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  • Blog Post: Demand for MCM is Increasing...

    So I had an email from one of the self-employed Exchange MCM's this morning, and I won't directly name him, quote him, or his email, but the gist of it was this: (email from recruiter and I'm paraphrasing...) Our client has had difficulty finding the high level help they need and so have decided to...
  • Blog Post: ROI from MCM: A look back 6 months later.

    Hi All, I'm happy to share a little retrospective from another one of our Directory MCM's, Rob Silver , who wrote us the following just the other day. It's a great example of ROI / benefits from investing in the program that I hope more and more people are seeing out there. Hi Per/Ryan, Some...
  • 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: It's Been a Busy Few Weeks....

    Just to say that it's been a bit quiet as we've been running Exchange, SQL and MOSS all at the same time and man oh man, it's hard work. But shortly I plan on blogging all about the rotation, name those that passed, highlight some highlights, that sort of thing. We had a brilliant time on Exchange, one...
  • Blog Post: Extreme Certification, that's what we are...

    An interesting article about Microsoft's certification story over at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.08.geekofalltrades.aspx
  • Blog Post: Now This Isn't Something You Get All That Easily....

    Did you know that every new MCM Exchange Server 2007 gets a personal letter, signed (really signed, I send them over to his office, he kindly signs them for me) by Rajesh Jha , the Corporate VP of Microsoft Exchange and Office Live? (Rajesh did an intro on the EHLO blog here .) Why does he do that...
  • 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: Mississippi leads the way: 3 MCM's a requirement in State IT RFP

    I think every MCM and 'MCM-to-be' out there should feel real good about this one. In short: the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services will be managing and reporting the use of Stimulus funds. To accomplish their mission the State will use Active Directory, Windows Server 2008 and...
  • Blog Post: Testimonial from a SQL MCM (who doesn’t work for Microsoft)

    I was recently asked by a potential SQL MCM candidate if we could share testimonials about the SQL Microsoft Certified Master program from non-Microsoft employees Out of the 57 MCMs in the world, only 12 are not Microsoft employees (by the way – the numbers on our Meet the Microsoft Certified Masters...
  • 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...