The growing impact of the cloud is shaking up the way OEMs, manufacturers and vendors do business. As a result, organizations must arm partners and team members with the training and resources to follow suit, and make the transition successfully. On April 11, 2012, Microsoft announced that it revamped its certification program to directly address technology’s transition to the cloud.
To ensure organizations have the right people with the right skills in their channels, Microsoft is providing a certification program that is designed to “validate IT skills, distinguish yourself from other job candidates, and impress hiring managers,” according to a company announcement.
“The changes we’re making will help technology professionals gain the skills they need to plan, design, implement and operate cloud and hybrid solutions today and into the future,” said Don Field, Senior Director of Product Management for Microsoft, in a press statement. “And it will help hiring managers find people who have the skills they expect in their IT environments moving forward.”
Prior to this change, most operations focused on deploying a base infrastructure. With this now available in the cloud, Microsoft is shifting operations to make team members focus on becoming “cloud architects,” who will assist customers in deciding on the right cloud technology, and helping organizations make the transition from on-premise solutions to the cloud.
The new certification framework has been streamlined to three skill levels:
The revamped program was developed to ensure certified individuals have the skills required to steward an organization’s journey to the cloud. For example, since many companies will have both cloud and on-premise technologies, individuals must have deeper sets of knowledge and skill to learn how to work with a mix of products and services.
“Microsoft offerings, from on-premise to private cloud and public cloud, are very broad, and we are reflecting the breadth and depth of those offerings in the ways that we train and certify developers and IT professionals,” Field said. “With its rigor and completeness, the new MCSE is the embodiment of the solutions that Microsoft is bringing forward.”