Microsoft Exam Targets Project Managers
New Exam 70-281 exam tests for enterprise deployment using Project Server 2003.
Microsoft has introduced another new exam, dubbed 70-281, Planning, Deploying
and Managing an Enterprise Project Management Solution, which is one of many
that the company has released in the last few months. According to the exam
objectives guide for exam 70-281 (click
to view it), it counts as an elective toward the MCSE on Windows
Server 2003. Beta testing is expected in December. Microsoft was unable to comment
on the exam as of this writing.
According to the exam guide description, 70-281 is aimed at candidates who
have at least three years of experience and who "are familiar with basic
project management concepts and the Microsoft Enterprise Implementation Framework."
Exam 70-281 appears to address Tier 4 of Microsoft's IT Professional Audience
Taxonomy (see figure). Microsoft last week released an exam aimed at tier 1,
consisting of desktop technicians and help desk support personnel (see "Desktop
Tech Cert Sees Light of Day" or click
|Exam 70-281 appears to target Tier 4 personnel (the
grayed out top point). MCSA and MCSE fill Tiers 2 and 3, respectively. Microsoft
last week released an exam for tier 1. (Source: Microsoft Corp.)
The exam's software experience list includes Microsoft Project Server 2003
and Project Professional 2003, part of the Microsoft Office Enterprise Project
Management (EPM) Solution initiative that CEO Bill Gates will be officially
announcing in New York on Tuesday. Microsoft released Project Server to manufacturing
in August (see "Microsoft
Project to RTM Aug. 18" by ENTmag.com Editor Scott Bekker or
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