Cloud Platform University is Back in 2016!

Following its successful roll out last year, Cloud Platform University (CPU) is back in 2016, with some important updates and changes for partners that I wanted to share with you. The below information will help you get up to speed and know where to go for more information and registration for both Cloud Platform University Online training and Cloud Platform University Roadshow in-person workshops.

New online courses added

Cloud Platform University Online (CPO) is interactive, scenario-based training that educates those in sales and pre-sales roles on foundational elements of selling Microsoft cloud technology.

Courses consist of videos, case studies, forum discussions, applied assignments, and feedback opportunities. Each course takes place over a four-week period, but participants complete them at their convenience during the timeframe for minimal disruption to daily work. Those who complete a course receive a badge to use on their social media profiles to signify their expertise.

The five original CPO courses will be offered again and are open for partner registration now.

Online courses open for registration now Start date Registration closes
Selling Hybrid Identity and EMS March 7 Feb. 26
Selling Azure and SQL Server for Business Continuity March 7 Feb. 26
Selling Hybrid Cloud Storage with StorSimple April 4 March 25
Selling Security and Compliance May 9 April 29
Selling Enterprise Web & Mobile Apps May 30 April 29

Five new courses will be added. Registration opening dates and the start dates for these courses are listed below.

New online courses coming in 2016 Start date Registration opens
Internet of things March 21 Feb. 15
Business continuity and disaster recovery March 28 Feb. 22
Media services April 18 March 14
Big data/modern data warehouse May 16 April 11
Advanced analytics May 30 April 25

2016 roadshow workshops focus on partners

Cloud Platform University Roadshow (CPR) workshops provide deep, 300-level in-person training that give participants the opportunity to learn, practice and stay sharp on strategic Microsoft cloud scenarios.

This year, CPR deliveries specifically target Infrastructure, Data Platform and Cloud Architect Professionals from NSI and SI partner companies. Workshops are designed to train partners to take one of three Azure technical certification exams, respectively. A fourth track will also train partners who are proficient on AWS about equivalent Azure technology.

Below is a listing of CPR tracks.

CPR workshop tracks Focus of training Duration
Azure Infrastructure and Architecture Course Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions &

Exam 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solution

For the latest training dates for Australia click on the training tab on this blog

5 days
Design and Implement Could Data Platform Solutions Exam 70-473: Design and Implement Cloud Data Platform Solutions. If you are interested in seeing this course run in Australia please express your interest here. 3 days
Microsoft Azure for AWS Experts Azure architecture, virtual machines and networking, IP address management, Azure Resource Management, Azure DNS Services, Azure Storage, StorSimple, Site Recovery and Backup, Storage, backup disaster recovery and workload migration, Azure LaaS. If you are interested in seeing this course run in Australia please express your interest here 3 days

Take action today

  • Sign up for and complete CPO courses. The first 2016 courses start March 7. Partners can register HERE starting now. Note that the registration period ends the week prior to each event start date.
  • Review CPR educational tracks for upcoming workshops, determine which ones are best for you to attend, and let the CPR team know HERE.
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