Preparing for and Taking Microsoft Exam 70-767 (Implementing a Data Warehouse using SQL)

Microsoft Exam 70-767: Implementing a Data WarehouseAfter taking a break from exams and certifications for a few years, I recently decided to resume studying. On May 29th, I shared my Updated Microsoft Certification Goals. A week later, on June 5th, I achieved my first goal! I passed Microsoft Exam 70-767: Implementing a Data Warehouse using SQL. By passing this exam, I became a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Management and Analytics. Woohoo :)

In this blog post, I share how I prepared for the exam and what my experience was like on the day of the exam. While I only shared my updated goals last week, I spent weeks before that focused on studying. More importantly, I have had real experience working hands-on in projects for several years. Without this experience, I don’t think I would have been able to pass this exam – at least not on the first attempt.

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Updated Microsoft Certification Goals

Updated Microsoft Certification Goals - MCSE: Data Management and AnalyticsIt has been several years since I last studied for a Microsoft Certification. (Insert your favorite saying about how time flies and life changes here!) Back in February 2014, I started working towards the old MCSE: Business Intelligence. The first step was to earn the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014. It took longer than I expected, including a frustrating experience trying an online proctored exam, but I finally passed the last of the three required exams in May 2015.

By then, my goals had changed. Varigence had announced the BimlHero Certified Expert program, and I decided to put the MCSE on hold for a while. Sorry, Microsoft, Biml was just more fun! :) In February 2016, after 10 months of working on the Biml certification, I became the second BimlHero in the world.

My plan was always to resume studying for MCSE: Business Intelligence. But, surprise surprise, things changed again. My new jobs required a lot of traveling, and I even put tech on hold for over a year while working in a community-facing role. I challenged myself in different ways by speaking and delivering workshops. In short, I chose to focus on developing other skills.

We are now almost halfway through 2018 and I am finally ready to continue working towards my next Microsoft Certification. Except for the tiny little detail that I was so slow that the certification I originally set as my goal no longer exists. Hahaha! :) Instead of the old MCSE: Business Intelligence, my updated goal is…

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I’m a BimlHero Certified Expert

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is a BimlHero Certified ExpertIn April 2015 I set a goal to become a Certified Expert in Biml. On February 1st 2016, I became the second BimlHero in the world – the first female and the first in Europe :)

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is a BimlHero Certified ExpertIt has been a long journey, and I have loved every part of it! Varigence announced the certification program in March 2015, and in April I decided to go for it. I was accepted into the program, and in June I attended 8 hours of advanced training. I spent the next six months working on my Biml solution. I was unable to work full-time on it due to other tasks and responsibilities at work, so I spent quite a lot of time on it at home as well. In November I completed the BimlHero Certified Expert Test, and in December I submitted my Biml solution and my case study of how I implemented the solution at work. In January Varigence reviewed my test, solution and case study, and in February I had the final code review with Scott Currie. It was very nerve-wracking having the creator of Biml go through my code! :) But I received lots of useful feedback and finally a congratulations on passing and becoming a BimlHero.

This is an achievement I’m truly proud of. I worked hard for many months and spent a lot of evenings and weekends learning and experimenting…

… well, ok, I wasn’t always 100% focused on my Biml solution when I worked during weekends :) …

…and now I’m really looking forward to continue sharing my knowledge and helping more Biml users. I’m very thankful and honored I got to speak at so many events in 2015, and I’m already looking forward to some great events in 2016 – including my first full-day Biml workshop with Scott Currie! I will also continue to blog about Biml, and let me tell you… Varigence has some super exciting stuff going on that I can’t wait to dig into and share with you guys :)

Preparing for and taking exam 70-462 (Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL ServerOne of my goals is to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Business Intelligence. I decided to start from scratch and take the three exams required for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL Server 2012 to learn as much as possible. I passed exam 70-461 (Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012) in January and I passed exam 70-463 (Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012) in April. I decided to take exam 70-462 (Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases) last. I passed in May :)

Preparing for the exam
Studying for the 70-461 (Querying) and 70-463 (Data Warehouse) exams was mainly about learning new 2012/2014 features and learning features I had not used as much in real projects. Studying for the 70-462 (Administering) exam was a completely different experience because I had to learn most of it from scratch.

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Preparing for and taking exam 70-463 (Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL ServerOne of my goals is to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Business Intelligence. I decided to start from scratch and take the three exams required for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL Server 2012 to learn as much as possible. I passed exam 70-461 (Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012) in January and decided to take exam 70-463 (Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012) next. I passed in April :)

Preparing for the exam
I work in a Business Intelligence department and mainly focus on Data Warehouse and SSIS development. Most of my preparation has been working on real projects for over five years and it is by far the best learning experience. I focused mainly on learning the new features in 2012/2014 and features I haven’t used as much in projects: SSISDB, Project Deployment, Environments, Parameters, Data Quality Services (DQS), Master Data Services (MDS), Data Mining, Change Data Capture (CDC), Transactions, Checkpoints and Fuzzy transformations.

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