Oracle Bows Out of jCert

 
 
By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2002-04-26 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oracle Corp. has left jCert, a skills testing and certification-focused consortium of Java vendors.

Oracle Corp. has quietly slipped out of jCert, a skills testing and certification-focused consortium of Java vendors whose mission statement is "Certified once, recognized everywhere" and whose aim is to reduce exam redundancy. As a result of its defection, Oracle certifications such as Solution Developer from Oracle; tests such as Test 1Z0-501, Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform; and exam score reports will only be accepted by other jCert member companies until June 30. According to jCerts site, candidates seeking credit for Oracle certifications such as the Oracle Certified Professional must apply to jCert member companies by June 30. Remaining jCert members include BEA Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc. An Oracle spokeswoman said in a statement that the departure was precipitated by customers who said they wanted to learn Java in an exclusive Oracle context, as opposed to jCerts multivendor approach. She also cited concern over the difficulties of maintaining certification quality and marketplace value in a third-party model. jCert did not respond to requests for comment by press time.
 
 
 
 
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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