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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Thu, Jun 25, 1998
READ THIS FIRST: MCSE NEWS
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NTools E-NewsFlash - June 25, 1998 - MCSE ANNOUNCEMENT!
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As you know, this is the short update in between full issues of 
NTools E-News. This is a very special MCSE issue.

Many thousands of you responded to the MCSE Web Survey, thanks a lot 
for your fast feedback. Some astounding numbers have come out!
We have all the automated tabulations already done because of your
speedy response. Here are the results:

To start with, your answers caused a lot of instant hard work over 
at Sunbelt :-) A whopping 44% of you indicated that you would 
purchase a Full MCSE Computer Based Training kit if it would only 
cost $150. Then another 43% said "maybe". Only 9% said no. We never 
expected that "YES" percentage to be so high but we made it top 
priority and decided to make that available to you IMMEDIATELY. 
Why? Here is the second result from the survey. An absolutely 
ENORMOUS 76% of you is planning to become an MCSE!!!

In our earlier survey this year you indicated the reasons you wanted 
to become an MCSE:

* Get promoted and make more money 
* Get industry recognition 
* Get to really understand NT

Sunbelt is happy to support you in that goal, it's now easier than ever.
Just $150 is an unheard of value breakthrough, normally similar full 
MCSE training materials (All Core Exams plus 2 Electives and 3000 
exam prep questions) are between $1,500 and $3,000. But you can order 
your own kit _right now_ in our Online Shop. This really is EVERYTHING 
you need to become an MCSE fast. Check out the specs at: 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/mcsecomp.htm

This is the time to whip out that credit card and order via the web.
Perhaps it's the first time you order via the internet. No worries, 
it is a secure connection, we use the same company Microsoft uses for
their online sales and we have a 30-day money back guarantee. 

Personally I have not seen such a good buy in YEARS. To make sure you 
get your copy fast we sell single copies via the Sunbelt Online Shop.
We have outsourced the shipping to a very large outfit that can handle 
thousands of items per day, and they get your order electronically via
the on-line shop. In case you may wonder, I'm mainly so excited about 
this because of the exceptional value for you NT System Administrators.

Sunbelt is in the business of selling software with an average order 
size of many thousands of dollars. A $150 dollar item is not something 
that is going to make us rich, but we _do_ want you to benefit from 
this great opportunity, seen the enormous interest you have in becoming 
an MCSE. See it as a service we are providing you, and a benefit of 
being subscribed to NTools E-News. If you have received NTools E-News
for free for a while, this is a chance to say thank you, and have 
everybody win :-) 

We sell ONLY ONE per person via the on-line shop. You want to be fast 
because there is limited stock and this one is going to be sold like 
crazy. Make sure you get your copy before the summer holiday season. 
First come, first serve!! It isn't determined yet when the publisher 
does a second production run so the time to order is NOW. They have
no idea the the interest is so high.

By the way, we will ship worldwide from the States, and the price is
the same for everyone: $149.99 and 20 bucks shipping and handling,
where ever you are on the planet. If you're in the US we'll use that
money to get it out to you faster. If you want to buy 5 or more for
your company, call one of our reps or resellers. The $1,500 you just 
saved you can now spend on one of those cool flat screen terminals 
. 

Basically everyone we have shown one of these kits said "I GOTTA have 
one of those'. Even all our Sales Reps want their personal copy...

There are more interesting Survey results:

Q: Are you already an MCSE? 18% of you are, 81% are not yet.

Q: The major majority of you, (57% to be precise) studies for the 
MCSE certificate using Self Study, and
- 19% does classroom training 
- 10% does self-study with Transcender exams
- less than 1% does on-line training via the Internet
- less than 1% does an MCSE Boot Camp

Q: How much Time did it take to become an MCSE?
- 7% took less than 3 months
- 18% took between 3 and 6 months
- 20% took between 6 and 9 months
- 21% took between 9 and 12 months
- 20% took over a year

Q: Advertising is hyping the pay increase for MCSE's, what is real?
- 32% said less than 2,500 per year
- 17% said between 2,500 and 5,000 p/y
- 14% said between 5,000 and 10,000 p/y
- 6% said between 10,000 and 15,000 p/y
- 3% said between 15,000 and 20,000 p/y
- 7% said more than 20,000 p/y

Keep in mind that these are averages worldwide, and that per region 
the differences are significant. An MCSE in Russia does not make as 
much as an MCSE working in Wall Street though the complexity may be 
just as high. Even within the US the wage differences are very large.
Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine has done a very thorough
survey in the USA on this, you can find 'em at www.mcpmag.com.

So there you have it, your own FULL MCSE kit for only $150, the 
opportunity to get promoted and make more money, get industry 
recognition, and get to really understand NT. 45% completes in less
than 9 months. You can be an MCSE in March 1999, go for it! You can
also subscribe to the Sunbelt MCSE-List, (the world's largest with over
3,500 subscribers in a free online community / support network that 
helps you pass the exams: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/techbull.htm

Once again, all the info and the Sunbelt On-Line Shop are here: 
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/mcsecomp.htm

You really want to be fast because this item may very well run out of 
stock in just a few days.

Have Fun and do well with your exams!!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


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