As many of you know, I love "year in review" retrospectives, so my holiday gift to all of you is my annual summary of what happened in the world of exams from a numbers perspective. Without further ado, here are my top 10 favorite numbers for 2012:
Here's where the numbers get interesting...
As you can see, this really has been a big year for Microsoft's Certification Program (and these numbers don't include the word we did on the Office exams!). I'm constantly amazed how a team of 14 can accomplish so much--and every year it seems like we do even more! Here's hoping we continue to rock in 2013!
Wishing you all the best this holiday season!
Will Microsoft ever start releasing stats (again) on the number of certified people that exist in each certification stream i.e. MCPD: Web, MCITP: SQL Server, MCSE etc etc? We get asked this from time-to-time on the MSDN Training and Certification forum and it would be great to have somewhere to point people instead of trying to think up reasons as to why this information is no longer available.
+1 on Jeff's question, a fairly small minority of MCP's and partners alike liked being able to point out there were only X others with this, or Y others with that, or out of the Z people with this cert we had N of them....
Erm, I meant large minority (sorry it's early here...)
I get asked about this every year. Unfortunately, Microsoft considers this information proprietary so I can't share it. Further, the number of certified folks is easy to misinterpret. To some people whatever number we give you will be 'too many' and for others it will be 'too few.' As a result, providing these numbers may cause more misconceptions than they would solve and would likely be misused. This is the same reason we don't share passing rates.