I’ve just returned from the Qlikview 11 beta certification test, Designer and Developer. For version 11, the certification method has been transformed from a full-scale application development case (taking 24-40 hours!) to a 2 hour (3 hours for beta version) multiple choice examination using Pearson VUE’s sites and technology. I do indeed appreciate saving 3-5 work days.
Where the typical multiple choice certifications are incredibly technical and product specific, I found this certification much more relevant to the real world deployment in a broader perspective. Being a successful Business Intelligence (BI) consultant is not just about memorizing product features and swiping around drop-down menus. The core success criteria are eventually whether your solution lives up to the clients expectations.
Surprisingly, many of the 105 questions evolved around how to choose the right KPI’s, dimension, measures, figures and functionality, to match the customer´s specific business objectives. While the text-rich cases made the sub 2-minutes per question response time fly, I by far prefer the challenge of stretching my mind on creating software/business synergies. It makes so much more sense measuring our skills on how to use software functionality to solve real business questions, than elaborating on how string functions and buttons work.
I find that this kind of holistic competence evaluation, taking both technical skills and business insight into consideration, is the best way to ensure a proper client satisfaction. Eventually it is up to the software producers to ensure a well-rounded certification. It must give the recipients the necessary skill set to take the solution from data transformation to business decisions.