Another announcement. One that caused me to scratch my head for a while .. . The official statement:
Effective August 13, 2014, Microsoft is announcing the elimination of certification/exam requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics RMS and Microsoft Dynamics C5. This includes pre-sales and sales assessments as well as implementation methodology and technical certifications and covers both SPA and MPN.
So .. you don’t need to be able to decently implement NAV anymore?
Let’s be honest .. these certifications didn’t really tell us anything regarding “he’s capable or not”, did they? I know people that were fully certified, but very unqualified .. and others that didn’t have any certification, but are over-qualified to do NAV.
So no, these exams – for me – didn’t prove anything.
But I wouldn’t dare to say they were useless. The exams, the courses, did allow me – as a development responsible – to let people at least spend conscious time to learn the new “stuff” in the new release .. and test it. At least, they are certified to be aware of the new things ;-).
Also for new, unexperienced eployees, exams and courses were very useful to get them going. I guess the courses will stay, and the training centers will keep delivering them .. but in my eyes, the exams were a good motivator to let them at least pay enough attention during the courses.. ;-).
Why is this being done?
Well, this is my own interpretation .. I encourage you to read all about it here, and make up your own opinion:
- To encourage partners to spend more time in cloud-knowledge, Office365, Azure, … these kind of things. So to encourage partners to invest their “readiness”-time (and money) also in those areas.
- Redirect money that was used to create exams and assessments to the creation of more training and readiness content. I can only agree with that. I search more in readiness content (partnersource, forums, how-to material, blogs, ..) then I do in courses… .
To conclude I’d like to refer to all information you need to know about Microsoft Dynamics partner program requirements: