Having a great time at the MCT Summit. Always enjoyable to meet up with old friends, talk about certification courses, and pick up new skills to be a better trainer. This is just a quick little post to share my presentation for my Azure Exam Prep session that will be delivered after lunch on Wednesday.
Well I did it. 58 hours on a train from Indianapolis to Seattle. So I can scratch that off the bucket list. It is amazing to think this is how we traveled before airplanes only 60-70- years ago. I was able to go through Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, and Idaho which were states I had never visited. So I only have 8 states left on my list. I did promise some of my students pictures, so here they are the photos that came out pretty decent. It is a little difficult to take pictures on a speeding train.
I am happy to announce that I will be delivering not one but two exam prep sessions at the MCT Summit in March. The prep sessions will be for exams 70-473: Cloud Data Platform and 70-475: Big Data and Analytics Solutions. Don’t miss these and many more awesome sessions, register now: www.namctsummit.com
So I was planing my trip to the MCT Summit which is in Bellevue, Washington from March 28 -30, 2017. I was originally going to fly to Phoenix and speak at a SQL Saturday. But instead, I figured I would take the scenic route on a train trip through the Northwest. A little more relaxed journey and I get to see four states I have never visited.
The MCT Summit team has finalized the location and dates for 2017 as we move to the spring. While we are staying in Bellevue we are moving over to the Embassy Suites. It is a much larger environment and has better bacon for breakfast. Registration is now open. Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://lnkd.in/eu3uW8B or the website http://www.namctsummit.com to get future announcements.
Switching gears, hotels, and summits. It looks like about 45 of the 100 MCT Regional Leads showed up to the summit this year. Always a great time to see my friends from around the world. I can’t believe they seriously make fun of my Indiana accent. So far we have discussed the new streamlined certifications which I have blogged about previously. We have also talked about the 27 new courses coming out for Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016. I am going to be very busy reading all those books and gearing up to deliver those classes. But I look forward to an exciting and challenging 2017 teaching my favorite topics.
What a fun, educational, and entertaining MCT Day. I arrived at the Embassy Suites a few hours early to help set up the projectors and other tech stuff (moving tables). It was so great to see all my old friends and meeting some new friends. The session with Larry Kaye on the future of Microsoft Certifications should have been in a bigger room as it was probably the most packed session of the day. I missed the session on Flipped Classrooms as Tiago Costa and myself were delivering our session on planning events. Overall, it was an exciting day. The after party at Top Golf was top notch and an even greater time hanging out with all my MCT friends. It definitely was an awesome start to Microsoft Ignite week.
Thinking of planning a Rock-Star MCT event? Or maybe you have tips of your own to share? Join John Deardurff and Tiago Costa at MCT Day in Atlanta for a round table discussion on making your MCT event legendary. You’ll want to stay for the encore!
Did you miss the MCT North American Summit and want to see the Keynote Speakers? Catch all the MCT Summit Videos. http://www.mct-central.com (MCT sign-in required.) There is a lot of great information that you don’t want to miss about the future of the MCT Program.
What another great week getting together with my fellow MCTs. The first three days were spent picking up presentations tips and tricks. There were also many sessions covering a variety of technical skills (Including of course my two sessions on SQL Server coding.) The last two days was for the Regional Lead Summit which also had a great turn out. I am so excited about the upcoming year for not only the MCT community, but also everything that will be occurring for the Microsoft Certification Program. If you missed it or just want to see a group of highly dedicated professionals here is the MCT Summit in Pictures.
The Second Session I am presenting for the MCT Summit is on Tuesday at 4:15pm. This session focuses on The Process of Queries how how this effects Batches, Transactions and Error Handling. You can find the PowerPoints here and the handout of the lecture here.
Once again I am fortunate enough to be speaking at the MCT Summit. I will have two sessions, the first is on Monday at 12:45pm. This session will be focusing on SQL Server Data Types. The differences between character data types, working with implicit vs. explicit conversions, and using conversion functions. Be sure not to miss it. As always, I have uploaded my presentation here. Some helpful links.
- Sample Code from Presentation
- Character Data Type Demonstration
- Integer Data Type Demonstration
- Date and Time Data Type Demonstration
- Data Type Conversion Demonstration
- How Rows are Stored in a Data Page
- Data Type Precedence
- SQL Server Data Type Conversion Chart
- CAST and CONVERT Functions
- Parse, Try_Parse, and Try_Convert Functions
- Every Byte Counts by Andy Yun
Please join us Monday – Wednesday 28-30 September in Bellevue, WA for the fifth annual community-driven North America MCT summit. This year’s summit is a collaborative effort between the summit planning team and Microsoft Learning (LeX).
The theme of this year’s event is “More”: We have more of everything planned: More sessions, more interaction with LeX team members, more social events, and more surprises. This is a great opportunity to learn about the future of the MCT program, express your opinions (and offer constructive suggestions) to the LeX team members. This is your community. Come be a part of it!
Why are all these MCTs so happy? They know that registration for the North American MCT Summit 2015 is Live! Register Now! to reserve your space. Early-bird pricing has been extended to August 15th.
MCT events are your best opportunity to interact with your peers. Come learn a new technical skill, how to teach a specific course or technology, or how to become a better trainer. Please join us Monday – Wednesday 28-30 September in Bellevue, WA for the fifth annual community-driven North America MCT summit. This year’s summit is a collaborative effort between the summit planning team and Microsoft Learning (LeX).
The theme of this year’s event is “More”: We have more of everything planned: More sessions, more interaction with LeX team members, more social events, and more surprises. Tell your bosses, find the time. This is a great opportunity to learn about the future of the MCT program, express your opinions (and offer constructive suggestions) to the LeX team members. This is your community. Come be a part of it!
What a great time at the MCT Ambassador Dinner. What is an MCT Ambassador?
Learn on Demand Systems is sponsoring a private event for all MCT Day attendees from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at Buddy Guy’s Legends . After the private event, your wristband will gain you access to the first floor of the venue to enjoy live blues music by EDDIE SHAW AND THE WOLF GANG w/ Jimmy Nick
Thank you to all of our Round Table Facilitators for MCT Day on May 2nd, 2015
Very honored to be chosen as an MCT Ambassadors at Microsoft Ignite 2015. What is an MCT Ambassador? They are a group of experienced IT pros and developers who have built their careers and businesses around learning, teaching, and consulting on various Microsoft (and other) technologies. As Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT), they actively train technologists from around the world in classrooms or online. During Microsoft Ignite week, you will have access to their brains and expertise when you visit Certification Central or our booth, for FREE! In addition, many of them will be leading the exam prep sessions to help you ace your exams onsite.