I think the certifications do help. Several years ago, working
in a 15 programmer consultant group, we were able to help
justify rates, etc with our certifications. We required all to
have the RPG, but strongly encourage with incentives to get
Sys Admin, Technical Solutions Implementor, and many more.
I know it helped us to keep some positions when others were being
cut back. We put the IBM Certified logo on our shirts, on the
bills we sent, on each person's business card. Even though many of us
had the certifications for years, our customers told us they were
impressed by the depth we showed on paper and the words
"IBM Certified Specialist". Certainly is no guarantee, just like MCSE
and other certifications, but I think the business people on the other
side of your transactions will recognize the value. The only people
I have seen who may not be impressed are other IT technicians.
your other statement/question: is consulting dead? I think not,
but vanilla skills may be...
jim franz
ibm certified specialist ...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Patrick Conner" <pwconner@charter.net>
To: <consult400@midrange.com>
Sent: Monday, July 01, 2002 8:55 AM
Subject: [Consult400] is consulting dead


> I received my regular e-mail from midrange reminding me
> what groups I belong to. I noticed I haven't received
> anything from this list in a while. Just wondering if it
> is dead, because I do have a question.
>
> Does certification in RPG, COBOL, etc. help? I'm mainly
> looking for opinions here. I already have my own.
>
> Thanks
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