Click here for my interview with Microsoft Learning on planning for the future and steps people can take to prepare for an unpredictable industry. We are now in the Age of Disruption. every industry needs to be ready to adapt to change quicker and quicker. Those who can not adapt will not survive. For those in the IT industry, that change is happening at an even quicker pace. You can no longer be an expert on the same product for 10-15 years. If you are not learning and moving forward, you are losing ground.
Today, five new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Developer (MCSD) specialties are being released. These credentials are aligned to Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network to identify technical competencies that are widely recognizable by both Microsoft partners and customers. Learn more here.
Recently at the World Partner Conference in Toronto, Alison Cunard unveiled the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program. Fortunately for myself, over the last three months I have been able to participate in the curriculum preview of Microsoft’s new endeavor as they try to help narrow the skills gap in the computer science industry. Find out more about my Deep Dive into Data Science.
(Updated post from last year on the Building Skills at SQL Saturday events: Still holds true today, except the event this year is on August 13, 2016.) Over the past year, I have had the privilege of speaking at several SQL Saturday events, and I have been amazed at the turnout and passion of the SQL Server community. If you have never heard of SQL Saturdays, they are free community-driven, one-day training events for SQL Server professionals. These events rely on local speakers and volunteers to provide a variety of high-quality technical sessions covering all aspect of SQL Server. Click here to read more.
Microsoft announced today that New MCSA certifications are out for both Windows Server 2016 http://bit.ly/295AIN0 and SQL Server 2016 http://bit.ly/295AWUG. Upgrade exams are also available for those who already have earned an MCSA on Windows Server 2012 or SQL Server 2012.
My most recent Born to Learn blog post on Turning Obstacles into Opportunities.
Is certification worth your time and money? Well a recent IDC research has the answers for you. A few examples:
• Certified employees earn 15% more on average than staff without certification
• Certification is one of the most important characteristics when organizations select a candidate for a more advanced position
• Certified IT staff members are given more responsibility than noncertified staff members, frequently leading to supervisory and management roles
• Certification simplifies screening job candidates, making certified job-seekers more likely to be hired.
The research results are clear. Training and certification benefit your career whether you’re a new entrant or changing jobs. Click here to find out more.
Building Skills at SQL Saturday: Over the past year, I have had the privilege of speaking at several SQL Saturday events, and I have been amazed at the turnout and passion of the SQL Server community. If you have never heard of SQL Saturdays, they are free community-driven, one-day training events for SQL Server professionals. These events rely on local speakers and volunteers to provide a variety of high-quality technical sessions covering all aspect of SQL Server. Click here to read more.
Update on College Credit for Exams
About a year ago, I was talking with Veronica Sopher about writing a blog post for Born To Learn. During the conversation, I mentioned that I had never finished college. She then asked a question that would change my life, “Have you looked into whether your certifications would count towards college credits?” Thus began a truly difficult and rewarding journey To read more click here.
Last September when I attended the MCT Summit, I was asked what one word describes being Microsoft Certified. The first word that immediately sprang into my head was community. Over the years I have met, learned, and worked with hundreds of other professionals within the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) community. It is an honor to be part of such an outstanding and giving group of people. Continue to Born To Learn to read more.
To sign up for the MCT Day event in Chicago on May 2nd, click here.
Studying for your SQL Server certifications can be a daunting task, but Microsoft has just made it easier for you by offering a complete portfolio of online resources on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).These courses cover SQL Server 2012, along with performance tuning and high availability features of SQL Server 2014:
- Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (prep for Exam 461)
- Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (prep for Exam 462)
- Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (prep for Exam 463)
- Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases (prep for Exam 464)
- Designing Database Solutions for SQL Server (prep for Exam 465)
- Implementing Data Models & Reports with Microsoft SQL Server (prep for Exam 466)
- Designing BI Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server (prep for Exam 467)
Pretty cool that Microsoft Learning quoted from my last blog post on Born to Learn. MCT Advice: How to learn a new technology.
MCT Advice: How to Learn a New Microsoft Technology
It’s been a while since I’ve started a new area of study. In most cases, I just build upon the knowledge I have picked up over the many years of being Microsoft certified. But, for some reason, I have always had trouble understanding web development—a fact which some may find strange, considering that I am so proficient in SQL and Visual Basic. It’s just proof that you can’t be an expert in everything! To continue reading on Born to Learn click here.
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Latest blog post comes out today. They editor picked the title. I just mainly wrote about being lazy and getting my Exchange 2013 certification. Check it out here. Don’t miss out on my previous Born To Learn posts listed on the top right of this page.
Remember I am moderating the Microsoft Certification Study Groups for the MCSA: Server 2012, MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSE: Messaging, and all the SQL Server Groups. on the Born to Learn website. Please stop by if you have any questions.
My most recent blog post for Microsoft Learning. How I Earned Credits toward My College Degree with Microsoft Certifications. And If you have missed my previous Born to Learn blog posts…
It was very cool to work with my brother and blog about our certification journey for the Born to Learn website. Well now it seems our experience was mentioned in Certification Magazine. That is pretty awesome.
Need help with your Certification Study. Come join me and others at the Microsoft Certification Study Groups where I moderate the forums.for the MCSA: Server 2012, MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSE: Messaging, and all the SQL Server Groups. on the Born to Learn website. Please stop by if you have any questions.