I'm talking to all y'all MCSA and MCSEs out there. A few customers brought this up in a recent meeting:
Why are MCSEs being ignored?? Why is all the new certification stuff focused on just developers and DBAs?
and I thought that seemed a reasonable question. The reason all new certification information has focused on developers and MCDBAs is that we are introducing new certifications only as new technologies come out and--until recently--the new technologies were Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. So the only new certifications--and therefore in the new structure of MCTS, MCITP, and MCPD--were focused on developers and DB professionals. Now we have desktop support, messaging, and Office certifications coming out and these, too, are in the new structure.
News of MCSA and MCSE has been quiet because there hasn't been anything new to report; those are untouched and still the top certifications for Windows Server. When the Windows Server "Longhorn" certifications are available (still a long ways out) then we will talk about the new certs as they pertain to Server professionals--there will be new MCTS and MCITP certifications for Longhorn. That does not change that MCSA and MCSE will still be THE certifications for 2000 and 2003; those certifications will not retire or be replaced.
Timing is kind of funny because you should be seeing a lot of info on 2003 certs very soon. If you have questions about MCSA, MCSE, and what's coming for Longhorn, attend the March 28 Live Meeting on Server Certifications? Pls? k, thx. I bet we'll cover it there....