Why Certification Does Matter

There seems to a lot skepticism on IT Certification and there’s probably a good reason for that. But that is not what I’ll be blogging about in this post. I’m looking for empowering reasons to DO get certified.

For individuals it’s always good to stretch yourself; life begins at the end of your comfort zone. The harder you need to strech the more satisfaction you get out of the result. Maybe that’s even better than a higher salary or bonus, although I do not underestimate those benefits. Certification makes it easier to search for new jobs, you can show that you’re up to date in your field of expertise. Passing an exam is also an acknowledgement for yourself of which you should be proud.

I also think it’s normal to stay up to date, looking at my closest relatives (neither of them are into IT), they all keep on developping their skills and knowledge about their respective jobs. Even my 82 year old mother as a biologist…. She blogs and is active on LinkedIn. But especially in IT, you’re out if you’re not up to date, it goes with the job. About nine months ago I blogged that the “serverhuggers” will be the first to lose their jobs. Last week I heard a CIO/CEO say: “What’s the difference between Elvis and a Systems Administrator? The Systems Administrator is really dead!”

For employers it seems logical that they only want to hire qualified employees to manage their expensive hard and software systems. I’m always very unpleasantly surprised to hear that they just “trust” their people but have actually no idea what they are doing for their money. It’s ridiculous to have untrained and unskilled people manage very expensive systems on which the company relies for it’s primary business processes. As employers invest in new technologies, training is hardly ever on the budget. It’s time now to take that business serious, IT has evolved enough to get rid of the sociologist who happens to know something about Windows. Windows is not manageable through therapy (most of the time… J). Employers investing in people have a more loyal workforce, no, they won’t run after they took their classes and passed their exams.

For outsourcers, headhunters, employer agencies and companies like that, you charge your customers big bucks so you’d better deliver. I do not only want to see an impressive resume with projects, responsibilities and accomplishments. I want to see a steady list of Certifications matching the position, otherwise we have no deal. So you should demand of your candidates a proper set of certifications, moreover, it should be the first thing to look for in any resume.

I take pride in being an IT Professional with an outstanding track record of certification and through that achieving great results in projects and training. And that leads to being reckoned as expert and guru in my fields of expertise.

Surface experiences, absolutely fabulous!

My Surface was late, USPS Express Mail took 8 days from Seattle to Amsterdam….. But that’s all forgotten now, I’ve been playing (and working) with it for 3 days now. And I’m HOOKED!

Although I have had Windows 8 running on my Laptop for a couple of months now, Surface is surprisingly “new” because of the touch experience. I only attach the Touch Cover when I really need to type, like right now. I can manage Tweets and mail very well with the on screen keyboard. When you are already used to Windows 8, the first thing you notice is that Surface is Windows! Mostly because of Office and with that SharePoint.

I try to do everything on Surface, my full blown Laptop (2x SSD, 16 GB) just sits there as RDP endpoint. This week I will do a MCSA Server 2012 Training, the VMs run on the laptop and I will presenting on my Surface…. Cool! There is just one drawback on that; the VGA-adapter sits way to loose for walking around and gesturing, I will have to use some duck tape to keep the adapter in place. So far I do not miss a thing on Surface, and, it’s NOT a PC. For a lot of work I will use the laptop but mostly I will leave it at work or at home. No more carrying around my “portable datacenter” when I visit customers or do events. Light travelling J.

There is one thing really bugging me and that is the Lync App; it works at home, it does not work in the office. Both on the Office365 Community site and the Lync site, I found people struggling with this issue as well. So far none of the suggestions worked for me, it seems to be in the App, as the Office Lync client works perfectly and according to the Forums it happens with both Office365 and Lync Server onprem. Just have to wait for a fix I guess.

So, what else can I say. Not much although I realize I hold the Future in my hands. As I said many times before, who needs an OS, who needs a Desktop. We just want an interface in which our apps are accessible. Surface is just that.

Keep you posted!