...2020 a Year for Growth

In my previous post, http://captainhyperscaler.github.io/2020/01/09/2019-year-in-review/, I provided a summary of how I continued to grow, develop, and spread knowledge within the Azure community. In this article, I will provide some ways that I have thought of to continue sharing and growth in 2020.

As I spent the holiday with my family, I reflected on the past year and what I would like the next year to look like for me professionally. As I try to do every year, I make note of specific goals that I set out to accomplish in the next year. This may come in the form of a simple list or sometimes evolves into a formal business plan depending on the complexity of my goals. This year I have a combination of both. The formal plan is my goals within my organization, which I will keep confidential. The list are ways that I can continue to contribute to the Azure and Cloud community. These are what I will share with you now.

Social Media contributions. Today, I have begun the first item on my list, and that is continuing (and stepping up) my social media/blog contributions. When I started this blog a few months ago, I had an initial plan to provide a new article every month. My plan is to double that output in the coming year plus add more video content and demos as well. The Azure Advent Calendar was such a fun project and I enjoyed the video portion of that post, so I definitely plan to do more.

In addition to my own blog site, I want to continue to assist other contributors in the community where I can with their calls for content. This will include participating in the Azure Spring Cleaning event in February. I have contributed in the past to Skylines Academy and hope to continue to assist them in the coming year.

Community Training Workshops. To continue to utilize my MCT, I have been looking at ways this week to find ways within the community to educate more individuals on Azure. This includes looking into high school STEM programs that may have a need or want to learn about cloud hosting technologies and build the certified Azure workforce pool. I will be getting more involved in the local MeetUp groups for Azure and Cloud users and help them fill any training and education gaps.

MCT Regional Lead. Becoming a MCT Regional Lead was very important to me and to be selected to me is a privilege. I plan to do everything that I can to support Microsoft educational programs and help out my MCT counterparts on a continual basis. This will include being involved in the MCT Regional Lead summit in a couple of months.

Certifications. The last point of emphasis for me in 2020 is with certifications. Much of 2019 for me was focused on getting Azure certifications. Though I will continue to learn and grow, I only have a few certifications that I am focusing on for 2020. Those would be to complete the DP-201 exam and obtain my Data Engineer Associate certification, complete AZ-400 as the second step and achieve my DevOps Engineer Expert certification, and attempt to get my M365 Enterprise Administrator Expert certification. I also am going to work toward the Microsoft Certified Educator certification.

As you have read, I have put in place some clear ideas to continue my community growth and provide value to the Microsoft Azure community. Along these lines, I want to provide value to the people that come to my blog page. I welcome your comments and hope that you can follow my blogs. Provide any suggestions that you may have for topics that you would like to learn more about. You can do this through the comments at the bottom of the blog site, or reach out to me through Twitter.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my blog articles. If you are looking for other blogs and contributors to follow, I recommend reviewing the following link: https://blog.feedspot.com/microsoft_azure_blogs/

Have a great day!