Ready your team for the modern workplace

Matthew Calder (MVA)

Every IT team that’s moving its organization to the cloud—and that may well be every IT team—needs just the right skills and experience. And, according to a recent post on the Azure blog, identity and access management skills are among the top four cloud environment skill sets. The post also cites IDC’s Cloud Skills and Organizational Influence: How Cloud Skills Are Accelerating the Careers of IT Professionals report, which points out that people with certification in cloud-based development or IT operations are 35 percent more influential and involved in decisions about cloud deployments—more so than their proficient but uncertified colleagues.

As you move your IT environment to the cloud, how can you be confident that your team is ready for the modern workplace? Does it have the knowledge needed to make the right decisions? And does it have the identity and access management skills—and many others—required for a successful digital transformation? In surveys of the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community, hiring managers said that they have greater confidence that their certified employees can better implement creative solutions to IT problems, troubleshoot and solve complex IT issues, are more effective in their roles, and demonstrate a deeper knowledge of Microsoft technologies and how they work. Hiring managers therefore believe that, as the percentage of employees with certification increases, so do the benefits for the organization and the team. Key certifications include the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Office 365 and the MCSA for Windows 10.

What might this mean for your team and your company’s digital transformation? Since the certification validates the knowledge and skills of your team members in these specific technology areas, you don’t have to. The IDC report calls out multiple tasks that certified IT pros can take on with confidence, including determining an organization’s business needs for cloud solutions, along with the corresponding technical requirements. These pros can also research and identify potential providers, evaluate and test protocols, balance business requirements and solution capabilities, advocate (within the organization) for the decisions, and even approve the selection or purchase.

Yours may be among the many organizations transitioning to cloud-based management and moving to Microsoft 365, a solution which includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Whether you are upskilling your existing team or hiring new people with the required capabilities, the right professional certifications help ensure that you’ll have an effective rollout and will be able to rapidly build out as needed. And the certification training can help provide your team with the skills it needs to ensure a smooth, informed deployment. From comprehensive hands-on training by Microsoft experts to customized training content to meet the specific needs of your organization, you can fuel productivity with streamlined learning, progress tracking, and validated completion.

In this series of posts, we aim to help you ease the transition to cloud-based management. And we’ll show you how to be confident that your IT team has the knowledge and skills to move the organization forward and to focus its efforts on enabling employee productivity and protecting company data. We’ll take a look specifically at what identity and access management means for the modern desktop. And, to accelerate your move to the cloud, we’ll offer some recommendations for relevant certifications for your team, around identity (and more) in Office 365 and Windows 10.

Explore MCSA: Office 365 and MCSA: Windows 10


Full Blog Series

  1. Ready your team for the modern workplace (April 4)
  2. Get your team certified on cloud-critical identity and access management skills (April 6)
  3. Considering Microsoft 365? Get your team certified on Office 365 (April 10)
  4. Moving to Microsoft 365? Get your team certified on Windows 10 (April 12)
  • John Cashman
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    Hey Matt, great post & great to see how well things are going with Microsoft Learning. This is John, back in training and excited about MPP & MVA. MVA looks awesome, all the hopes and dreams of way back when. Would love to hear from you. I looked for a Jump Start but didn't see any scheduled, I hope that's part of the plan going forward because it was really cool. Best of everything to you and the team.

  • Matthew Calder (MVA)
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    Great to hear from you, John! No JumpStarts scheduled, but we've been kicking around the idea of doing something on the Mixer platform.