70-450: Complete!

After another month of studying, I finally took the 70-450.  I’m happy to say I passed!  I did learn one thing from the exam: I should spend more time with encryption techniques and what all you can accomplish through encryption.  Unfortunately, I’ve never had the business excuse to practice with encryption.  I am interested in the technique, so I will spend a little time learning what I can, and what the costs of encryption can be on performance.
So what’s next?  Well, I’m interested in getting my MCT, so I can help others get to where I am.  Besides, I enjoy teaching, so any excuse to do more of that is always welcome!

I’m also evaluating my 2011 resolutions.  I’m happy to say I knocked both the MC:ITPs off my list.  I spoke at two SQL Saturdays this year, I had planned on speaking at three, but family commitments always take precedence.    The last item on my professional resolutions was to start watching the MCM prep videos.  I did watch a couple in preparation for my ITPs, so I think I’ll pick those up.  I’ll try to get through those before the end of the year.  I know I want to reach that level, but I know it won’t be in 2011.  I think I could do it in 2012 though!
There are a couple personal resolution items I’m going to try and knock out this year.  I want to read a few more novels before the end of the year.  And there are a couple Star Wars books that I’ve been eye-balling.  I think I’ll crack those open!
If you’re trying to get through your exams, and you want to reach out for some advice or help.  Let me know.  I’ll do what I can to help you make it there too!

By Shannon Lowder

Shannon Lowder is the Database Engineer you've been looking for! Look no further for expertise in: Business Analysis to gather the business requirements for the database; Database Architecting to design the logical design of the database; Database Development to actually build the objects needed by the business logic; finally, Database Administration to keep the database running in top form, and making sure there is a disaster recovery plan.


  1. Very nice, congratulations! You should blog again in a couple of months to recap what effect you believe these certs have had on your career, or if you see more spam – I mean opportunities – from recruiters, etc.

    1. Since I spaced out my certifications over this whole year, It may be a bit harder to nail down exactly what the certs are doing for me. First and foremost, I know they put me into a subset of database professionals. Not everyone has one, even fewer have 4. That’s the primary reason I’m going after the MCM, there are less than 20 SQL MCM’s in the US.

      As for the spam levels, most of the spam seems to be coming from my LInkedIn account. I haven’t updated that with my certifications yet, but I will.

      I will say that the certifications did come up in a salary negotiation. I asked about others considered for the role, I asked about their experience in relationship to mine, and what strengths other candidates had over me. Then, I asked about certification of the other candidates. When it came out that none of my competition had the certifications, let alone the experience, I used that to ask for a better package. It was a tool i used to ask for more.

      I’ll definitely try to wrap up all my thoughts about the actual impact of certification, and put that up soon!

      Thanks for commenting!

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