In a recent blog entitled “What about the Microsoft Certified Master credentials” I reported that Per Farny, Director of Advanced Training and Certification at Microsoft had promised to add two additional subjects to the MCM (forgive the initialism) program. These new additions would cover the Microosft Office Communications Server 2007 and the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 platforms, and were promised in Farny’s June 26, 2008 blog as “shortly forthcoming.”
Given that it was already October when I came across that information, and over three months had already elapsed, I was quite naturally curious as to what “shortly forthcoming” was looking like from the Microsoft Learning division’s perspective. I e-mailed a query to Microsoft the day I posted that blog (10/8/2008) and got a reply back from the certification group’s PR person before that day was over. She punted to two members of the certification team, one of whom responded to me on October 12, by himself punting to Per Farny for an official response to my question.
Last Monday, October 27, 2008, I received a brief reply from Mr. Farny that indicated that development of these two certifications were “going very well” and that open betas for the related exams would be appearing in February or March, 2009. He also indicated that additional information and announcements were planned for IT Forum, which I believe to be part of the upcoming Tech Ed conference in Barcelona, Spain, from November 3 through November 7 — next week, in other words.
Alas, while I understand all too well how the exigencies of everyday life can delay plans and slow introductions, a Feb/Mar09 beta usually means live exam introductions about 90 days later, or May/Jun09. That puts the delivery of these promised credentials 11 or 12 months after the original “shortly forthcoming” remarks. In geological time, under a year doesn’t even register. For a four-year-old (I have one at home, so I speak from current experience) 11 or 12 months is an eternity (equivalent to 11 or 12 years to me, for example, as the same proportion of my current lifespan). Farny’s time scale obviously falls somewhere much closer to the “short end” of that spectrum, but I also suspect that some delays have been encountered on the road to delivering these certifications. In other words, the timeframe he had in mind in June 2008 may well have changed by the time he emailed me near the end of October 2008.
That said, I’ll be interested to see what emerges from the upcoming announcements and will post again when that information becomes available. Please stay tuned!