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My Belated Christmas Gift To Myself

I went out this weekend and took and passed the CMF and CMSP exam. Now, I am officially a EMC Proven Professional Application Developer (EMCAD) Specialist. Make sure you ask anyone who claims to be EMCAD certified to publish their certification through the EMC Credential Verification Services.

Christmas Comes Early This Year

For those you who have been working with Documentum for quite a few years, you know quite well that Documentum has never had an official certification program. With EMC’s acquisition of Documentum a few years back, this dream has finally come true. EMC will be launching their EMC Application Developer certification this Dec. Like other EMC certifications, there will be three levels per track – associate, specialist, and expert. The Associate level and Specialist level exams for Content Management will be the 1st two exams offered. The Content Management Foundations (CMF) Associate level exam will cover technical fundamental of Documentum. The Content Management Server Programming (CMSP) Specialist exam will focus on coding with DFC. The Expert level exam has not been developed yet.

I had the privilege to work with 15 other Documentum gurus from all parts of the world to create the questions for CMSP exam. Only half of them were EMC employees; the rest of us were partners/consultants and a few were actual clients of Documentum. One would think writing an exam would not be too difficult. On the contrary, coming up with questions that did not have obvious wrong answers was very challenging. Lets do the math to quantify the difficulty in writing these questions. We wrote 238 questions. Divide that by 16 of us and you get about 15 questions a piece. We spent half the week writing the questions and the remaining half, validating the appropriateness of the question and answers. 20 hours to come up with the questions translates to about 1.5 hours per question. You would think that we, the invited Documentum SMEs, could write a question in less than 1.5 hours. Hopefully, when some of you get around to taking the certification exams, you will appreciate the time and effort we took into creating a technical accurate, but fair exam. I’ll even say that quite a few of you will curse our names in vain.

Whether you have been naughty or nice this year, this gift from EMC will be greatly appreciated by all of developers who have been waiting for some official recognition of our knowledge and expertise.


13 responses to “About Me

  1. J
    can you provide a link to the details on EMC please? Syllabus, exam examples, COST

    • J…quick question – can you provide a link to the details on Documentum Extended Properties and its uses? For the life of me I cant find anything anywhere on this functionality. Many thanks and Happy Thanksgiving! V

  2. The exam has not been officially released yet, so the information you requested is not available. I’m guessing it should be where the current exams are located: http://www.emc.com/certification/

  3. shrinivaskulkarni

    that certainly is good news. although i am not sure how to react to it. i have never been good with books and theory. so basically now apart from your experience and projects clients will also look for certifications 😦

  4. I feel that certification should be used as a differentiator. If you have two developers who have similar work experience, but one was certified and the other wasnt, which one would you choose? The story is a little different if you are comparing one developer with work experience to another developer who doesnt have work experience, but who is certified.

    Personally, I would probably choose a developer who has more than 2 yrs of experience over someone who is Associate EMCAD. Have you taken the practice exam yet? It should give you an idea if your work experience has taught you all of the fundamentals.

  5. shrinivaskulkarni

    What you said is true but not everyone will want to interpret it the same way. Well it is all personal opinion I guess.

    I haven’t taken the practice test yet as it is timed and I haven’t had any free time yet. But I definitely intend to take it sometime soon …..

  6. I gave the practise test and passed. Can you tell what is the level of actual exam as compared to the test exam?

  7. I presume its comparable. The questions are randomly selected. The one thing I did noticed between practice and real test is that the passing grade on real exam is 75%.

  8. could you pls provide me the link where i can find the practice tests for documentum.

  9. Hi Jonny,
    Can you tell me which manuals should i read for Content Server Programming Exam ?
    thanx in advance.

  10. If you goto the exam site and read the description of the exam, it will tell you the prerequisites/reading. Good luck.

  11. Hi

    We are looking into using documentum and making a work flow to log incident request like the Service desk manage Engine, my opinion is that Service desk application is specially designed for this function but not documentum.

    What is your opinion about this idea, can we use documentum and make problem management and Incident management + asset management into this application


    Faisal Talha

  12. Hi Johnny, I really very much inspired the way you are travelling towards to achieve your goal. To a fresher to IT World and fresher to Documentum Application, Can you please give a road map to start and reach heights in Documentum for a thirsty young man. Thanks, Sri.

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