Certificate to provide yardstick for IT abilities

Open standards organisation the Open Group is launching a certification programme aimed at raising the level of professionalism among system integrators and those who design IT systems.

Open standards organisation the Open Group is launching a certification programme aimed at raising the level of professionalism among system integrators and those who design IT systems.

The IT architect certification programme, being launched next month, will set out minimum technical and business requirements for business analysts, project advisers, technical advisers and others whose responsibilities involve designing or implementing IT architecture.

James de Raeve, vice-president of certification at the Open Group, said the certification will provide end-users in the private and public sector with a yardstick to measure competency both in terms of recruiting individual full time and contractor staff and when evaluating tenders for IT services.

"Individuals will be able to submit a form to an Open Group certification board that will interview candidates," de Raeve said. He said the Open Group would assess existing programmes used internally by system integrators to ensure their IT architects met the requirements of the certification. The Open Group is also in discussion with user groups to take on responsibility for certification at a regional level.

Andy Mulholland, chief technology officer at Capgemini, said, "Over the next three to five years people will become better IT architects because they will meet a set of requirements."

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