Happy New SharePoint 2013 year!

2012 has been a year of many changes for us in the SharePoint world. In the span of a few months we had SQL 2012, Windows 2012 and SharePoint 2013 released! Are you ready for change? My year will be spent learning, adopting and implementing these new technologies from Microsoft.

I am working towards those certifications this year and another change is that Microsoft has renamed all its certifications such as MCITP to MCSE (Solutions Expert). MCM to MCSM (Solutions Master).
The definition of the word ‘Solutions’ has also changed. Back in 1999 when I was researching and deciding on my Microsoft certifications, I had the option of studying towards the MCSE (Systems Engineer) or MCSD (Solutions Developer). Now “Solutions” Experts are infrastructure guys too. Confusing at first but we will all get used to it soon. This is probably Microsoft’s push for the cloud where some present day SharePoint Admins will move to offering cloud based solutions like migration, support and integration back into the private cloud (a hybrid approach). I’m staying an in-premise/private cloud SharePoint Admin.

Windows 2012
So much change for us SharePoint Admins and developers as we have to re-learn a new Windows operating system with its new ‘metro’ UI.
If you are into SharePoint certifications, then it is a requirement to achieve the MCSA in Windows 2012 to get your SharePoint certification. I am working on getting myself an MCSA in Windows 2012 and since Im an MCITP, I have to just do one upgrade exam 70-417.
Dont know where to start? Here is a great set of free training videos by Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Ed Liberman from TrainSignal. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKJ4uTj5tbxHMdt1yT0FWNzderYzv5_Ca

PowerShell 3.0
Learning Windows 2012 has led me to learning PowerShell 3.0. There is so much more we can do with it! There are over 2300 PowerShell cmdlets with Windows 2012. I have been playing around with PowerShell ISE too. It has evolved to become a great help in learning more cmdlets and constructing your PowerShell scripts. Im looking forward to spending a lot of time with PowerShell 3.0 in the coming year.

SharePoint 2013
Once I get my MCSA in Windows 2012, it will be time for the SharePoint 2013 exams. Training generally will be available for it towards the middle of the year. The two exams I will be doing are: 70-331 – Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and 70-332 – Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.
Doing the 70-417, 70-331 and 70-332 will make me a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert – SharePoint.
I will be posting more training links on SharePoint 2013 in the coming weeks.

SQL 2012
A new database server was released bringing some new features and improvements such as: AlwaysOn, improved Business Intelligence features, improved management and performance. I found some good improvements with PowerPivot and SharePoint. If I have time this year, I might do a certification in SQL 2012 in the second half of the year. In my experience, SQL is most often the main culprit for poor SharePoint performance – thanks to a badly configured SQL instance by SharePoint Admins with limited SQL knowledge or by traditional SQL DBAs who still think SharePoint databases with their tables are a mess because they wished they knew how SharePoint ran (Microsoft does not support running SQL queries on SharePoint databases except for the logging database). I hope to post more on SQL for SharePoint on my blog.

I trust you have chalked out a plan to embrace and adopt these new products for the year ahead.

Wishing you a Happy New SharePoint 2013 year!

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