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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The Saddest Thing I Ever Heard a Manager Say

I am currently going through the process of looking for a new opportunity for my career. I’m going through the rigamarole of doing interviews and talking numbers with recruiters, etc. I’m even considering a position at Microsoft whome I left last year after spending 5 years there. All of these activities have me thinking back to my previous job roles and times that I was transitioning from one job to another. In particular, I find myself thinking a lot of
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Reflections on Leaving Microsoft

Reflections on Leaving Microsoft Several members of my SQLFamily have made adjustments to their career path recently. Several of us got together for #SQLNomz yesterday to celebrate our job changes, though granted, we don’t generally require an excuse to get together. Yesterday (Friday, 3/30/2012, in case you’re reading this in the future) was my last day at Microsoft. I join the wonderful team at Idera Software on Monday as a Sr. Product Consultant (more on what that means in a
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Goodbye Microsoft, Hello World

Goodbye Microsoft, Hello World The cowboy’s job is done here, and it’s time for him to move on to the next adventrue. The lonely prairie wanderer moves onward, always moving forward. Never looks back, never catches one last fleeting glance. This adventure is over. and it’s time for something new. The wanderer wanders on into the sunset. Goodbye Microsoft. Helloe new adventure. Goodbye Microsoft I joined Microsoft as a contractor in 2007. I worked as an operations engineer on the
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The Kind of DBA I Want to Be

I was a big fan of the original Iron Chef tv show, as in the original show from Japan. And my favorite Iron Chef was Iron Chef Japanese Rokusaburo Michiba. If you don’t know the show, it probably seems redundant to refer to a Japanese chef on a Japanese tv show as Iron Chef Japanese, but it isn’t. There were 3 1/2 Iron Chefs originally (Iron Chef Italian rarely appeared unless he had an actual challenger to face). Each chef
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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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Idera ACE Program Members Announced

Idera ACE Program Members Announced Idera announced the lineup for their new ACE (Advisors & Community Educators) Program today, and I’m excited to be on of the Idera ACEs. The new Idera ACEs are established members of the SQL community who are already educators and advisors through various programs. Idera is enabling the ACEs to take an even bigger role in the SQL community and fostering our participation in even more SQL events. Below is a brief excerpt of what
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Eleven Years Ago

Eleven Years Ago I was reading a blog post by Thomas LaRock (blog|@SQLRockstar) called Ten Years. His life and career changed ten years ago this very month. While reading this post, I realized that I had a life defining event in my career eleven years ago … also this very month. I even remember the date that it happened. It was April 3, 2000. It was a Monday morning, and I was not prepared for what I was going to
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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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