Alper Tekin is the Chief Product Officer at Udacity. He was Udacity’s first international hire, founded the company’s EMEA presence as the Regional Director of EMEA, and later founded Udacity Enterprise, Udacity's B2B division targeting business customers. Prior to joining Udacity in 2015, Alper was a serial entrepreneur in Europe, acting as founder & CEO of several startups, including AlfaPeople, Mekanist.net, and BlaBlaCar TR.
Earlier this year, the Udacity team announced that we partnered with Nutanix — the leading provider of Hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) software — to create the Hybrid Cloud Engineer Nanodegree Program. As part of the initiative, we announced 500 scholarships to the newly built Hybrid Cloud Engineer Nanodegree program. Today, we’re excited to inform you that this Nanodegree program is now ready for the scholarship winners and also open for enrollment.
Speaking about the partnership Inder Sidhu, Executive Vice President of Global Customer Success at Nutanix, said, “At Nutanix we strive to provide ongoing educational opportunities for our customers and prospects so they are constantly learning. Our partnership with Udacity has received incredibly positive feedback from students. We now enter the next phase of our partnership by awarding 500 free scholarships to the full Hybrid Cloud Engineer Nanodegree program.”
As of 2020, Microsoft Azure has a 60% adoption rate with a whopping 95% of the Fortune 500 companies using Azure technologies. This makes Azure one of the most popular cloud services platforms used by enterprises, making it a crucial tool for cloud computing professionals — especially cloud developers — to add to their skillset.
More than 60% of professionals spend over 30% of their time doing repetitive, administrative tasks that are a drain on their productivity, according to a Mckinsey report. Ultimately, these boring, mundane tasks can be automated.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA), an emerging technology, is a way to streamline those tasks enabling employees to do more impactful work while allowing organizations to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively.
In June, Udacity announced our partnership with Microsoft to create brand new training programs to help professionals learn highly coveted skills. Udacity is excited to introduce the newest product of that collaboration with Microsoft: the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program. This program focuses on teaching principles for deploying and managing cloud infrastructure with Microsoft Azure.
With 95% of Fortune 500 companies using Azure and Azure-related jobs expected to grow by over 34% in the next 10 years, now is a great time to hone your DevOps skills with Microsoft’s platform. What’s more, Cloud DevOps Engineers with skills in Azure earn an average salary of over $99,000 a year according to Glassdoor. Cloud DevOps engineers in San Francisco make an average of $130,000 a year, with top earners bringing in over $166,000.
By completing the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program, you’ll be prepared for Microsoft’s AZ-400 DevOps Engineer Expert certification exam, thereby demonstrating to employers that you have the skills they need.
What is Cloud DevOps?
Cloud DevOps Engineers are the key link between development and deployment, leveraging agile methodologies to ensure efficient and reliable release cycles. This means working on deployment, integrations, services, and testing. DevOps Engineers are an essential part of getting code written by developers verified and released to customers. Often, DevOps Engineers are responsible for the reliability, scalability, and security of a company’s systems. While the work is not simple, it is extremely rewarding for those who enjoy tinkering and problem-solving.
The DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program will teach students to deploy cloud infrastructure, use Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) for cloud infrastructure management, and create test environments to run automated testing. All of this learning will be done in a Microsoft Azure environment, using Azure pipelines and Azure App services.
To get the most out of this course, it’s important for students to have at least one year of experience working with Python. Enrollees must have a solid understanding of foundational coding concepts, including loops, conditionals, data types, functions, classes, and objects, and have a fundamental knowledge of scripting and Linux shell commands.
Additionally, students should understand cloud computing, including core cloud components (like databases, virtual machines, etc). If you need a primer on cloud computing, Udacity’s free Intro to Cloud Computing course is a great place to start.
In as little as three months, students who enroll in the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program will thoroughly understand DevOps fundamentals, Azure Infrastructure, cloud computing security, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Agile project management methodologies in relation to CI/CD, and automated testing focused on performance, UI, function, and system integration.
Specific projects include:
Project 1: Deploy a Web Application
Students will use Terraform to deploy IaC and Packer to create reusable virtual machine images for deploying custom web applications. This project will help students become familiar with resource creation and management in Microsoft Azure using the portal and command-line interface (CLI), as well as solidify security best-practices in the Azure Security Center.
Project 2: Build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline
Deploy a Flask Machine Learning app by building a Continuous Delivery pipeline with Azure Pipelines and using Azure App Services to deploy Platform as a Service (PaaS). After this project, students will have experience leveraging Agile methodologies and tools, including Trello, to integrate Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) with Continuous Delivery of application to Azure.
Project 3: Run Automated Tests
Learn to create disposable environments to run automated tests using Terraform and apply IaC concepts to make different environment tiers for more comprehensive testing. This project covers performance, function UI, and integration testing. Students will also monitor app behavior and perform root cause analysis by observing log files.
Learning from Top Cloud DevOps Engineers
To develop this program’s world-class curriculum, we collaborated with professionals from top-rated tech companies, like Microsoft. Each of these collaborators contributed guidance and feedback to focus the program on the most in-demand skills. Each of the instructors has extensive technical experience with Cloud DevOps and Microsoft Azure, as well as teaching experience.
Noah Gift, Founder of Pragmatic AI Labs, Consultant on AI, Cloud, Data Science
Nathan Anderson, DevOps Engineer at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Erick Galinkin, Principal AI Researcher at Rapid7 and Montreal AI Ethics Institute
If you’re an engineer who wants to learn more about deploying applications securely and efficiently, this is a great course for you to take to advance your career. This course is also great for people with programming backgrounds who are interested in the Cloud Computing field or gaining familiarity with Microsoft Azure.
With Udacity’s combination of hands-on project-centric learning, technical mentorship, and industry-aligned career services, there’s no better way to meet the demand than by registering today for the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program. Enroll now!
Udacity is excited to partner with UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, the professional education arm of University of California, Santa Cruz, one of the country’s most well-regarded higher education institutions, to offer Specializations in Data Science.
This partnership brings Udacity’s best-in-class online learning platform and in-demand skills training together with UCSC’s academic excellence and expertise built over 50 years working with practitioners and professionals in Silicon Valley.
Learners can get access to two of Udacity’s most popular Nanodegree programs — Programming for Data Science with Python and Data Scientist — packaged with UCSC Extension’s professional job training, career networking, recruitment specialists, and job search support. Students will have the option to choose a completely online, self-paced format or a more structured instructor-led experience with UCSC’s industry-expert instructors.
In line with our mission to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future, Udacity is thrilled to announce brand new training programs with Microsoft to help professionals learn highly coveted skills with Microsoft. This collaboration kicks off with the Machine Learning Scholarship Program for Microsoft Azure, opening today, through which students will have an opportunity to earn a scholarship to the new machine learning Nanodegree program with Microsoft Azure.
Great news! Enrollment in the AWS Machine Learning Scholarship Program is officially open. There’s no better time to begin your journey towards becoming a Machine Learning Engineer.
The Udacity team is proud to work with AWS to launch this program, and we hope that people take this opportunity to learn new skills that will better prepare them for the jobs of the future.
Enrolling in the program is easy — simply complete the form on the Scholarship page and follow the steps to start the AWS Machine Learning Foundations course.
Don’t Wait — Seize the Opportunity
The future of work — increased demand for jobs in AI, machine learning, coding — is fast approaching, but the skills gap is widening. In fact, there will be 58 million AI and machine learning jobs by 2022, but only 300,000 people are qualified to fill those roles, according to a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).
To help prepare the workforce for the demand for Machine Learning capabilities, we are excited to partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for our all-new scholarship.