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So You're Microsoft Certified? So what?

So You're Microsoft Certified? So what?

Nov 20 2014
"How old were you when you got your first technical certification? Well, I bet it wasn't as young as the kid mentioned in this blog post."

Back in the day, I used to get every Microsoft certification that was available. My certification started in the late 90s. Starting with my Microsoft Certified Professional, then Microsoft Certified Professional + SiteBuilding, then Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Trainer, and MCTS on Windows SharePoint Services. I went even further with other vendor certifications like CompTIA's A+, and i-Net+, and Certified Internet Webmaster. Just this week I completed Google Analytics Certification.


Wow, so many certifications, and acronyms, just awesome. Is it really? Turns out a six year old just earned his Microsoft certification. Ayan Qureshi, at just five years old (a month before he turned six) he took the exam, and became the youngest person to earn Microsoft certification. He's a little geek, has his own network configuration, computer lab, and all. And I'm sure his parents had nothing to do with that. Anyway, way to go, and I'm glad I don't focus so much on certifications anymore. Listen to news snippet for more on the story.



It just begs to question, how important are certifications anyway. I would think experience holds a lot more weight than a certification does.

About the Author, Patrick Santry

Patrick Santry, has two decades of experience in enabling businesses to take advantage of the digital landscape. A well rounded experience in technology, and business is what sets me apart from the rest of the pack. When it comes to an overall digital strategy my experience is impressive.

BS in Computer Information Systems. Four time recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award, and author of several books and magazine articles on digital technologies.

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