The IT Certification Resource Center

Featured Deal

Get CompTIA, Cisco, or Microsoft training courses free for a week.
Learn More ❯

Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) Gets Two New Tracks

The Microsoft Professional Program is bumping the number of available tracks from 3 to 5 with the addition of Cloud Administration and DevOps to its roster. That's great news for self-motivated IT learners!

The other shoe for the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) has now dropped. Earlier this week (Oct. 3), MPP Program Director Keith Boyd posted this item to the Born to Learn blog: Expanding the Microsoft Professional Program to Drive Impact.


Boyd's post introduces and describes the two new tracks depicted in the graphic for my post here, along with some useful information about the MPP program overall, and its goals and objectives. The two new tracks are:


Ed T 10 6 2017 Figure 1

Source: MPP program home page


Cloud Administration: Courses prepare IT professionals to deal with automation of cloud deployments and cloud workloads, and digs into topics related to managing cloud security and ensuring legal, regulatory and best practices compliance along the way.


DevOps: Courses explain how to achieve better, stronger, and faster integration between development and operations organizational units. Learners are taught concepts and tools needed to support continuous integration and deployment of the work that developers do on the operations side of the world.


The DevOps track also covers key topics related to application monitoring (so developers can see and learn from actual usage and interaction) and feedback loops (so input from users becomes actionable for developers, testers, and so forth).


The two new additions combine with these three existing tracks:


Data Science: Courses deal with providing tools, techniques and approaches to extracting insights and solutions to business problems from data that organizations capture and analyze. This represents what happens to and with the huge volumes of data that organizations capture from their ongoing business activities, customer interactions, supply chain management, and so forth.


Big Data: Courses deal with training the people who design systems to capture, process and analyze data to pursue and create competitive advantage. This represents the design and implementation of big data systems and environments, in other words.


Front-End Web Development: Websites increasingly present the public face of an organization to the Internet, and often its private interfaces for mission-critical and line-of-business applications as well. Front-end web developers build those interfaces using a variety of programming language, standards, libraries and framework (including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Agular, Bootstrap and jQuery, among many others).