Monday, April 16, 2012

Microsoft overhauls its certifications for Cloud

Microsoft has announced that it’s changing the Microsoft Certification Program for IT professionals and developers. The new program is designed specifically to meet the growing skills gap in the technology industry.

The three levels - Associate, Expert and Master - create a clear career path from the basic level to the most advanced. Each certification level has now been updated to be solution-oriented while keeping in check the industry’s changing needs and ensuring quality and relevance.

Public and Private companies have embraced Cloud Computing solutions, which has surged the demand for professionals skilled in Cloud Technologies.

Cloud Computing talent is in short supply. Microsoft has reinvented their trademark certification, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), for Cloud. The all new MCSE validates that you have certified skills to tackle new expanding technologies. It is predicted that by 2015, public and private IT cloud services will generate almost 14 million jobs worldwide. MCSE certification is for those who are on track to implement cloud solutions for their companies and is the target cert for IT professionals and developers who have proficiency in working with Microsoft technology solutions.

“The new Microsoft certifications are raising the bar across the industry and reflect industry shifts that require a broader knowledge base and deeper skills across solutions that cloud computing requires,” said Don Field, Microsoft’s senior director of Product Management. “The Microsoft certifications reflect the experience and skills needed to build, manage and evolve solutions in a cloud-based environment, ensuring validation of real-world skills for individuals and helping hiring managers identify the best-qualified job candidates.”