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Local Touch – Global Reach

IT Certification vs.. Degree vs. Experience
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter Meeting
October 16, 2013

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Agenda

Local Touch – Global Reach

 Who am I?
 Who is Sogeti?
 Descriptions of each
>Certifications
>Degree
>Experienc...
Who Am I?

Local Touch – Global Reach

 Senior Manager, Certified Project Manager and Agile
Realist
 IT professional wit...
Who We Are
Sogeti

Sogeti is a Strategic Business Unit of the Capgemini
Group, a leading global management and IT consulti...
Pass Out Index Cards

Local Touch – Global Reach

 Write which one, in your opinion, is more
important
 Certifications
...
Certification

Local Touch – Global Reach

• Certifications are a crucial stepping stone for almost any IT career. Accordi...
Degree

Local Touch – Global Reach

Certificates may show expertise in highly targeted technical areas, but a degree at th...
Experience

Local Touch – Global Reach

At the end of the day, degrees and credentials only make up 50% of the decision to...
Short Discussion on Vote Results

Local Touch – Global Reach

Certification vs..
Experience vs..
Degree

www.us.sogeti.com...
Top 15 Paying Certifications - 2013

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1.

PMP – Project Management Professional - $105,750

2.
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New Hire Forecasts

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www.us.sogeti.com

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10 Hot IT skills for 2013
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7.

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Programming & Application Development 8....
IT Permanent Software Skills Advertised: Q3 2008-12

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Source: ComputerWeekly.com

www.us.sogeti...
Top 10 Business Skills Needed

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Commitment
Go the Extra Mile
We...
Top Business Degrees in Demand

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5.
6.

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Entrepreneurship
Business Administration
Fi...
Starting Salary of Business Degrees – 2012/13
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4.

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Bachelor in Accounting - $44,600*
B...
Top 10 Certifications with Staying Power
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CompTIA A+

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CompTIA Security+

3.

(ISC)2 CISSP

4.

CompTIA Project+ / P...
Bringing IT Home

Local Touch – Global Reach

• The relative importance of experience, certifications, and degrees will
va...
One More Anecdote…..

Local Touch – Global Reach

• CNN Money has identified the Project Management field as “One of
the t...
Local Touch – Global Reach

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Contact & Other Information

Local Touch – Global Reach

Gerald D. Smith
Email: gerald.smith@us.sogeti.com
Phone: 513.325....
Sogeti -Cincinnati Current Job Openings

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1. Product Design Engineer

8. UI/UX Designer

2. Ter...
Local Touch – Global Reach

And drive safely…….

www.us.sogeti.com

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Bibliography

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Campus Emplorer (2013). In Demand Careers in Business. Retrieved on July 12, 201...
Appendix

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Cincinnati Business Courier

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Survey: These four Cincinnati sectors find it's harder than ever ...
Master's degrees that pay off
January 2013 Salary Survey
1. Computer science
Average starting pay in 2012: $73,700
Average...
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BDPA: 'IT Certifications vs Experience vs Degrees' - Gerald Smith (Sogeti)

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Businesses are investing in IT to help leverage existing resources more thoroughly and find hidden nuggets to put to use. For this reason, there are now more jobs in the IT field than we've seen in quite a few years. It’s that inevitable fork in the road for an IT professional. As a result, a lot of folks are starting to take another look at the IT field as a career choice. What are employers looking for? Certifications? Experience? Degrees? Some combination of the three? Which is more valuable? The answer to these questions depends upon many factors. After all, not all IT certifications or college degrees or job experiences are the same.

These are questions that were addressed by our guest speaker, Gerald Smith at the October 2013 program meeting hosted by BDPA Cincinnati chapter. Gerald is a senior manager with Sogeti and an IT professional with a number of important certifications in program management and agile transformation. He has been a hiring manager looking over resumes and job seekers during his management career at Kroger and Luxottica Retail. Gerald is also a long-time BDPA supporter … once serving on the board as BDPA Cincinnati chapter VP-Strategy & Planning.

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  1. 1. Local Touch – Global Reach IT Certification vs.. Degree vs. Experience BDPA Cincinnati Chapter Meeting October 16, 2013 www.us.sogeti.com
  2. 2. Agenda Local Touch – Global Reach  Who am I?  Who is Sogeti?  Descriptions of each >Certifications >Degree >Experience  Industry Data >2013 Top IT Skills Q&A  Contact & Other Information  Current Job Openings www.us.sogeti.com 2
  3. 3. Who Am I? Local Touch – Global Reach  Senior Manager, Certified Project Manager and Agile Realist  IT professional with 21 years of experience  Managed the following: > $14M e-commerce program for a major U.S. Grocery Chain > $2.5M POS system development and deployment for the largest eyeware manufacturer and retailer in the world, 350 locations (U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico) > $2M+ annual generating revenue help desk team for a large U.S. IT distributor > 14 Project Managers & Business Analysts  MBA, University of Phoenix, 2012  BS, Miami University, 1994  Entrepreneur, Blogger, Author, Inventor, Fraternity Member, Husband, Father www.us.sogeti.com 3
  4. 4. Who We Are Sogeti Sogeti is a Strategic Business Unit of the Capgemini Group, a leading global management and IT consulting services provider Local Touch – Global Reach Norway  Fredrikstad-OsloBergen  Oslo  Oslo Andalsnes "Société de Gestion des Entreprises et de Traitement de l'Information" United States  Baltimore  Chicago  Cincinnati  Cleveland  Columbus  Dallas  Indianapolis  Dayton  Houston  Denver  Des Moines  Minneapolis  New York  Detroit  Omaha  Ft. Lauderdale  Phoenix  Seattle  St. Louis  Tampa  Washington DC France  Clermont-Ferrand  Grenoble, Lyon & Clermont  Lille  Paris  Toulouse  Montpellier  Nantes & Rennes Mexico  Mexico City Denmark • Copenhagen Sweden  Orebro  Stockholm UK  Aston/Birmingham  Bristol  Inverness Finland  London • Helsinki  Sale  Woking  Wynyard Netherlands  Nieuwegein  Utrecht Germany  Berlin  Dusseldorf  Essen  Munich Belgium  Antwerp  Brussels Japan •Tokyo China Hong Kong Italy Milan Singapore Brazil  Rio de Janeiro Argentina  Buenos Aires India • Mumbai • Bangalore • Kolkata • Hyderabad • Chennai Australia  Melbourne  Perth  Sydney New Zealand  Auckland  Wellington www.us.sogeti.com 4
  5. 5. Pass Out Index Cards Local Touch – Global Reach  Write which one, in your opinion, is more important  Certifications  Degree  Experience  You can only write/vote once … no voter fraud! www.us.sogeti.com 5
  6. 6. Certification Local Touch – Global Reach • Certifications are a crucial stepping stone for almost any IT career. According to a CompTIA survey of IT hiring managers, 64 percent indicated that they value certifications and regard certified professionals as candidates with a high or veryhigh degree of expertise. In a recent report from Network World, 60 percent of the IT networking pros surveyed said "certifications led directly to a new job." Clearly, certifications are resume worthy, but are they the end-all be-all? • While screening resumes, many hiring managers place a great weight on having relevant certifications to move ahead in the interview process. Companies look at certifications to see how up-to-date your skills are. Current certificates are a clear indication that you have put in the time and effort to master the technical skills needed for a particular position? • Beyond giving employers a way to rate your base knowledge, certifications show a personal commitment to learning, a key quality for any IT professional. In an industry that is constantly advancing, the most valuable employee is one who shows a willingness to continue growing and adapting to a quickly-evolving workplace. Source: IT Career Finder www.us.sogeti.com 6
  7. 7. Degree Local Touch – Global Reach Certificates may show expertise in highly targeted technical areas, but a degree at the undergraduate or graduate level is a sign of accomplishment and dedication that is universally accepted. A college degree also exposes students to a variety of disciplines and perspectives, helping to develop business acumen and analytical skills. Many already have these degrees before even entering the IT field. But if you don’t, don’t feel trapped! Lacking a degree is not a deal breaker, as long as you have certifications and work experience in your back pocket. In today’s IT job market, the fear of not having a degree is becoming less warranted. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, only 56% of employers expressed satisfaction with colleges’ abilities to prepare students for success in the workplace. Chances are if you have relevant, up-to-date experience and technical skills, you’re going to be in high-demand with employers, whether you learned these skills from a degree program or in training courses for certifications. Ultimately, it helps to consider where you’d like to end up in your career. Many colleges and universities are embracing the fast-paced technology domain with the launch of Austin specialized IT courses & degrees based on popular career paths. If you are interested in a managerial position, MBA programs will help you build the leadership skills and personal networks important for those types of roles. Source: WSJ, 2013 www.us.sogeti.com 7
  8. 8. Experience Local Touch – Global Reach At the end of the day, degrees and credentials only make up 50% of the decision to hire. A survey conducted by Foote Partners shows that non-certified, but experienced IT professionals receive more bonuses than their less experienced but more certified peers. As for most industries, experience is the most important indicator of your ability to execute and be successful on the job. While certifications and degrees are an important factor, hiring managers look to your actual experience to grasp how well you are able to execute in a work setting. It’s easy to list the number of certifications and degrees you’ve earned, but what is more important is how you have put those skills into practice. Did you help your previous employer transition to the cloud or implement a new system? Highlight these real-world scenarios to demonstrate how you’ve applied your technical knowledge. Managers are often looking for people who have worked in a similar IT environment, indicating that they’ll work well on a team. That’s why peer interviews are now playing a much bigger role in hiring decisions. Companies are looking for people who can come up with solutions to problems on the job, not just answer questions on a certification exam. Source: IT Career Finder www.us.sogeti.com 8
  9. 9. Short Discussion on Vote Results Local Touch – Global Reach Certification vs.. Experience vs.. Degree www.us.sogeti.com 9
  10. 10. Top 15 Paying Certifications - 2013 Local Touch – Global Reach 1. PMP – Project Management Professional - $105,750 2. CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional - $103,299 3. MCSD: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer - $97,849 4. MCDBA: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator - $95,950 5. CCDA: Cisco Certified Design Associate - $94,799 6. MCAD: Microsoft Certified Application Developer - $93,349 7. VCP-DV: VMWare Certified Professional Datacenter Virtualization $92,400 8. CNE: Certified Novel Engineer - $91,350 9. ITIL v3 Foundations - $90,900 10. CCA: Citrix Certified Administrator – Citrix XenServer - $90,850 11. MCITP – Database Administrator - $90,200 12. MCTS: SQL Server - $90,100 13. MCT: Microsoft Certified Trainer - $89,949 14. CCNP: Cisco Certified Network Professional - $89,749 15. CCA: Citrix Certified Administrator – Citrix XenDesktop 5 - $89,499 www.us.sogeti.com 10
  11. 11. New Hire Forecasts Local Touch – Global Reach www.us.sogeti.com 11
  12. 12. 10 Hot IT skills for 2013 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Local Touch – Global Reach Programming & Application Development 8. Networking • 60% plan to hire for this skill in the • 19% plan to hire this skill in the next next 12 months 12 months Project Management 9. Mobile Applications & Device Management • 40% plan to hire for this skill in the • 19% plan to hire this skill in the next next 12 months 12 months Help Desk/Technical Support 10. Data Center • 35% plan to hire for this skill in the • 16% plan to hire this skill in the next next 12 months 12 months Security • 27% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months Business Intelligence/Analytics • 26% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months Cloud/SaaS • 25% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months Virtualization • 24% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months www.us.sogeti.com 12
  13. 13. IT Permanent Software Skills Advertised: Q3 2008-12 Local Touch – Global Reach Source: ComputerWeekly.com www.us.sogeti.com 13
  14. 14. Top 10 Business Skills Needed 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Local Touch – Global Reach Commitment Go the Extra Mile Wear Multiple Hats Positive Attitude Decision Makers Passion Organized Dependable Communication Conscientiousness www.us.sogeti.com 14
  15. 15. Top Business Degrees in Demand 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Local Touch – Global Reach Entrepreneurship Business Administration Finance/Accounting Degree Economics Marketing Management Degree www.us.sogeti.com 15
  16. 16. Starting Salary of Business Degrees – 2012/13 1. 2. 3. 4. Local Touch – Global Reach Bachelor in Accounting - $44,600* Bachelor’s in Business Administration - $41,100* Bachelor’s in Marketing - $38,600* Bachelor’s in Economics - $53,000*** * Starting Salary www.us.sogeti.com 16
  17. 17. Top 10 Certifications with Staying Power 1. CompTIA A+ 2. CompTIA Security+ 3. (ISC)2 CISSP 4. CompTIA Project+ / PMI PMP® 5. ITIL® 6. Six Sigma 7. CompTIA Linux+ / RDCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) 8. CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) 9. Local Touch – Global Reach Oracle Java 10. IBM Cognos 11. Bonus: EMCDSA (EMC Data Scientist Associate) Source: Global Knowledge (2013) Since 1984 www.us.sogeti.com 17
  18. 18. Bringing IT Home Local Touch – Global Reach • The relative importance of experience, certifications, and degrees will vary according to the position you are applying for and the person doing the hiring. • IT certifications and degrees are valuable assets in your job search, and can help you land a better - and possibly higher paying - freshman position. • Owning current certificates also proves your skills are relevant and speaks to your dedication. • However, real-world experience remains the best indicator of how well you will perform on a new job. • Building a well-rounded [on-line] resume showing significant accomplishments in all three areas is a goal everyone should aim for. • But at the end of the day, you need to make sure your resume highlights your strengths and emphasizes your actual hands-on experience. www.us.sogeti.com 18
  19. 19. One More Anecdote….. Local Touch – Global Reach • CNN Money has identified the Project Management field as “One of the top five ways to increase your salary.” • In addition, the outlook for project management looks positive: Computerworld, “The Voice of IT Management,” recently surveyed 334 executives, 40 percent of which indicated they plan to hire personnel with project management skills in the next 12 months. Source: (PRWEB) December 06, 2012 • Sogeti-Cincinnati is hiring college graduates in the Cincinnati area! Source: Bill Blaxton, Senior Vice President, Sogeti USA, Cincinnati/JnJ/GE Region www.us.sogeti.com 19
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  21. 21. Contact & Other Information Local Touch – Global Reach Gerald D. Smith Email: gerald.smith@us.sogeti.com Phone: 513.325.6513 Current Certifications/Education: 2011 2015? 2012 1998 2002 1997 2007 1996 1994 2008 1992 www.us.sogeti.com 21
  22. 22. Sogeti -Cincinnati Current Job Openings Local Touch – Global Reach 1. Product Design Engineer 8. UI/UX Designer 2. Teradata Database Admin 9. BI Manager (Big Data) 3. Senior IT Analyst (SAP) 10. Agile Coach 4. Salesforce.com Solns. 11. SharePoint Architect / Architect 5. Java Developer (Jr. to Sr. Level Developer 12. Account Executive 13. Ruby Developer/Architect 6. Entry Level Technical PM 14. Senior Data Modeler 7. PM/BA Agile 15. Microsoft .Net Cincinnati www.us.sogeti.com 22
  23. 23. Local Touch – Global Reach And drive safely……. www.us.sogeti.com 23
  24. 24. Bibliography Local Touch – Global Reach Campus Emplorer (2013). In Demand Careers in Business. Retrieved on July 12, 2013 from http://www.campusexplorer.com/college-advice-tips/37EDB6AB/In-Demand-Careers-in-Business/ Hales, John, (2013). Top 10 Certifications with Staying Power. Global Knowledge (2013). Korn, Melissa (2013) Your College Major Is a Minor Issue, Employers Say. Retrieved on July 12, 2013 from http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2013/04/10/your-college-major-is-a-minor-issue-employers-say/ Mehta, Raman (2012). Career Watch: Noncertified skills pay still has edge over certs. Retrieved on July 12, 2013 from http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9232074/Career_Watch_Noncertified_skills_pay_still_has_edge_ove r_certs Ostrowski, Steven (2011). IT Certifications Grow in Importance in Hiring Process, but Employers Challenged by Evaluation, Validation Issues, CompTIA Study Finds. Retrieved on July 12, 2013 from http://www.comptia.org/news/pressreleases/11-0207/IT_Certifications_Grow_in_Importance_in_Hiring_Process_but_Employers_Challenged_by_Evaluation_V alidation_Issues_CompTIA_Study_Finds.aspx Pratt, Mary (2012). 10 Hot IT Skills for 2013. Retrieved on July 12, 2013 from http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9231486/10_hot_IT_skills_for_2013 SixSigma Online (2013). Retrieved on July 12, 2013 from http://www.sixsigmaonline.org/six-sigma-trainingcertification-information/ten-top-business-skills-needed-today.html www.us.sogeti.com 24
  25. 25. Appendix Local Touch – Global Reach www.us.sogeti.com 25
  26. 26. Cincinnati Business Courier Local Touch – Global Reach Survey: These four Cincinnati sectors find it's harder than ever to fill jobs Steve Watkins Staff Reporter- Cincinnati Business Courier, May 2013 In case you haven’t already noticed, business owners in certain sectors are having an even tougher time now filling jobs than they did a year ago. That’s one of the key findings in the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association’s semi-annual Talent Acquisitions Survey Report. Hiring managers in four key sectors – business, health care, information technology/computer and scientific/technical – said they’re having a more difficult time now finding qualified job candidates than they did six months ago. Fully three-fourths of the IT/computer managers surveyed said they have more difficulty than expected finding people who are qualified to fill their job openings. That’s up from 60 percent six months ago. Likewise, more than 50 percent of hiring managers at companies classified as business, health care or scientific/technical said they have more trouble than they expected in finding people who can do the jobs they have open, according to the survey. So what do companies do? Career fairs, giving incentives for employee referrals and hiring a search firm were the most common actions companies took to fill those jobs. Employee referrals are by far the most effective recruiting tool, hiring managers said. More than 72 percent answered that was their best bet to fill a job. The local organization surveyed 131 local hiring managers at 112 companies. A few other key findings: • The jobs picture looks bright. Nearly 85 percent of companies surveyed said they expect to hire people during the second quarter. And more than 67 percent expect to both replace existing positions and add jobs. • The first quarter was a bit slow. Among companies surveyed, 86.5 percent said they were hiring during the first quarter. Sounds pretty good, except that 87.9 percent said last year they were hiring during the third quarter. Hiring freezes have thawed. For the first time since summer 2011, none of the respondents said they had a hiring freeze in place. • Pay raises aren’t much to write home about. They’ve held steady, with companies saying their average pay hikes for current employees range from 2 percent to 3.9 percent. That’s the same pay increase range that the survey has shown going back to summer 2011. And around 70 percent of companies said they’re paying new hires the same as last year at each of the various job categories, ranging from executive to nonexempt/nontechnical. www.us.sogeti.com 26
  27. 27. Master's degrees that pay off January 2013 Salary Survey 1. Computer science Average starting pay in 2012: $73,700 Average starting pay in 2011: $70,900 Percent change: 3.9 2. Business administration/management Average starting pay in 2012: $69,200 Average starting pay in 2011: $66,400 Percent change: 4.2 3. Mechanical engineering Average starting pay in 2012: $66,800 Average starting pay in 2011: $64,300 Percent change: 3.9 4. Electrical/electronics and communications engineering Average starting pay in 2012: $66,100 Average starting pay in 2011: $63,800 Percent change: 3.6 5. Finance Average starting pay in 2012: $64,300 Average starting pay in 2011: $61,700 Percent change: 4.2 Source: Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder Writer Local Touch – Global Reach 6. Nursing Average starting pay in 2012: $63,800 Average starting pay in 2011: $61,400 Percent change: 3.9 7. Economics (business/managerial) Average starting pay in 2012: $63,400 Average starting pay in 2011: $60,800 Percent change: 4.3 8. Health and related sciences Average starting pay in 2012: $62,900 Average starting pay in 2011: $60,100 Percent change: 4.7 9. Accounting Average starting pay in 2012: $62,300 Average starting pay in 2011: $59,900 Percent change: 4.0 www.us.sogeti.com 27

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