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On the Demise of the MCM Certification

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Published Monday, September 23, 2013 11:40 AM by andyleonard

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K. Brian Kelley said:

The MCSE used to be its flagship certification. It was killed off. The new MCSE is not the same as the old. Same letters, different meaning. So we can safely conclude that no certification is safe.

September 23, 2013 12:47 PM

Jason Horner said:

Great Post Andy, maybe MSL should hire more chicken farmers:)

I love this quote "Finally, killing the MCM program has created justified fear in the SQL Server Community."

Fear is most definitely an EMP(Expensive Management Practice).

September 23, 2013 3:38 PM

AaronBertrand said:

Wasn't the architect certification higher than master?

September 23, 2013 9:16 PM

andyleonard said:

Good question, Aaron,

  I am not sure.


September 23, 2013 9:22 PM

Vishal said:

I like "Certification is not a profit center. Certification is insurance."

This is really true !

September 26, 2013 2:57 AM

Wayne said:

Yes, MCA > MCM

September 27, 2013 1:20 PM

Lee Everest said:

I'm either way on this - didn't have one but was looking to get one at some point. Who else has the cert, for the most part, besides 1) someone who works for a VAR, 2) a Microsoft employee? Seems to me the ones most pissed off about the decision are the ones who look to maintain or boost their consulting efforts\credibility.

I'd venture to guess that 98% of the SQL Server professionals in the world did not perceive it a necessity to have one in order to make a living, and therefore didn't place much emphasis on obtaining one.

Everything is a profit center at Microsoft, don't kid yourself.

September 28, 2013 8:15 AM

Pat B said:

I agree that certifications should be viewed as insurance and not a profit center, but it appears that Microsoft may view them as a profit center.  My guess is that's why Microsoft is discontinuing the MCM and plans to replace it with another.  They want the certification minded developers always chasing the carrot.

October 4, 2013 10:14 AM

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