So far in my quest to become involved in SQL Server BI, I have been looking at my options in the field and becoming a BI architect seems quite appealing to me. Of course, being a relative newbie to SQL, I know I would have a lot of work to do to attain this goal but I'm not deterred at all.
I believe that the best way to learn anything is knowing what you want and then creating a plan and goals around it, which is why I'm now looking into MS certification in BI. Yes, as a IT Pro I'm very aware of the debate between having one vs. not having one. Oddly enough, I don't want to take the test to get the certs per se but I believe it would help me focus on what I need to learn, a systematic way to study and practice vs. just winging it. No cert can take the place of experience but again I'm looking for a displinced approach to learning BI.
Does anyone have any thoughts about how should I go about reaching my goal of BI architect. Plans do change but I would like to start setting some short term goals ASAP. If you don't think I should go the certification route, can you point me to other resources that can help me build a cirrculum I can focus on. Is there anyone who thinks I should just jump in and learn as much as I can? There a lot of info out there to cover and that's seems to be the good AND bad news! Any advice is greatly appreciated!