Ten Certifications That Actually Mean Something

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The MCITP certification validates that the IT professional is capable of deploying, building, designing, optimizing, and operating technologies for a particular job role. MCITP certifications build on the technical proficiency measured in the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. The MCITP Database Administrator demonstrates knowledge of SQL Server instances and database solutions, database server security solutions, high-availability databases, backup and recovery solutions, monitoring strategies, database management and maintenance strategies, and data distribution strategies. The exams for this certification will retire in late July 2013 - replaced by the MCSE: Data Platform. The MCSE: Data Platform demonstrates that you have a broad skill set in building and administering enterprise-scale data solutions on both cloud environments and on-premises.

What gives meaning to a certification? Is it the certification vendor? Is it the subject? Or is it the perceived difficulty, mystique or aura? Or might it be something totally different? There are some certifications and/or vendors that are perceived to be more valuable - think of Cisco's CCIE, which has been perceived as meaning something (value) since its inception. Then there are other certifications that don't have this same perceived value - certifications that are seen as too easy or ones that might be seen as entry-level certifications. Global Knowledge instructor Randy Muller, MCT, MCTS, MCSE, CEH, has identified a list of certifications that do have perceived value and worth.

 

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