Those entering the IT marketplace today should seek to acquire the most relevant and sought-after IT certifications from Microsoft and other dominant industry vendors. Because of its preeminence among Microsoft certifications for so long, many new or would-be computer professionals still look to the MCSEor Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification as the foundational credential for their career as a Microsoft pro.
The MCSE, however, was specifically created for “designing andimplementing infrastructures for Windows Server 2003–based business solutions” according to Microsoft. But this technology has been superceded by Server 2008 and other later applications. That is why Microsoft is now advising: “If you want to be certified on newer technologies, such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 2008, or Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) is the appropriate certification to pursue.”