Best Practices Conference Follow Up August 2010

MCM Keynote – I talked on Business Connectivity Services

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I returned early to San Antonio from DC, but I really enjoyed the SharePoint Best Practices Conference while I was there. The keynote “What Microsoft Certified Masters think about SharePoint 2010” increased awareness of the MCM program. I received a lot of questions from attendees who are interested in pursuing the certification.

There is a nice write up on the keynote by John Anderson on the Bamboo Community Site.

Thanks Mom!

During my BCS portion of the keynote, I thanked my mom for all she’s done for me. I got a lot of feedback about that. For example:


MCM Answers

Program fee: US$18,500 (includes the price of all three attempts of all required exams, including the final lab exam)

  • You can save US$3,550 on any Microsoft Certified Master completed by December 31, 2010

Upcoming Rotations for Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

  • October 11 – 30
  • January 24 – February 12
  • April 25 – May 14

The People

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The best part of a conference like this is the people. Rick Taylor, who spoke at SharePoint Saturday San Antonio last fall, sported an “I am the Best Practice” T-Shirt and great smile in the speaker lounge. I was flattered to have “Wonder Laura”, “The SharePoint Ninja”, Asif Rehmani and 2 other speakers attend my Mapping Mashups in SharePoint Designer Presentation. Asif’s name rhymes with Awesome and he gave away DVD’s from for correct answers to SharePoint Designer Trivia while my laptop rebooted 3 times before my first breakout session.
I learned that Cathy Dew runs 3 User Groups and has been a part of 19 SharePoint Saturday Events. I also learned that Michael Doyle, aka SharePoint Ninja, had written a great follow up article to my mapping mashups series. He also attended our SharePoint Saturday last year.


  1. Hi Tom

    Great to see the MCM getting such good publicity and awareness! It is still a little unknown for many people.

    In terms of value for money, it’s the best value you will get per dollar spent on education in my experience.


    Rob Silver [MCM DS]

  2. Rob,

    Thanks for the comment! BPC was the best public display of the MCM program I’ve heard of to date.

    I totally agree on the value of the program. Great to get feedback from someone who went through one of the other content rotations.


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