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Product vs. Generic certs

 
Varun Narula
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Hi,
A very general but debatable question -
How valuable are product certifications (WebSphere)as compared to general certifications like SCJP.
My reasoning goes as follows:
- General certs lay a foundation upon which further skills can be developed. They help give a direction to your career objectives.
- General certs are recognized by all.
- General certs are valid for a considerable longer period of time ( even with JDK 1.3,1.4 etc. the older SCJP is still valued...)

- Product certs are useful when you have already built upon the general skills and have a need to specialize.
- Put another way, product certs 'tie' you down to that product usage only unless you obtain certs for the other vendors too.
- As soon as a newer version of the product is released which most often is with new features, your cert's value goes down. Another couple of years and its worthless...
Any more points are welcome
Varun Narula
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Doug Wang
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A hot potato.
I am confused about which test I should crack - SCEA and Enterprise Connectivity(IBM 483). These two overlaps very much. SCEA is a general cert, while Enterprise Connectivity is for "Vendor" Certified Enterprise Developer, and cross-recognized by all jCert companies. Some guys(like Ram) write both of them. But I wont do like that.
How about the need for these two in the job market?
 
Richard Brown
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It purely depends on the kind of project you are part of.
 
Varun Narula
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Richard,
You may develop using Tomcat or JBoss but eventually, the apps are deployed to one of the commerical app servers...
i would give a 75:25 importance to general vs the product certs ....
 
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