Alan Rodrigues

It is no surprise that companies are looking at hiring cloud architects. And the larger the enterprise, the bigger the demand. The growth in the market for cloud services is going to increase year on year. Gartner has been looking at continuous growth in the cloud sector.

And then we have the two major players in the market, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Azure’s market share has been growing year on year. The demand for Azure Architects is also increasing year on year.

AZ-303 – Azure Architect Technologies- UPDATED 2021

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Yes, AWS dominated the market, but in the past three years, Azure is now emerging as the new cloud market. More and more projects are being carried out on Azure.

So where does a cloud architect come into play?

One of the biggest gaps in the industry right now when it comes to the cloud is SKILLS. Lack of knowledge and skills on cloud platforms widens the gap between supply and demand.

Knowing about Azure administration is not enough. You need to also be an expert in designing and implementing solutions on Azure. Organizations are looking for someone who is great at:

IT Professionals must be proficient in all cloud-based platforms. The demand is there. You have to be on top of the technology. You need to capitalize on the demand.

Demand for cloud architects 

There is a high demand for cloud architects. Cloud architect ranks third when it comes to the most jobs in demand in the year 2020.

Companies that undertake projects on Azure look for IT professionals. These professionals need to have the required certification on Azure. Then they can showcase their skills as an Azure architect.

Cloud architects tend to have strong knowledge of cloud platforms. They can pave the way for deploying the right architectures on cloud platforms.

And that’s where training and certification is so important

Companies are looking for trained and certified Azure Architects

Being an Azure Architect means having a thorough understanding of a variety of aspects such as:

What’s the path to becoming an Azure Architect?

The official Microsoft learning path for Azure Solutions Architect is as follows:

You will need to pass two certification exams

AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies. The exam focuses on how to use technologies on Azure. Before you take this exam, you need to get a firm understanding of how to build applications. It also checks your ability to deploy applications using Azure services. Key services it tests include Azure virtual machines, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Storage Accounts.

 AZ-303 – Azure Architect Technologies- UPDATED 2020

AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design. This exam focuses on designing applications and infrastructure. You first need to get a firm understanding of the services. Then start designing your application architecture using those services.

AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design – UPDATED -2020

The role-based path is the perfect route to take to becoming an Azure Architect. Having this certification in hand adds value to any IT professional.

How should I start my journey toward becoming an Azure Architect?

For this, you need to ask yourself the following questions

  1. Are you well versed in concepts such as web applications, virtual machines, and databases?
  2. Have you worked on any cloud platform before?
  3. Have you worked on the Azure cloud platform?
  4. Are you involved in the development and deployment of applications?

Your journey starts with knowing your current strengths. If you are currently new to a cloud platform then consider a starter approach. Study for the Azure Fundamentals exam. This exam will test your basic knowledge of Azure services. The next step would be to get some knowledge on the Administration side or the Azure Developer side.

Once you have passed the Fundamentals exam, you can move on. Consider the Azure Administrator Associate certification.

By preparing for the Azure Administrator Associate exam, you will:

  1. Gain insights on how to monitor your architecture.
  2. Learn how to build available systems.
  3. Learn how to use PowerShell to manage Azure resources.
  4. Begin to understand networking on Azure.

AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator – UPDATED 2020

As another route, you can consider getting an Azure Developer Associate certification after your Azure Fundamentals exam.

With the Azure Developer Associate exam, you will gain the following insights on how to:

  1. Deploy applications on Azure.
  2. Use serverless services like Azure Functions.
  3. Use Azure Web Apps for hosting web applications.
  4. Use data stores like Azure Cosmos DB.

AZ-204 – Developing Solutions for Azure – UPDATED 2020

Another important aspect of becoming a professional is experience. You need a lot of experience working on the Azure platform. As you study for the certifications, you will do a lot of hands-on with Azure services.

Your final goal

Remember the following important points

Keep your goals in mind. Work towards achieving the Azure Architect certification. This will give you the edge when it comes to getting the role of an Azure Architect in large organizations.

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