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The New Path To MCM

Microsoft has announced changes to the MCM program. This page shows all the ways that you can become an MCM without having to spend a month at Microsoft.

I’m interested in this for two reasons. First, I’d love to have the opportunity to try to become an MCM. Making it easier to make the attempt, hopefully without dumbing down the curriculum, is a great idea. Second, scroll down to the books section. That’s right, my book is one of the suggested books for learning enough so that you can pass the MCM test. I’m gob-smacked and honored and jazzed and I’ll stop gushing now.

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I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).


Posted by Robert L Davis on 13 November 2010

This will probably make you feel even better: the recommended reading list was compiled via recommendations by the existing MCM's and MCA's and it's honorary members (those who taught the program).

Mine is on the list too. :)

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 13 November 2010

Congrats Grant - this is good news on  both fronts.

Posted by Grant Fritchey on 13 November 2010

Yep. I'm officially even more jazzed now. Thanks!

Posted by Glenn Berry on 14 November 2010

Congratulations on having your book on the list, Grant!  I am planning on taking the beta version of the MCM knowledge exam (I have already scheduled it), so I will be reviewing the MCM pre-reading list, along with watching the new videos that were released last week.

Posted by Grant Fritchey on 14 November 2010

Thanks. I should probably try it. I just hate these kinds of tests. Plus I'd feel like a total schmo if I tanked it. Best of luck to you.

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