Elimination Game

Certification Magazine|April 2020

Elimination Game
Microsoft's pending exam retirements could change the rules of IT education
STEVE LINTHICUM

With my planned retirement date of June 30 from the California Community College system, it looks like I won't be the only one retiring. On that day, Microsoft will be retiring a whole series of somewhat outdated certifications that I will be eliminating from my résumé (see “Microsoft is Retiring its MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE Certification in June 2020”). Those include:

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) [Windows Server 2012 – Private Cloud]

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) NT4.0, Windows 2000 (Security Specialization)]

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA 2012)

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) [Windows 2000 (Security Specialization)]

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) [Virtualization Administrator]

Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) [Desktop Virtualization / Server Virtualization]

This change forecasts the importance of cloud computing and a general move away from the operational aspects that include hardware and server administration. What this tells me, and what I should be telling instructional faculty colleagues, is that we need to look toward whether there is a need to overhaul our traditional IT programs.

For those faculty enamored with teaching hardware, we need to recognize that, at least in the coastal regions of California, this isn't a place to house data centers. The reasons can be broken down into three simple truths. They are:

1) The high cost of electricity thanks to our utility companies (PG&E, SDG&E, and Southern California Edison).

2) The high cost of real estate.

3) Higher wages than other locations in the United States.

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