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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.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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6/18/2014 | 6:45:30 AM
Re: Additional certs?
@Susan, data is increasing becoming mobile and financial data is also coming along for the ride. This make risk and information management very important, individuals in the financial departments have a lot of demand to learn about techniques by which data can be audited, tracked and secured (both from attackers and backups). I feel this is one reason that makes CRISC certification among the top paying certifications for 2014.
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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6/18/2014 | 2:38:24 AM
Re: Additional certs?
Although I am struggling these days to complete my CCIE, but i feel ITIL and JNCIE should also be allowed to make in space in your list.
OrhanErgun
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OrhanErgun,
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6/17/2014 | 2:25:04 PM
Re: Additional certs?
I would like to see CCDE in  the list. It deserves.:)
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