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Jul 30 2013   4:12PM GMT

In demand courses for 2013….

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I recently wrote an article for Contractor UK showcasing the top 5 in demand courses for 2013. Selection of the Top 5 was based on visits to Firebrand’s Global portfolio of websites for the first half f 2013.

After compiling the results, as you might expect there were few surprises in the current top 5. Here they are in order….

5. (ISC)2 CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) – if you want an Information Security Cert, you get a CISSP.

4. Six Sigma Green and Black Belt – Six Sigma centres around Business Management Strategies.

3. Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) – no surprises here, anyone looking to start a career in Networking starts off with the CCNA.

2. PMI’s  Project Managment Professional (PMP) – a leading certification in the field of Project Management.

1. APMG PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner – hugely popular Project Management certification originally developed  by the UK Government.

Whilst conducting the research I uncovered several lesser known courses that seem to have risen in popularity as we move through 2013, so I thought I would take a minute to expand on those courses and give you a glimpse of what lies ahead.

The Enterprise Architecture Framework to rule them all…

First up we take a look at the Open Group’s TOGAF certificationwhich is increasingly in demand thanks to the growing adoption of enterprise architecture amongst large organisations.

Enterprise architecture (for those that don’t know) is defined by Gartner as:

“a discipline for proactively and holistically leading enterprise responses to disruptive forces by identifying and analyzing the execution of change toward desired business vision and outcomes. EA delivers value by presenting business and IT leaders with signature-ready recommendations for adjusting policies and projects to achieve target business outcomes that capitalize on relevant business disruptions. EA is used to steer decision making toward the evolution of the future state architecture.”

In order to implement an enterprise architecture you require a framework, a set of tools by which you might develop and govern a broad rancge of architectures. Within this field, TOGAF (the Open Groups Architecture Framework) is the most widely used architecture framework, reflected in it’s adoption by more than 80% of Fortune 500 companies. As the demand for TOGAF grows, so with it does the requirement for IT managers and Architects with expert knowledge of the framework and enterprise architecture.

TOGAF is certainly one to watch in the coming years.

Everyone loves a Scrum…

Next up we take a look at the Professional Scrum Master certification, which is an increasingly popular Project Management certification set to challenge the likes of PMP and PRINCE2.

The Professional Scrum Master course was originally created for developers in the field of software development, though over time the course has evolved and is increasingly adopted in all areas of business as a means by which to manage projects. Scrum’s main function is to optimise productivity and efficiency and has proved hugely popular in recent years due to it’s agile nature and the ability to scale across whole organisations.

For anyone creating, managing or executing projects, this is a great Project Management course for honing skills in managing teams, project ownership, planning, predictability, risk management and reporting all in the sphere of a Scrum framework.

Big Data blows up…

Big Data is one of those terms flying around in 2013, just like BYOD and the ‘internet of everything’. The reason big data is so….well….big, is because it’s changing the way we look at and find insights into our data. Often if you hear the phrase big data, it ends up in the same sentence as Apache Hadoop.

Apache Hadoop is described by IBM as ‘an open source software project that enables the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of commodity servers‘, much like the case with the TOGAF framework, the more companies utilise and benefit from using Hadoop, the greater the demand for skilled Professionals. Cloudera have responded to that demand by creating the Cloudera Certified Administrator for Apache Hadoop (CCAH) and Cloudera Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop (CCDH) certifications.

Gaining these certifications proves you have the skills to administer or develop Apache Hadoop and will be a coveted skill over the coming years. Those looking to tap into what looks to be a lucrative and expanding market should be looking to take the CCAH and CCDH as soon as possible.

Keep your eyes peeled…

So there we have it, three up and coming certifications you can ponder adding to your portfolio and as we move through 2013 there will no doubt be more, there always are.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. So why not drop us a comment?

About the Author

Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training heading up community engagement within the Marketing department. Ed spends his days thinking up topics for surveys, article titles and concepts for engaging infographics. You can check out a range of his most recent work via the Firebrand Press Page.

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