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I see some dangers in appearing "smart" in meetings:
1. others may be insulted if it appears you understand their work better than they do.
2. you may be perceived as volunteering for difficult tasks.
3. management may see you as not "challenged enough" by your current job. that might embarrass your boss.
Perhaps it's safer to appear dull, or average smart, but not stupid ?
«... thank the gods that they have made you superior to those events which they have not placed within your own control, rendered you accountable for that only which is within you own control For what, then, have they made you responsible? For that which is alone in your own power—a right use of things as they appear.» Discourses of Epictetus Book I:12
Me: "So in conclusion I say we should rewrite the application to use NoSQL." (mentioning NoSQL gives you bonus points and stresses out other devs)
Someone else: "Yes Sander, I know what you mean, but are you sure this will... quickly supply quality catalysts for change?" (nice comeback!)
Me: "..." (can't recover, I've been defeated because this guy is so brilliant)
As you see "someone else" took charge of the conversation by over-bullshitting me.
NoSQL was a nice touch, but perhaps a little too specific, keep it general and vague for maximum results.
Can you tell me all I need to know about Azure then?
You need to know that you really don't need to know all about Azure
And still no, because there are a couple of Azure certificates and I've only got the first.
Why did you take the exam though?
My employer wants to be "cloud only" so they've been asking for it.
And they want that because their customers are asking about it.
I've been at some other companies as well and Azure skills seem to be in demand.
On top of that I've just started my own business and I've recommended my (so far) only customer to go to the cloud, so I'm managing their Azure environment now.
Can't hurt to know a bit about it and have something to show for it
I don't do requests
I'd say the pro to Azure is that it seamlessly integrates with Microsoft products such as Visual Studio, .NET, TFS/VSTS and SQL Server Management Studio.
Having said that, I think Azure and AWS can do pretty much the same and AWS probably integrates better with other tools.
And getting AWS to work with .NET probably isn't all that difficult either
Wow, I'm not sure what's more impressing, that you remember I passed that exam this year or that you were able to find this post at page 500
Anyway, I did a course on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/70532-azure/learn/v4/overview
He also has a few practice tests: https://www.udemy.com/70532-azure-tests/learn/v4/content
I also got the official Microsoft exam reference, but I didn't actually use it.
And, of course, I got some practice.
I'm currently doing 70-533 the same way (but I believe they're retiring this one soon).
Good luck, if you have any questions let me know!