Tag Archives: certification

Open Source the MCM

It’s over. There’s no more MCM program or certification from Microsoft. The last MCM test was given last year and no upgrades are planned for SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. That’s a little sad, though there are quite a few … Continue reading

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The Future of Knowledge Measurement

This is part 3 of a 3 part series of thoughts on certification and Microsoft technologies. We’ll never be able to completely and accurately measure a person’s skills in technology. At least not in any cost- and time-effective way. Ultimately … Continue reading

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What does certification achieve?

This is part 2 of a 3 part series of thoughts on certification and Microsoft technologies. The idea of certifying someone as having a skill is almost as old as the idea of teaching someone a skill. I’m sure as … Continue reading

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No More MCM

This is part 1 of a 3 part series of thoughts on certification and Microsoft technologies. I’ve heard that Friday afternoon is the best time to fire someone. People are leaving early, the office is quiet, and you can let … Continue reading

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Those Who Can, Do

There was a time I considered staying in college, getting a masters or PhD and teaching others. I still might follow that path at some point since I enjoy speaking and teaching others how to better work with SQL Server. At some … Continue reading

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Almost an MCSA

I took four beta tests earlier this year for SQL Server 2012. I had debated writing another book, and I’ve worked on a few of the cert books in the past, so I thought this would be a good chance … Continue reading

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The Certification Debate

Today’s editorial was originally published on Aug 7, 2007. It is being re-run as Steve is on holiday. Is it worth getting certified? What do you get out of it? I’ve noticed a few debates on the site, and many … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 Beta Exams

I signed up for a few of the SQL Server 2012 Beta certification exams, and have been going through them over the last few days. The exams I signed up for are: 071-461 – Querying Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 071-462 … Continue reading

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Prepping for Certification

Having prepped for, taken, and then failed the MCM exam this year, perhaps I’m not the best person to give you advice for certification preparation. However the MCM is a hard test, I did better than I expected, and I … Continue reading

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Braindumps and Certification

I saw a post recently that said that braindumps were the best way to prepare for certifications. It was posted from a certification vendor, so take it with a grain of salt, but I think a lot of people think … Continue reading

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