July 25, 2014 | Written by: Maximilliano Destefani Neto
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I am an IBM Certified Solution Advisor – Cloud Computing Architecture V3. The certification recently changed and the tests are now made by Pearson Vue. This blog post will talk about some resources you should know in relation to the test and include some advice about preparing yourself.
The IBM Professional Certification Program website states that an IBM Certified Solution Advisor – Cloud Computing Architecture V3 is “a person who can clearly explain the benefits and underlying concepts of cloud computing. They can also demonstrate how the IBM Cloud Computing offering helps customers realize these benefits.”
You will need to create an account with Pearson Vue, then follow the steps for “Getting Started.” Other steps relate to the proctor for the test, and the purchase is made when you take it. For the purposes of the test, you must use a Windows operating system. Personal machines are not allowed.
Basic test information
The test is 75 minutes long, includes 48 questions and requires a 66 percent for a passing score. In general, you should be able to preform in the following key areas of competency:
- Explaining cloud computing concepts.
- Describing how the customer can realize the benefits of cloud computing within their environment.
- Identifying cloud computing architecture and design principles.
- Mapping customer requirements to the IBM cloud computing offerings.
In order to succeed, you should have a working knowledge of cloud computing principles, implementations, types, business models and as a service offerings. You should also know how to address key security and performance concerns. I recommend familiarity with the IBM Cloud Computing Reference Architecture V3, as well as knowledge of IBM cloud computing offerings.
Even if you aren’t an expert with every skill, don’t be afraid to take the test. I encourage you to try!
There are courses and publications offered to help you prepare for the certification tests. The courses are recommended, but not required. Keep in mind that real-world experience is required to stand a reasonable chance of passing
For more specific details about the test requirements and for videos, IBM Redbooks publications, articles and courses to help you prepare for the test, look to the IBM Professional Certification program website.
Advice and tips for taking the test
I encourage people who will take the exam to focus on the material, specifically on basic topics like the difference between public, private and hybrid cloud, as well as the difference between a cloud infrastructure and a traditional data center.
I also recommend studying topics like software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
There is a public quiz available for download that will give you an idea of what the test is like. Of course, the questions are not the same and good performance on the quiz doesn’t necessarily mean you will pass, but I encourage you to take a look at it.
If you study all the materials and follow these basic tips, you are a good candidate for passing. If you don’t pass, don’t worry. You can reschedule a new exam!
After you pass the test
You are allowed to display the “IBM Certified” mark, affirming your status as an IBM Certified professional once you pass the test. To obtain your mark, please visit the IBM Certification Member Site. Select “Account Services” and then “Certification Marks.” You can update your address and personal information here as well to let your certification status be provided to others.
If you have any questions, let me know. Have you taken and passed this test? Do you have any tips for people who might be looking to take this test? Please comment below or let me know on Twitter @maxdneto.