What to look for in an IT certification

Because of the large number of technologies falling under the IT umbrella, it’s often difficult for enterprises and individuals to figure out which certifications they should invest in.

Whether executives choose to enroll their employees in a Microsoft training course or some other program depends on the particular needs of individual companies. In addition, corporations should pay attention to instructor credentials and how final exams are distributed. 

Advancing or maintaining? 
training-it-securityWhile some organizations want to move some, if not all, of their processes and IT assets into the cloud, other companies may simply want to make the most out of their on-premise solutions. For example, enterprises using database environments constructed in the mid-2000s may enroll their IT employees in SQL training courses to stay current with the times. The more educated staff members are, the better they’ll be able to utilize what’s available.

Organizations looking to move past in-house data centers often turn to the cloud for a solution. However, IT veterans who have been working in the industry for 20 years or longer may understand the concept, but don’t know how to put the technology into practice. Host Review conducted an analysis of 11 cloud computing training programs, one of the courses consisting of private cloud certification for Microsoft products. The source noted that the curriculum covers Microsoft’s Hyper-V, System Center and communication tools such as SharePoint and Exchange. 

What to look for 
Ken Salchow Jr., a contributor to InformationWeek, cited a Lumina Foundation survey which found that many businesses doubt higher education institutions’ ability to properly instruct students in the skills they need. Respondents also expressed a willingness to invest in post-graduate programs that provide their workers with knowledge of IT applications and environments. 

However, many executives have difficulty figuring out which certifications to choose from. Plenty of options are available, but selecting which one to enroll in depends on the quality of the coursework, the professionals leading the classes and how applicable the training is to specific corporate needs. 

Salchow maintained that scrutinizing the examination process will help business leaders figure out whether a course is right for their staff. Handing out a multiple choice exam is a poor way to test enrollees’ ability to apply their newfound knowledge to problems or tasks. For example, can the candidate troubleshoot servers? Is he or she capable of using a program in a creative manner that can bring new benefits to a company? These are just a few of the many questions a test should answer.

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