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  • Blog Post: Bumper Crop of OCS MCMs from rotation 5!!

    With rotation 5 out of the door we have only one rotation left on OCS 2007 R2 (May). The latest group to enjoy the thrills and spills of OCS Masters is pictured below just before taking the qual lab. By previous standards this group was relatively quiet in the classroom but they sure put everything into...
  • Blog Post: Annoucing three new OCS 2007 MCMs

    I'm pleased to announce that we have three new members of the OCS MCM community after they completed retakes. There are, in no particular order, Robert Burnett - Robert works for CXO Global Solutions in the US Jim Raymond - Jim works for Dyntek also in the US Agus Rachman - Agus works for...
  • Blog Post: Holy HOLs, Batman! Get on the Batphone!

    Well, Phone Boy's been rather busy over these last 3 weeks, running the first alpha rotation of our OCS Master program. I'm sure he'll get on here soon and talk a bit about how it went (I had my review with the class today, and it sounds like we're off to a great, great start!), but I wanted to give...
  • Blog Post: Cranking through those retakes - OCS MCM gets busy with 6 new MCMs!!

    I've been running silent on the blog for a while. Mostly been busy with retakes and planning for the next release of the program. I'm very pleased to say that the retakes have been going well and I would like to welcome six new members to the OCS Masters community. They are Raymond Thralls ...
  • Blog Post: Post OCS Master - back in the office....

    The following post was written by Keith Hanna (UK MCS) - a graduate of the first rotation of OCS Master. Adrian asked us all to write about our experiences during the first OCS Masters Rotation, but I figured there's enough articles out there about Ranger/Master including the recent post from Rajeev...
  • Blog Post: Rotation 2 OCS MCM - showing Exchange and Directory that real time comms is where it's at!

    In between all the work during rotation 2 we managed to squeeze in some group events. The usual favourite was karting at K1 Speed in Redmond. For this rotation we combined forces with Exchange and Directory which were running at same time in Redmond and what is normally a fun filled 2 hours on the track...
  • Blog Post: OCS Master - Giving something back

    Since starting work on the OCS Master program back in September 08 and with our first rotation in January this year it has rather felt that I've done nothing but ask people for things for the past 8 months. If I was to put together my top 5 asks they would probably be Patience (from my various...
  • Blog Post: Just in case we didn't have the most awesome labs already......

    Over the summer things quieten down a little in the world of MCM and we get a chance to work on updates to the program, exams and labs. Over the past few months OCS MCM has joined the other MCM programs and moved its exams online. Previously I had to hand mark each paper and this was a painfully time...
  • Blog Post: OCS MCA - coming soon

    Quick update on OCS MCA. This certification is still in development and right now we are finalising the competencies, review board process and something other core components before putting the first candidate through. So we are on track for the program to be live before June and broad availability after...
  • Blog Post: Hot off the press - 6 new OCS MCMs!

    Hot on the heels of rotation 2 we have a new batch of successful candidates from rotation 3. In no particular order - Abi Magu - Senior PFE from Central region Craig Hill - UC Voice Architect from MCS Voice Practice UK Lester Hewett - Solution Architect from Dell UK Michael Sneeringer...
  • Blog Post: Change of date for Rotation 2 of OCS Master

    Just wanted to give an update that we've moved rotation 2 of OCS Master out by a few weeks to April 27th - May 16th. The main reason for this was to give us enough time to update the materials post RTM of OCS 2007 R2 and include some new content and labs in the second delivery and some of them are pretty...
  • Blog Post: Getting the most from OCS Master

    This post was written by Rajeev Krishnan who attended Rotation 1 of OCS Master. In it he shares his hints and tips on getting into and surviving the program. Rajeev is a Senior Consultant for Microsoft Global Services in India. I was one of the fortunate people to have been invited for the alpha...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to a new OCS MCM

    Congratulations to Maureen Magnotta from MCS, a candidate from rotation 1, who has now certified after an exam retake. Way to go Maureen!
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to 6 new OCS MCMs!

    I'd like to congratulate six new OCS MCMs as graduates of rotation 4. They are (in no particular order) Jeff Nye who works for the MCS Voice Practice in the US Taimoor Husain who also works for the MCS Voice Practice in the US Jason Guo who works for MCS East region in the US Antti Kiviniemi...
  • Blog Post: A new OCS MCM from Rotation 1!

    Congratulations to Mohammad Vakil from MCS in Dubai who has just certified after an exam retake!
  • 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: Another RFP requesting MCM

    Further to the recent post on this from Per I was talking with a partner today who has made and continues to make considerable investments in OCS MCM for their UC consulting practice. They told me that they have also seen evidence of RFPs requiring that the respondant have an MCM on staff. The partner...
  • Blog Post: Welcome and congratulations to the new OCS Masters!

    I wanted to congratulate the following individuals from rotation 1 that certified at the first attempt. Brendan Carius – MCS, Australia Thomas Binder – MCS, Austria Rajeev Krishnan – Global Services, India Dave Jennings – MCS, US Keith Hanna – MCS, UK Sanchu Sankar – MCS, UK Bernd...
  • Blog Post: So long and thanks for all the fish....

    After nearly four years I'm moving on as the PM of the Lync and OCS MCM programs. It has been quite a ride..... On January 12 th 2009 the first rotation of OCS MCM kicked off in building 11 on Redmond campus. Almost four years later we have achieved the following… Run 12 rotations...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the new OCS Masters!

    A few days ago we finished the second rotation of OCS Master. It was quite a ride and the group was really strong. I'm thrilled to announce the following candidates successfully completed the program and are now certified. Partners and Customers · William Scheffer - E nabling Technologies (US)...
  • Blog Post: Lync MCM and an ROI of more than 730% - really!

    We recently published a case study with Unify Square that illustrates the value that an MCM certification (or in this case three of them) can bring in competitive situations. Obviously your own mileage may vary but there is one stand out point in this instance that I think is worth noting. The guys at...
  • Blog Post: OCS MCM - A view from the other side

    Jeff Nye who works for the MS Global Voice Practice and was a graduate of rotation 4 asked me about posting to a Linked In group that he belongs to which provides hints and tips on preparing for MCM. I liked what he had written and so Jeff expanded on the post a little and provided it for posting here...
  • Blog Post: The final hurdle for OCS MCM rotation 4

    OCS MCM rotation 4 is almost out the door. Almost - just the final qual lab to finish now. As I write the candidates are all laser focused on their laptops, oblivious to the world around them as they work through the final gruelling 6 hour lab. All this and they've already sat their last written exam...
  • Blog Post: New benefit for OCS Masters - online labs!

    According to the visionaries the future is ‘all in the cloud man!’. Well, not to be out done we have just launched a new set of online labs for the exclusive use of certified OCS MCMs. These 4 new lab environments are based on the core labs that we use for the program but also include a second set of...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the worlds first Lync Server 2010 MCMs!

    Over the past few months we have been working through the alpha and beta deliveries of the Lync MCM program. After these two highly successful rotations it gives me great pleasure to announce the following names as the first certified Lync Server 2010 Masters. So firstly – congratulations to...