Friday, 12 September 2014

Five reasons why you’ll want the MCSD: Web Applications


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The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Application certification is one of the four top tier credentials designed for professionals and developers. But let’s see what the biggest reasons are for adding this certification to your collection.  

A proof of your skills and expertise

First and foremost, earning your MCSD won’t just mean adding a fancy four-letter suffix to your name. The MCSD: Web Applications will improve, as well as prove your ability to build high quality applications, which will meet current market criteria, using Microsoft tools, techniques and technologies.
Needless to say, having the MCSD: Web Applications under your belt will significantly increase your hiring chances against your non-certified peers. According to recent studies 59% of managers feel that a certification shows the candidate’s commitment, while 58% think that a certification shows initiative and innovativeness.

Besides developing your own skills and abilities, your MCSD will also positively impact on your organisation’s and/or team’s performance.

Great earning potential

MCSDs in general bear great financial benefits and the Web Applications certification is no exception. According to ITJobswatch.com the salary trend shows a solid average of £40,000 per annum, however you can also see that the top 25th percentile range has been around and above £50,000 a year for the last 4-5 years.

Source: ITJobswatch.com

Develop Windows Store apps for a higher commission

In hope of catching up with Google Play and Apple’s AppStore, Microsoft is offering a rather generous commission for developers creating and selling their applications through the Windows Store. The starting revenue share base is 70%, i.e. Microsoft takes a 30% fee/commission for offering the app in the Windows Store. However this becomes an 80%-20% split once an app has achieved $25,000.
So if you’re an (aspiring) app developer, this is a fantastic opportunity to cash in on your expertise. For more information read the App Developer Agreement.

The age of HTML5

HTML5 is the latest revision of the HTML standard and since the end of 2012 it is a candidate recommendation of the World Wide Web Consortium. HTML5 reduces development time; therefore it is cheaper and faster than its predecessors, not to mention that it is also mobile friendly.

The MCSD: Web Applications teaches you how to create style and develop HTML5 pages, and use HTML5 APIs to add interactive features to a web application. These skills will certainly put you in the camp of HTML5 developers, who are currently in very high demand.

Cloud business with Azure

A few years ago cloud computing was just a buzzword, rather than a key piece of the IT jigsaw. However, over recent years the cloud has become one of fastest growing, most versatile technologies and of course cloud professionals are also in high demand.

Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform created for building, implementing and managing apps and services through a network of datacentres supervised and managed by Microsoft. With the MCSD: Web Applications, you’ll be a master of Azure. You’ll learn everything from creating and coding Azure services to configuring Azure diagnostics.



There you have it, five reasons why should not think twice about getting your MCSD: Web Applications certification. The sooner you get it, the sooner you can enjoy these benefits. 


About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.