Stories by Sharon J. Watson

Feature: Lowdown on Linux skills

What does it mean for IT professionals now that Linux is finding its way into a growing number of corporate settings? For systems administrators -- the corporate IT people most likely to be affected by Linux adoption -- it means they'll have another operating system to learn as their companies capitalize on Linux savings by retraining staffers.
"It's definitely a year of cost containment," says Fran Linhart, director of certifications at The Computing Technology Industry Association Inc. in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., which offers an entry-level Linux certification. She notes that it's easier and cheaper to retrain existing staffers than to hire new ones. Indeed, employers paid for most of the 20,000-plus professionals certified by Linux Professional Institute Inc. in Brampton, Ontario, through the end of 2002, and for the approximately 6,600 professionals who qualified for the Red Hat Certified Systems Engineer designation.

Written by Sharon J. Watson15 June 03 22:00