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The CISM certification has helped me from the vice president level down to the frontline IT level. The knowledge I have is applicable globally, across multiple countries.
If a person comes to me and asks if she or he should become CISM certified professional, I would answer to him or to her that this would mean a very important step in his or her career. Having a CISM certification offers credibility, not only for my job, not only for my work— Having a CISM brings credibility to the company who I’m working for.
There is a growing demand for the expertise in the area of IT governance. I decided to pursue the CGEIT program because I realised the value of this program, the contents, and the value which I could give my clients because of this certification. My clients now understand that I am a professional that can help them with the IT governance they were looking for.
Becoming CGEIT certified will give you recognition for your work [in the governance of enterprise IT]. More importantly, you become part of an elite group, which has done the best practices in implementation and governance.
“The great thing about the CISM certification is that it demonstrates the fact that you have to really understand the business. Some of the areas of CISM are demonstrated knowledge of risk management and program management. Therefore, in order to earn a CISM you actually have to verify that you do understand business requirements as well as IT requirements.”
As an IT governance professional, it’s my responsibility to ensure that the organisation understands the part that IT plays in the achievement of the organisation objectives, and to ensure that the IT strategic plan is aligned with the business plan. As a CGEIT, I believe that opportunities are endless. It’s an incredibly valuable certification and well-recognised within my organisation. The level of knowledge and experience that the CGEIT demonstrates that I have is well-respected by the organisation and particularly by the executive management.