Clarke Porter recognized for career-long contributions to technology
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored its 2017 Titans of Technology at an award luncheon today, held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Minneapolis. These awards recognize individuals who are transforming Minnesota's tech industry and positively impacting the local economy. The Acclaim team was there to celebrate our general manager, Clarke Porter, who was named a 2017 Technology Advocate. As a Technology Advocate, Clarke was recognized for his outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing and accelerating the performance of tech communities and the community.
Clarke has spent the past 40+ years of his career identifying opportunities for technology to revolutionize "business as usual." His first major contribution began in 1976 at Control Data, where he developed software to deliver the very first computer-based exam for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (NASD) at the time. So if you've taken a computer-based test at any point in your life, you've got Clarke to thank for that.
Clarke followed up by developing the concept of IT certification with Novell, co-founding Virtual University Enterprise (now Pearson VUE), and leading the development of a cloud-based credential solution. In 2010, Clarke became the vice president and general manager of credential management at Pearson VUE, which led him to open badges. In 2013, he took over the strategic development and general oversight of Acclaim.
Under his leadership, we've issued millions of badges backed by top organizations such as IBM, Microsoft and Facebook. These badges are verified by employers and have resulted in job offers, promotions and professional recognition. We're pretty proud of the work we do and of the guy who keeps us on track.
Clarke's one of those really cool people who gets energy from the teammates and ideas around him. He's always moving, tapping a foot, the wheels visibly turning in his head as he challenges all of us at Acclaim to develop innovative badging solutions that will add new value to professionals looking to advance their careers.
The Information Technology Certification Council (ITCC) recently presented its Innovation Award,and we're so pleased to have been the co-recipient for 2017 alongside our partners at IBM. This is the third year the ITCC has handed out its Innovation Award to a person or organization that has helped advance IT certification.
"Badging technology holds huge potential for talent development but, as with all early stage technologies, there is a lot of uncertainty," said Clyde Seepersad, general manager of training and certification at The Linux Foundation and board member of the ITCC. "The outstanding feature of the IBM Open Badging submission was the structured, pragmatic way they laid out the continuum of talent development options and converted them into a consistent, easy to understand hierarchy of badges."
Our team member, Pete Janzow, was on hand to collect the award. "The innovative work that IBM is doing in the open badging space is really exciting,"Janzow said. "IBM is a great partner, and we look forward to building on the early success of their program to create even more pathways and professional opportunities across the global IT workforce."
Representing IBM at the awards ceremony was David Leaser, senior program manager for strategic initiatives."We are honored to be recognized by the ITCC for the IBM Open Badge Program," Leaser said. "The program is driving measurable results which are impacting IBM, our clients and the individuals who invest in the training and skills building programs we provide."
It was announced today that, in conjunction with an extension of its multi-year, computer-based testing agreement with Pearson VUE, AGA will issue digital badges for holders of its CGFM certification through Acclaim.
Bob Whelan, president of Pearson Assessments, said: “The extension of our agreement with AGA, along with the addition of Acclaim digital badges, gives us further opportunities to improve the assessment and credential-sharing experience for government financial management professionals across the U.S.”
AGA is the member organization for government financial management professionals. We lead and encourage change that benefits our field and all citizens. Our training events, professional certification, publications and ongoing education help members build their skills and advance their careers. Learn more at www.agacgfm.org.
Our members work in government financial management across sectors and worldwide, working to increase government financial performance and accountability. They educate themselves via training events to ensure they are always up to date on the most relevant news and information, and boost their credentials via certification.
New technical cooperation will facilitate badge sharing between industry-leading platforms.
It was announced today that we've entered into a strategic partnership with Alpine Testing Solutions Inc. to integrate with its CertMetrics™ Credential Management Technology.
CertMetrics manages the rules and requirements to produce credible, accurate information around credential management and with this integration, Acclaim will be able to seamlessly employ that information to create and issue digital badges for our shared clients. Together, we will make it easier than ever for joint clients to provide the benefits of badging to their candidates.
You know we make a point of working with trusted organizations, those that actively contribute to the on-going development and recognition of resume-worthy skills. We're really pleased to add Alpine to our list of strategic partners and are eager to jointly push the momentum of badging technology forward.
It was announced this week that Acclaim will begin issuing badges for Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). The association's mission is to empower capable and informed professionals to transform humanitarian action. To that end, PHAP offers digital badges for several certifications and in recognition of association membership.
Jim Daniels and Pete Janzow hosted a presentation and working session on Designing and Implementing High-impact Badge Programs at DevLearn 2016. If you were one of the attendees, THANK YOU! We enjoyed the lively discussion and excellent questions. As promised, here are a few links for more information:
BLOOMINGTON, MN, October 19, 2016 – Pearson VUE today announced it is teaming with Microsoft to issue badges to Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) via its digital badging platform, Acclaim. Industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications are highly regarded by IT hiring managers to measure a candidate’s skill level using Microsoft technologies. Pearson VUE is Microsoft’s exam delivery provider for all of its technical certification exams.
Digital badges are quickly becoming the new standard for displaying achievements online. Metadata attached to Acclaim badges display the certification holder’s name, the MCP credential achieved and validates that Microsoft issued the badge. This ensures that individuals and organizations that view an Acclaim badge can trust the information presented, while making it easy for MCPs to post their Microsoft achievements to social media via a digital icon easily accessible to employers and industry peers.
In addition to issuing millions of badges for leading organizations that include IT, healthcare and higher education, Acclaim provides industry and employment data to badge holders. “Acclaim’s Labor Market Insights give Microsoft badge earners access to job opportunities directly related to the skills they’ve demonstrated through certification,” added Clarke Porter, general manager for Acclaim.
“Our goal is to give Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) the tools they need to get hired, get recognized, and get ahead,” said Alison Cunard, general manager of Microsoft Learning Experiences. “Our certification program is focused on skill building and validation, and digital badging gives IT professionals the ability to broadly share their technical credentials with peers and employers as they advance their careers.”
Beginning October 21, 2016, Microsoft will issue the first wave of digital badges to individuals who earn new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Developer (MCSD), or Expert (MCSE) certifications or pass certain individual exams. Retroactive badges will be issued in early 2017.
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As a software architect and developer, Saint-Paul Tinga is a believer in the value of IT certifications and the badges that represent them. Saint-Paul is an Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer, working for Pindelia. “Pindelia is a Gold-level member in the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized program. The company works on software integration and designs new software for companies,” he explained.
Java skills are in-demand by employers, and Saint-Paul felt that earning his Oracle certification would help him stand out in a crowded field. “By becoming certified, I learned about new APIs which helped me update different parts of my programs and improve some of our software performances. It also adds credibility to my knowledge.”
Saint-Paul was issued a digital badge through Acclaim to represent his Oracle certification, and was able to create new opportunities once he shared it online. “After getting certified and adding the badge to my LinkedIn profile, two CEOs from local companies got in touch with me to work with them on a project,” Saint-Paul explained.
The badge also generated a positive response from his employer. “The CEO of Pindalia congratulated me. I can say he trusts me more now that I am certified, and he can see exactly what I did to earn that certification.”
The accolades and positive reinforcement also come from his peers and co-workers. “I’ve received feedback from others in the IT industry. They say, ‘Great job! You’re Java certified, keep going!” Saint-Paul plans to take the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 exam and then move on to reach the enterprise architect level.
In addition to all the external recognition he has received, Saint-Paul revealed that his certification and badge also provide him with inner confidence, especially when working on projects with consultants from countries around the world. “I’m now confident in my skills and am not afraid to share and defend my viewpoints.”
He believes that getting certified is worthwhile, and he encourages others to pursue certification, too. “With the badge from Acclaim,” Saint-Paul adds, “everywhere you go, people will see that you are credible in your field.”
Several Acclaim team members recently attended the Europe-ATP conference in Lisbon, Portugal, and came back to Acclaim HQ full of new ideas. E-ATP is the regional division of the Association of Test Publishers and brought together over 290 professionals and representatives from global organizations that drive innovation in testing, such as content development, security and technology.
Global leaders from Pearson, City & Guilds, Cisco, and Facebook led a workshop to discuss badging best practices. During the workshop Clarke Porter (Acclaim's general manager) and Jarin Schmidt (Acclaim's director of services) led discussions around:
And finally, Acclaim's participation in the event's Product Demonstrations was well received. By showcasing the connection between credentials and employer demand, Acclaim was selected by attendees as the most innovative product demonstration.
We look forward to heading back to E-ATP in 2017!
In a new piece on digital badging, PBS NewsHour shares the impact that badges are having on recent college graduates entering the workforce.