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Study NotesI recently had lunch with my favorite Microsoft Evangelist, and as we munched our way through our salads, he put a major bee in my bonnet. Not quite a bee, but more like a bat. We started discussing Microsoft System Center, HyperV, and other big company technologies that I haven’t used in years. As you all know, I focus on the small business tech for a living. He started me thinking about what is new in big business, and I got curious and started poking around the Microsoft certification website. After reviewing my Microsoft transcripts, I was pleasantly surprised to realize my current certifications easily allow me to upgrade to the new MCSE Private Cloud certification. After all, there are only 3 Microsoft exams for me to complete. I love studying and learning, and this is just the push I need to upgrade my skill sets. Now some of you may be asking why I am pursuing “big business” technologies instead of small business ones. The answer is simple: small business tech is just big business tech scaled down. Small business IT professionals still need to understand current technologies and how to implement them. Eventually, these big business technologies make their way down to small business, usually in a smaller-scale version. The trick with small biz is to implement, factor in company growth, and stay within budget.

I have set an ambitious goal for myself to attain the MCSE Private Cloud certification. I would like to have it completed by Canadian Thanksgiving, about 3 months from now. How am I going to do this? I will dedicate 2-3 hours each evening to study. Luckily, I work for myself, so I can schedule around my clients’ needs. I did the MCSE 2003 (7 exams) in 18 months, while working full time and having two day care-aged children.

It’s been sometime since I wrote an exam, at least 4 years.  I love hitting the books, and learning something new and I am very excited to put the gray matter into action again.  The new skills I learn from upgrading my certifications will help my small business clients now and in the future.

PS I hope to add MCITP for Office 365 by Christmas.

Categories: Education, New Tech
  1. 08/13/2013 at 3:03 pm

    Way to go Sharon! I KNOW you can do this… great ambitions but not unreasonable ones. Remember, whether you think you can or you think you can’t you are right! Go get ’em, and knock ’em dead!

    • 08/13/2013 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks Mitch. Almost ready for exam 1. Just need to keep focused!

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