Vendors Unite to Tackle IT Certifications

By Sara Driscoll  |  Posted 2007-11-14 Email Print this article Print


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Professional bodies, vendors and training companies launch an IT Certification Council.

Rival technology vendors are putting their differences aside to jointly develop and address the perceptions of IT certifications.

Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Sun and Novell, alongside industry organizations CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) and the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) have formed the ITCC (Information Technology Certification Council).

The council will provide information to employers, government officials, academia and individuals on the IT certifications available as well as position professional certifications for major new growth.

"The industry has come together to drive the value of certification," said Bill Horzempa, ITCC chair and director of the Worldwide HP Certified Professional Program at HP. "We want our customers and partners to know that we, as industry leaders, are providing them with well-equipped people to do the job."

The ITCC will examine and discuss issues affecting IT certification exam security, perceptions versus realities of IT certification value and return on investment, and training to testing ratios.

"Organizations that benefit the most from their investment in technology are the ones that understand that certified IT professionals have the job skills necessary to run IT infrastructures efficiently and reliably," said Neill Hopkins, vice president, skills development, CompTIA.

"The positive impact of IT certification is measurable in many ways: greater network availability; higher worker productivity; and improved security are just a few examples. All of these factors have a positive impact on a business's financial bottom line. That's why more and more organizations view IT certifications as a business necessity."

Test development and delivery providers Pearson VUE and Prometric, and education provider Kaplan are also founder members of the ITCC.

Sara Driscoll began her journalism career at 16 years old on her local newspaper, The Watford Observer. Working part time, she covered a range of beats. Leaving to complete her Journalism Degree at Bournemouth University, UK, Sara then went on to graduate and work for Emap. She began as a reporter on APR, Emap's construction title, being promoted to senior reporter with a year.Sara then joined VNU Business Publications as Deputy News Editor on CRN, the weekly trade title for channel players. She covered industry/business news from vendors, distributors and resellers, product announcements, partner announcements as well as market and trend analysis, research and in depth articles to predict up and coming trends in the sector. She was promoted within a year to News Editor, a year later to Deputy Editor and the following year became Editor. Sara remained editor of CRN for three years, launching the magazine on new platforms including CRN TV and eBooks, as well as several magazine and web site redesigns. She was called on for expert industry comment from various publications including appearing on live BBC news programs. Sara joined Ziff Davis Enterprise as Editor of eWeek Channel Insider. She runs the title in all formats – online up to the minute news, newsletters, emails alerts and events. She also manages the brand of Channel Insider in all formats - events, shows, awards, panel debates and roundtables.Sara can be reached


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