We’ve been exploring the many benefits of certification, especially as part of the digital transformation and the move to the cloud. We’ve recently looked at how to ready your team for the modern workplace and how identity and access management skills are critical for today’s mobile workforce. And we’ve talked about Office 365 certification exams to consider when training your team on Microsoft 365.
What’s next? Let’s drill down on how to get your IT pros ready for the Windows part of the Microsoft 365 equation, with certification as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows 10. With the many Windows 10 features for the mobile workforce, training and certification on this technology can empower your team (and give you the confidence) that they can plan, implement, and support Windows 10 desktop and device deployment, including networking and storage configuration. Plus, they’ll be able to manage data access and protection, remote access, apps, updates, and system or file recovery.
Both exams have helpful and practical training that your team can take into the test and into the workplace. And both can help them implement the features of Windows 10 that your organization needs as you move to the cloud. Plus, tools that measure their learning comprehension mean that you can always make a business case for the ROI of training. And, since certification validates their skills, you don’t have to. When a team member passes one exam, he or she becomes a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), the first step toward MCSA: Windows 10 certification.
Visit the exam detail pages to get a complete overview of the specific skills measured by each exam, as well as links to preparation and training, including instructor led courses, self-paced online training, practice exams and books.
In summary, many organizations are moving to the cloud, and IT teams need to skill up on Microsoft 365 to give their employees the ability to create and collaborate securely. A huge piece of this is identity and access management. Hiring managers can (and do) feel more confident in their IT teams that are certified, knowledgeable, and proficient in just the right skills and experience for this digital transformation—especially Office 365 and Windows 10 skills. How can we help you ready your team for the modern workplace?
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But these exams are for the technical part. What about user awareness (do not save your password in a browser), and user adoption (overcome resistance to enroll his personal/BYOD). Some certification on this should be part of an MCSA level.
It is planned in the future for a separate certification for Microsoft 365?
Roel-MS S2, our IT Showcase team makes end user education material available (often the same email templates and things that are used for Microsoft employees) They suggested taking a look at this video featuring the people responsible for Microsoft employees as users www.microsoft.com/.../Security-expert-roundtable-advanced-threat-protection-at-Microsoft-October-2017
@Kyrylo Kobtsev, yes, we are planning to evolve the current O365 Administrator certification into a Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator-type of role. We just performed the Job Task Analysis for that role and you will start to hear more about it in the coming months. In fact, we will probably have a survey about that in a few weeks that will help us gather feedback about our research. Matthew or someone will probably post it on Born to Learn.
@Roel-MS S2, I'm not sure we have the room to put end user focused topics in the actual cert exams but we have done user adoption courses. For example on edX.org we have a course that covers some of what you are asking about: www.edx.org/.../organizing-evangelism-and-achieving-user-adoption
Also, this is the type of stuff that corporate compliance training companies do quite a lot of. For those of us that work for a large corporation we have a lot of these sorts of required trainings that cover everything from fishing to business policies.