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  • The weekend is here and we're going to have some fun! Cool

    What -- We're going to give away ebooks to three (3) winners (1 per winner). The ebook selections are shown below.

    Who -- Everyone who visits Born to Learn and/or use Twitter can play! (unless you work for Microsoft)

    When -- 9:00am PDT Friday 3/16 -- 9:00pm PDT Sunday 3/18

    How: There are three ways to enter:

    1. On Twitter, follow @MSLearning and @MicrosoftPress, and tweet this sentence: I want to win a @MicrosoftPress ebook from @MSLearning! http://cot.ag/xnycAY #CertifyMe
    2. Post the URL to your tweet under this blog post as a comment to get an additional entry into the drawing.
    3. Not on Twitter? Post a comment and tell us which of the three ebooks you want to win. (Make sure your profile here is filled out so we can contact you.)

    We'll do the drawing on Monday 3/19, and winners will be contacted via Twitter direct message or Born to Learn private message to confirm ebook selections. We will update this post with the list of winners when they've all been confirmed.

    Thanks to our friends at Microsoft Press for joining in on the fun. Good luck to everyone, and have a great weekend!

    • Windows Server 2008 Inside Out
    • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit
    • Windows Server 20008 Remote Desktop Services Resource Kit
  • An important upgrade exam for many Microsoft Certified IT professionals has been published. You've been busy putting your Windows Server knowledge and skills to work. Now it's time to invest in advancing your credentials and prepare for the next step in your career. Today is the day. Make the commitment to update your Windows Server certification to 2012 by booking your seat for the newly published exam 70-417.

    If you currently hold MCSA: Windows Server 2008 or one of the MCITP titles listed below, you can earn MCSA: Windows Server 2012 by passing this one exam.

    • MCITP: Virtualization Adminitrator
    • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
    • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator
    • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator
    • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator

    Read up on the list of skills measured on the official exam details page.

    Looking for peer support or want to share study tips for this exam? Join this forum thread.

    Ready to schedule the exam? Don't forget to grab a "free second shot" voucher.

    Welcome to the Windows Server 2012 certification path!

    *Working with Windows Server 2012 but not prevoiusly certified? Your path to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 is here, with exams 410, 411 and 412.

    *Exams 413, 414, 415 and 416 are scheduled for publication in mid-October, 2012

     

  • Update on Saturday, January 14, 2012

    “If you want to do something big in your life, you must remember that shyness is only the mind." ~ Arfa Karim Randhawa, 1995-2012.

    Dear Born to Learn community:

    I was sad to learn, via Twitter, earlier this morning that Arfa passed away. While mourning the departure of such a bright young mind, we offer our deepest sympathy to Afra's family, friends, and her country Pakistan for the loss of their pride and joy.

    I came across this video of Arfa singing during a TV interview back in April 2011. Hope you find comfort in her song.

    Veronica

     

    News Pakistan article on Arfa's passing

    Blog post on Geekwire, where Todd Bishop shared Arfa's life philosophy.

    Photo of Arfa's funeral in Pakistan, from MSNBC

    The Huffington Post wrote about Arfa's passing + a video

    ZDNet also published a nice writeup on the 16th

    Also on the Business Insider

     

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    On December 30, we got some sad news about 16-year-old Arfa Karim Randhawa, a programming prodigy from Pakistan. Arfa had suffered an epileptic seizure and doctors feared the worst. Her story is especially close to the heart of the Microsoft Learning community. Arfa earned her Microsoft Certified Professional title at the age of 9, and visited our campus in 2005 to meet with Bill Gates. She has been working hard in school toward her dream: to study computer science at MIT. Her exceptional achievements at a young age has been an inspiration to us and young people worldwide. When the news of her critical condition was posted, many of you offered well wishes and prayers via Facebook and Twitter.

    Today, we're happy to bring you this update: with the additional assistance of neurogurgeons and experts from other countries, doctors are now hopeful about activating Arfa's brain and she will survive. Thank you for continuing to send good thoughts to Arfa and her family. We wish her a full and speedy recovery.

    If you'd like to read about Arfa's visit in July 2005, Microsoft's CVP, S. Somasegar blogged about his interactions with her, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote a nice article as well.

     

    Photo credit: Tood Bishop of GeekWire

  • Cloud Optimize your IT with Windows Server 2012

    In case you've been living under a rock, the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate came out on May 31, 2012! Windows Server powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server 2012 redefines the category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.

     

    How is Microsoft Learning helping you?

    We are committed to bringing you learning resources, training opportunities and (soon) certification for Windows Server 2012 so you can take your organization and your career to the next level. Here's a list of what's available now:

    • The Introducing Windows Server 2012 e-book by Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Server BG is available for download now! If you're attending TechEd North America and Europe in June, you can get a special edition hard copy at Microsoft Learning's booth.
    • The Windows Server 2012 Jump Start is scheduled for June 20-21. We blogged about it here. Register now and encourage your peers to do the same! Responses have been overwhelming positive and we may need to cap the number soon.
    • The new MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification validates the platform level skills for a number of MCSE Certifications for IT Professionals. The first exam in the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification path will be available in beta on June 11 for attendees of TechEd North America and TechEd Europe, giving IT Professionals a head start on their Windows Server 2012 certification goals:
      -- Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • The earliest, deepest, and highest quality Windows Server 2012 courseware in the industry will be available to our Learning Partners beginning June 8! This is the first of three waves of courseware for Windows Server 2012. Contact your favorite Microsoft Learning Partner for exact course offerings and schedule:
      -- 40005A: First Look Clinic: Windows Server 2012 - June 8, 2012
      -- 40006A: Hands On Lab: Windows Server 2012 - June 25, 2012
      -- 20410A: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 - August 3, 2012 (maps to MCSA Exam 70-410)
      -- 20417A: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 - August 3, 2012 (maps to Upgrade Exam 70-417)
    • The new MCSE: Server Infrastructure and MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certifications support key server and cloud technology solutions built on the Windows Server 2012 platform.

     Are you as excited about all this as we are? Don't forget to request AND redeem your 2-for-1 exam voucher offer by June 30, 2012 so you can use your freebie toward one of these Windows Server 2012 exams!

     

  • Last Friday afternoon, we did a fun little poll on our Facebook page: "When I pass a certification exam, the first thing I do is..."

    1. Call or text my spouse/parent/best friend.
    2. Post on Facebook or tweet about it.
    3. Update my LinkedIn profile and resume with my shiny new title.
    4. Email my instructor and say thank you.
    5. Grab a favorite beverage.

    One respondent added "go back to work" as an option. Hmm

    As of 3:00pm Pacific on Monday, March 5, the poll received a total of 63 responses, and 40 people chose option 1: call or text my spouse/parent/best friend! Full results below:

    1. Call or text my spouse/parent/best friend. [40]
    2. Post on Facebook or tweet about it. [10]
    3. Update my LinkedIn profile and resume with my shiny new title. [2]
    4. Email my instructor and say thank you. [1]
    5. Grab a favorite beverage. [1]

    "Go back to work" got 7 votes, and 2 more people said they'd update their CV.

    While the findings aren't scientific, it was interesting to see that 63 Facebook users elected to share the good news privately with their loved ones first. Awww. Smile

     

  • You know what started my day right this morning (besides coffee)? Being greeted by this story when I checked our Twitter account @MSLearning!

    Earlier this year, CCI Learning launched the first pilot of the Microsoft IT Academy Program within a Canadian Federal penitentiary at the Frontenac Institution, a minimum security facility in Kingston, Ontario. Eight students successfully completed the Microsoft Word 2010 course and passed their Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams. This first class of students had an 80 percent pass rate, and two of the graduates went on to pass their Microsoft Excel exams as well! These eight men are taking steps to improve their lives and to give themselves a greater chance of finding meaningful work after they’ve paid their debt to society.

    The ITA program was also introduced to inmates at the Pittsburgh Institute, another Federal prison in eastern Ontario. On day one, 35 potential students expressed interest and were involved in a discussion about technical training with counseling on how to get started. IW courses were taught at the Pittsburgh Institute this summer. We look forward to hearing more about their success soon.

    You can read more about it here. Have a wonderful day! Smile

  • *** Updated with FREE beta exam info below! ***

    For Microsoft Learning and our community of Microsoft Certified Professionals, TechEd is definitely among the most important and exciting events of the year. This year, TechEd Europe is taking place from June 26 to 29 in Amsterdam!

    Shelby Grieve, Director at MSL, recently sat down with Channel 9 to talk about certification related resources at the conference, as well as on-site exam opportunities. (FREE, discounted and beta exams!) If you're attending, be sure to reserve time to learn about what's new in certification and get certified right there!

    Watch the video. Get all the details below or visit certification at TechEd Europe's website.

    Follow @MSLearning and @TechEd_Europe on Twitter. The official event hashtag is #TEE12.

    Free Exams*

    The following Private Cloud certification exams, which are part of the required exam path to earn Microsoft Certification Solutions Expert for the Private Cloud (MSCE: Private Cloud), will be offered at no cost to TechEd attendees who take the exam on-site:

    • Exam 70-246 | Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

    • Exam 70-247 | Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

    Online Registration is now OPEN: http://www.prometric.com/microsoft/TEEurope2012

     

    30% Exam Discounts*

    We are excited to offer a 30% discount on the following Microsoft Certification Exams on-site at TechEd:

    • Exam 70-243 | Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

    • Exam 70-400 | Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring

    • Exam 70-461 | Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    • Exam 70-583 | Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications

    • Exam 70-640 | Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configurin

    • Exam 70-642 | Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

    • Exam 70-646 | Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

    • Exam 70-659 | Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization


    Online Registration is now OPEN: http://www.prometric.com/microsoft/TEEurope2012

     

    Exam Cram Sessions

    Get ready for your next certification test with these interactive study groups led by MCT Ambassadors on-site at TechEd.

    Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

    • Exam 70-321 and Exam 70-323: Deploying Office 365

    • Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    • Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

    • Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    • Exam 70-573: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

    • Exam 70-599: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications

    • Exam 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

    • Exam 70-642: Windows Server 2008 R2 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

    • Exam 70-643: Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Infrastructure, Configuring

    • Exam 70-659 and Exam 70-693: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

    • Exam 70-662 and Exam 70-663: Exchange Server 2010, Configuring

    • Exam 70-664 and Exam 70-665: Lync Server 2010

    • Exam 70-667 and Exam 70-668: SharePoint Server 2010

    • Exam 70-680: Windows 7

     

    FREE Beta Exams | Register for exams

    • Exam 71-410 | Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

    The first exam necessary to achieve your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification, which is your pre-requisite to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure and MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure. Learn more about the MCSE certifications

    • Exam 71-687 | Configuring Windows 8

    The first exam necessary to achieve your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 8 certification. (NOTE: if you are already an Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Desktop Administrator or MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician certification, you will want to wait for the upgrade exam that will be available at a later date)

    • Exam 71-480 | Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

    Candidates for the 71-480 exam will prove their experience with HTML in an object-oriented, event-driven programming model and working with data and flow with JavaScript. Additionally knowledge of the HTML5 elements, APIs, document structure, and controls as well as using CSS3 to style and create a flexible and adaptive content layout and UI. This exam counts towards the new MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps certification. Learn more about the MCSD certifications

    Microsoft Certification in the Connect Lounge

    We know you will have questions about the certification process, and we’re here to answer them! Located in the Connect Lounge in the TechExpo, you’ll find product specialists and MCT Ambassadors, ready to help you find the certification path that’s right for you.

  • Anticipated Outage on June 9, 2012 --

    • Prometric will have a scheduling outage from 9-11am Eastern on Saturday, June 9. During this time, candidates will not be able to register for exams. Your patience is appreciated.

     

    Onsite Testing at TechEd NA --

    • Testing center will open on Sunday, June 10, as expected.
    • Candidates can register for an exam in advance or walk up onsite.
    • Some candidates have received cancellation notices for their scheduled Sunday exams. Prometric is looking into the issue right now, and we'll bring you updates as we receive them.

     

  • This QOTD post is in response to a few questions I see quite often on social networks:

    Q: Can I become Microsoft certified online? Can I take your exams on the internet?

    A: No, you cannot become Microsoft certified online, and no, the exams are not available on the internet. If you come across any company or website that offers you a way to do that, it's not legitimate.

    To achieve Microsoft certifications, you have to pass the required exams, which must be taken in person at a Prometric or Certiport testing center.

    • For Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams delivered through academic outlets, register at Certiport.
    • All other Microsoft Certification paths and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams delivered through commercial outlets, register at Prometric.

    Q: Am I required to take a training class to get certified?

    A: No, you're not required to attend training classes to achieve Microsoft certifications. You can prepare for Microsoft exams in a variety of methods, depending on your personal learning style and particular situation. However, there are advantages to attending training courses led by Microsoft Certified Trainers, available through Microsoft Learning Partners. To find a Learning Partner location or class offering near you, use our class locator tool.

    Q: Do you offer free training?

    A: We offer many free or low-cost learning and exam prep resources, which are ideal for those who prefer self study options or need to supplement their training classes. These include our Microsoft Certification Study Groups, books from Microsoft Press, online learning and "Jump Starts" from Microsoft Virtual Academy. There is also a large library of free resources on TechNet or MSDN, such as trial downloads that you can use to build your own practice lab as part of your exam prep process. Additionally, we also hold special events and webcasts such as Certified Career Day, and focused certification challenges such as "90 Days to MCSA."

     

  • We came across two great videos made by Microsoft Certified Trainers, in which they both share their take on the new MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) and explain what the changes mean to MCITP. We (Microsoft Learning) made the announcement, but it takes Microsoft Certified Trainers to really break it down for you. Watch and listen to both as they're two very different styles but equally informative.

    Thank you to Doug Bassett and Michael Murphy for the videos and messages, and hat tip to Chris Avis (we found Michael's video via Chris' blog).

  • We had the pleasure of featuring our Psychometrician Liberty Munson on two tweetchats this week! For each one-hour chat, she was the voice behind @MSLearning. Our Twitter followers asked many great questions about certifications and exams. Liberty shared fascinating, behind-the-scenes facts about our exam development process, and also offered exam prep tips. Missed the tweetchats? We've got you covered. Simply replay them below and take notes. (Did you spot the picture of her dog Zenith?)

    And... Liberty has joined the 21st century and started her own Twitter account! You can follow her @LibertyMunson, and chat her up about work, reading, outdoor adventures, etc.

    This week's tweetchats were inspired by our community's wonderful responses to the Ask a Certification Expert (ACE) video series. You can find the entire playlist here. Subscribe to our channel while you're there because more new videos are coming! Got a question you want to have answered in an ACE video? Post it in a comment below, and you just might get an answer + a shout out in our next video!

    Replay of the May 16 session:

    Replay of the May 17 session:

     

  • I get questions about certification and training from IT pros and developers everyday, via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc., and I answer (nearly) all of them. (Here's how to find me.) If one IT pro or developer is asking, I figure the answer is probably worth sharing with more of you, so here's one I got on LinkedIn today:


    Question:

    On 03/17/13, D wrote: 
    -------------------- 
    Hej Veronica 
    Right now in my career I want to get back to work in microsoft enivorments so i started learning C# developing. Just finished the mircosoft course "Course 20483B: Programming in C#" in Sweden where i live but I find it hard to find certification information for this specifik course. If i got it right Programming in C# Specialist is the right certification to take after this course ? 
    Where can i find examples of this certitication and how it cold look like? simply examples and more info about the certification? 
    I tried with 
    https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx but found nothing 
    Thanks in advance 
    /D


    Answer:

    Hi D, 

    By taking exam 70-483, you can earn "Programming in C# Specialist" certification. See
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/visual-studio-certification.aspx . You can then go on to take exams 70-484 and 70-485 to earn your MCSD. See http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsd-windows-store-apps-certification.aspx 

    We are also rolling out the developer certification study group online. You're welcome to ask questions in the forums. 
    http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/certification/developer/default.aspx#fbid=-NEqNLeSQAK 

    Hope this helps! 

    Veronica

  • Happy weekend, everyone!

    Most of our conversations on Born to Learn are about technology and certification, but we all geek out over many other things in our everyday lives. Having spent 13 years in the jewelry business, I still pay attention to events such as fashion week and entertainment award shows out of habit, even though my own approach to fashion is "easy care, please."

    During the recent New York Fashion Week, when top designers showed off their upcoming 2012 fall/winter collections, I noticed quite a few backpacks on the runway. GQ picked up on this microtrend, too, which reminded me of a recent poll in the TechEd N.A. LinkedIn group. Based on the results, 48% of geeks prefer backpacks (even better when full of swags), followed by messenger bags at 34%. So, as it turns out, you and your backpacks are ahead of fashion trends.

    What's your current satchel of choice? Backpack, messenger, tote, briefcase, roller, or? Leave a comment and let us know!

     

       Photo credit: GQ.com 

     

  • Libraries have been among my favorite places in the world since I learned to turn pages without ripping them. Everything seems possible when I'm physically surrounded by such a wealth of information: past, present and future.

    Recently, the State of Hawaii added a whole new world of possibilities to its public library system: Microsoft IT Academy. Patrons of Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) now have access to Microsoft training and certification products: e-learning, official course material and certification prep, covering subjects from Microsoft Office applications to programming and web development. Nearly one million people in Hawaii can now access these great resources both in-library and remotely, and prepare themselves to earn industry-recognized credentials and to succeed in the 21st century workplace.

    Libraries are wonderful. Hawaii is magical. Now with Microsoft IT Academy, libraries in Hawaii are awesome!

    You can get more details about this program in Microsoft News Center.

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    • To abide by these Official Rules; and

       

    • To release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and

     

    • That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

       

      WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

    If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes.  This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes. 

    If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.

     

    WINNERS LIST AND SPONSOR

     

    For a complete list of winners, visit http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/.

     

    This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052.

     

    PRIVACY STATEMENT

     

    At Microsoft, we are committed to protecting your privacy.  Microsoft uses the information you provide to notify prize winners, and to send you information about other Microsoft products and services, if requested by you.  Microsoft will not share the information you provide with third parties without your permission except where necessary to complete the services or transactions you have requested, or as required by law.  Microsoft is committed to protecting the security of your personal information.  We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Your personal information is never shared outside the company without your permission, except under conditions explained above.

     

    If you believe that Microsoft has not adhered to this statement, please notify us  by sending email to tasharom@microsoft.com and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remedy the situation.

     

  • MICROSOFT CERTIFIED TRAINER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES

    OFFICIAL RULES

     

     

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 

     

    PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to comply with your employer’s gift policies.  If your participation violates your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability and will not be party to any disputes or actions related to this matter.

     

    GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible.

     

    This Sweepstakes is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Sweepstakes.

     

    COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

    These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Microsoft Certified Trainer Challenge sweepstakes promotion will operate.  This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules. 

    In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant. 

    WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

     

    This Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on October 16, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on November 30, 2014 (“Entry Period”) and will consist of multiple Sweepstakes drawings as outlined below.  Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

     

    CAN I ENTER?

     

    You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

     

    • You are a Microsoft Certified Trainer and are 18 years of age or older; and

       

    • You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

       

      • PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate.

     

    • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and

       

    • You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and

       

    • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

     

    This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.

     

    HOW DO I ENTER?

     

    To enter, you must take any of the qualifying technical MCP exams as listed at https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-list.aspx by first requesting a free voucher (limit one voucher per exam) via http://vouchers.cloudapp.net/mct/.

     

    Regardless of whether you pass the exam, you will automatically receive a Sweepstakes entry based on the number of exams you take as follows:


    •             TAKE AT LEAST 3 EXAMS TOTAL to be entered into Sweepstakes #1


    •             TAKE AT LEAST 6 EXAMS TOTAL to be entered into Sweepstakes #2

    •             TAKE AT LEAST 9 EXAMS TOTAL to be entered into Sweepstakes #3

    •             TAKE AT LEAST 12 EXAMS TOTAL to be entered into Sweepstakes #4

    •             THE MCT WHO TAKE THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF EXAMS TOTAL will receive the grand prize listed below. In the event of a tie, the entrant who completed the highest number of exams first will be the winner.

     

    While there is no limit to the number of exams you can take, you will only receive one (1) entry per unique exam.

    We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

    We will automatically disqualify:

    • Any incomplete or illegible entry; and

    • Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.

       

      WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

       

      On or around the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select winners of the prizes designated below. 

       

      Sweepstakes #1: Five (5) winners will be selected to each receive a Microsoft 8000 Series Presenter Mouse. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $75.00

       

      Sweepstakes #2: Four (4) winners will be selected to each receive a Beats Pill 2.0 Wireless Speaker. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $200.00

       

      Sweepstakes #3: Three (3) winners will be selected to each receive a pair of Beats Studio Headphones. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $300.00

       

      Sweepstakes #4: Two (2) winners will be selected to each receive a Microsoft Xbox One. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $400.00

       

      One (1) Grand Prize. One (1) winner will be selected to receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,500.00

       

      The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $4,375

       

      *PLEASE NOTE: If Surface Pro 3 is not certified for distribution in your country of residence, you will be provided with an alternate prize of equal or greater value.

       

      We will only award three (3) prize(s) per person overall. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded.

       

      If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following the random drawing.  If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner. 

      If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Sweepstakes . If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS Form 1099 the following January, for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.  If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.

      If you are confirmed as a  winner of this Sweepstakes:

       

      • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services.  However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and

     

      • You may not designate someone else as the winner.  If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and

     

      • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes related to accepting the prize; and

     

      • If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and

     

      • Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions. 

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?

     

    Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.

     

    WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

     

    By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:

     

    • To abide by these Official Rules; and

       

    • To release and hold harmless Microsoft,and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and

     

    • That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and

       

    • That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

       

      WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?

      This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.  

      WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

      If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes.  This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.

       

      If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.

      HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?

      We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more online at http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/. This list will remain posted one month after winner selection.

       

      WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

       

      Microsoft  Corporation

      One Microsoft Way

      Redmond, WA 98052

       

  • Terms and Conditions for Microsoft Certification Vouchers:

      • Offer good until November 30, 2014 for up to a total of 10,000 vouchers distributed worldwide.
      • Eligible exams: A voucher may be redeemed to take any MCP exam.
      • By clicking accept to receive a voucher, you agree to share your profile, including exams taken, on the Microsoft MCT Challenge website. Your exam results will not be shared nor distributed.  For more information about what information will be shared, see the FAQ below and the Microsoft.com privacy statement.
      • Exam 70-532 is not available in China, India, Pakistan, or Turkey.
      • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts. 
      • This offer ends on November 30, 2014, or while supplies last, and is not redeemable for cash.
      • Due to government gift and ethics laws, government employees (including military and employees of public education institutions) are not eligible to participate.
      • Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient.
      • Exam Delivery services are provided by Prometric, a third-party vendor.  All exam vouchers must be redeemed from an Authorized Prometric Test Center (APTC).
      • Microsoft, Prometric, and APTCs are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers.
      • Expired, stolen or lost vouchers will not be replaced.
      • Vouchers are nontransferable and void if altered in any way.
      • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts. 
      • Individuals must register for and take their examination prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.

    • Individuals that cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam seventy-two hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher (vouchers cannot be used again).

    • Individuals that fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher (vouchers cannot be used again).

      • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
      • Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change, or suspend this offer at any time without notice.

     

     

     


     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q:  How many vouchers may I request?

    A:  You may request as many vouchers as you would like. Only one voucher may be requested at a time.

     

    Q:  How many vouchers are available?

    A:  10,000 total vouchers will be available for this offer worldwide.

     

    Q:  Where can these vouchers be redeemed?

                    A:  Vouchers can be redeemed at www.prometric.com for you to schedule your exam.

     

    Q:  How many exams can I take with one voucher?

    A:  One voucher is required for each exam.

     

    Q:  Can I schedule to take an exam appointment after November 30, 2014?

    A:  No. All exams must be scheduled and taken prior to November 30, 2014.

     

    Q:  Do the vouchers work for any MCP exam?

    A:  Yes. All MCP exams are available, as well as Dynamics exams.

     

    Q:  Can I take an exam at Pearson Vue?

    A:  No, these vouchers are good only at a Prometric testing center.

     

    Q:  Can I use the Online Proctoring option to take an exam?

    A:  No, these vouchers are good only at a Prometric testing center.

     

    Q:  Are there limitations to any of the exams?

    A:  Exam 70-532 is a beta exam and certain restrictions and limitations apply. For instance, you will not receive a score report immediately, and there are restrictions to which country you may test in. Please see the Preparing to take a beta exam page for more information.

     

    Q:  Can I give the voucher to my students?

    A:  No, the vouchers are for your personal use only.

     

  • MICROSOFT INSIGHT CAMPAIGN - GLOBAL EVENT SWEEPSTAKES

    OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 

    PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions.  If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes.  Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter, and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with the employer’s policies.

    GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible. 

    WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

    This Sweepstakes starts at 9:00 am PST, local time, on October 3, 2013 and ends at 9:00 am PST, local time, on October 29, 2013 (“Entry Period”). Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

    CAN I ENTER?

    You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time entry:

    • You are a registered attendee of the virtual Global Microsoft Insights Event; and
    • You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
    1. PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate
    • You are NOT event exhibitor support personnel; and
    • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
    • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, any person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

    This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law.

    HOW DO I ENTER?

    To enter, simply register to attend the one-hour Microsoft Insights virtual event online at www.microsoftinsights.com. The event will take place from 9:00 am PST to 10:00 am PST on October 29, 2013.  You must attend the event to complete your entry.  To attend the virtual live event, simply click on the link you receive after registering on October 29, 2013 at 9:00 am PST to attend the virtual live event. We will also provide reminders to the registered attendees up until the date with the link.

    We will only accept one (1) entry per entrant. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

    We will automatically disqualify:

    • Any incomplete or illegible entry; and
    • Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.

    WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

    On or around the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select winners of the prizes designated below. 

    Five (5) First Prizes.  Vouchers redeemable for the cost to take three (3) Microsoft exams required to achieve either an MCSA: Windows Server 2012, an MCSA: SQL Server 2012, an MCSA: Windows 8, or any MCSD Certification.  Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of each voucher: $450.00.

    The t0tal Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $2,250.

    Prize will be awarded in the form of a voucher code that will be emailed to the winner. Winner will present the voucher code online each time they register for / schedule an exam until the voucher is complete. All exams must be scheduled and taken before the voucher expires. Vouchers expire one (1) year of the date of awarding to winner via email.

    Only three (3) of the following exams are redeemable with the prize vouchers: 70-410, 70-411, 70-412, 70-461, 70-462, 70-463, 70-687, 70-688, 70-480, 70-481, 70-482, 70-483, 70-484, 70-485, 70-486, 70-487, 70-488, 70-489, 70-496, 70-497, and 70-498.

    We will only award one (1) prize per person during the Entry Period.

    WINNER NOTIFICATION

    Winners will be selected instantly and must be present at time of drawing to win.

    GENERAL CONDITIONS

    Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.  No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prize winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release or W-8 BEN form, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected. Your odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries we receive. In the event of a dispute all decisions of Microsoft are final. 

    By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:

    • To abide by these Official Rules; and
    • To release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
    • That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

    WINNERS LIST AND SPONSOR

    We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more online at http://borntolearn.mslearn.net. This list will remain posted one month after November 12, 2013.

    This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052.

    PRIVACY STATEMENT

    At Microsoft, we are committed to protecting your privacy.  Microsoft uses the information you provide to notify prize winners, and to send you information about other Microsoft products and services, if requested by you.  Microsoft will not share the information you provide with third parties without your permission except where necessary to complete the services or transactions you have requested, or as required by law.  Microsoft is committed to protecting the security of your personal information.  We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Your personal information is never shared outside the company without your permission, except under conditions explained above.

    If you believe that Microsoft has not adhered to this statement, please notify us by sending email to careerevent@microsoft.com or postal mail to careerevent@microsoft.com Microsoft Privacy, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052 USA, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remedy the situation.

     

  •  

    • 50% off any MTA exam vouchers are available between November 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014.
    • Exam voucher expires on May 31, 2014 and is only valid for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exams administered through Prometric with the prefix 098
    • One voucher can be applied toward one Microsoft Certification exam, delivered at an authorized Prometric testing center.
    • Vouchers are program-specific and, in some cases, exam-specific. Please ensure that you redeem the voucher for the correct exam.
    • Individuals must register for and take exams prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
    • Microsoft, Prometric, and Prometric testing centers are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers
    • Vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
    • Vouchers may not be applied to exams that have already been taken.
    • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts.
    • Vouchers are nontransferable and are void if altered in any way.
    • Vouchers can only be redeemed in the region from which they were purchased.
    • All Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certification exam vouchers may only be redeemed from Prometric test centers.
    • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.
    • Individuals who cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam 72 hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).
    • Individuals who fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).

     

    • 3 for the price of 1 exam vouchers are available between November 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.
    • Exam voucher expires on May 31, 2014 and is only valid for the following: 70-480, 70-481, 70-482, 70-483, 70-484, 70-485, 70-486, 70-487, 70-488, 70-489, 70-496, 70-497, 70-498
    • Vouchers are program-specific and, in some cases, exam-specific. Please ensure that you redeem the voucher for the correct exam.
    • Individuals must register for and take exams prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
    • Microsoft, Prometric, and Prometric testing centers are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers
    • Vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
    • Vouchers may not be applied to exams that have already been taken.
    • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts.
    • Vouchers are nontransferable and are void if altered in any way.
    • Vouchers can only be redeemed in the region from which they were purchased.
    • All Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certification exam vouchers may only be redeemed from Prometric test centers.
    • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.
    • Individuals who cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam 72 hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).
    • Individuals who fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).

     

    • 20% off + 2nd shot voucher offer is available from December 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014.
    • Exam voucher expires on May 31, 2014 and is only valid for the following exams:70-410, 70-411, 70-412, 70-461, 70-462, 70-463, 70-687, 70-688
    • One voucher can be applied toward one Microsoft Certification exam, delivered at an authorized Prometric testing center.
    • Vouchers are program-specific and, in some cases, exam-specific. Please ensure that you redeem the voucher for the correct exam.
    • Individuals must register for and take both initial and retake exams prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • All retake timeframes are subject to compliance with the Microsoft Certification Exam retake rules.
    • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
    • Microsoft, Prometric, and Prometric testing centers are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers
    • Vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
    • Vouchers may not be applied to exams that have already been taken.
    • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts.
    • Vouchers are nontransferable and are void if altered in any way.
    • Vouchers can only be redeemed in the region from which they were purchased.
    • All Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certification exam vouchers may only be redeemed from Prometric test centers.
    • Individuals must wait at least one day after failing an exam before registering for their exam retake.
    • When registering for the retake exam, individuals must provide their Second Shot voucher numbers.
    • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.
    • Individuals who cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam 72 hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).
    • Individuals who fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).

     

  • Since the kickoff of our 20th anniversary celebration on January 31, responses and support have been overwhelming positive. Thanks to everyone who have taken action and helped us spread the word during the first two weeks of 20 Years | 20 Ways. We started the year-long party by presenting three ways our community can help and inspire new IT professionals around the world. Through way #1, many of you have made the commitment to upgrade your IT skills by registering for your next exams. In fact, over 1,400 qualifying exam vouchers were purchased during the first week! For every one of those exams purchased, Microsoft will be donate an entry-level exams to help an aspiring IT pro get started with his/her career and dreams. (Details here.)

    And the party keeps getting bigger! If you're a frequent visitor on Born to Learn, you've probably read, owned, or maybe even written a few Microsoft Press books over the years. To help us celebrate, the wonderful people at Microsoft Press brought 5,000 gifts! Gift Now, in addition to an entry-level exam voucher, each recipient of donated exams will also get an ebook "

    Start Here! Fundamentals of Microsoft .NET Programming." Thank you, MS Press!

    For those who are active on the social web, please also give them a like/follow + shout-out on Microsoft Press Facebook page and Twitter.

    Need a book to study for your next exam? You can also find daily deals from MS Press via the learning resources section on MS Learning's Facebook page.

     

  • Every organization has the power to employ cloud technologies in their own way, at their own pace and with their own terms. The use of private cloud technologies help transform how organizations manage infrastructure resources, provision applications and automate services for their business. It also helps them leverage and manage public cloud services that expand their current infrastructure and application capabilities. As an end result, organizations increase IT operational agility, improved business focus and achieve value-add economics that evolves their IT infrastructure into a strategic asset.

     

    In collaboration with IEEE Computer Society, the Cloud Security Alliance and Dell, Microsoft is hosting a 24 Hours in a Private Cloud virtual event that will start at 8:00AM GMT on May 10, 2012.

     

    The event was built by the community for the community. Microsoft is the host of this event. Session content and product demos will be focused on our private cloud products (Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center). Attendees will learn about:

     Hear from top industry and technical professionals from around the world to help you better understand the private cloud technology solutions that are available today. You will engage with industry organizations to understand their view of the public cloud and how the role of the IT Professional will evolve as more and more organizations begin a private cloud transformation. You will have access to a number of technical professionals who will be on hand talking about the required components to simplify private cloud creation and management. As a part of this event, you can expand the dialog with your peers on numerous topics focused on operational efficiencies that come from deploying a private cloud.

    Through the virtual event experience, you will come away with the knowledge and experience to help you in your private cloud infrastructure decisions and be ready to have thought-leadership based discussions focused on building and managing your organization's agile and efficient private cloud environment. After the event, we welcome you to download and test our private cloud products from the TechNet Evaluation Center and leverage our private cloud promoted assets which listed above.

    Cloud Security Alliance will discuss their research and industry guidance which Microsoft has been a major contributor toward. The IEEE Computer Society will showcase their cloud content and guidance to help IT Professionals understand the dynamics of a Cloud computing. Dell will promote their private cloud hardware, solutions and services.

     

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    Keynote Speakers:          

    Jim Reavis, Executive Director, Cloud Security Alliance

    For many years, Jim Reavis has worked in the information security industry as an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, technologist and business strategist. Jim's innovative thinking about emerging security trends have been published and presented widely throughout the industry and have influenced many. Jim is helping shape the future of information security as co-founder, executive director and driving force of the Cloud Security Alliance. Jim was recently named as one of the Top 10 cloud computing leaders by SearchCloudComputing.com.

    Jim is the President of Reavis Consulting Group, LLC, where he advises security companies, large enterprises and other organizations on the implications of new trends such as Cloud and how to take advantage of them.  He has previously been an international board member of the ISSA, a global not for profit association of information security professionals and formerly served as the association's Executive Director. Jim is a co-founder of the Alliance for Enterprise Security Risk Management, a partnership between the ISSA, ISACA and ASIS, formed to address the enterprise risk issues associated with the convergence of logical and traditional security. He currently serves in an advisory capacity for many of the industry's most successful companies and is also a partner with the MetroSITE Group.

    Jim founded SecurityPortal in 1998 and has been an advisor on the launch of many industry ventures. Jim is widely quoted in the press and has worked with hundreds of corporations on their information security strategy and technology roadmap. Jim has a background in networking technologies, marketing, product management and systems integration. Jim received a B.A. in Business Administration / Computer Science from Western Washington University in 1987 and serves on WWU's alumni board.

     

    Dr. Dejan Milojicic, Sr. Research Manager, HP Labs

    Dr. Dejan Milojicic is the founding editor of IEEE Computing Society's Computing Now. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Parallel & Distributed Technologies, IEEE Concurrency, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, and IEEE Internet Computing magazines. He chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Operating Systems and has been involved with several other technical committees and Computer Society-sponsored conferences.

    Dejan is a senior research manager at HP Labs. He has worked in the areas of operating systems and distributed systems for more than 20 years. Dejan is the managing director of the Open Cirrus testbed, a consortium sponsored by HP, Intel, and Yahoo. In the past, he has led many activities in HP Labs, such as incident reduction, shared services platform, virtual desktop systems, adaptive monitoring, service deployment standards, a number of pervasive computing projects, and multi-computer systems. Dejan has been engaged in standardization bodies, such as OMG and GGF.  He received his BSc and MSc from University of Belgrade and PhD from University of Kaiserslautern.