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Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/23/2014 | 9:58:46 AM
Re: Cost
Paul, I have to say I agree with you that the certification model of education and proving your worth is not particularly fair or effective. It just seems to be the way the industry has evolved. As @aditshar pointed out, his company paid for several certification programs for him. But I believe he works for an extremely large company. So only the IT pros working in that environment where their employers have big training budgets are really able to benefit.

I also think the vendor-centric nature of the certs is going to rapidly decline in usefulness, and I wonder if we'll see more cross-vendor certs, or more people not bothering to get certified in the first place because the skills are not applicable enough to their real work. Anyone have thoughts on that?
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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6/23/2014 | 2:41:51 AM
Re: Cost
In India most of the companies and enterprise are sponsoring these kind of certification. I did CCNA, CCNP, JNCIA and they all were sponsored by my company. The only condition is i should pass, in case i fail the exam i had to bear the cost.
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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6/23/2014 | 2:38:27 AM
Re: Additional certs?
Yes I agree ITIL ask you to adapt common model, but again you can modify or make hybrid model as per your need. But this shall increase management pain and i guess just to reduce stress and glichtes in process and management ITIL helps you to bring your self on common platform.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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6/21/2014 | 10:30:22 AM
Cost

These certs are all nice to have but not everyone can afford to get certified. That's the issue I have with these certs. I think it's somewhat of a racquet.

ReturnoftheMus
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ReturnoftheMus,
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6/20/2014 | 1:25:02 PM
LOL, if World-War III were to break out tomorrow Greg would probably blame it on ITIL
'ITIL's is too static and forces businesses to adapt to a common model'

That common model has helped many an Enterprise solve the business/IT alignment conundrum that has plauged them for many years. It's also a framework and like all frameworks, you pick and choose the parts that are most relevant.

However, in this context I doubt it could be classed as a cutting-edge skill, a bit like Project and Risk Management, only for the experienced.

I think the best bets on the list were NSX and Cisco's Network Programmabilty offerings, everything else seemed more geared towards developers. On the OpenStack front, I'd probably go with the RedHat distro rather than Mirantis.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/20/2014 | 10:34:13 AM
Re: Additional certs?
Aditya, I unfortunately don't quite understand all the details of the disagreement, but there's an article about it here:

http://ubm.io/1m3H6Ec

And I have heard other speakers and experts say that that ITIL's is too static and forces businesses to adapt to a common model when they should be developing one that is unique to their own needs.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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6/20/2014 | 9:19:15 AM
Re: Additional certs?
Susan, that is a good point, often times it can take decades to buildup these expertise, either through education/certification or from experience, or both, all this requires resources in the form of time or capital, and the returns should definitely be able to match the initial investment.

And rightly so, a firm should expect to compensate an individual that is going from a financial management position to a CFO position, with a $100k+ range pay. 
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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6/20/2014 | 1:30:23 AM
Re: Additional certs?
Yes i can still see numbers increasing for ITIL certification, although i am not sure about conflicting points, would be helpful if you can share some of them here. Also Cloud and SDN is more about Software and SAM (Software asset managment) is a primary topic of ITILv2 and is closely associated with the ITIL Application Management function.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/19/2014 | 9:48:39 AM
Re: Additional certs?
Aditya, thanks for the feedback. I hear conflicting things about ITIL these days and how it works with newer architectures like cloud and SDN. Are companies still training employees in ITIL?
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/19/2014 | 9:46:15 AM
Re: Additional certs?
Brian, I think you're right. There is a lot riding on the success or failure of these folks, so they should be paid well, IMO.
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