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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 9)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, DevOps certifications are suddenly popping up like weeds after a spring rain, a word about certifications and salary from ISACA, and more.

Everyone Has a New DevOps Certification


There's a new DevOps certification everywhere you look.You scream, I scream, we all scream for ... DevOps certification? DevOps has been a hot new thing for a couple of years, but it takes time to get a certification together. Now two popular certification programs have apparently cracked the code at the same time. A new post to the Microsoft Learning Blog broke the news yesterday that the DevOps cert Microsoft teased in beta last November is finally ready for primetime. The blog post gives the new certificaiton some context and explores at length what exam candidates should do to prepare. You can also click through to the home page for the new Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert credential. Historical Microsoft rival IBM, meanwhile, is also ready to certify your knowledge of DevOps. The new IBM Certified Solution Advisor – DevOps V2 credential is "designed to consistently measure and validate the underlying concepts of DevOps as well as the ability to implement DevOps processes and solutions for clients." If you still wish you knew enough about DevOps just to simply and coherently express what it is — us too, by the way — well, here's one place to start.


Red Hat Launches Telecommunications Certification Program


While we're on the subject of new certifications, Red Hat is throwing its, er, hat into the hitherto unreddened telecommunications ring. Earlier today the company announced the launch of its new Red Hat Certified Architect Program in Telco Cloud. The new certification program will help Red Hat certified professionals work their way up to the coveted Red Hat Certified Achitect in Infrastructure designation, one of just two Red Hat Certified Architect credentials (the other is Red Hat Certified Architect in Enterprise Applications) that are the capstone of the entire Red Hat certification pyramid. In a nutshell, the new program is "designed to help Red Hat Certified Engineers and Red Hat Certified Architects gain the knowledge needed to effectively use virtualized and cloud-native functions in building telecommunications infrastructure and services." We couldn't have said it better ourselves (which is, uh, why we didn't try).


From CCENT to CCNP: One Man's Certification Odyssey


As longtime readers know, we here at Certification Watch tend to be suckers for a good certification story. We like to hear about individuals who seize the IT certification bull by the horns and take their tech careers to new heights. Over at Cisco Learning Network's Talking Tech with Cisco blog, there's a fun new post this week about a fellow by the name of Eric Taylor. Mr. Taylor was a system administrator for a community college when he first stepped foot on the certification path after using Cisco tech to manage a remote campus. Curious to learn more, he started out at Cisco's certification ground zero with the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) credential, and his certification journey quickly picked up steam from there. If you need some inspiration to get your own certification story rolling on down the track, then click over and dive into the details.


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