Sharma Ashutosh

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Passed part 1 yesterday with 90%.
Gone thru the study guide - each and every page almost two times. Discussed with a friend who also appeared at the same time. Attended an offline webinar training session.
Overall preparation around 2-3 weeks with around 2-3 hours every day, last one week almost 20 hours.
My experiences via a blog at:
http://togaf9part1.blogspot.com/
4 years ago

There is a [temporary] offer to request free voucher via online web form if you're cerified Oracle Master (should receive e-mail with offer and instruction)


What's the URL for this web form?
Is this Beta exam free of cost for the SCEA5/OCM5 candidates or $50.00?
It's a good idea. One should go step by step. First the detailed certifications and then SCEA.
Karthik,
You are right - i worked for a big big vendor company(offshore/onsite model) for around 5+ yrs. My rates has been varied from $200/hr to $68/hr depending upon what role is being offered by the client organization(NOT vendor organization). But this vendor company had a lot of overheads-Non Working managers(Assistant Engagement Managers, Engagement Managers, Group Project Managers, Delivery Managers and above) and a huge bench strength(ranging from 10%-30%). So they used to have a very good cut(margin) over my billing rates and i was getting fixed salary. There margins at some of the times were in the range of almost 65%-70% also but one thing was good with my big consulting company that when i was on bench-i don't have to worry about the job(recession free career). So my job has pros and cons both. In fact during the bench time - i can do some self learning to help myself in future projects/career.

I am seeing since 2004/2005 - Independent contractors and vendors having no offshore component are facing tough time to get very good billing rates. On the contrary it's hard to get very good billing rates in USA(for private sector contracts) if you are not having EAD/Green Card or Citizenship. Though for public sector projects - local american based companies can get very good billing rates.

For independent contractors or employees(H1, L1 etc...) from very small companies - the billing rates i am talking about are almost 25%-30% lower than what i mentioned.

In a nutshell - i never negotiated my billing rates ever - it's how much my company made the client pay for myself. For the higher billing rates projects - hourly rates of $150 or more - it was too much pressure to deliver(plus weekly travel) while anything in the range of $80-$120 - it was reasonable project. As and when my billing rates were lower than $80/hr - i can make out my employer is falsely trying to convince me that it's an architect role(it was Tech Leader or Sr. Developer role). During entire 5+ yrs - 15% time client was paying $150 or more, 45% time client paying $80-$120, 35% time $80 or lower while 5% time i was on bench. Moreover all the $150+ billing rate projects were very short in nature - around 2 to 7 months. I believe this can give you a very good indication of the billing rates for the last 5 yrs.
5 years ago
I was working as Contract Senior Architect last year for very big global bank at the billing rate of $120 per hour. But now i am no longer on contract assignments - permanent employee.
Contract rates for Architects varies like anything here in East Coast. Most of the financial, media, telecom, insurance and healthcare companies pays from $70 to $120 per hour. The higher the billing rate - shorter the project duration. Most of the folks are looking for NOT just Java/JEE Architects but somebody who is also Data Modeller, Some other package experience, System Admin etc...

Some of the projects where it requires M-T travel - they can pay even higher.

Here the boundaries are very loosely defined-Technical Leader/Application Architect/Architect/Solutions Architect are being used to sometimes mean one and the same thing.

Most important fact is that every one is looking for Architects who are still hands on - NOT just some abstract or very higher level architect.

Here are the rates are somewhat in this range:
Developer $60-$65
Sr. Developer $65-$75
Tech Lead $70-$80
Architect $75 to $95
Sr. Architect $85 to $110+
Enterprise Arch $100-$120+
5 years ago
Anyway what is this LVC-Live Virtual Class?
Rajeev,
Do refer to this thread:
http://www.coderanch.com/t/579197/java-Architect-SCEA/certification/popular-SCEA-OCMJEA-now#2641373
It seems virtual class room training doesn't suffice mandatory training requirements. I had a word with Oracle Education Support via chat regarding this.
In USA there is no tax for the exam voucher or Sun ePractice exams-Is it taxable in Canada?.
While visiting this URL http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/show_desc.redirect?dc=D68136GC10 I am finding that it's cost is $1650 for self study/CD-ROM rather than $4000 for Classroom training.
And moreover exam cost hasn't changed a lot - when i did it was $900 for all the 3 exams.

When i had a chat with Oracle Education person - he told me that one needs to go for only instructor led classroom class and not any virtual class room or self study or CD ROM based training to fulfill the requirement for OCMJEA/SCEA. But if you refer to this thread(http://www.coderanch.com/t/579768/java-Architect-SCEA/certification/Training-Location-Online-Live-Web) - I don't think everybody is on the same page. According to some of them - one can take virtual class room training.
Good planning...best of luck...others should follow you to minimize the costs

I work in US and any course here is $2250 to start with and you have to waste 5 working days. In effect, you will loose 5 days of leave / pay in addition to the course fee of $2250. You do the math

In India some courses are only IRs 30,000 which comes around $600 only. I checked with Oracle and they said I can take classes in India when I go on vacation. It means courses taken anywhere in the world are valid and will count to OCMJEA / OCMJD certifications. While searching I came across a course something like "J2SE 6 Programming" which is listed as a common course for OCMJD and OCMJEA. Which means if you take this course, or any other common courses which are in the Oracle approved list of courses, you can fulfill the requirements for OCMJEA or OCMJD exams.



This is going to cause a lot of difference in terms of which part of the world one lives? I worked in the company working on the offshore/onsite model and i have seen people at offshore have access to all sort of trainings, books and certifications while for even a single such thing in US/Europe - it's so hard to convince the upper management. For the people at the same role, experience and skill sets - everything is very much accessible at offshore(India) and not at all accessible in US/Europe. This is causing a lot of divide among the offshore and onsite employees of the same company.

Rajeev you didn't calculated your air fare in the training cost at India
I have a suggestion - why don't Oracle make the training mandatory for those who fails in the first attempt? Rather than offering retake voucher - just let everybody have one attempt only and who ever fails in any of the parts - should be asked for mandatory training before the retake.

All the trainings and education are valuable - but something which is enforced may be people won't like and that too when it is expensive.

TOGAF9 doesn't have mandatory training - only candidates who want to go for it are doing that. PMP also has a required training but it almost 1/6 th of the cost of the actual certification and that too not from PMI.

This mandatory training is going to make SCEA un popular.

Interesting. I am a contractor, so I receive daily 50+ mails about contract java opportunities from recruiters. Whenever the requirement is for architect, it usually mention about certifications and it is preferred/required.


Are you in US? I am happy if that is the case.