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January 13
Professional Certifications and Career Development for SharePoint and Beyond

Thanx to a tweet today from Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet) I got to review the pre-reading list for the Microsoft Certified Master program.  Scanning this very long list of content brought home to me ​the depth and breadth of knowledge suggested to master this wonderful thing we call SharePoint.  

At the holidays I also joined an organization out of Chicago called Business Architects Association and am preparing to take the next schedule exam for certification.  As an SPadmin, business architect and all around technology implementation specialist I feel the need to dedicate myself to the pursuit of continuing knowledge.  This is also the reason I'm dedicated to supporting community events such as SharePoint User Groups, SharePoint Saturday​'s and other avenues of training. 

The BAA notes nine key areas of base knowledge required for certification as a business architect. They are:

  • Strategy
  • Finance
  • Business Process
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Consulting
  • Systems Dynamics / Holistic Thinking
  • Change Management 
  • Program Management

So as we move forward in SharePoint specific business architecture I see a natural integration of these skill sets - technical knowledge of SharePoint and true business architecture skills.  The list alone is worth delving into to find areas in which further study is required. 

As everyone in this business is aware, some product and technical certifications are not worth the paper they are written on.  I encourage people to find programs that are more robust and speak to business issues as well as technology.  Certifications offered by reputible colleges, organizations such as the BAA and the PMP designation can influence hiring decisions and make you a more well rounded technologist.  

Somehow in my busy schedule I will find a way to add this to my education goals for 2012.  

How are you going to expand your education and develop your career this year for SharePoint and beyond?


Range of certifications

You've brought up an important point. How does one evolve beyond just the tech? How can you be become not just a technical resource, but a resource for the organization?

While I've been working down this path, finding the right certification is interesting. I'm going to look at the one you have listed, but I'm also looking at Information Professional certifications that are aimed at the business side of managing information, which is basically what SharePoint does at its core.

If you want to know more, check out the AIIM website. Regardless, good luck on your continuing education.

 on 1/14/2012 9:40 AM

Decisions Decisions!

I've been thinking about this for some time and looked at the PMP and other tracks. I'm hoping this relatively new organization makes a good push forward and I like their connection to traditional academia. I believe this will continue to evolve so it will be interesting to try to codify what we really do for companies in this way.. Here's to the journey!
 on 1/14/2012 2:57 PM