SQLAuthority News – Top 5 Latest Microsoft Certifications of 2013 – Guest Post

With the IT job market getting more and more competent by the day, certifications are a must for anyone who wishes to get a strong foothold in the industry. Microsoft community comes up with regular updates and enhancements in its existing products to keep up with the rapidly evolving requirements of the ICT industry. We bring you a list of five latest Microsoft certifications that you must consider acquiring this year.

MCSE: SharePoint

Learn all about Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint 2013, which brings an advanced set of features to the fore in this latest version. It introduces new capabilities for business intelligence, social media, branding, search, identity management, mobile device among other features. Enjoy a great user experience with sharing and collaboration in community forum, within a pixel-perfect SharePoint website. Data connectivity and business intelligence tools allow users to process and access data, analyze reports, share and collaborate with each other more conveniently.

Microsoft Specialist: Microsoft Project 2013

The only project management system that works seamlessly with other applications and cloud solutions of Microsoft, MS Project 2013 offers more than what meets the eye.  It provides for easier management and monitoring of projects so that users can ensure timely delivery while improving the productivity significantly. So keep all your projects on track and collaborate with your team like never before with this enhanced release! This one’s a must for all project managers.

MCSE Messaging

Another one of Microsoft gems is its messaging environment which has also launched the latest release Microsoft Exchange Server 2013. Messaging administrators can take up this training and validate their expertise in Unified Messaging, Exchange Online, PowerShell and Virtualization strategies, through MCSE Messaging certification in Exchange Server. If you wish to enhance productivity and data security of your organization while being flexible and extremely efficient, this is the right certification for you.

MCSE Communication

An enterprise can function optimally on the strength of its information flow and communication systems. With Lync Server 2013, you can introduce a whole new world of unified communications which consists of audio/video conferencing, dial-in, Persistent Chat, instant chat, and EDGE services in your organization. Utilize IT to serve and support business objectives by mastering this UC technology with this latest MCSE Communication course on using Microsoft Lync Server 2013.

MCSE: SQL Server 2012 BI Platform

The decision making process is largely influenced by underlying enterprise information used by the management for business intelligence. Therefore, a robust business intelligence platform that anchors enterprise IT and transform it to operational efficiencies is the need of the hour. SQL Server 2012 BI Platform certification helps professionals implement, manage and maintain a BI database infrastructure effectively. IT professionals with BI skills are highly sought after these days.

MCSD: Windows Store Apps

A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer certification in Windows Store Apps validates your potential in designing interactive apps. Learn The Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript and establish yourself as an ace developer capable of creating fast and fluid Metro style apps for Windows 8 that are accessible on a variety of devices. You can also go ahead and Learn Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C# mode if you’re already familiar and working with C# programming language. Hence the developers are free to choose their own favorite development stream which opens doors for them to get ready for the latest and exciting application development platform called Windows store apps. Software developers with these skills are in great demand in the industry today.

In order to continue being competitive in your respective fields, it is imperative that IT personnel update their knowledge on a regular basis. Certifications are a means to achieve this goal. Not considered to be an optional pre-requisite anymore, major IT certifications such as these are now essential to stay afloat in a cut-throat industry where technologies change on a daily basis.

This blog is written by Aruneet Anand of Koenig Solutions. Koenig Solutions does training for all of the above courses. For more information, visit the website.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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SQL SERVER – Microsoft Certification – SQL Server 2012

Microsoft has recently introduced few changes in how the certification works. I have tried to simplify the same thing over here. The new certification line is called Microsoft cloud-built Certifications.

The mapping of the certifications is here.

Microsoft Certifications Microsoft Colud-build Certifications
MCM (Master) MCSM (Solutions Master)
MCITP (IT Professional)
MCPD (Professional Developer)
MCSE (Solutions Expert)
MCSD (Solutions Developer)
MCTS (Technology Specialist) MCSA (Solutions Associate)

Here is the image of pyramid which quickly explains the hierarchy of the indexes.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

If you want to get MCSA you will need to pass following three exams.

  • Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

There two separate certifications are introduced in MCSE. One should have MCSA certification before they can attempt for MCSE.

1) MCSE: Data Platform

One has to pass following three exams besides having MCSA certification to get MCSE: Data Platform

  • Exam 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

2) MCSE: Business Intelligence

One has to pass following three exams besides having MCSA certification to get MCSE: Data Platform

  • Exam 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)

When I am writing this there is not much changes in this program, but it is quite possible this program is changed based on when you are reading it. You are encouraged to read and validated further details about this program on its official page over here.

Read about Certifications over here.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Exam 70-433 – MCTS – Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

I often receive lots of questions regarding how to pass SQL Server Certification exams. I have previously written about the road map over SQL SERVER – Roadmap of Microsoft Certifications – SQL Server Certifications. I have tremendous respect for Microsoft Certification and I enjoy the preparation phase as well as attending the real exam. The real value is after passing the exams as I am always sure that during the whole process, I have learned something new and my knowledge has been updated.

Prometric Testing Center Experience:

I had a Prometric voucher for one free exam, which was expiring on June 30. It has been with me for more than a year now. I wanted to take the Microsoft Certification Exam, but kept procrastinating because of various reasons. Finally, as the deadline was nearing, I was feeling more pressurised to get ready for the exam as I have not taken this exam earlier. If you know me, I currently stay in Gandhinagar, a very small town; however, the adjacent town Ahmedabad is the seventh largest economy in India and only 20 km away from my place. I checked in my city and there was no Prometric center for the exam, and in fact, I had already expected this. However, Ahmedabad has the most number of Prometric centers in India; so I decided to drive to Ahmedabad. Overall, this travel added one hour to my testing process – staying in a small city has some drawbacks like this.

I registered for the exam earlier this month, but I have been traveling like crazy recently; you can read my experience of the recent travels at SQLAuthority News – Training and Consultancy and Travel – Story of Last 30 Days. Due to the same reason, I could not find sufficient time to prepare for this exam. On the day of test, I woke up early, checked my emails and blog comments and left for the exam right away.

Exam Experience:

The security at the exam was very strict and I was asked to produce passport size photographs along with two identity proofs. I was asked to agree and sign few documents at the testing location. Once that was done, I given a computer, where once again I had to accept few terms and begin the exam. The exam duration was four hours and the questions were quite good. There were a few good questions. I have only one complaint about some of the “Best Practices” type of questions. Best Practices are usually guidelines, and the opinions can vary across different configurations. I have left my comments on those questions in the exams. Overall, I like how it was set, and the time provided for attendees to come up with the answers is more than enough. I finished the exam two hour earlier than the given time; as I mentioned before, the time was plenty and in case of the questions, the situation is either we know the answer or we do not know the answer. There were no design-level questions or questions with calculations. I was even provided the notepad, but I did not use it.

Exam Preparation:

I can boast that I did not prepare for the exam and just walked in the center and passed it easily. Let me be honest here; I did not prepare specifically for the exam, but I have been working with SQL Server for a long time. I have helped and trained many developers, and moreover, I work as consultant in the field. I have hands on experience of writing codes, and this has made me capable to handle difficult codes. I also went over the course outline a week before. The outline for the course is listed here. I also looked up on Internet for some of the keywords from the outline which I was not familiar with. When I have to search any SQL-related matter on the Internet, I usually search in my blog first as I find it convenient to read something that I have written myself. You can search in this blog at http://search.sqlauthority.com.

The result:

I passed the exam with good grades and I was given the result right away. If you have taken the certifications, you know that it is very instant process, and also, the result provides good description of how one fared in the exams. I always find it interesting to go through the scorecard.

If one has the real-world experience of the subject, there is no need to do any additional preparation for the exams. I did learn something new from the exam, and I believe that attending this exam has indeed sharpened my skills.

Question to you:

What is your opinion about Microsoft Certification Exam? Does your organization require it, encourage it and reward you for taking the exams? How much personal gain do you get when you are preparing for exam and attempting the exam?

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://www.SQLAuthority.com)

SQL SERVER – Roadmap of Microsoft Certifications – SQL Server Certifications

Introduction

In these times of economic slowdown and uncertainties, more and more IT professionals are concerned about their job security and their qualifications. With job insecurity looming on their minds, it is a common trend for developers to start hunting for ways to update their skills. Sound knowledge and real world work experience are always a good way to help secure your future. However, a great way to demonstrate knowledge and competence is by having a certification in the technology one claims to be proficient in.

Download Roadmap of Microsoft Certifications – SQL Server Certifications

Microsoft offers a series of certifications for IT professional including developers. In this article, we will cover the following topics.

  1. Importance of Certificates
  2. Certification Structure
  3. SQL Server Certifications
  4. Exam Preparation
  5. Registration for Exam
  6. Post Examination Benefits

Microsoft certifications are very reputed and validate developers’ practical experience.

Importance of Certificates

Certificates demonstrate developers’ expertise in technology as well their willingness to go the extra mile to prove their ardent interest in the realm of technology. Microsoft certifications add value to developers’ existing credentials. It is widely believed that certifications aid in resolving practical technology problems, together with enhancing developers’ professional performance. Whenever a new technology is released, Microsoft introduces new certifications. Achievement of new certificates clearly indicate developers’ advancement in technology as well as their keenness to move ahead in their chosen career path. Having said this, it has been commonly seen that there are a number of candidates who achieve certifications but are not concerned about upgrading them. I strongly suggest developers take advanced certifications and keep their knowledge upgraded to gain competitive edge.

Certification Structure

Microsoft Certifications are structured in four levels.

a) Technology Series - This certification series validates developers’ skills in implementation, building, troubleshooting, and debugging of Microsoft Technology. The certificate that can be acquired in this series is Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.

b) Professional Series - This certification series is focused on a single job role and validates developers’ skill to have the required knowledge and expertise to complete a particular job.  The certificates that can be earned in this series are Microsoft Certified IT Professional and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer.

c) Master Series - This certification series requires having a profound understanding of a particular product. Developers awarded with this certification are expected to design and implement complex business requirements. The certificate that can be achieved in this series is Microsoft Certified Master.

d) Architect Series - Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) is the most difficult certification. To achieve it, developers have to go through rigorous peer review process. Developers having a minimum experience of ten years in advanced IT industry are considered for this credential. The certificate that can be attained in this series is Microsoft Certified Architect.

SQL Server Certifications

Currently, there are certifications for three editions of SQL Server. I recommend everybody to settle on the SQL Server 2008 certifications. Microsoft certifications for SQL Server 2008 have already been released and we will be discussing them in detail. We will also explore the upgrade path from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008.

  • MCTS: Technology Specialist Paths - One exam to earn each of the MCTS certifications
  • 70-432: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
  • 70-433: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development
  • 70-448: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

MCITP: IT Professional Paths – Two exams to earn an MCITP certification

70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing, and Maintaining a Database Server Infrastructure using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Pre-requisite: 70-432: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

70-451: PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

70-433: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

70-452: PRO: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

70-448: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

SQL2K5 to SQL2K8 Upgrade Paths – One exam to earn MCTS and MCITP certifications. If developers have MCTIP certification for SQL Server 2005, they can take only one exam to upgrade their credentials to SQL Server 2008. By taking only one exam developers can achieve two certifications.

To get: 70-432 and 70-450

70-453: Upgrade: Transition your MCITP Database Administrator Skills to MCITP Database Administrator 2008

Pre-requisite: MCITP (Database Administrator -SQL Server 2005)

To get: 70-433 and 70-451

70-454: Upgrade: Transition your MCITP Database Developer Skills to MCITP Database Developer 2008

Pre-requisite: MCITP (Database Developer -SQL Server 2005)

To get: 70-448 and 70-452

70-455: Upgrade: Transition your MCITP Business Intelligence Developer Skills to MCITP Business Intelligence Developer 2008

Pre-requisite: MCITP (Business Intelligence Developer -SQL Server 2005)

Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SQL Server 2008

No separate exam is conducted for Master certifications. Developers who already have MCITP (SQL Server 2008) certification can attend a three-week training program delivered by recognized experts from Microsoft and their partner organizations. On successful completion of the training and on meeting all the pre-requisites listed on MS site, developers can achieve this certification.

Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA): Microsoft SQL Server 2008

No separate exam is conducted for Master certifications. Developers who have already been awarded with all MCITP (SQL Server 2008) certifications can attend a four-week training program delivered by recognized experts from Microsoft. On successful completion of the training and on meeting all the pre-requisites the candidate has to go through an intense program interview process. Visit Microsoft official website for more details on this program.

Exam Preparation

The path to achieve a certification is not difficult, but at times, it can become perplexing. Make sure that you do not become “Certificate Happy.” It is quite common that developers start dreaming about the several paths of certifications but in reality get nowhere. It is imperative to determine the right certification for yourself. If your career goal or expertise lies in the database field, endeavor toward database certifications first rather than attempting something unusual. You must select only those certifications that will add value to your career and will provide you maximum benefits. In addition, make sure those certifications test developers on hands-on experience. If certifications’ exams are attempted without having enough hands-on experience, it will be difficult to pass the exam.

If a developer realizes that additional training can enhance the knowledge of a product, it is a good idea to get training from a professional trainer. But in this case, attend the training for the product not for passing examination. There is a huge number of online courses and local institutes that claim to provide developers with certifications. A course that just helps you learn about certifications will not help your career in the long run. Thus, selecting the right course is a very important career-related decision for you. I only trust organizations where Microsoft Certified Trainers or Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are teaching the courses. Besides, gather information on what an exam contains and also, do the trial run with a practice test. As per my personal experience, I often find it easier to pass an exam after practicing the trial exam.

Please refer to the following additional resources, which are very helpful to prepare for the exam.

Registration for Exam

Prometric, an independent testing organization with over 3,000 locations worldwide, administers all MCP exams. Each exam typically costs US$125. You can register for your exam online (http://www.register.prometric.com/DirectInput.asp?DirectInput=1&Client=132), through your local testing center or via telephone. Remember, many employers have training budgets in place for such professional growth.

Post Examination Benefits

There are several benefits you can gain after clearing certification exams. After passing the first exam, developers earn credential of Microsoft Certified Professional commonly known as MCP. Once credentials are achieved developers get access to an official transcript, logos and certificates, and have their own landing page on Microsoft.com! According to Microsoft’s official site, real MCPs get real benefits of  Reward, Respect and Recognition.

Summary

Please feel free to send me email regarding any of the Microsoft programs or for additional information about any of the certifications. I am more than willing to share my personal notes for examination with my readers. Visit http://blog.sqlauthority.com/ to contact me. Additional details about certifications are available on MS official site: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/default.mspx.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com), DotNetSlackers

Originally Post : http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2009/05/04/sql-server-roadmap-of-microsoft-certifications-sql-server-certifications-2/

SQLAuthority News – Microsoft Certification Exam – Discount Code – Free Second Chance – MCTS, MCITP, MCPD

Note: I am republishing this blog post as the offer of this code is extended to April 30, 2009.

Please note down this important code or share with your colleagues who are keen to take Microsoft Certification Exam. This unique code is only available through Microsoft MVP’s and only published here to help community and no other intention.

In this challenging economic climate, upgrading your IT skills becomes crucial to staying ahead. Invest in a Microsoft Certification to get the right IT skills. Register today with your MVP Certification Promotion Code:  and enjoy 2 chances to pass a Microsoft Certification Examination plus a 10% discount! If you fail on your first attempt, you will receive a free retake of the same exam (both exams must be taken by May 31, 2009)! This code is valid for a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) exams. Not valid for Academic Exams.

Discount Code : INFB534E

You can get your voucher for exam which is valid for free second chance and 10% discount by entering your Discount Code from Microsoft Learning Site: http://www.learnandcertify.com/

Click on above image and go to next page where enter Discount Code: INFB534E . Click next and get follow up with instruction to get exam voucher.

Please forward this email to your group and promote this article with your friends as part of your community service and activity.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Two Promotion to Help Community

In this difficult time of recession I have two promotion to share with SQL Server community.

1) Discount on Microsoft Exams and Free Second Retake

Due to bad job market, the ratio to available jobs to available candidates is lower than usual. Microsoft exams are key to stand up in mass and prove your potential.

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2) Post your Tech Job and Get 10% Discount

Jobs @ SQLAuthority.com has come up as prominent job portal and have been getting very high traffic. I receive lots of email and comments from employers and employees.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Microsoft Certification Exam – Discount Code – Free Second Chance – MCTS, MCITP, MCPD

Please note down this important code or share with your colleagues who are keen to take Microsoft Certification Exam. This unique code is only available through Microsoft MVP’s and only published here to help community and no other intention.

In this challenging economic climate, upgrading your IT skills becomes crucial to staying ahead. Invest in a Microsoft Certification to get the right IT skills. Register today with your MVP Certification Promotion Code:  and enjoy 2 chances to pass a Microsoft Certification Examination plus a 10% discount! If you fail on your first attempt, you will receive a free retake of the same exam (both exams must be taken by May 31, 2009)! This code is valid for a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) exams. Not valid for Academic Exams.

Discount Code : INFB534E

You can get your voucher for exam which is valid for free second chance and 10% discount by entering your Discount Code from Microsoft Learning Site: http://www.learnandcertify.com/


Click on above image and go to next page where enter Discount Code: INFB534E . Click next and get follow up with instruction to get exam voucher.

Please forward this email to your group and promote this article with your friends as part of your community service and activity.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)