Showing posts with label sharepoint 2007 training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sharepoint 2007 training. Show all posts

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Guest blogger: SharePoint 2010 Certification

All this week we will be featuring posts from guest blogger Joel Jeffery. Joel is a Firebrand Training instructor, who is currently developing courseware for our brand new SharePoint 2010 Configuring / Administrator and SharePoint Developer courses...

I’ve just read a really interesting blog post about Microsoft’s approach in bringing SharePoint to market, and I felt compelled to share my views on the subject.

SharePoint Matures

It occurs to me that SharePoint has taken a while to mature - and it certainly has done just that. The first versions of the technology stack didn’t have much in the way of targeted Developer or IT Pro learning.

Actually, for WSS 3.0 and SharePoint 2007, the only official Microsoft courses were for the IT Pro community (MOCs 5060 and 5061). I'm not saying that Microsoft left things up to the community, but that SharePoint was a somewhat niche product (compared to
Microsoft’s heavy-weight market share). Microsoft couldn’t deliver the support and training to all of the groups that needed it, while keeping it cost-effective.

The Courseware Library

However, Microsoft did make use of the already-growing Microsoft Courseware Library. This allows 3rd party training providers of sufficient quality to gain a Microsoft seal of approval.

Thanks to this, there have been some great training courses:
  • SharePoint 2007 Advanced Development
  • SharePoint 2007 Business Intelligence
  • SharePoint 2007 Branding and Content Management
  • SharePoint End Users and Information Workers
You need to be a Microsoft Certified Trainer (a MCT like me!) to deliver these courses. Microsoft leaves a space for Microsoft partners to fill. Big partners like Firebrand Training, and not-so-big partners like JFDI Phoenix (my company!)

SharePoint Certification


SharePoint 2010 certification has evolved:

  • For a SharePoint Administrator or SharePoint Developer, the certifications include MCITP and MCPD certification respectively. What an improvement on the four MCTS certifications we had for SharePoint 2007!
  • Microsoft is releasing MOCs for both Administrators and Developers! Look out for MOC 10175 and MOC 10232 (for Developers), and 10174 and 10231 (for IT Professionals).
  • If you have the MCITP and MCPD certifications for SharePoint, you could potentially move onto the SharePoint Certified Master certification. This normally takes three weeks and doesn't come cheap. You also need to pass a CV screen and interview before gaining a place on a course - which currently only runs in the USA.
  • STOP PRESS! It appears that there may be Information Worker training coming soon!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Guest blogger and video: SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services and Offline Synchronisation

All this week we will be featuring posts from guest blogger Joel Jeffery. Joel is a Firebrand Training instructor, who is currently developing courseware for our brand new SharePoint 2010 Configuring / Administrator and Developer courses...

This post and video is all about Business Connectivity Services, which is the technology previously known as the Business Data Catalog (BDC).

The BDC in SharePoint 2007 was cool. It allowed us to create read-only forms from existing line of business, or back-end, systems - and fast. It also allowed us to index and search data in these back-end systems.

In the video I show how easy it is to work with SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services. We’ll use SharePoint Designer 2010 to hook up with the Northwind database – and load a SQL table of contacts into SharePoint.

I also demonstrate how SharePoint does the hard work in creating not just read-only, but all the CRUD
(create, retrieve, update, delete) operations. It also creates InfoPath and browser forms for us, without the need to write any code. Finally, I look at the offline functionality of the BCS and SharePoint workspace, including the beauty of conflict resolution.