You may be wondering why I am spending time getting certified in 2008 instead of going straight for 2012. With the certification retirement date fast approaching on July31, 2013 for the 2008 exam, I thought it would best to get certified in 2008 and then move on to 2012. It's too late for me to get certified in 2000 or 2005, so I wanted to make sure I have certifications from multiple versions.
My wife asked me after I told her that I passed this exam, "What is my end goal?". My answer was to get as many of the SQL Server certifications as I can. By that I mean that I want to be certified at the highest level of in SQL Server. It would be extremely satisfying if I can get to the architect level, but I may not even be able to get to the master level. Only time will tell. No matter what level I finally obtain, I still know that I'll be learning more and more about SQL Server as I go along, and that's the REAL end goal.