As IT Pro’s we need to keep learning to improve our skills in Office 365 and PowerShell to stay in the game and grow our careers. There are many ways to learn new technologies and to stay up to date with the latest changes in Office 365 for example.
YouTube for example, is a great resource to learn new skills. Microsoft does a great job with the Microsoft Mechanics series and I personally also like the series from Jim Naroski at the Microsoft Office 365 channel. Every month he gives a 10 min roundup of the latest and upcoming changes in Office 365.
But Books and Ebooks have always been a good way to learn and improve your skills. While Office 365 is rapidly changing you have to keep in mind that books get outdated. Not only are the interface screenshot out of date, also the technical details can be completely wrong. So before you buy a book, make sure you check the release date and if it’s updated. Some books are kept up to date by the authors while others come with an update service where you can access an online version with the last changes.
Below I have listed some of the best books about Office 365 but also some books about relevant technology that is closely related to Office 365.
The second edition of Office 365 Administration Inside out. Microsoft keeps this book up-to-date through their Current Book Service. Updates of Office 365 will be updated or new sections will be added when there are changes.This book is for IT Pro's who are responsible for deploying, migrating and managing Office 365. It contains hundreds of timesaving tips and tricks.
A good way to learn Office 365 and to prove your understanding of Office 365 is by passing the certification exam. There are two certifications for Office 365, Exam 70-346 and Exam 70-347.
These books are a great place to start, they cover all the parts of Office 356 and help you pass the exam.
This book is a great resource to help you migrate from on-prem to the cloud or a hybrid environment. Written by MVP Ben Curry and cloud architect Brian Laws.
As an IT Pro these days you really need to understand PowerShell. It will make your work a lot easier and allows you to automate a lot of your daily tasks.
Managing Office 365 involves a lot of PowerShell, yes you can use the web interface, but using PS is so much easier. If you use this book, then you know your way around PS in 30 days.