Studying and passing the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 exam

A few pointers on my first Oracle Cloud certification

At any given point, I’m usually studying for a technical certification (or re-certification). I had some AWS certifications due for renewal in April 2020, but given the current COVID-19 lockdown, AWS kindly added 6 months to their validity, which meant the time pressure was off.

I’ve been working with Azure more and more over the past couple of years, so I had switched gears to studying for the AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies exam before it changes on 2 June 2020 and is retired later in the year. Although I’ve worked with Azure on a daily basis for several years, when preparing for a certification I like the reassurance of following a structured course.

Scott Duffy’s AZ-300 Azure Architecture Technologies Exam Prep 2020 course on Udemy is good, and he keeps it updated (I think I purchased it in late 2016 for the precursor of the exam, the 70-534). In an early video, “What’s So Great About Cloud Computing?”, he quotes the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report. His emphasis is that Azure is a close second behind AWS. However, at number 6 of 7 in the list of “currently used by enterprises”, we see:

  • Oracle Cloud - 16% (up 6%)
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