Top 5 IT Certifications for 2012
While owners of computer consulting businesses, IT solution providers, VARs, and MSPs look to differentiate their firms from the competition, small business clients with bigger budgets are often looking for technology providers that have staff with the right certifications to back their skills. As we enter 2012, here are the top five IT certifications worthy of your attention:
MCITP—Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional: Microsoft’s MCITP certification is a collection of individual exams that make up certification tracks in certain combinations. Obtaining MCITP certification generally shows proficiency in Microsoft technology. The MCITP certification covers a lot of Microsoft technology used in corporate environments. So, based on your clients’ needs, you can choose what you need, including desktop support, server, SharePoint, and database administration.
CISSP—Certified Information Systems Security Professional: The CISSP is the most prestigious certification in the sphere of information security. The exam covers the 10 areas of interest contained in the CISSP Common Book of Knowledge and is based on the CIA triad, and information assurance and security tenets.
CompTIA Certifications—A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Server+: CompTIA certifications are mostly targeted at entry-level professionals to back up the little experience they may have. The CompTIA A+ is by far the most popular CompTIA certification, with Network+ in second place. Others, however, are relevant and a good way to differentiate your entry- to mid-level staff.
VMWare Certified Professional: As virtualization skills continue to increase, setting your team apart from the rest of the crowd is something to consider. Acquiring the vSphere VCP adds further credibility to your skill set for implementing, designing, and maintaining a virtualized environment.
Cisco Certifications—CCNP, CCIE R&S/Security/Voice: Cisco remains the biggest network infrastructure hardware supplier in the world, and its hardware is likely to be found in every major company with IP telephones, routers, and switches. The CCNP, CCIE R&S/Security, and Voice certifications are valuable for those staff in networking and network security. It is widely known that the CCIE is one of the most difficult certifications to pass, with a written exam and a physical lab simulation that may take days to complete.
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