Azure or 0365?



  • @flaxking said in Azure or 0365?:

    @flaxking said in Azure or 0365?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Azure or 0365?:

    @WrCombs said in Azure or 0365?:

    Cause then, this could bring more people into ML and give them a place to look for themselves and figure out which would be better for them .
    

    cause it's all in one place. and could give someone else a better understanding.

    Yup, it's a good discussion to have, even if the result is "this isn't the right question to ask." That's great, so what IS the right question to ask?

    If you don't have a strong foundation in IT, is it easier to learn Microsoft 365 or Azure in a way that you can show your experience in a way to pursue a career in IT?

    I'd say probably Microsoft 365. A certification is probably the easiest way to show experience in this situation and while Azure Fundamentals is accessible, I'd say it's value is low, and Azure Admin Assoc assumes a lot of base IT knowledge.

    From a purely job perspective, hiring someone with nothing but a cert in one or the other of these... I'd be pretty okay hiring someone with only a cert in O365, it's not touching infrastructure. But hiring someone with only a cert in Azure would be pretty scary.



  • Your career path is a little easier if you can land a job in a Financial institution on their support desk team even if you are only bench work. And depending on the environment, you could potentially support a lot of different technology.

    For what I’m doing right now I’m exposed to Azure and O365



  • @black3dynamite said in Azure or 0365?:

    Your career path is a little easier if you can land a job in a Financial institution on their support desk team even if you are only bench work. And depending on the environment, you could potentially support a lot of different technology.

    For what I’m doing right now I’m exposed to Azure and O365

    It can be challenging to break out of the bench tech role though, that's one concern with that approach.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Azure or 0365?:

    @WrCombs said in Azure or 0365?:

    Cause then, this could bring more people into ML and give them a place to look for themselves and figure out which would be better for them .
    

    cause it's all in one place. and could give someone else a better understanding.

    Yup, it's a good discussion to have, even if the result is "this isn't the right question to ask." That's great, so what IS the right question to ask?

    My thoughts are: "what's more important to have a certification in to get a better job - O365 or Azure?"



  • @WrCombs said in Azure or 0365?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Azure or 0365?:

    @WrCombs said in Azure or 0365?:

    Cause then, this could bring more people into ML and give them a place to look for themselves and figure out which would be better for them .
    

    cause it's all in one place. and could give someone else a better understanding.

    Yup, it's a good discussion to have, even if the result is "this isn't the right question to ask." That's great, so what IS the right question to ask?

    My thoughts are: "what's more important to have a certification in to get a better job - O365 or Azure?"

    You need to define what a "better job" for YOU is first.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Azure or 0365?:

    I'd be pretty okay hiring someone with only a cert in O365, it's not touching infrastructure. But hiring someone with only a cert in Azure would be pretty scary.

    And that's exactly what I said earlier, it's much easier to get a junior level position that utilizes O365



  • @Kris_K said in Azure or 0365?:

    @WrCombs said in Azure or 0365?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Azure or 0365?:

    @WrCombs said in Azure or 0365?:

    Cause then, this could bring more people into ML and give them a place to look for themselves and figure out which would be better for them .
    

    cause it's all in one place. and could give someone else a better understanding.

    Yup, it's a good discussion to have, even if the result is "this isn't the right question to ask." That's great, so what IS the right question to ask?

    My thoughts are: "what's more important to have a certification in to get a better job - O365 or Azure?"

    You need to define what a "better job" for YOU is first.

    Exactly - you won't know what kind of work you like until you start doing some of any kind of work.

    You currently know that you don't like doing work for management who doesn't do things right, or the way they are happening at your current office....



  • @IRJ said in Azure or 0365?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Azure or 0365?:

    I'd be pretty okay hiring someone with only a cert in O365, it's not touching infrastructure. But hiring someone with only a cert in Azure would be pretty scary.

    And that's exactly what I said earlier, it's much easier to get a junior level position that utilizes O365

    Right, some professions are easier to get in as junior level, simply because, I would imagine Jr level Helpdesk positions are more abundant, therefore less competitive. But I still don't know if that's the route he wants to go by focusing on O365. You sure can take it up to and likely past $200k, ive seen it. Just as you can take the other path in excess of $200k. But then we're back again to him just picking a path.



  • @Obsolesce said in Azure or 0365?:

    @IRJ said in Azure or 0365?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Azure or 0365?:

    I'd be pretty okay hiring someone with only a cert in O365, it's not touching infrastructure. But hiring someone with only a cert in Azure would be pretty scary.

    And that's exactly what I said earlier, it's much easier to get a junior level position that utilizes O365

    Right, some professions are easier to get in as junior level, simply because, I would imagine Jr level Helpdesk positions are more abundant, therefore less competitive. But I still don't know if that's the route he wants to go by focusing on O365. You sure can take it up to and likely past $200k, ive seen it. Just as you can take the other path in excess of $200k. But then we're back again to him just picking a path.

    A helpdesk making more than $200k?... 🙂 i'm sure you can count those instances on your fingers. The range is usually MUCH lower.
    He needs to understand that he's not going to make anywhere near that for quite some time though. While making as much money as possible sounds great, it can very likely guide someone into making decisions that he/she is going to regret. I'd not want to do something i hate doing, even if i'm paid really well. Helpdesk/IT support in general is not something that anyone can or should do and usually is just a way to get into IT/a specific company.



  • Learning o365 is not rocket science and is not going to take years. If it's going to open some doors and get you into IT (don't know what you're doing right now) - you should totally spend the time. Then you can move on with more advanced knowledge, experience and certs (including Azure path, if that's what you want to become good at).



  • @Kris_K said in Azure or 0365?:

    A helpdesk making more than $200k?

    No not help desk, specializing in Microsoft 365. I suppose I wasn't clear on that.



  • Thanks for the Info - Again, not what this was designed to do, but absolutely appreciated..



  • @WrCombs said in Azure or 0365?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Azure or 0365?:

    @WrCombs said in Azure or 0365?:

    Cause then, this could bring more people into ML and give them a place to look for themselves and figure out which would be better for them .
    

    cause it's all in one place. and could give someone else a better understanding.

    Yup, it's a good discussion to have, even if the result is "this isn't the right question to ask." That's great, so what IS the right question to ask?

    My thoughts are: "what's more important to have a certification in to get a better job - O365 or Azure?"

    It depends what the starting point is. But say someone in a helpdesk role asked me if a Microsoft 365 certification or Azure cert would help them get into a non-helpdesk role considered 'higher up the ladder' I'd say Microsoft 365 certification.

    I'd say there's probably more roles out there to move up into. Companies may be using Microsoft 365, but could be using other providers for their cloud infrastructure. They might also expect their cloud engineers to know multiple platforms. I had experience creating highly available environments on-premise before breaking into Azure.

    Microsoft 365 Admin > Azure engineer isn't a bad transition down the road either. Exposure to Azure AD is going to help with Azure.

    It's also really hard to say "I know Azure." Azure is made up of a ton of different services. I'm an Azure Admin Associate and Azure Developer Associate and there's probably a lot of Azure services that I haven't heard of.



  • @Kris_K said in Azure or 0365?:

    Learning o365 is not rocket science

    Should we licence our staff for Microsoft 365 E3 + E5 security or
    Office 365 E3 + Windows 10 E5 + EMS E5?
    Will our business feel the missing compliance features if we go with M365 E3 + E5 security?
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/downloads/microsoft-365-compliance-licensing-comparison.xlsx



  • @flaxking said in Azure or 0365?:

    I'd say there's probably more roles out there to move up into. Companies may be using Microsoft 365, but could be using other providers for their cloud infrastructure. They might also expect their cloud engineers to know multiple platforms. I had experience creating highly available environments on-premise before breaking into Azure.

    This is a good point. The number of M365 jobs out there probably outnumbers Azure jobs. And the M365 jobs typically need just one skill, whereas a typical Azure job will require many. And one is a logical step from helpdesk, and one is a total focus change.