Category Archives: Training

Damn it Feels Good to be a Trainer

You’ve seen Office Space, so you know the song. I won’t attempt to reproduce the lyrics here[1] but you know where I’m coming from. I’ve been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 1996, and “trainer” has been a key part … Continue reading

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So You Want to Work at Microsoft?

I love SQL Server. [1] I love working for Microsoft. [2] For me, these two loves are two things that go well together. I also love competition. If you love SQL Server as much as I do (and if you … Continue reading

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Your Window Improvements May Vary

I love my new job. This morning I’m sitting in a training session organized by the SQL Server team to bring Microsoft team members up to speed on new Business Intelligence capabilities in SQL Server “Denali”. The session is about … Continue reading

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Spatial Demo Goodness

If you’re someone who presents on SQL Server topics, you have probably run into something of a wall when it comes to getting interesting spatial data sets to demonstrate. The spatial data included with the SQL Server 2008 sample databases … Continue reading

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Hey, That Was Fun!

As you probably know, I’m a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). As you may not know, MCTs are required to renew their certification each year, and the 2009 renewal period is currently underway. I got my MT 2009 welcome kit a … Continue reading

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"Bonus" Technical Deep Dive Session at the MCT Summit – Redmond and Prague

The vast majority of the content at the 2009 MCT Summit events is heavily weighted toward the IT Professional audience. This is largely due to the fact that the major developer and database product releases took place in 2007 and … Continue reading

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Join Me in Prague!

Earlier this week the MCT team here at Microsoft Learning went live with the MCT Summit 2009 web site. There’s information about the two currently scheduled summits: Prague, Czech Republic – Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 9, 2009 Redmond, Washington, … Continue reading

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