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Posted Monday, August 20, 2012 4:47 PM
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Dear viewers,

As the title suggests, I am a recent graduate with a Masters degree in Business system integrations. I have done quite a lot with SAP systems and in particular with BI.

My problem is, I dont have professional experience, and as you know universities teach you the theory of things and not much practical.

I was aiming to develop my practical side, in particular with database systems. I have used the SQL database before however not much.

What are the best courses/exams to take to understand the SQL database properly. I am aiming to develop a SQL database, so am looking at the development of the database and the admin side of it.

Thanks,

M Y
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I am a little confused by what you said:
"I have done quite a lot with SAP systems and in particular with BI." but then you say "I dont have professional experience".

Where did you get SAP and BI experience without it being professional experience?





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Posted Monday, August 20, 2012 5:06 PM
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The university had a license with a German company to use the SAP system during the course.

However, this was only for 6 months.

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Posted Monday, August 20, 2012 5:59 PM


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I would suggest that you install SQL Server, and use the SQL Books Online. There are so many great examples and tutorials. Then create yourself a project and start working it.

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To give you a tool to educate yourself with .. purchase the DEVELOPER EDITION of SQL Server 2012, from AMAZON.COM

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sql+server+developer+edition+2012&sprefix=sql+server+deve%2Caps%2C353 for a price of $43.99

Then until you learn enough to know what you really need use the STAIRWAYS series here on SQLCentral

http://www.sqlservercentral.com/stairway/



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Posted Monday, August 20, 2012 7:15 PM
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I think that one of good exercises is reviewing the AdventureWorks database which is sample SQL server2005 + . It gives you a lot of idea about how a real database is shaped
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AdventureWorks should not be used as an example of good database architecture. It's far too complex for what it is. It's a showcase of every feature that SQL has, not a showcase of good design.


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Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:23 AM
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I hardly can see how self-learning something else (eg. SQL) will help you much in your case right now. No, I am not saying you shouldn't learn something else, people should learn all their lifes... I'm saying it from "will it make you more employable" position.
Looks like you just got a degree in IT and no much experience (apart, may be, of some work-placement).
At your place, I would concentrate most of my time on finding the first job in industry. The companies, who employ graduates, have very good idea of what they get. At this point they aren't looking much for experiences as such, but for bright people who can demonstrate willing and ability to learn. And, in my humble opinion, the Uni degree is kind of Certificate which officially certifies you as a person capable of learning - nothing more than that!
There is nothing better than learning (eg. SQL) from undertaking a real life task, which is, hopefully, also brings you some wages. So far you've paid your own (or loaned) money to learn, now - ALES: you should be paid to do the same!
Good luck with job hunt!


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