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18 IT and Business Certifications Worth Having

Article | Sep. 10, 2019

Here are 18 certification options, in no particular order, that are worth your effort based on site searches, feedback from subject matter experts and data in the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report.

15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2019

Article | July 08, 2019

Based on survey responses from the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, this year’s highest-paying certifications reveal a strong emphasis on particular topics, such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, networking and project management. In fact, cloud and project management dominate the top five spots.

What Is Project Scope Management? An Overview

Article | June 21, 2019

Project Scope Management sets the foundation for the creation, development and successful delivery of a project. Learn about the project management process here.

Why Now Is the Right Time to Combine ITIL® 4 and Project Management

Article | May 09, 2019

For organizations with the willingness to get in shape and regain their corporate vitality, combining and aligning best practice frameworks is a sure way to achieve that goal. Admittedly, it takes work. Combining ITIL® 4 and project management should be high on your list.

Balancing Your Metrics with ITIL®

Article | March 26, 2019

Learn about all of your options before choosing the path that works for our organization. Here we look at three of the common metrics questions and how ITIL® offers a balanced view for solving them.    

How ITIL® Differentiates Problems and Incidents

Article | March 26, 2019

What’s the difference between incidents and problems? This article explains the differences between these ITIL® concepts, how they are related, and why it matters.

How to Navigate the Transition to ITIL® 4

Article | March 19, 2019

Answer the questions posed in our ITIL Decision Tree to see if you should pursue ITIL 4. It’s easy-to-follow and no matter how you answer, it will provide a distinct next step for your ITIL journey.

How ITIL® Skills Translate to the Workplace

Article | March 08, 2019

ITIL is one of the most sought-after certifications among IT professionals—nearly one in five is ITIL-certified. Find out how ITIL students apply what they learned to their job.

ITIL 4: The Changes, What’s New and How it Impacts You

Webinar – Recorded | Feb. 14, 2019

ITIL® is still recognised as the de facto standard in delivering end-to-end, holistic IT services. The 4th iteration retains ITIL’s place as one of the key tools at the disposal of organization’s seeking to manage digital transformations.

ITIL is Updating: ITIL 4 Foundation Now Addresses Evolving Best Practices

Article | Feb. 04, 2019

The ITIL 4 update is the first since 2011, and will address the new processes, vocabulary, and methods used in modern IT, including DevOps, Agile, and Lean IT development.

Bridge Your Knowledge from ITIL v3 to ITIL 4

Article | Feb. 01, 2019

ITIL® 4 Foundation Bridge is a new Global Knowledge course that addresses the specific needs of professionals who have already achieved the ITIL v3 Foundation certification and wish to upgrade to ITIL 4. 

Develop Your Skills with Unlimited Access to Red Hat Online Learning

Webinar – Recorded | Jan. 31, 2019

The Red Hat® Learning Subscription delivers 12-months of unlimited access to all Red Hat Online Training courses. The Standard RHLS subscription is a higher tier with access to 5 certification exams and up to 2 retakes.

10 Certification Exam Tips and Tricks from the Experts

Article | Jan. 14, 2019

Global Knowledge subject matter experts know certification exams inside and out. They understand the study methods and test-taking techniques that pay off the most when it’s exam time. Here are 10 certification exam tips and tricks, directly from our experts and Certification Prep Guides, that will best position you for certification success.

10 Certifications That Really Mean Something

Article | Nov. 01, 2018

How do you measure the experience and knowledge of an IT professional? One way is through certifications. Earning any certification is a notable achievement, though not all certifications carry the same perceived worth.

Top 10 Certifications with Staying Power

Article | Nov. 01, 2018

IT is a very fast changing industry – what is hot today may be a tiny niche market in only a few years and lesser known things may turn out to be huge trends. That having been said, there are many certifications that will be around for a long time. However, this does not imply that recertification and/or continuing education credits are not required to maintain certification. Predicting the future is always challenging, including in IT, but these certifications are good bets.

Three Key Areas ITIL® 4 Addresses

Article | Oct. 22, 2018

Digital transformation means different things to different people. One fact they all agree on is that the capability needed to manage this new paradigm will lead to new ways of working, new skills, new technology and embracing more collaborative ways of co-creating value. That challenge has been the driving force for the latest iteration of ITIL®.

FAQ: Why ITIL 4 is Critical to Service Management in the Digital Age

Article | Oct. 02, 2018

ITIL® 4 reflects new ways of working that have accompanied the digital revolution. Service Management, and ITIL in particular, is still an important toolset but you are now integrating its adoption and use with a vast array of new ways of working (DevOps, Agile, SIAM, Site Reliability Engineering). Since ITIL v3 was released in 2006, a large number of new and updated technologies (Cloud, Serverless Computing, Software-Defined Networking, AI, etc.) have emerged that now need managing. ITIL 4 reflects these changes. Here are some frequently asked questions about ITIL 4, as well as answers that explain what it entails, why we need it and how it differs from ITIL v3.

Guide to ITIL® Certifications and Tips for Exam Success

White Paper | Jan. 03, 2018

This certification and exam guide discusses the various ITIL® certifications and what they might mean to you, your organization, and your career, as well as provide important test-taking tips for the ITIL certification exams. ITIL certifications help individuals validate their ability to demonstrate skills from a foundational to a mastery level of IT service management. ITIL certification can often be a key differentiator in the marketplace as well.

ITIL Foundation Exam-Taking Tips

Article | Oct. 21, 2017

ITIL Foundation Exam-Taking Tips

What Are ITIL Certifications & Are They Worth It?

Article | July 14, 2017

Thinking about getting ITIL certified? In this post, we cover the value of each ITIL certification and dive into survey results to determine whether ITIL certifications are worth it. The results are in!

Six Scary IT Certification Exams

Article | July 13, 2017

Certifications are the most common way in IT to prove you have the skills to solve various technical and business challenges. In this article, I'll address a range of skill sets. For each certification listed, I've included what the certification measures, the requirements to obtain it.

ITIL® Retains Rank Among Top 5 Most Popular and Top 20 Highest-Paying IT Certifications

Article | May 17, 2017

You may have heard about IT service management and ITIL being yesterday’s news, but the survey suggests you need to re-evaluate those rumors. The enduring value of ITSM credentials and practices have been championed by Gene Kim, one of the Godfathers of the DevOps world, who has said, “It is my firm belief that ITSM and the DevOps movement are not at odds. Quite to the contrary, they’re a perfect cultural match.”

You’ve Completed ITIL® Foundation: Now How to Implement It

White Paper | Nov. 30, 2016

Shortly after being awarded an ITIL® Foundation certification, a recipient’s natural inclination is to ask: “Now what? How do I take the best practices I’ve learned and apply them to my organization?”

ITIL Ranks Among Top 5 Paying IT Certifications

Article | Nov. 14, 2016

As the technology industry has advanced, the professional certification industry has grown alongside it. The Global Knowledge 2016 IT Skills and Salary Report revealed that Cisco, Microsoft, IT service management, ITIL and security certifications are the most lucrative to obtain.

Defining and Simulating ITIL® Processes Using IBM WebSphere Business Modeler Advanced

White Paper | Feb. 26, 2016

IBM WebSphere Business Modeler (WBM) can be used in conjunction with an adoption of ITIL best practices. It is a full-featured process modeling and simulation tool that fits well with other IBM products that are used to define various service management processes and activities. In this white paper learn more about how WBM provides both the ability to visually define process activities and the ability to define detailed information about processes, including inputs, outputs, cost, revenue, roles and resources.

15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2016

Special Report | Jan. 01, 2016

Which mainstay certifications should be in your list of credentials? What's the next up-and-coming certification? This article will help you answer both questions by providing a review of the 15 top-paying certifications.

Real-Life IT Horror Stories: The Day the Logic Bomb Went Off

Article | Oct. 29, 2015

AMC’s television series “Halt and Catch Fire” shows North Texas’ rise as the “Silicon Prairie.” In the 1980s and early 1990s, it’s where IBM PC cloning was explored and where first-person shooter games were created. It’s also the site of the first “logic bomb”—the source of my horror story.

ITIL® Adaptation and Adoption: Where to Begin

White Paper | Sep. 03, 2015

Using ITIL can improve your IT service levels, customer service ratings, business productivity and reduce operating costs, but getting started can be overwhelming. Gain the understanding you need to adopt and adapt ITIL with instructions and tips for important steps such as internal employee communications, determining potential pain points and methods for evaluating your existing processes.

Aligning IT and Business for Better Results

Webinar – Recorded | Aug. 25, 2015

Businesses today are more dependent on technology than ever. And, more than ever, they're looking to IT for ways to improve employee productivity, customer service and innovation. The challenge is that in order to achieve results with technology, IT and the business have to work collaboratively. IT needs to be able to develop the right relationships and communicate with different stakeholders from a business perspective - not a technical one. As a result, the transformation of the IT department has become a top-level priority for many leading organizations. At the same time, business leaders need to strengthen their business technology IQ and play a more significant role in the governance of IT.

A Guide to Simplifying InfoSphere DataStage Change Management

White Paper | Aug. 19, 2015

Managing the change of DataStage components can often become a test of wills. Picture fitting a square peg in a round hole, and you might start to get the idea. The complexity of what is required to promote components from one environment to another during the development, testing, and eventual implementation in the production environments, should be and is often a controlled activity.

Examples of Event Types

Article | Aug. 07, 2015

The ITIL® event management process defines three event types: informational, warning and exception. In this post, I will discuss the different event types and give real-world examples of each.

The Intersection of DevOps and ITIL®

White Paper | July 07, 2015

Change is the order of the day, and if anything, the pace of business and technology change is accelerating. The business and customers are looking to IT service providers to be more responsive, delivering more frequent service changes with higher quality-resulting in services that deliver more value to the business. In order to continue to be relevant and of high value, ITIL must continue to benefit from other complementary best-practices for IT. DevOps, an approach that encourages improved communication, collaboration, and teamwork across development and operations, can have a positive influence in improving ITIL processes across the service life-cycle.

Using SIPOC to Define ITIL® Processes

White Paper | June 19, 2015

This white paper describes a technique for defining processes called SIPOC (Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, and Customers). SIPOC provides a structured way to define the key elements of any process. SIPOC can be used as a means of defining any of the service management processes presented in ITIL® best practices. Furthermore, SIPOC can be used as the preliminary input into the more formal documentation of a process in one of many process design tools.

2015 IT Skills and Salary Report

Special Report | May 06, 2015

The results are in and analysis is complete from our eighth annual IT Skills and Salary Survey. This was our third in partnership with Windows IT Pro and one of the industry's largest with more than 11,000 North American respondents. Download your copy to learn how your salary compares to your peers, whether you have the skills IT decision-makers are looking for and much more  

Understanding the Difference Between Incident Management and Problem Management

Webinar – Recorded | April 02, 2015

In this hour-long webinar, Global Knowledge instructor and ITIL Expert Michael Scarborough will share his knowledge and expertise on various aspects of incident management and problem management processes. He will help you understand the difference between incidents and problems and between incident and problem management, providing examples from his own experience to drive the concepts home. Michael will also provide an overview of who performs various incident and problem management activities in an organization.

ABCs of ITIL®

White Paper | Feb. 27, 2015

Learn the ITIL® concepts of accountability, boundaries, and consistency (the ABCs) and discover how ITIL helps establish, manage, and maintain the ABCs.

Getting Started with Change Management

Webinar – Recorded | Dec. 04, 2014

You will learn how many organizations approach change management as compared to how best practices dictate that change management should work. Global Knowledge instructor and ITIL Expert Michael Scarborough will fill you in on the purpose of change management and the difference between change management and change tickets. He will provide a high-level guide for establishing a change management process that uses real-world examples as its basis.

How to Become an ITIL Expert

Video | Oct. 02, 2014

Michael Scarborough and Ryan Ballmer, co-authors of Global Knowledge ITIL courseware, discuss how to become an ITIL expert.

ITIL Foundation PoleStar Simulation

Video | Aug. 07, 2014

Simulate the ITIL v3 Service Management Lifecycle with an interactive gaming experience.

How to Study for and Pass ITIL Intermediate Exams

Webinar – Recorded | July 24, 2014

In this hour-long webinar by Global Knowledge instructor and ITIL Expert Michael Scarborough, you will learn how to study for and succeed in passing ITIL Intermediate Exams. You will learn how to approach an ITIL Intermediate exam, the true/false approach and why it works and how to study for the ITIL Intermediate exams.

Get Your Best Practices in Order: ITSM and Your Organization

Webinar – Recorded | June 24, 2014

Nasser El-Batal will walk you through the most useful, recognized, and mandated ITSM best practices in the industry: TOGAF, COBIT and ITIL®. He will highlight the benefits of integrating them into a single implementation program to avoid project disaster. Discussions are focused on "Getting Your House in Order" and how to establish your own organization-specific business transformation program, while increasing your organization maturity.

DevOps: The Future of ITSM and ITIL

Webinar – Recorded | June 19, 2014

Cloud computing enables development teams to get applications into production faster. IT Service Management (ITSM) leaders must adopt new strategies and change existing processes or risk becoming a barrier to success. Cloud computing requires DevOps-the blending of development and operations with the goal of accelerating time-to-market and reducing time-to-value. The good news is that ITIL® is uniquely positioned to accelerate DevOps, but it requires changes to existing ITSM processes.

ITIL Capability versus ITIL Lifecycle?

Video | Jan. 02, 2014

Michael Scarborough and Ryan Ballmer, co-authors of Global Knowledge ITIL courseware, discuss the difference between ITIL Capability courses and ITIL Lifecycle courses.

15 Most Popular IT and Business Certifications for 2014

Special Report | Jan. 01, 2014

In this report, I've reviewed the 15 most popular certifications according to our more than 12,000 North American respondents to our annual IT Skills and Salary Survey. For each certification, you'll find a brief description, the average salary, and some insight into why it is popular.

A Guide for Maximizing your Training Dollars

Special Report | Jan. 01, 2014

You know you need to invest in training, but how do you get the best return on investment (ROI) from your training dollars? To help you make smart training decisions, we've put together this guide, which illustrates some alternative and little-known payment options, the types of discounts and promotions available with training and a suggested list of courses that give you excellent value.

Five Phases of a Gap Analysis

Article | Dec. 05, 2013

A gap analysis is a tool that ITIL recommends organizations use to compare their current state to some future desired state.

Key Differences in Global Knowledge's ITIL Training

Video | Oct. 31, 2013

Co-authors Michael Scarborough and Ryan Ballmer discuss some key differences in the new Global Knowledge ITIL courseware.

Why is ITIL Important?

Video | Oct. 31, 2013

Michael Scarborough and Ryan Ballmer, co-authors of Global Knowledge ITIL courseware, discuss why ITIL is important to businesses.

Enhancing the Value of ITIL® and TOGAF®

Webinar – Recorded | Aug. 29, 2013

Traditionally, ITIL and TOGAF professionals have been part of different teams within an organization. Due to the ongoing alignment of business and IT, these professionals now often find themselves on the same team. Because of this crossover, there is a growing trend towards organization of work based on multiple best practice models. 

ITIL Mission Statement: Key to Better Services

Article | July 29, 2013

Many I&O leaders and customers see little value from investments in ITIL. Not getting the Return on Investment (ROI) you expect normally comes from using ITIL incorrectly. You, your staff, and your customers must share the same goals and understand exactly what to expect from your ITIL investments. The goal of ITIL is not “business and IT alignment” or “competitive advantage from IT investments.” Instead, its first goal is to stabilize service operation. This builds a base for the second goal: increasing value through service optimization. You must have clear-cut, documented, and managed expectations for each activity, and order is vital. Success requires that you stabilize service delivery before trying to optimize. Focusing on the correct goal and linking each ITIL task to that goal is the correct use of ITIL.

How to Succeed at Service-Oriented Architecture

White Paper | June 27, 2013

SOA is all about architecture-after all, it's right there in the acronym-yet most organizations think it is about turning existing software components into web services. When you adopt SOA, remember that it is all about design and governing that design. It's about how you design your service interfaces, your services, your data model, and your business processes. It's about how you keep track of your services, how you control the design, definition, deployment, and distribution of your services and their artifacts, how you define a service contract and service level agreement for your service consumers, how to secure your services, and how to react when things go wrong with them.

What’s in a CSI Register?

Article | June 14, 2013

ITIL is generally not prescriptive. In reality, the CSI Register at any given organization might look significantly different than the example given in the CSI book. The fields given in this example are important. 

2013 IT Skills and Salary Report

Special Report | April 05, 2013

Get a look at how your numbers compare to your peers and neighbors with our comprehensive lists below. A Note About Our Certification List For the condensed list of certifications in our 2013 IT Skills & Salary Report, we included only certifications that received enough responses to be statistically relevant. The list below is more inclusive. Certification data is for informational purposes only, as the values of some of the more exclusive certifications are based on few responses and, therefore, are less reliable.

What is Supplier Management?

Article | Jan. 30, 2013

Organizations that plan for and conduct supplier management according to defined processes and boundaries are more likely to receive predictable, high-quality goods and services from their suppliers in a timely manner.

Outcomes and Outputs

Article | July 25, 2012

Previously I discussed service providers and their risks in the example of my involvement with a landscaping company. ITIL clearly states that services, “…deliver value to customers by facilitating outcomes customers want to achieve…” However, sometimes organizations and people focus on outputs as opposed to outcomes, which sacrifices some of the value of the service. This leads to a question, what is the difference between an outcome and an output?

Incident Management Process Flow – Which Comes First, Categorization or Initial Diagnosis?

Article | April 18, 2012

What's the correct sequence of activities for handling an incident? Find out why categorization occurs before initial diagnosis in the ITIL incident management process flow so you can answer this common ITIL Foundation exam question.

2012 IT Skills and Salary Report

Special Report | April 02, 2012

The results are in from the fifth annual IT Skills and Salary Survey by Global Knowledge and TechRepublic, and there are finally reasons for optimism. The average salary of this year's respondents was up 6.2% from last year's and, in fact, is the highest in the history of the survey. While salary is a key component of the study, we also examined other factors such as job satisfaction, impact of acquiring new skills and certifications, and trends in pay, including base pay, bonuses, benefits, and geographic impact.  

ITIL 2011: How Many Processes?

Article | Jan. 11, 2012

As long as I've been involved in service management, one of the perennial debates that's really never been resolved focuses around how many discrete processes ITIL describes. No such single list exists in the ITIL core books. However, section 4.1 of each of the ITIL 2011 core books shows the processes described within that specific book. When we deliver accredited ITIL training, if it is describe in section 4.1 of any of the ITIL core books, then it is considered a "process".

2011 IT Skills and Salary Report

Special Report | April 04, 2011

For the fourth year in a row, Global Knowledge and TechRepublic have partnered to create a comprehensive IT salary survey. With over 12,000 responses, the 2011 report has turned out to be one of this year's most relevant and revealing salary surveys in the industry. Below is our complete list of Salaries by Popular Certifications and Salaries by State.

2009 IT Skills and Salary Report

Special Report | Feb. 24, 2009

The results are in from the 2nd Annual Global Knowledge and TechRepublic IT salary survey. With over 14,150 responses, our 2009 report is one of the industry's most relevant and revealing IT salary surveys. Our 2009 salary search revealed an average increase of 10% nationally over our 2008 salary study. Learn the top paying salaries for IT jobs based on state, industry, certification, and more.