Tuesday, July 24, 2007

On an MCITP in Performance Management

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced a new Microsoft Certified IT Professional stream, MCITP: Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007. What is interesting about this certification is the balance of content between Project 2007 / Project Server 2007 subject matter (exams 70-632 and 70-633 respectively, each leading to separate MCTS designations), as well as more advanced Project Server topics (exam 70-634) blended with The Project Management Institute's PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) Guide. What is more interesting is the increased emphasis on the business discipline of project management within what initially appears to be a technical certification.

Reading about this new MCITP brought me to wonder about the validity of a PerformancePoint-centric MCITP. Personally, I think it would be a great idea to promote an MCITP stream, dedicated to performance management (business performance management, corporate performance management, etc.). Such a designation would present a worthy challenge for BI versatilists to better appreciate the business discipline of establishing performance measurements, as well as the key role PerformancePoint Server 2007 would play in executing a performance management initiative. In my opinion, if both Microsoft and the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative put their heads together then an MCITP could emerge, addressing the growing demand for increased knowledge among BI practitioners as performance management and business intelligence draw ever closer.

In my imagination, such a certification (perhaps an MCITP: Performance Management with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 title) could include the following subject matter:
  1. A Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exam covering PerformancePoint Monitor and Analyze features

  2. Another MCTS exam geared towards PerformancePoint Planning

  3. A third PRO-level design exam (reminiscent of MCITP exam 70-446), focusing on solution architecture, cross-over knowledge on SQL Server 2005 "BI Services", ideal business models to implement for budgeting needs, as well as determining ideal objectives/metrics for a given problem domain.
What do you think? Is Microsoft on the right track with the MCITP: in EPM? Do you believe a full MCITP in performance management would be worthwhile for Microsoft to promote, or, for us to pursue?

- Adrian Downes


Tim Kent said...


Looks like it's already on the cards (though not clear if it's a MCITP):


Are B(iQ) considering the Performance Management competency?

Tim K

Adrian Downes said...

Thanks Tim.... I was aware of the MCTS level cert (70-556) too , but did not mention it due to concerns around Partner-level NDA.

I think the Performance Management specialisation is a smart move for businesses that plan to deliver solutions with PPS 2007.

Keep up the great work on your blog...


- Adrian Downes

Patrick Richard said...

I'd welcome it and would get my old brain out of storage to work on gaining that MCITP