June 23, 2005

Why XML certification matters to some -- but not all -- employers

Author: Ian Palmer

IT professionals whose only call to fame is XML
certification aren't necessarily likely to impress
someone like Russ Krauss, chief operating officer at
SCAN USA Inc. in Houston, Texas.

SCAN USA, which provides a national alert system that
allows local law enforcement and public safety
agencies to send alerts to persons with PCs, cell
phones, and PDAs, seeks workers with broad ranges of
skills -- including XML -- rather than persons who are
specialists in merely one area, explained Krauss.

"We use programming staff from around the country," he
said. "We have contractors that bring the different
skill sets we need.... We're looking for a mix of
Linux, PHP, MySQL, and XML.... We're looking for a
mix versus any [specific] certification."

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