Less then a couple of months after I got certified as a Project Manager, I decided to invest in an area that I was not fully confident that I know the stuff: defining cloud architecture. I started to create, develop and manage cloud systems for just the past 5 years or so, and it evolved really rapidly.
So, applying for a such certification would require an extra study by my part. There were areas that I definitively do not grasp, such as networking and many Kubernetes corners. I decided to go with my beloved Coursera. I did a couple of free and paid courses there and I love it. Also, it which was the official training platform for Google products and services. Google itself design the courses and their employees that teach them. So there is some comfort.
The course is very practical. They provide a demo but real user to allow students to act in Google Cloud environment for real. So one actually interact, create, update and delete real things. It’s a major factor. Hands on baby!
I went to the examination was much more relaxed. They were as much as professional as the PMI guys, but more relaxed and humane. I passed.
I definitively learned a lot. It will help me in the future and current projects. Even being a Google Cloud focused, it addressed many of the issues of a generic cloud architect in any provider.
I can assure I can handle the job. From computing, serverless, storage and, yes, networking, I’m pretty confident I can design a better pretty cost-efficient solution than before. In the evolving cloud business, as long I keep updated, it’s a new passion that I am really excited.