Now He's Gone and Done It.

I was holding off as long as I dared but alas, the cat has been let out of the bag.  Microsoft Learning's former developer certification Product Planner, Howard Dierking, took the opportunity to work with MSDN magazine as Editor-in-Chief.  Congratulations to Howard on a great position with a great magazine.

If you follow his blog, you will likely know by now, that his replacement in the Product Planner role has been selected. That person is me.  I will transition to that role starting Monday, Oct. 22, 2007.

I have been working with Microsoft Learning for over 2 years now as a Technologist supporting primarlily the developer and SQL curriculum for instructor-led training, eLearning courseware, Microsoft Press books and of course, the Assessment and Certifications Exams team.  I have also supported the IT Pro and Information Worker curriculums as well.  That role provided me with the opportunity to become more familiar with MSL, the products we produce and people we serve.  Not only that, but it has given me the opportunity to work with and get to know many more of our Microsoft Certified Trainers, an extremely passionate and elite group of people from around the world, only about 12,000 worldwide, who deliver Microsoft Official Curriculum.

So, what qualifies me for this position?  Good question.  I'm not sure if this counts but....

Before coming to Microsoft I worked as a Network Administrator, IT Support technician, Software Developer, and Consultant.  I have also spent many years as an educator in the IT world teaching at post secondary institutions such as CompuCollege and ITI Information Technology Institute in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.   I also worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer at a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS) center in Moncton as well, teaching almost the entire Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) on Windows 2000, Windows XP, SQL Server 2000 and Visual Basic, VBA and VBScript.  While in Moncton, I also co-ran the New Brunswick .NET Developer's User Group with Derek Hatchard.  This group is now known as Dev East under the leadership of Dan LeClair and Derek Hatchard.  I really miss you guys but I plan to be home at Christmas this year.

Being a part of that user group along with authoring various books on developer and IT pro topics for Sams, Que and WROX Press, exam questions for SelfTest Software practice tests and various articles in trade magazines earned me a Microsoft MVP award for two years in a row.

Current certifications I hold:

MCP
MCT
MCDBA (SQL 2000)
MCAD (.NET)
MCSD (Visual Basic 6.0)
MCSD (.NET)

MCSA
MCSE (2003)
MCAS (Outlook 2007, Word 2007, Access 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007)
CompTIA A+

CompTIA iNet+ - Doesn't exist anymore but I have the certificate..........   LoL
CompTIA Net+
Novell CNA

Certifications I am currently working on:

.NET 2.0 for Web, Windows and Distributed in both the MCTS and MCPD.  Yes, I can take the upgrade exams but I want to ensure I see what all our current exams are like to help me better understand how they perform.

Cisco CCNA - someday that is.  I have the books, two routers and a network switch, now all I need is the time to prep.

CISSP - The jury is still out on this one, but I have placed it as a "nice to have"

So, I think that's enough blogging for tonight.  My son wants me to work with him on finding the remaining skulls on Halo 3 so we can complete the "Ninja like" armor for our characters.  If you are a Halo 3 fanatic like he and I and want to get in some game play on XBOX Live, my gamertag is Kam Lung Kempo and his is EMM360.  Look us up, send a friend req.  I'm always happy to get the crap beat out of me on the game.  I'm getting old and the reflexes are slowing.

Have a great weekend all!

Gerry