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AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps

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There are several myths floating regarding DevOps in the IT industry today! It is not surprising to read them, especially given it is the latest trend and every organization jumping onto the wagon. 

From our experience, we can say that DevOps is worth the hype. If done and implemented properly, this DevOps approach can help in delivering a massive positive effect on organizations and businesses. It helps in reducing costs, improving performances, and breaking down silos between different teams. 

We look at the most common myths that are doing the recent rounds– 

  1. DevOps is only for the web 
  2. DevOps is only related to engineering and operations 
  3. DevOps is not suited for implementation in regulated industries 
  4. DevOps cannot exist without a cloud
  5. There is only a single approach to Azure DevOps 
  6. Purchasing DevOps tools are the same as doing DevOps
  7. DevOps and Agile Development is the same
  8. DevOps only focusses on improving quality and stability

Granted that we come across these talks through our walks of life in both the IT and non-IT industry, there is a lot more truth hidden behind every statement. Yes, this term has been boomed thanks to the ever-growing startup culture as well as the ever-increasing and expanding IT world.

Let’s now look as to which all are true and to what extent.

  • DevOps are only for the web

It is true that this practice initially began with companies that were born on the web. But over time, large organizations and corporations have successfully incorporated this practice and principles in their work culture in non-tech space. 

  • DevOps is only related to engineering and operations 

Yes, the term DevOps is made up of development and operations. And that is how the concept was initiated. But in current times, this approach has been modified to empower whole organizations. Everyone involved in the delivery of the product has a part to play in this process. 

  • DevOps is not suited for implementation in regulated industries 

Understandable that in a regulated industry, there is an extreme need for checks and balances, but this does not hinder the DevOps process. In contrast, DevOps helps with compliance if implemented properly. Automated process flows and tools can help in maintaining audit trails. 

  • DevOps cannot exist without cloud 

It is true that when people think of DevOps, the next thought that comes to mind is the need for cloud computing. Cloud does help testers and developers deploy, test, and make changes rapidly. But if properly and efficiently implemented, processes can be optimized using the DevOps approach without the need for Cloud. 

Virtualization becomes optional. 

  • There is only a single approach to Azure DevOps 

Untrue. Every organization and business has different requirements and goals. A single uniform approach, although applicable does not necessarily have to be efficient. Processes and activities that worked in one organization do not necessarily work in another.

  • Purchasing DevOps tools is the same as doing DevOps 

That’s like saying, buying books is the same as studying them. Although purchasing tools is an investment in the right direction, this doesn’t necessarily help fast track and improve processes. There is an important need for a DevOps culture as well knowledge of the same to work efficiently and produce results.

  • DevOps and Agile Development are the same 

This is the most common myth surrounding DevOps. Although the two are closely related, and processes such as agile, lean, and other “work fast, ship often” models do form an important part of it, they do not necessarily define DevOps. The agile process, although helps in the faster shipment of products, but does not necessarily improve collaboration between different teams during the software lifecycle.

  • DevOps only focusses on improving quality and stability 

Although, if the company requires a sole focus on product quality, then yes DevOps does help fulfill this task. But in the bigger picture, DevOps helps in automating workflows, helping people focus more on the tasks at hand, improving the culture of the organization, and reducing burnout of employees.

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Azure DevOps (AZ-400)

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AZ-400-Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions

In the modern world, with more than 80% of businesses and solutions moving to the cloud, most projects involve the utilization of cloud platforms as well as multiple Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). 

AZ 400 is a course called Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions. AZ 400 is an intermediate course developed by Microsoft for professionals and individuals looking to gain knowledge about designing and implementing processes as well as practices in DevOps. This helps professionals who combine process, people, and technologies to deliver value to the organization.

Career path

AZ-400 Career Path

AZ 400 certification is a fit for individuals who are proficient and experienced with Agile practices in Azure, such as designing and implementation of solutions for compliance, configuration management, version control, infrastructure as code, build, release, etc. This helps professionals in developing skills to be able to optimize practices by streamlining deliveries, improving collaborations between multiple verticals, and creating automation for integration and development. 

After this certification, professionals will not only be able to extremely proficient with practices in DevOps but also be able to operate multiple Azure services, technologies, and tools. 

BEST WAYS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR MICROSOFT AZURE CERTIFICATION EXAM

There are multiple ways of prepping for this certification. You can access documents and tutorials provided by Microsoft to learn and practice by yourself. You can also take up live training provided by BestDotNetTraining, which you can keep an eye on here. Moreover, you can watch the pre-recorded videos by Mr. Sandeep Soni by enrolling in the course here

This exam is a technical one, thereby requiring professionals and individuals to have hands-on experience with technologies and tools surrounding DevOps. An added benefit would be gained if they have knowledge about DevOps practices and Agile Processes. The main points of focus in DevOps will be:

  • Azure DevOps 
  • Version Control (mostly Git) 
  • Azure Resource Manager 
  • PowerShell 

You are also required to have either of the following certifications prior to taking AZ 400-

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate 
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate 

KEY TRAINING ADVICE

AZ 400 certification contains several performance-based lab questions. You could be asked to go into the Azure Portal and perform certain tasks using the given credentials. Each lab may contain 8-9 tasks and you can use PowerShell, CLI, or Azure Portal to accomplish the tasks.

Some key advice from our trainers are:

  • Use the topics in the “Skills Measured” section to create a study plan. Then plan your timings and commit to completing them
  • Achieving a good overall score is not enough in the exam, since you are required to attain a certain minimum score in each of the different areas. As such, you cannot neglect any part of the exam objectives.  
  • Be careful about overestimating how prepared you are and how much you know. Allow time to be given to adequate preparation and review of all topics.   
  • AZ 400 certification contains several performance-based lab questions. You could be asked to go into the Azure Portal and perform certain tasks using the given credentials. Each lab may contain 8-9 tasks and you can use PowerShell, CLI, or Azure Portal to accomplish the tasks.

What you’ll learn in this certification?

The following are the Skills Measured according to Microsoft: 

  • Develop an instrumentation strategy 
  • Develop a site reliability engineering (SRE) strategy 
  • Develop a security and compliance plan 
  • Manage source control 
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration
  • Define and implement continuous integration
  • Define and implement continuous delivery and release management strategy
  • Manage source control 
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration 
  • Define and implement continuous integration 
  • Define and implement continuous delivery and release management strategy

Intended Audience

Job roles that can take up Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions Training include, but are not limited to:

  • Software Developers 
  • Project Managers 
  • Microsoft certified professionals 
  • Operations Team Members 
  • IT Managers 
  • IT Professionals who want to understand Microsoft DevOps 
  • Professionals who want to clear the Microsoft DevOps Solutions AZ-400 examination

Learning Objectives

Lastly, the objectives of the course are as follows: 

  • Plan the transformation along with shared goals and timelines 
  • Selection of a project and identification of key project metrics and KPIs 
  • Creation of a team and incorporating Agile organization structure 
  • Understanding and description of the benefits of using Source Control 
  • Recommendation of artifact management tools and practices 
  • Migration and consolidation of artifacts 
  • Migration from TFVC to Git 
  • Migration and Integration source control measure
  • Scaling of Git for Enterprise DevOps 
  • Developing a quality project strategy 
  • Implementation and Managing build infrastructure 
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery 

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