As quickly as technology is moving, just one year without updating the training of your IT department could set you behind the competition. What training and certifications do you need to offer? Training priorities depend on your current IT environment and what your goals are as an organization. Here are the top courses to consider according to the most important IT specializations today.
|As the demand for qualified data scientists grows and supplies dwindle, grooming in-house staff is a better option. Just pay them well so they don't take that training to your competitor.|
If you're trying to hire a big data scientist from outside the company, good luck. These professionals are few, far between, and extremely expensive. A better option is home growing your own. Choose workers with strong mathematical and programming skills, and preferably a good level of creativity and communication skills. Consider grooming these individuals with certifications like EMC: Data Science Associate, HP Vertica Big Data Solutions Administrator, SAS Certified Predictive Modeler, or SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst courses.
If cloud computing is a significant part of your IT future (and it likely is), you'll need trained people in house to help you set up and manage a virtualized environment. The top cloud certifications right now include Amazon Web Services (AWS Certified Solutions Architects, AWS Certified Developers, and AWS SysOps Administrators), CompTIA Cloud+, MCSE: Private Cloud, and VMware VCP6 Cloud.
Cyber Security and Forensics
Cyber security is the top priority for many IT departments these days. Almost every other week a new breach or threat takes over the headlines. Cyber security specialists work to keep systems and data secure, while forensics experts help track (and hopefully prosecute) hackers and cyber terrorists. Security specialists need certifications like CompTIA Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker, GIAC Security Essentials, Certified Information Systems Security Specialist (CISSP), or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). Forensics personnel need similar certifications, such as CCE, CFCE, CHFI, GCFA, GCFE, and PCI.
Even in a heavily virtualized environment, there still need to be a few trained hardware professionals around. However, in today's IT infrastructure, it's impossible to totally separate the issues of hardware and software. Programs that train workers to install, set up, configure, manage, and maintain hardware include ACMT, ITS Technician, A+, and CWTS. Certifications are available in each of these.
|Networking skills are usually taught and certified by the vendors.|
When it comes to improving network performance, most training courses and certifications are vendor specific. The ideal way to keep workers on top of their game is to obtain the training offered by your networking vendor. Often, some training is provided along with the initial purchase of your networking equipment and software. When it is not, you can arrange for training with the vendor with which you have a working relationship.
From this list, you should be able to get the training you need to prepare your IT team for the future. To learn more about the next generation of network management, visit NETSCOUT for a free whitepaper today.