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Accumulating DevOps Points

To maintain a DataMiner DevOps Professional status and to be an official member of the exclusive DataMiner DevOps Professionals community and unlock the associated benefits, you must accumulate a set quantity of DevOps Points on an annual basis.

There are three levels available for DataMiner DevOps Professionals, with Advocate being the entry level and Catalyst being the top tier.

DevOps Points

ADVOCATE ENABLER CATALYST
a well-performing community member a trusted DevOps Professional an advanced DevOps Professional
750 points per year 5,000 points per year 15,000 points per year
Important

Your DevOps Points expire once a period of 12 months has passed since you first signed up. For more information, see DevOps Points life cycle.

In general, the more active you are in the DataMiner Dojo community and the more you work with DataMiner, the more DevOps Points you will accumulate. This can be achieved through a variety of actions, such as:

  • Being active in the Q&A section on Dojo: Asking, answering, and commenting on questions in the Q&A section generates DevOps Points. Moreover, if your answer gets selected as the best answer by the community, you will earn extra DevOps Points. The person selecting the best answer will get something extra as well. Even voting on questions and answers will further grow your points, as does receiving votes (between 10 to 75 points).

  • Enrolling in and completing online training courses: The DataMiner Community offers a broad selection of free online training. Enrolling in and completing any of those courses will again generate points (between 10 to 50 points). Note that the community also offers a variety of free self-tests to evaluate your knowledge. The successful completion of those quizzes will also result in points.

  • Formal certification: Optionally, you can go for the paid formal certification of some of your DataMiner skills. Upon obtaining your certification, you will be rewarded with extra points (500 to 1000 points).

  • Contributing to the DataMiner documentation: DataMiner Devops Professionals work with a community mindset, and sharing knowledge and information is all about empowering each other. Therefore, you are rewarded if you participate in and contribute to the documentation of the DataMiner platform.

    Point system:

    • Correct a spelling or grammar mistake: Spotted a typo while browsing the documentation? Click the "propose changes" button in the top-right corner and correct it yourself. 25 points

    • Add missing information: Noticed something missing halfway through reading a page on docs.dataminer.services? Add it yourself and earn up to... 300 points

    • Deliver documentation: Not quite comfortable using GitHub but bursting with inspiration? Send your documentation as a Word file to Team Documentation at Skyline so they can add it to DataMiner docs. Doing this, you can earn up to... 500 points

    • Make a large contribution to docs: Are you an expert on a DataMiner-related topic? Make a large contribution to the DataMiner docs using GitHub! Earn up to... 1000 points

    Tip

    Unsure of how to start contributing? Take a look at the Contributing page or at our video series on how to contribute to the DataMiner documentation!

  • Writing blog posts: You can opt to write and submit a blog post for the community, and upon acceptance, this will result in 500 up to 1000 points. Blog posts can revolve around any technology or topic relevant to the community or could, for example, describe a solution that you have designed with DataMiner.

    Tip

    Not really sure how to get started? Take a look at our blog post template!

  • Submitting a use case: You can choose to submit a use case for the community, and upon acceptance, this will result in 250 up to 2500 points. Use cases could focus on a new product integration that you have completed for DataMiner, or on any other type of solution that you have implemented with DataMiner.

    Tip

    Not really sure how to get started? Take a look at our use case template!

  • Submitting a retro recipe: You can choose to submit a retro recipe for the community, and upon acceptance, this will result in 500 up to 1000 points. Retro recipes describe engaging and often creative retrospectives in a recipe format, including a list of ingredients followed by a step-by-step section. Only retro recipes that have been personally tried and tested are accepted.

    Tip

    Not really sure how to get started? Take a look at our retro recipe template!

  • Submitting a solution: You can choose to add a solution to the dedicated Solutions page on DataMiner Dojo, and upon acceptance, this will result in 250 up to 2500 points. DataMiner solutions are designed to resolve specific technological problems or challenges.

  • Submitting feedback: Your feedback is valuable. You will receive DevOps Points per submission of feedback via https://aka.dataminer.services/Feedback/. Each submission of feedback will result in 50 DevOps Points (limited to a maximum of 100 points per month).

  • Being an advocate for the DataMiner brand: Being an advocate is also part of the culture of being a DataMiner DevOps Professional. That's why you can earn 250 points simply by adding your DataMiner DevOps level to your LinkedIn headline. Once you've updated your LinkedIn profile, you can send an email to devops@skyline.be with the link to your profile page and we will get you your points! If DataMiner is mentioned in the job title in your email signature, we will hit you up with another 250 points per year. Each LinkedIn post that mentions @skyline and uses the tag #dataminerdevops will automatically result in 50 points per post.

  • Reward for outstanding DevOps mindset: From time to time, Skyline staff members have the opportunity to nominate registered DataMiner DevOps Professionals who exemplify an exceptional DevOps mindset and demonstrate the effective application of associated best practices. Such recognition leads to the allocation of additional points in the range of 100 up to 750 on the recipient's DataMiner DevOps Professional account.

Important

In addition to automatic tracking for most of the aforementioned activities to generate points, our community administrators will track certain activities to the best of their abilities to ensure that everybody is awarded all the points they are eligible for in due time. However, you are always welcome to expedite or facilitate the process by highlighting your activities via devops@skyline.be if DevOps Points were not automatically attributed.

Tip

For more information on how to earn DevOps Points as a business or technology partner, see Benefits for DataMiner business and technology partners.

DevOps Points life cycle

The life cycle of DevOps Points operates as follows:

  • Expiration: The DevOps Points you have collected expire after 12 months from your sign-up date for the program (referred to as your anniversary date or renewal date). However, although your DevOps Points total will reset to zero, you will retain the DevOps Professional status you had on your anniversary date.

    Important

    DevOps Points are only used to determine your DevOps level. The Dojo Credits you have earned remain untouched and can be spent in the Swag Shop at any time.

  • Renewal period: After your anniversary date, a new 12-month period begins. During this period, you have the opportunity to gather enough points to reach a higher status level.

  • Status maintenance: If, by the end of the 12-month period, you have not accumulated sufficient points to retain your current status level, you will lose your status and be demoted to a lower level, if applicable (e.g. from Enabler to Advocate).

Example:

  • You sign up for the DevOps Professional Program on April 12, 2023. This means you have until April 12, 2024, to reach one of the three membership levels (i.e. a 12-month period).

  • By June 12th, 2023, you have earned 750 DevOps Points, qualifying you as an Advocate. Note that you are immediately awarded this new DevOps status upon reaching the required number of points.

  • By November 24th, 2023, you have earned 5000 DevOps Points, qualifying you as an Enabler. Again, you are immediately awarded this new status.

  • Upon reaching your first anniversary on April 12, 2024, you have earned a total of 7600 DevOps Points. Your annual DevOps Points are reset to zero, but you retain your Enabler level, at least until the next renewal comes around. To maintain this status by then, you will need to accumulate at minimum 5000 DevOps Points again before April 12, 2025.

    DevOpsPointsLifeCycle

  • By August 13th, 2024, you have earned 750 DevOps Points, already ensuring your Advocate status at the end of the 12-month period, on April 12, 2025. Of course, while you have reached the Advocate status again, you still remain an Enabler, as this was the level you obtained during your previous membership year.

  • Upon reaching your second anniversary on April 12, 2025, you have earned a total of 4300 DevOps Points. You did not accumulate the required 5000 Points to retain the Enabler level within a 12-month period. Consequently, you are now demoted to the Advocate level. To retain this level, you will need to collect 750 DevOps Points before April 12, 2026.

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  • By June 5th, 2026, you have earned 750 DevOps Points, ensuring your Advocate status for the next renewal.

  • By September 9th, 2026, you have earned 5000 DevOps Points and are instantly promoted to the Enabler level.

  • Upon reaching your third anniversary on April 12, 2026, you have earned a total of 7500 DevOps Points and will therefore retain the Enabler level at least until the next renewal on April 12, 2027.

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