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What are IT Certifications and Why are they Important?

Added: Thursday August 22nd 2013 at 10:48:00 AM

There always seems to be an on-going debate among industry professionals regarding IT Certification importance in maintaining relevancy in the field. After all, isn’t experience just as important?


IT Certification is a formal process of determining if an individual is knowledgeable and qualified in a particular skillset. There are many different types of IT Certifications; some are industry-specific, while others are technology-specific (and some even combine the two). As an example, Microsoft offers different types of certifications within each of its levels; the partner level, the company level, their gold program, their small business specialist program… and that’s just Microsoft. Cisco, Dell, IBM all offer their own levels and certifications.


Still interested in IT Certifications? Tech Republic lists out the “Top five in-demand IT certifications for 2013”.


What does that mean for a business owner looking to outsource some of his/her technology needs? Actually a lot, but don’t worry, you don’t have to actually know about them. Because, let’s face it – it’s just too much to keep up with.


As a business owner, you’re looking for a company that can meet your technology needs – one that can allow your technology to grow along with your ever-growing business requirements. When meeting with a prospective vendor, ask them about what makes them knowledgeable in your particular field. Are they certified? Do they have other client examples that they can show you?


While experience will always be important, IT Certifications ensure that the professionals you hire are providing you with the latest technology solutions to meet your company’s needs and future goals. And, because time is money, IT Certifications help ensure that these professionals are solving your technology issues as efficiently as possible.


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