February 2011 - Posts


Our User Groups events mostly are based on the same familiar formats and these work very well and I do enjoy these Immensely and participant in them as frequently as I'm able

This generally follows the  [1 or more selected speakers] and chosen topics {usually one of their specialities}  presented for between 45-60 minutes, using the ubiquitous PowerPoint slides, along with a mixture of demos, add to that a dash of humour and a splash of passion & garnish it with the ever present swag {that seems to be @ these events J},

All this is usaully completely FREE and includes the customary Food & drink and excellent networking opportunites

I had a thought the other day (it does happen once in a while) and this was that once in while we could mix it up some and maybe have a "Meet an Expert" type of Evening

What exactly do I mean by a "Meet an Expert" evening? Well I suppose I should elaborate some

It would be a few hours where we can physically meet @ some location and have the opportunity to approach an "Expert on <insert subject>"

this would likely be a few experienced SQL DBA, Developers, Architects who are able to attend the meeting {on a few selected subjects} and help field questions from the group assembled

These don't even need to seasoned speakers - just willing to lend their knowledge and experience for the benefit of the group

These assembled experts could help answer the questions posed on the evening and explain these if answers are easily given, give details of where video, KB articles, blogs & whitepapers, that could help explain the questions, but mostly I see it as a way of having small groups discussing a topic for a few minutes and everyone learning valuable knowledge in the prcoess

It could help foster us new members & even formulate new speakers all in an informal setting and help answer our member's most pressing challenges

Well there it is, not a completely structured & fully thought out concept - but one ready for your comments and suggestions, maybe we will not pursue this type of event, but if do get enough interest I this then it just might be something we try in the near future

Now its your turn - like it - hate it, have some comments on it - let me know

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Since the announcement in November 2010 that the MCM SQL Server 2008 Training program had been revamped, read more on that here

Experienced SQL Professionals now have more opportunity to undertake this advanced certification,
Where they previously might not have been able to undertake for a variety of reasons, {time, money, location etc..}

With a few announcements of those who has recently undertaken & passed the revamped MCM SQL Server 2008 Program
Denny Cherry & Maciej Pilecki (Well done to both Denny & Maciej on achieving their MCM status)

So I decided back in November 2010 to personally undertake the training needed to prepare me for taking the knowledge exam & lab
I thought that during this extensive "training period" I was planning to complete and the extensive material I would be covering

I wanted an efficient And portable way to track my notes
Hence I decided to put together an online notes on this using OneNote (via Skydrive), I can review, edit it online as well as in the offline application
OneNote 2010 @ http://cid-c2dc5b5a2f112857.office.live.com/view.aspx/SQL%20MCM%20Training/SQL%20MCM%20Training

In January their website was updated and this included this new following section  - which includes a link to my online OneNote training resource

17.5 Third-party readiness resources
Microsoft does not sponsor or endorse the following listed sites or their services or products. However, these resources may be able to provide you with advanced-level preparation.
• MCM: SQL Server online training (SQLskills.com)
• MCM: SQL Server training notes (community blog and resource site)
• #mcmprep hash tag (twitter.com) 

I don’t know if anyone will use this resource outside me, but I hope it will be useful to some in their training efforts (even if not taking the MCM Exams
Finally good luck to all who do undertake these exams - I'm a way off still but having a blast in my training efforts
Even going to be treating myself to a cruise soon for all the hard effort, but it is a www.sqlcruise.com after all

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