Microsoft Invests $20 Million to Train 50,000 Database Administrators On Microsoft SQL Server 7.0

Microsoft Invests $20 Million to Train 50,000 Database Administrators On Microsoft SQL Server 7.0

NEW ORLEANS, June 1, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a $20 million investment to train more than 50,000 database administrators (DBAs) worldwide to take maximum advantage of the powerful new features in Microsoft® SQL Server
™7.0, due later this year. The move is expected to accelerate momentum for Microsoft SQL Server, already the industry’s most popular database for the Microsoft Windows NT® Server operating system.

At the sold-out Microsoft Tech-Ed 98 conference, Microsoft is further demonstrating its commitment to prepare its channel partners and customers for the next release of Microsoft
SQL Server by offering 21 in-depth training sessions, including a hands-on Microsoft
SQL Server 7.0 lab co-sponsored by Compaq Computer Corp. and Data General Corp. Microsoft also announced the early availability of Authorized Technical Education Center (ATEC) training courses for Microsoft SQL Server.

“With Microsoft SQL Server 7.0, Microsoft is delivering the innovative technologies for data warehousing, mobile computing and electronic commerce that our customers want, so we can expand our business opportunities in these key growth areas,” said Mark Scott, Microsoft technology manager at ARIS. “Microsoft is also supporting channel players like us with a major investment to ensure our success. The training opportunities announced here at Tech-Ed 98 are the latest proof of Microsoft’s commitment to its channel partners.”

Microsoft will offer the training between August 1998 and June 1999 through its worldwide ATEC network. Subsidized courses, announced today, include the following:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Overview. This course offers the knowledge and skills to install, configure, administer and implement Microsoft SQL Server 7.0.

  • Accelerated System Administration for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. This course offers in-depth instruction on installing and managing Microsoft SQL Server in an enterprise network.

  • Data Warehousing. This new course is designed to enable DBAs to apply Microsoft SQL Server to the challenges of data warehousing in a heterogeneous, enterprisewide environment.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Upgrade and Migration. This course is specially designed for DBAs who will upgrade from previous Microsoft SQL Server versions or from competitive systems.

Sold-Out Microsoft Tech-Ed 98 Latest Step in Preparing Industry for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0

The 10,000 Tech-Ed 98 attendees receiving training on Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 here today, plus the 50,000 to be trained in coming months, build on Microsoft’s commitment to prepare customers and channel partners for the hugely popular database server.

“We’re very pleased to be able to offer these Microsoft SQL Server-based technical training classes for DBAs,” said Jim Ewel, group product manager for database and development technologies at Microsoft. “This investment by Microsoft will enable DBAs and non-DBAs to build, deploy and manage solutions based on Microsoft SQL Server.”

Created by a world-class development team, Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 is the leading Windows® operating system-based database, bringing business advantage and improved decision-making to all levels of the organization through the power of data warehousing, industry solutions and interoperability with Microsoft Office. Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 enables independent software vendors and customers to build and deploy scalable database solutions for e-commerce, line of business, mobile computing and data warehousing. Microsoft SQL Server is a member of the Microsoft BackOffice® family, a set of servers that make it easy to build, manage and deploy powerful business solutions.

Availability

Information about how to register for these classes will be available on the Microsoft Web site within 60 days.

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