Eight IT Certifications Trending Up for 2013

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Today, businesses are assessing the critical infrastructure necessary to cope with Big Data. For IT, one component is key-comprehensive analytics knowledge. Due to the volume, velocity and variety of unstructured information, many businesses face key challenges when trying to analyze the data they accrue from so many different sources. Sophisticated analytics have been created to help companies grapple with complicated client information to increase their bottom line.

Certificates in analytics, data mining and data science are offered by EMC, Datameer, Cisco, and many others helping you to acquire the skills needed to extract reliable information from large data sets. Qualified, highly skilled and trained data specialists are in high demand but there are too few candidates who fit the bill; having this capability as part of your IT skillset can increase your competitiveness and long-term viability.

The nature of IT is to stay ahead of the curve in all things related to technology. Today, the expectation is that IT professionals will have a measure of capability, if not proficiency, in everything from wireless networking and security to mobile app development and maintaining a cloud-based infrastructure. However, IT pros can't be everywhere at once. By developing skillsets in certain areas, both entry-level and accomplished IT veterans can remain current with changing trends and adapt to new ones.

Extending your expertise into new areas demonstrates that as an IT professional, you can manage the complex changes taking place today in technology and that you are up to the challenge. That approach is extremely valuable as enterprises and SMBs cope with an ever-evolving data center and look to IT to provide critical direction and support.

Acquiring one of these emerging certifications also speaks volumes to prospective employers. It makes an impression on HR reviewers because it shows openness to growing complexity and an ability to function beyond one's comfort zone. In today's environment, such change is constant. In this slideshow, Global Knowledge examines trending IT certifications and explores why these new skills will be increasingly vital in the current technological and economic climate.


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