I’m pleased to say that I recently passed Microsoft Exam SC-300 : Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator and as a result gained Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate. I think this might be my first single-exam associate certification as all of the rest (including data platform last month) have all been the older style two exam format.
If this exam is anything to go by then the new set of Security and Compliance Microsoft Exams are a good move to recognise that Microsoft Cloud Architecture needs an understanding of how Azure and Microsoft 365 work together. Unfortunately I still see Enterprises having to remediate choices that came about as a result of Identity being implemented for a workload, then being overtaken as accidental conflicts come about due to narrow assumptions. That said, cloud has a habit of compressing things together as the Cloud Service Provider takes over the roles that had to be undertaken for on-premises!