The Microsoft Professional Program

Compañeros! Welcome back to the SQL Trail. In episode 66 I talk with Microsoft Training Author Graeme Malcolm. After talking with Patrick Thomas in episode 64, I was introduced to Microsoft’s newest learning curriculum, the Microsoft academy, and their first offering in data science.  Microsoft consulted data scientists along with several companies to identify the core skills they need to be successful. A curriculum was developed to teach these functional and technical skills, combining highly rated online courses with hands-on labs, concluding in a final capstone project. This episode talks about the new program and what is next for Microsoft learning.

Listen to Learn

  • Why Graeme believes education and certifications are changing
  • How the Microsoft EdX program works (is it free? Is it paid? What’s included?)
  • What you’ll learn in the year-long education program
  • What MIT and Microsoft have to do with MOOCs and learning data science
  • What’s next for Microsoft and EdX

Our Guest

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Graeme Malcolm

Graeme Malcolm is a SQL Server trainer, specialist, blogger, and author. He’s worked with SQL Server since version 4.2. Graeme was one of the first Microsoft Certified Solutions Experts (MCSE) in SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence in the world, and was the lead author for Microsoft Learning’s entire BI curriculum for SQL Server 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Graeme_Malcom.

But there is a generation of people who we find learn differently. They prefer to use massive online open courses or MOOC’s as we call them. The like to do real deep, long term study in their own time. Rather than study for just one exam at a time, they kind of what to take on a whole program and do that online. So we’re trying to reach that millennial audience.

Graeme Malcolm

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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