Microsoft Revises BI Cert Lineup
Microsoft has changed the requirements for its MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer title, no longer requiring passage of three exams.
According to an e-mail announcement from the Microsoft Learning Group, the company has reduced the requirements for the MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer certification by one certification. Microsoft said that feedback from its customers and partners drove the change.
Exam 70-431 TS: SQL Server 2005-Implementation and Maintenance no longer is required to earn the premium BI title. That means that candidates need to take only two exams:
- 70-445 PRO: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions by Using SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services
- 70-446 PRO: Designing Business Intelligence Infrastructure by Using SQL Server 2005
Candidates who pass exam 70-445 also automatically earn an MCTS: SQL BI title. Both exams, says Microsoft, should get beta tested later this year, with availability expected in early 2007. Microsoft hasn't posted objective guides for 70-445 and 70-446 to its MCP Web site as of this writing.
To view the changed requirements for the MCITP: BID, click here.
[Editor's Note: This article was updated on Sept. 8.]
Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.