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IDC Research Report Reveals Fully Certified Teams 35% More Likely to Finish Projects Ahead of Schedule

By October 26, 2021Announcements

A new report from IDC sponsored by the IT Certification Council (ITCC), which has been made available to ITCC members including Linux Foundation Training & Certification, revealed how IT certifications benefit organizations and their partners and customers. The report compares organizations where 100% of project team members are certified to organizations with fewer than 25% certified to examine how results differ.

Among the key findings of this research is that fully certified IT project teams are 35% more likely to finish projects ahead of schedule compared with partially certified teams; in fact they average completion two full weeks ahead of schedule. Additionally, the fully certified teams meet 95% of client objectives compared to 87% for partially certified teams, and have a 36 point higher net promoter score (NPS) at 98% compared to only 63% for partially certified teams.

Performance-based certifications in particular help employers have confidence that their team members actually possess the skills needed to perform an IT job role successfully. By ensuring teams are certified, they need worry less about whether a project can be completed both effectively and efficiently. This is backed by the 85% of IT consultants surveyed for the report who stated that certifications demonstrate that IT professionals possess “extensive product and process knowledge”.

These are only a few of the benefits of ensuring your team members are certified. Our own 2021 Open Source Jobs Report, created in partnership with edX, found the demand for certified talent has increased more than 50% in the past three years, with 72% of hiring managers reporting they are more likely to hire someone holding a certification. The benefits of having a certified team are leading employers to more frequently pay for certifications, with 88% of those surveyed in the Open Source Jobs Report stating they are willing to do so, up from only 55% in 2018.

If you are considering getting your team members certified, view our certification catalog to review our offerings, or reach out to our Corporate Solutions Team who can help guide you to the most useful certifications for your team’s needs.

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