This post is the reference of the certifications in the area of BI. It started with the MCSA (which stands for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) SQL 2016 BI Development and was extended to the more advanced MCSE Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Management and Analytics.These certifications were replaced by the role based Azure certifications. In this post (https://www.mmertens.eu/2022/07/azure-role-based-certifications-for-data/) I describe the two possible transitions, where I’m on the “Scientist” path with DP-100 and DP-500.
This post is the reference of my certifications in the area of Machine Learning. It starts with the “old” MCSA (which stands for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) Machine Learning. With the switch to the role based certifications for Azure I firstly achieved the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals, then the DP-100 Azure Data Scientist Associate.
In the years 2017 to 2019 Microsoft provided several professional education programs, and named them “Microsoft Professional Program for …”. I took part in the programs for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, which had some overlap. The programs were set up as online courses through EDX, an online university. There were about 12 courses for each program. Typically you would need from one to four weeks per course, so overall it took nearly 2 years for me to do this besides my normal work.
Back in 2019, Microsoft introduced a new model for their certifications, called “role-based certifications”. The old certifications like MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solution Expert) and MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solution Associate) are gone. Also the Microsoft Professional Programs (they were not so well known) are gone. Have a look at this blog entry if you want to read about data certifications and the professional program in the past: https://www.mmertens.eu/2018/08/microsoft-data-certifications/
I recently started posting on medium.com. For the english version of the article follow this link (and follow me there, please): https://medium.com/@michael_mertens/udacity-or-coursera-for-azure-machine-learning-certificates-e5514f66432b In diesem Blogbeitrag vergleiche ich die Udacity- und die Coursera-Plattform anhand eines Beispiels, eines Azure Machine Learning-Abschlusses.Beide Plattformen verfolgen das Konzept, Kurse in einem größeren Kontext zu verbinden und dabei ein wichtigeres Zertifikat zu vergeben als nur das Einzelkurszertifikat.. Es heißt „Nanodegree“ bei Udacity und „Professional Certificate“ bei Coursera. (Werbung) https://www.coursera.org/professional-certificates/azure-data-scientisthttps://www.udacity.com/course/machine-learning-engineer-for-microsoft-azure-nanodegree–nd00333 In diesem speziellen Fall kommt eine dritte Zertifizierung zum Tragen: Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Scientist Associate. Die erforderliche Prüfung hat die Nummer DP-100. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/azure-data-scientist/ Tatsächlich ist das Coursera-Zertifikat sehr darauf ausgerichtet, sich auf die Microsoft-Prüfung vorzubereiten. Das Udacity-Zertifikat folgt nicht so streng der Liste der erforderlichen Fähigkeiten von Microsoft, aber dennoch schreibt Udacity: “This Nanodegree program will also help prepare students for Microsoft’s Exam DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure.”
Attention: this blog post describes the situation from 2018 and is outdated in the meantime. Look at the following post to learn about the transition from the old certification schema to the new role-based certifications: https://www.mmertens.eu/2022/07/azure-role-based-certifications-for-data/ Microsoft puts a lot of efforts into technologies that are related to data, no matter whether you’d call it “Data Analytics”, “Data Science” or use the classic term “Business Intelligence (BI)”. For a company of this size it is no surprise that they have several offerings regarding education. When it comes to certifications, there are also two main “lines” in the meantime: the classic Microsoft Certification Program (MCP) with Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE) / Microsoft Certified Solution Associate (MCSA), and the rather new Microsoft Professional Program. I’m looking at “Data” only, so I narrow this post down to the relevant data certifications. These are: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert for Data Management and Analytics Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science