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Which Microsoft Certifications do you have?   [Edit]

Survey period: 15 Dec 2008 to 22 Dec 2008

Certifications look good on resumes. Have you read the book and done the test?

OptionVotes% 
Microsoft Certified Architect221.72
Microsoft Certified Master80.63
Microsoft Certified IT Professional544.22
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer1058.21
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist1118.68
None of the above98677.09
Other1108.60
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%

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GeneralMost revealing Pin
drldev22-Dec-08 23:46
drldev22-Dec-08 23:46 
Like many others, I suspect, I thought that the vast majority of my colleagues had MS certification of some sort or another and that I was the exception (clever MS).

I wouldn't mind MS certificates to prove to others that I can do what I actually know I can do, because for instance I'd have a much better chance at gaining employment with government etc if I have the bit of paper so I'd have more options, but the truth is (and this really is the truth) I have been so busy I simply don't have the energy to dedicate or the time to put aside.

In the past I've always gained something from courses that has made my worklife easier, even if it's just a keyboard shortcut to use in the editor, or failing that I've met with people who it's just nice to chat with and swap ideas. Smile | :) But most I have found to be 90% time wasting when I have important things that need to be done.

For years I had the Access Pack from Microsoft (Access Pack for the most part is a pack of much of the latest server software etc with single user/developer or restricted use licenses to give developers a chance to experience and be familiar with the Microsoft products) because I thought at £200 (about $350) it was good value to be able to keep current. But now MS insist I take their qualifications to continue having it. I guess that makes commercial sense for them in the short term, but in the long term it means I (maybe amongst many others as the survey reveals) am going to be less and less able to recommend MS products as time goes on.

Certainly I'm not in a position now to know whether a Server 2008 upgrade would benefit the company I play a major part in, and as I'm the one in a position to make that recommendation I don't like not being in a position of knowing what's available. Reading the hype is never the real story so hands on is best.

With the abdication of Bill Gates, is Microsoft going to cease being a forward looking company and become just a corporate monster with no underlying philosophy of "hang the expense, let's see if this is going to fly", and of looking to the future? Possibly. If accountants run it then that will be the end of MS.

In my opinion .NET has been one of the greatest innovations of this century. The idea isn't original but Microsoft have taken the plunge and done it and made it work, and what .NET has opened up to the rest of us is truly phenomenal with regard to what we can now all do with a bit of simple code to access libraries that in the past we would have had to write ourselves. Truly forward thinking.

Making certification accessible to developers like myself who live on the bleeding edge is not easy, and I'd hate to have my thinking confined to someone elses preconceptions of what can and can't be done (I do what "can't be done"), but if the price is low enough and the course can be spread over time without silly time limits then maybe, just maybe there'll be one more certified developer (and yes, being certified is something that I should be!) Smile | :)

Seasons greetings to all. Sorry for the ramble but most of it was relevant to the survey Smile | :)

Wink | ;)

Dave
Software Developer

JokeI forgot something... Pin
The Cake of Deceit21-Dec-08 3:07
The Cake of Deceit21-Dec-08 3:07 
GeneralCertified Pin
Mohm'ed Melhem20-Dec-08 9:08
professionalMohm'ed Melhem20-Dec-08 9:08 
GeneralI have actual experiance Pin
Tad McClellan19-Dec-08 13:06
professionalTad McClellan19-Dec-08 13:06 
GeneralRe: I have actual experiance Pin
bob_b24-Dec-08 0:56
bob_b24-Dec-08 0:56 
GeneralSatisfaction of needs for human resource department. Pin
AndreS_7518-Dec-08 3:56
AndreS_7518-Dec-08 3:56 
GeneralRe: Satisfaction of needs for human resource department. Pin
devvvy18-Dec-08 6:12
devvvy18-Dec-08 6:12 
GeneralThose who know me know me... Pin
Palavos18-Dec-08 3:30
Palavos18-Dec-08 3:30 
GeneralPros and cons Pin
Rama Krishna Vavilala16-Dec-08 4:42
Rama Krishna Vavilala16-Dec-08 4:42 
GeneralRe: Pros and cons Pin
#realJSOP17-Dec-08 9:27
professional#realJSOP17-Dec-08 9:27 
GeneralRe: Pros and cons Pin
Rama Krishna Vavilala17-Dec-08 9:42
Rama Krishna Vavilala17-Dec-08 9:42 
GeneralRe: Pros and cons Pin
devvvy18-Dec-08 6:15
devvvy18-Dec-08 6:15 
General7 MCATS Pin
Rama Krishna Vavilala16-Dec-08 4:38
Rama Krishna Vavilala16-Dec-08 4:38 
GeneralRe: 7 MCATS Pin
Alan Greenleaf17-Dec-08 9:01
Alan Greenleaf17-Dec-08 9:01 
GeneralRe: 7 MCATS Pin
Mycroft Holmes22-Dec-08 14:48
professionalMycroft Holmes22-Dec-08 14:48 
GeneralVery useful for studying new topics Pin
Mikkel Toudal Kristiansen15-Dec-08 20:47
Mikkel Toudal Kristiansen15-Dec-08 20:47 
GeneralRe: Very useful for studying new topics Pin
NormDroid16-Dec-08 22:55
professionalNormDroid16-Dec-08 22:55 
GeneralNone Pin
PIEBALDconsult15-Dec-08 4:21
mvePIEBALDconsult15-Dec-08 4:21 
GeneralRe: None Pin
Nemanja Trifunovic15-Dec-08 7:16
Nemanja Trifunovic15-Dec-08 7:16 
GeneralRe: None Pin
PIEBALDconsult15-Dec-08 8:21
mvePIEBALDconsult15-Dec-08 8:21 
GeneralIt is waste of time get academic one or PMP, ITIL better for future.. Pin
LionKing57715-Dec-08 2:14
LionKing57715-Dec-08 2:14 
GeneralRe: It is waste of time get academic one or PMP, ITIL better for future.. Pin
V.15-Dec-08 2:26
professionalV.15-Dec-08 2:26 
GeneralRe: It is waste of time get academic one or PMP, ITIL better for future.. Pin
PIEBALDconsult15-Dec-08 4:11
mvePIEBALDconsult15-Dec-08 4:11 
GeneralRe: It is waste of time get academic one or PMP, ITIL better for future.. Pin
dwatkins@dirq.net15-Dec-08 4:31
dwatkins@dirq.net15-Dec-08 4:31 
GeneralRe: It is waste of time get academic one or PMP, ITIL better for future.. Pin
LionKing57715-Dec-08 5:15
LionKing57715-Dec-08 5:15 

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