Thursday, January 2, 2014

Losing My Certification and Unlimited Free Exams at Connect 2014

That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream - REM, Losing My Religion

I was notified that 2 of my certifications are ending in the next 90 days. 
For those that had them you will be losing:

Sametime 8.0 Admin
Quickr 8.1 Admin

Bad news
Before you start looking into what else you can get certified for Quickr, note that the Quickr 8.5 exam found on this page http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/tests/ovrL914.shtml states quite clearly:

Note: This test will be withdrawn on Nov 30 2013.


Good news:
Sametime lives on and you will be offered the new Sametime 9.0 Admin exams, hopefully by Connect 2014.

And according to Deborah Cole and this Connect 2014 webpage we will once again get the benefit of taking free exam tests at Connect 2014. Now unlimited!
One of the biggest draws at this event has always been the certification testing and prep labs. IBM is pleased to announce, for the very first time, that unlimited complimentary IBM Collaboration Solutions exams will be available for all registered attendees for the duration of the conference. All other Software Group exams will be available for 50% off the regular price.
As in previous years, testing will take place in the Lark room of the Swan Hotel. Since IBM is switching testing vendors in the New Year from Prometric to Pearson Vue, the certification team is asking candidates to create a profile in advance of testing using your existing candidate ID. This can be done at www.pearsonvue.com/ibmThough the physical prep lab will be located in the Peacock room of the Swan Hotel, the Virtual Prep Lab sponsored by Avnet will be available 24/7 for the duration of the conference.
If you want to see what tests still exist for ICS/Lotus go here: http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/tests/test_index_bd_sw.shtml#IBM Collaboration Solutions