MCSE: Back to the Future!

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  • Validates deep expertise across broad solutions
  • Demonstrates up-to-date skills on changing technologies

Well as a 17 year veteran of Microsoft learning. I feel like I’m stepping through a time warp. Yes, it’s true Microsoft are in there infinite wisdom bringing back the much loved MCSE & MCSA Certifications. Although with a slight difference. It will not be a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer but now known as Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. You can start either on topics such as System Centre or SQL but it is widely expected that these will expand to include Windows 8, Office 365, Exchange 15 and so on.

Anyway, here’s the scoop from Redmond! (Well done Ken)

This is an important moment in the history—and future—of Microsoft certifications. Candidates for Microsoft certifications — and those who might employ them—are increasingly saying they need cloud services as part of the job descriptions. Today’s technical professionals need to understand a broader array of technologies in order to plan and design optimal solutions. It’s clear that our certification candidates must delve deeper in order to integrate public cloud, private cloud, and on-premise technologies effectively.

To accommodate these changes, we have reinvented Microsoft’s certification program. Our new certifications for IT professionals and developers are tiered in three levels—Associate, Expert, and Master. The flagship certification, and destination for most IT professionals, is the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert or MCSE. It carries a familiar abbreviation, but has been “reinvented” to focus on the depth and breadth needed for cloud, on-premise, and hybrid solutions. Similarly, MCSD, or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, is our new expert level developer certification.

I invite you to learn more about our new certifications via the links below.

About Andy Malone

Andy Malone Microsoft MVP, MCT Andy Malone is the CEO of Quality Training Ltd and founder of both the Dive Deeper Technology and Cybercrime Security events. Based in Scotland, Andy is a popular international event speaker and technology evangelist with over 15 years experience. Andy was also the 2006 winner of the Microsoft TechEd Speaker Idol contest. Andy has delivered technical and security content to thousands of delegates worldwide at various technical conferences, such as Microsoft TechEd, IT Pro-Connections and Tech-days. His passionate style of delivery, combined with a sense of fun has become his trademark. Although his primary focus is for security. Andy loves to talk about the Windows platform, Exchange and Office technologies. And with knowledge dating back to the MS-DOS 2 and Windows 2.0 era there is often an interesting story to be told. But technology never sleeps and Andy continues to work with the Microsoft product teams to create and deliver ground breaking material on Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 and beyond. For 2011/12 Andy is scheduled to deliver content in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the US to name but a few. Andy’s blog:
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