CompTIA: Which of Our Cloud Credentials Is Right for You?
Everything is happening in the cloud these days. (Well, unless you're talking about actual clouds in the sky above the Earth. At least with those clouds, at least in much of the western United States – where GoCertify is located – rain and other forms of precipitation are rather emphatically not happening. Yikes!) If you're a working IT professional looking to expand your existing portfolio of knowledge and skills and you DON'T have a strong fluency in cloud computing, well, there's only one direction to go, isn't there? Except that maybe there is more than one direction to go: Tech industry association CompTIA, in fact, offers not one, but two cloud computing certifications, either of which could be seen as providing a strong point of entry to the cloud computing realm as a whole. A new post to the official CompTIA blog at the end of last week lays out the choice between Cloud+ and Cloud Essentials for prospective certification candidates and offers some advice about where to start one's cloud computing certification journey. For example, if you're in the business realm and generally find yourself lacking in cloud knowledge, then Cloud Essentials might be the best direction to take. Anyone whose career is connected to IT is going to benefit cloud computing fluency, and arguably even NEED a degree of such fluency, so this is a great opportunity to get a sense of which direction to take in pursuit of that expanded knowledge.
Get Certified to Get Your Head in the Cloud
There are, of course, numerous certification options available to anyone who is looking to level up their cloud computing knowledge and skills. CompTIA certifications are great for mastering platform-agnostic cloud concepts, but the likelihood, at least for serious IT professionals, is that the bulk of your cloud computing labors will center around someone's proprietary flavor of cloud technology. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and Google suck up a lot of the oxygen in the room when it comes to laying out whose cloud tech dominates the market. Longtime technology titan IBM should probably not be left out of that conversation entirely, however, and there's a nice sound bite (sound byte?) at the IBM Training and Skills Blog this week from certified cloud professional Emma Dinkins, who says that certification should play a central role in anyone's attempt to board the cloud skills and knowledge bandwagon. In Dinkins own words: "I strongly recommend anyone who wants to grow their skills in cloud: Get certification!" We couldn't have said it any better ourselves.
The Role of Trust in Your IT Career
It takes a lot of different key ingredients to strike the right blend needed to move your career forward, especially when you're relatively new to whatever field where you've chosen to make your bones. In addition to knowledge, hard work, interpersonal elan, and some of the other standard answers, however, you can go a long way toward consistently putting your best foot forward if employers feel that you and they have a solid level of reciprocal trust. To that end, there's some solid advice over at the ISACA Now blog of cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA this week. Guest blogger Sneha Dasgupta discusses the importance of integrity and credibility in building, maintaining, and strengthening trust. Dasgupta is focused, in particular, on the "early-career" importance of trust. Her post is a good quick hit for young professionals working in IT circles.
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