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Microsoft announces a new developer certification - Get ready for Metro!

Yes, that's right: Microsoft Certification for Metro Apps!

Posted in Microsoft Certification, Career, Metro

I've already spoken about how a certification is important for your career and also about the reinvention Microsoft made with its certifications. Now, I am going to be more specific about software development.

Microsoft  announces the new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) credential for developers and one of its changes is the fact they are going to focus much more in the cloud. But basically this early-to-market certification addresses new skills for a broader audience, including next generation developers who thrive on bleeding edge technology.

Needless to say, these new certifications will focus on the Visual Studio 2012 development (the RC was some time ago). I was testing the beta version (when was still 2011) and all I have to say is: It's great! But one of the few things which really caugh my attention was the Metro Style Apps.

We are going to have more anouncements during the next few months but the first one is already there -  MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps. This new certification is for developers who want the skills to create the beautiful, elegant and fast apps that are expected in today’s exploding marketplace, using the Windows 8 platform with Visual Studio, HTML5, and C#.

You can start working towards the MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps certification today by prepping for the beta exams that are coming out this summer. Here’s a free ebook from MS Press to help you get started: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (First Preview).

How excited I am with that? A lot. First because I am really lookinf forward for a Metro certification. Second, I will apply my web knowledge to develop such apps.

Well done, Microsoft. Well done. :)

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Associate, Expert and Master: The reinvention of the Microsoft certifications

Microsoft has reinvented the certifications in order to validate the skills in a deeper way. But how does it look?

Posted in Microsoft Certification, Career

This is the case when the article is old – due how fast the information flows nowadays – but gold. Microsoft is changing all certifications. Again. And, at this time, they call it reinvention. You might have a feeling of déjà vu if you saw the change from the .NET Framework 3.5 to 4. But now there is cloud technologies! So let’s see how it works.

As you could see on the blue pyramid, we still have 3 levels of certification, but with different names. They are:

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

The Associate level is the prerequisite certification necessary to get your Expert level certification. This certification validates the core skills you need to get your 1st job in IT. We could slightly compare with the Technology Specialist (MCTS) that we have today.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) & Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

The Expert level is Microsoft’s flagship set of certifications validating that your skills are relevant in the constantly changing tech environment. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is the destination for established IT Professionals who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) is the destination for established Developers who have expertise developing solutions with Microsoft tools. Does that sound familiar? Yes! IT Professional (MCITP) and Professional Developer (MCPD).

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)

After you have achieved your Expert level certification, Master is the next destination. This certification is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers and achieve the highest level of skills validation. But this one is a bit dubious for me as we already had Master (MCM) but only for server technologies. I don’t know if they will keep it in this way or if they will also extend that for developers (which would be great!).

But don’t be fool thinking it’s only this. Since Microsoft is moving almost everything to the cloud this rearrangement seem quite right for the purpose. For example, if a person wants to become an MCSE: Data Platform he/she will have to be MCSA: SQL Server 2012 and then make 2 exams. To upgrade from the previous certification the person must make 3 transition exams. Seems harder, hum? I can’t wait to see what they will do with the developer certifications... :)

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Prove yourself with a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 certification!

Data management is very important and the amount of data is growing every year. There is a market demand!!!

Posted in Microsoft Certification, SQL Server, Career

Since some time ago we can notice a natural migration to the cloud. The cloud makes the integration between different devices much easier as all data would be stored there. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 gives organizations the foundation to the cloud-ready information platform, quickly build solutions and extend their data from the server to the cloud with advanced capabilities for mission critical confidence. But where are the professionals?

While the data is growing fast the number of IT professionals is growing very slow. Even now there is already a good demand of professionals with SQL skills able to work with cloud. But are they qualified?

To answer that Microsoft has created the certifications which assure the professionals must have a deep understanding of the chosen technology. And this is assured by:

  • Designing certifications that test the skills that employers and hiring managers acknowledge as most essential to their employees’ success on the job.
  • Developing exams that focus on the real world use of Microsoft technologies in organizations.
  • Delivering our exams using appropriate security measures, so employers and candidates know that each certification earned carries solid value in the marketplace.
  • Defending our certifications by keeping our design, development and delivery processes secure. 

This all means that when you earn a Microsoft certification, your employers and peers know that you have up-to-date technological knowledge, and can bring more insightful problem solving skills to the workplace.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and get your SQL 2012 certification!

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Private cloud: The evolution of cloud computing

Microsoft is releasing new certifications for this evolving technology!

Posted in Microsoft Certification, News, Cloud computing

I have already talked a bit about Windows Azure here. To simplify a lot the idea behind Windows Azure: It is a cloud computing solution and one of its advantages is to escalate the project according to the needs of the company. Of course, some companies wouldn’t feel comfortable sending important data to the Microsoft servers but there is a solution for this: Private Cloud.

A private cloud solution, which is built on Microsoft Windows Server and System Center technology, turns your datacenter infrastructure into a cloud based solution. It simplifies deployment, maintenance, and cost, while increasing agility and power.

With that in mind all we need is a skilled team to setup everything.

Microsoft knows about the needs of the market for professionals who matches these requirements and is offering trainings and certifications which enable IT professionals and developers to develop and validate their skills. That means we now have a private cloud certification!

The certification will be available as beta release in April and it starts with the foundation of the Windows Server 2008 exams we have today plus the new System Center 2012 exams (still beta).

Get started today checking the Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Overview page. It’s a good place to start your preparation and practice for this new certification. You can also sign up for the upcoming Private Cloud Jump Start course.

Think forward on your career. Surely there will be a plenty of space to work with private clouds in the near future.

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How to improve your resume with a Microsoft certification

It's not so hard as you think, you just need to be organized. Check out how to have your Microsoft Certification

Posted in Microsoft Certification, Career

I had 17 years old when I heard for the first time about the Microsoft certifications. From that time I started to think about having one. But there were 2 problems: 1) I didn't speak English; 2) I didn't know where I could find the materials to study. Few years later, already speaking English, I finally found a way to organize the materials to study for the certifications.

Basically, a certification exists to prove your knowledge in some certain topic. But if we talk about the Microsoft certifications, there is an idea that the person who has it only passed the exam because he/she got brain dumps. Of course, many people use this way to make the exams. And, not criticizing who does it but, is this person a good professional? I mean, anyone can pass the Microsoft exam (as long it's from your field) since it is not as complicated as it looks. With that said, I will show you how you can reach your certification. [more]

Organize your study material

The Microsoft website lists everything which will be asked on the exam you will take (for example: 70-515 - TS: Web Applications Development). From the moment you have this list, collect all necessary material for your study: Look for PDFs, buy books, bookmark all websites with relevant information you see... Everything is worthy at this point. Try to have everything before you start to study as you can't waste time looking for anything during the studies. But, in case you need to complement some topic, avoid wasting time on the internet. If you open another tab on your browser you are risking to start to procrastinate.

Organize your time

You have no time. At least you always complain about that when there is something interesting to do. Actually the problem is: Some people are unable to give up some things for themselves and they don't notice how their time is misused. For example: Why not use the 30 minutes you spend on the way to work to study? Or when you go to the doctor? Or, the most obvious, during the weekend you would go to some party...

Focus

Once you finally got time to your studies, you have to get the study material (already organized) and start to work. Remember: It can happen that you have a free weekend to study and some of your friends call you asking to go to some amazing event. So, you have to make a decision: Go to the beach/party/whatever with your friends or make your shine a little bit more? You must have in mind that a certification now can result in a salary raise in the future, depending on the company you are working at. Or make easy to find another job. Thinking in this way you will see how it's easy is to have any decision.

Practice, practice, practice

Ok, this isn't new but remember: Always practice what you are learning. Today you only know that 2 + 2 = 4 because you were practicing it when you were young. When I started learning for my certifications I decided to build this blog only because I wanted to practice ASP.NET MVC. All development was following everything I was learning. Obviously I had many problems but I but that's what made me learn. And I only made the exam when I say that I had covered all study plan. As result, I have passed with 100%. Magic? No, practice.

Conclusion

It looks complicated but, as I said, it isn't. Each question of the exam has multiple choices. And since some questions contain answers for other questions I would recommend you to read the exam before start to answer. Another thing is: If you go ready for the exam you will not waste time thinking about the answers. Sometimes they are obvious and you will know the answer right away. Just study and practice and everything will be alright.

Be sure that a certification on your resume will attract the attention of hiring managers. ;-)

Practice,

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