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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

How to become a SharePoint Consultant - Industry Interviews

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Today we speak to President and Senior SharePoint Consultant at vNext Solutions, Vlad Catrinescu. With more than 5 years experience analysing and deploying SharePoint Infrastructure, Vlad has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for SharePoint Server since 2013. He is currently the youngest SharePoint MVP in the world. 

Vlad is active on the SharePoint speaking circuit and is renowned for his Absolute SharePoint blog. He is the founder of SharePoint Community - the largest and most active SharePoint community on the web.

Find out how to become a SharePoint Consultant with Vlad in today's Industry Interview.


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Name: Vlad Catrinescu
Job Title: SharePoint Consultant and President
Employer: vNext Solutions

Personal Blog: Absolute SharePoint
Social Media: LinkedIn | Twitter  
Awards: SharePoint Server MVP, Top 25 Office 365 Influencers 2015

Certifications:
- Microsoft MCSE: SharePoint 2013
- Microsoft MCSA: Office 365
- Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012
- Microsoft MCITP: SharePoint 2010




Summarise your job in a sentence

I help companies get the most business value out of SharePoint by using the platform’s capabilities to the maximum, solving real business problems.


What does an average working day look like?

About 50% meetings where I try to understand the pain points of the business, and the rest where I try to solve them. 


What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working with SharePoint is always a challenge since every business has different needs, so every client is unique.  I enjoy meeting new people and by talking to business owners, and people from every department I get to make new connections every day.  


What are the biggest challenges in your current role?

SharePoint is at a big turning point right now, and with Office 365 and Hybrid, a lot of changes are coming. Getting clients used to SharePoint Online and Office 365 with all the new features it brings can be quite a challenge.


What career path did you take to bring you to your current job title?

I started out as a Junior Network Administrator, which allowed me to learn the Microsoft ecosystem.  Since I was working in a pretty small company, within a month I had Domain Admin rights and was playing with Lync, SharePoint, Exchange, AD, DNS , SCCM, SQL and more. 

This allowed me to have a much better understanding of how all the Microsoft Servers work together.  After, working as a SharePoint Consultant for a few companies, I set up my own SharePoint consultancy. 


Do you have/did you require any professional certifications to secure your current job title? If yes, which?

A lot of my clients require me to be certified in SharePoint, and I have my MCITP SharePoint 2010 and MCSE SharePoint 2013. Personally, I enjoy more the learning I have to do to get those certifications, and I think the learning you do to get them is worth a lot more than the title itself. 


What guidance would you give someone wanting to do your job?

Don’t only learn SharePoint, learn SQL, AD, DNS, and everything in the ecosystem, it will help you better understand how everything works together.  Also, be prepared to learn something new every day as Microsoft is pushing new features and changes to the cloud every two weeks, and since clients see you as the “Expert” you need to know what those changes are.


What guidance would you give someone starting their career in IT?

If you can, join a smaller company or a startup. You will be able to do multiple jobs, and see what you really love. In a big company, your roles and responsibilities are locked in. In a smaller company, you can help with Dev, IT, writing proposals, and taking care of the company twitter if you want to.


Has training and/or certification influenced your career? If yes, how?

For sure it did. I think that everyone who is in IT has to go through training a few times per year to learn new best practices and the new tools. Not only did the training help me get to the technical level that I am now, but being certified helped me open more doors. 

If you are certified, Microsoft Gold Partners will be looking for you. They need your certifications to keep their gold status. 

What are your thoughts on the widely reported IT skills gap and its impact on business?

There is a big IT Skills gap, because IT is evolving so fast that most IT Pro’s cannot keep up. However, that opens up a huge market for consultants, and people that are specialised on certain systems. 

What are your opinions on professional training and certification?

Training is very very very important in IT, since it keeps evolving every day. If you don’t keep training and learn new technologies, you will fall behind and your chances at getting a good job will go down.  

Also, let’s face it, new technologies are cool and doing projects on new technologies is a lot more fun than doing COBOL.  

Certification, well, unfortunately the reputation of IT Certification took a hit in the last few years due to the huge amount of illegal material out there. Whether you believe in the certification or not, I highly recommend you do the training as if you were going to do the exam. And in my opinion, paying that extra $150 to take an exam and be certified is worth it in the long run!


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Moving on from MCSA Windows Server 2012


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The MCSA Windows Server 2012 qualification has proven exceptionally popular with the technical community over the last 18 months. Rightly so, as the qualification gives students a solid grounding in all aspects of Windows Server 2012 roles and features, and once the certification has been attained, students can be confident in capably working with the operating system.

Since its release in 2012, many have now held the MCSA certification and have been using the associated technologies for an extended period of time. This segment of the server community frequently seeks the qualification or qualifications that are next on the ladder.

Taking the next step

MCSA Windows Server 2012 is the prerequisite qualification to a range of MCSE qualifications, including: MCSE: Messaging and MCSE: Communications, which are tracks for those specialising in Exchange Server and Lync Server technologies. MCSE: SharePoint is also an option for those planning to work with SharePoint on a regular basis. All three of the aforementioned MCSEs are clearly defined and easy to differentiate from each other.

There are however a series of Microsoft qualifications that are not so easy to differentiate, as they appear to have considerable crossover. These are the qualifications we will be taking a closer look at in this article. They include the MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSE: Private Cloud, and Microsoft Specialist: Server Virtualization with Windows Server and System Center qualifications.

Know the right direction

In order to pick which qualification is right for you, take a look at your job role and ask yourself the following questions:
  • How much do I work with System Center 2012 R2?
  • How much do I work with Microsoft Virtualization technologies?

If you work primarily with Microsoft infrastructure, using Microsoft Virtualization and want to evaluate the System Center 2012 R2 suite: MCSE: Server Infrastructure is the choice for you.

If you work primarily with Microsoft infrastructure and you use Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager to manage your virtualization environment. Or you currently work with a third-party hypervisor and will be transitioning to Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager. In this case, Microsoft Specialist: Server Virtualization with Windows Server and System Center is for you.

If you work in a data centre managing the virtual environment for your internal business units or for your customers. You now wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of the System Center 2012 R2 product suite. Then MCSE: Private Cloud is for you.

To read the full article written by Firebrand’s lead Windows Server Instructor Mike Brown, check out ServerWatch.com

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

MCSE SharePoint 2013 exam tips


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MCSE SharePoint 2013 logo
SharePoint 2013 is part of the new version of Office making it easier to stay connected, access files, and maintain messaging security. The MCSE SharePoint certification proves that you have expertise in helping your company organise, sync, collaborate, and share information.

Here are the top five tips to passing your MCSE SharePoint 2013 exams from Joel Jefferey - our SharePoint instructor.

Top five tips for your SharePoint 2013 exam


1. Pace yourself
You have a limited amount of time and a lot of questions to answer. Give yourself a time limit per question - and stick to it.

2. Look out for clues in later questions
Sometimes you can find two or three questions spread over the course of an exam that, when read together, can only have one logical combination of correct answers.

3. Eliminate the stupid choices
Although all question choices in the exam must be viable areas of SharePoint 2013's object model or platform, there are usually still one or two obviously incorrect choices which helps narrow down the correct answer.

4. Look out for trick questions
Sometimes Microsoft puts in choices that are more applicable to a previous version of a product or technology, but which would not work on the new platform.

5. Leave no question unanswered
There is no "negative" marking in Microsoft exams. You only accumulate points for correct answers; no additional marks are deducted for incorrect choices.

About the Author:
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

SharePoint 2013 Learning Roadmaps


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As organisations across the globe look set to adopt the latest SharePoint instalment, administrators and developers alike are preparing to get to grips with a whole host of new functions and applications.

SharePoint 2013 is  the 6th revision of the business collaboration software and comes retrofitted with Yammer, (for greater social integration) and a vast range of new capabilities outlined on the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Tech Center, or check out the following video:



SharePoint 2013 Learning Roadmaps

To help prepare you for the latest rendition, the helpful folks over at Microsoft's SharePoint IT Pro blog have set about compiling a range of learning roadmaps. If unfamiliar with the terminology, a learning roadmap is the process of compiling multiple content types (articles, videos etc.) and organising them to create a learning pathway customized for the readers skill level and needs. 

So whether you are getting to grips with SharePoint for the first time, or you are a seasoned veteran, you have a pathway for quickly digesting knowledge and getting up to speed on a select topic or technology.

From SharePoint zero to SharePoint Hero

Each learning roadmap from Microsoft is segmented into 6 sections aimed at taking you from no prior knowledge right through to being a topic expert. The roadmap sections are outlined below :

Prerequisite information – this is the base knowledge to help prepare you  for the topic you are about to learn.
Level 100 – is the beginner level giving introductory information about the topic.
Level 200 - comes next and is intermediate information about the topic.
Level 300 - crank it up to 11, this is advanced information about the select topic.
Ongoing Learning – for all those looking for extra credit, this is a source of follow on information for the topic.
Additional Resources – if you still haven't had your fill this is a collection of information sources to support the topic.

Existing SharePoint Roadmaps

As of today (March 19th 2013) there are 5 learning roadmaps in existence which are as follows:
If you can't find what your looking for, keep checking the SharePoint 2013 Tech Center for updates, they seem to be coming thick and fast with 5 published in the last month. Also be a good citizen and if you see any issues, or want to add to the existing roadmaps, there is an option to provide feedback/amendments.

You can go your own way (prizes for who wrote that song)
If you fancy doing things your own way, why not create your very own fully customized roadmap? Microsoft have provided a Learning Roadmap Template, so for the eager beavers amongst you, why not not create your own SharePoint 2013 learning roadmap today.

Once you've created your roadmap masterpiece, feel free to share it with us via our Google Plus Page +Firebrand Training UK or why tweet us @beafirebrand.

If you're interested in gaining SharePoint certification, why not check out our 6 day SharePoint 2013 MCSE certification course.

About the Author:
Edward is a member of the Marketing team overseeing the Content Strategy for Firebrand Training's portfolio of websites. 

Monday, 10 October 2011

Stop, Collaborate, Listen - to SharePoint

One of our instructors explored his creative side in his SharePoint Class. Joel is a Microsoft Certified SharePoint 2010 specialist andMicrosoft Certified Trainer. Enjoy! 



Thursday, 14 October 2010

Top 10 Tips for Passing the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Exams

Joel Jeffery of JFDI Phoenix, an instructor at Firebrand Training, gives the rundown of his top ten tips for passing the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 exams. These will prove invaluable whether you are a SharePoint Administrator (exams 70-667 and 70-668), or a SharePoint Developer (exams 70-573 and 70-576).

The exam syllabus states that three months of product experience is required before sitting the MCTS exams, and up to two years for the MCITP and MCPD exams. You can complement this experience with my top ten tips:

1. Pace yourself. You have a limited amount of time and a lot of questions to answer. Give yourself a time limit per question – and stick to it. Keep track of the time remaining, which is displayed on-screen.

2. Read the question. It sounds obvious, but read the question thoroughly. Watch out if you like taking notes: don’t use all your exam time writing them down!

3. Do you know the answer? Another one that may sound obvious. If you have checked the whole question, and you are certain that you know the answer - select the answer and move on.

4. Leave no question unanswered. There is no “negative” marking in Microsoft exams. You only accumulate points for correct answers; no additional marks are deducted for incorrect choices.

5. Don’t change your mind. If you choose to review your choices at the end (and this is generally a good idea) do not be tempted to change your answer unless you are sure you got it wrong.

6. Look out for clues in later questions. Your exam can be like a logic puzzle. Sometimes you can find two or three questions spread over the course of an exam that, when read together, can only have one logical combination of correct answers.

7. Eliminate the stupid choices. The quality of Microsoft exams has improved much over the last few years. These days, all choices you will be presented with must be viable areas of SharePoint 2010’s object model or platform. However, there are usually still one or two obviously incorrect choices that you can eliminate with ease.

8. Look out for trick questions. Sometimes Microsoft puts in choices that are more applicable to a previous version of a product or technology, but which would not work on the new platform.

9. Avoid overly complex answers. Try and ask yourself “If I were to design an API or command line interface, how should I do it?” Often the most cumbersome-looking choices are incorrect. Beware though. Sometimes things are just difficult to do.

10. Don’t forget everything you already know about IT! You walk in to the exam room with potentially many years’ experience as a developer or IT Professional. Keep calm and use your real-world skills.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

SharePoint 2010 Certifications are Here

Firebrand Training has officially launced two SharePoint 2010 courses. Our developers have been working around the clock to offer Microsoft MCTS / MCPD SharePoint 2010 Developer and MCTS / MCITP SharePoint 2010 Configuring / Administrator certifications.

Both courses offer dual certification, so as well as an MCTS, you will also gain a career-enhancing MCITP or MCPD. These certifications will be gained in only one week.

Call us on 0844 888 1677 to gain an exclusive introductory discount.


Monday, 23 June 2008

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