Certification recap: 2018 was Epic

With 2018 slowly fading away, I did a recap of this Year (Certification wise).

2018 was probably my toughest Year yet – but also my most exciting so far.
At the beginning of 2018 I switched to Telonic in the middle of my JNCIE-SEC preparation. Regardless of the new Job, I somehow managed to maintain my pace towards this Goal and on the 3rd of July in my 4th Attempt I became JNCIE-SEC #374

When I checked my CertManager I simply could not believe what I managed to do this Year – see for yourself:

New Certifications:
JNCIE-SEC
JNCIP-DC
JNCDS-SP
JNCIA-Cloud + JNCIS-Cloud
JNCIA-DevOps + JNCIS-DevOps

Recertified:
JNCDS-DC

Getting a new Certification and maintaining in in daily Business can be challenging – everybody knows that. This Year I managed to get 7Β –Β yes,Β 7!!!!!! new Certifications and recertified one – HOLY COW… Even if you consider JNCIA-DevOps and JNCIA-Cloud not as “achieved” because they were granted due to the JNCIS-DevOps and JNCIS-Cloud – this was insane…
My Goal was to get my first Expert – I got way more than I expected.

Nice to know, that in 2019 I “only” have to defend my JNCIP-ENT and JNCDS-SEC – and my Personal Goal as you know is getting my JNCIE-DC #NoPressure

This pace will be hard to maintain and I’m sure that I won’t be able to do this forever (and luckily I don’t need to) – but the good news is, that I’m still just 29 Years old, always eager to learn new Stuff and if I keep this pace have all 4 Experts before… Nah – I keep this one my personal Secret πŸ˜‰

Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Looking forward to see all of you in 2019 πŸ™‚

The TechFest2018 (Berlin) is here

It’s finally my favourite time of the year – time for the Juniper TechFest 2018 (Juniper EMEA SE-Summit) #JNPRTECH2018
Make sure to grab your shirt and glasses at the registration (this year’s Shirt is light-blue).

Christian Scholz - Tech Fest 2018

Christian Scholz - Tech Fest 2018

Christian Scholz - Tech Fest 2018

There are so many things and interesting presentations to discover this year as you can imagine. I can’t wait until the speakers start.

My first surprise was getting a J-Coin this morning (thank you sooooooo much guys – especially Sue), that had nothing to do with the Tech-Fest itself – this was a coin for me πŸ™‚ When I get back home I will post a picture of my J-Coin book, which I bought for my Coin-Collection πŸ˜‰
Christian Scholz - Tech Fest 2018
I was so excited that I almost forgot my breakfast – almost πŸ˜›

First stop for me (after registration, which I already finished yesterday) was of course the certification room, where the Juniper Certification-Team thankfully prepared a quiet place for free written exams.

I know that I said this a couple of times, but this can’t be said enough:
Thank you for all doing this every year – it’s greatly appreciated.

This year I got some really nice PIN’s from the Team:

Christian Scholz - Tech Fest 2018

Christian Scholz - Tech Fest 2018

From JNCIA to JNCIS to JNCIP and now finally JNCIE – memories came back…
You should all stop by the examroom – not primary to collect your pins and badges but to get certified / re-certified.
Up to 3 exams are free for everybody – It’s best to pre-register them through pearsonvue (you should have got an email) to guarantee a seat – usually there are “rush times” with waiting periods around breakfast and lunch that you can easily avoid by registering your seat.

“Welcome Lunch” will start at 12.15, first presentation at 14.00 – the roomnames are shown on the big screens next to the registration.

In case you want to meet up, here’s my schedule for today:

Welcome Lunch, 12.15 till 13.45
Tungsten Fabric (Track 2), 14.00 – 15.30
Security – Strategy and Roadmap (Track 1), 16.30 – 18.00
Drink reception & Networking Dinner, 19.00 till 21.30

Also make sure to stop by the 2 “booth’s” this year to collect some bonus-presents πŸ™‚

 

EDIT: Seems, that the Agenda is changing – make sure to stay up to date:
http://emea.juniper.net/EMEA_TECH_FEST_2018_Part-Agenda