It is always a dark art trying to suss out why he/she is an MVP? Do they deserve it? What does it take? Why can’t I get it?
When learning new technologies many people will go towards training courses (in person or online) but many also go for certifications such as MCSA / MCSE, which I no longer pursue for many reasons.
Microsoft now have this idea of Professional Programs (https://academy.microsoft.com/en-us/professional-program/) with the aim of gaining technical job-ready skills and get real-world experience through online courses, hands-on labs, and expert instruction within a 3 month class period. They offer:
What? Is probably the most common reply out there and if it is then that is how I felt when I read the message early Thursday morning.
My ultimate goal in my professional life was to work for Microsoft, you can read about my failed attempt here https://blobeater.blog/2016/09/29/my-application-to-microsoft/ but since then I decided to put a lot of my energy into work outside of my day to day job.
What a great topic for this month’s T-SQL Tuesday hosted by Kendra Little https://littlekendra.com/2017/08/01/tsql-tuesday-93-interviewing-patterns-anti-patterns/
The topic being: Interviewing Patterns and Anti-Patterns. I have had MANY (50 +) interviews over time with a lot of failures, so what have I learnt?
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I have never been to SQLBits (https://sqlbits.com/) before (due to budgets) but I am really looking forward to attending which is just over a week away. The Data Platform has evolved so much and this is the chance to get some quality training under my belt especially in areas I know I need a “refresh” in.
A non-technical post but something I have been asked about few times so I thought that I would put pen to paper and tell you about my journey on becoming a senior DBA. You might find it fun to read.
This idea basically started from Andy Bek’s TSQL Tuesday last year #84 growing new speakers (https://sqlbek.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/t-sql-tuesday-84-growing-new-speakers/ – thanks Andy) and I have decided to share my experiences about what was going on in my head for when I was prepping for my first presentation for my local user group.
It’s coming towards the holiday season for me and I thought that I would wind-down a little with a non-technical post. I have been asked a few times over the past month where I got my online name from – BLOBEATER.
Well I will tell you. Firstly one of my favourite topics is DBCC CHECKDB ( and no I can’t use DBCC WRITEPAGE to fix corruption). Learning about it via sqlskills I noticed an internal variable called BlobEater which is a dummy variable with no purpose other than to consume any output from the CheckIndex function (source: http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/paul/checkdb-internals-what-is-the-blobeater).
I thought this would be a good name for my online identity when you also throw in the fact that in my younger days my nick-name was BLOBBY!
So a past nick name + reference to of my favorite subjects ( which happens to be written by my ex-mentor) = best possible online name for me.
Thanks for reading.
Every now and again I would navigate to Microsoft’s certification page and see what / if any changes have taken place regarding certification within the Data Platform space. (Check out the link – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/certification-overview.aspx)
Nothing has changed in terms of the “pyramid” grade structures, you know, going from MTA, MCSA to MCSE which I will get to later.
However there is one change I have noticed – MCSE: Data Management & Analytics (they still have the MCSE: Data Platform and BI) where for this certificate you would need to know about Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions and Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions.
It makes sense cloud, data, data analysis / mining is becoming more important as data grows, businesses can leverage these techniques to gain advantage so it’s good to see Microsoft adapt to this and change up their certifications.
HOWEVER, I am still slightly disappointed that there is still no tip of the pyramid certificate.
A bit of background, I used to hold all three MCITP and MCSE: Data Platform certificates (I failed them a few times but I got there in the end). Logically I would then look to the next step; I just feel that there should be a certificate that surpasses the level of questioning asked in the MCSE exams.
I have this one:
When I went to the SQLskills training on the last day we were given questions to troubleshoot and fix. They were tough, made me think hard and we had to “apply” what we learned from the last 10 days or so. These are the sorts of questions I want to evaluate myself against.
I won’t be renewing my MCSE certificate, not because of a lack of motivation to learn, if anything it’s quite the opposite. I am hungrier than ever to pick up and improve my Azure (and SQL) skills and get my hands dirty then hopefully share the knowledge that I gain within my blog.
I will say if you are new to this technology I think it’s a great way to help you get started and learn to a set plan so I would encourage you start at the MSCA, just like I did 10 years ago (It was MCTS back then).