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Certification Watch (Vol. 16, No. 6)

News about rising financial tides, unhealthy beta-based bonuses from Oracle, a new learning that could transform certification, and more.

Many Happy Returns for Red Hat

Poet/philosopher and Queen singer Freddie Mercury once proposed a famous and scientifically divergent theory about what makes the (rockin') world go round, and a less fanciful view of the subject is provided by the laws of physics. Most people know, however, that, as Douglas Adams once put it, what really drives the world is "the movement of small green pieces of paper." And in that respect, open source software giant Red Hat is doing its part, as revealed earlier this week in a quarterly financial disclosure.

Total revenue for the period clocked in at $374 million, a 16 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. Does that mean your Red Hats are increasing in value? There may be more basis for comparison soon, as Certification Magazine is currently harvesting datapoints via its newly revived annual salary survey.

CompTIA Says Sayonara to Document Devices Cert

Like the proverbial tree in the forest, if a certification gets decommissioned and no one was really using it anyway, does it still make a sound? Despite the protestations of Elton John, CompTIA is letting the sun go down on its PDI+, or Printing and Document Imaging certification, just five years after unveiling it. Effective Jan. 31, PDI+, which covers installation and maintenance of printers, scranners, copiers, fax machines and other document imaging devices, will take up residence in the Old Certs Home.

Initially intended for use across the globe, PDI+ only really caught on in Canada. (Because, um, Canada really loves documents? Weird.) And you know what they say about the best-laid plans: If it's only a home run in Canada, then, sheesh, what were we thinking? Sorry, Canadians. Keep sending us Canadian bacon for our pizzas, and we'll totally make it up to you someday.

Act Now and Save: Oracle Database 12c Beta

Attention, certification shoppers. The blue-light special on Oracle's new Database 12c exams is quickly drawing to a close. The Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Administrator exam (1Z1-060) is currently available for just $50, but the deep, deep discount only extends through the beta period, which ends Oct. 5. (Note from education.oracle.com: Beta end dates are tentative and subject to change without notice.)

There's also news about the Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration exam (1Z1-062), which is scheduled to be in beta through Oct. 19. The Oracle-friendly blog Oracle Certification Prep is offering a fistful of vouchers for the Installation and Administration exam. OC Prep owner-operator Matthew Morris (a past contributor to GoCertify) is distributing the vouchers based on a small test of site visitors' research skills, so read his post carefully, follow all instructions, and you could be on your way to a free exam.

The Future of Certification Is ... Now?

Once upon a time, hedge fund analyst Salman Khan created a series of YouTube tutorials for his niece, who was struggling with her math homework at the time. The videos attracted attention from thousands, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Khan Academy was born. Today there are more than 4,500 videos, covering all manner of educational topics, beneath Khan's free virtual umbrella.

Education expert Tracey Flynn of TrainingIndustry.com thinks the Khan model may soon have a part to play in the evolving certification landscape.

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