Microsoft and Oracle certifications

I’ve been wondering whether there is any value in gaining Microsoft and Oracle certifications.

I have worked with Windows Server operating systems for over ten years, and likewise with SQL Server and Oracle databases. I think certification in these products would complement my Business Objects skill set quite well.

In the Oracle camp, an individual can become certified at the following levels:

  • Oracle Certified Associate
  • Oracle Certified Professional
  • Oracle Certified Master

In the Microsoft camp, a number of certifications can be gained:

  • MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist SQL Server
  • MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional DBA
  • MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional Database Developer
  • MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional Business Intelligence Developer

You can also take the 70-282 exam (Designing, Deploying and Managing a Network Solution for Small and Medium Sized Business). This would give a solid foundation in Windows Server 2003 as well as various other items which support a future installation of a Business Objects Enterprise product.

These exams all take hard work, so it really needs to be seen if you can benefit from them. However, as mentioned in a previous post, they may give you an edge over your competition. It also proves that you have reached a certain standard in a highly competitive marketplace.


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