Top 10 Certifications with Staying Power

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As just discussed in the Cognos certification, Big Data — the gathering and analysis of vast quantities of information — is a huge growth area. As an example, according to the Wikipedia article on Big Data, the world's total storage capacity has doubled every 40 months or so since the 1980s, to the point that by 2012, every single day, 2.5 quintillion (2.5 x 1018) bytes of data are generated. Big Data's challenges include not only how to store that much information, but how to analyze, visualize and search it. Sample use cases of Big Data producers and the associated needs to use it are for live traffic information and search engine use.

EMC has created technologies to store vast quantities of data for decades; it is now looking to analyze the information and provide the tools and skills to do so. It has created the EMCDSA certification as a way to prove that you have the skills and mindset to do this kind of work. For information on this certification, please refer to

IT is a very fast-changing industry - what is hot today may be a tiny niche market in only a few years and things that few have heard of may be huge trends in the same timeframe. That having been said, many certifications have a long life span, by which we don't mean that the certification is good for many years before it expires, but rather that the certification has been around and will be around (as best as the future is predictable) for a long time. This does not imply that recertification on new versions and/or continuing education credits are not required to maintain certification, however. Predicting the future is always challenging, not the least a future in IT, but these certifications are good bets.

The top 10 certifications that meet this criterion (in no particular order), identified by Global Knowledge instructor John Hales, include the following. Note that the certifications are broad in terms of topics covered and are not all strictly IT administrator-based.


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