Developer Staffing Survey: Needs Outstrip Supply, September 04, 2012 An InformationWeek survey shows IT managers expect that developers with the needed skills will be hard to find for a while yet.
Certifications don't matter.
In finding developers with the needed skills or in retraining them, most IT managers don't value certifications. In the U.S., at least, this view is widely held. College degrees are valued (although they matter less in software development than in other fields), but certifications ultimately are only proof of attendance and basic learning for specific courses. In many ways, the jaundiced perception derives from tales of bad hires who were certified, as well as the awareness that the certification process is geared towards having candidates pass and take further certifications. This perspective, however, is partly cultural. In conversations with Indian programmers, it is clear that certifications are more greatly valued in India (and presumably, other countries) than in the U.S.