Friday, October 14, 2016

Suggested reading: MDX Date Picker, MS Certification Paths, Dynamics 365

I found some posts, news and came across some issues you might be interested in.

I'm creating some reports for a client and am working with SSAS Tabular. I therefore have to deal with MDX based parameters and I wanted to have my date parameter to resemble a Date Picker as you normally would have when using SQL Server as a source:

Microsoft has changed their MCSA and MCSE exams by aligning to industry-recognized areas of competence. There's no need anymore to recertify every (three) year, but you can re-earn you certification each year. Due to the fact that the technology changes faster than a few years ago, (SQL Server had changes in the way updates were rolled out earlier this year, Azure changes almost every week) they decided to switch to a more aligned model for certification.

Certification paths

The Data Management & Analytics Path is most appropriate for me and in detail looks like this:

What this means is you will have to earn one of the MCSA's listed here and then take one elective exam to earn the MCSE. You can then re-earn the MCSE each year by taking a new elective exam and in this way adding knowledge every year.
The Microsoft Learning team is already developing a solution where some exams will be eligible for a retake every (calendar) year with rapidly changing technologies, for example Azure.
You can find more information here:

Since I made the switch to Pulse I started working with Dynamics AX, Microsoft's ERP system. This Tuesday Microsoft had a First Look event at the AXUG Summit 2016 on (the new) Dynamics 365 for Operations, which is the new name for Dynamics AX. Dynamics NAV is also renamed and is now called Dynamics 365 for Financials.

I came across a very good blog by Fredrik Sætre (b | @AxFredrik) which summarizes the First Look event very well. He speaks about the Common Data Model that will be replacing the Entity Story introduced earlier in AX 2012 R2 and will be the core of Dynamics 365, for AX, NAV and CRM.