One of the most recent occupational additions to the information technology field, the IT asset manager, is also a nascent addition to the world of IT certification. The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) is now offering certifications for those on this career path.
“We’re the only ones offering IT asset management at this time,” IAITAM President Barbara Rembiesa told CertMag EXTRA. “We’re setting standards in an industry where there were none before. The IT asset manager was not considered a profession. In the early ’80s and ’90s, IT was a black hole that CIOs and CFOs just threw money into. They need to be managing those assets now. There needed to be a profession dedicated to managing those assets. IT is [generally] the second-largest expense to a company, after personnel.”
“Therefore when you have that expense–as well as federal legislation and corporate downsizing and budget cuts–it’s basically mandated that you take care of these assets, manage them and know what they have internally to be able to budget appropriately for subsequent years,” added Lynne Weiss, IAITAM’s vice president of sales and marketing.
To facilitate education, training and development for IT asset managers, IAITAM recently established three certifications: Certified Software Asset Manager (CSAM), Certified Hardware Asset Management Professional (CHAMP) and Certified IT Asset Manager (CITAM).
The CSAM and CHAMP credentials, both two-day programs with an option of a third day of review and testing for certification, are instructor-led with intensive course discussion, Rembiesa said.…
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