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Microsoft Azure Data Exams DP-200 & DP-201 Changes

As of June 21, 2019 the exams, Exam DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution and Exam DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution have changed. The exams look to be more focused in order to differentiate between a data engineer role from a database administrator role. The end of the post contains the summaries that explain these changes available on the Microsoft learning site.

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Exam DP-200 Update Summary

This exam has been refocused to differentiate the data engineer from a database administrator, emphasizing the data engineer’s proficiency in implementing solutions for data storage in varying forms, structures, and purpose.

Updated content areas (effective June 21, 2019)

  • Reorganized implementation of data storage solutions to two key categories: relational and non-relational data stores
  • Removed focus on HDInsight
  • Merged monitoring and optimization
  • Reduced focus on Hybrid data scenarios
  • Removed Azure DevOps pipelines
  • Referenced authentication and authorization as applicable
  • Referenced data policies and standards as applicable
  • Referenced notifications as applicable

For more details, download the DP-200 change document (Adobe Acrobat PDF).

Exam DP-201 Update Summary

This exam has been refocused to differentiate the data engineer from a database administrator, emphasizing the data engineer’s proficiency in designing solutions for data storage in varying forms, structures, and purpose.

Updated content areas (effective June 21, 2019)

  • Reorganized design of data storage solutions to two key categories: relational and non-relational cloud data stores
  • Removed focus on HDInsight
  • Reduced focus on Hybrid data scenarios
  • Referenced authentication and authorization as applicable
  • Referenced data policies and standards as applicable
  • Referenced notifications as applicable

For more details, download the DP-201 change document (Adobe Acrobat PDF).

I passed both exams before the changes and did find them quite broad. In looking at these changes the definitely look more focused in dividing the material between designing and administration. Look at the detailed synopsis, especially if you were already studying for the exam, Exam DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution and Exam DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution before you continue down this path.

As always, I hope this article has been helpful.

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