Studying for the VCP has helped remind me that I can’t get down in the weeds of every technology. One of my advantages is that I have a very broad range of knowledge across technology. I sometimes lament the time when I could be an expert in a single area but, I believe long term as IT continues to get pushed to the Cloud and external providers, enterprises will gain more value from extremely well rounded technical leaders.
I’m enjoying “geeking out” on VMware but I just don’t have the bandwidth to do deep learning needed to be an expert in a technology that’s just one part of my portfolio of knowledge. I believe the certification itself has value but if you want to move up the management ranks within a traditional enterprise then it may not be worth your valuable time to achieve a certification centered around a deep understanding of a single vendor’s technology. It is however, a great way to understand the basics of virtualization.