|Red Hats certifications continue to grow in prominence and dividends, but solution providers believe they will generate even stronger returns as the Linux market grows.
The Linux vendor, which unveiled its first certification, the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) in 1999, earned a spot in the limelight with a seventh-place showing on the scorecard for its growing family of certifications.
The survey results indicated solution providers view Red Hat certifications as an investment. While ranking 13th in importance and 12th as a generator of new business, it came in fifth in return on investment with a 31.1 percent ROI. And roughly 44 percent of solution providers reported ROI has increased over the past 12 months, placing it fourth on this ranking. Moreover, solution providers gave Red Hat certified individuals an average 10.4 percent pay hike last year, second only to the vaunted Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certification.
One Linux ISV says the lack of certified Linux engineers makes all Linux certifications valuable. Finding the right expertise to implement a Linux migration strategy is an issue, said Mike Sheffey, CEO of Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Versora.
Published for the Week Of August 30, 2004