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Certification Watch, Vol. 24, Issue 4

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA identifies the most "popular" IT certifications of 2021, ISACA shakes up its annual lineup of IT conferences, and more.

CompTIA Evaluates List of Popular Certifications


It's good to be popular, right?What does it mean to be "popular," beyond the Sally Field/Julia Roberts sense of being liked and admired by one's peers, or the Glinda and Elphaba from Wicked sense of knowing the "proper ploys" to flirt with boys, as well as being good at sports, having a robust vocabulary cool slang words, and knowing who to hang out with? Well, for one thing, "popularity" among certifications is apparently at least partially derived from the security of large groups. (Hooray, just like junior high school!) By that we mean that this week's new post to the official blog of tech industry association CompTIA with the headline "Most Popular IT Certifications for 2021" does not list and evaluate individual IT credentials. There is an infographic included in the post (based on data from the newly available Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report) that identifies the 10 Most Widely Held Certifications Worldwide. (No. 1 is the ITIL Foundation cert from AXELOS.) Instead of dishing cert-specific details, however, blogger Emily Matzelle instead discusses one broad industry-spanning class of credentials (cybersecurity certifications) and five IT certification providers that have large portfolios of IT certifications. "Cybersecurity certifications" are listed first, so they must (collectively) be No. 1.


ISACA to Members: Let's Get Together (Virtually and Not) in 2021


A new year brings a host of new opportunities to gather and interact with like-minded IT professionals. The IT conferencegoing season for 2021 is heating up already, and cybersecurity and governance professional association ISACA rolled out a schedule this week that addresses dates all over the calendar. One big change from past years is that ISACA is retiring its long-running Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS) series, turning the page on more than 40 years of history. The final CACS event, Latin America CACS, is set to be held March 25-26 in the Dominican Republic. Elsewhere on the ISACA event calendar, CACS is being replaced the ISACA Conference events, this first of which will be ISACA Conference North America in May. Some of the events described will be virtual — following the COVID-accommodating model that emerged last year — like ISACA Conference North America. Others, like ISACA Conference Europe (in October) are planned to have a hybrid schedule of both virtual and in-person events.


Microsoft Learn: Anyone Can Learn New IT Skills


You don't have to know everything about computers and technology, at least not initially, to break into the professional world of computers and technology. Modern learning tools and platforms, many of them available free of charge, can help anyone get up to speed, sometimes in a breathtakingly short period of time. Along those lines, there's a seriously cool story that appeared this week at the Microsoft Learn Blog, where a lengthy post relates the IT journey of Haimantika Mitra, a young woman currently enrolled at a private engineering and management college in India. As a second-year student at Siliguri Institute of Technology (SIT) with a passing interest in electronics and devices, Ms. Mitra started to investigate the field of computer programming, an area where she had no existing knowledge to speak of. What happened from there involves the Microsoft Power Platform and leads to the part of the blog post headline that identifies our hero as an "app-making intern." It you enjoy individual IT success stories, then this is definitely one to check out.


What Hath COVID-19 Wrought? Taking Stock Of 2020 IT Disruptions


COVID-19 changed the IT landscape in many different ways.To close us out this week, we turn to an article from the January issue of Certification Magazine that has been posted to, the official website of the august IT publication. The piece, by longtime IT commentator Aaron Axline, is both backward- and forward-looking, taking stock of the crazy disruptions caused across the IT landscape by the onset of the still-unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. What did we learn from a year's worth of wearing masks, working from home, and suddenly having to invent or adapt to virtual means of doing almost everything? And based on all of that, what will we do differently in the future, even after the pandemic is under control? These are good questions for almost everyone in IT to consider, and this is a good starting point for the lenghty and (hopefully) productive discussions that are likely to ensue.


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