Recorded: April 15, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:37:11

Rich and I discuss whether IT Industry certifications matter anymore. We discuss our own personal experiences in obtaining our own certifications as well as how we viewed them when hiring employees and vendors. Throw in a couple of news items and our website picks and you’ve got yourself a podcast. I apologize if the volume is a little low on this recording. I had planned to put a new PC (by new, I mean a used PIII I bought at a computer show) in place for the recording and load Ubuntu on the old laptop I’ve been using, but the sound card in the new PC was sounding awful. So, I put the old laptop back into the mix….and I couldn’t get Rich’s volume up through the Griffin iMic. (Luckily I hadn’t started loading Ubuntu). I’m working on the setup now and hope to have it golden by our first anniversary show.
Thanks everyone.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

ExtremeTech – Are You A Slob?

Hydrogen Pollution Story

Cloaking WEP

Windows Server Update Service RC1

ProxMox Mail Security Gateway

Pain.NET application

SANS Security Policy Project

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  1. 1
    April 27th, 2007 at 8:34 am

    I found your discussion of certifications very interesting.
    I work in the world of art where the same ideas of degrees are constantly used and abused. I am glad that as a person who did the hiring for a company that you found a way to weed out those who have ability and those who imagine they have and ability. I think almost every field probably has these same abuser, as well as legitimate persons who have gained knowledge to add to their abilities facilitate their goals better.
    Do certifications matter? It depends how they are used.
    Just because you know haw to talk to talk doesn’t mean you know how to walk the walk.

  2. 2
    May 23rd, 2007 at 9:57 am

    This episode was great, I also think that getting one or two career centric certs to expand your qualifications is a great way to make yourself more useful to a company. You should always be doing so type of schooling/training if for no other reason that expanding your horizons.

  3. 3
    May 23rd, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Justin hit the nail on the head. It’s my belief that if you reach a point where you believe you’ve mastered everything you need to know, it’s time to get out of the IT field. It is a constantly evolving field that is mostly driven by the evolution of the businesses we support. If you want to keep up with them and remain valuable, parallel your technology learning with the business. Thanks for the comment Justin.

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