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October 3, 2019

Welcome to the new site for SQL RV! I upgraded to a new environment to allow me to bring you better content than before. This is still a work-in-progress, so I appreciate your patience. If there is anything else amiss, please let me know!

September 6, 2019

So, after over 20 years of working in SQL Server, I finally got around to getting a certification. The MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) is actually a stepping stone to obtaining an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert). One more exam will cinch that for me.

Previously, I’ve never put much stock into certifications of any kind. While they are intended to be skills tests, I have known too many people who were simply skilled at memorizing information to pass an exam yet not skilled enough to put it into practice. I once graduated with a fellow who got a 4.0 GPA in accounting. Yet when it came to implementing it in software, I understood accounting principles better than he did even though I never took any accounting classes!

Also, I figured that with over 30 years of experience, a certification was not going to be very useful. Today, there are a number of folks who worked quite hard to obtain certifications. With that and the fact that the manner in which certifications tests are implemented have improved, I thought it would be a good idea for me to pursue it now. Last May a special was available to purchase a certification exam with two retakes plus a practice exam. So I decided to purchase three sets to prepare for the MCSE. After my purchase, I discovered that they must be used within 6 months. Therefore I have until the end of November to complete them. Wow, no pressure!! So far (knock on wood) I have yet to need any of the retakes. While it cost extra for those, having them available has removed some of my test anxiety.

Interestingly, for the longest time, the SE in MCSE stood for Systems Engineer. However, it was pointed out to me by a colleague this morning that SE now represents Solutions Expert. I feel that using the title of Expert is rather pretentious and I feel reluctant to use it. I have no problem calling someone else an expert when appropriate, Personally, if I deal with someone who calls himself/herself an expert, then I generally have reservations about their skills unless they prove otherwise. Perhaps that’s an issue that I will have to simply get over.