Skills readiness for cloud monitoring

The objective of planning your migration journey is to develop the plans necessary to guide implementation. The plans also need to include how you'll operate these workloads before they're transitioned or released into production, as opposed to afterward. Business stakeholders expect valuable services, and they expect them without disruption. IT staff members realize they need to learn new skills and adapt. Hence, they're prepared to confidently use the integrated Azure services to monitor resources effectively in Azure and hybrid environments.

Developing the necessary skills can be accelerated with the following learning paths. They're organized starting with learning the fundamentals and then divided across three primary subject domains: infrastructure, application, and data analysis.


Infrastructure monitoring

Application monitoring

Data analysis

While collecting data is a foundational piece of any environment operating in the cloud, analyzing that information is imperative to understand more about the health of your workloads and infrastructure. Review the following resources to dive in and analyze logs using Kusto Query Language (KQL).

Deeper skills exploration

Various learning options beyond these initial options are available for developing skills.

Typical mappings of cloud IT roles

Microsoft and its partners offer various options for all audiences to develop skills with Azure services.

  • Map roles and skills: A resource for mapping your cloud career path. Learn about your cloud role and suggested skills. Follow a learning curriculum at your own pace to build the skills you need most to stay relevant.

  • Explore Azure certification training and exams to gain official recognition for your Azure knowledge.

Azure DevOps and project management

The hybrid cloud environment disrupts IT with undefined roles, responsibilities, and activities. Organizations must move to modern practices to manage services, including agile and DevOps methodologies, to better meet the transformation and optimization needs of today's businesses in a streamlined and efficient manner.

As part of migrating to a cloud monitoring platform, the IT team responsible for monitoring the enterprise needs to include agile training and participation in DevOps activities. This also includes following the Dev in DevOps by taking requirements and turning them into organized agile requirements to deliver minimally viable monitoring solutions refined iteratively and in line with business needs. Connect your Azure DevOps Server project with a GitHub Enterprise Server repository for source control to manage the iterative monitoring solution packages and any other related collateral. This links commits and pull requests in GitHub to work items. You can use GitHub Enterprise for development to support continuous monitoring integration and deployment while using Azure Boards to plan and track your work.

To learn more, review the following:

Other considerations

Customers often need help with managing, maintaining, and delivering the expected business (and to the IT organization) outcomes for the services that IT provides. Monitoring is considered core to managing infrastructure and the business, focusing on measuring service quality and customer experience. To achieve those goals, lay the groundwork using ITSM in conjunction with DevOps, which will help the monitoring team mature how they manage, deliver, and support the monitoring service. Adopting an ITSM framework allows the monitoring team to function as a provider and gain recognition as a trusted business enabler by aligning with the strategic goals and needs of the organization.

Review the following to understand the updates made to the most popular ITSM framework ITIL 4 and the Cloud white paper, which focuses on joining existing ITIL guidance with best practices from DevOps, agile and lean approaches. Also, consider the IT4IT reference architecture that delivers an alternative blueprint for transforming IT using a process-agnostic framework.

Learn more

To discover more learning paths, browse the Microsoft Learn training catalog. Use the roles filter to align learning paths with your role.