Microsoft Certified Career Conference

Sessions Day 2

60 Minutes Rockstar: Powerpoint: Is it a Killer App or just a Killer?
PowerPoint is now old enough to vote, yet we wonder how did such a brilliant application lose its way?  There are now millions of presentations given every day with the aid of PowerPoint or other similar ‘slideware’. Frighteningly, most of them continue to miss the mark as far as being effective, creative or even engaging. So many bad experiences have been perpetrated that every time there’s a launch of the new version of PowerPoint, a rash of criminal accusations and negative press precedes it. Headlines such as ‘The new and improved Death by PowerPoint’ or ‘PPT is a WMB (weapon of mass boredom)’ or ‘PPT: Perpetuating Presentation Trauma’. The real question might be, ‘How can we transform our beloved PowerPoint to move it from annoying adolescence to amazing adulthood?’
This presentation is about PowerPoint and it is also about communication and about ‘seeing presentations in a slightly different way, a way that is in tune with our times. The first step to creating and designing great presentations is to be mindful of the current state of what passes for normal PowerPoint presentations,  and that what is normal today is out of sync and off the mark with how people actually learn and communicate. We all know through our own experience that the current character of presentations in business and academia causes its own degree of suffering for audience and for presenters alike. If we desire to communicate with more clarity, elegance and intelligence then we must move beyond what is considered to be normal to something different and far more effective. What may seem like common sense regarding presentations is evidently not common practice’. 
In this lively session we'll look at the good, the bad, the ugly and the creative. We’ll point fingers and place blame, and we'll establish some new methods and better practices that will help you design, develop and deliver engaging and memorable presentations using PowerPoint 2010/365 thatwill keep you and your audience awake,  learning, and feeling that your time and effort have been well spent.
Presenter: Curt Valmy

Super Cert Me: Getting Started with a Microsoft Certified Career
MCTS, MCITP, MCDST, MCDBA, MTA, MCM, MCA, MOS — Microsoft’s soup of certification acronyms is something all IT professionals need to become familiar with eventually.  So, how do you make sense of it all? How do you know which certification is right for you? How can you get a start with a career in Microsoft technologies?  In this session presented by Ed Liberman, a Microsoft Certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience in the IT field, you will learn about the different Microsoft certification options for IT professionals and why getting certified will help you launch your career in IT.  Today’s competitive job market demands validation of skills and getting certified is the best way to show prospective employers that you have what it takes to do the job. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get advice from a Microsoft Certified Trainer who has helped thousands of students start and advance their careers through Microsoft certifications.  Ed has a deep understanding of Microsoft certifications, how they have evolved over the years and how IT professionals can take advantage of the certification process to learn, grow and advance their careers. And he’s here to help you do just that.
Presenter: Ed Liberman

Opportunity Knocks: Other Cloud Certifications — Opportunities outside the Microsoft umbrella
Microsoft is enjoying huge success with its cloud services certifications, particularly its Private Cloud MCITP credential. But there’s a lot of other opportunity in cloud computing outside the Microsoft programs. Well-known companies and organizations that include CompTIA, VMware, Oracle (Sun), RackSpace/CloudU, and IBM also offer cloud-related credentials. Join “certification guy” Ed Tittel on a lightning survey of these other offerings, and learn about what kinds of career opportunities turning the cloud can bring.
Presenter: Ed Tittel 

Integrating Logging Frameworks with Windows Azure Diagnostics
Diagnostics is the key to success on Windows Azure. This session will help you integrate your existing diagnostics mechanism into Windows Azure Diagnostics. Through demonstrations, you will learn how to quickly get productive on Windows Azure by handling subtle issues effectively.
Presenter: Niraj Bhatt

Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization: Exam 70-659
This Exam Cram session will focus on what you need to know to get certified and pass the Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization IMicrosoft Certified Professional exam. The session is led by an expert Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) that regularly presents on this topic. The presenter will walk you through the objectives that are covered in the exam, give you some general exam taking tips and technology “gotchas” about Windows Server 2008 R2 virtualization. This session will be your last step in getting ready for this exam.
Presenter: Craig Brown

Super Cert Me!: Get Ready, Get Set, and Go Take That Exam!
Preparing for and taking a Microsoft Certification exam can be a daunting task. This session is about how to set yourself up for success. We’ll cover how to approach your studying, what to expect during an exam, and how to combat test anxiety. We’ll even give some tips about how to turn a fail into a pass the next time.
Presenter: Krista Wall

Career Essentials: Landing your next great IT job
To land a job in today’s hiring environment, professionals must make sure all of their job-search materials evoke a compelling and cohesive message. In this presentation, you'll discover how to develop a personal brand that grabs potential employers' attention. You'll also learn tips for developing stand-out applications materials, ideas for using platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter to establish your professional credibility, and how to convey key attributes during a job interview.
Presenter: John Reed

Super Cert Me: Microsoft's Certification Exams: What's Old, What's New, What's Coming
This session will highlight changes Microsoft Learning is making to our exam design and development process that will result in exams that better differentiate qualified and unqualified candidates. Liberty Munson, Microsoft Learning’s psychometrician, will discuss: 1) Microsoft's exam development process and how it's evolving to create opportunities for more input from subject matter experts during design and development; 2) new item types that are being introduced into our certification exams, old item types that are being re-introduced, and why; and 3) changes to the audience profiles that will make our exams more difficult. In addition, she will provide an introduction to the MTA program and share some "Truths about Certification.” If want the inside scoop on changes to Microsoft certification exams, want to learn more about Microsoft's exam development process, or simply want to ask person who knows all there is to know about Microsoft certification exams hard questions, this is your opportunity!
Presenter: Liberty Munson

Big Data Overview
Big Data is shaping up to be the preeminent buzzword of 2012, and there’s no shortage of vendors and pundits weighing in.  In this session, we’ll take a look at some of the themes and technologies in the Big Data space – topics like NoSQL and Hadoop – and where Microsoft’s offerings come into play.
Presenter: Jim O'Neil

People and Technology: Writing Process Instructions with Word 2010
Writing quality process instructions is essential for an IT professional. Fortunately, many features of Microsoft Word 2010 can be used to make this task easier. This session will focus on a few simple tools to streamline the writing process, as well as offer tips for writing and designing instructions for all types of users.
Presenter: Heather Ackmann

Career Essentials: Writing Cover Letters with Word 2010
Word 2010 in conjunction with comes packed with a variety of slick and easy-to-use letter templates. But are templates the best way to go when writing and styling a cover letter? In this session, Microsoft MVP Heather Ackmann and DePaul University Technical Writing Instructor Alan Ackmann explore cover letter writing basics, while offering specific tips for IT job hunters on how to customize a cover letter template to make it stand out from the crowd.
Presenter: Heather & Alan Ackmann

A Day in a Life: A Day in the Life of an MCT
(Or – I wish someone told me what I was signing up for!)
Becoming an MCT can be one of the biggest life decisions someone will ever make. But what all is involved in being an MCT? What is involved in attaining the certification? After you attain the certification, what next? What can you expect when you step into the classroom? And how do you make this certification rock for your career?In this session, Erdal, an MCT with 10 years’ experience, will talk about his experiences and what life as an MCT is all about.
Presenter: Erdal Ozkaya

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