Microsoft & Oracle Announce Certification Changes

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Certification NewsBytes from Microsoft and Oracle



There’s always something going on in the certification world. Microsoft
Corp. recently announced its latest round of exams due for retirement,
as well as introducing some new exams to the Microsoft Certified
Solutions Developer (MCSD) track. And on a different note, Oracle
University has extended the deadline for its hands-on course requirement
from June 15, 2002 to Sept. 1, 2002.



Microsoft’s two newest exams—#70-306, Developing and Implementing
Windows-based Applications with Microsoft VisualBasic .NET and Microsoft
Visual Studio .NET, and #70-316, the Microsoft Visual C# .NET version of
the exam, count toward the Microsoft Certified Application Developer
(MCAD) and the MCSD. Other exams in the MCSD track are just finishing up
the beta process: #70-305, Developing and Implementing Web Applications
with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, and
#70-315, the Microsoft C# .NET version of the exam. And some exams in
the MCSD track are still in development. Live versions of exam #70-310,
Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual
Basic .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework and #70-320, the Microsoft
C# .NET version of the exam, are expected to be released in September
2002. Another interesting exam in development, #70-214, Implementing and
Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network, will be
released in its beta version in November 2002. This exam will count as
an elective in the MCSA and MCSE tracks. See for more information.



Nine exams will be retired by Microsoft as of June 30, 2003. The exams
scheduled for retirement are:




  • #70-056, Implementing and Supporting Web Sites Using Microsoft
    Site Server 3.0
  • #70-057, Designing and Implementing Commerce Solutions with
    Microsoft Site Server 3.0, Commerce Edition
  • #70-080, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Internet Explorer
    5.0 Using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit
  • #70-081, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Exchange Server
  • #70-085, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft SNA Server 4.0
  • #70-088, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0
  • #70-091, Designing and Implementing Solutions with Microsoft
    Office 2000 and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications
  • #70-098, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Windows 98
  • #70-105, Designing and Implementing Collaborative Solutions with
    Microsoft Outlook 2000 and Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5


In the last CertMag EXTRA, we talked about new requirements for the
Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) database administrator track. Oracle
University announced a new instructor-led/hands-on course requirement
that applies to candidates seeking Oracle 9i DBA certification after
June 15, 2002, but that deadline has been extended to Sept. 1, 2002, to
allow candidates more time to get used to the idea. For more
information, go to

People3: Base Salary for IT Professionals Increased 5.1 Percent



It’s been a rough year for IT pros, what with downsizing and decreasing
IT funds. But a new survey from people3 bears good news, reporting that
the average base salary for all IT jobs in 2002 increased 5.1 percent
over 2001. According to the study by people3, a Gartner Inc. company,
the average base salary for all IT jobs in 2002 increased to $67,900,
and total cash compensation increased 6.1 percent, to $72,900. The study
also showed that the best way to retain IT employees in 2002 was by
offering competitive market-based pay, followed by offering a
competitive benefits package and strong IT leadership and vision.



People3’s 2002 IT Market Compensation study is based on a survey
submitted by 153 organizations representing compensation data for 33,771
IT employees in the United States. The study is published annually by
people3 and includes information on recruitment, retention, reward,
recognition, work/life and career development issues.



The 2002 IT Market Compensation study also reported the positions that
take the longest time to fill on average are security manager and
database administrator, which take an average of just over three months
to fill. Companies reported the greatest difficulty in recruiting people
with UNIX skills. Microsoft SQL Server skills and Java skills came in
second and third, respectively. What does that mean to you? If you’re
having a hard time finding work, consider getting some training and
experience in database and security technologies. 



To find out more about people3’s 2002 IT Market Compensation study,
check out


Get Hands-on IP Telephony Training



Is your organization going to implement IP telephony anytime soon?
InfoTech, a market research and consulting firm, reports that 91 percent
of large firms and 61 percent of small and medium-sized firms plan to
implement IP telephony by 2004. Because of this increase in demand for
IP telephony, there is a growing skills gap for professionals with
hands-on training and experience on the technology. Enter Logilent
Learning Systems Inc. and Advanced Network Information Inc. (ANI).



Logilent is an IT training provider that specializes in providing live
hands-on access to network devices via the Internet, and it is
partnering with ANI to co-develop various LiveLabs for Cisco IP
Telephony technologies. In addition, as part of the agreement, ANI will
resell and integrate Logilent’
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