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⚑️Streamline Your Workflow With This Tool πŸ“² πŸ‘

Yes, you guessed it! The mighty Stream Deck.

However, I won’t be presenting it from the perspective of streamers. This article is totally for us regular people: the work-from-home crew, office stars, learners, coders and cloud engineers!

I’d like you to meet this tool with fresh eyes, in a way that will streamline your entire workflow. Here’s the gist of this article:

  • First we will review three Stream Deck devices and the app, real quick.
  • Then we will go over how streamers use it, blazingly fast.
  • Then we will discover the true potential of this tool for us professionals.
  • Then I will sprinkle some insights on the future of this device and its possible impact.
  • And finally I will link to videos and resources to teach you how to use the software and get you started.

By the end of this article, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how to transform your workflow. That’s the promise, so let’s begin!

The Stream Deck Innovation

Corsair, the computer hardware company, owns Elgato Systems. And Elgato produces a variety of products such as microphones, video capture devices, lights and streaming interfaces.

And Stream Deck is a line of product they produce in 3 sizes:

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  • XL is 32 keys
  • Standard is 15 keys
  • Mini is 6 keys

To assign actions to icons under the keys you install the app (Windows + Mac):

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The app gives you ability to set some truly amazing functionality:

  1. Design and switch to profiles and nested folders to swap keys on the device
  2. Drag and drop key icons from anywhere
  3. Trigger a variety of actions once each key is pressed
  4. Install plugins to extend your reach to many apps on your computer
  5. And of course design your entire work process!

Streamers Love This Device

Reaching out to various dials and knobs while on air with hundreds of people watching is a hassle! You have to change your live scene, switch between cameras, cast your screen, adjust your lights, change streaming settings and finally share your social links all during the live event.

Streamers design their decks to take advantage of one tap changes: they design buttons for changing scenes and switching between cameras, keys to show and hide their monitors, triggers to adjust the intensity of their room lights, actions to activate and deactivate various microphones and pop up and blink their social links.

And voila! Just with one click of a button, they trigger a series of actions while playing against an army of enemies or presenting live webinars!

Why do they love this device?

  1. They want one tap changes with multiple actions
  2. They don’t want to print labels for buttons
  3. They want to easily customize their setups

Hence it’s pretty much a standard for a streamer or live event host to use a Stream Deck device to control their event.

Time to Supercharge Your Own Workflow

Now, you may ask what is that have to do with my own work?

The answer is pretty easy! You may not realize it but you also are streaming actions into your computer: triggering apps, dealing with bookmarks, repeating tasks, switching between contexts and workspaces, zooming in and out of stuff, using keyboard shortcuts to start a series of functionality and continually pressing app icons. All of these efforts are a flow of actions you stream into your workstation to get things done.

Let’s break these down into specifics so we can take full advantage of a Stream Deck device to remove many frictions from your work.

Easy Access to Desktop Apps

The easiest way to take advantage of a Stream Deck is to design app shortcuts. You customize profiles for your desktop apps to make them accessible with the push of a button. This way of using it has many alternatives such as using the system tray icons with a mouse, searching with Spotlight and Alfred or triggering the Launchpad to access your apps.

Stream Deck will reduce the friction a little further, but let’s not stop here.

Chrome on Rails

The next use case is pretty interesting. Chrome is the most used browser on the planet with a staggering 60% of internet users. And Chrome provides awesome functionalities such as extensions, bookmarks, multiple tabs and developer tools.

Think about how you use Chrome right now. You use menus and keyboard combinations to close tabs, reopen tabs, find and click on your bookmarks, trigger certain extensions, zoom in and out of the pages and move between tabs.

What if you were able to trigger certain profiles while using Chrome to make these actions as easy as clicking a button instead? What if you shadowed your bookmarks into keys so you can just click their names instead of looking for them?

This is where Stream Deck shines. When you switch to Chrome, Stream Deck can understand that you are using Chrome and give you folders of actions specific to Chrome. You switched to another app? No problem, the device can change its keys to match that app.

Here’s some advantages you can get from the device:

  • Reduce friction accessing your most used websites
  • Have buttons specific to managing tabs, zooming in and out, and triggering extensions
  • Design folders of dashboards per context, i.e. bookmark keys specific to your projects

One Tap App Triggers

What if you’re not just using Chrome? What if you’re using Colab or Jupyter? What if you’re using Kindle or Notion or Adobe Illustrator?

All of these apps provide a wide range of keyboard combinations to change between styles, trigger cell codes, switch between pages, swap between palette icons, and so on. You already have been using these key combinations to work faster and better.

Apple realized this need and invented the touch bar. Soft buttons that change as your context changes. However it was tedious to design new buttons and functionalities and it was up to app designers to provide those buttons. It didn’t revolutionize anything. It is a luxury to have a touch bar, that’s all.

What if that revolution could be somewhat achieved if you had a deck of buttons that you can be easily designed and they changed as your context changes?

That’s exactly what’s possible with Stream Deck. A better touch bar with less price tag with light years ahead in customization.

Here’s what you can do while using your apps with Stream Deck:

  • Design buttons to take full advantage of all shortcuts an app can provide. For instance you can make many profiles for each of your use case: Google Colab, Jupyter, Adobe Illustrator, Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text and that little app that makes your life easier all get their own profiles. You switch to an app, the key profile presents you the new keys.
  • Trigger series of actions to prepare multiple apps with one click. For instance you can design a button to pull up Github website, open up iTerm, Sublime Text, Docker, and Notion. You click that button, and all of them get ready and wait for your use. Your sequence changes, your button changes. Simple.

Pro Level “Online Meeting” Controls

Now that you know how shortcuts can be assigned to keys on the Stream Deck, you can guess what’s coming next.

Whether you’re using Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams, you’ll always want to seamlessly control your microphone, camera and screen. And we usually use either app menus or keyboard shortcuts to achieve this functionality. And that’s sometimes tedious and doesn’t come across as professional especially when you struggle to find the app and unmute yourself or share your screen. πŸ˜‡πŸ˜€

Enter the advantages of Stream Deck. It currently provides easy integration with Zoom and you can assign keyboard combinations to easily take the pain out of your online meetings. Plus, you get to be known as the pro level presenter.

Build a Productivity Dashboard

One specific advantage of being able to nest folders of keys and swap between profiles of keys is that you can concentrate your most used apps and websites onto Stream Deck dashboards.

  • You can make folders to organize all of your most used calendars, drive folders, productivity sites into one place. Tap, tap, tap: all of them open instantly.
  • You can make folders to focus all your training resources such learning and documentation websites into one place. Click, click, click: they are all ready to go.
  • You can trigger extensions and apps through shortcuts such as starting your timer for the next session and taking a screenshot from the website. Press, press. All in order.
  • You can combine all your SaaS portals under one pane of glass and reach them much faster. Plus you get to remind yourself how many services you use with one look.

Time to Streamline Your Workflows

Now that you’ve discovered the full potential of how might you use the Stream Deck, it’s time to think about your own context and workflow.

Every advice is bound by a context. Something that seems great for my context might have totally different implications for your workflow.

Hence, it’s time to think about what you can do with this tool. I’ll give you some ideas:

  • You can do all of the above, as is.
  • You can build streams of actions that combine and multiply all of the above.
  • You can design truly amazing workflows that help you save a lot of time and frustration.

Here’s how I use my Stream Deck: I have the XL version (32 keys) and designed profiles specific to launching apps, accessing my Chrome bookmarks and shortcuts, tracking my work sessions, opening up my Google Cloud dashboard pages, controlling my OBS live streams, switching between Notion styles, running and adding cells on Colab, managing my online meetings with Zoom and Google Meet shortcuts, and building my own productivity dashboard, etc.

And, I barely started using this device. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜€

The Future of This Tool is Amazing, However…

So what’s in line for the future of these devices? Here’s a couple of ideas.

  1. This device will probably be a new peripheral to increasing productivity in majority of work and home offices, selling like crazy.
  2. App providers will start pushing out more plugins to take full advantage of this device. As the shortcuts become buttons to press, they will offer more shortcuts too.
  3. End users will continue customizing and sharing their own plugins to make this device truly accessible.
  4. More functionality and open source workflows start to emerge, transforming our lives.
  5. Apple will soon pretend this device never existed and invent a prettier device and provide better integration to Mac, lol. I won’t be surprised if this really happens.
  6. You’ll have your breakfast ready, coffee on your desk and your cozy blanket put on your shoulders without leaving your desk all with one button. No, I’m just kidding! πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…

Current Limitations

A few limitations of the current app is that you have to copy similar actions to other profiles or folders one by one. You can’t reverse (Ctrl+Z) once you delete something. You don’t have functionality to build loops. Also, you can’t trigger other buttons from under a button with the current version.

I’m hopeful that they will read this article and fix these issues though. πŸ˜‰

So, How do I justify the price?

I have a simple framework for justifying the price for many devices. You can calculate the time you spend to set it up and time saving it brings back. Then you calculate your hourly rate and multiply by the net time saved. I’ll give you an example.

Let’s say this device took 7 hours to set all the profiles and actions. And you gain 5 minutes each day, use it for 300 days in a year and gain a total of 30 hours (5×300/60). That’s a net gain of 23 hours.

Now multiply that with your hourly rate. Let’s say you earn $15 an hour. 23 x 15 = $345 earned in terms of time. The ROI of this device is less than 9 months.

If you are making $90 an hour however, the time earned is worth $2070. The ROI of this device becomes less than 2 months.

In any case, if you like being more productive, you can give this device a try.

And no, I’m not affiliated with them in any way! I’m just trying to help you see its true potential.

Ways to Learn More and Get Started

It’s time to show you how I use the Stream Deck for my own workflow and hopefully provide some insights on how the app works too.

How I Use the Stream Deck

The product page:

https://www.elgato.com/en/welcome-to-stream-deck

Elgato’s Amazon Store:

https://www.amazon.com/stores/Corsair/StreamDeck_Elgato/page/92698774-7928-44B9-9B44-E95FEC27C5AF

To reiterate a disclaimer, I’m not affiliated with them in any way. I just really hope that this article helps you discover this device and its true potential to drastically improve your work processes!

Let me know if you liked it and in what way you found it useful. And share your workflow success stories with me too!

Enjoy, and see you next time!

Hifzullah Celik

@hifce

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Google Cloud is Crushing Rivals – Top 10 Reasons Why

The cloud pie is expanding in its diameter and multiple layers much like a massive storm. It is impacting every industry on the planet through major players as Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

The order of significance seem to be AWS, Azure and GCP for now. But it’s not hard to predict Google Cloud will hit the ball out of the park and snatch all marks in less than 5 years. It will dominate the leaderboard and become the captain of cloud game.

Google Cloud is secretly crushing rivals, and here’s 10 wide-spread reasons why:

1. Its Trainings are a Game-Changer

When Cisco started practically inventing the internet, its most significant contribution and dominance was in the network training arena. They had no rivals. They supported engineers all over the world with deep and wide network certification programs that were prestigious, highly technical and generous. They printed books, produced trainings, flew engineers to convention centers and raised network stars with a love for Cisco technologies. They conquered telecom stack through trainings.

Just like how Cisco did it, Google is dominating the cloud training through their very own courses, labs and events. With mind-boggling number of courses instructed by Googlers on Coursera (over 350), Google is a top instructor of the famous platform. It has 3.1 million students and the courses provide both high quality content and quizzes, and direct access to Google Cloud through Qwiklabs.

Google is also providing tons of valuable and highly technical content through its Youtube Channels, Cloud Next and I/O events, advocate videos, blog posts and whitepapers.

Google is certainly rocking the training arena.

2. Its Documentation is Rock-Solid

Documentation pages are the single source of truth to all cloud services and they are very important for engineers building on top of the cloud. Without strong docs, engineers are left high and dry, making building and troubleshooting a massive drudgery.

A quick look at Google Cloud docs and even a comparison with its rivals will tell you a very interesting story: Google Cloud has a huge belief in technical documentation and its making the doc pages as human readable and reliable as possible to its customers of all levels.

Google is dissecting its products and services in many angles: product pages, user stories, overviews, use cases, technical details, architecture references, white papers, best practices, code libraries, templates, quick starts, and everything that will make the life of executive, presales and technical staff easier and help them decide faster.

It would be an understatement to say that it is dominating this area. Google is paving the way to rock-solid documentation and teaching its alternatives how it should be done.

3. Becoming the Apple of Cloud

Many people would describe Apple products as beautifully designed, masterfully built, cutting-edge technological artworks. It’s not surprising that Apple is conquering the consumer market with its innovative, elegant products.

Google Cloud is no different. Serverless and managed services such as BigQuery and Dataflow, specialized offerings spanning in all stages of data and machine learning lifecycle such as Dataprep, Vertex and Looker, and rich client libraries, sample labs and templates are removing friction and pain from migration, development, production, and insight stages for all kinds of applications.

The branding, grouping and launching of cloud services are also pretty neatly executed. Google is the powerhouse of cutting-edge technologies especially in data and machine learning services and APIs are designed to be easily used out of the box. Cloud certifications are pretty neat too. Hence, I’m personally convinced that Google Cloud is resembling Apple-level quality here. Amazon is doing a great job too!

4. Productionalizing Every Ounce of Its Data

How is Google using data? Let’s use analogies.

Face masks are simple. Once you apply, the mask learns the surface of your face. Machine learning resembles the face mask in a way. It learns from the face of the data to predict new data. You feed in the photos, computer crunches in numbers to make data points, mold them into a shape to resemble the patterns, hence learn from data.

But nobody likes blurry photos. The photos where you barely recognize the face. With so many advances in camera resolutions, today’s photos are outstandingly clear and detailed. Just like better resolution, the better and more data you feed into a machine learning model, the better it generalizes, and learns from the patterns of the data.

More data, better machine learning. But who would constantly keep track of billions of photos, videos, emails, web sites? You got it! Google. And using this immense stream of data, Google is able to mold machine learning algorithms like no other.

They are offering the most advanced APIs in the artificial intelligence market. From ML pipelines to specialized services such as vision, speech to text and video to AutoML and to even developing hardware with AI, Google is nailing each and every product in ML market.

The power of data is sublime!

5. Building Many Gates into The Cloud

Foundational services are not enough in the cloud business. You’ll have to provide even less friction to catch a greater momentum. Google seems to have already figured this out and is secretly (well, openly) building many proxies that will lead companies into the cloud, effectively lowering the barrier for many businesses.

Just take a look at many of the mostly AI-powered cloud proxies Google announced recently: Anthos for hybrid workload management, recommendations AI for retail, Google cloud search for retail, buy optimization and forecasting for retail, healthcare API, healthcare data engine, Vertex AI for entire ML lifecycles, and Contact Center AI, among many other gates to cloud.

It’s clearly leading the cloud business in multiple layers with direct touch-surface to many vertical segments. Extremely innovative.

6. A Smart Game with Open-Source Software

From TensorFlow and TFX to Kubernetes and KubeFlow to Beam and Istio and many of its contributions to community, Google is playing a very smart and elegant game with open-source software by positioning itself as the tools provider and the lead developer to make transitioning various workloads to the cloud as seamless and smooth as possible with many added benefits.

TensorFlow and TFX are free of charge to the world. Using them on Google Cloud has a highly enriched experience through native integration to cloud services and TPU farms. We all know how Kubernetes changed the landscape for containerized workloads and KubeFlow is following the exact footsteps to lead ML packages to the cloud on Vertex AI.

Do you see the game? πŸ˜‡

Provide the open-source, and offer managed cloud services to enrich these tools. Familiar to use, easy to migrate. That’s a beautiful game, open to all providers and Google is playing it masterfully. πŸ‘πŸ‘

7. A Stronger Reason To Build the Cloud

It’s in their mission statement, and Google is defending its mission like no others.

Our mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

This statement was made over 20 years ago, and it’s a perfect match for cloud products. Google is defending its cloud business with a full commitment because it’s the biggest chunk of code in their DNA.

Hence, it’s obvious that giving up on the cloud race is out of the picture for Google. It has to innovate and dominate to stay true to its reason for existence. It’s easy for Google to commit than others. And I have to say: Google seems to be full-fledged committed.

8. Money, Resources and Patience

LinkedIn tells me that Google has over 244k employees right now. Most of them are software engineers, a big chunk of which are working on developing Google Cloud.

Owning products with billions of users such as Search and Youtube is constantly making Google one of the richest companies on Earth.

Just like Amazon and Microsoft, Google is employing the best goal-setting frameworks among its employees, such as OKRs and 10x mindset.

This is a common fabric among all cloud providers: having the money, resources and patience. However, Google is probably one step ahead with its built-like-a-tank global infrastructure deploying its own server architecture and network core, and following a born-to-be-a-cloud mission.

Googlers on LinkedIn are very active globally, using their personal brands effectively to promote cloud services and build better awareness around Google’s trainings and offerings.

9. Building a Global Fleet of Partners

Google seems to be both hiring internal employees to work with partners and rewarding partner companies with stronger relationships and badges. The cloud division recently awarded its partners around the world.

From global winners like DoIT, Deloitte and Atos to Regional winners like Sada, Zenta and Accenture to specialization winners like Pythian, and Jellyfish, numerous consulting companies are on a hiring spree to fill the demand for migration to cloud.

10. Billion-User Products to Battle-test For Cloud

Offering services to the entire planet is no easy feat. The more users you serve, the more enemies you make. From local regulations to global criticism to colossal amounts of data to billions of users accessing your products and to attackers and hackers trying to take you down, you have gigantic problems to solve and an immense battlefield to combat in.

Google has been winning this war for so many of its products: Search, Maps, Android, Photos, Workspace, Gmail, Chrome, Play and Youtube are being tested by the entire planet and billions of users every day. And Google is becoming wiser and wiser in this war.

With so many billion-user products serving the planet, Google is by far the biggest battle-field to test its security, infrastructure, and services and this is only accelerating Google’s victory in the cloud market.

In Summary

The cloud pie is huge and growing, and the game is fair to everyone. Choosing which provider won’t matter in a few years because each one of them is providing vast amount of space to all businesses and there’s a massive transition to the cloud.

That being said, these are the top ten reasons and strategies why Google is going to be leading the cloud game, if my prediction is correct.

My goal with this article is not criticizing Amazon or Microsoft. Instead, I hope this article serves as a source of inspiration as there’s a lot to learn from each other. Stirring the pot is usually a good thing!

If you are a trainer, professional or a student looking to upskill, these are all the strong reasons why you can consider starting a cloud certification journey for yourself or your students.

Thank you for dropping by and feel free to comment. πŸ’›πŸ˜¬

Best wishes to all cloud providers! ❀️

Hifzullah Celik

@hifce

Disclaimer: I hold all Google Cloud certifications (11x), so naturally, I’m extremely biased in this article. I encourage you to challenge me and convince me otherwise!

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πŸ”– A quick review of the new Cloud Digital Leader (beta) exam 😬

Have you heard the news yet? Google Cloud released a new beta exam.

Cloud Digital Leader is a foundational certification exam for Product Tech Leads paving the way to the cloud. I just attended the exam right after it was released in my time zone (CDT) on May 3rd, around 1:30 am.

This is a post about my observations on the beta exam. If you’re interested in this exam, you’ll find my suggestions on how to prepare for it throughout this article. So, I’m offering review and guidance. πŸ˜‡

First of all, understanding the scope of the exam will be super useful:

This is a certification geared towards people with a good technical understanding of the services that can transform and scale their business using the vast opportunities happening in the cloud. However, the technical depth is not too rigorous, hence you’ll be able to answer most questions by simply differentiating use cases of the services and the products.

That being said, it is certainly not recommended to view this exam as a 10,000ft view of things. It’s more like 500ft or 1,000ft view. So I’d suggest you pay attention to differentiating and supporting qualities of each service on Google Cloud. Studying them well will serve you well during your testing session.

This is a mini Solutions Architect exam with added focus topics.

Imagine the role of a technical leader who is familiar enough to all (yes, I said all) cloud services offered by Google Cloud, who can articulate them well, understand the difference between each service, their relative strengths and purposes, as well as how to get access to compliance documents on the cloud, how to choose between different Google Cloud support options, how to control and optimize costs depending on various workloads and how to properly structure the projects and teams from the perspectives of the network, resource management, security and compliance contexts.

Basically, you’re leading the way to the cloud for your team. This exam expects you to understand the huge potential inherent in the cloud pretty well.

Things you should be cautious about:

  • Pay attention to the exam guide first and foremost.
  • Google each key concept in the guide and find relevant Google Cloud docs, pin them and study them.
  • The current learning path is not conclusive. Spending too much time on the listed courses will not disappoint you if you want to gain insight into business transformation, but it weighs a little less on the exam, so definitely support them with additional courses.
The current resources listed on the cert page.
  • Business Transformation & Product Fundamentals are beautifully crafted courses. They bring a lot of insights into an effective cloud journey. However, don’t stop after these courses.
  • Cloud Adoption Framework is also a really powerful tool. Definitely check it out.

You’re expected to know at a level of Junior Solutions Architect or at least a Junior Associate Cloud Engineer in order to effectively distinguish between different options available in the questions. Notice I emphasized “junior” as the questions are not deep enough to be at a professional level, but rigorous enough to keep you on your toes.

So definitely go over all the Google Cloud offerings in the following areas:

  1. Compute services ranging from disks and VMs to various offerings such as App Engine and Kubernetes engine just to name a few.
  2. Storage options such as Cloud Spanner, Cloud SQL, Firebase, BigQuery and many more.
  3. Big data and analytics offerings such as Pub/Sub, DataFlow, BigQuery and so on.
  4. Machine Learning options and their most proper use cases, such as when to use TensorFlow vs. when to choose BQ ML.
  5. Various migration scenarios depending on the need in question.
  6. Integrating with 3rd party Identity providers such as Google Cloud Directory sync and SSO.
  7. Various DevOps tools such as Container Registry, Cloud Build and Jenkins
  8. Distinguishing between Cloud Armor, Cloud NAT and Cloud Load Balancer, etc.
  9. Security tools such as Security Command Center and their value in the cloud ops.
  10. And of course familiarity with Cloud Operations tools such as logging and monitoring.

What to focus on while studying?

I’d say focus on strengths and distinguishing aspects of each service or option. For instance, Cloud SQL makes sense for a startup with local user base or for a company with less than 30 TB of transactional data. However, if the question is painting a background picture for a global reach, high scalability, and strong consistency, you can no longer offer Cloud SQL. Cloud Spanner is the clear choice.

Also focus on getting familiar with as many services as you can. There are a lot of topics leaking from different Google Cloud certification learning paths such as DevOps, Network, Security, Cloud Developer, etc. While this is a foundational level exam, having an understanding of as many Google Cloud service as you can will definitely help you understand and answer most, if not all, questions with better confidence. For instance, is a VPC global resource or regional? How does it work? What about firewall rules?

Another thing to focus on is your own role that is assumed in this beta exam. You are a tech lead preparing your team for success. You should get knowledgeable about your Google Cloud support options such as role-based production support, cost optimization offerings such as committed use discounts, compliance management such as Compliance Reports Manager, and various migration scenarios such as rip and replace. After all, you’re the tech lead, you should know how to find your way into the cloud.

How is this exam positioned in the cloud journey?

This is an entry level exam with ambitious goals. By repurposing the Cloud Adoption Framework, I can place this certification under the “Lead” theme and the “Strategic” maturity level. To better picture what I mean:

A screenshot taken from the Cloud Adoption Framework. Although this is for transforming your business, it summarizes the mindset you’ll need nicely as well.

So with this exam, you’re expected to think strategically under all 4 themes and especially the “Lead” theme.

That means, by the time you are ready to take the exam, you should have an idea on how to improve your team’s training collaboratively, how to organize cross-functional teams, how to make use of automation and templated workflows to prepare your architecture for scalability and have a pretty good understanding of the central identity and hybrid networks, albeit not at the professional level.

And as a leader taking this exam, you should be able to manage a group of cloud developers, solutions architects, information security and billing teams and communicate effectively with your team members. This requires you to be well-verses with all cloud offerings, migration strategies and governance aspects of the business with an eye on the transformational maturity level as you progress more into the cloud.

What courses & resources do I suggest?

Must-take:

I didn’t check out the relevant resources on cost management and Google Cloud support strongly enough and I felt sorry during the exam. My guesswork is pretty strong in such cases though. 😬

Not a must but highly-recommended supplemental resources:

  • Cloud Architecture with Google Cloud Professional Certificate. This will help you prepare for the SA and ACE as well.
  • If you already hold professional certifications, doing a quick review of the courses you previously took will help refresh your knowledge.
  • Top courses on Udemy and A Cloud Guru on Associate Cloud Engineer and Solutions Architect will also help you prepare for this certification, obviously. πŸ™‚ Remember to add the courses above to your study though. I will leave this section to your googling skills.

The GA exam will probably be different and might cover less topics than stated above. If you over-study for this one, you’ll thank me later for the professional exams.

I hope I was able to pass on this attempt. We shall see. 🀲

And, I hope this quick review helps you better prepare for the exam and become a Cloud Digital Leader who is focused on strategic, agile and secure integration with and migration to the cloud.

Lastly, thank you to the Google Cloud training team for putting together such a great foundational certification. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Best wishes to everyone preparing for this beta exam! πŸ’šπŸ’š

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The New Cloud Digital Leader Certification πŸ”₯

πŸ˜‡ I just submitted my session for the new Google Certified Cloud Digital Leader Certification. πŸ‘πŸ”₯

Here’s my observations:

– The beta exam is 3 hours
– Expect to see 3-digit # of questions in this beta
– The learning path might misguide many people
– However the exam guide nicely and accurately reflects the exam

My suggestions for people who scheduled the beta:
– Brush on your Solutions Architect skills, because you are expected to know on a junior SA or junior ACE level at the very least.
– Know your Google support options
– Know your cost optimization options
– Follow the exam guide ⚠️

“The Cloud Digital Leader exam is job-role agnostic and does not require hands-on experience with Google Cloud.”

While this quote is true, you definitely should know junior level solutions architecture. Hence, having a couple of professional certifications will definitely make your life a lot easier during the exam.

While this certification might sound like executive level, it has an inherent word in the name:

Cloud “Technical” Digital Leader. Because you’ll want to have some background knowledge on most common use cases and Google Cloud services.

The exam doesn’t reveal a result, so I’ll be waiting my turn to know IF I passed.

Best wishes to everyone taking this exam! πŸ’š

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Hello world!

If you’ve ever touched a coding environment, you’ll know this obligatory message! It’s a nice proof knowing that the language specific libraries are all in place and functioning.

<?php echo β€œHello World!” ?>

Me, coding.

It sounds like everything’s working: my domain, WordPress installation, the database and surely, my page theme. Great!

Up next, let’s talk about what to expect from this blog.

Welcome, World!