We asked Ben about his new course and how learners can get more out of the training experience.
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals in Microsoft Office 365? What value does it bring?
Office 365 offers so much more than just Office products in the cloud. It’s a full identity management solution with Exchange Server, Sharepoint, and Skype for Business integration. Office 365 represents a way to move your business off of bare metal servers in a closet in order to support a geographically dispersed and mobile workforce.
Q: From a learner perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course?
That Microsoft focuses its certifications on PowerShell and feature exploration but users want to know how to get the basics done. In this course, I focus on explaining how to get common tasks done in Office 365 while keeping in line with the certification objectives.
Q: Any out-of-the-box tips for learners on how to get the most out of your Microsoft Office 365: Identities and Requirements 70-346 course?
Don’t be afraid to try everything we cover in the course, up to and including the integration with on-premise Active Directory. There are myriad ways to test out the features and functions outside of your organization’s production environment and with minimal resources required.
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?
Setting up integration with on-premise Active Directory via Azure AD Connect. This course walks through a hands-on lab for connecting and managing Active Directory side-by-side with an Office 365 deployment.
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create in this course?
Q: What’s the one thing you hope learners take away from this training?
I hope learners appreciate how robust and wide-ranging the products of Office 365 are. Sure it enables the management of perpetual Office licenses, but it also includes Azure Active Directory, Office Online, and SharePoint and Exchange. Office 365 is a very diverse suite of technologies.