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Mississippi leads the way: 3 MCM's a requirement in State IT RFP

Mississippi leads the way: 3 MCM's a requirement in State IT RFP

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I think every MCM and 'MCM-to-be' out there should feel real good about this one.

In short: the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services will be managing and reporting the use of Stimulus funds.  To accomplish their mission the State will use Active Directory, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.  The State, being smart about technology, understands that skilled people combined with great technology delivers results / on time / on budget. Who do they trust to lead these efforts?

Check out their minimum requirements from a table in their RFP (RFP No. 3604):

 

Technical Skill Set

Minimum Requirement

6.4.1.1

 

Window Server

 

6.4.1.1.1

 

Installation, configuration, and management of Windows Server

 60 months

6.4.1.1.2

 

Installation, configuration, and management of Windows Server 2008

12 months

6.4.1.2

 

Microsoft Active Directory

 

6.4.1.2.1

 

Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in Windows Server 2008 Directory

Copy of certificate must be provided

6.4.1.2.2

 

Hands-on experience with Windows Active Directory: installing, architecture/ designing, configuring, and troubleshooting

60 months

6.4.1.2.3

Thorough understanding and experience with site component topology, forest operations and topology, the Active Directory distributed file system, file replication services, security, client interactions, and Group Policy

60 months

6.4.1.2.4

Thorough understanding and experience with Active Directory Certificate Services, Rights Management Services, Active Directory Federated Services, and Active Directory Application Mode / Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services

60 months

6.4.1.2.5

Functional skills and experience in basic protocol analysis, Hyper-V, scripting, PKI, and IP addressing and routing

60 months

6.4.1.3

SQL Server Enterprise

 

6.4.1.3.1

 

Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in Microsoft SQL Server 2008

 

Copy of certificate must be provided

6.4.1.3.2

 

Experience with SQL Server 7.0 or later: architecture/designing, installing, configuring, and troubleshooting

60 months

6.4.1.3.3

 

SQL Server 2008: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting

12 months

6.4.1.3.4

 

Thorough understanding of SQL Server core components and dependencies, such as online transaction processing (OLTP), high availability, disaster recovery, performance-tuning optimization, storage, security, manageability, and data distribution technologies

36 months

6.4.1.3.5

 

Demonstrated technical expertise in one of these areas: Implementation and Maintenance, Database Development, or Business Intelligence

36 months

6.4.1.4

Microsoft Dynamics CRM

 

6.4.1.4.1

 

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

 

Copy of certificate must be provided

6.4.1.4.2

 

Extensive hands-on experience Microsoft Dynamics CRM

60 months

6.4.1.5

Microsoft BizTalk Server

 

6.4.1.5.1

 

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

Copy of certificate must be provided

6.4.1.5.2

 

Extensive hands-on experience Microsoft BizTalk Server

60 months

6.4.1.5.3

 

Expertise configuring BizTalk Server 2006

 

36 months

6.4.1.5.4

 

Expertise configuring BizTalk Server 2008

 

12 months

6.4.1.5.5

 

Experience with DB2 Integration

 

36 months

6.4.1.6

 

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

 

6.4.1.6.1

 

      Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Copy of certificate must be provided

6.4.1.6.2

       

      Extensive hands-on experience with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

60 months

6.4.1.6.3

 

      In-depth understanding of Office SharePoint technology and products design and architecture along with ASP.NET, Windows Server, Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), and other core technologies upon which Office SharePoint depends

60 months

6.4.1.6.4

 

Hands-on experience with Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003: installing, configuring, troubleshooting, and custom development

24 months

6.4.1.6.5

 

Hands-on experience with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: installing, configuring, troubleshooting, and custom development

12 months

6.4.1.6.6

 

Hands-on experience with Content Management Server 2002: installing, configuring, troubleshooting, and custom development

36 months

6.4.1.6.7

 

Hands-on experience with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: installing, configuring, troubleshooting, and custom development

12 months

6.4.1.6.8

 

Thorough understanding of ASP.NET, Windows Server, Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), and other core technologies upon which SharePoint depends

 

60 months

6.4.1.7

 

GIS Applications

 

6.4.1.7.1

 

Demonstrated technical expertise developing applications and with Microsoft Stimulus360 using Microsoft Virtual Earth/Bing Maps

3 months

6.4.1.7.2

 

Working knowledge of ESRI Enterprise 9.2 or higher GIS applications

6 months

6.4.1.7.3

Working knowledge of Microsoft Virtual Earth

12 months

It's the start...

 

-Per

Comments
  • wow...that's indeed very inspiring...

  • So talking about formal part of this RFP what an MCM holder need to provide. As for me I have no any printed certificate in my WAK.

    I have only Transcript but Cert Download center not working now.... ;-)

  • I imagine a transcript showing the certification should work just fine :)

  • Hope so, but statement looks very formal.

    "_Copy_ of certificate _must_ be provided"

  • Alternatively, you could take a picture of the nice plaque and submit that :)

  • Not to be a cynic here, but, it's a government RFP. What are the chances they can afford the (hopefully) significant rate uplift here or is it just a pipe dream? The other option is that the RFP is loaded for a vendor who has these folks on the payroll and this is an easy way to disqualify other bidders.

  • Mr./Mrs. Anonymous - I don't know. Maybe they can afford it, maybe not, maybe they did it to disqualify other vendors (having some experience here,I doubt it, but...maybe) or maybe not.

    The key thing is: they knew to ask for it, and they won't be the last to do so. To me, it's a sign that people are starting to understand what MCM is all about, they're aware of it, and there'll be more people who'll ask for it in the future.

    Cheers,

    Per

  • While this is great on the one hand it looks like they don't know exactly what they really look for.

    For example how can one get a 60 months experience in hyper-v and ADFS?

    Still great for them to ask for an MCM !

  • I don't buy it.  While it's great that the name of MCM is out there are people are looking for it, there's no way that the state of Mississippi is actually issuing an RFP looking for three MCMs.  They either clearly do not understand the requirements of the certification or they are (as pointed out earlier) intentionally trying to disqualify everyone but the partner that someone has already "chosen".

    I do business with another state government and we see stuff like this all of the time.  Whoever put the RFP together looks to see what the highest level of certification is in a certain technology and includes it in the RFP.  We regularly see RFPs for helpdesk/PC techs listing the MCSE as a requirement.  Or even more hilariously, we see people listing an "MCSE on Windows 2008" as a requirement.  There are still other cases where we've had RFPs come through the door looking for an Exchange admin where the requirements were listed as "CompTIA A+, MCSE, and MCITP on Exchange 2007 required".  We've actually had people disqualified from those for not having the A+ cert.

    Certifications are great, but just because it's in an RFP doesn't mean it's an actual requirement.

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