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Two New Power BI Courses

Webucator has added two Power BI courses:

  1. Microsoft Power BI Desktop and Microsoft Power Query
  2. Quick Powerful Graphics with Power View, PowerPivot, Power Query, Power Map, and Power BI

Both courses are for students already familiar with Excel. The first course specifically requires familiarity with datasets and basic reporting, including the use of PivotTables.

Microsoft Power BI Desktop and Microsoft Power Query focuses on Power Query, a revolutionary data tool for Excel that allows you to intuitively discover and automate the import, transformation, and combination of data across a variety of data sources for use in Excel and Microsoft Power BI. Power Query is a free add-in for Excel that enhances the self-service Business Intelligence experience in Excel.

Quick Powerful Graphics with Power View, PowerPivot, Power Query, Power Map, and Power BI covers a wider range of tools and teaches how to combine the functionality of Power View, PowerPivot, Power Query, and Power BI into graphs, charts, KPIs, reports, and other visualizations.


5 Tips to Get Started with Microsoft Teams

For years Microsoft has been releasing new tools and updates geared towards helping employees work better together. Now, they’ve brought it all together in one central hub: Microsoft Teams. Is your organization adopting Microsoft Teams? Here are 5 tips to help you get started with Microsoft Teams.

How Microsoft Teams Can Help

For a quick overview and look inside of Microsoft Teams, check out this video from Microsoft which was created after a recent update to Teams.


As you learn more about Microsoft Teams, you will see that Teams can help your business:

  • Modernize teamwork with effective collaboration
  • Increase employee engagement and empowerment
  • Aid in business transformation to achieve goals faster

Great features help you achieve these goals:

  • Live Chat with rich text, audio, video and file sharing.
  • Options to chat privately, then share at a later time.
  • Central storage and great Apps all in one place.
  • Guest level features that allow guest users to create a channel, participate in chat and channel conversations all using any work or school account for Office 365.
  • Collaborate using OneNote.
  • Manage and schedule meetings.

How will you implement Microsoft Teams to achieve these goals? Here are some practical tips.


Tip #1: Educate your employees on Microsoft Teams

Start with an overview of Teams to help your employees understand the capabilities. Basic training helps them get started with Microsoft Teams faster.  Get active with hands-on practice using the tools. This hands-on component is essential whether you bring in a Microsoft Teams instructor from a company like Webucator, or choose to deliver the session yourself. Schedule at least 1 hour for a demo or longer to allow time for practice and discussion.


Tip #2: Find Champions

What is a champion? Your champions help lead the adoption and use of Microsoft Teams. These leaders will spend extra time learning the tool and customizing Microsoft Teams for your users. Your champions will help migrate processes into teams and help users understand and adopt best practices.


Tip #3: Develop Policies for Using Microsoft Teams

How will you govern team names, owners, channels, tabs, etc.? Determine the guidelines for how Microsoft Teams will be used within your organization. Then, document your guidelines in an accessible place and share the guidelines across your business. As you get started with Microsoft Teams, refer back to your guidelines regularly to ensure consistency.


Tip #4: Target Collaborative Processes and Projects


Within your organization, you will find that certain processes or projects are especially well-suited to be moved to Microsoft Teams.


Which of your processes and projects rely on consistent information, instant communication, and regular updates? Which processes and projects require communication across multiple locations with multiple team members? Consider moving these to Microsoft Teams.


Consider the ways in which your help desk, daily meetings, employee orientations, etc., would change and benefit from Microsoft Teams.


Tip #5: Make Microsoft Teams Work for You

How can you use Microsoft Teams in your daily tasks? How can it improve your daily work? Every user of Microsoft Teams will discover different ways that Microsoft teams can help. Teams has many options to customize and optimize your experience:

  • Choose from different themes
  • Enable auto-start to open Teams automatically
  • Change the order of the team names
  • Adjust your notification settings
  • Use bookmarks to save important messages
  • Follow the channels most relevant to your work
  • Mark a Team, Channel, or Chat as a Favorite.


Next Steps: Get Started with Microsoft Teams

You will find many considerations and best practices for your organization to review as you move to Teams. These are just a few.


Want to learn more? Consider our 1-day Microsoft Teams class. In the class, share your plans with an expert instructor. Your instructor can provide additional advice to consider as you make the move to Teams.


Schedule the class or request a free call from an instructor today!


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4 Quick Tips for Learning Microsoft Azure

As a Microsoft Certified Partner, we hear the buzz on learning Microsoft Azure every day.

Companies increasingly need IT professionals with cloud skills. In fact, IDC claims that by 2021, 38 percent of IT positions will be cloud related.

It’s essential for IT pros to gain cloud skills right away. Whether you’re seeking a cloud certification or need practical skills to bring back to the work place, Webucator can help you get started learning Microsoft Azure with these tips.


Azure Learning Tip #1: Set Your Goals

Every day we see more and more businesses adopting cloud strategies. The cloud helps us use the web and social platforms to engage with customers, gain business intelligence, and collaborate with employees. Microsoft Azure helps companies develop a comprehensive solution with Azure Web, Mobile, Data Analytics, and Business Intelligence Solutions.

A study from the Modern Microsoft Partner Series found that by 2020, the volume of high-value data will double.

Here are a few ways that your organization can stay ahead of the curve with data and app solutions with Azure.

  • Mobile—With an Azure solution, your customers can easily access data and information on any device, 24/7. Azure enables you to build cross-platform apps, using one platform, IDE, and language.
  • Web—Every commerce site needs secure and scalable solutions. Your web solution must meet the needs of both you and your customer. Microsoft Azure helps you build a solution that leverages data and engages customers with a customized site experience all while ensuring that information is processed quickly and securely.
  • Data Analytics—Microsoft Azure helps you analyze large amounts of data in real time. Deliver a better customer experience while lowering costs by getting the insights you need quickly.
  • Business Intelligence—Gain better insights and catch trends faster. A modern business intelligence suite will support your organization in quickly understanding data and making better decisions.

How can Azure help you achieve your business goals? Once you’ve started to identify your goals, you are in the best mindset to start learning Microsoft Azure.


Azure Learning Tip #2: Dive into Free Self-Study

Start building Azure skills today with Microsoft’s role-based learning paths. Microsoft offers free self-paced courses based on your role to help you learn relevant information about Azure.

This training is completed on your own, without an instructor. They are hands-on with labs and assignments.

Learning paths include:

  • Azure Administrator – Learn the basics to help you implement, monitor and manage Azure services and components.
  • Azure Stack Operator – This path teaches the basics of the Azure Stack architecture, including deployment, configuration, and updates.
  • Azure Solution Architect – Learn to select the services and features your organization needs. This path covers the essentials of Microsoft Azure Solution Design.
  • Node.js Developer on Azure – This path helps Node.js developers understand how to develop and deploy web applications in Azure.
  • .NET Developer on Azure – .NET developers can follow this path to learn to develop and deploy web applications and services in Azure.
  • AI Developer on Azure – Learn about Microsoft Machine Learning and AI. This path will teach you to build applications using these services.

Need a low-cost solution to learn Microsoft Azure on your own? Click here to explore this Azure learning option.


Azure Learning Tip #3: Advance Your Skills with Live Instructors

Looking for an in-depth, fast-paced way to advance your Azure skills? Want to learn from a live expert instructor?

Microsoft Official Curriculum classes can be delivered either in-person or live online. You will work directly with a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Microsoft Official Curriculum courses are perfect for IT Pros who need:

  • A live instructor with practical experience.
  • A fast way to gain a comprehensive Azure skill set.
  • The option to reach out to the instructor after class with questions. (This option is offered by Webucator but not by all learning partners.)
  • An in-depth learning experience to help them prepare for certification.

Webucator offers all of the Microsoft Official Curriculum Azure courses. Here’s a brief summary of the options:

  • MOC 10979 – Microsoft Azure Fundamentals – Just getting started with Azure? This is the place to start. Learn about cloud computing, implementing an Azure infrastructure, and building the most popular Azure services.
  • MOC 10992 – Integrating On-Premises Core Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure – Want to move your on-premises technologies to Azure? This gives you the skills needed to implement hybrid solutions successfully.
  • MOC 10993A – Integrating On-Premises Identity Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure – Learn to integrate your on-premises environment with Azure AD, use Azure AD as a directory service, and use Azure RMS for security.
  • MOC 20532 – Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions – Need to build a large-scale and highly available solution in the cloud? This course teaches important considerations that are needed to successfully develop your solution.
  • MOC 20535 – Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions – Learn to deploy solutions using Azure’s built-in DevOps tools. You will draw architectural comparisons between services and decision-making needed to deploy solutions that are effective and well-designed.
  • MOC 20537 – Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack – This class is essential for professionals focused on delivering cloud services to their end users and customers.
  • MOC 20487 – Developing Windows Azure and Web Services – Designed for both novice and experienced .NET developers, this class is helpful if you need to build and deploy services to hybrid environments.
  • MOC 20533 – Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions – This course helps IT professionals learn to implement infrastructure components in Azure. It will also help IT pros to prepare, manage, and configure Azure AD.

Interested in an in-depth workshop with an expert instructor? Click here to learn more about these instructor-led Azure classes.


Azure Learning Tip #4: Remember your SATVs!

When your organization purchases software via volume licensing, you will likely receive training vouchers as part of your software assurance benefit. These vouchers are called Software Assurance Training Vouchers and can be redeemed for free training from a certified learning partner like Webucator.

Click here to learn more about how to use SATVs for Azure classes.


Start Learning Microsoft Azure Today!

If you need help getting started on your learning path, please contact us. Our training consultants and Azure instructors are available to chat with you about the options for learning Azure.

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New Vue.js course

Webucator has added a new course Beginning Vue.js Training.

Vue.js is a JavaScript library for building modern web applications. This course teaches the fundamentals of Vue.js and then introduces Webpack followed by Vuex and Vue Router. This course is for JavaScript web developers who want to learn Vue.js.


Two New Kotlin Courses

Kotlin is becoming a must-have skill for Android developers. We’re offering two new Kotlin courses. Both courses are for experienced Java developers. The first course is an introduction to Kotlin, while the second course follows up with more focus on Android development. Both courses can be customized for your group’s needs and goals.

  1. Kotlin Programming Training
  2. Kotlin for Android Training

Two New Azure Courses

Webucator has two new Azure courses:

  1. Beginning Serverless Architectures with Azure
  2. Professional Azure SQL Database Administration

These courses provide a balance of theory and hand-on applications that are focused on practical takeaways to emulate different scenarios you might come across while working with Azure SQL Database and to end with you getting the most out of the features offered by Azure SQL Database (the cloud version of SQL Server).

Beginning Serverless Architectures with Azure is a 1-day course intended for back-end developers and cloud engineers with some Azure experience.

Professional Azure SQL Database Administration is a 3-day course for database administrators, database developers, or application developers interested in developing new or migrating existing applications with Azure SQL Database.


New Spring and JPA2, and Spring and Hibernate Courses

Webucator has two new courses from Learning Patterns:

  1. Introduction to Spring and JPA2 (changed from previous name – Fast Track to Spring and JPA2)
  2. Introduction to Spring and Hibernate

Both courses are for developers with good working knowledge of Java who also need to use Spring and Hibernate.

The Spring and Hibernate course is only for clients using Hibernate’s proprietary XML mapping files. Those using the JPA API (e.g., @Entity) should take the Introduction to Spring and JPA course.

According to course author Yaakov Weintraub of Learning Patterns, “Spring and Hibernate/JPA are different technologies. However, Spring easily integrates with both Hibernate and JPA. This allows Hibernate and JPA-based repositories to use all of the other capabilities that Spring provides, especially dependency injection and TX management.”


New Microsoft Teams Training Course

Webucator now offers Microsoft Teams training. If you need to get your team up to speed on this new product from Microsoft, this course is right for you.

Microsoft Teams is a group chat software solution released by Microsoft last fall. It allows team members to chat and hold web conferences in one solution.


New Scala course

Webucator is offering a new course: Professional Scala Training.

This course is for experienced developers who have some previous exposure to Scala who are looking to acquire more in-depth knowledge of Scala programming.

Scala is a concise, general-purpose programming language that combines elements of object-oriented with functional programming.