I’ve signed up for three (3) of the five (5) available beta exams on the new SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence certification program which Kendra Little (blog|twitter) has written a great post about here.
Since there are numbered seats on these beta exams, I went straight for the BI specific tests. So at friday the 23rd of March I took on [70-467] Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012, followed by a short break of SQLBits, then on to [70-466] Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on the 3rd of April.
Tomorrow I’m up for [70-461] Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
First of all I’m taking the tests in order to identify my weak spots in regards to the new version of the stack. Secondly it’s a great, and not to forget free, opportunity to achieve the certifications that looks nice on the resume (before the peers @ work).
My first impression with the tests so far, is that Microsoft Learning (blog|twitter) has done a really good job at re-designing the tests. IMHO the tests will go deeper and further than their respective prequels. And maybe it’s just me, but it seems as if there is a more real-world-feel about the questions in the test than I’ve previous expreienced. Good job MSLearning!