Is the Master Certification Dead or Will it be Born Again?

The Certified Master and Architect community was collectively notified Friday, August 30, 10 PM Pacific Time (Microsoft Time) that the Certified Master (MCM/MCSM) and Certified Architect (MCA) programs are essentially dead. For those of you who are already in the process of earning the certification, you have until October 1, 2013 to complete your certification. No new members will be allowed into the Certified Master/Architect community after retirement. You can read the text of the email below: Show » We
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Why We Follow Best Practices

Why We Follow Best Practices There are many reasons why we follow best practices. My own reasons have changed over the course of my career. Early in my career as a database developer and then later as a new DBA, I followed best practices because people who claimed to know more about SQL Server said to, and I assumed that their advice would be better than my own. This of course led to me adopting the best ractice of not
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September 15 Data Arch VC Meeting: Architecture Career Paths for SQL Server Professionals

September 15 Data Arch VC Meeting: Architecture Career Paths for SQL Server Professionals Subject: Architecture Career Paths for SQL Server Professionals Level: 200 (Intermediate) Start Time: Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:00 PM US Central Time (September 16, 2011 12:00 AM GMT) End Time: Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:00 PM US Central Time (September 16, 2011 1:00 AM GMT) Presenter: Robert L Davis (blog|@SQLSoldier) Live Meeting Link: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/UserGroups/join?id=FN5BTB&role=attend&pw=QB%7DSwM%7D%405 Architecture Career Paths for SQL Server Professionals The architect job title has many
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The Best Part of My New Job

The Best Part of My New Job If you had told me a year ago that I would be a Program Manager today, I would have told you that you’re dillusional. Obviously when the program is something you’re really passionate about, it makes a tremendous difference. My career as a DBA has always been about action and not about talking. I’m a “doer,” not a “talker.” I used to view meetings as blockades to getting things done. Now I rely
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Goodbye Joseph Sack

Goodbye Joseph Sack Last month, Joseph Sack (blog|@josephsack) resigned as Program Manager for the SQL Server Certified Master program to pursue other passions. Joe leaves behind you a tremendous legacy. It was no small feat to globalize the SQL Server Master Certification program. I was honored to have been allowed to assist in those efforts and was in awe of Joe’s ability to manage that massive effort so well. I look forward to seeing this journey he put the program
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Meme Monday: Dumb Questions

Meme Monday: Dumb Questions Today is Meme Monday, and I’ve decided to join in on this particular topic. Thomas LaRock (blog|@SQLRockStar) has given us the topic of “Dumb Questions” for today. No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do. ~ Mr. Miyagi Okay, some of you may say this is a cop-out, but it’s how I truly feel. Like the students in Mr. Miyagi’s statement above, there are no bad questions, only bad answers and
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The MVP Summit and the MCM Program

The MVP Summit and the MCM Program The 2011 MVP Global Summit has ended. This past week MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) from around the globe descended on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA, USA, for a week of deep dives, NDA (non-disclosure agreement – info not yet public) unveilings, networking, and socializing. One of the key differences between MCMs (Microsoft Certified Masters) and MVPs is how the groups are affiliated with Microsoft. The MCM (Microsoft Certified Master) program started out
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2010 – A Year in the Life of an MCM

2010 – A Year in the Life of an MCM 2010 was a big year for me professionally. Okay, so I wasn’t an MCM the whole year, but it was a part of my entire year. It was a big part of life for most of the preceeding year. The MCM was definitely the biggest event in my life this past year. I also worked to take a much bigger part in the SQL community. I didn’t have many goals
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Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Extra Credit

Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Extra Credit Welcome back to Degree Seeker Week at SQL University. If you have returned for this extra credit session, you are truly an eager learner. I’m your guest professor for this course and today I will be presenting a lesson on non-SQL Server skills that will make you a better DBA and to what certifications those skills can roll up. Most DBA’s perform other duties from time to time. Some of us find
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Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Lesson 3

Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Lesson 3 Welcome back eager learners to Degree Seeker Week at SQL University. I’m your guest professor for this course and today I will be presenting Lesson 3, Advanced SQL Server certifications. The advanced certifications consists of the Microsoft Certified Master program and the Microsoft Certified Architect program. We will take a look at what these certifications mean, how to prepare for them, and how to succeed in the programs. Hopefully you read the previous
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