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  1. May 04, 2010

    IASA's CITA-P Certification Named by Microsoft to Replace the Microsoft Certified Architect
    Austin, TX, (PRWEB) May 3, 2010 – In a conference call and email announcement on Wednesday April, 28, Microsoft Learning announced that it would discontinue offering the Infrastructure and Solutions architect certifications, and would fund the migration to the Certified IT Architect Professional (CITA-P) offered by the International Association of Software Architects (IASA).

    IASA has created a grandfathering process to allow easy adoption of the CITA-P certification for current Microsoft Certified Architects holding the Solutions or Infrastructure specialization. As MCA's have already gone through a rigorous interview process similar to the CITA-P Board review, the grandfathering process focuses on mapping skills and experience to the IASA skills taxonomy.

    Andy Ruth, the Vice President of Education for IASA, launched the MCA Infrastructure and the MCA Solutions credential in 2004 while with Microsoft Learning. According to Microsoft, the credentials were launched to help establish the IT Architect profession at a time when the IT industry needed thought leadership and architectural taxonomy.

    Ruth believes the profession should be self managed by the practitioners in the form of a professional association, as in other industries--medical, legal, etc. "The certification of a profession needs to be run by the profession, not from within a vendor with a specific product or technology. Microsoft releasing the certification to IASA is recognition of that."

    "IASA is not trying to sell a product or specific technology, so individuals and organizations can be confident there are no ulterior motives in their certification and education programs," said Paul Preiss begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, CEO of IASA. "IASA's mission is to support architects on their career path, and ensure they have the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver on the core value proposition of the profession: to make and save their employer money through the use of information technology (IT)."

    Darren Day, Microsoft Certification Business Manager, who hosted the call for Microsoft said that IASA has "developed large and supportive communities dedicated to the IT Architect profession." He continued, "They are technology agnostic, respected in the industry, and offer trusted IT architectural programs and credentials for the breadth architect."

    Read the entire release at: or go to to find out more.