Thanks Phil, that's a good point. I will pitch that.
Eric, I think I might just give MCSE a go. What put me off in the past was a few candidates I interviewed were certified and couldn't answer basic questions, kinda made me question purpose of the exam. I'm not a fan of warehousing, so the exam on that makes me feel a little doubtful, but I agree it makes one learn in a structured way and that's always helpful.
At my current organization, I was roped in as the DB Guru to replace an ageing founder resource, to handle development, migration, tuning and some administration; however, I am doing a lot of admin, migration, application support and hardly any tuning or development. All new dev goes offshore, functional training is only offered to offshore. The design is alright, coding is bad. I'm talking about triggers spanning thousands of lines, a lot of SPs with 2-4k lines of code. I tried to tell them disadvantages of using temp tables and rewriting code using CTEs and I got told I'm silly. I showed hundreds of processes waiting at temp table inserts, but that doesn't convince them, so yeah I guess I'm at the wrong place. After reading your post, I have made up my mind to speak to the dev manager and try to get my concerns addressed. As you said, it's better to have tried and lost. Thanks.