Why we got Gold Certified
Certification gives a company much more than ‘bragging rights’ – more so if the path to achieving the certification includes a combination of examinations that team members need to clear along with existing clients validating the services of the team and a cost (investment) that the company need to make.
Microsoft Gold Certification fits the checklist above. There are various competencies that a company can chose to specialize in – we chose Application Development.
The ever-changing technology gamut is a constant challenge for anyone looking to design the next solution that he / she is tasked with.
Microsoft’s Gold Certification in Application Development encompasses a broad array of specialization, which ensures that the fundamentals are in place and the building blocks of any solution is as per best practices.
How we got Gold Certified
During our monthly company huddle in September, we announced to the team that we would need to be gold Certified in Microsoft’s Application Development area by end of the year. This will be a logical next step to our DevOps initiative taken earlier (read about my post on Road to DevOps ).
- We listed the team members and the exam(s) each of them will need to clear
- We pointed them to the study materials
- We listed our existing clients that can give us the required testimonials
- We put the $$ in our budget
Using methods of constant touch, encouragement and feedback from the programmers, we were able to clear the certification a week before! We worked with Microsoft to attain the proper procedures and in Feb, we were able to announce the following in our Monthly huddle.
Some of the Challenges we had to overcome
We are spread across a few locations with our Sales office in NY, Operations in NJ and development in Kolkata, India. Communication within the company was not a challenge as we have been able to leverage collaboration tools like Slack and MS Teams well over time (Have you read Tej’s post on this topic yet ? – if not, here you go). The Challenge was working with Microsoft’s outsourced vendor Pearson VUE and ensuring that our members from all locations are working towards the same Company Certification. We had to document all incident ticket notes and enable that exams were registered and taken under the same company umbrella.
Another hurdle we faced was lack of proper communication on product version on which some exam questions will be based off, we took to the online community and Forums to get help – (if you are stuck on this please reach out to email@example.com or comment here and we will be glad to knowledge share).
Finally listing the company to the pinpoint – Microsoft has this ‘Work or School’ vs ‘Personal’ distinction (which in my mind is not required) – we worked with Microsoft Help (they are really good!) to make the required corrections and finally see.
As we continue investing in our Labs doing some innovations in the Finance and Buying Group domain, using Blockchain and AI we will ensure to enforce most of the checklist items recommended by Microsoft, as they should be the basic building blocks for any solution. Currently we are trying to work thru the latency effects of blockchain – as we push the limits of that technology we are constantly checking to ensure that security (and anonymity) is not compromised. The clearing of a few ‘difficult’ examination during the certification has put a ‘nitro boost’ in confidence for our team and we plan to leverage that even more as we march ahead …
Blog post by: Sam Banerjee. Reach Sam @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam ensures Medullus’s drumbeat of execution is in rhythm (heads Operations!) – an IT professional with a myriad of experience across various platforms and domains with significant knowledge in the design, implementation and testing of various systems for organizations as ADP, Bristol-Myers Squibb & Ross Stores. With a Masters in Computer Science from SUNY, Sam leads the Tech innovations within Medullus (Artificial Intelligence, BlockChain, Mobility, BI).