Microsoft Azure AI and Data Fundamentals Specializations are now live on Coursera
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In April, we announced our first ever Azure Fundamentals specialization on Coursera’s platform. Today, we are excited that AI Fundamentals and Data Fundamentals are now live on Coursera and a part of the Microsoft Azure Learning Collection. These new Specializations come amid rapid cloud adoption and offer students a strong set of skills that are in high demand in today’s workforce. In fact, according to Burning Glass, the number of Azure-related jobs is projected to grow 38 percent over the next ten years.  



What skilling content is included in the new Microsoft Azure AI and Data Specializations? 


Microsoft AI Fundamentals: In this Specialization, students can gain foundational knowledge about core artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and become familiar with services in Microsoft Azure that can be used to create AI solutions. Upon completing the Specialization, students will be prepared for the Microsoft Certified AI-900 Azure Fundamentals Exam. Here is a preview of the courses offered in the AI Fundamentals Specialization: 

  1. Artificial Intelligence: learn the key AI concepts of machine learning, anomaly detection, computer vision, natural language processing, and conversational AI. 
  1. Machine Learning: learn how to use Azure Machine Learning to create and publish models without writing code. 
  1. Computer Vision: learn how to use the Computer Vision service to analyze images. 
  1. Natural Language Processing: learn how to use the Text Analytics service for advanced natural language processing of raw text for sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction, named entity recognition, and language detection. 
  1. Preparing for AI-900 Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals Exam: test your knowledge in a series of practice exams mapped to all the main topics covered in the AI-900 exam, ensuring you are well prepared for certification success. 


Microsoft Data Fundamentals: In this Specialization, students can learn directly from Microsoft Azure experts about the core database concepts in a cloud environment.   Students will build foundational knowledge of cloud data services within Microsoft Azure, and prepare for the Microsoft Data Fundamentals DP-900 exam.  Here is a preview of the courses offered in the Data Fundamentals Specialization: 

  1. Explore Core Data Concepts: learn the fundamentals of database concepts in a cloud environment, get basic skilling in cloud data services, and build your foundational knowledge of cloud data services.  
  1. Azure SQL: learn about SQL and see how it is used to query and maintain data in a database, and the different dialects that are available. 
  1. Azure Cosmos DB: explore non-relational data offerings, provisioning and deploying non-relational databases, and non-relational data stores with Microsoft Azure. 
  1. Modern Data Warehouse Analytics: learn about the processing options available for building data analytics solutions in Azure and explore Synapse Analytics, Databricks, and HDInsight. 
  1. Preparing for DP-900 Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals Exam: test your knowledge in a series of practice exams mapped to all the main topics covered in the DP-900 exam, ensuring you are well prepared for certification success. 

Scholarship opportunities for Women in Cloud


As a part of this initiative, we are teaming up with Women in Cloud to offer their members over 600 scholarships to all three specializations and the respective certification exam vouchers at no cost.  


“Digital skilling is becoming a critical necessity in today’s world and women are struggling to get access to career building education. That is why we are excited to partner with Microsoft and Coursera on this special initiative,” said Women in Cloud President Chaitra Vedullapalli 


Applicants who are accepted into this program will enroll in and complete the three Azure digital skilling Specializations via the Coursera platform: Azure Fundamentals, AI Fundamentals and Data Fundamentals. What’s more, scholars who complete these trainings will also receive a certification voucher for each Specialization to take the respective exams for free. In addition to free Azure skilling, scholars can also expect career support from the Women in Cloud community. Microsoft, Women in Cloud, and Coursera are committed to equipping women interested in upskilling and contributing to an  inclusive, skills-based economy. 


Enroll in the AI Fundamentals and Data Fundamentals Specializations today!  


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