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Exciting MVA Improvements now live!For 2013, we have some new innovations on Microsoft Virtual Academy we just rolled out:
Top Students of the Week /MonthSome of you may have noticed our new Top Students home page banner now features weekly and monthly point leaders for both your local market and globally. This was done based on member feedback asking for more ways for recent member accomplishments to be featured more often. We have also updated the Top Students leader board so you can compare yourself to top students in your country by week, by month or by all-time. We hope this allows more amazing MVA members all over the world to be featured.
New MVA Video Experience
We are also continuing to improve the site experience. Our goal is to make it easier to find and experience the courses that are important to you and give you new ways to share and compare your progress.
This week we launch a totally new MVA video experience we would love for you to try. This is designed to make it easier to navigate a course, skim the various course modules, find supplementary materials and take self-assessments.
We want your voice involved as we improve the MVA experience. Please try this new MVA video experience by taking one of our recorded Jump Starts here and send us your feedback to “Tell The Dean”. Tell us what you like and more importantly what we need to improve before we roll this out for all courses.
Improved Course Description PagesTo make courses easier to read and discover, we have revamped the course description pages to make course and module descriptions easier to read.
New expanded RSS feedsIn order to provide more ways to discover what is new on MVA, we have expanded RSS feeds for members on the:
You can check these out on the home page and our new Jump Start section.
Thanks for your terrific support of Microsoft Virtual Academy and we look forward to sharing more exciting innovations over the coming months.
You never forget your first 1M customers. Today I am pleased to announce at 8:12am Pacific Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) just hit that magic number.
Thank you all for learning with us. Your support, feedback to make us better, and worldwide passion for just-in-time learning and readiness skills are the reasons MVA exists and thrives. This support has helped MVA become a vibrant community of IT Pros and Developers from around the world seeking free technical training from experts on Microsoft technologies.
Here are some other cool examples of your passionate support:
This past fall, the addition of MVA Jump Starts has added a new dimension to help you get just in time information from tech experts. Jump Starts are live events that allow you to take a course live and ask questions and interact with instructors and your global classmates in real time.
As I write this post, nearly 500 people are experiencing our live interactive Jump Start class right now. In 2013 we will be expanding the frequency of our live Jump Start events and providing them on-demand.You can check out our upcoming live and on demand events at our new Jump Start page.
While today is a great milestone, we have much larger vision for MVA we will be revealing over the coming months that will continue our commitment to help you in your job or your career.
We’d really like to hear more from you. Please celebrate with us by sharing on Facebook how MVA helped you!
The Microsoft Virtual Academy team is excited to open registration for two new courses in a three-Jump Start series focused on virtualization. These one-day live online events are designed for IT Pros experienced in virtualization but interested in learning how to better leverage the Windows Server 2012 platform, Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1. All three courses will leverage a team-teaching approach to deliver an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience.
REGISTER NOW for each of these great (FREE) sessions!
These courses are online and do not provide hands-on labs. If you're interested in attending a more formal and in-person learning experience with hands-on, consider taking official Windows Server 2012 training delivered by a certified Microsoft Learning partner.
Interested in exploring the best ways to manage and secure PCs, tablets (Surface, iPad, etc.) and mobile devices (Windows Phone, Android, iPhone) in the cloud? Check out the Windows Intune Jump Start on January 31, 2013!
Register before January 31, 2013 for the Microsoft Management Summit and Save $300 USD*
MMS is tailored specifically to IT Professionals and provides some of the deepest level of technical training Microsoft has to offer. Attendees will learn from industry experts while attending 300 and 400 level sessions, and instructor-led and self-paced labs. In addition, registered attendees can save 50% (US price, based on dollars) on Microsoft Certification Exams at MMS.
Attend MMS and learn what’s new in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.
Register Now before it’s too late to save up to $300 off the standard registration price.*
*Early Bird Registration ends January 31, 2013; discount is shown in United States Dollars only.
With System Center 2012 SP1, you get the most cost effective and flexible platform for managing your traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, and client computers and devices.
Microsoft Virtual Academy is launching three new courses in January, each focused on helping IT professionals understand the benefits of System Center 2012 SP1:
Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals - Learn how Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center 2012 SP1 can help you build, deploy, and manage private cloud architecture. NOTE: This course became available on Jan 15.
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Updates - Learn about the enhancements to each of the System Center 2012 SP1 components, which includes added support for Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and tighter integration with Windows Azure. NOTE: This course became available on Jan 16.
System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities - Learn about the configuration and management of the infrastructure, services and applications available from System Center 2012 SP1. NOTE: This course became available on Feb 1.
System Center 2012 is the only unified management platform where you can manage multiple hypervisors, physical resources, and applications in a single offering.
Sign-in to MVA to take these free technical courses and check back regularly, as new courses are added each month.
We are bringing together the best and brightest security professionals at the second annual Security Development Conference, May 14-15, 2013 at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel. Join us as we spend two days immersed in content covering the latest in security development techniques and processes that can reduce risk and help protect organizations in this rapidly evolving technology landscape.
Attendees can expect sessions filled with information pertinent to their role in the security industry led by experts in the field. Speakers at SDC 2013 come from a variety of leading security companies giving attendees the opportunity to learn from their peers. Learn more about the SDC 2013 keynote speakers and see why this is an event you can’t afford to miss.
Brad Arkin, Senior Director of Security, Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET)
Brad Arkin leads the Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET) responsible for ensuring Adobe's products are designed, engineered and validated using security best practices, as well as the Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) dedicated to responding to and communicating about security issues. Arkin also oversees the Corporate Standards Group responsible for coordinating Adobe’s involvement with standards bodies such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as the open source and accessibility teams.
Scott Charney, Microsoft Corporation, Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing
Scott Charney serves as Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing, Engineering Excellence, and Environmental Sustainability. Trustworthy Computing is Microsoft's effort to help ensure secure, private and reliable computing experiences for everyone. As part of this effort, the Trustworthy Computing team works with business groups throughout the company to ensure their products and services adhere to Microsoft's security and privacy policies. Engineering Excellence is responsible for supporting Microsoft's engineering community by providing Microsoft engineers with learning and development opportunities, as well as by discovering and propagating engineering best practices across the company and into the IT ecosystem. Finally, Environmental Sustainability focuses on using the power of software to help reduce mankind's impact on the environment, as well as managing Microsoft's own environmental footprint.
Edna Conway, Cisco Systems, Inc., Chief Security Strategist, Global Supply Chain
Edna M. Conway serves as Cisco’s Chief Security Strategist for the company’s Global Supply Chain. In this capacity, she is leading Cisco’s strategy to assess, monitor, and continuously improve the security of its global value chain. She also leads Cisco’s supply chain cyber protection plan, serving on the company’s Cybersecurity Board and Risk and Resiliency Operating Committee. Conway serves as the Vice-chair of The Open Group’s Trusted Technology Forum, a public-private effort to establish an international standard for trusted technology provider status. She oversees Cisco’s participation in various efforts to deliver international supply chain security and technology standards which meld the goals of the Information & Communication Technology community and its customers’ increasing focus on the integrity of that technology (e.g. ISO, iNEMI, IPC and The Common Criteria).
Register by March 1st and Save $400 USD*.
*Early Bird Registration ends March 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm PST; discount is shown in United States Dollars only.