March, 2012

  • We’ll be shortly using our MSL SME database to ask our Visual Studio experts to help us prioritize the knowledge and skills that we should be assessing on these certification exams. If you have experience with any of the following, update your SME profile now to reflect those experiences.
    • Visual Studio 11
    • .NET Framework 4.5 (Web)
    • .NET Framework 4.5 (Windows)
    • Metro Application Development
    • JavaScript
    • HTML5
      If you're not in our SME database, sign up today for opportunities to shape Microsoft Learning's certification exams, courseware, and program! See this post for more information.)
  • This past Saturday was the PASS SQL Saturday #105 in Dublin, Ireland.  I delivered a session on the new SQL Server 2012 exams we’re bringing to market.  There were over 300 people at the event.  I had a chance to chat with Bob Duffy who holds both the SQL Microsoft Certified Master credential, and the Microsoft Certified Architect credential.  I’ve met several MCMs, and only a couple of MCAs and Bob is being modest when he says these folks are super-smart.  Have you met an advanced certification holder?  What’s been your impression?

  • The event yesterday in New York marks my sixth and last (for me) stop on the tour.  I’m headed east for two more events I’ll be covering next week.  We had an great group of SQL Professionals who brought their fun New York attitude to the event.  The highlight for me was meeting another person who was certified in 1994 which is one of the oldest certifications I’ve seen since I went on the road in early March (when I was talking to Wayne, I forgot about Ted back in Denver who was 1993).  If you held a cert from back in the 90s, I encourage you to check out the 20 Years | 20 Ways page on Facebook where we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Certification.

  • Register for SQL Server 2012 beta exams

     

    Registration is now open for SQL Server 2012 beta exams. You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of Microsoft Certification Program exams. When the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.

    By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification Program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications. The following exams are a part of this beta offering. Beta exam period runs: March 23, 2012– April 13, 2012, with specific exam delivery dates and voucher codes as follows:

     

    Exam number

    Beta delivery dates

    Promotional code

    Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    3/29/2012—4/12/2012

    DEN461

    Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

    3/29/2012—4/12/2012

    DEN462

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

    3/23/2012—4/6/2012

    DEN463

    Exam 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

    3/30/2012—4/13/2012

    DEN464

    Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    3/30/2012—4/13/2012

    DEN465

    Exam 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    3/23/2012—4/6/2012

    DEN466

    Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    3/23/2012—4/6/2012

    DEN467

     

    For information about the certification paths, visit the SQL Server certification page. To find exam preparation information, follow the link on the exam numbers above.

     

    Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta. We recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. In some cases, the number of eligible individuals notified exceeds the number of available beta slots. Please note that your local testing center may become fully booked, even though there may still be seats available for a specific exam. Try scheduling at a different testing center or a different time. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered. We will post a notice on the Born to Learn blog when the beta slots are filled. If you register, please ensure you are committed to attend.


    Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions).  All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.

     

    Regional Restrictions: China , India, Pakistan, Turkey


    Registration Information

    You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam. Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta. We recommend that you register immediately. If you have difficulty registering online, try calling Prometric instead.

     

    To register in North America, please call:

    Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)

    Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact:

    Prometric: http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp

     

    You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about beta exams here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-dev-release.aspx#tab2.

     

    For Microsoft Certification Program (MCP) help and information, you may log in to the MCP Web site at http://mcp.microsoft.com/ or contact your Regional Service Center: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/help/assisted-support.aspx.

     

    For updates and information about exams, visit the Born to Learn blog at: http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/.

     

    If you have questions or comments about the Microsoft Learning Subject Matter Experts program, contact mslcd@microsoft.com. 

  • The Ops tour rolled through Philadelphia, PA yesterday and we had another full house of over 150 SQL professionals.  I spoke with a variety of folks and found an interesting common thread across my two interview subjects:  getting certified helped them both learn more about the product.  Have you learned anything new while preparing for your certification exams?

  • It is with great pleasure that MSL announces the release of course 80313A: Development IV in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012.

    About this Course:

    This four-day instructor-led course dives deeper into the programming architecture of Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012. It provides students with a case study/hands-on approach to customizing the system. This course contains coding.

    Audience

    The intended audience is experienced systems consultants typically working for a Microsoft Dynamics partner that is selling, consulting, implementing, and supporting Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

    Course Syllabus: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=80313A&Locale=en-us

    Note: This course is available now for download on PartnerSource, and will be available on the MCT Download Center 12 April 2012.

     

    Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the course.

     

    Kind regards

    Claire Bremer Nielsen,

    Senior Content Project Manager || Microsoft Learning

  • It is with great pleasure that MSL announces the release of course 80420A: Data Upgrade and Code Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012.

    About this Course:

    This three-day instructor-led course covers both the data upgrade and the code customization upgrades from Microsoft Dynamics® AX 4.0 and Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012.

    Audience

    The intended audience includes Partners, Installers, End-users and Developers.

    Course Syllabus: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=80420A&Locale=en-us

    Note: This course is available now for download on PartnerSource, and will be available on the MCT Download Center 12 April 2012.

     

    Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the course.

     

    Kind regards

    Claire Bremer Nielsen,

    Senior Content Project Manager || Microsoft Learning

  • It is with great pleasure that MSL announces the release of the Hands on Lab: Cost Accounting in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012.

    About this Hands on Lab Collection:

    The objective of this hands-on lab collection is to introduce the concepts and terms associated with Cost accounting and to demonstrate the features of the Cost accounting module in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. This is a series of hands-on labs that cover the functionality of the module.

    Audience

    It is required that individuals have knowledge of business acumen, accounting principles, and a general knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Microsoft Windows.

    Course available on PartnerSource: https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/communities/training/trainingmaterials/student/coursecourseholcaax2009.htm?printpage=false

     

    Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the hands on lab.

    Kind regards

    Claire Bremer Nielsen,

    Senior Content Project Manager || Microsoft Learning

  • Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event on March 13, 2012! Instead of specifically targeting IT Pros or Developers like most Jump Starts, Cloud 101 had a unique constituency in that it targeted business leaders who are searching for understanding so they can join the cloud conversation.

    Cloud 101 was team-taught by Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Rick Claus and Frank Gartland, Managing Principal of Focused FX. The conversational approach that has come to define Jump Starts helped attendees understand the overall cloud story and compartmentalize how and where Microsoft’s different cloud solutions solve real business challenges. One attendee from Mexico City commented, “Excelente! Great Level 100 course for anyone who should know the Microsoft Cloud Strategy!”

    HIGHLIGHTS & RESULTS

    (1) Designed for Business Leaders
     -
    Targeted Executives, Sales & Marketing, Technical Decision Makers & IT Pros looking for a high-level cloud overview
     - Specifically designed to help people
     who have told us they’re not fully prepared to lead cloud conversations
     -
    351 people joined the live event! Over 830 people registered and will receive link to video recordings!
     -
    Overall NSAT was 161
     -
    Attendees represented 90 different countries!

    (2) Delivered as a 3-hour course covering 100-level concepts
     - As opposed to the Jump Start “norm” of 12-18 hours of 300-level content delivered over 2-3 days
     -
    70% said the course improved their perception of Microsoft’s approach to cloud computing
     -
    75% said the course motivated them to embrace Microsoft Cloud Solutions sooner than originally planned
     - Just over 55% of the attendees were Microsoft partners—28% were Learning Partners
     - Demographics: 46% US/Canada | 24% Europe | 12% L.A. | 10% APAC/Aus/NZ | 6% Middle East | 2% Africa
     -
    LEARNING PARTNERS: You can deliver to your customers--FREE --starting March 23, 2012!

    CLOUD 101 VIDEO SERIES AVAILABLE NOW!
    Posted to TechNet Edge and ready for viewing: http://aka.ms/Cloud101-Videos!

    Questions? Contact Sharon Harris (sharonl) or Frank Gartland (v-frgart).

  • The SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour made a swing through Chicago today (where it was unseasonably 75 degrees and beautiful for my video intro).  We had another great crowd of almost 150 SQL enthusiasts, and another great reaction to the new features in SQL Server 2012.  I met several folks with various certifications.  Today’s video, however, takes a different approach and I spoke with Simon and Arjun who aren’t certified yet, but are considering getting certified on the new version of SQL Server.  We’ve heard a variety of motivators from people who have found better networking opportunities, doors that open to meet new clients, and folks who have increased their hourly billable rate.  What anecdotal benefits do you find with your certification?

  • Calling all Visual Studio 2011 -- Windows Experts

     

    Microsoft Learning is working to include the experiences of early adopter communities into Microsoft’s official training curriculum and certification exams with the goal of increasing the real world relevancy of these products. We’re putting a call out for technical experts who have VS 11 beta Metro experience and good HTML/JavaScript experience as part of experience with Visual Studio 2011.

    We have a few spots left in a working session to be held on Microsoft’s main campus from Monday March 26th through Friday March 30th. The experts chosen to participate must be available for the full week, and will be compensated. If you are interested in participating in these sessions or would like more information, please contact us. Please include your resume with your email.

    If you are interested in other opportunities to lend your knowledge and expertise to the exam development process, please complete the SME Profile Survey on the MSL SME site on Microsoft Connect.

  • We’ll be shortly using our MSL SME database to send notifications to register for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 beta exams. The notifications that include beta codes will be sent out for the following exams:

    ·         Exam 71-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    ·         Exam 71-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

    ·         Exam 71-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    ·         Exam 71-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

    ·         Exam 71-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    ·         Exam 71-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    ·         Exam 71-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

     
     
    As with every beta exam, seats are limited and not guaranteed. For your best chance of participating, create a SME profile by filling out the survey on the MSL SME site on Microsoft Connect. (See this post for more information.) Please note that if you already filled out your SME profile, make sure that you update it to reflect your interest in taking a beta exam and your experience with SQL Server 2012.  If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail mslcd@microsoft.com.
  • Yesterday was the Jacksonville, Florida stop on the SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour.  Another room buzzing with SQL Server enthusiasts anxious to take a look at the great new features of SQL Server.  We heard more enthusiastic support for the exams we’ve built for SQL Server 2012.  You can explore them here.  I had a quick chat with Rob and Brian about their experiences being certified.

  • It is with great pleasure that MSL announces the release of course 80423A: Master Planning in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012.

    About this Course:

    This two-day instructor-led course, Master Planning in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012, provides students with the necessary tools and resources to perform moderate to advanced tasks for the setup and process for forecast and master planning in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Topics include the main concepts, considerations and setups used in master planning, master scheduling, forecast scheduling, coverage groups , product item detailed coverage settings, and the effect that intercompany and multisite operations has on the Master planning module.

    Audience

    The intended audience includes customers who want to learn the moderate to advanced features and develop a working knowledge of procedures required to effectively use Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Master planning functionality. This audience typically includes application consultants who are responsible for assessing a customers' business needs and advising them on the use, configuration, and customization of the application. Participants are usually people that work with the purchasing, production, and material management sections of the software.

     

    Course Syllabus: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=80423A&Locale=en-us

     

    Note: This course is available for download on Partner Source, and will be available on the MCT Download Center 12 April 2012.

     

    Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the course.

    Kind regards

    Claire Bremer Nielsen,

    Senior Content Project Manager || Microsoft Learning

  • It is with great pleasure that MSL announces the release of course 80422A: Intercompany Setup and Order Processing in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012.

    About this Course:

    This two day Instructor Led Training (ILT) course provides students with the knowledge and skills to set up and use the Intercompany functionality in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012. The topics covered in the course include basic setup of intercompany relations, basic and advanced workflows, and return orders in Intercompany. Additionally, it introduces the synchronization of batch and serial numbers, and the setup of security roles, amongst other intercompany specific areas of functionality. This course is also available as an e-learning deliverable.

    Audience

    This course is intended for IT- Professionals who have a moderate understanding of the Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012 supply chain. This course targets the IT-Professionals who are responsible to set up Intercompany processes between companies throughout the customers supply chain, and customers who have a moderate knowledge of the supply chain in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012 and an excellent understanding of their own logistic processes which the customer might want to manage with the in Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012 Intercompany functionality.

    Course Syllabus: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=80422A&Locale=en-us

    Note: This course is available for download on Partner Source, and will be available on the MCT Download Center 12 April 2012.

    Thanks and I hope you enjoy the course.

    Kind regards

    Claire Bremer Nielsen,

    Senior Content Project Manager || Microsoft Learning

     

     

     

  • Subject Matter Experts -- we want to hear from you!

     

    Our annual SME Profile Satisfaction Survey will be open for one more day! The survey has been available since February 14th, 2012 and will close on March 14th, 2012. If you have not yet taken the survey you still have time to provide us with your valuable feedback.

     

    Please be sure to login with your Windows Live ID in order to see the survey

     

    The SME Profile Database program is our online registry of Subject Matter Experts. In this program, we get to know more about the people who are industry professionals and passionate about Microsoft Learning products. We coordinate beta exam invitations, feedback activities, and content development opportunities through this program.

     

    So… if you are currently a member, we’d like to hear about your experiences over the last year! Your feedback will help us continue to make improvements to the program. You may have already received an email from us, but if for some cosmic reason the message didn’t come through please complete the SME Profile Satisfaction Survey by going to the MSL Subject Matter Experts site on Microsoft Connect (http://connect.microsoft.com/site862), log in with your Windows Live ID, and click on the SME Profile Satisfaction Survey link in the front page in the "Survey" section.

    And if you’re a SME who would like to join… come to our site and tell us about your experiences with Microsoft technologies by completing the SME Profile Survey on the MSL SME site on Microsoft Connect (http://connect.microsoft.com/site862).

  • Some of the brightest minds in the world work at Microsoft—and you could be one of them. We’re looking for SQL wizards to audition for Microsoft’s new reality show “Be the Next Microsoft Employee.” We’ll cast six contestants who will use their SQL skills to battle it out in Redmond for an opportunity to interview for a job at Microsoft.  Check out Be The Next Microsoft Employee for all the details.  Use Your SQL Smarts for an Opportunity to Work at Microsoft.

  • ·         Dear MCTs,

    If you have used the Microsoft Learning courseware for Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012 I kindly invite you to provide feedback (good and bad) to the condition of the documents (student manual, Powerpoints, Instructor notes).

    We welcome any opportunity to improve the quality of the courseware for your consumption, and to improve your experience when instructing our classroom courses.

    While I cannot guarantee that your suggested changes will be implemented immediately, I can guarantee that your feedback will be taken seriously and considered for any future updates of the material.

    Please email Claire Bremer Nielsen (cstorega@microsoft.com) with your feedback, and also if you would prefer me to set up a phone call with you.

    Thank you in advance

    Claire Bremer Nielsen

    AX 2012 Project Group Lead

  • Yesterday was the SQL Server Special Ops Tour in Denver, Colorado.  Almost 250 attendees joined us to hear Dandy Weyen aka The Belgian aka @ilikesql present the cool new features in SQL Server 2012.  I met a variety of interesting MCTs, MCITPs, and some folks who have never been certified as well.  Two interesting testimonials this time from one of our longest standing MCTs, and someone who has had almost all of the SQL Server certifications.  How small is your MCP number?

  • Exam 98-375: MTA: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals is now available at Certiport testing centers.  For students new to IT, MTA is the starting point of Microsoft technology certifications, positioning students for advanced technology training and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Certification.  This exam tests knowledge of fundamental HTML5 application development concepts.   

     

    Candidates for this exam should have solid foundational knowledge of the topics outlined in the preparation guide, including CSS and JavaScript.  It is recommended that candidates be familiar with the concepts of and have some hands-on experience with the related technologies either by taking relevant training courses or by working with tutorials and samples available on MSDN and in Microsoft Visual Studio.

     

    About MTA

    Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is an entry-level certification that validates the fundamental technology knowledge that students need to start building a career in Microsoft technologies.

     

    MTA exams are available to students, faculty, and staff of accredited academic institutions.  Contact your school administrator to find out if your school is an approved MTA testing center.  If your school is not already an MTA testing center, a faculty member or administrator can contact a Certiport sales consultant to learn how to obtain MTA exams.

     

    For more information, visit  Certiport’s Web site

  • UPDATE 3/8/12:  The session is now full.  Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in participating.  To be considered for future opportunities, please complete a SME Profile survey on Microsoft Connect.

    Microsoft Learning is working to include the experiences of early adopter communities into Microsoft’s official training curriculum and certification exams with the goal of increasing the real world relevancy of these products.  We’re putting a call out for technical experts who have experience with Windows Server 2008, and who have expert level knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Windows Server infrastructure, server virtualization, desktop virtualization. Candidates should also have experience with the Windows Server “8” Beta.

     

    We have a few spots left in a working session to be held on Microsoft’s main campus from Monday March 12th through Friday March 16th. The experts chosen to participate must be available for the full week, and will be compensated. If you are interested in participating in these sessions or would like more information, please contact us.  Please include your resume with your email.

      

    If you are interested in other opportunities to lend your knowledge and expertise to the exam development process, please complete the SME Profile Survey on the MSL SME site on Microsoft Connect.

  • Yesterday I spoke at the SQL Server Special Ops Tour stop in Irvine, California.  We had a good crowd of nearly 150 SQL Server enthusiasts that came out to hear a little bit about what’s new with SQL Server 2012.  It’s always fun meeting with customers, and today was no exception with somewhere near a third of the room having some sort of Microsoft Certification.  I also spoke with several customers who weren’t certified, and it was fun to share some of the changes we’re making to boost the integrity of the certification program.  Thanks to Mickey and Reza for taking the time to chat with me about the value certifications have had in their careers. How many of you use your cert initials on your business cards to open doors like Reza does?

  • Help us celebrate twenty years of thriving careers powered by Microsoft Certification by joining a tweetchat (#20yrs20ways)! You'll get to ask industry experts, HR pros and technology veterans questions about getting hired and getting ahead.

    What is a tweetchat? It is a real-time conversation taking place on Twitter, where participants can interact with each other, and keep track of the conversation by following a designated hashtag. In this case, we'll be using #20yrs20ways. Be prepared for informative and lively exchange of questions, answers and advice, one hour at a time!

    Each tweetchat will focus on a specific topic. Two sessions will be planned for each date so you can participate from wherever you are in the world! Want to get reminders and the latest on these tweetchats? We're @MSLearning on Twitter -- follow us today!

     

    Tweetchat #1: What it takes to get hired at Microsoft - [ Chat completed]

    Date: Tuesday, March 27

    Featured Guest: Alecia Sullivan, Staffing Consultant, Microsoft, @MSITJobs

    Bio: With 7 years of staffing experience, Alecia currently supports MSIT Engineer roles within the User Experience IT team. She will speak on the topics of LinkedIn, how to write a resume to the job description, and professional networking using social media.

    Follow @MSITJobs on Twitter, use hashtag #20yrs20ways, like Microsoft IT Showcase on Facebook, and come prepared with questions for Alecia!

    Tweetchat #2: How to turn certification into job success - [Chat completed]

    Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012

    Featured Guest: Ben Watson,  Senior Director, Global Knowledge. Check out his full bio on LinkedIn.

    Bio: Prior to joining Global Knowledge in December 2011, Ben Watson was with Microsoft Learning for 4 years as Director of Training Products. Join Ben as he talks about what certification means to your IT career, and what's hot in courses/technologies at Global Knowledge.

    Follow @BenWatson on Twitter, use hashtag #20yrs20ways, like Global Knowledge on Facebook, and come prepared with questions for Ben!

    Tweetchat #3: Moving your IT career to the Cloud [Chat completed]

    Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    Featured Guest: Mitch Garvis, Senior IT Pro Trainer and Courseware Specialist

    Bio (in his own words): Mitch Garvis is a Renaissance Man of the IT world. Aside from being a partner with SWMI Consulting Group, he is a Virtual Partner Technology Advisor for Microsoft Canada, and has contributed to numerous certification exams for Microsoft Learning. He seems to collect certifications, and trains on a variety of topics including System Center, server virtualization, desktop deployment, and security. We think that parts of Windows 7 really were his idea. You can read his blog at www.garvis.ca, and follow him on Twitter as @MGarvis. He makes his home outside Toronto where he has one wife, two kids, two dogs, and two minutes to himself per day.

    Come and ask Mitch about how to "cloud proof" your IT career, update your skills and increase your relevance. Mitch will also happily take questions about technologies such as Virtualization, System Center, and Windows Client / VDI. Join the chat by using the hashtag #20yrs20ways on Twitter.

    Tweetchat #4: New training and certification options for SQL Server 2012 [Chat completed]

    Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Times: 6:00am and 6:00pm PDT

    Featured Guest: Thomas LaRock, Vice President, Marketing, PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server)

    Bio: Thomas LaRock is a seasoned IT professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Currently serving as a Technical Evangelist for Confio Software, Thomas has progressed through several roles in his career including programmer, analyst, and DBA. Thomas holds an MS degree in Mathematics from Washington State University and is a member of the Usability Professioal's Association. Thomas currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) and is also a SQL Server MVP. Thomas can also be found blogging at http://thomaslarock.com and is the author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA.

    Thomas will be talking to us about the skills database professionals will need to be successful in the future, and how the role of the DBA may evolve over the next 5+ years. He will also have expert advice on getting certified, keeping your skills relevant for career advancement, and getting a foot in the door for a job.

    Follow Thomas LaRock on Twitter at @SQLRockstar, use hashtag #20yrs20ways, and come prepared with your questions!

    Upcoming tweetchats:

    • TBD

    Check back soon to get more info on our guest experts and exact chat times.

    Want to get reminders and the latest on these tweetchats? We're @MSLearning on Twitter -- follow us today!

     

  • I am excited to announce an expansion of elective exams for MOS 2010 Master certification to now include SharePoint 2010 and OneNote 2010! Since the MOS 2010 certifications were launched in June 2010, achieving Master status has required the Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint and your choice of one elective exam - which now includes Outlook, Access, SharePoint, or OneNote.

    Microsoft Learning recognizes that SharePoint and OneNote have become more integral in day to day business function, and more integral in the MOS 2010 certification line up. Now they play a more important role in the MOS Master certification as well. For details about the MOS 2010 Master certification, you can check out either the Microsoft MOS certification page  or  www.certiport.com/mos2010master.

  • I'll be heading out on the SQL Server Special Ops tour starting next week.  I'm looking forward to meeting SQL enthusiasts, and talking about the great portfolio of exams, courses and books we're about to ship to support SQL Server 2012.  If you're in a tour city, come find me and lets talk about SQL Server, and certification.  Here are some testamonials from folks in MS Learning.  We're anxious to hear how certification has changed your world!