Everyone Has a New DevOps Certification
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 certification 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 Architect 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.
And Now for a Few Words About Certification and Salary
Certification researcher David Foote is one of the leading figures in the IT certification realm, widely respected for his ongoing analysis of the dollar value of various IT certifications. Foote dropped in at the ISACA Now Blog of cybersecurity and governance association ISACA – which manages a fistful of certs frequently associated with six-figure salaries – at the end of last week, to trumpet the findings of his latest IT Skills Demand and Pay Trends report. Foote's latest research indicates that the average "cash market value" for IT certs is at its lowest point in four years. (A similar detail popped through in the annual Salary Survey conducted by Certification Magazine, which recently tracked the lowest average annual salary among certified professionals since 2013.) Foote discusses at length the whys and wherefores of this troublesome development and relates some interesting historical data about the up-and-down volatility of certification compensation.
New CCSP Certification Exam in the Works
The recent explosion in popularity of cloud computing, particularly at the enterprise level, as well as ongoing concerns about cybersecurity, has fueled the meteoric growth of the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential unveiled by (ISC)2 in early 2015. In just four years, CCSP has already become the second-most widely held (ISC)2 certification. Now CCSP is getting its first overhaul. Sometime GoCertify contributor Mike Chapple dives deep into the details in a new feature at CertMag.com, the Certification Magazine website. CCSP has become a staple of CertMag's Deep Focus series, which profiles top-paying certifications identified by the annual Salary Survey.
That's all for this edition of Certification Watch. Please keep your certification news and tips coming to the GoCertify News Editor.