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Message Posted: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 @ 17:16:21 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Teradata Certification?
From:   John Hall

I think that my point could be explored with a little role-reversal: If you are the manager looking for Teradata people, are you going to focus on the Teradata skill set or are you looking for someone who is going to be able to deal with the business community as well?

I think that business skills are actually the big ticket item for a good Teradata person - it's almost a ritual: "Do you have an EXPLAIN and what are you trying to accomplish?" If what they're trying to accomplish doesn't have the business value they think, then it would be better to help them try something else and then it wouldn't matter what the EXPLAIN says.

The business skills are much harder to acquire than the Teradata skills. I would suspect that most of us had pretty good business skills even before we got involved with Teradata. I find that for myself, that I wish there were easier ways for me to better the business skills that I have.

I do think that Certification should make it much easier to get that first job, but the expectation would be that it is an entry-level job. I guess what I would hope for is that Certification has sufficient value that I wouldn't stay in that entry-level position any longer than necessary.

As I'm writing this, I understand my own position better. Being at the senior level, I'm not sure that the Certification that would benefit an entry-level person would benefit me and so that defines my bias. Maybe a better approach would be different levels of Certification - more like a Degree program.

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