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SQL MCM Study Group

Over the last few days, you may have noticed that there’s been a bit of talk about a SQL Server MCM Study Group.  In fact, Robert Davis (Blog | @SQLSoldier) tweeted about it the other day when he provided some sample corrupt databases.


You may be wondering, what is this study group on yammer?  Let’s break it down a bit to help explain.

What is Yammer?

Yammer is a twitter alternative that is aimed at smaller, focused networks.  For instance, the primary network that Yammer aims to support is the corporate environment.  A way to get everyone in the company, on the same domain, together in a twitter-esque network.  These networks can be expanded, as I’ve done, to reach outside of a domain to pull together people on a similar topic.

But, why not twitter?  If this is so much like twitter, why not just use twitter with a twitter list and a hash tag?  The reason being is that the signal to noise ratio would still be too high.  There is so much that happens on twitter and constantly streams by that if someone tweeted a great study resource last week, the chances are you’d have missed it forever.

Using yammer, helps us slow down the flow of information and keep everything relevant to the topic at hand.  If you are offline for a week, you won’t miss anything and can rejoin the focused conversations at your leisure.

SQL MCM Study Group

Now about that study group.  One of the things that’s hard in preparing for the SQL Server MCM certification is finding people that you can get together to study with.  With our hectic, crazy schedules, it would be nice to have some others to bounce ideas off of as we prepare to take the MCM written and lab exams.

Hence, the idea for the study group.  A group of like mind and similarly skilled professionals that are looking for a few others to help them cram for the next exam.  The aim of the group is to provide a venue to share resources that are beneficial.  And, also, a place to reach out and ask for help from people that more than likely are going to be able to help you out.

Getting In The Group

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact me and I’ll get an invite out to you.  Right now there are 14 people in the study group and we’re looking for more and it’s only been around for about a week.

The requirements for joining aren’t too formal at the moment.  Generally, you have to be actively interested and working on pursuing the SQL Server MCM.  If you already have passed the MCM exam you are welcome to join as well, since you have the chops that we are looking to prove of ourselves.

Let me know what you think?

  • Steven

    Hi Jason, I would like to join the study group. Thank you!

    • Hi Steve – You should have the invite now.

  • Patrick Lynch

    Hi Jason, please could you add me to the group.

    Thanks, Patrick.

    • You should see your invite now.

  • Adelowo

    Hi, i would like to join the MCM study group. my email:

  • Vamsi

    Hi, Can you please add me to the group.


    • You should have your invite now.

  • Can you invite me to your Yammer group, please. Thanks.

  • RobNicholson

    Please invite me to your Yammer group. Thank you

  • Steve Francis

    Hi Jason

    I’m currently studying for the SQL MCM and I’d like to join this grop onYammer.


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  • Paul Brewer

    I’d like to join your yammer group,
    Have passed the knowledge but am dreading the lab in a few weeks time.
    Thanks and regards

  • David J Martin

    Jason, Congrats on your MCM victory. I am preparing myself for the MCM exams, and am wondering if the Yammer group is still going or if someone else has started a similar one? If so, I’d appreciate an invite.

    • StrateSQL

      Hey David – the yammer group is still out there. I don’t pay attention to it as much as I should, but there is a good community out there.

  • Ramkumar

    Hi Strate, I would like to join the group
    Please send me the invite
    My mail-id:
    My blog:
    Thanks in advance

    • StrateSQL

      Thanks for stopping by, Ramkumar. You should have received the invite last week.

  • Yigit Aktan

    Hi Jason, I’m currently studying for MCM SQL. So, I would like to join the study group. Could you pls invite me to the group?

    Yigit Aktan, SQL Server MVP

    • StrateSQL

      Morning Yigit-

      You should have received the invite by now. If not, let me know.

  • Shree Khanal

    Hi Strate, I would like to join the group
    Please send me the invite
    My mail-id:
    Thanks in advance

    • StrateSQL

      Hi Shree – the invite has been sent.

  • Hafizur Rahman

    Hi Jason,
    I have requested for MCM Study Group invitation yesterday. But it seems the message is not showing here (may be it has been deleted). I would be very happy if you send me an invitation for this.
    My email address:
    Thanks in advance

    • StrateSQL

      Hi Hafizur – the invite should be received now.

      • Hafizur Rahman

        Great! Thanks Jason 🙂

  • Bill Barnes

    I would love to join. My email is I may be the least experienced of the group, but I would love a chance to grow with the community.

    • StrateSQL

      Hey Bill – you should have gotten the invite.

      • Bill Barnes

        Failure on my part. Apparently I cannot use Gmail emails with Yammer. I have it under now. Thanks in advance!

        • StrateSQL

          Hey Bill- the new invite should be there now.