MCSA 2016 BI Developer

  • mookSQL

    SSC Veteran

    Points: 292

    Hi I am new here.
    I don't have any prior MCSA certifications.
    I am planning to change my career from marketing to a BI professional.
    As you know, Microsoft has created a new certification named 'MCSA 2016 BI Development'- which I plan to take by June next.
    My question is, since I am planning a career in BI, do I also need to take the MCSA 2016 Database Administration/Development certs?
    I have working knowledge of administration, development etc but just want to focus on a BI path.
    It will be very helpful if you provide your insights and suggestions.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Eric M Russell

    SSC Guru

    Points: 124990

    Your background sounds typical of most BI professionals. Don't forget to read Kimball's data warehouse toolkit book, and also try to focus less on database administration and more on ETL and data modeling (3NF, star schema, tabular olap, etc.)

    "Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Instead, seek what they sought." - Matsuo Basho

  • pietlinden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 62394

    mookSQL - Friday, January 27, 2017 5:26 PM

    Hi I am new here.
    I don't have any prior MCSA certifications.
    I am planning to change my career from marketing to a BI professional.
    As you know, Microsoft has created a new certification named 'MCSA 2016 BI Development'- which I plan to take by June next.
    My question is, since I am planning a career in BI, do I also need to take the MCSA 2016 Database Administration/Development certs?
    I have working knowledge of administration, development etc but just want to focus on a BI path.
    It will be very helpful if you provide your insights and suggestions.
    Thanks in advance.

    Get experience somewhere if you can, even if it's unpaid.  A cert without experience is about as useful as a piece of half-used notebook paper

  • mookSQL

    SSC Veteran

    Points: 292

    Eric M Russell - Friday, January 27, 2017 8:22 PM

    Your background sounds typical of most BI professionals. Don't forget to read Kimball's data warehouse toolkit book, and also try to focus less on database administration and more on ETL and data modeling (3NF, star schema, tabular olap, etc.)

    Thanks for the suggestions.

  • mookSQL

    SSC Veteran

    Points: 292

    pietlinden - Friday, January 27, 2017 10:36 PM

    mookSQL - Friday, January 27, 2017 5:26 PM

    Hi I am new here.
    I don't have any prior MCSA certifications.
    I am planning to change my career from marketing to a BI professional.
    As you know, Microsoft has created a new certification named 'MCSA 2016 BI Development'- which I plan to take by June next.
    My question is, since I am planning a career in BI, do I also need to take the MCSA 2016 Database Administration/Development certs?
    I have working knowledge of administration, development etc but just want to focus on a BI path.
    It will be very helpful if you provide your insights and suggestions.
    Thanks in advance.

    Get experience somewhere if you can, even if it's unpaid.  A cert without experience is about as useful as a piece of half-used notebook paper

    Thanks for this great reminder..

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