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Sep 9 2013   2:04PM GMT

Whoa! The Cloud Cert Arena Is Even Busier Than I Thought…

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

On August 30, I posted a blog here entitled “Cloud Certification is an Area of Huge Ferment for IT Pros” wherein I observed that there’s an amazing amount of action on the certification front. This weekend, I finally finished the story for Tom’s IT Pro that should appear on its pages some time in the next week to ten days. In that previous blog post, I reported the following progression of counts, based on two sets of numbers from Miroslaw Burnejko’s, and my own in-process counts at the time. Here’s where I correct my counts to reflect how the story actually turned out (I’ll post a link to that story, along with its title, at the end of this blog post as and when that story goes live). Here’s a table that summarizes these findings along with some dates to tie them to a timeline:

Table 1: Cloud Certs: The Closer You Look, the More You Find!
Source Date Sponsors Certs
ITCertificationMaster Nov 29, 2012 12 29
ITCertificationMaster May 17, 2013 13 52
ET Research Aug 30, 2013 18 68
ET Research Sep 8, 2013 22 66 (+15)

Here’s a little explanation of what you find in Table 1:

  • It’s clear that the number of sponsors and the number of individual credentials is growing rapidly.
  • My first August 30 counts didn’t distinguish between certs that are currently available and those that will be available within the next eight months, where both are lumped together in my count of 68.
  • By the time I finished up yesterday (September 8, 2013) I distinguished presently available credentials (66) from those announced, but not yet publicly available (I found 15 that should be released by mid-2014, of which more than half are scheduled for public release by the end of 2013). I also discovered four more organizations sponsoring cloud-related certifications in the interim, several of which were newly-announced in the period between August 30 and September 8.
  • I also discovered partner-only credentials with cloud coverage from a number of companies that I didn’t include in my survey (because they’re not available to the general public). But at least three companies — namely, Dell, Cisco, and SalesLogix — all offer one or more cloud certifications to partners in their sales channels that I was unable to access or document sufficiently to include in this survey. I’m sure there are more of these out there, too!

Keeping up with cloud certification looks to be a challenging task, and will probably require me to check in on the state of current and planned credentials monthly going forward, with more diligent searches for new items every two or three months. Now that the Tom’s IT Pro article has posted (“Cloud Certifications in 2013” 9/12/2013), if you know of anything I’ve missed, please let me know. I can use all the help I can get with this ever-changing topic area! Feel free to email me at ed at edtittel dot com with your suggestions or input, or do likewise by posting a comment here. Thanks!

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