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  1. MCT Monthly Newsletter - January 2020

    Promote the IDC research study on cloud and workplace technologies
    On behalf of Microsoft, International Data Corporation (IDC), a leading technology market research firm, is conducting a global research study. The goal of the survey is to gain a better understanding about the deployment and administration of cloud and workplace technologies, along with factors that influence the business value of those technologies. The key findings from the survey will be included in an upcoming IDC white paper (sponsored by Microsoft) and shared with our Learning Partners and Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). The survey should take no more than 15 minutes. Please share this survey through your channels to ensure that your training customers have an opportunity to offer their insights through this research study. 

    Program announcements

    January MCT Town Hall: Save the date
    Start the new year off right by attending the January MCT Town Hall! Learn about changes related to the MCT program, certification, training, and more. To join, get the link from MCT Central for one of the following options:

    January 23, 2020, 0900 PT (1700 UTC)
    January 23, 2020, 1500 PT (2300 UTC)

    Announcing the 2020–2021 MCT Regional Leads

    Every two years, we accept applications for MCT Regional Leads, who help Microsoft serve the global MCT community through leadership, mentoring, engagement, and more. We choose these leads based on their ability to positively contribute to the MCT community, along with their outreach potential. The 2020–2021 list is now available on MCT Central. (Under Resources, select Contact Your Regional Lead.) We encourage you to get to know the MCT Regional Lead for your area. And to all the retiring MCT Regional Leads, we send our gratitude and thanks for your invaluable contributions.

    Certifications and exams

    Microsoft Learning Community Blog Roundup

    Are you a Microsoft Azure IoT developer? Check out this new exam

    Do you implement the IoT solution infrastructure, provision and manage devices, implement solutions on Azure IoT Edge devices, and process and manage data? What about monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimizing IoT solutions and implementing security as it relates to IoT? If so, we have a great opportunity for you to showcase your skills and be recognized for them. Read Liberty Munson’s new blog post that explores the new Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (AZ-220) beta exam.

    Introducing MB-901, the new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals exam

    Due to extensive content changes since its original release, we've updated the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals exam. Want more details? Be sure to read Liberty Munson's blog post explaining the need for the changes. If you aspire to improve productivity by automating business processes, and if you can identify the benefits and capabilities of Power Platform—plus the basic functionality of its components—sign up today to take the new MB-901 beta exam.

    Exam News Roundup

    This month, we released two new beta exams—one for Microsoft Azure IoT and one for Microsoft Dynamics 365—and two new Microsoft Official Practice Tests.

    New beta exams

    AZ-220: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer

    MB-901: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals

    New Microsoft Official Practice Tests

    AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies

    MS-200: Microsoft Planning and Configuring a Messaging Platform

    Exam Replay offers your students a professional edge

    When your students pass their Microsoft Certification exams, they validate their skills and prove that they can keep pace with today’s technical roles and requirements. And employers are looking for skilled people who can successfully rise to the challenges of today’s jobs. To give your students a professional edge, Exam Replay (available now) provides a retake on certification exams. Students also have the option to purchase a Microsoft Official Practice Test with their package (where available). Learn more about Exam Replay.

    Training (courseware, courses, exams, clinics)

    Courseware retirements update

    Microsoft Worldwide Learning is taking a refreshed look at our courseware curriculum offerings to determine which courses should be retired as a result of low volumes or sunsetting technologies. Find out which courses are slated for retirement. Read the full article.

    Courseware updates

    There are several courseware update topics included in the December edition of the Courseware Title Plan, and we’ve added some since then, including release updates and course changes. Read the full article.

    Lab update

    Our monthly update addresses questions about lab hosting and whether it’s needed for specific courses. Plus, we’ve included a helpful reference table. Read the full article.

    Planned downtime for Courseware Marketplace

    Arvato has scheduled an update to Courseware Marketplace, along with associated downtime. The release will deploy accessibility updates and other fixes in advance of a planned redesign in 2020.

    The release will take place on the following dates:

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020    

     o 10 PM–2 AM PT

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    o 6–10 AM UTC    

     o 7–11 AM CET 

    During this scheduled downtime, the shop and ordering functions using the API will be unavailable for up to four hours.

    In light of this scheduled downtime, please consider purchasing needed licenses in advance. The redemption of license keys in Skillpipe and the delivery of already purchased license keys through the Management Dashboard will not be impacted.

    Online MCT readiness courses move to Microsoft Learn

    As we continue to update our many resources to help you skill up and to improve your learning journey, we’re moving online training assets and self-study resources to Microsoft Learn, along with other relevant content that can help you learn faster while keeping up with changing, in-demand skills. We’re also discontinuing access to outdated massive open online courses (MOOCs) currently on the MCT Readiness page on MCT Central. This page now redirects to Microsoft Learn, where you can find learning paths that align to Microsoft Certifications and to our new role-based, instructor-led Microsoft Official Courses. Check it out!

    Watch the webinar: Build a Data-Driven Customer Culture

    In this webinar, learn how Microsoft Forms Pro, the new enterprise survey solution, helps you easily capture, analyze, and take action on customer and employee feedback. Find out how Forms Pro allows you to integrate survey data with your customer and business data to drive deeper customer engagement. Plus, follow a demo that shows you how to use Forms Pro across Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power Automate, and Power BI. Watch Build a Data-Driven Customer and Employee Culture with Forms Pro.

    Democratizing Automation: The new imperative for the enterprise

    Microsoft Power Automate empowers workers to build secure, automated workflows that reduce manual, repetitive tasks—without writing a single line of code. In this new e-book, learn why democratizing automation is vital for your organization. Get the details on how to give your employees the ability to apply easy automation to their own work so they can reduce the time spent on manual, tedious tasks—leaving them more time to focus on higher-value, more strategic work that drives your business forward. Download the e-book, Democratizing Automation: The new imperative for the enterprise.

    Microsoft Press/Books

    Save 50% on the Microsoft Press e-book deal of the week

    At Microsoft Press, we offer a different e-book deal each week. In the next few weeks and into February 2020, we’re featuring Exam Ref e-books to help you prepare for Microsoft Certification exams. For the week of January 12, 2020, save 50% on Exam Ref MD-100 Windows 10. Prepare for Microsoft exam MD-100: Windows 10, and learn to demonstrate your real-world mastery of skills and knowledge required to deploy, configure, secure, manage, and monitor Windows devices and client applications. This e-book focuses on the critical thinking and decision-making acumen that Windows administrators need for success.

     Check out the additional weekly deals we have planned (subject to change):

    • January 12, 2020: Exam Ref MD-100 Windows 10
    • January 19, 2020: Exam Ref AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator
    • January 26, 2020: Exam Ref MS-100 Microsoft 365 Identity and Services
    • February 2, 2020: Exam Ref MS-101 Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security

    E-books are delivered in three formats—EPUB, PDF, and MOBI—to read on your preferred device. Browse all the titles at the Microsoft Press Store.


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