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Looking for a few good Sharepoint Administration students

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

We’ve heard lots of interest in Sharepoint over the past year, so we are looking for students for Microsoft course 5061, Implementing Sharepoint Server 2007, October 26-28th, 2009. 

 If you are new to Sharepoint Server, or have some experience in Sharepoint Administration but would like additional information or formal training, let us know as soon as possible.  We would like to get the class details confirmed by Friday, October 9th, 2009.


Windows 7 First Look Classes Coming

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Acknowledge IT is proud to bring your First Look at Windows 7 to Southwestern Virginia.  We are offering two one-day sessions on Windows 7 and its new features on June 9th and June 10th, 2009.  Topics to be covered include DirectAccess, Bitlocker to Go, BranchCache, Libraries, AppLocker, and many others.  The morning session (Microsoft Course 6289) will include discussion and demonstration of the features, and the afternoon session (Microsoft Course 6290) will have hands-on labs to reinforce your knowledge.

If you sign up for one of these two sessions, we will cut the price to $199 dollars per student.  That’s a 60% discount over our normally daily rates.  Call or e-mail us today for more information, but space is limited and the classes are filling up quickly.

We hope to see you there;


Book Review–Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Monday, May 18th, 2009

 The first technical book review I’d like to post is for Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

If you are new to Business Intelligence (hereafter referred to as BI) theory, this is not the book for you.  The first chapters do a cursory review of the BI process and theory, but it is no where in depth enough for newcomers to the topic.

However, if you already have a grounding in basic BI concepts like OLAP, Data Marts, Measures, Dimensions, Facts, Star Schemas, Snowflake Schemas, etc. this book shines in walking you step by step in the setup, configuration, and management of basic pieces of Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services. 

The strength of this book for me was the step-by-step Learn by Doing exercises.  These allowed me to get comfortable with the Business Intelligence Design Studio (BIDS) and its complex user interface.

If you are looking for a hands-on walkthrough of the BI components of SQL Server 2005, this is an excellent book to use.

 Hope this helps someone;


Book Reviews

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

One of the things I get to do as a trainer and consultant in various areas of technology is to constantly spend time reading about and experimenting with new technologies.

The hardest thing about this for me is that there is so much information available for consumption between the web, blogs, documentation, industry publications, and books.  When I’m trying to learn a new technology I get overwhelmed. 

I’ve given up a great deal of my learning time this year to spend more time with my new daughter and my wife (even though we’ve been married 11 1/2 years, I can’t say new daughter and old wife without getting slapped).  This has created a new challenge for me to overcome:  How do I decide what books I should pursue given my limited time?

For me, the answer has been using reviews posted by other readers.  This helps me focus on the books that will help me learn the most in the shortest amount of time.  Knowing that everyone has more things to learn than time to learn them, I’d like to help out.

I’ll post a book review here on the blog as I get a chance to finish pursuing technology books.  I’ll also be scattering in reviews of older books whose technologies are still relevant. 

 If you have books think I should be reading given the areas we cover here, please let me know.  I’ll be posting a couple of reviews over the next week to get us started.


Disclosure:  If you click on links to the books here in the blog and purchase them from Amazon we receive a small percentage of the sale.

Pictures of the New Office

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Our new training facility is coming together quite nicely. We will be running our first training class here on Tuesday, January 20th.

I’ve included some pictures below for anyone who would like to see the new building.


New Training Facility to Open

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Well, after seven months of searching, we have finally found a home for our new training facility.  We have leased Suite 102 in the Cleaveland Building, located off 220 Alternate directly across from the Botetourt Athletic Club in Botetourt County, Virginia.

 We are extremely excited to finally have our facility, which will offer two training rooms with high-end PCs for the best training experience for our clients.  We will spending the month of December getting the computers, furniture, and Internet access in place, and are currently accepting training reservations for training at the new location taking place after January 1st, 2009. 

 If you need training before then, we can always provide the training at your location.  Just let us know.

 We hope to see you at our new location soon.


Welcome to our Blog!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Welcome to the Acknowledge IT, LC company blog.  We will be using the blog to share information about our company and upcoming training events we hope you will find useful.  Plus, our technical staff will be adding and sharing technical information about various products discovered during our technical adventures that we hope will save you time and effort, while reducing your downtime.  If there is a topic of particular interest you would like us to comment about, please let use know!!!!