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  • Blog Post: Hello World! (wow..even easier than VB)

    Well, yeah, so, Hi there :-) I'm Per, and I'm currently responsible for the Microsoft Certified Master and Microsoft Certified Architect programs at Microsoft. Figured I'd start this up and have my team and I contribute to keep everyone up to speed and informed on our Master programs, and to give...
  • Blog Post: Please welcome our newest SQL Server Certified Master Li Xiaozhao

    Please welcome our newest SQL Server Certified Master Li Xiaozhao. I was fortunate enough to get to greet one final Master on my next to last day at Microsoft. Welcome to the community. Li Xiaozhao is a SQL Server/BI consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services in France. He has been working with...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Shiyang Qiu

    Shiyang Qiu is currently a Premier Field Engineer in Microsoft Hong Kong. Shiyang works with SQL Server since SQL Server 2000 in Greater China region, focusing on high performance database programming, database tuning and t-shooting, database HA solution design and DBA tasks. He also works for...
  • Blog Post: Please welcome our new SharePoint MCM/MCA Program Lead!

    Hi All, Please join me in welcoming Brett Geoffroy to ‘The Master Team’! Brett will be driving our SharePoint MCM and MCA programs for us full time in FY10. He has been pulling double duty for a few months already while working with James to get up to speed and to ensure a smooth hand-off. James...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SharePoint 2010 MCM - Christopher Webb

    Chris Webb is a SharePoint Architect working for Planet Technologies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His main areas of interest include enterprise search, InfoPath, and multitenancy. His blog is located at http://www.christophermichaelwebb.com .
  • Blog Post: Another Future Master...? Congratulations to Per!

    Per's become a father for the third time.... to a beautiful baby girl, so he's off for a few days and learning to live again with baby mess and reduced sleep.... Congratulaitons Per, to you and your family, from all of us. The Masters Team
  • Blog Post: Meet the MCM's and MCA's!

    We have just started publishing a list of people who have earned an MCM and/or MCA certification over at our Microsoft Learning site. Go take a look here . We'll be adding names as MCM's and MCA's ask us to, it's entirely optional, and we hope this brings them some much deserved publicity. Gaining...
  • Blog Post: SQL Dude Intro...

    I'll take a moment to introduce myself as well... I started working with Microsoft SQL Server before it belonged to Microsoft. In 1991 I was a Windows developer who built reporting applications using a Sybase back end. I did my own DB coding on my Sybase database server running 4.xx-System 10 on a $250k...
  • Blog Post: Please welcome Ryan M. Lence to the SQL Server MCM Community

    I’m very happy to announce that Ryan M. Lence ( blog ) has successfully earned his SQL Server 2008 Master Certification. Please join me in welcoming him. Here is a brief introduction to Ryan: Ryan Lance has been working with Enterprise Infrastructure for the last 15 years. During this...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Karl Grambow

    Karl is a Senior Database Administrator for Coeo, a Microsoft Gold Partner providing SQL Server services for mission critical environments, where he provides mission critical support for Coeo’s enterprise customers. He has been working with SQL Server for over 14 years, since the days of SQL...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Klaus Aschenbrenner

    Klaus Aschenbrenner is CEO & Founder of SQLpassion ( http://www.SQLpassion.at ) a SQL Server consulting company that provides SQL Server Consulting Services across Europe. Klaus works with SQL Server 2005/2008/2012 from the very beginnings. In the years 2004 - 2005 Klaus was entitled with the MVP...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest MCSM: SharePoint - Ali Mazaheri

    Ali works as an architect and Worldwide Collaboration community lead at Microsoft, designing and implementing enterprise solutions based on Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. HIs blog is located at https://blogs.msdn.com/alimaz .
  • Blog Post: Please welcome Ryan Conrad, the new fearless Directory MCM/MCA leader :)

    Hi All, Please join me in welcoming Ryan Conrad to our Master / MCA team! Ryan will be driving the Directory programs for us, effective immediately, as it is time for Walter to focus on his day job J For those that don’t know, Walter has been pulling double duty driving our Directory program and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Thomas LaRock

    Thomas LaRock is a seasoned IT professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Currently serving as a Technical Evangelist for Confio Software, Thomas has progressed through several roles in his career including programmer, analyst, and DBA. Thomas holds a MS degree in Mathematics...
  • Blog Post: Introducing MCM Exchange R2

    I would have done this earlier but I'm not all that technical and couldn't figure out how to publish a picture... Anyway, here's a class picture of all those that attended MCM R2. So, from left to right we have.... Morten Banke, Tyler Jin, Atif Mazhar, Kris Becan, Riaz Malik, Morten Kjønnø, Tim...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Pedro Correia

    Pedro Correia is currently the responsible for the Information System that supports the Portuguese e.school Program that delivered more than 1.5 million laptops to students and teachers. He has been working with SQL Server for over 12 years, since the days of SQL Server 7.0, and his specialties are...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Tim Chapman

    Tim Chapman is a Dedicated Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft where he specializes in training and working with large customers on performance tuning, high availability,and disaster recovery. Tim has been working with SQL Server since the SQL 2000 days as a database administrator, database engineer...
  • Blog Post: Intro and update from OCS Master rotation 1.

    As Per so amusingly noted I’m ‘Phone Boy’. That is to say that I am the PM that looks after the OCS Master program. I joined Microsoft three years ago and worked for some time in the UK in consulting services. After a short spell with the partner engineering team in the UC product group I jumped at the...
  • Blog Post: First rule of MCM: Advanced Infrastructure is...

    ..don't talk about Advanced Infrastructure. Or so at least it was until now. What am I talking about? I'm talking about our Microsoft Certified Master: Advanced Infrastructure certification. Never heard of it? Well, you're not alone. This was a Master track that we did an alpha and beta for and then...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest MCSM: SharePoint - Wictor Wilén

    Wictor Wilén is a senior SharePoint Architect working at Connecta AB as a Director. Wictor has achieved the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) - SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) - SharePoint and Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) - SharePoint 2010 certifications. He...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Vesa Tikkanen

    Vesa is agile oriented software architect who works mainly with large Dynamics AX and Microsoft BI environments in Solteq PLC, Finland. He specializes in architecting the right solution, performance tuning and he has a personal passion towards tabular model BI development. Vesa has been working with...
  • Blog Post: Better Late Than Never - New MCM's to Announce

    I was going to blog about how everyone else promises at New Year to blog more than they did last year blah blah blah, but I'd only be lying and so I won't. :-) Still, I admit I was lax in not following up from the last rotation we ran in October, and announcing the new MCM's we have in Exchange. I...
  • Blog Post: My turn for an intro...

    Thanks for the introduction Per, how great to have you give us all 'pet names' yet strangely omit yourself? Hmmmmm. We'll have to think of one for you, one we can publish that is... So, by way of introduction, I work in Redmond, and run the Exchange Master Program and am the lead for the MCA | Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Cris Benge

    Cris Benge has over 15 years of software development, database management and business intelligence experience primarily providing consultation and architectural guidance on the Microsoft platform. He is passionate about data warehouse design / ETL development, database development & performance...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Gail Shaw

    Gail Shaw is a Senior Consultant with Xpertease, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She specializes in database performance tuning and database recovery, with a particular focus on topics such as indexing strategies, execution plans, and writing T-SQL code that performs well and scales gracefully....