Honored to be a Certified Microsoft Big Data Professional

I’m so excited and honored to be a Microsoft Certified Big Data Professional! I enjoyed the courses and learned a lot the past seven months. It was super cool to work with Frank La Vigne – co-host of the Data Driven podcast – on the capstone project. (Any time I get to work with Frank, it’s super cool.)

What’s next? I’ve already started taking more courses! I’m currently working on the Processing Real-Time Data Streams in Azure course – which is an elective in the Big Data Professional Program that I did not take. Frank took it, and while Frank and I were working on the capstone project he whipped up an Azure Event Hub demo and… I was hooked. I signed up before we completed the capstone, even!

One note – and this is just my opinion – I think the Big Data program is misnamed. It should be called the Data Engineering program. So much of what I do day in and day out to integrate (or engineer) data is included in the training. If you’re working with SSIS today and want to learn other data integration / engineering platforms, this is the program for you.


Andy Leonard


Christian, husband, dad, grandpa, Data Philosopher, Data Engineer, Azure Data Factory, SSIS, and Biml guy. I was cloud before cloud was cool. :{>

5 thoughts on “Honored to be a Certified Microsoft Big Data Professional

  1. Andy, how does one enroll in the Certified Microsoft Big Data Professional program?

    Look forward to seeing you in ABQ.

  2. I found you by Google Search. I found that all of our certificate credential link has been lost.

    Have you check and have similar issue ?

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