Microsoft has just announced the updates to their SQL Server 2014 upgrade exams 70-459 (Transition Your MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 or MCITP: DatabaseDeveloper 2008 to MCSE: Data Platform) and 70-460 (Transition Your MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008 to MCSE: Business Intelligence). Effective 15 May this year, both exams will cover solutions based on both SQL Server 2012 and 2014 products. Although many of you probably have not heard about these exams, they mean a big deal to MCITP: SQL Server 2008 credential holders who would like to upgrade to MCSE: Data Platform and MCSE: Business Intelligence credentials.
Other 2 related exams – 70-457 and 70-458 – which are current upgrade to the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 credential, are staying the same for now.
Yet, back to the 70-459 and 70-460 exams. The amount of changes may seem a bit overwhelming, but if you’ve been keeping track of the latest SQL trends and 2014 news, you pretty much know what to expect. After all, given the level of this certification, candidates supposedly have been in the field long enough. Click here for an outline of SQL Server 2014 points that have been added to the exam blueprint.
For official and detailed information regarding both exams, visit the official website: Exam 70-459. Exam 70-460 – Transition Your MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008 to MCSE: Business Intelligence information is available here.
Whether you have started on the path to earning your certification or are just about to begin, folks at Microsoft we recommend that you continue moving forward (and this advice is hard to disagree with!). The good news is, that for the candidates on the way to their SQL Server 2012 certifications, the exams you take now will still count towards your certification. Does this change affect your exam preparation plans?