I’ve found that it is not easy to create good tech content sustainably — whether it is books, videos, blogs, or podcasts. Especially in a niche area with very limited audience. There’s little to no money for the vast majority of folks who wants to dedicate their time so in a niche technical area. With no revenue, almost all content creation plans vanish quickly. Even if one has the “passion” or the intent, it is not sustainable in contention with other paid commitments. For example, in — Google Cloud — a topic that I put out content in, I’ve seen…


If you don’t yet know about my YouTube channel, AwesomeGCP, check that out first, because this post is about new videos planned for that channel. There are playlists to learn Google Cloud and to prepare for various Google Cloud certifications.

New Terminologies Videos

In technical and sales sessions I’ve conducted, I’ve noticed that people are not familiar with certain cloud terminologies. For example, the first one I’m doing, RFC 1918 and private addresses. They either disconnect at that point, assume something wrong, or simply skip the term. Even those preparing for the certifications, whether it’s the Associate, Professional, or the Digital Leader, struggle…


Subscribe to my YouTube channel that teaches you to apply Google Cloud to your projects and also prepare for the certifications: youtube.com/AwesomeGCP. Check out the playlists I currently have for Associate Cloud Engineer, Professional Architect, Professional Data Engineer, Professional Cloud Developer, Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer, Professional Cloud Network Engineer, and Professional Cloud Security Engineer.

I took the Cloud Digital Leader beta exam on the 4th of May. And I passed!

I was supposed to take it on the 3rd of May but due to some technical glitch the proctoring team postponed it to the 4th of May. A side note…


Subscribe to my YouTube channel that teaches you to apply Google Cloud to your projects and also prepare for the certifications: youtube.com/AwesomeGCP. Check out the playlists I currently have for Associate Cloud Engineer, Professional Architect, Professional Data Engineer, Professional Cloud Developer, Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer, Professional Cloud Network Engineer, and Professional Cloud Security Engineer.

I have the Google Cloud Professional Machine Learning Engineer certification now! 🏆

There are 60 questions in the exam, unlike other Google Cloud certification exams which have around 50! This seems to be standard for the machine learning engineer certification. This had previously surprised some people…


My experiences re-certifying on Google Cloud.

Towards the end of 2020, it was time for me to renew three of my Google Cloud certifications — Associate Cloud Engineer, Professional Cloud Architect, and Professional Data Engineer. I managed to pass each of them. My experiences were slightly different a second time around and thought I would put down my experiences.

How much of the topics have changed since the first time you wrote it?

There are a few changes as Google Cloud has also evolved. However, the core still remains the same. It’s unlikely that we will ever see a huge…


Could it be made easier, cost wise, for people to get cloud certified?

This post is me thinking out loud about making it a lower barrier to entry for people taking certifications — my experience is mostly on Google Cloud certifications, so I’ll focus only on that. A common request I get on my LinkedIn and Twitter messages is people asking me if I have coupons to give out for the Google Cloud certification exams. (I don’t.) The second group is companies seeking my help to get their employees complete their certification.

The cost of the professional exams is USD…


In the last month itself, I have spoken to a handful of people in the tech industry who were considering shifting to conducting technical trainings full time or part time. I thought it valuable enough to put down my experiences, thoughts, and learnings publicly for the benefit of anybody else considering it. Like them or you, I too have done a bunch of talks or trainings at companies that I had worked at previously. It would appear at this juncture that the job of a technical trainer is fairly straightforward - a linear progression. Not so. There are many gotchas…


A course and test to take on your own time that could be a start to understanding Google Cloud.

This accreditation is no more available!

Google seems to have removed this towards the end of December 2020. Existing accreditation links seem to be live.

Plug: Subscribe to my YouTube channel that teaches you to apply Google Cloud to your projects and also prepare for the certifications: youtube.com/AwesomeGCP. Check out the playlists I currently have for Associate Cloud Engineer, Professional Architect, Professional Data Engineer, Professional Cloud Developer, Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer, Professional Cloud Network Engineer, and Professional Cloud Security Engineer.

Over the last few months I have…


Subscribe to my YouTube channel that teaches you to apply Google Cloud to your projects and also prepare for the certifications: youtube.com/AwesomeGCP. Check out the playlists I currently have for Associate Cloud Engineer, Professional Architect, Professional Data Engineer, Professional Cloud Developer, Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer, Professional Cloud Network Engineer, and Professional Cloud Security Engineer.

p.s. This is a refactored post which was originally part of my DevOps certification exam notes. These points apply to all exams and therefore I thought it would be valuable on its own.

The Online Exam

The DevOps Engineer certification was the first Google Cloud exam that I was…


Subscribe to my YouTube channel that teaches you to apply Google Cloud to your projects and also prepare for the certifications: youtube.com/AwesomeGCP. Check out the playlists I currently have for Associate Cloud Engineer, Professional Architect, Professional Data Engineer, Professional Cloud Developer, Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer, Professional Cloud Network Engineer, and Professional Cloud Security Engineer.

Preparation

Taking this exam showed me that it becomes easier the more time you spend learning. I was originally supposed to take this exam around Feb/March 2020 and had started preparing then. But then the pandemic hit and I couldn’t go to the test center. When there…

sathish vj

tech architect, tutor, investor | GCP 12x certified | youtube/AwesomeGCP | Google Developer Expert | Go

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