One of my goals for 2018 is to get my MCSE for SQL Server 2016. Prior to March 31, 2017, the exact certification name was called MCSE: Data Platform. Microsoft has since changed things up and now call it, MCSE: Data Management and Analytics.
The process of attaining the MCSE certificate is straight-forward:
First: You must get your MCSA in SQL Server 2012/2014, or SQL 2016 Database Administration, Database Development, BI Development, Machine Learning, BI Reporting or Data Engineering with Azure. (I plan on getting it in SQL 2016 Database Administration).
In my case, I will have to pass the following two exams:
Second: Once I get my MCSA by passing the two above mentioned exams, I have to pass one more exam to get my MCSE. There are multiple exams and paths you can take, but I will take the below exam:
70-473 – Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions (Azure)
Another goal of mine for 2018 is to do more presentations. I submitted a session for SQLGrillen in Lingden, Germany called:
3 Lessons Learned in Successful Consulting
The talk is about 3 lessons I learned that helped me become a much better consultant. These lessons helped me go from thinking like a regular “9 to 5 DBA” to diving into the world of consulting.
All speakers will be picked after the submission window closes on 1/31/18. The SQLGrillen event is 6/22/18 – 6/23/18.
First Goal Update: I passed the 70-764 exam on 3-26-18. Now I’m studying for 70-765.
Second Goal Update: Unfortunately I didn’t make the cut for SQLGrillen. I did, however, get accepted to present at the following SQL Saturdays:
SQLSaturday #740 – Orange County 2018 (see schedule)
SQLSaturday #720 – Albuquerque 2018 (see schedule)
SQLSaturday #734 – Dallas 2018 (see schedule)
SQLSaturday #743 – Pensacola (see schedule)
I’m extremely excited, honored, and nervous, to present my session at the above mentioned SQL Saturdays. I will be posting update blogs later…
You can read about my first presentation at SQLSaturday Orange County here.