Monthly Archives: October 2012

Do You Have a People Strategy?

Warren Buffett quoteLately, there’s been a steady flow of online talk and articles about what skills GIS professionals need to navigate today’s business climate, and how tech workers in general can ride the employment roller coaster.

Those articles are directed to individuals, the ones who feel like knowing CPR isn’t enough to guarantee a good outcome in a scary situation. But the last five years have seen major technology-enabled shifts in expectations, and these have had a huge impact on organizations and their leadership. Lots of organizations are looking for ways not only to meet the new expectations, but also create new products and services and reach new customers. Continue reading

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Esri Technical Certification: ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 Exams Released

Note: This post has been updated since it was first published.

If you’ve been wanting to take the 10.1 version of either the ArcGIS Desktop Associate or ArcGIS Desktop Professional certification exam, your wait is officially over. Registration for the 10.1 versions of both exams is now open.

At version 10.1 the changes to ArcGIS for Server are extensive. The same is not true of ArcGIS for Desktop—version 10.1 introduces few significant changes to the desktop environment (but note there are some nice usability improvements, additional data storage capabilities, and more ways to share your work and access ArcGIS Online resources). As a result, the 10.1 exams for both ArcGIS Desktop Associate and ArcGIS Desktop Professional are not significantly different than the 10.0 exams. Your knowledge of new functionality is measured, but overall the changes to most ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop workflows are minor when compared with ArcGIS 10.1 for Server.

But Here’s the Big News

If you have an ArcGIS Desktop Associate or ArcGIS Desktop Professional 10.0 certification or if you take (and pass) an ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 certification exam, you are eligible to receive the equivalent 10.1 certification. Yes, you read correctly. If you are a current ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 Associate or Professional or if you earn one of the 10.0 Desktop certifications in the future, you may submit a request to receive the 10.1 certification without taking the 10.1 exam. We will be communicating with all current Desktop certification holders in the near future about how to submit this request. Continue reading

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