ShareGate's ultimate list of Azure learning resources: Blogs, podcasts, and more

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Requirements and capabilities surrounding cloud infrastructure evolve quickly—almost daily. That's why we compiled a list of our favorite Azure blogs, podcasts, repos, and more, so you can keep up with latest product developments and best practices.

Whether you’re relatively new to Azure or you’re an “old” pro, there’s always more to learn. But, let’s be honest, it can be tedious to sift through all of the content out there in order to find what you’re looking for.

We want to make sure you have the information you need at your fingertips. That's why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite resources—across a number of formats—so you can stay up to date on the latest news or go directly to top sources to answer your Azure-related questions.

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Official Microsoft documentation

The old adage rings true today—if you’re looking for answers, go directly to the source. With a massive development team and a strong link with their customers, Microsoft has amassed a treasure trove of technical information for users of all levels that can help you set up and run your Azure environment.

Azure blogs

The world of MVPs is big and they bring their insights and experience to the blogosphere on a regular basis. We at the ShareGate blog may be biased, but we think reading blogs is a great way to stay up to date on the latest features and strategies you can employ to keep your Azure environment running smoothly and efficiently.

  • Thomas Maurer Cloud and Datacenter — Thomas Maurer (@thomasmaurer) is a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. His blog covers Microsoft technologies, especially cloud and datacenter solutions, based on Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack, and Windows Server.
  • SamCogan — Sam Cogan (@samcogan) is a Microsoft Azure MVP and Cloud Architect. His blog focuses primarily on cloud automation and deployment, DevOps, configuration management, and grid computing in the cloud.
  • TechieLass — Sarah Lean (@techielass) is a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, and her blog offers her take on the industry, end user support, large project deliveries, and general Azure advice.
  • ShareGate blog — *Shameless self-promotion alert* What can we say, we think it’s a great resource! The ShareGate blog (@sharegatetools) covers all things relating to Azure and Microsoft 365. Check out the ‘Infrastructure’ category to read expert advice and practical guidance for cloud architects and InfraOps professionals managing Azure and IaaS infrastructure.

Azure podcasts

Podcasts have been growing in popularity over the past decade, and tech-related podcasts in particular have seen a major jump in demand. Podcasts are great for your commute to work, to have on in the background while you’re doing some deep, focused coding, or really anytime you want to be hands-free but still learning.

  • The Azure Podcast — A team of Microsoft employees, Cynthia Kreng, Kendall Roden, Cale Teeter, Evan Basalik, Russell Young & Sujit D'Mello, all working in the cloud and services area, hosts this podcast. Whenever there’s new information on building and supporting enterprise apps and services that leverage the cloud, you can look to this podcast to fill you in and get you up to speed.
  • Microsoft Cloud Show — Hosted by Andrew Connell, a Microsoft MVP, and Chris Johnson, CTO at Hyperfish, this weekly podcast covers news and offers opinions on both Azure and Microsoft 365 in an upbeat, lighthearted way. Simply put, AC and CJ are good friends who love tech, and it shows through the fun they have on their show.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Azure — Tobias Zimmergren, a Microsoft MVP, and Jussi Roine, Azure Developer Audience Lead at Microsoft, started this weekly conversation-style podcast in 2019. In it, they offer deep insights for IT professionals, developers, and general techies. (If you’re interested in Azure governance in particular, Jussi Roine wrote the book on it—literally! You can download Modern Business Powered by Microsoft Azure: Governance for free.)

Azure forums and community chats

Sometimes you have a specific issue you need help with, you want to get a consensus from a group of people who know Azure, you’re looking for a shortcut for some of your more tedious work, or you just want to connect with other people in your field. If so, an online community is the place for you.

  • Microsoft Azure subreddit — An informal place to chat with other Azure users on Reddit about code, tools, or even which certifications to get and how best to study for them.
  • Ask an Azure architect — A community on Slack where members can share best practices, help each other work through designs and questions, distribute relevant content, and generally offer each other a helping hand when it comes to Microsoft Azure topics.
  • Azure chat — Looking to jump into an ever-growing conversation about Azure? This discord community is a great place to ask questions about any aspect of the Azure ecosystem, including questions about Azure-related careers, salaries, and more.

Azure repos

You’re probably already using some repos, but if you need Azure-specific code, both the official and unofficial Azure githubs can help you save a lot of time and effort.

  • Azure on GitHub — Microsoft offers APIs, SDKs and open source projects for Azure.
  • Azure Tips and Tricks — This github is a collection of hundreds of tips for all aspects of Azure.

Azure YouTube channels

Being able to actually see the steps needed to deploy a particular application or a quick explainer of how a new feature works can make all the difference for visual learners. That's one of the many reasons why we love Azure YouTube tutorials.

  • Cloud in 5 minutes — In this bilingual channel, Frank Boucher gives tutorials on all kinds of Azure-related topics, from Azure Functions to Power BI, via Application Insights or Logic App.
  • Azure Tips and Tricks — If you’d rather watch tutorials than read them, the same people who created the Azure Tips and Tricks github have this YouTube channel showcasing how-tos for all kinds of Azure tasks.

Bonus! If you’d rather have Azure info sent directly to your inbox instead of searching it out for yourself, we highly recommend the Azure Weekly newsletter by endjin!

Overseeing a cloud environment is complicated. There are so many tools that can help, but figuring out how to use them properly can take a while—especially since Microsoft is always improving the Azure cloud and its tools. Keeping up to date with the latest best practices and feature releases can feel overwhelming.

Likewise, having sources you can trust to consistently give you the information you need can help you manage your Azure environment as efficiently as possible.

If you have a favorite resource for staying on top of Azure news and best practices, share it with us in the comments so we can check it out and consider it for our next list update.

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