Looking for a few good People Managers

Looking for a few good People Managers

Deborah Grauer (Microsoft)

One of the consistent pieces of feedback we hear about the new generation of certifications is “OK, I understand. But certification doesn’t matter to my manager.” Sound familiar? It seems that while we’re getting better at getting the word out to IT Professionals and Developers about the value of a current certification, MCITP, etc. we’re not doing such a good job at reaching the folks who are making hiring decisions and managing IT teams.

That’s going to change this year. Microsoft Learning is making an investment in IT Managers. We want to help add value to your organization in a way we’ve never done before and in order to do that, we need your help.

We re looking for some experienced folks who manage a team of IT Professionals or Developers to work with us as part of the Microsoft Learning IT Manager Advisory Council. The primary objective for this group is to provide input and feedback around key Microsoft Learning strategies and products and to help us build solid recognition at a manager level around the value of certification. Members will share their insight and experiences as IT managers. They will be the voice of the community as we develop offers, tools and materials exclusively for the IT Manager audience.

We’ll be holding 2 in person meetings this year, one anchored by TechEd Europe and one by TechEd North America. Between times we’ll use Live Meeting, conference calls and email to stay engaged.

Are you interested in participating on the Microsoft Learning IT Manager Advisory Council? Or do you know someone who would be a great voice for the team?
You can find the IT Manager Advisory Council Profile form here. All profiles are due no later than October 2 and selected individuals will be notified at the beginning of October.

What are the Requirements for Participation?
• 18-24 month commitment
• Min 3 years experience in IT
• Min 1 year experience as a manager
• Participate in 1 day of Advisory Council activity prior to or during TechEd Europe (Nov) OR TechEd North America (May)
• Participate in 3-4 Live Meetings during the year
(Please note that all meetings will be conducted in English)

What do Advisory Council Members get out of their participation?
• A voice in developing new offers, products, tools, etc.
• Direct contact with Microsoft Learning strategists and product experts
• A TechEd registration discount
• Microsoft Learning product discounts
• Exclusive swag and treats from Microsoft

For more information or if you have any questions, please send me an email 

Comments
  • rellufgerg
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    Excellent initiative Deborah!
  • rellufgerg
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    This sounds fantastic!!!
  • rellufgerg
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    It is a bit late for such initiative. Looks more like a search for cheap labor . You have got a lot of ideas for MSLearn and a lot of things you should/must fix in comments in last few months. You have ignored it, and later deleter all this feedback from community!!! How can you expect any trust in your intention if every change from you is done in such manner. Where are negative comments why have you deleted it? THIS IS CENZORSHIP! AGAIN!

    Take a look again on MCP status and how have you changed and announced who is and who isn't MCP in last years. No one, even MSL knows who is and who isn't MCP. Of course you have your explanation - but it only makes sense for you:) It is the stability of certification offer that makes it valuable not constant changing (of benefits, names of certs, rules of certs etc.) Introducing of ideas that are silently gone soon isn't very smart.

    I repeat my question: When will you announce next postpone of digital wallet cards? :) lol
  • rellufgerg
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    I don't think it is ever too late for an initiative such as this. There are many great benefits to certification and I believe that this program may be able to help some individuals who wish to be certified or maintain their certification. This program sounds like it is targeting Hiring Managers to help them understand the value of certification. There are many companies who already know this. These are the companies that are participating in the Certified Partner program.

    Certification not only helps the individuals who achieve certification, but also the companies who employ certified professional by ensuring their people are passionate about technology. In the consulting world, this also benefits your clients. The clients many not understand exactly what it means to be a Microsoft Certified Professional, but it carries weight inside SOW and company bios as well. I personally am a huge supporter of the MCP program and certification has always been a factor on my hiring decisions. I want those individuals on my team that are willing to go the extra mile and truly understand the technology they deal with on a day to day basis. I think other companies would benefit from understanding how much certification can improve their business as well.
  • rellufgerg
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    Nice to hear you want to listen to managers. Hopefully they will help fine tune the messages they want to hear from MSL about training and certification. Nice touch that the AC meet up at TechEd.
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