The broad MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) cert made an appearance on Dice's increased earning power list, as did the MCSE and the MCSA. The MCP and MCSE showed up on the getting hired list as well.
Eckel urges IT pros to consider CompTIA's Network+ and A+ accreditations as "default accreditations," noting they "are so important to everything else that occurs within an IT environment that there can be no argument against them." The A+ accreditation made both Dice lists, though Network+ was not mentioned on either.
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Two certifications Eckel mentions as "safe bets" due to the desire for security and project management skills, ISC2's Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP), are also on both Dice lists. When combined with other support or administration skills, these certs "create[s] a powerful combination hard to dismiss, even in a tight economy," Eckel writes.
... They did that first round of virtualization, the consolidation, pretty much on their own. They had to get some help with training, probably called VMware more than they wanted to, but once they got there, they felt like they could do it. The more complex applications they didn't virtualize in the first round were more database intensive in round two of virtualization. They're working with their application vendors to get it right. Things got a little tougher, but still not many complaints. ...