I took the test before Thanksgiving secretly without telling my staff -- In case I failed. (Note: Given that the development process has been ISO consistent, I have not been privy to the development process.)
I won't say I got an "A" but I did pass!
So get in on the ground floor. The educational videos are great and can walk you through the content.
A few quotes to illustrate why this certification is so needed...
- The vast majority of organizations see the need to manage information as an enterprise resource rather than in separate "silos," departments or systems, but they don't know how to begin to address the challenge, as it is so large...Professional roles focused on information management will be different to that of established IT roles...An "information professional" will not be one type of role or skill set, but will in fact have a number of specializations. (Deb Logan and Regina Casonata, Gartner)
- The IT worker needed by businesses … for the future needs to be multi-skilled – with a mixture of technical skills combined with strong business and communication skills. (World of Work, 2011)
- …most executives perceive it [RM] as an administrative cost center…the strategic relevancy of the records management function has taken a slight dip… (ARMA/Forrester, 2011)
- There are not enough people with the necessary skills to help companies capitalize on the opportunities that data provides (2011 EMC Study)
- IT is not providing a sustainable competitive advantage, just as having electricity does not provide a sustainable advantage when everyone has it. (Coldstreams.com 2011, reporting on IEEE seminar)
- 44% of records managers are not included in the IT strategic planning process, including requirements definitions and vendor selection – up from 35% in 2009 (ARMA/Forrester, 2011)
- The inability of our profession to come to grips with the explosion of electronic records will spell the doom of the profession. In many organizations, that omission has made us irrelevant. (Patrick Cunningham, CRM, 2010)
- The problem is that not enough people know how to use the new tools of the Internet, mobile, and cloud computing. The workforce as a whole does not have the right mix of skills. (Maurice Mugambe, 2011)
25 years ago, people would have viewed the idea of professional certification in project management as a lunatic idea. Hundreds of thousands or certifications later, it is clear that there is a definable body of knowledge associated with project management. The profession of project management is recognized as key to the success of organizations. We believe that the concept of an "information professional" is a concept whose time has come. Yes, it is in its early stages. But it is coming. Join us.