Tales from “certification-hell”: What an MCM, MCA, MCSM, MCSM Charter Member, MCSE or MVP really is

It has been two years since Microsoft announced the end of the Master program. (Microsoft Certified Master & Architect (MCM & MCA) – The End of Advanced Certification. – And a planned new beginning?) But that does not mean that the certification is “dead” or even “valueless,” as has often been mistakenly referred to.

MCSM (Microsoft Certified Solutions Master) Data Platform on SQL Server 2012

A few of my closest colleagues already know, and now I am announcing it publicly: Since 31 December 2013 I am no longer “merely” Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server 2008 (MCM) but also Microsoft Certified Solutions Master Data Platform (MCSM), the highest certification that was achievable for SQL Server 2012!

Microsoft Certified (Solutions) Master, MCM/MCSM: Who will be the last MCM SQL Server ;-) ?

“Extension!” After the announcement by Microsoft Learning (MSL) that they would no longer offer the certification MCM/MCSM/MCA caused a tremendous outcry among all those who were seriously occupied with the issue of advanced certification, striving for it or simply appreciative of its value as an indicator of highest technical skills (also see here: Microsoft Certified […]

Microsoft Certified Master & Architect (MCM & MCA) – The End of Advanced Certification.

“The MCM is dead, long live the new one…” – There is no new one. (Or maybe there is? – I’ll get to that at the end of the blog.) This morning, Saturday, the 31st of August, shortly after 7 o’clock – corresponding to a Friday evening at 10 o’clock, just before the national holiday […]

“Brought to you this summer”: Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server

As some of you already may have heard: this June I passed my Lab Exam for the Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server 2008. – almost exactly 3 months after my first attempt. In fact the Exam has already taken place in the middle of May. – Unfortunately this time I had to wait more than […]