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  • Blog Post: One month to TechEd NA 2014 - What to do now

    Okay, technically, TechEd North America 2014 is less than four weeks away. Some of our favorite TechEd alumni from Europe are already procuring goodies and packing for the trip (Hi Patrik and Bjarne!). I just watched Rick and Joey's latest Countdown Show episode (the one about the newbies, see below...
  • Blog Post: Meet Your MCT Ambassadors at TechEd NA 2014

    We are excited to introduce your MCT Ambassadors at TechEd North America 2014! For those who have visited our booth or taken exams at various conferences, you've most likely met with MCT Ambassadors. They are a group of Microsoft Certified Trainers who work with our team to help you identify certification...
  • Blog Post: Live Twitter Chat with Mark Russinovich on March 27 #TechEdChat

    It's safe to say that Windows Azure Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, needs no introduction among our MCP community. Many of you heard from him during our Certified Career Day last year, when he did an exclusive interview with Wes Miller on the key capabilities organizations needs when migrating...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to TechEd NA 2014: Discounts, Parties, and More!

    Can you believe TechEd North America 2014 is only two months away? Will we see you in Houston in May ? We could not be more excited. Melissa calls it her summer camp. That's how much we love all the activities and the community during TechEd NA week every year. Microsoft Learning is again bringing...
  • Blog Post: What will you get out of TechEd North America 2014? Early bird rate ends on December 31!

    Microsoft Learning is bringing Certification Central to TechEd North America again in 2014. Melissa Bathum and I cannot wait to see you in Houston in May! As usual, attendees will have access to a long list of free resources in our onsite study hall, multiple exam prep sessions delivered by Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2013 - Clint

    Last night I met Clint just outside the testing center here at TechEd North America. This was a great chat because although he's been in the industry for over 20 years, yesterday he took his first certification exams. Ever. More than that, he's working on going from zero to his MCSE: Messaging...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2013 - Heather

    I chatted with Heather about her job working for NASCAR. Heather took her Office certifications to the next level three years ago when she decided to become an MCT. Now not only does she have the Office skills to help the NASCAR organization, but as a Microsoft Certified Trainer she helps others get...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2013 - Lou

    I spoke with Lou on the expo floor at TechEd today. He told me that when he was ready to leave management to go back to being a technical individual contributor, he used his SQL Certification to help prove he still had his technical skills. We love hearing from customers whose certifications help them...
  • Blog Post: MCT MTA Throwdown at TechEd NA 2013

    Three experienced MCTs are now taking all twelve (12) MTA exams right here at TechEd North America 2013. Telmo Sampaio, David Elfassy, and Ken Rosen (left to right) have challenged each other right here at Certification Central, on the third floor of the convention center. Objective: Each MCT must...
  • Blog Post: TechEd NA 2013: MCP Party, Certification Resources and Free Beta Exams!

    The Microsoft Learning team is getting ready to head to New Orleans for TechEd North America 2013, and we could not be more excited to see you again. I even got a haircut for the occasion. But have we started packing? Of course not! We did, however, send Melissa to crash Rick's and Joey's TechEd...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Certified @ TechEd at 50% Off!

    Hey! Veronica here. I've just scheduled my pre-TechEd hair appointment, which already makes me more prepared this year than last. But let's talk about YOU. Do you need another reason to register for and attend TechEd in New Orleans or Madrid this year? For thousands of current and prospective...
  • Blog Post: The 60-Day Private Cloud Certification Challenge…

    Greetings True Believers and new visitors, For those of you new to my blogging, a short introduction is probably in order. My name is Michael Bender. I am an MCT based out of Madison, WI. I teach Microsoft Server classes and Virtualization classes at Madison College full time as well as...
  • Blog Post: Career Factor: Final thoughts and contest update

    The Career Factor cast spent last week recovering from their trip to Tech•Ed North America, but they're beginning to publish their final impressions of the show, the conference, and what they've learned. Read on for updates from Simon, Steve, and Eddie. In addition, don't forget that...
  • Blog Post: Career Factor rocks Tech·Ed and the DIY contest starts today!

    The Career Factor crew has spent the week at Tech·Ed, and they've recorded their thoughts and impressions (and video) throughout the conference. Check out the news feed , featuring updates including: Rooting for the home team at an Atlanta Braves game Staying out far too late (but...
  • Blog Post: On your mark, get set...

    Now that you've gotten to know the Career Factor crew (if you're at Tech·Ed North America this week, hopefully you've met them in person), we're excited to give you a chance to become part of the story! Enter the DIY Career Factor contest ! Beginning May 19 at 2pm PDT ( check...
  • Blog Post: Live from Tech·Ed, it's Career Factor!

    The Career Factor crew has gathered in Atlanta, Georgia and they're already having a great time! After meeting for breakfast and taking in an Atlanta Braves game on Sunday (photos courtesy of Steve's travel blog ), they're attending sessions and gearing up for the Career Factor Live! reunion...
  • Blog Post: IT Managers: Share Your Thoughts on Microsoft Certification at TechEd North America

    Do you currently manage, hire or recruit IT professionals or developers? Would you like to help influence Microsoft Certification efforts? Will you be attending TechEd North America in Atlanta May 16-19? If you answered YES to these questions, we’d like to invite you to participate...
  • Blog Post: Career Factor: The countdown continues

    The Career Factor cast has been busy getting ready to fly to Atlanta for Tech · Ed North America! Learn how you can experience the conference with them , whether you're attending in person or following the cast online. Headed to Atlanta next week, or just curious to know what happens at...
  • Blog Post: This week on Career Factor: Getting ready for Tech-Ed!

    The Career Factor participants are getting excited to meet in person at Tech-Ed next month! You can witness their reunion in person and online--watch the Career Factor website for details as the conference draws nearer. In the meantime, mark your calendar for a special r ésumé workshop...
  • Blog Post: Is TechEd Really Next Month? ... Already?!?

    Yep. Time flies. It really is April, and next month is TechEd ( May 16-19, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia, to be exact). Don’t miss out on over 1,000 learning opportunities including hands-on labs, breakout sessions, product demo stations and the chance to network with thousands of your peers and industry...
  • Blog Post: Join us at TechEd Europe – Speakers and sessions announced!

    If you’ve been holding off on registering for TechEd Europe until the agenda was posted, wait no longer: Over 200 Tech∙Ed sessions are now posted on the event website (with many more to come), along with a pretty great line-up of speakers! Here’s just a sampling of the sessions you can choose from: Cloud...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe: why pay the full fee...

    ...when you can save 200 Euro by registering by August 31st? Great content awaits in Berlin, 8-12 November 2010. Technical Tracks, Pre-Conference Seminars, Birds of a Feather sessions: all presented by experts who will share their knowledge and experience. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet...
  • Blog Post: Not Quite Live - TechEd NA 2010: Catching up with Susan Ibach

    Sometimes on the fourth day of an event like TechEd the attendees start to lose steam a bit, but I have not noticed anything like that this year, especially with the MCT Community members present. Today I had a chance to corral Susan Ibach, MCT, Community Author and member of one of the IT Grand Prix...
  • Blog Post: Not Quite Live - TechEd NA 2010: Allan Jacobs Unplugged

    Early on Day Three at TechEd NA 2010 in New Orleans, I got to spend some time with Allan Jacobs, Unified Communications expert and MCT. He was kind enough to share some of his thoughts with me in this video. (Please visit the site to view this video) Lots of action happening at the MCT Lounge....
  • Blog Post: Not Quite Live - TechEd NA 2010: A couple moments with Don Donais

    Day Two at TechEd NA 2010 in New Orleans was filled with highlights for me. I presented first thing at 8:00 AM on the Contributor Community and the Microsoft Learning Courseware Library. The attendees were very interactive, which was pleasant considering the relatively early hour. For the rest of the...