IBM Revamps Software Certification Program

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IBM to Revamp Software Certifications

 

IBM has announced several changes to its certification program. First,
the company will overhaul its software certifications, redirecting
their focus to job roles related to products, solutions and processes.
According to a recent press release, the reason for this change is the
increasing need for certifications to relate to “the integration of
point products across the wider e-business environment.” In addition,
IBM has announced that it will make its exams available through VUE
testing centers. Previously, certificants had to use Prometric testing
centers. IBM will continue to offer exams through Prometric.

 

 

IBM software certifications will now be organized around six job roles:
Administrator, which includes database administrators as well as
systems administrators; Developer, both application and solution;
Implementer/Integrator (deployment professionals); Advisor (for sales
professionals); Designer, and Instructor. In addition to the new focus
on job roles, IBM will introduce a three-level skill hierarchy into its
certification program in order to define experience levels for its
certificants. 

 

 

In another recent announcement, IBM has restructured the IBM WebSphere
certifications for developers. The change took place officially on Jan.
1, 2003. As part of the restructuring, the certification has been
expanded to three, non-hierarchical levels. At the entry level is the
IBM Certified Associate Developer – IBM WebSphere Studio Family of
Products. The exams required for this certification are the same as
before the announcement, and there is only one required exam. This
certification is designed for professionals and students who are just
getting started on Web development using IBM products.

 

 

For the intermediate level, the IBM Certified Solution Developer – IBM
WebSphere Studio Application Developer for Windows v4.0.3 has been
changed to require only two exams, instead of three. The two required
exams are: #1D0-532, CIW Web Developer; and #000-157, IBM WebSphere
Studio Developer for Windows v4.0.3. Candidates are given the option of
substituting a Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform exam for
the CIW Web Developer exam. The Solution Developer certification is
designed for developers who provide application development services
related to J2EE Web solutions.

 

 

The advanced-level certification is the IBM Certified Enterprise
Developer – IBM WebSphere Application Server, Advanced Single Server
Edition for Multiplatforms v4.0. This certification previously required
five exams, but now requires only four: #000-155, Sun Certified
Programmer for Java 2 Platform 1.2 or #310-035, Sun Certified
Programmer for Java 2 Platform 1.4; #000-486, Object-Oriented Analysis
and Design with UML; #000-483, Enterprise Connectivity with J2EE v1.2;
and #000-158, IBM WebSphere Application Server, Advanced Single Server
Ed. for Multiplatforms v4.0. This certification is designed for
enterprise developers and team leads who design, create and maintain
Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE) components.

 

 

For more information, and to keep up with changes to IBM’s
certifications, as well as to see when free testing opportunities are
available, see
http://www.ibm.com/certify.

 

 

ITAA: U.S. IT Workforce Stabilizing

 

 

Things may be looking up for the beleaguered IT workforce, according to
the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). The
association found in its latest report that both hiring and dismissals
of IT professionals have slowed considerably. The data show that there
was a net gain of 147,000 jobs in the third quarter, and the number of
IT workers hired in the past year fell to 1,183,500. The good news is
that there were fewer dismissals: 844,000 IT professionals were
dismissed between October 2001 and October 2002, compared to 2,619,000
IT workers dismissed between January 2001 and January 2002.

 

 

Couple this news with reports of optimism among hiring managers, and
this could spell relatively good news for IT workers. The survey, based
on telephone interviews with 300 hiring managers selected at random at
IT and non-IT companies between Oct. 7 and 29, 2002, reported that U.S.
companies hired 359,000 IT workers over the third quarter of 2002,
dismissing 211,000 for a net gain of 147,000 workers. That put the
total number of U.S. IT workers at 10,129,000, compared to 9,896,000 in
January 2002. 

 

 

Perhaps the happiest news is that dismissals dropped 68 percent since
last year, and IT managers forecast a need for nearly 1.2 million
additional IT workers in upcoming months. This number is an improvement
over numbers reported in July 2002, which the ITAA interprets as
increased optimism among hiring managers.

 

 

So where are these millions of tech jobs? According to the survey, 42
percent of all IT workers hired during the quarter were tech support
workers. The number of Web developers rose 5.4 percent, and the number
of database developers rose 5.3 percent. However, the number of network
administrators fell 8.5 percent since the beginning of 2002, down from
733,000 to 671,000. As far as which companies are doing the IT hiring,
you should look to non-IT companies. The survey reports hiring by non-
IT companies is outpacing IT companies by 12 to one.

 

 

To find out more, go to http://www.itaa.org

 

 

IDC Makes Predictions for 2003

 

 

In its sixth annual Predictions telebriefing, IDC announced that 2003
will see significant gains for wireless local area networks (LANs),
Linux and messaging, while project-based IT services and 64-bit
computing will continue to see challenges.

 

 

John Gantz, chief research officer at IDC, said that they expect a
return to spending growth in 2003 for both IT and telecommunications
sectors, with the greates
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