Showing posts with label sharepoint 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sharepoint 2013. Show all posts

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

How to become a SharePoint Consultant - Industry Interviews


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.


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

- 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!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

MCSE SharePoint 2013 exam tips


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


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.