August 30, 2008, 12:01 AM —
My organization is seriously looking at IT industry certifications as a way of developing and validating our IT skills. Thereâ€™s been mixed reactions to the introduction of IT certifications. Some believe that itâ€™s a way of elevating certain professions within the organization that may not have received the recognition that they deserve. Others think that certification for the sake of certification doesnâ€™tÂ really help us reach our goals and move the organization forward.
Now, Iâ€™ve been around IT certifications since the early 90â€™s when Novell first introduced the CNE program. Iâ€™ve seen the birth and maturing of the certification industry, gone through the â€œpaper certificationâ€ craze, and come out the other end, where companies wonâ€™t release a technology without introducing an accompanying certification and training program.
So I got to thinking, â€œWhat is the value in todayâ€™s IT certifications?â€ What do they get you and are they worth it? (These spontaneous thoughts might also have been triggered by Microsoftâ€™s introduction of their $18K â€œMasterâ€ certification program.)
So this week letâ€™s hear from you. Share with us your thoughts on IT certifications.
Can you afford to get them on your own and would you invest in them?
Does your company care about certification?
Did they help you get your last job?