Microsoft changing their certification program to look like DB2's program
svisser1 2700018UK9 Visits (1980)
A few years ago when I was running the DB2 Certification program, I did a competitive analysis of our program compared to Oracle's program. At the time, they required 5 exams to earn a DBA certification and we required only two exams. A year after our very successful V7 certification exams, I redid the competitive analysis and noticed that Oracle had changed their program to look exactly like DB2's program.
IBM should be flattered that two of our largest competitors have made such an effort to copy our programs!
I know that I'm pretty biased as I was one of the builders of the DB2 program, but take a look at this excellent article written by independent consultant Howard Fosdick.