Get Certified On Data Virtualization, Virtually!

A First in Data Virtualization

Last week we announced the industries’ first Data Virtualization certification program, the Composite Information Server Specialist Certification.

Broad Coverage of Key Topics

The certification consists of an online exam designed to test overall knowledge of data virtualization and the Composite Information Server, and is administered by Composite Software. It is suggested prospective certification candidates should have completed one full development cycle for a data virtualization project where the Composite Information Server was the instrumental technology used.

The 90 minute certification exam covers the following areas:

  • Installation
  • Data Sources
  • Caching
  • Transformations and XML
  • Security
  • Query Engine Optimization
  • Administration
  • General SQL Questions

Data Virtualization Adoption on the Rise

In a recent survey conducted by TDWI for its recently published Best Practices Report Achieving Greater Agility with Business Intelligence, 19 percent of respondents have deployed data virtualization or federation solutions to address agility requirements with BI, analytics, and data warehousing systems with another 31 percent planning to implement.

According to David Stodder, TDWI director of TDWI Research for business intelligence and author of the report, unified information access (UIA) tools and data integration middleware are bringing together the heretofore separate worlds of structured, semi structured, and unstructured data for use in business intelligence and advanced analytics. “Our research indicates data virtualization is giving IT new options for providing faster access while also performing necessary profiling, quality, and governance steps on data as it is accessed from multiple sources.”

Meeting This Critical Need

With this accelerating growth, the demand for our data virtualization educational and training services is through the roof.

So as the person at Composite Software responsible for enabling our customers and partners, I am pleased to see this program in place as this self-service certification will enable our customers to virtually test out their data virtualization and Composite skill sets.

Check it Out

Is Data Virtualization adoption growing at your enterprise?

If so, you may want to get ahead of the game at

3 Responses to Get Certified On Data Virtualization, Virtually!

  1. vps says:

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  2. Andy Sturt says:

    Is there any training specifically aimed at preparing people for the exam? Also, which version of CIS is it written for (this makes a difference if I need to read up on caching as you have just brought out a set of new caching types)?

    • Andy Sturt says:

      Hey, whadda you know! You guys already answered this question on the certification data sheet (
      Exam content will be based on Composite Information Server v6.1. For security purposes, we cannot go into the details of the questions. However, you can expect to see questions in following areas:
      • General SQL Questions
      • Installation
      • Data Sources
      • CIS Caching
      • CIS Transformations and XML
      • CIS SQL Script
      • Security
      • Query Engine Questions
      • Miscellaneous
      • Administration
      Questions are randomized and picked from an available pool. Retaking the test should present some different questions from the previous version.

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