3 years ago, my employer of 17 years cut my job. I decided then that I wanted to become a SQL Server BI expert. I'm well on my way, having taken technical training and getting enough hands-on experience with SSIS and SSRS that I think I'll be ready to take the MCTS certification exam by the end of this year. All part of my master plan, see? I figured once I earned MCTS that I'd become more valuable in the marketplace.
So far, my employer has been very accomodating towards my personal goal. They like what I've been able to do with the SQL BI tools. We are running SQL2008 on a Windows Server 2008 VMWare virtual machine. We are using SSIS to download data from the financial system, which has a Sybase back-end, and to generate reports using SSRS. I had hoped to start using SSAS soon, as I've taken a class on it, but haven't had the time to work with it yet.
Now, my employer is going to acquire a new financial system (Deltek), along with a reporting system based on Oracle and Cognos. Everything we have done with SQL is going to become useless. So I'm wondering...do I stay here and learn the new tools, and abandon my personal goals when I'm so close to acheiving them, or should I put myself back on the job market so I can stay on track with my SQL plans? Your thoughts will be appreciated!