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Microsoft Certifications Go Cloud

By: Nicholas Lane (MCT)

Get ready folks, because Microsoft is releasing a ton of new certification programs for their latest products!

For instance:

  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2012
  • System Center 2012
  • Private Cloud

Great stuff but hang on a minute. Just one cloud certification? Oh, not even close! As a matter of fact, all of the new Microsoft certifications incorporate cloud-related skills validation.

This is great news for you because the demand for skilled cloud computing professionals is sky-rocketing.

Don’t believe me? Feast your eyes on a recent Microsoft and IDC study which forecasted that cloud computing will create 14 million jobs by 2015. As a result, the demand for skilled cloud computing professionals may actually exceed the supply.

Clearly, this is very exciting news and, best of all, you can take all of your Microsoft training and examinations at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California.

Excellent! So, what’s the skinny on the latest Microsoft certifications?

For starters, Microsoft has created a three-tiered certification pyramid.

  • Tier 1 = Associate Level (Ex: MCSA)
  • Tier 2 = Expert Level (Ex: MCSE or MCSD)
  • Tier 3 = Master Level (Ex: MCSM)

It’s simple. To achieve a Tier 3 certification, you’ll first need a Tier 2 certification. To achieve a Tier 2 certification, you’ll first need a Tier 1 certification.

Microsoft has gone on record stating that the MCSE will be their flagship certification due to its forecasted popularity. For IT Technicians, Database Developers/Admins, Systems Administrators, and Engineers, this is a great target.

On the same token, the MCSD is the expert certification for Developers and Programmers.

At this point, you’re probably very curious about the exam details. For the sake of brevity and accuracy, the below links contain all the available course and exam information from Microsoft.

That’s just a teaser. With some of Microsoft’s latest products yet to be released, more exam and course information will be published shortly. For this reason, be sure to revisit our website at http://www.nhsocal.com for continuing updates to the certification tracks!

The reality is cloud computing is exploding at an unprecedented level. We’re now witnessing the most exciting period in the history of the personal computer as a result. This momentum will create a trickle-down effect of enthusiasm, training and examination candidates. As a result, you could easily find yourself behind in the race. Do not let that happen! Come to New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California to experience our industry-leading trainers, Microsoft Official Curriculums, state-of-the-art facilities, and tightly-integrated learning methods.

Together, we’ll ensure that you stay ahead of the pack!