SQL stands for Structured Query Language. The Structured Query Language (SQL) is the set of instructions used to interact with a relational database. In fact, SQL is the most popular programming language for databases and therefore is a highly sought-after skill due to its ability to work with relational databases on all major platforms to include Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft Access, just to name a few.
Companies that gather a lot of data require skilled individuals who can use SQL to quickly and easily extract key data elements and generate reports in a way that will aid in the decision-making process.
Why Own Skills in SQL?
Health care agencies, hospitals, hotels, banks, retailers, airlines, application development companies, governments and just about any organization and department need to organize all the information relevant to run their daily operations.
It’s no wonder SQL skills count among the most desired IT skills in the workplace. Even if a database-related profession doesn’t appeal to you, learning at least one computer language is steadily becoming mandatory in today’s job market. SQL will give you a good background on how to generate useful information from a database and what a great skillset to own when it comes to business intelligence!
At first glance, the language may seem intimidating and complex, but it’s not all that difficult. Fortunately for those of us who aren’t computer programmers, SQL commands are designed to have a syntax similar to the English language.
To learn some of the basic fundamentals behind SQL, attend our hands-on, instructor-led training classes at Broadview Networks on Thursday, August 24, 2017 for SQL Query Fundamentals and Friday, August 25, 2017 for SQL Query Advanced.
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Training for Microsoft SQL Server Certifications:
To learn more about Microsoft SQL certifications, you may wish to consider the two main certification titles for Microsoft SQL Server described below:
The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certification proves that you have achieved a level of competence with querying and manipulating data in SQL Server. You should be able to use Transact-SQL fluently. You should be a master of SQL data input and output and be able to return the data in any form required. Some of the special designations are MCSA in Database Development, MCSA in Database Administration and MCSA in Business Intelligence Development.
MCSA in Database Development:
Earning a MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development certification validates your skills in building and implementing databases across organizations, and will qualify you for a position as a database developer. Take these two courses: 20761 Querying Data with Transact SQL and 20762 Developing SQL Databases and exams.
MCSA in Database Administration:
Earning a MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration certification validates your skills with database installation, maintenance, configuration, and provisioning tasks, and will qualify you for a position as a database administrator or infrastructure specialist. Take these two courses: 20764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure and 20765 Provisioning SQL Databases and exams.
MCSA in Business Intelligence Development:
Earning a MCSA: SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development certification validates your extract, transform, and load (ETL) and data warehouse skills, along with those for implementing BI solutions using multidimensional and tabular data models and online analytical processing (OLAP) cubes. This certification will qualify you for a position as a BI developer. Take these two courses: 20767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse and 20768 Developing SQL Data Models and exams.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Experts have mastered all of the requirements of MCSA and then added the ability to analyze and manage data. You can earn specified certifications under this designation as MCSE in Data Management & Analytics, MCSE in Business Intelligence and MCSE in Data Platform. These specializations include training in developing complete database solutions, reporting, designing business intelligence solutions, cloud data platform solutions and implementing big data analytics.
MCSE: Data Management and Analytics:
Earn this certification and demonstrate your skills in SQL Administration, building enterprise data solutions and effectively using business intelligence data. Take one of these courses: 20464 Developing Microsoft® SQL Server® Databases; 20465 Designing Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2014; 20466 Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft® SQL Server® or 20467 Designing Self-Service Business Intelligence and Big Data Solutions and one exam.
MCSE in Business Intelligence:
Design, develop, and deploy solutions that deliver more data to more people across the organization. Prerequisite: MCSA: SQL Server Certification. Take these two courses: 20466 Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft® SQL Server® and 20467 Designing Self-Service Business Intelligence and Big Data Solutions and exams.
MCSE in Data Platform:
Acquire essential skills to develop, run, and maintain the next wave of advanced database and information solutions. Take these two courses: 20464 Developing Microsoft® SQL Server® Databases and 20465 Designing Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and exams.
It will be much easier to pass the necessary exams if you have good training aligned directly at these certifications. Training from Broadview Networks, a Microsoft Certified Learning Partner, will make your journey to certification much easier.