There are plenty of resources available on how to implement and manage Microsoft Azure services; both for Developers and IT Pros. However, over the past few years there really haven’t been many resources to help learn how to affectively sell Microsoft Azure services. Whether you’re needing to make the case for your enterprise to adopt Microsoft Azure, or you work in Sales or Pre-Sales there is finally a resource to fit those training needs. The Microsoft Cloud Platform University Online (CPO) provides Free, Online, MOOC (massive open online course) courses targeted at Sales and Pre-Sales Technical roles.
The Microsoft Cloud Platform University is back again in 2016 with a brand new list of Free courses. Each course is completely Free and runs 4 weeks with approximately 1 – 2 hours of course work per week. Course materials include video, case studies, chat, applied assignments, feedback opportunities, and more. Courses are run asynchronously so the work is done as participants have time. This provides zero interference with every day work duties.
Each assignment completed through the course earns points. There is also a final assignment at the end of the course that earns more points and makes up a larger percentage of the final course score. The final assignment is also peer-reviewed by other participants taking the course for the final score.
After course completion, as long as enough points have been earned to pass, participants are sent a digital badge that can be used to promote their achievement on LinkedIn and other social media.
Here’s a list of the Free, upcoming Microsoft Cloud Platform University courses:
- Selling Azure IoT Suite
- Selling Azure for Business Continuity
- Selling Hybrid Cloud Storage with StorSimple
- Selling Azure and SQL Server for Business Continuity
- Selling Hybrid Identity and EMS
- Selling Security and Compliance
- Selling Enterprise Web & Mobile Apps
If you’re interested in these courses, it’s good to go register for them as soon as possible so you don’t miss the registration deadlines. The good news is registration doesn’t close on them until about 10 days prior to the start of each course. You still shouldn’t delay if there’s a particular course of interest as there isn’t any way to register after registration closes.
A couple of the courses have already started so registration for those have been closed. The rest of the courses (the one listed above) are still available for registration at the time of writing this.