Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer: Your Certification Path to Success!

The latest version of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer has recently been released!

An excerpt from the official website:


The "new and improved" version of our Microsoft Test Certification book. Covers Exams 70-282 and 70-631.

Based on our previous exam cram, this book has been updated, using tips and tricks from the original release, deep dive information from the "70-282 Exam Update Guide" and then some!

NEW! 70-631 - Three chapters in the book also cover the Microsoft exam: TS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring written by Mei Ying Lim, a SharePoint MVP in Singapore.

Release Date: December 15, 2007

When Beatrice asked me to help with the chapters for the WSS exam, I did not believe that all that material could be covered in three chapters. However, looking at the material versus what was required in the examination, I was convinced. If you are looking for a fast way to get all the information you require to pass 70-631: TS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring, then this is the book for you!

It condenses what you need to know for the exam in easy to digest bits. Plus it links to relevant sites on the internet if you need to deep-dive into specific areas. Its a no nonsense primer on getting you up to speed on 70-631 in the shortest time possible.

Order it now!

A brand new year, a brand new start

If I was Hiro Nakamura and teleported myself back to the start of 2007, I would still find it impossible to predict how the year would end. 2007 was a year of twists, turns and curveballs that led to an unpredictable series of events.

For starters, I've left Avanade. My new job is with a local investment company. Will I miss the world of consulting? Probably. Will I consider going back to that line of work? Maybe. But until then, I will settle for what I have now, which is considerable more time to persue personal projects. From little things like teaching the dog to fetch the papers,picking up new cooking recipes to catching Martha Stewart on TV (oops! Did I just 'fess up on that?). In my previous job, I just wasn't able to find the time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Time was flying by too fast. June felt like March and November felt like April. I guess it was just time to do things a little differently to achieve a different result. Thanks to everyone who helped with the job search. Next round of drinks will be on me :-)

I've also been renewed as an MVP! Its definitely a great honour to be part of this wonderful program. I've learnt a lot from the community. This year, I hope to give back a lot more than I've taken from it. Its great to work with a product like SharePoint. Kinda like being part of a worldwide movement but for computers and tech geeks. Plus, in the coming future, I'm going to be looking at it seriously from the viewpoint of an end-user. Will I feel the same way about SharePoint after that? We'll see :-) But I'll definitely still be running my own mini-code projects. You can take the geek away from a computer but you can't take the computer away from the geek.

2008 is going to be an exciting year. I just know it!