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Bolder vision of pg certification

From: "Mudy Situmorang" <mudy(at)tdmm(dot)net>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Bolder vision of pg certification
Date: 2008-05-07 01:57:39
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Lists: pgsql-advocacy
I believe postgres may expand faster and stronger if we move to a more 
bolder vision in certification.

While Drake moving pg certification to the new server, I think it is still 
appropriate to talk about some cert topic in advocacy, since I have some 
view outside the boundary of pg cert.

After reading the archive.

IMHO, we shouldn't follow BSD's certification project as a model. Not to 
undermine those great folks who has done great job in BSD's cert. There are 
substantial difference between an OS and a Database Server.

I believe we should take the path of Oracle. The database company that 
become an Information Company, by their strength in education and 

More over, we can expand way over. Something more scary:

PostgreSQL Global Institute (PGI)
Community driven education, standardization and certification of data 
management based on products developed by PostgreSQL Global Development with 
focus on enhancing application, utilization, commercialization of 

PGI might contain three body:
1. Board of PostgreSQL Certification
Oversight the certification process.
2. Board of PostgreSQL Standardization
Oversight the process of creating standard, and legalize a standard.
3. Board of PostgreSQL Education
Oversight the postgreSQL education product created by the community.

In order to make it work, what we need is creating a business model that is 
compatible with PostgreSQL community value, and able to attract commercial 
institution, as well as other organization to involve in the PGI based 
certification, standardization and education. In other word, a business 
model that might generate profit for organization so that those organization 
might spare their resource to run the PGI concept.

In this case I should've titled "Where PostgreSQL should learn from MySQL" 
:-)... from Sun perhaps.

Ok, don't curse me on that... lets talk about PgCertification.


Prior to talk about exam, we're talking about Certification Object Type (let 
say PgCOT). I believe survey is not the right tools to decide PgCOT.

Certification Object Type (PgCOT), defined as type of object that can be 
certified by PGI... I mean Pg Certification, or cert.postgresql or 
something, suppose to be object that is commonly certified.

Therefore, I propose 3 PgCOT:
1. Database Server
2. Product
3. Engineer

1. Some evil commercial company out there wants to utilize PostgreSQL 
technology as their database server and they feel no need to pay a high 
salary PostgreSQL engineer. However, they need to know that their mission 
critical database server already installed according to the required usage 
purpose (by an engineer with unknown skills).

2. Community might want to know which product already conform with 
PostgreSQL standard for Administrator Tools, so that they might choose 
between EMS SQL Manager, Navicat, or PostgreSQL Maestro. ABBTTRO
(all brand belong to their respective owners). Or perhaps someone might 
create an MRI with embedded PostgreSQL technology.

3. Engineer... you know, we need to get those company pay more money...
I mean, your company needs to know whether you're paying someone too much 

This is only some thoughts, I'll support and shall contribute in pg 
certification whatever the strategy is.


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