Mobility has taken IT by storm, forcing management to rethink everything from big-picture infrastructure design to the details of integration among wired and wireless networks. And of course, mobile certifications are following suit.
Credit: ShutterstockWhere applications, networking, infrastructure and security have always played off each other, it has been historically easy to treat each of those elements as somewhat stand-alone units, as well. But mobility has turned that view upside down and shifted it sideways. Network engineers need to support local, remote and mobile users and provide the proper infrastructure. Application and app development is more heavily slanted toward mobile environments, and security professionals have to consider mobility from every angle.
Whatever part of mobility falls in your bailiwick — networking, infrastructure or security — you should find at least one of our top five mobility certifications worth your time and effort.
This year we've replaced the VMware Certified Professional 6 — Desktop and Mobility (VCP6-DTM) with the Aruba Certified Mobility Professional (ACMP). We still believe the VCP6-DTM is a solid certification and a worthy addition to a networking professional's certification portfolio, but the ACMP currently inches out the VCP6-DTM based on its popularity with employers.
Speaking of employers, we’ve listed the results of our informal search of several online job boards for these five certifications. The numbers indicate how many postings across the U.S. included each certification in its qualifications or requirements on a specific day. This snapshot gives you a pretty good idea of the relative popularity of the certifications in the marketplace.
Job Board Search Results
|AirWatch AW EM||317||337||263||48||965|
|Aruba Certified Mobility Professional (ACMP)||65||77||136||27||305|
|Cisco CCNP Wireless||5,327||5,883||4,239||533||15,982|
Read on to learn about some of these popular network and support certifications for mobility and mobile technologies (in no particular order).
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- AW EM: AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Expert
- ACMP: Aruba Certified Mobility Professional
- CCNP Wireless: Cisco Certified Network Professional Wireless
- CCP-M: Citrix Certified Professional – Mobility
- CompTIA Mobility+
- Beyond the Top 5: More Mobility Certs