New Azure Cortana Analytics Course on the Way

I got into IT through the back door, without a formal degree in computer science, although I learned on an original IBM PC Dos in 1983.

My early career consisted of a variety of jobs working with code, reports and data.  Strangely, most of the work consisted of maintenance coding, in other words, supporting other people's code by applying tweaks and enhancements and troubleshooting production issues.

A few years ago, my boss got me to speak in front of a user group, and then SQL Saturday's and of course I've been blogging for a decade.

Microsoft Azure is a fairly new technology, few years old.  I've had an account for a while and tinker from time to time.  And more recently, Cortana Analytics showed up on the scene, as a data platform in the cloud, with a ton of new products and features, all tightly integrated.

I was asked to create an online course, I chose the Microsoft Azure platform, then included Cortana Analytics.  I created the outline, expanded into each topic, then created the videos and the demos, about 4 hours in total.

Here's a view of the course, to be released mid January 2016:

I really enjoyed the process of creating an online course.  Growing up you wouldn't catch me in front of the class giving a presentation, but over the years, things changed.  Teaching is kind of cool.  Especially discussing advanced topics.

I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Here's a post to some of the information discussed in the course...