Opinion of Google Cloud Certifications?

DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
There's a lot of technologies that are worth getting acquainted with but not necessarily certified in. I'm interested in looking into Google's cloud capabilities this year, specifically focusing on Google BigQuery. I just happened to notice that Google has certifications for their cloud technologies and one of them focuses on BigQuery.

I'm wondering... is this one of those technologies that I should focus on learning but not get certified in? Unfortunately, in the open source/cloud/dev space it seems like most of the technologies fall under this category -- so I might simply be itching to get a new shiny cert just because I've been learning a lot lately without formally validating any of the new knowledge.

Additionally, whether you believe Google Certifications are worth it or not, does anyone have any good resources for learning BigQuery?

Thanks!
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  • Mike7Mike7 Member Posts: 1,074 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Another reason for the interest in Google's clouds?
    Is Google cloud usage picking up in DC area? Need to use it at work?


    If you look for Gartner's Cloud Computing Quadrant, AWS is right at the top followed by Microsoft Azure.
    And AWS computing power is 10X that of all competitors combined. Understand Microsoft's computing power is 2X the rest (excluding Azure) combined. Azure has been improving a lot and is a logical choice for pure Microsoft shops.

    Not sure about the value of Google certifications, is anyone asking for it?

    More knowledge is always good. Since your goal is around Linux this year, you may also want to check out Microsoft's MCSA Linux on Azure
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Nope. No one's asking me for the cert.
    I've played around w/ Google's cloud offerings before, on my own time outside of work. Personally, I think they're great. In many ways superior to the competition. But I'm also aware that they aren't very popular in the industry, outside of developers occasionally using Google App Engine. Because Google Cloud isn't popular, I don't have interest in learning the technology much, at least for the moment.

    Google BigQuery however is an individual, specific technology of theirs that I'm interested in. And altho my job hasn't specifically asked for it, I want to propose using it for a few analytics projects.

    In order to put the proposal forth, I'd have to learn BigQuery inside and out and be able to display a prototype that exhibits all the benefits of using the platform. During my initial web searches, trying to put together a list of sources to check out later, I discovered there was a BigQuery certification available, which piqued my interest -- if I'm going to learn the platform that much anyway, maybe I might as well go all in and get certified as well.

    I'm only interested in the Google BigQuery certification at the moment. But prior to today I didn't know Google even offered certifications on their technology.
    Goals for 2018:
    Certs: RHCSA, LFCS: Ubuntu, CNCF CKA, CNCF CKAD | AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect Pro, AWS Certified Security Specialist, GCP Professional Cloud Architect
    Learn: Terraform, Kubernetes, Prometheus & Golang | Improve: Docker, Python Programming
    To-do | In Progress | Completed
  • Mike7Mike7 Member Posts: 1,074 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I guess Google's certifications are not that well known or in demand. They are not like Microsoft, which requires their partners to be certified and have long history of certification starting from MCSE.

    Amazon started having certifications as AWS becomes popular and customers wanted a way to indicate that a solution provider has AWS capability, at least that was what I was told.

    Any way, no harm learning Big Query stuff. AWS and Azure may have similar offerings, you will need to do some research.
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