MCSE is back! Get Certified on the Private Cloud

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.04.2012 at 15:19


Moving to cloud-enabled solutions means IT Professionals and Developers need a deeper and broader set of skills, and they need to be current on the latest technology solutions.  As cloud-enabled solutions transform IT in organizations, it is important for technology professionals to enhance their on-premise skills to unleash the potential of Microsoft technology solutions.

That’s why Microsoft has reinvented its certification program—to certify a deeper set of skills that are mapped to real-world business context. Rather than testing only on a component of a technology, IT Professionals and Developers are now tested on more advanced skills and a deeper understanding of the technology.

And just as Microsoft continually updates the certification exams to cover the latest skills, certified professionals will be required to recertify every two to three years.

The certifications have been reinvented to focus on technology solutions and the appropriate related skill level:


  • The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) level is the prerequisite certification necessary to get the Expert level certification. 
  • The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is Microsoft’s flagship product for those who want to lead their company’s journey to the cloud.   It is the destination for established IT Professionals who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions.  The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) is the destination for established Developers who have expertise developing solutions with Microsoft tools. 
  • After people have achieved their Expert level certification, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers.

To learn more about Microsoft Certification Paths Go to MCSE overview page.

Career Assist: 90% discount on E-learning

by Shijaz Abdulla on 28.02.2009 at 12:58

To help the IT Professionals and Developers around the world during these uncertain economic times, Microsoft Learning  is providing a very discounted bundle called Career Assist Package. It is an extension of the Second Shot offer – Buy a Certification and if you fail, you get a free retake – to add additional training to help customers acquire new skills and prepare for their certification exam. But most importantly it is designed to help customers get a job, become indispensible in their current job or accelerate an existing career.

Here is the offer:

Career Assist: Register for Second Shot today and get up to 90% price discount on a Microsoft Official E-Learning Collection.

Second Shot provides a free retake if you fail your Microsoft Certification exam. And from now, until June 30, 2009, if you register for Second Shot, you get an E-Learning Collection for just USD $35 (usually priced up to USD $349). That’s up to 90% off!

But hurry! Once you have activated a discounted E-learning collection it will only be available for 90 days.

Limit One Per Customer.

Register for Second Shot Today

HCT Farewell

by Shijaz Abdulla on 13.02.2009 at 20:48

February 13, 2009

Yesterday, Feb 12, was my last day at the Higher Colleges of Technology. The ITS team arranged a splendid farewell ceremony. Here are the pictures:

It was my pleasure working with the team @HCT and I am happy that I have both learnt and imparted more than a thing or two during my short tenure.