I've been working more hands-on with AWS off and on for the past few months. I've worked on a few cool projects hosted on the AWS infrastructure. Those projects have included SQL Server 2017 containers, CloudFormation templates and working with some of the basic DevOps tools like CodeCommit. During my time working with AWS I began to see the benefits of the platform. I also decided that I should formalize my understanding through certification.
Over the years, I've certified in many different vendor's technologies. While I've tested myself with most of the major vendors, I've yet to go up against an Amazon exam. I'm still somewhat undecided which exam to take first. I've purchased books for both the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate and the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exams. SysOps is where my heart has been my entire career, yet there's more employer understanding around the Solution's Architect cert given the certification's' number of years available. Maybe I'll do both, but I'll cross that bridge later.