Azure Updates: Advanced partner specializations; Low-code app dev; AI for carbon reduction

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In recent years, Microsoft has developed advanced specializations for its partner. Writing on a Microsoft blog, Infopulse shared its experience with the program. Ivan Musiienko, head of Cloud Center Excellence, explained that Infopulse developed specialties for SAP on Azure, SQL Server migration, and modernization of web apps. He advised partners to always consider their reputation, boost documentation and standardize processes. 

Product marketing manager Ricardo Duncan highlighted a new blog series coming out each month in 2021, profiling the webinar of the month for low-code app development (LCAD). The LCAD approach is intended to help customers build apps more quickly and with less code, leveraging Power Platform tools. Thanks to the integration between PowerApps and Azure, developers can create an API in VS Code, publish to Azure portal and export it as a custom connector. He also discussed serverless tech like Azure Functions and Logic Apps that offer building blocks for APIs. In fact, users can build backend serverless APIs and import them with API Management into Power Apps as custom connectors.

In geographic updates, Automation is available in UAE Central. Among generally available updates, Cognitive Services Translator supports 10 new languages, data flows for Data Factory and Synapse can handle Reserved Instances, Service Bus Premium supports the Java Message Service 2.0 API, and Web Application Firewall for Front Door offers a managed ruleset refresh. The Azure team shared details on the generally available Image Builder Service. The offering supports images from multiple Linux distributions, with options to customize VM images, patch existing custom images, do DevOps integrations, or integrate with VNet connectivity.