Finished scheduling travel plans for the next two months and am very excited. I will check Wyoming and South Dakota off my bucket list, as well as Mount Rushmore. I will be making a stop in 15 cities. Two SQL Saturdays, A project in Chicago, Microsoft Ignite, and then PASS Summit. And at some point I need finish my Accounting class. Might even pull off one or two Microsoft Certifications along the way.
Join us for MCT Day at Ignite! We will have keynote talks and round table discussions, happy hour, refreshments, and more! We are working on continuing the event into the evening, so the fun does not have to end! Register Now!
With the current events, I thought it would be good idea to link to this Microsoft eCourse that will help in deeping an understanding of our unconscious biases. Microsoft shares this course with the public in the hopes of empowering the world in accomplishing great and amazing things.
I will be speaking at the SQL Saturday in Lousiville on August 5th. I really enjoy this one because it is only two hours away. For those attending, here is a copy of my presentation.
I had a great time delivering my presentation on “How to get SQL Server Certified” at the SQL Saturday in Atlanta. I’m always in awe at the size of this event and the organization that goes into its planning. If you ever get a chance to go, you should.
I will be in Atlanta this weekend to talk about SQL Server certifications. However, I know many of you will not be able to attend. So I have made a short video to explain almost everything you need to know about getting certified. I hope it is helpful in clearing up in confusion on the direction you may want to take to further your goals.
I’ve already passed both Exams, but I just bought these two books anyway. Maybe a giveway prize for SQL Saturday – Indianapolis on August 12th? I’ve heard rumours of Fidget Spinners as well. Be sure to register soon.
If you couldn’t make it to Microsoft Build, the Microsoft Developer Conference, last week. All 452 sessions are now available on Channel 9. http://bit.ly/2qps9oO
It is time for another SQL Server User Group. This time it is for Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m getting close to spelling that correctly. I have attached my most recent presentation on SQL Server certifications with the changes that were announced in April. I hope everyone has a great time.
Announcement from #MSDataAmp SQL Server 2017 is here. Also check out this blog post on AI built into data services. Watch the entire #MSdataAmp webinar as well as a series of deep dive sessions on each of the new SQL Server 2017 features. Available here.
This coming Wednesday, April 19 at 8AM Pacific Time (click for your local time), Microsoft will be hosting a major on-line event of interest to anyone working with big data, analytics, and artificial intelligence: Microsoft Data Amp.
During Data Amp, Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie and Corporate Vice President Joseph Sirosh will share how Microsoft’s latest innovations put data, analytics and artificial intelligence at the heart of business transformation. The event will include exciting announcements that will help you derive even more value from the cloud, enable transformative application development, and ensure you can capitalize on intelligence from any data, any size, anywhere, across Linux and other open source technologies.
I didn’t even know there was such a thing. But apparently, my paper for my marekting class won the WGU Excellence Award for April. The email I received stated: Congratulations! Your recent submission for Marketing has been selected by the WGU Evaluation faculty for recognition due to the exceptional nature of the work you submitted. The evaluator shared the following about your Task 1 submission: The document exemplifies effective marketing and business research through the introduction of two new services in the global environment. An informative report rich with ideas that demonstrate the need and process of going global delivers an interesting and engaging read.
Just when I thought I had all the certifications figured out, Microsoft announced yesterday the addition of the MCSE: Business Applications (focusing on Dynamics 365) which includes two new supporting MCSA paths – MCSA: Dynamics 365 and MCSA: Dynamics 365 for Operations. Additionally, they’ve added the new MCSA: Data Science, which puts you on a path to earn an MCSE: Data Management & Analytics certification. Check out this new pdf that clearly outlines the requirements for each certification and the electives that can be taken to renew each MCSE annually. Bonus information on the pdf download is some other unannounced MCSA certifications including Cloud Database Development, Big Data Engineering, and BI reporting.
If you are in the Indianapolis area, we will have Session from 9am – 12pm and a Session from 1pm – 4pm. Sign up today! (317) 575-7600
Passed two exams this week during the MCT Summit. I started with the 70-740: Installation, Storage, & Compute with Windows Server 2016. This was the one I studied for on the train, because I thought I was a little rusty on Virtual Machines and Clustering. But it was the simple stuff like REFS and Data Duplication that was tripping me up during the exam. Today, I took the third and final exam needed for the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification. Which of course is the 70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016 exam. Again, I breezed through the difficult parts of the exam only to be hung up on a silly subnetting question. It was like I forgot how to do math. But a few extra minutes double checking my work and I knew I had it right. So that is 9 exams and 9 certifications in the last 6 months. I think I’m going to take the rest of the year off from Microsoft exams.
Tomorrow night, I will be speaking at the Indianapolis SQL Server User Group on “How to get Microsoft Certified”. The meeting starts at 6:00pm at Apparatus HQ 1401 North Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202. More details at http://indiana.pass.org
Join Microsoft Virtual Academy on March 7 and 8, beginning at 11am EST, for an exciting, two-day virtual event announcing the release of Visual Studio 2017 and celebrating 20 years of Visual Studio!
Two months and several long papers later, I finally finished that IT Project Management course. One more class to finish the first term of my MBA. (Exam scheduled for next Saturday.) One thing I have learned is I do not want to be a Project Manager when I grow up. If anyone reading this is taking the IT Project Management (MGT2) course, here are my papers for all three tasks to give you an idea of what needs to be accomplished.
I’m kind of upset by this, because I actually paid for three of these books already. But that means there are 47 more I can read. It seems the selection leans towards Machine Learning. Click here for the entire list.