Azure careers overview: seize on Microsoft’s cloud momentum

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Published13 February 2020at10:22, updated on20 February 2020at17:40

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It’s never been a better moment to consider focusing your career on Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology. The company’s most recent earnings report showed a 62% growth in Azure compared to the same time last year, which puts the cloud platform’s yearly revenue at around $16.4 billion.

Microsoft still has a long way to go if it wants to catch up with Amazon’s $35-billion cloud computing business, but the gap is closing — and quickly. So far, 95% of Fortune 500 companies are leveraging Azure in one way or another, and the share of business-critical applications running on the platform seems only bound to increase.

Whether you’d like to transition from AWS or another platform into Azure, or are just getting started with cloud, there are tons of resources available online for you to explore. For instance, Thomas Maurer, Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, gave closure to 2019 with an excellent starter’s guide to learning Azure. Microsoft Learn offers a multitude of free courses, while official, role-based Azure certifications are a great way to validate your skills and give an edge to your resume.  

However, what you might be wondering is what exactly a career working with Azure looks like. Or, perhaps you’re already an Azure pro and would like to try a different role.     

Don’t fret. We’ve put together a very brief overview of the different Azure career paths one can take to help you decide your next steps.

Administrator

Azure Administrators oversee the implementing, monitoring, and maintaining of Azure solutions for storage, networking, compute and security. Responsibilities and skills include:

  • Managing Azure subscriptions and resources
  • Implementing and managing storage
  • Deploying and managing virtual machines
  • Configuring and managing virtual networks
  • Managing identities

For a deeper look at the core competencies of the role, you can check out this document.

AI Engineer

Azure AI engineers design and implement artificial intelligence solutions by leveraging the platforms Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, and Knowledge Mining tools. Areas of focus include:

  • Natural language processing
  • Speech
  • Computer vision
  • Bots and agents

This skills list offers a better idea of the day-to-day of an Azure AI engineer.

Data Engineer

In charge of mapping out and executing the management, monitoring, security, and privacy of data. Azure Data Engineers are proficient in the platform’s different data services and tools, using them to:

  • Implement data storage solutions
  • Manage and develop data processing
  • Monitor and optimize data solutions
  • Design Azure data storage solutions
  • Design data processing solutions
  • Design for data security and compliance

Full list of capabilities here.

Data Scientist

Not to be confused with a Data Engineer, this role requires deep knowledge of data science and machine learning. Fluency in Azure Machine Learning services and expertise in data modelling are a must. A good Azure Data Scientist knows well how to:

  • Set up an Azure Machine Learning workspace
  • Run experiments and train models
  • Optimize and manage models
  • Deploy and consume models

These are the skills you’ll need to master to obtain the official certification.

Developer

At the frontlines of Azure deployment and operations, developers partner with architects and administrators to design, create, test and maintain cloud applications and services. Among the core competences of Azure developers:

  • Development of Azure Infrastructure as a Service compute solution
  • Development of Azure Platform as a Service compute solution
  • Development of for Azure storage
  • Implementation of Azure security
  • Monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimising solutions
  • Connecting to and consuming Azure and third-party services

More details on tasks and skills for this role can be found here.

DevOps Engineer

Advocates of agile methodologies for software development, DevOps professionals unify teams, processes and technologies to streamline the product pipeline. Expertise is required in:

  • DevOps development processes
  • Continuous integration & continuous delivery (CI/CD)
  • Dependency management
  • Application infrastructure
  • Continuous feedback

Curious about the ins and outs of the position? Take a look at this list.

IoT Developer

Designs, develops and maintains Internet of Things solutions and devices within Azure cloud environments. From coding to the set-up of physical devices, the IoT Developer is responsible for:

  • Implementing the IoT solution infrastructure
  • Provision and management devices
  • Implementing Edge
  • Processing and management data
  • Monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimising IoT solutions
  • Implementing security

If you want to pass Microsoft’s exam for this role, you’ll have to be well-versed in these skills.

Security Engineer

The title here says it all. Azure security professionals protect the integrity of data, applications and networks by implementing threat detection and security controls. Functions include:

  • Managing identity and access
  • Implementing platform protection
  • Managing security operations
  • Securing data and applications

Have a look at this document for an in-depth list of essential Azure security skills.

Solutions Architect

Finally, the Solutions Architect is, ironically, the first person to be involved in a cloud deployment process. Architects must have a deep understanding of the entire Azure ecosystem to design solutions that run on it. They must have expertise in:

  • Deployment and configuration of infrastructure
  • Implementing workloads and security
  • Creating and deploy apps
  • Implementing authentication and securing data
  • Developing for cloud and for Azure storage
  • Determining workload requirements
  • Designing for identity and security
  • Designing a data platform solution and a business continuity strategy
  • Designing for deployment, migration, and integration
  • Designing an infrastructure strategy

Check out the complete list of required skills to receive an official solutions architect certification.

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