MCSE … Reinvented for The Cloud

One of the engineers I am working with was retroactively awarded an MCSA certificate yesterday. Since the MCSA and MCSE had been shelved a couple years ago for the MCITP, we all did a little digging… Apparently Microsoft’s certifications have been “reinvented for the Cloud” according to this April 11th press release.

As a result of a very odd marketing move, the MCSA is no longer “Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator”, but rather is now “Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate”. And the MCSE is no longer the “Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer” but rather “Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert”. A Tech Republic blog post about this week’s Microsoft Management Summit (MMS 2012) referenced a keynote from Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of the Management and Security Division.

His presentation included the important topic of how Microsoft is going to help IT pros become experts in the Microsoft Private Cloud through a new training and certification track called MSCE: Private Cloud. Since expertise in multiple System Center 2012 components is needed to support the private cloud, it’s noteworthy that Microsoft is introducing immediately the educational path needed to make their software solution work.

I don’t yet know anything about this cert, but the presentation and kitschy tagline remind me of their silly “To the Cloud” commercial from two years ago.