Computer Associates

Written by Sarah Provost
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A small business owner about to install a networked computer system might be spending sleepless nights worrying about what to choose and how to implement it. A large corporation might already have an excellent system, but employees don't know how to make the best use of it. A computer associate can give you objective advice about what system will best suit your needs, and will also be able to train users quickly and efficiently.

If you find yourself in need of an IT consultant, there are several ways to go about finding one. The Independent Computer Consultants Association, for example, is a not-for-profit organization that holds member firms to very high standards. They are based in St. Louis, but have chapters in many major cities. When you visit their site, you can search their membership of over a thousand consulting firms by using skill keywords or you can post a description of the work you need and have members respond to you.

Certifying Body for Computer Associates

The Institute of Certified Computer Professionals, an umbrella group that includes such associations as ICCA, has approximately 50,000 certified consultants around the world. In order to be certified, an applicant must go through a rigorous educational and testing program. Members can be certified as either a Certified Computing Professional or as a Vendor. The former is the more rigorous program. Those who hold the Vendor certificate have specialized in one particular version of software or equipment.

Technology continues to advance at an astonishing rate. Such rapid changes make it unrealistic to expect that your employees will always be up to date and able to make the best use of the technology available to them. Hiring a Certified Computing Professional to manage acquisition and/or train your staff is an investment that will pay off well in the long run.

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