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About a month ago, I found out that I would be teaching a SQL class in Omaha. Nebraska this week. A quick tweet out to the #SQLFamily and I was able to get added to the Omaha SQL User group schedule. So now another 53 people now know how to get SQL certified. So many questions, my hour presentation went almost two hours. I am also avaiable for weddings and birthday parties.
The BETA period fo:r the 773, 774, and 775 exams are finally complete and I was able to earn credit for all three. Which means I have picked up the MCSA: Machine Learning and also re-earned the MCSE: Data Management and Analytics for 2017.
Made a quick stop at SQL Saturday Pittsburgh to deliver my presentation on getting SQL Certified. The room I was supposed to present in had people taking exams and I was moved to the cafeteria. Which was a good thing because I don’t think we would have had enought seats in the orginial room. Great crowd and a lot of great questions.
Last day at Microsoft Ignite. It was so much fun even though I can no longer feel my feet. I probably talked to a thousand people at Certification Central helping them on what exams or certification to take. It was great to meet with friends old and new and I even had a few of my students stop by and visit. While there is always a lot to learn at these events, the greatest take away is always the networking. You never know where the next opportunity will be coming from and who will be the person that provides it. They have announced that Ignite will be returning to Orlando next year, during the last week of September. I have already registered and have my hotel room booked. Goodbye Ignite and I will see everyone next year.
Closing party for Ignite and Microsoft rented out Universal Studios just for me and 25,000 of my closest friends. Just remember that to get to the Marvel comics you need to take a left turn at Daigon Alley and a right turn at Jurrasic Park. Watch out for the dinosaurs though.
This weekend will be my one year anniversary as an MVP on Data Platform and the first year I am on the wall at Ignite. I am still deeply honored and humbled to be a part of such an awesome community.
Noon on Tuesday at Ignite always means Krewe photo time at the New Horizons booth. My fourth year and fourth photo. I always seem to be in the same place on the left. If you are not sure what The Krewe can do for you… Find them on Twitter or Facebook. #IamKrewe
Yes, it is another Ignite Party, this time for MODE members. Since I am apparently a Microsoft One Drive Expert, I should probably share with everyone the One Drive improvements that will be announced this week. Check them out here.
Checked in for Microsoft Ignite. Going to some MVP day sessions on Data & AI, but might sneak over to the Azure group in the afternoon. Later tonigh8-11t, I will be at Howl at the Moon for the MVP Party from 5-7. Then from 8-11, The Krewe will take over at the same place for the annual Meet-n-Greet. Two awesome parties, one great location.
So much fun catching up with the MCT family today. Started off with a great lunch and ended the night with a great party at Margaritaville. It is always exciting to see the passion for teaching and learning in the trainer community. This is a must attend event for me every year.
Working on a project this week for CompTIA as a Subject Matter Expert. Not sure how much I can share, but it has been an awesome experience to see behind the curtain into the non-Microsoft certification process. It is a great team to work with and highly recommend signing up as a CompTIA SME for anyone who would like to share their experience with other people. Apply to become a Subject Matter Expert here.
Driving down to Chicago and made a stop in Milwaukee at the Harley-Davidson museum. So many motorcycles to see here. Grown men were running around literally like kids in a candy store. A lot of history within these walls and I highly recommend the visit. Check out the website.
After all the SQL Saturday events I’ve attended, I finally won something. I will definitely be watching many of these recordings. However, I did have a great time at the first SQL Saturday in Wausau, Wisconsin that was held at Northcentral Technical College. I actually delivered two sessions, one on SQL Certifications and the other on The PROCESS of Queries.
After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its journey of exploration. Today, the spacecraft will make its final approach to the giant planet Saturn and will dive into the planet’s atmosphere, sending science data for as long as its small thrusters can keep the spacecraft’s antenna pointed at Earth. Soon after, Cassini will burn up and disintegrate like a meteor. Read more here.
Finished with the Accounting course. It was not as difficult as it should have been, but forcing myself to read the material made it take longer than it should. But now on to Ethical Leadership. No exam for thise course, I just have to write three papers.
Very excited to once again be selected as an MCT Certification Ambassador for Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. Stop by and say hello. I will be working at Certification Central on Tuesday through Thursday, 1pm to 6pm. Learn how to register for 50% off of Microsoft Exams http://bit.ly/2xOkyVH.
Today I finsished taking the two Data Vizualization BETA exams. Together these two exams will earn an MCSA on Business Intelligence Reporting. I can see a high demand for teaching these two courses. Definitely an area that not many people currently teach as PowerBI is only two years old. It will be interesting to see how well I did. If you watch the corresponding edx.org courses, you should do fine. Compared to other MCP exams, these are very straight forward. My one tip is to study DAX functions.