I am an Oracle Applications professional currently working as a team lead with a company in California. Now I am looking forward to expanding my profile into project management. To achieve this, I am looking for any internationally recognized project management certifications on ERP projects so that I may become a certified ERP project manager. Do you know of any good certification programs offered by Oracle OR any other well-recgonized acadameic or professional institute?

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The most recognized professional program manager program is the PMP, (Program Management Professional) program from The Program Management Institute (www.pmi.org). You may also want to look up the PMBOK, which stands for the "Program Management Book of Knowledge." Note that this covers ALL aspects of project management, not just ERP.

There are a number of great publications and sites on the WEB, which deal with planning your ERP project. (I like TechRepublic's IT Consultant area) Of course, you could also always get an MBA, specializing in IT...

If you are looking at PROJECT MANAGER Master's Certificates, which some universities are now offering, I'd keep in mind that some schools have better credentials than others... Check their overall ranking for their MBA programs. There are a few schools which do excellent online programs, but DO check. I've seen some schools which advertise programs for which they are not yet accredited.

This was first published in September 2003

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