Macromedia Unveils New Flash Designer Cert

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Macromedia Offers New Flash Certification



Remember Flash Gordon? Ming the Merciless, Ruler of the Universe,
couldn’t stop Flash from melting him into black goo, so he surely can’t
stop you from certifying your Macromedia Flash skills. Macromedia has
offered the Certified Macromedia Flash Developer credential for a while
now, but it recently added a new Flash certification to its list: the
Certified Macromedia Flash Designer, available as of April 30, 2002.



The Certified Macromedia Flash Designer is designed for professionals
with one or two years of Web design, production and graphics experience
in the full Web site development process. You should also have one or
two years of experience with Macromedia Flash, at least six months of
experience with Macromedia Flash 5 and some experience with the newest
release, Macromedia Flash MX. Macromedia also suggests that candidates
should have six months to a year of experience working with HTML and an
HTML editor, such as Dreamweaver, six months of experience with Freehand
or Fireworks and experience with non-code-based software that uses
visual objects in development. 



The multiple-choice exam tests the skills and knowledge necessary for
you to identify components of effective planning and to implement visual
and motion design, optimization and publishing output in complex
Macromedia Flash applications. The exam costs $150 and is available at
VUE testing centers.



Other Macromedia certifications include Certified ColdFusion Developer
(which also has an Advanced status for those who score 80 percent or
better on the exam), Certified Macromedia Flash Developer and Certified
Dreamweaver Developer.



For more information on Macromedia’s certification program, go to

CompTIA Maps IT Careers



A close friend asked me last night, “Do you still love your job?” I
answered with an emphatic “Yes!” But now I’d like to repose the question
to you. Do you like your job? Even a little bit? Interested in figuring
out what you need to do next? Are you desperate for career guidance?



A new Web-based tool from CompTIA might be able to help you. The
TechCareer Compass, found at, can help you define
and understand your job role and map your career path. You can use it to
determine the skills and certifications you’ll need to move into a new
role in your organization (or elsewhere).



“Even though the economy has slowed down, and we know lots of folks are
laid off and unemployed, there’s still a lot of demand out there for
workers in the IT industry, and there’s obviously a mismatch of skills,”
said Elizabeth Lahey, Jobs+ skills development manager at CompTIA. “The
folks are not getting those open jobs because they’re missing the
necessary skills. So a bunch of companies, IBM, Intel, Cisco and others,
got together and said they want to take the lead in solving that
problem. They want to attract new people to the industry, train the
people who are there, provide information to those developing the
training and continue to develop them so as new skills are identified
and need to be filled, the folks in the industry are aware of them and
can keep up-to-date.”



It took several years of research to develop TechCareer Compass, with
the assistance of industry giants like Cisco, CompuCom, IBM, Intel and



“First we had to collect all of that information from the industry and
have people take a look at it,” said Lahey. “We narrowed it down and
developed more than 100 different job titles, with skills and the things
professionals need to know to move into the job. Then we mapped those
job titles to the training that is available and the certifications.”



TechCareer Compass can help you map your IT career with job definitions,
descriptions, suggested training and related certification information.
More than 100 job roles are covered on the site within six major IT
career categories: network services and operations; information support
and help desk; programming and software development; interactive media;
Internet/e-business; and database development and administration.



“CompTIA’s playing a significant role in bringing together government,
academia and the IT industry itself,” said Neill Hopkins, vice president
of workforce development at CompTIA. “It’s CompTIA’s role as the
industry representative to bring these pieces of the puzzle together.
There is still a skills shortage—not a lack of people with
certifications, but a lack of people who fit the job roles. And TCC is
working to identify these skills.” 



Too Much Information!



A recent survey conducted by Gartner revealed that 90 percent of
companies around the world believe they are suffering from information
overload, which is having a negative effect on their competitiveness. As
the Internet, intranet and other technological developments have
exploded, they have brought with them a flood of information that cannot
be managed by the average employee. In 2002, companies will invest more
than $30 billion on information management systems, Gartner estimates.



The study surveyed more than 300 participants attending Gartner events
around the world. The public sector reported having the lowest
information management capabilities, and consulting firms reported the
best information management capabilities. Less than 5 percent of
government organizations believe they have implemented successful
knowledge management programs, while 75 percent of consulting companies
consider their knowledge management program implementations successful.



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