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August 27, 2009

MS Exam Discounts Giveaway Held Open One More Day

Now that's what I call a broken ATM.

Lo and behold, the 20% off MS exam discounts were supposed to have ended as of today.

But they haven’t. At least, not yet. Here’s the reason why…

Basically, the “Gear To Get Your Butt In Gear” giveaway being held at the Funcave drove a whole heaping bunch of interest in the 20% off discounts. So much so that it broke the Vouch-O-Matic that was issuing the discounts AKA the existing stock of 20% discounts that had been loaded were completely exhausted.

MS Learning decided to extend the 20% exam discounts one more day. Once the Vouch-O-Matic gets loaded back up, I’ll be back to issuing vouchers for the areas that still have active, outstanding requests.

If you want to get in on the discounts, this is really, honestly and truly the very last time you’ll have to partake of that sweet 20% discount action. So jump over to the Funcave giveaway page and get the survey filled out ASAP to get your place in line.

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August 26, 2009

Changing The Future

Channel@Work was really an amazing program. Kudos to all the folks who really made it happen!

Last week, I had the good fortune to attend CMP’s XChange’09 event in Washington, DC. As a vendor-centric show, this kind of event gives solution providers like my company the opportunity to see new offerings from various vendors, give feedback, and forge business relationships that can mutually benefit our companies.

But this year, one of the initiatives taking place during XChange’09 really made me, and a whole lot of others, sit up and take notice.

CMP Media partnered with Microsoft and the Framsyn Initiative to sponsor Channel@Work, a program that sponsored a large group of young people from all over the country who expressed an interest in IT careers to attend XChange. The goal was to give them an opportunity to be mentored by industry veterans, and give them a boost into the IT field.

The boardroom I was assigned to for vendor appointments was located directly across the hall from the Channel@Work workroom. The level of hardware they were working with was really impressive. Plus, they all got to keep the machines they built. 

Activities included team-building, computer-building, direct interaction with executives from IT companies, and the ability to engage with the rest of us delegates. At breakfast one morning, I got a chance to talk with a young man named Che. He told me about his job as a junior network administrator, the kinds of things he’s learned how to do from that job, and his goals for the future. I talked to him about the importance of keeping both his resume and skillset current, of picking and choosing certification exams that give the most options for huim in the future, and the importance of learning not just a given product release, but really understanding the underlying concept about how and why something works.

As part of this program, these young people were working toward completing Microsoft’s 70–653 exam TS: Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuring, which earns not only an MCTS, but also a Small Business Specialist designation. Both of those achievements will immediately give those young people value to potential solution provider employers like me who focus on the SMB segment.

When the video above was played during the ARC awards dinner on the final evening of XChange’09, I was literally moved to tears. Seeing those kids so eager to learn and hungry for knowledge took me back to when I first started my IT career, and it made me remember how thankful I was and still am to all the people who first believed in me and gave me an opportunity in the industry, within which I’ve thrived for the last 15 years.

I truly believe that if the IT industry is to improve as a whole, it will come from mentoring programs like Channel@Work and others like it convincing young people that an IT career is one that can offer them the kind of fulfilling, rewarding life’s work that we all hope to find, and giving them the initial opportunity to find success.

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August 26, 2009

LAST CALL: 20 Percent Off MS Exams Giveaway Ends TODAY

Once the meter runs out today, I've got no way to put more money in it. So if you snooze, you lose.

Today is the LAST day that the 20% discount for MS exam discounts will still be available for certain regions/countries. So if you want some, you MUST enter the giveaway TODAY!

Honestly, the response to the MS exam voucher giveaway has been nothing short of AMAZING! So much so that actually delivering the vouchers to people will be delayed just a little bit AKA a couple of days. My primary focus today will be to make sure I have enough vouchers from the different regions to cover outstanding requests.

That being said, if you know you are going to make a larger request, unless you make it before noon Central time today, there really are NO guarantees I will have time to request enough for you.

So that means you should do two things ASAP…

  1. Get Your Butt In Gear
  2. Take The Survey

All active giveaways are listed at the Funcave’s official giveaways page, at

Thanks to everyone who’s participated so far, and for all the awesome feedback, comments, and heartfelt thanks. I’m very very glad so many folks have been motivated by this, because that’s really the whole point of the entire “Gear To Get Your Butt In Gear” giveaway-a-palooza this month.

Even after the voucher offer has closed, the survey will remain active. Filling it out after the voucher deadline today will STILL give respondents an additional entry for our upcoming giveaways (slated to go live today) for some really cool stuff, including…

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • HTC Touch
  • SMB Nation Fall 2009 Pass

In the immortal words of Hannibal Smith…

Hannibal Smith, The Whitest Mack Daddy of Them All!

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

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August 25, 2009

475 Exam Discounts Given Away, But The Clock Is Ticking!

Once the clock rolls over to August 27, the 20 percent discounts are OVAH!

Time’s running out for you to get in on the exam discount vouchers, folks.

All exam discount vouchers generated through the MCT Rewards program will flip over to 10% off starting on August 27, 2009, now and forever, instead of the current 20% off enjoyed by some countries/regions.

Current year vouchers generated BEFORE August 27, 2009, however, won’t expire until June 30, 2010.

So don’t delay.

And if you have a large-ish request for vouchers, but you wait until the last minute, then there are literally NO GUARANTEES I’ll be able to get them issued in time. Just giving you fair warning on that. Because once it’s closed, it’s closed.

Closed is closed is closed. 

So what’s the best way to assure you get the discount vouchers you want? That’s easy…


That means, jump over to the official listing of all active giveaways, which includes links to the entry surveys, and get cracking!

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August 24, 2009

Beta TS Exam for Exchange 2010 Available Now


If you want to try to get a seat for the beta TS exam for Exchange 2010, here’s the info you need…

  • The exam you want: 71–662 TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
  • Registration code: E14J

Full details are available at Beta Exam Announcements.

And if you get in, then good luck!

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