The CompTIA certifications are a great way to get started in the IT industry. My recommendation would be start with IT Fundamentals and go from there.
SQL Saturday has a new look. Come over and check it out. While you’re there don’t forget to register for SQL Saturday Indy which is only four months away. http://www.sqlsaturday.com/629/eventhome.aspx
This morning, at Microsoft Build conference in Seattle, Scott Guthrie, talked about core design principles. for Azure and introduced the Azure Cosmos DB platform. Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s globally distributed, multi-model database and enables you to elastically and independently scale throughput and storage across any number of Azure’s geographic regions
In Exchange Server 2016, mail flow occurs through the transport pipeline. The transport pipeline is a collection of services, connections, components, and queues that work together to route all messages to the categorizer in the Transport service on an Exchange 2016 Mailbox server inside the organization.
I have read many books on the Founding Fathers and the History of America. I picked up this book to gain insights from a different perspective. More specifically, Herstory of America. In that aspect the book was exactly that for which I was looking. This books has tales of 40 women, some of whom I had never heard of before, that helped shape the United States of America. The author likes to ramble on about a specific point long after the point of understanding.
Great Community day event for the Central US MVPs in Chicago. #MVPBuzz
So are you interested in Data Science but not sure where to start? Here’s a breakdown of a few steps and resources to help you gain a foundation to pursue your studies or undergo a career change into the trending and lucrative field of Data Science.
24 Hours of PASS: Data Security and Data Quality starts in 20 minutes. My session is Hour 14. But don’t miss all the great Speakers for 24 hours of free webinars: http://ow.ly/FAP130bnwMY #sqlpass
Finished my 4th badge in the #MSMVA #KnowItProveIt challenge. The Azure Machine Learning and Cortana Intelligence courses are absolutely great. If you are studying for data science, I would highly recommend working through these. The Cortana Intelligence course even has hands-on labs.
Automatic tuning in SQL Server 2017, notifies you whenever a potential performance issue is detected, and lets you apply corrective actions, or lets the Database Engine automatically fix performance problems. Automatic tuning in SQL Server 2017 enables you to identify and fix performance issues caused by SQL plan choice regressions.
Happy 27th Anniversary to the Hubble Telescope. See more over at NASA.org.
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.
Spent the weekend working on the Know It, Prove IT challenges over at the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Not too bad, Already knocked out three of the six challenges. I will probably go back and review some of the Azure videos again. But I think I will start working on the Azure Machine Learning challenge. That one looks like fun.
Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era—the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon. (Review from GoodReads.)
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.
The Know It, Prove It challenge starts today and I’ve already earned my first badge. Next up, I’m going to start working on the Azure challenge. Six total challenges for you to choose, that is if you are up to the challenge.
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.
On my way to the Columbus, Ohio SQL Server User Group to talk about “How to get Microsoft Certified”. Microsoft has recently streamlined the certification process and this session focuses on what you need to know to get Microsoft Certified on SQL Server. The presentation walks you through the certifications, exams, and resources available to get you ready for success. You can download the presentation here.