Good news for those who are planning for Microsoft SQL Server certification. Microsoft is introducing two new beta exams for SQL Server 2005.
Exam 71-445: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Implementation and Maintenance
Exam 71-446: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
For the first exam 71-445 the last date is December 19, 2006 and for the second exam 71-446 the last date is January 3, 2007.
As always these beta exams are completely free and if you clear them you will get the certificates.
Normally Microsoft beta exams are not available in India, but it seems that these two exams are available in India also. Contact your nearest prometric center and register for them as soon as possible because only a few seats are available.
In addition to Google’s Spreadsheet I came to know about a couple of other great products like Zohosheet, iRows, NumSum from Techcrunch’s article yesterday which are also targeting similar user base. So I thought of comparing all these online spreadsheets to get an idea about their pros and cons. (Nice weekend project right?)
So guys let me know your favorite features which you would expect from a spreadsheet program so that I can base my comparison on them. Also let me know if I have missed any other online spreadsheets.
Here are the links to the programs which I am going to compare
Microsoft is changing its certification pattern with the release of the next version of Visual Studio. NET and SQL Server. They are introducing a new framework for certification that will pair up a credential with a skill-identifying certification based on a tiered approach consisting of three credentials:
Tier 1:Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
Tier 2:Microsoft Certified IT Professional or Professional Developer
Tier 3:Microsoft Certified Architect
Out of which the last exam Microsoft Certified Architect is supposed to be very rigorous, board-level certification. Microsoft released information about this exam somewhere in last April.
The following is the update path for the current exams
MCDBA + 2 exams – Microsoft Certified IT Professional
MCSD + 2 exams – Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (Enterprise Application Developer)
MCAD + 1 exam – Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (either Windows or Web Developer)
Microsoft is yet to give information regarding MCSE and MCSA. But those people who have already taken the current titles (MCP/MCSE/MCSA/MCDBA/MCAD/MCSD) will still have their certifications intact.
My current plan is to take that one exam for Web Developer and upgrade my MCAD title to Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (Web Developer). But who knows there is lot of time to decide though 😉
So guys share with me how your upgrade path is going to be.