As we speak, I’m excited to announce AWS Ability Builder Particular person and Workforce subscriptions. This can be a new method so that you can find out about cloud applied sciences and get sensible expertise with hands-on coaching.
Between 2013 and 2016, I spent three years delivering AWS Coaching lessons to prospects in Europe, North America, and Asia. On the time, the one lessons we provided had been in-person, instructor-led lessons. Now, you could have the selection between a wide range of digital programs or in-person lessons, lecture-style or hands-on. The foundations can be found on-line totally free, and the brand new subscriptions we’re saying as we speak offer you entry to a spread of unique content material to advance your cloud expertise and put together for AWS Certification exams with self-paced, digital coaching. The subscriptions mean you can be taught AWS companies with hands-on actions.
At Amazon, we regularly say that it’s nonetheless Day 1. The cloud market continues to be nascent. Gartner predicts world public cloud spending will develop from $396 billion to $482 billion this yr, a price of 22 % this yr alone. However that is simply 10 % of whole world IT spending in 2022. I discuss with prospects on daily basis. Once I ask them the principle obstacles to adopting the cloud, all of them point out the shortage of skilled IT professionals. The truth is, 76 % of IT decision-makers report an IT expertise hole, which is up from 31 % in 2016, based on the World Data IT Expertise and Wage Report, one of many largest research of business salaries, certifications, expertise, and extra.
To shut the talents hole, we need to give learners hands-on expertise with cloud applied sciences.
What Content material Is Obtainable Once I Subscribe?
Beginning as we speak, AWS Ability Builder subscriptions give registered people and organizations entry to unique studying supplies constructed by builders for builders. Along with our 500+ free programs, there are 4 new studying experiences obtainable.
AWS Builder Labs are hands-on guided workouts to develop sensible expertise for frequent cloud eventualities. You obtain a sandbox AWS account all through the lab. There is no such thing as a want so that you can use your personal AWS account and danger accruing undesirable costs. Subsequent, we give you step-by-step directions to undergo a typical cloud situation. It goes from easy duties, reminiscent of configuring Amazon Easy Storage Service (Amazon S3) to host a static web site, to extra superior eventualities, reminiscent of creating a serverless internet utility utilizing Amazon DynamoDB. These are simply two examples, and now we have 100+ labs obtainable so that you can be taught by doing it your self.
AWS Jam offers you clues to information you in fixing real-world, open-ended issues. There are not any step-by-step directions, simply hints. There are two sorts of AWS Jam: AWS Jam Journey and AWS Jam occasions. Jam occasions are unique to Workforce subscription. As soon as began, the Jam Journey is out there for a number of months to provide you time to finish all of the challenges at your personal tempo and schedule. With Jam occasions, crew directors can create occasions the place groups can come collectively at a sure date and time to resolve challenges and compete with one another. AWS Jam occasions present 140+ challenges throughout completely different domains.
Let’s take a sensible instance. When you choose the safety Jam, you’re tasked with resolving a sequence of security-related challenges curated by AWS consultants. Duties is likely to be to carry out a safety posture analysis, restore a earlier model of a static web site, or encrypt an present Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) database with a customer-managed AWS Key Administration Service (AWS KMS) key.
Right here is the dashboard for the safety AWS Jam Journey.
AWS Cloud Quest is a role-based recreation the place your mission is to assist residents of a digital metropolis by studying and constructing cloud options for his or her challenges. You progress round within the metropolis, and also you’re assigned duties to finish. Every time you full a job, you get rewards, which you should use to remodel the town. For every job, the Resolution Middle guides you thru 4 steps: be taught the cloud idea to finish the duty, observe the execution of the duty with directions, observe by your self, and consider the end result. As soon as once more, the observe is finished inside an AWS sandbox setting the place you may safely check your new talent. To judge the end result, the Resolution Middle asks you to enter validation information, such because the title of an S3 bucket or a URL. The system mechanically verifies your setup and grants you factors when the check succeeds. As of as we speak, there are 4 roles obtainable: Cloud Practitioner, Options Architect, Serverless Developer, and Machine Studying Specialist. Now we have plans so as to add extra roles to this listing over time. AWS Cloud Quest is a enjoyable approach to be taught cloud expertise!
We’ll see Cloud Quest in motion in a minute.
AWS Certification Official Apply Exams are, because the title implies, full-length observe exams that will help you to guage your examination readiness. However wait! Aren’t there free Official Apply Query Units already? Sure! However along with these free 20-question observe query units, subscribed people or groups can now put together for AWS Certification with new examination preparation programs that embody observe supplies and the full-length AWS Certification Official Apply Exams. Now we have designed the examination preparation programs that will help you assess your examination preparedness. Every examination preparation course features a evaluate of technical content material, observe questions, lab workouts, and entry to the AWS Certification Official Apply Exams. And this isn’t only a cross/fail train. Official observe exams include thorough suggestions for every query and scaled scores simulating precise examination scores. The questions introduced have the identical type, depth, rigor, and scoring as our AWS Certification exams. Full-length observe exams and examination preparation programs are presently obtainable for the AWS Licensed Cloud Practitioner, AWS Licensed Options Architect – Affiliate, and AWS Licensed SysOps Administrator – Affiliate certifications, with extra to come back. A lot of the opposite content material obtainable by means of the subscription, reminiscent of AWS Builder Labs and AWS Cloud Quest, can complement your examination preparation.
Here’s a typical display for an Official Apply Examination. I blurred the solutions clearly.
Kind of Subscriptions
Each Particular person and Workforce subscriptions embody these 4 new studying experiences. Workforce subscriptions can be found to organizations that need to buy seats for 50 or extra individuals. Moreover a tiered pricing mannequin, relying on the variety of seats, a Workforce subscription offers you administrator performance and a single sign-on expertise for workers. Workforce directors might assign coaching to people to drive focused expertise of their crew and observe progress. Constructed-in stories present course enrollment, course progress, completion charges, and extra.
This desk compares the free digital coaching, the Particular person subscription, and the Workforce subscription.
Let’s See It in Motion
Common readers of this weblog know we like to point out you what we’re speaking about. Let’s see what AWS Cloud Quest appears to be like like. First, I open AWS Ability Builder and subscribe as a person.
Then, I seek for Cloud Quest and launch the expertise.
I choose the position enjoying recreation I need to begin. I’ve the selection between Cloud Practitioner, Options Architect, Serverless Developer, and Machine Studying Specialist.
Similar to in each position recreation, I could personalize my avatar earlier than beginning the sport. Any resemblance with the precise me is pure coincidence 🤔.
And at last, I’m able to stroll the town, assist residents, and full my challenges.
How A lot Does It Value?
Inclusion is a core worth at Amazon. We imagine everyone should have an opportunity to be taught and develop their skilled profession. We made the Particular person subscription obtainable in over 200 international locations and territories and as much as 12 languages: Chinese language (Simplified), Chinese language (Conventional), English, French (France), German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Latin America), and Spanish (Spain). AWS Cloud Quest is in English.
The Particular person subscription is obtainable month-to-month on the worth of $29 monthly or yearly on the worth of $299 per yr (this can be a 14 % low cost in comparison with the month-to-month worth). The subscription payment is added to your month-to-month AWS invoice, and there’s no have to have a separate bank card or billing settlement. As common with AWS, you may cease the subscription at any time.
The Workforce subscription is out there for buy in 17 international locations (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Eire, India, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, and america) and the identical languages because the Particular person subscription. These can be found for groups over 50 individuals. We provide an annual plan for $449 per yr and per seat, with tiered pricing based mostly on quantity. Our pricing web page has all the small print.
I’m excited to see a brand new technology of IT professionals buying AWS Cloud expertise. I can’t wait to find the brand new use circumstances, purposes, or improvements you’ll deliver to the world when armed with these new expertise.
And now, get your AWS Ability Builder subscription and go be taught.