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Getting Started with the Internet of Things (IoT)

Course Code: MSF-0009


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About This Course

This course provides students with an introduction to IoT and covers the concepts, terms, and patterns of an IoT solution.

The course is divided into modules, each of which builds on what was covered previously. The first module focuses on what an IoT solution is and provides an introduction to the industry verticals that are using IoT to achieve business goals. In the second module, students will learn about the architectural components of an IoT solution, both on the device side and in the cloud. The third module covers the steps and approaches for evaluating and implementing IoT in your business. The final module investigates how real-world IoT solutions are being implemented in various industries and describes some of the different approaches that can be taken.

After completing this course, students will be able to identify and articulate IoT business opportunities across a broad spectrum of industries.


Before starting this course, students should have a basic idea of how cloud computing works and general understanding of what IoT is.

  • Understand what IoT is and the difference between a commercial IoT device and a consumer IoT device
  • Explain how IoT can be used to support business needs in industries like Manufacturing, Smart City/Building, Energy, Healthcare, Retail, and Transportation
  • Describe the components of an IoT Architecture
  • Describe the security considerations that must be addressed when implementing an IoT solution
  • Describe the communication, data, and process pathways implemented within an IoT solution
  • Explain the approaches that a business can take when preparing to implement an IoT solution
  • Describe the device categories available in the marketplace and characteristics of commonly used devices
  • Describe software and services that go into an IoT solution and how security considerations are addressed within the implementation
  • Evaluate and align a use case scenario or problem statement with a real-world IoT implementation and architecture
  • Explain one or more approaches for implementing an IoT solution based on a use case scenario or problem statement

    This course explores the topic of IoT using an interactive approach whenever possible. There is no traditional lecture material or required reading sections. All resources are embedded within the learning activities, right where and when you need them.

    Some assessment questions will be presented during the activities. These questions will help you to prepare for the final assessment.

    The course includes four modules, each of which contains two or more lab activities. The lab outline is provided below.

    Module 1: IoT in Industry

  • Lab 1: Examining the Business of IoT
  • Lab 2: Exploring IoT Business Scenarios

  • Module 2: Introduction to IoT Architectures

  • Lab 1: Examining the Architecture of an IoT Solution
  • Lab 2: Exploring IoT Security Considerations

  • Module 3: Approaches to an IoT Implementation

  • Lab 1: Exploring the Components of an IoT Solution
  • Lab 2: Exploring the Approaches to IoT Business Solutions

  • Module 4: Real-World IoT Scenarios

  • Lab 1: Exploring IoT Solutions
  • Lab 2: Planning an IoT Business Solution

Course Staff

Course Staff Chris Howd

Chris Howd

Engineer and Software Developer


Chris is an engineer and software developer who has been working at Microsoft in various roles for the past 15 years. Before coming to Microsoft, Chris worked for the U.S. Department of Defense designing and developing computer controlled instrumentation and robotic systems, and was a self-employed contractor doing engineering research with NASA and select engineering start-ups.

Course Staff Daren May

Daren May

President and founder of CustomMayd


Daren May is the President and founder of CustomMayd— a company that specializes in designing and building developer training and next-level digital experiences. Daren is a Windows Development MVP and has written and presented many training courses including Microsoft Virtual Academy videos.

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