Best IT Governance Certifications for 2014

Best IT Governance Certifications for 2014
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CEOs scour the world looking for trustworthy professionals who can see the big picture and lead employees through complex details. That means certified IT governance professionals are in high demand, especially in enterprises that must meet the rigors of compliance while balancing risk against profitability.

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Ed Tittel is a 30-year-plus IT veteran who's worked as a programmer, technical manager, instructor, network consultant and technical evangelist for companies including Burroughs, Schlumberger, Novell, IBM/Tivoli and NetQoS. He has written for numerous publications and is the author of over 140 books with a special emphasis on information security, Web markup languages and development tools, and Windows operating systems.

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Best IT Certifications for 2014

Today's organizations must keep a careful eye on regulations that govern financial accountability, data security and protection, and customer privacy. Add to that the need to minimize risk, maintain profitability, ensure efficiency, and meet strategic goals.

Because IT plays such a major role in all of these areas, there's been an increased need in recent years to extend organizational governance to IT. And with this, a need for serious-minded people who can tie all of these worlds together, and drive them in harness to meet overarching business goals and mission statements.

IT governance adds structure to the process of aligning IT with business strategies, producing measurable results, meeting regulatory and legal obligations, and ensuring that investments result in positive gains. Several governance frameworks are available to help reach these goals, like Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT), ISO/IEC 38500, and ITIL.

In this article, we look at five IT governance certifications that are well known and well regarded across a range of industries. Most of the certs come with hefty work experience requirements, so suffice it to say that these certs are geared toward experts who are also leaders in their organizations.

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