The Open Group, which burst on to the IT certification scene in the past couple of years with its IT Architect Certification (ITAC) and TOGAF 8 credential, announced two milestones for its program last week. First of all, ITAC has attained more than 1,300 certificants since it was introduced a little over a year ago. Secondly, the organization has partnered with Thomson Prometric to offer worldwide certification testing around its TOGAF 8 architecture standard.
“The reason there’s so much demand for it is now organizations are having to take a city-planner-type view of their enterprise,” said Allen Brown, president and CEO of The Open Group. “It’s kind of a dual thing: There’s a huge demand for IT architects that’s creating that pull and, on the other hand, you’ve got a lot of people who may or may not be qualified to do it. Certification has value not only for those people that are hiring or contracting IT architects, but also for the individuals who can meet those stringent qualifications.”
Brown said the number of ITAC-certified individuals wasn’t surprising in itself, but the time in which it was reached definitely was. “In part we expected it. We didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. The uptake of ITAC has given us some very positive surprises. It’s not just from the people who are certified, but also from organizations that are demonstrating endorsement for it. It’s also a global phenomenon as well. We’ve now got certified IT Architects in Europe, the U.S., Asia-Pacific and Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific).”
The other development, the alliance with Thomson Prometric, is the result of global demand for the TOGAF 8 Architecture framework, which the Open Group released in February 2005, and its complementary certification. “I’m quite excited by it,” Brown said. “Really, there’s such a thirst for this that the only way we take it global is to partner with Thomson Prometric to make it convenient for them to do it locally. They’ve got so many test centers around, and being able to work with them is a really exciting opportunity in that we can go to the next level with TOGAF. There’s going to be a little bit of time before that awareness takes hold. Once it does that, then it makes it possible to scale and reach out to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend a training course or otherwise get certified.”
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