After dozens of emails with headhunters, engineers and managers, we created a subjective list of ten the best IT Certifications 2012 Edition.
The list will tell you what is important on the IT market.
Pass one of these exams and say goodbye to problems with money and employment.
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1. CCIE R&S
Still one of the best IT certifications. In 2012 the internet still will be growing, and we will see new data centers. All solutions need good and reliable network at the bottom. Still CCIE R&S certification is the best determinant of a network engineer.
New certifications like CCDE and CCAr will not have value to the employers. A good CCIE with experience is the best investment for 90% of big companies.
This year VMware presented a new ESXi 5.0. Virtualization technologies are almost in every corporation and even smaller companies are using the VMware solutions in their data centers. Almost every engineer know, how to configure and operate vCenter, ESX and ESXi. Not too many people understand all aspects of virtualization and know how to scale systems with all aspects of high availability. Year 2012 will belong to VMware Certified Design Experts. Number two on the list of the best IT certifications 2012.
As always in 2012 a good project manager will be the most valuable for IT departments. Coordination of all teams and translation technical language to business needs and vice versa with risk management is as important as never. And as always PMP is the best IT certification for project managers.
4. CCNP Security
CCNP Security is one of the most updated exam in the Cisco portfolio. Many people think that CCIE Security is the most important. This is true, but not for each employer. After passing all exams from the CCNP Security track, you will achieve all needed requirements to configure and design firewalls, IPSs and the security settings on routers and switches. Everything with the newest versions of software and on new devices. Important for big companies.
5. MCITP: Windows 2008 R2 Server Enterprise Administrator
Windows 2008 will be the most popular operating system in small and big companies. MCITP Enterprise Administrator gives all necessary knowledge for operators of big server farms. Combination with VCP/VCDX or MCTS: Virtualization gives you a good job in almost all companies in the world.
6. MCTS: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist – Windows Server Virtualization
Still few steps after VMware, but perfect integration with SCCM and almost all futures from VMware, gives Microsoft Certified Technology Specialists a good place in big organizations.
7. HP Master ASE – Network Infrastructure (MASE)
HP, after acquiring 3Com and H3C, is ready for the BIG market. Many companies are starting to implement HP devices beside Cisco’s. All CCNPs and CCIEs can upgrade their competencies and translate the Cisco language to the HP language. If you are CCIE or CCNP, do not wait and upgrade your skills to MASE.
Still Red Hat Linux is the most important operating systems in all companies (after Microsoft Windows) and still employers want to hire engineers with the RHCE certification. Architecture is not as important as configuration and troubleshooting in this segment of organizations.
For many years in TOP TEN of the best IT Certifications. In 2012 CISSP will be, as always, needed in all security departments.
10. CCIE Voice
The last place on the list of the best IT Certifications 2012. CCNP Voice and CCIE Voice will be important in all organizations. IP telephony will be growing (as always) and the last old PBXes will be migrated to CallManagers and IP gateways. The voice specialization will be very important for many years.
You cannot find other big players on the list, like Juniper or Oracle (which are still very important). The first one is still in the shade of Cisco. The second one in not the best choice, because DB world is migrating to non-sql standards.
Also on the list of the best IT Certifications 2012 you cannot find nothing for programming and application developers. Not too many companies need an IT certification from a developer. “Only” knowledge and experience is needed.
Year 2012 will be dominated by virtualization technologies and big consolidations. For all these projects we need also good network engineers and project managers.
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