Top 10 Certifications with Staying Power

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You may be wondering, "What is Cognos? I've never heard of it before." Cognos is set of Business Intelligence (BI) and Performance Management (PM) tools from IBM. IBM purchased Cognos, Inc. and its products in 2008, but Cognos has been around since the late 1960s. As businesses generate more and more data, the need to analyze that data becomes ever more important. Cognos is not the only tool available; Microsoft, Oracle (Hyperion line), and SAP are also big vendors, as is SAS.

If you're interested in analysis of all of this information, look into the offerings of each company and specialize in one or more. Cognos is listed here as it has been around a very long time and is owned and promoted by IBM. Certification in the BI arena alone involves four exams, three core exams and an elective depending on a specific area of interest, such as an administrator or one of several types of developers. For information on this certification, please refer to http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/47000802.shtml.

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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