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No upside to Microsoft's decision to kill Dynamics GP exams

by Mark Polino
Director of Client Services, Fastpath, Integrated Business Group

I'll tell you up front that I'm not a fan of Microsoft's recent decision to kill the exam requirements for much of its Dynamics line of products. The announcement came as a surprise because we'd been hearing from inside Microsoft that they were going to move in the other direction. We had been told that Microsoft would require a higher level of certification from resellers by year-end. I'd even done some work on a related project to help consultants get certified. Then one day, poof, certification is gone.

As I thought about this and read through Microsoft's announcement, three key items stood out:

  1. Certification does indicate a level of knowledge. Like most certifications, Dynamics GP certification is not the Holy Grail. Being certified doesn't guarantee anything except that someone can pass the test. It does, however, show that someone is willing to put in the effort to learn the material for the exam. It also shows that the individual has at least a passing reference to features in the latest release. If someone's last certification exam was three versions ago, their skill set may be hopelessly out of date.
  2. Microsoft's argument about a cloud shift doesn't hold water. Microsoft has pushed out the argument that they want partners to focus on learning related technologies like Azure and Office 365. This is pure smokescreen. A year and a half ago I wrote that if we see a significant movement to the cloud (as in Azure and Office 365) we need FEWER infrastructure specialists and MORE functional people. If GP is housed in an Azure data center, every partner doesn't need a server expert. They need ...

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About Mark Polino

Mark Polino is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a former Microsoft MVP (2007-2018) for Business Solutions. He is the author or coauthor of 5 books related to Microsoft Dynamics GP.  Mark also maintains the Dynamics GP focused website He speaks and writes regularly about ERP related topics. Mark has been a controller and CFO for a division of a publicly traded company and he has  worked as a consultant implementing ERP solutions. Mark holds additional certifications including Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) , Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Dynamics Credentialed Professional for Dynamics GP 2015 (Core Install and Core Financials), Xero Certified. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Rollins College. Mark lives with his family in Florida.

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