"MCP By The Numbers," a monthly update of Microsoft certification that we published in the magazine, now appears on Microsoft's MCP Web site. The numbers show up with a few interesting discrepancies.
"MCP By The Numbers," a monthly update of Microsoft certification counts
by title, has been a small but popular feature of MCP Magazine and MCPmag.com
(a feature that will continue). The numbers, which came from our sources
within Microsoft, will now come directly from the MCP Web site at www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/certified.asp
Issued Last Three Months
(Source: Microsoft. Corp)
Site (As of Oct. 14)
We compared the numbers we published in the last two months of the magazine
to the numbers posted on the MCP site (see chart) and a few discrepancies
became immediately apparent:
- (a) On the MCP site, MCSE only specifies those issued for Windows
- (b) The MCSD, MCDBA and MCSA title counts have dropped since
- (c) The MCT, MCP+Internet, MCP+Site Building and MCSE+Internet
titles have been excluded, as has the cumulative total of certifications
- (d) The MCAD is also missing; the MCP Web site says it'll be
posted in November.
Now that Microsoft has posted the numbers on its Web site, will it offer
more compelling numbers in the future? (We've always wanted to know how
many developer certifications are issued in India, for example.) Microsoft
hadn't responded to that question or the aforementioned discrepancies
as we went to press.
Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.