VCampus Offers Vendor-Neutral Database Design Cert

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VCampus Corp. recently announced the newest certification in its Certified Internet Web Professional Program: the CIW v5 Database Design Specialist.

This certification is included in VCampus’ suite of CIW offerings. The organization felt that the creation of this certification was necessary to solve a problem it saw in the industry:

According to Dr. James Stanger, chief certification architect at VCampus, the organization identified improper design of databases as a problem that a certification could address. Stanger noted that when this particular problem of poorly designed databases arises, it has important business implications. “If [databases are] not designed correctly, then you have back-end issues that will slow down Web sites, that will cause serious business problems,” he explained.

The Database Design Specialist is intended for both programmers and administrators, but Stanger noted that one of the most interested populations is designers looking to make their way into the database world.

“We find a lot of people who are beginning in the database world who might be very good designers — CIW is after all a design-oriented cert — realize that they need to move on beyond just pure design,” Stanger said.

CIW’s Design Specialist helps with that. As a vendor-neutral offering, it covers the basics of design theory of databases in general, including “Microsoft, MySQL, IBM, DB2, Oracle — any of those guys,” he said.

More specifically, the cert measures key skills including normalization and proper scaling, as well as database life cycle and planning. “The certification focuses on not only SQL statement, but understanding all the different types of normalization and all the forms that are used,” said Stanger, “so that people can understand when they study and analyze a database, is it one that is sane and rational.

“We’ve made sure that people not only [know] that things are technically correct, but that databases are properly scaleable. We [also] really hit very hard understanding the life cycle of a database, how to go about planning it. What are the different stages of planning a database — conceptually and also physically?”

Another group that finds the certification useful is database administrators. “We find a lot existing DBAs want to be able to work well with developers,” said Stanger. “And in order to do that, they need to understand the concepts of normalization, of all the algebraic relationships [and how to make] sure that databases are secure.”

Another VCampus offering gained momentum with the recent announcement of its endorsement by the Telecommunications Industry Association, the global information and communications technology organization involved in standards development. The Convergence Technologies Professional (CTP), a vendor-neutral telephony certification, earned a new level of legitimacy with this support.

“The TIA’s endorsement of the program is exciting for us because the TIA represents about 600 members, and all of these members are heavyweights in the convergence or the telephony world,” said Stanger.

TIA is a group “that recognizes not only do they need to standardize protocol and physical things, but they also need to standardize people, to standardize people’s education,” he said. “And we’re excited to be part of that.”

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