions Architect role.

Microsoft Azure Architect Design

The Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Design course teaches turning business needs into scalable and reliable solutions in Azure. This courses focuses on:

  • logging
  • cost analysis
  • authentication and authorisation
  • governance
  • security
  • storage
  • high availability
  • migration

Start your career with Microsoft training

At Influential, we don’t just train you to pass Azure admin courses. We adapt each of our Azure admin courses to suit your goals and schedule. On top of being a Microsoft Authorised Learning Provider, we’re also a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in Azure consultancy so each of our courses is based on our real-life case studies of Azure Management.

Want to learn more about Microsoft training?

Start your learning journey and prove you have the knowledge needed to be an architect with us. As the UK’s only Microsoft Gold Partner with a training offering, we provide tailored solutions that cater to every need.

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