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100 hours of free Microsoft PPM Content from customers, partners, MVPs and Microsoft!

Just saw this on: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chrisfie/archive/2012/05/17/100-hours-of-free-microsoft-ppm-content-from-customers-partners-mvps-and-microsoft.aspx

Following yesterday’s announcement on the main Microsoft Project blog: Microsoft Project Conference 2012 Session Recordings Are Live! please find below the full list of sessions (by code, presenter’s company and title). I have also attached an Excel spreadsheet with this list to this post (navigate to the end).

Grab you favorite beverage and snacks and enjoy the shows!

PS: there are four outstanding recordings we are still in the process of publishing and I will update this list once they are live.

PC200, AMD Corp,Detangling project demand, resource supply and capacity with Project Server

PC201, AXTEL, X-treme EPMO: Creating the Enterprise Project Management Office and Culture at AXTEL

PC202, Exxaro, Exxaro Resource: Project 2010 Case Study in Mining Industry

PC203, Kemira Oyj, Rapid Implementation of the Microsoft PPM solution and SAP-integration in a global Chemical company

PC204, Marquette University, Project and Project Portfolio Management that Works

PC205, Pioneer Hybred, Doing More with Less: Effective Capacity Planning and Reporting

PC206, Shire, Microsoft Project replaces Primavera: Why Shire made the switch and trusts Microsoft Project Server 2010 to manage $300M

PC207, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPM@EPA: Accelerating Maturity in the Cloud

PC208, Verizon Communications, How Verizon saved millions with Microsoft PPM: Turning data into useful information

PC210, Project Step by Step, Care and Feeding of the Zealots: Why Project users are disproportionately invested in their product, and how you can help spread the love

PC211, Applepark Ltd, Project Server REAL LIFE (not Second Life!) customer case studies

PC212, Advisicon, Landing Strategy in 3 Steps

PC213, BrightWork, The Phoenix Shoot Out – Which is the best solution for Project Management – Excel or SharePoint or Project Desktop or Project Server?

PC214, FOXit (Pty) LTD, Extending PPM to more than project and portfolio management, operationalize your business

PC215, Innovative-e, Deliver SharePoint Success: Key Steps to Reap The Business Benefits

PC216, Novant Health, Portfolio Management – Just what the Doctor Ordered

PC217, SharkPro Software, Microsoft PPM Total Cost and Benefit Workshop – Finding YOUR ROI

PC218, SharkPro Software, Moving on Up! Migrating from other PPM tools to Microsoft Project Server 2010

PC219, The Project Group, 10 "Golden Rules" to work with Microsoft Project!

PC220, The Project Group, Leveraging Microsoft PPM for Capital Project Management within the Utility and Construction Industries

PC221, Tribridge, Achieve Complete Project Cost Planning & Insight: Integrating Microsoft Project Server 2010 with financial systems like Dynamics AX

PC222, UMT, Quickly Build Governance Workflows & Effectively Control Financials with UMT Project Essentials Pro

PC223, UMT, Gartner Perspectives – Going Beyond PPM – Effectively Manage Your Entire IT Portfolio Decisions with Project Server 2010

PC224, SBS Group, The Integration of ProjectManagement and Project Accounting with Dynamics SL

PC226, Gartner, The Gartner perspective: PPM Industry Trends and Adoption Best Practices

PC227, Microsoft, The 411 on Office 365

PC228, Microsoft, Cloud Bursting Techniques with SharePoint Online

PC229, Microsoft, Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop Overview

PC230, Microsoft, Microsoft Project Server 2010 Overview

PC231, Microsoft, Tracking a Microsoft Project Release Using Project

PC232, Microsoft, Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop Reporting Overview

PC233, Jornata, Critical Success Factors for a Successful SharePoint Deployment

PC234, Jornata, Managing and Finding Content in SharePoint 2010

PC235, LehnertCS, LLC, A Successful implementation with Microsoft Project Server is more than technical?

PC236, msProjectExperts, Microsoft Project 2010 Mania

PC237, Projectum, Manage your resources without Excel – yes it is possible!

PC238, The Versatile Company, Modeling Traditional, Serial and SCRUM Techniques in Project 2010

PC239, Innovative-e, Leveraging Project 2010 with Office 365 for Project Management Success

PC240, PlanFurther LLC, The painters, the policemen and the Pope… understanding task movement in Microsoft Project 2010

PC241, PMP Specialists, Resource Management – Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together!

PC242, PTC, Maximize Visibility & Accountability in New Product Development Portfolios

PC300, Ameren, YOU CAN DO IT: How to Implement Project 2010 Server Yourself (with Little or NO Consulting $$)

PC301, ARM, 8 Billion Reasons why ARM chose ProjectServer 2010

PC302, AT&T Business Services, Pearls and Pitfalls – Realizing Real Business Benefits with Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint

PC303, Microsoft, Leverage the capabilities of SharePoint to light up Microsoft Project Server

PC304, Ingersoll-Rand, Across Divisions, IT, Engineering and the World; a true Enterprise-wide PPM client case study with Ingersoll Rand

PC305, WilmerHale, Critical Chain Project Management using Microsoft Project Professional 2010 and Prochain: Implementing Project Portfolio Management

PC307, Microsoft, Lessons learned implementing Enterprise Innovation Programs

PC308, Bogdanov & Associates, Delivering Microsoft EPM Success: Essential Steps to Map People, Process and Tools

PC309, Campana & Schott, 3 steps to cut the Gordian knot in resource management

PC310, Campana & Schott, Deliver successful program results in matrix organizations

PC311, Expit, Bridging Project Management and IT Service Management domains using Microsoft Project Professional 2010

PC312, msProjectExperts, Implementing PMI’s Practice Standard for Scheduling in Microsoft Project

PC313, Pcubed, Project Scheduling Revisited: Performance Tuning Your Scheduling Practices

PC314, Revlon, Practical TFS and Project Server integration in mid size enterprise

PC315, Meijer, Journey from 2007 to 2010

PC316, Microsoft, Migration Best practices from Project Server previous versions

PC317, Microsoft, Everything you want to know about designing and implementing Project Server Security Model

PC318, Microsoft, Take Control of the Timesheet and Tasks Updates in your Project Server 2010 Environment

PC319, Microsoft, Best Practices Troubleshooting Project 2010 Deployments – Part 1

PC320, Microsoft, Getting up to speed with Project2010 Extensibility

PC321, Microsoft, Exploring Project Server Technical Content

PC322, Advisicon, Integrating Data from External LOB Systems (SAP, ClickSoft, etc.) for Strategic Resource Planning & Forecasting

PC323, PMO Logistics Inc., Everything You Wanted To Know About Administering Project Server 2010 But Were Afraid To Ask

PC324, Corporate Project Solutions, Integrating SharePoint and Project Server 2010 – Deployment Approaches, Integration Options and making the most of the SharePoint Enterprise Features.

PC325, FluentPro, Project Server 2010 configuration management, migration, merge and documenting

PC327, Project Hosts, Going online with PPM — what you need to know

PC328, Microsoft, Project Server and Dynamics AX – Completing the Lifecycle from Project Estimation to Revenue Recognition

PC329, Microsoft, Take Your Project Reporting To The Next Level: Dashboards And Other Tools

PC330, SOLVIN, Breaking the Boundaries of Time Tracking in Project Server: TrackTimesheet a seamlessly integrated extension for time reporting

PC331, msProjectExperts, Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Using Project Server 2010

PC332, Nintex, Building advanced Project Server workflows with Nintex Workflow for Project Server

PC333, ProjectPro Corporation, Critical Path 2.0

PC334, UMT, Turning Project Data into Real World Reports: An Overview of Business Intelligence Options

PC335, UMT, Unleashing the Value of Earned Value: Applying Schedule and Cost Controls to Measure ProjectPerformance

PC336, Advisicon, Making the Most of Project Professional When Managing Multiple Projects

PC337, Agora Consulting Partners, Be Loved By Your Development Teams: Using the Team Foundation Server – Project Server Connector

PC338, SharePoint911, SharePoint Governance isn’t just for Grandma

PC339, EPM Architects, Managing Resource Supply and Demand with Microsoft Project Server 2010

PC341, QuantumPM, Planning Innovation Adoption with IPM : Tips for a Successful Pilot

PC342, Milestone Consulting Group, YJTJ (Your Job Tool’s Job)™ – Working in Concert with Microsoft Project

PC343, Symnoian, LLC, Closing the Status Loop with Windows 8 Metro and Project Server’s Task Update Feature

PC349, Microsoft, Best Practices Troubleshooting Project 2010 Deployments – Part 2

PC400, Allianz Life, Bean Counting in the Cloud: Merging hosted EPM and internal GL data to optimize financial reporting.

PC401, Ubisoft, Tracking Historical Project Activity Data using the Microsoft Business Intelligence Suite

PC402, DeltaBahn, Planning and Executing a Multi-Instance, Multi-Version Project Server Migration

PC403, Milestone Consulting Group, Extending and Customizing the Project Server 2010 Timesheet to Drive Adoption and Achieve Business Results

SharePoint 2010–Microsoft Certification Roadmap, The First Step

The SharePoint Connections event out in Las Vegas was pretty fun.  However, it seemed as though the classes were not quite as informative as previous years and I found myself in sessions where the information provided was pretty basic and straightforward.  I think it wasn’t so much that the conference was “dumbed down” as it was that I’ve been exposed to much more information in the last several years in regards to SharePoint 2010 as I’ve set up, maintained, developed and administered various SharePoint farms.

The end result is that I started looking at some of the more advanced training available.  From a philosophical perspective, I’ve never really put much stock in the idea of the Microsoft Certifications.  My thoughts on the subject were for the most part either you know it or you don’t, and you can generally gauge a person’s skill level within the first five minutes of talking to them during an interview.  I was especially put off on the idea of certifications when I had a friend of mine pass a series of certifications by memorizing the answers from a brain-dump site.  He asked me to help him prepare for the certification exam by quizzing him on the questions and he would respond correctly with the letter corresponding to the correct answer, but couldn’t tell me what the actual text of the correct answer was.  As a person who has had the responsibility of hiring people, it certainly lowered my valuations and expectations of what a certified individual’s talents actually were.  So, what’s changed my mind?

On the face of it, my belief that certification just proves you were able to answer questions on a test has not changed.  But, what has changed is that I’ve seen the effort Microsoft has put into making certifications valuable not only to the potential employer to see that the candidate proves they know what they say they know, but also it gives the candidate themselves access to some of the higher levels of training and communities of peers, which you’ll need to pass certifications for in order to attend.  I particularly like the advanced certifications they offer in regards to the Microsoft Certified Master on SharePoint (MCM) and the Microsoft Certified Architect on SharePoint (MCA)

So I’m drinking the Kool-aide and gearing up to start taking the exams which will lead to eventually achieving an MCA on SharePoint.  In order to to this I’ll need to get the MCM first, which requires that I pass 4 of the Microsoft Exams before entering the program to get the MCM:

The first step is to start preparing for the Exam 70-667 TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring.  The Audience Profile for the exam seems pretty straight forward:

Candidates for this exam typically have more than one year of experience configuring SharePoint and related technologies, including Internet Information Services (IIS), Windows Server 2008, and Active Directory, and networking infrastructure services.

The minimally qualified candidate typically:

  • Is an IT administrator who implements and maintains SharePoint Online or an on-premise deployment of SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1.
  • Is proficient with IIS 7.0, DNS, Active Directory Domain Services, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 as these technologies relate to SharePoint.
  • Is proficient with the infrastructure and security of Windows Server 2008 or later.
  • Has experience with business operations for IT, including data backup, restoration, and high availability.
  • Has experience with Windows PowerShell 2.0 and command-line administration.
  • Has a basic understanding of single sign-on and Active Directory Federation Services 2.0.

I was fortunate to be at the book signing at SharePoint Connections for a couple of books that seem to also be great overviews and study guides for the 70-667 exam:

Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration

SharePoint 2010 Administration Instant Reference

So a big thanks to Todd Klindt and Steve Caravajal for signing the Wrox “Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration” book.  And a big thanks to Randy Williams for signing my “SharePoint 2010 Administration Instant Reference” book.

As I work through each book and study for the 70-667 exam I’ll continue to blog about it and give my opinions on the books themselves and the various things I’m doing to study for the exam.  At the end (once I pass) I’ll let you all know what worked, what didn’t, and where I think I got the most valuable content.