New SQL MCM Study Group Started

SQL Server MVP Jason Strate (blog|@StrateSQL) has started a SQL MCM study group on Yammer.Yammer is free to join So check out the new study group and get involved. Head over to Jason Strate’s blog post to learn more and join: http://www.jasonstrate.com/2011/12/sql-mcm-study-group/  

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Welcome to our newest SQL MCM, Martin Cairns

Please join me in welcoming Martin Cairns to our community of certified Masters. Martin is very active in the SQL community, and I think we will definitely benefit from having him join us. Here is a brief bio about Martin: Martin Cairns, Senior BI Consultant (blog | twitter). Martin is a consultant with Purple Frog Systems a Business Intelligence & Data…

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So long and thanks for all the fish….

After nearly four years I’m moving on as the PM of the Lync and OCS MCM programs. It has been quite a ride….. On January 12th 2009 the first rotation of OCS MCM kicked off in building 11 on Redmond campus. Almost four years later we have achieved the following… Run 12 rotations Moved classrooms…

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Kicking off the Holiday Season with new SharePoint MCMs and an MCA!

We wrapped up SharePoint 2010 MCM R10 (AKA R1010 for all you binary folks out there) a little over a week ago in not-so-sunny Redmond, and I’m very pleased to announce a number of additions to our community and new certifications for current community members. We have four new SharePoint 2010 MCMs from our most…

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Breaking down the cost of MCM Exchange training

Folks often ask me about the cost of MCM Exchange training, and at $18,500 I understand the sticker shock.  I also know that the MCM program provides incredible value for the right candidate.  We don’t let anyone teach this stuff…we get the very best subject matter experts from the product group, support organizations, and services organizations to develop…


Two New Training Programs for SQL MCM Preparedness

We are pleased to announce two new training opportunities being launched by Microsoft Learning to help prepare candidates for the Certified Master exams or for anyone looking to take their SQL Server skills to the next level. Coming November 29: Accelerated Prep for Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008 As an experienced SQL Server IT…

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Welcome to Our Newest SQL Certified Master: Dimitri Furman

Congratulations to Dimitri Furman who became our newest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master this past Friday. Dimitri Furman is a SQL Server consultant working for Microsoft Consulting Services. In the last four years, he has been involved in a number of diverse SQL Server projects for Microsoft’s customers, in areas s ch as performance tuning…

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Congratulations to the latest SharePoint 2010 MCMs!

SharePoint MCM instructors, candidates, and community members have been going at a fever pitch through late summer and early fall. We made a number of updates to our content, labs, and exams following the release of SharePoint 2010 MCM Service Pack 1, and are halfway through a marathon of training and community activity that wrap up…

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Congratulations to four new Lync Masters!

With Rotation 11 of Lync MCM done and dusted I’m pleased to welcome four new Lync MCMs to the ever expanding community. Lars Harbeck Sørensen who comes from Denmark and works for Atea A/S Timothy White who works for Dimension Data in Australia Abi Maggu who upgraded is OCS 2007 MCM to Lync. Abi works for…

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From a Master

I spend a lot of time talking with potential MCM candidates about what to expect from attending the Lync MCM training in an effort to help them understand the expectations, demands and also rewards of the program. In an effort to provide a first hand perspective I have asked attendees from the most recent delivery to…

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