Microsoft Certified Systems Expert?
If you’re not an engineer, you want to be an expert. That’s what the results of a recent MCP Magazine survey say.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Due to the growing complications of using the word “Engineer” in the title Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer [see News in the July issue], we asked for your take on the naming controversy. In a month-long survey at www.mcpmag.com, respondents voted on alternatives to the word Engineer. Among the choices: Administrator, Analyst, Architect, Builder, Consultant, Expert, Guru, Implementer, Integrator, Manager, Practice Manager, Professional, Specialist and Technologist.
Of 2,017 responses, 526 of you said, "Don't change
the name at all." Of the 1,320 who said that only
the word Engineer should change, the overwhelming
majority502 respondentsliked "Expert"
as a replacement. This alteration has the added
bonus of not changing the MCSE acronym. Your second
choice was "Administrator," with 207 votes. The
only other name to garner triple-digit support
was Specialist, with 168 votes. Of the low vote-getters,
Practice Manager had two supporters, Builder had
four votes, and Manager had nine. The only name
without a single vote? Implementer.
Other vote totals:
Dian L. Schaffhauser is a freelance writer based in Northern California.