I found an interesting press release from CompTIA this morning, thanks to a tweet from GoCertify.com. It seems that the organization has decided to retire its Green IT and IT for Sales exams at the end of this year (12/31/2013).
The press release cites “changes in the IT skills marketplace” as the reason for these changes, and provides this additional explanation for the Green IT retirement:
Introduced in 2010, the CompTIA Green IT certification was designed to validate knowledge and skills necessary to implement environmentally sound techniques within an organization’s IT infrastructure. “The product was developed at a time when organizations felt their employees needed to know more about green IT,” said Carol Balkcom, CompTIA director of product management. “However, at this point in 2013, green IT has become embedded in the way companies generally do business.”
I’m not sure I buy this explanation completely, because while IT organizations have moved toward greener pastures, so to speak, that migration is by no means either complete or ubiquitous. My best guess is that demand for the exam didn’t meet expectations, and CompTIA has decided to pull the plug because they’re not generating the kind of revenue they need to justify keeping on — and keeping up — with rapid changes and developments on the technical side of this field.
It’s absolutely certain that the need for green IT skills and knowledge has only increased since the cert was introduced in 2010. Thus, while the CompTIA members may have felt like IT professionals needed to know more about the field, the response to the cert as measured by the number of seats reserved to actually take the exam is likely to have fallen short. Does this mean that IT professionals felt the cert was unnecessary? Perhaps. It is possible that other credentials — such as the Sustainability Professional for Information and Communications Technology (SP-ICT) or the Exin Green IT certificates – might have absorbed more marketshare and uptake that CompTIA Green IT? Again, perhaps.
I’m sorry to see CompTIA vacate this patch on the cert landscape, but I have no trouble understanding why they might choose to do so. They’ve shown themselves ready to move in and out of market areas — think about the Convergence Technologies Professional+, e-Biz+, DHTI+ (digital home technology integrator, which replaced the HTI+ in 2007), and even RFID+ — as return on their investments in technology areas fails to materialize.