Enrollment Window Closes 31 January 2022
About the VTCP
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- We don’t certify vendors. We certify the Data Vault 2.0 components embedded in the TOOLS that vendors produce
- We certify the specific version of the tool that we test against, which does not guarantee a future version of the tool still meets the standards
- We are issuing 2 year tool certifications that expire, and must be renewed in order to continue participation in the program.
- Just because a tool version is certified, does not guarantee that it will be utilized correctly to build Data Vault 2.0 solutions that meet the standards.
- The VTCP program requires vendors to comply with specific statements on their websites and in their sales cycles.
About the VTCP Program
Base Requirements *May Change
Benefits to You (The Vendor)
Curious about the Process?
What are the costs?
We have two different cost structures for 2022:
- Early-Adopter Applications: $10k USD
- Standard-Fees: $20k USD
Standard fees are for any vendor that applied after the early adopter program closed (August 2021). These fees cover two certifications: Modeling and Code Generation.
What are the payment terms?
Payment Terms are net-30 after signing the enrollment agreement.
What happens in the submission process?
Please click: Certification Process to take a closer look at the way the program works.
Does DVA run our tool?
We do not run the tool, we do not install the tool, we do not use the tool in any way. What we certify are the outputs from the tool that the vendor provides us. As long as the tool can generate artifacts that adhere to our standards, we can certify that the tool is producing to DV2.0 standards.
What is the criteria for certifying our tool?
The criteria is listed on a separate page (Click the button above: "Read the VTCP Criteria") to learn more.
Do you have a checklist of criteria for certification?
As of Q1-2022 we are working on producing a public checklist of what we certify. However that said, we do distribute a complete BASELINE with full working example artifacts of what we expect the tool to produce. Match the baseline precisely in order to ensure your tool is ready for the next step in the process.
How long do we have to "fix" non-compliant breaks?
That depends on the step in the process you are currently engaged in. When working with the baseline you have as long as you need. But remember: passing the BASELINE tests is only the first step, passing the baseline tests does not result in a tool certification. Read the process flow to understand the rest of the steps in the program.
Please be mindful: you have to be through the program, and certified or failed, BEFORE the next enrollment window opens.
When do you grant the certification?
The certification is issued automatically by the processes in the workflow. You can view the entire process flow by clicking the button: Learn How it Flows above. The certificate will be available through Accredible.com
How long does the certificate last?
Two (2) years from the date of issue. However, since most software vendors update their software with a major release at least once per year, re-enrollment every year is recommended. For those vendors with active / current certifications, we will grant a re-enrollment discount.
What constitutes a version of the tool?
All of our vendors follow a software release schedule of major, minor, and interim releases. We understand that process. Let's say that your software release identification looks something like this:
Major version numbers (X) - change when there is a significant change being introduced.
Minor version numbers (Y) - change when a new, minor feature is introduced or a small feature set is released.
Patch version numbers (Z) - change when bug-fixes or security vulnerabilities are released.
DVA certifies at the X.YY level to ensure that minor features do not impact DV2 compliance certification.
It is up to the vendor to ensure that any minor releases beyond the certified release do not result in compliance failures.
The vendor may only advertise the certified release as DV2 compliant.
DVA does have a path for re-certification as long as the vendor applies for re-certification prior to the expiration of their current certification.
Are you testing the performance of our code?
No. We do not test the performance of the tool, nor the performance of the data movement code, nor the agility (performance of usability) of the tool. These are all best practices but are not standards.
We DO test: Restartability of the code (the ability to be re-run without loading duplicates and without running separate processes). If your tool does not follow the standards, your processes would end up generating / loading duplicates.
Please note: System-based performance testing is not something we certify for. Why? because there are simply too many variables making it impossible to set a baseline for comparison.
Will you certify for different databases?
No. Our baseline is 98% ANSI-SQL based, and 2% Snowflake specific. At this time, we will only certify code that runs against Snowflake. IF you are interested in a database specific certification, you may inquire with us using the contact us form - but we will not be engaging in this discussion until a later date.
Does the Certification contain the tools' version number?
Yes AND the year of the certification as well, along with a 2 year expiration date. The certification contains the tools' version number based on the version of the tool that generated the artifacts and was run through the certification process. Only the version of the tool that was submitted within the processes will be certified.
What do we do if we update our tool while it's being certified?
Please see the answer to the FAQ: Does the certification contain the tools' version number. In the new year, if you wish to have a new major release certified, you may re-apply with a new version number.