Zend - The PHP Company

Major Corporations Benefit From Zend Certified Engineers

Over 500 Zend Certified Engineers Complete Zend PHP Certification Program; Certification Added for Japanese and German Developers

CUPERTINO, CA - June 20, 2005 - Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, and creator of products and services supporting the development, deployment and management of PHP-based applications, today announced that, to date, over 500 PHP software developers have received Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) status through the company's Zend PHP Certification program. Certification helps enterprise management quickly qualify potential new hires, as well as keep current development teams on top of the latest PHP technology. The company also announced certification exams are now available in Japanese and German, as the worldwide demand for enterprise-grade PHP development continues to grow.

Major corporations, such as Vodafone Terenci GmbH, Veritas and McAfee are examples of enterprise customers who look to hire Zend Certified Engineers, or want to develop them internally so they have the most qualified PHP developers where it matters most - on mission critical Web application development teams.

"As one of the PHP enterprise developers at McAfee, it is crucial that we recruit top PHP talent for our team," said Jim Plush, lead PHP enterprise developer for McAfee. "We cannot afford to spend three months trying people out in the enterprise world. Being able to screen people using the Zend Certified Engineer test would save us time and money. Currently, developers with certification climb right to the top of our 'must talk to' list."

"Becoming a ZCE brings multiple benefits to the engineer and the enterprise," said Daniel Kushner, director of education for Zend. "It's clear from the follow-up we've done that ZCEs feel more marketable as their resumes really stand out. Many note an increase in salary or revenue. Organizations are more confident when hiring a ZCE that their investment can quickly pay dividends."

Potential employers frequently come to Zend looking for ZCEs, and can search the Zend "PHP Yellow Pages" by state or country to find the right ZCE for their development team. The PHP Yellow Pages are located at: http://www.zend.com/store/education/certification/yellow-pages.php

Zend PHP Certification

Zend established an industry advisory committee to drive the creation of an industry standard in PHP certification that recognizes PHP expertise, with a focus on application performance and security. With this certification, engineers are better able to manage PHP development within their own organizations, or if they are looking for employment, become even more attractive to potential employers. Employers needing top-notch PHP developers use the ZCE designation to better evaluate prospective employees.

The ZCE program is identical in concept to other well-known certification programs from leading software companies that are the originators of industry standards.

The PHP Certification exam, available in English, German and Japanese, encompasses curriculum specified by the product-neutral Zend PHP Education Advisory Board. The Board's members are among the most well known and respected in the PHP community. For more information on the Zend PHP Certification program, visit http://www.zend.com/store/education/certification/zend-php-certification.php

About Zend Technologies, Inc.

Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, is the leading provider of products and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical PHP applications. Zend and its founders are the architects of PHP, which is used by more than fifteen million Web sites and has quickly become the most popular language for building dynamic web applications. Deployed at more than 8,000 companies worldwide, the Zend family of products is a comprehensive platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP applications. Zend, headquartered in Cupertino, California, is privately held and venture funded with investments from Azure, Index, Platinum, and Walden Israel. For more information, please visit www.zend.com, or call 1-408-253-8800.

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