The Technical Professional’s Fast-Track to Success
When Adnan Bukhari joined a national, grocery store chain as a senior integration developer, he knew he wanted to accelerate his career path. Within a year, his manager had enough confidence in him to promote him to systems architect in the company’s integration services department. Bukhari credits his BEA certification for his advancement.
The BEA certification program brings valuable, measurable rewards to IT professionals, their managers and the organizations that employ them by objectively validating knowledge and expertise on BEA technologies. For individuals, certification establishes credibility and industry endorsement and recognition. Companies with certified personnel gain a management and auditing tool to objectively benchmark and compare employee competency. Employers can take advantage of increased productivity, as well as improved employee retention and planning, by leveraging certified project team members.
“We don’t have many certified professionals here,” Bukhari said. “I am the only one who has achieved the BEA 8.1 Certified Architect level. Successfully obtaining the BEA Certified Architect certification has not only given me a seal of approval, but also the knowledge and confidence to work through complicated integration scenarios using BEA and industry technology.”
The BEA certification program tests individuals on more than just theoretical knowledge. It is built to measure the skills IT professionals have using BEA products and technologies, and a certain amount of hands-on development time, as well as training on BEA products, also is expected. Role-based technical training that maps to the certification tracks is available through BEA Education Services. Certification testing based on practical industry scenarios allows IT professionals to prove their competency by referencing concepts learned in real-world development.
Bukhari’s certification achievement, together with his inherent drive and dedication, has been crucial to what he describes as one of his most successful endeavors yet: completing six integration projects for his employer and playing project lead on the largest system supply chain integration project he’s ever tackled. His current project involves the integration of 10 to 15 systems using BEA WebLogic products.
Bukhari is far from the only poster child for BEA certification. BEA’s extensive partner community also has benefited from the program. Richard Blais of Locus Systems participated in the BEA Certified Developer program, including the Portal Solutions and Integration Solutions designations, as well as the System Administrator track, and found that the certification road map precisely fit his needs. “I have found that the BEA certification program truly measures the competence of my company’s engineers on BEA technologies,” Blais said. “We feel very confident when deploying our BEA certified professionals on projects based upon the relevant and true evaluation of the skills required to be successful with BEA products.”
More than half of the technical staff at Enterpulse, a BEA Premier Service Provider partner, has been BEA-certified. Jennifer Jones, the company’s recruiting and training director, said that certifications acknowledge Enterpulse’s “abilities as a world-class service provider,” and are used to evaluate technical staff. “BEA has created an outstanding benchmark for technologists in their certification program,” she added. “They have created tough, comprehensive, yet fair exams that truly test our team’s knowledge of the subject.” Furthermore, she credits BEA certification with adding value to her company because its technical team has the “experience, knowledge and in-depth understanding of BEA’s products” to apply technology cost-effectively.
The BEA certification program has certainly hit a milestone since BEA Education launched the 8.1 certification program in January 2004. The program’s success is made evident by accomplishments of BEA certified technical professionals and by the growth in the total number of BEA certified professionals. BEA Certified Architects like Bukhari benefit from their certification in terms of promotions and opportunities to work on and lead projects that might have been out of their reach without BEA certification. Other companies like Locus Systems and Enterpulse use certification to make sure their engineers and developers are the most skilled and to give them a competitive edge in the industry. Within the three certification roles offered—BEA 8.1 Certified Developer, BEA 8.1 Certified Administrator and BEA 8.1 Certified Architect—the 8.1 certification program has seen an exponential growth of more than 500 percent over last year. But the team behind the program is not resting on its laurels. In recognition of the increasing adoption of service-oriented architecture (SOA), BEA Education is getting ready to launch SOA-specific certification this summer.
For more information, visit BEA Education Services at education.bea.com or the BEA certification program at certification.bea.com.
Prakash Malani has extensive experience architecting, designing and developing object-oriented software and practices and mentors leading technologies, such as J2EE, UML and XML. Malani teaches best practices and design patterns at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and others. Prakash can be reached at email@example.com.