When selecting a Most Valuable Contributor (MVC), there's a few criterion I typically consider. Michael has been a diligent contributor to the community since our launch last July. It's clear he carefully evaluates the scope and usability of the content he provides. With Michael, it took very little consideration - it was clear he was the right choice for this month.
Michael is a Training Specialist at BOA, so we took this opportunity to get some insights on the product training curriculum. A complete list of product training courses offered can be found here: http://www.boaweb.com/customers/product-training/.
Not pictured: Michael Lambert. One of Mike's favorite pastimes is fishing.
Michael, first and foremost, we’d like to thank you for being a diligent contributor to the comunity. How does it feel to be the April “MVC”!?
It has always been an honor and privilege to be a part of this community.
Your profile tells me you’re a Product Training Specialist at BOA with a concentration in data migration. Could you tell us a little more about what that entails?
I design, deliver and instruct courses offered by BackOffice Product Training to both customers and internal students, primarily, dspMigrate, though the department has been expanding everyone’s capabilities, so now I teach courses involving data governance as well.
Many of your posts mention training offered by BackOffice Associates. What course(s) would you recommend to our members who are new to the DSP?
All of them.
In all seriousness, it seems our business is shifting more to the governance side of data management, as evident in our new IGC offering, so it would make sense to take a course in data quality using ISA or dspMonitor or even dspConduct. I would also recommend the dsp Development course, which teaches developers to further enhance the user experience in the aforementioned courses and even create their own dsp-compatible custom web applications.
Alternatively, which course have you found the most interesting/challenging to teach?
Our Data Quality with ISA course is interesting, in that we are dealing with 4 separate applications in order to complete the task, which is remediating failed data. We are taking information from SAP’s Information Steward, interpreting that data into dsp through ISA, using dspCompose as the remediation interface, then finally loading the changes into SAP. It may sound complex, but the big advantage of doing it this way is that we can easily make changes to large amounts of data and load it into SAP, without having to know how to use SAP, but making those same changes directly in SAP would take a lot longer, and would require the knowledge to do so. This empowers businesses to be more flexible with their resources when addressing their data quality issues.
Are there any additional courses that will soon be added to the training lineup?
Currently, we do not have any plans to add another course, but we will be adding self-directed, interactive e-learning mini courses which will be tutorials on some advanced topics on using dsp products.
Finally outside of product training, and sharing tips & tricks with the community - what do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to fish, hike, read, bowl and spend time with my family.