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New and Emerging Certifications

Looking ahead at new and upcoming certifications brings insight into which areas the industry finds valuable. If you are an early adopter or in a position where you need to show that you have up-to-the-minute expertise of a technology, this alphabetical list of recently released and soon-to-be-released certifications is for you. Certifications in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and analytics and big data are leading the charge. We’ll be updating our 2017 new certification list quarterly to add the new certifications relevant to you and the industry.


  • Avaya Engagement Solutions Certifications / Avaya Certified Integration Specialist (ACIS)
  • Avaya Engagement Solutions Certifications / Avaya Certified Solution Specialist (ACSS)

The Avaya Engagement Solutions Avaya Certified Integration Specialist (ACIS) andthe Avaya Engagement Solutions Avaya Certified Solution Specialist (ACSS) credential certifies the professional has achieved a level of proficiency required to integrate and implement core and complex solutions based on reference architectures fromAvaya customer scenarios. Source:


  • CCNA Cyber Ops

Today’s organizations are challenged with rapidly detecting cybersecurity breaches and effectively responding to security incidents. Teams of people in security operations centers (SOCs) keep a vigilant eye on security systems, protecting their organizations by detecting and responding to cybersecurity threats. The CCNA CyberOps certification prepares professionals to begin a career working with associate-level cybersecurity analysts within SOCs.


  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+)

Cybersecurity is a complex orchestration of employees, systems and business processes, and building an educated workforce that can bring all of the pieces together is essential for maximum return on investment. The new CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) certification is an intermediate-level credential that validates risk analysis and threat detection skills, completing the CompTIA cybersecurity career pathway and bridging the gap between CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP).


  • EC-Council Certified Network Defender (CND)

Cyberthreats are increasing in frequency and sophistication, and building a secure organization requires more than implementing the latest technologies. An educated workforce is key to true cybersecurity, and networking professionals play a significant role in defense. The new Certified Network Defender (CND) credential developed by EC-Council, the certification body that created and owns the acclaimed Certified Ethical Hacker certification, enables network administrators and engineers to gain and validate the skills needed to build a secure, resilient network.


  • Google Certified Professional – Cloud Architect

The Google Cloud Architect certification was developed to meet the demand from businesses that are moving to the cloud and seeking to hire or fill existing skills gaps with proficient technical professionals. Achieving this certification demonstrates the ability to design, develop and manage a secure, scalable and reliable cloud architec¬ture that will enable businesses to use Google Cloud Platform (GCP) technologies. Attending hands-on training courses led by experts and gaining real-world experience will be valuable for individuals seeking to fill technology knowledge gaps, learn GCP-recommended practices and earn this certification.
Google Certified Professional – Data Engineer

In recent years, LinkedIn and Forbes have identified the data engineer as one of the top technical jobs with a strong starting salary and earning potential. Google envisions the data engineer as a key role to help forward-thinking organizations modernize the way they use data and infrastructure to enable efficient decision-making and effective business transformation. The Google Data Engineer certification establishes a trusted standard of proficiency for this role and demonstrates expertise using Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to design, build, maintain and troubleshoot data processing systems with a focus on security, reliability, fault-tolerance, fidelity and efficiency of such systems. Attending hands-on training courses led by experts and gaining real-world experience will be valuable for individuals seeking to fill technology knowledge gaps, learn GCP recommended practices and earn this certification.


  • IBM Certified Solutions Architect – SoftLayer v1
  • IBM Solutions Advisor – SoftLayer v1

In 2016, IBM gave notice to its network of partners that it would be revamping its partner program effective 2017. This restructuring ushers in new competency benchmarks across IBM’s business units from both a technical and a sales perspec¬tive. Partners have been given until mid-2017 to comply with these new bench¬marks. As a direct result of this change, we expect an increase in both the relevance and prevalence of IBM certifications in the market.
Cloud is an integral part of IBM’s strategy, and through their new partner program, IBM is benchmarking cloud competencies with tests that align directly with the SoftLayer (soon to be IBM Bluemix Infrastructure) certifications and their respective training pathways. The Architect certification represents the technical competency side, whereas the Advisor certification represents that sales side.

  • IBM Certified Designer – IBM Cognos Analytics Author V11

IBM Cognos Analytics was released at the end of 2015, but market adoption of the product has been slow. Now that we’re a few dot versions out from release and the market has had time to adjust to the radical changes to the GUI and functionality, we expect the adoption to increase and result in higher demand for skills validation surrounding this popular Analytics solution. The changes IBM is making to their partner program will increase the need for competency checks within IBM Analytics as well.


In the fall of 2016, Microsoft streamlined their certifications to better align with technical industry areas of competence. As a result, there are five new expert certifications emphasizing skills validation associated with their products and services.

  • MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure focuses on Windows Server and Microsoft Azure.
  • MCSE: Data Management and Analysis spotlights Microsoft data products and services that are both on-premises and cloud-based.
  • MCSE: Mobility targets skills in Windows Client and Enterprise Mobility Suite.
  • MCSE: Productivity centers on key day-to-day products such as Office 365, SharePoint, Ex¬change and Skype for Business.
  • MCSD: App Builder is intended for those interested in the future of web and mobile app development.

To earn any of these five credentials, the first step is to earn one of the qualify¬ing Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certifications. The next step is to pass a single exam from the list of associated elective options. Our Micro¬soft Certification Track illustrates the paths to each new expert-level certifica¬tion. These new certifications never expire, but you can recertify each year by passing an additional exam from the correspo