LPI Certification Plays an Increasingly Important Role as a Performance Indicator in Professional IT Consulting

(Kassel, 11 January 2008) LPI Central Europe (http://www.lpice.eu) is noticing increased importance attached to LPI certifications among specialized service providers, such as IT consulting companies and Web hosts. As the number of companies and government agencies running Linux operating systems continues to grow, IT experts are increasingly required to prove their ability to work with Linux. In evaluating expertise, whether LPI exams have been passed is being incorporated as an important indicator of skill or is even being adopted as the basis for evaluating a specialist and the specialist’s performance vis-à-vis the customer.

The Dutch company Snow B.V. (http://snow.nl) is a particularly good example of this approach in practice. Offering Linux and Unix consulting almost exclusively to major customers, Snow has developed a four-stage evaluation system in which LPI certification takes on a key role for its currently more than 100 Unix specialists. This evaluation can then be used to help justify the rate charged to the client, for example. As a matter of fact, Snow is noticing a connection between certification and rates. Consequently, almost all specialists at Snow are LPIC-1 certified, and many even LPIC-2.

“We’ve been relying on the distribution-independent LPI certification since 2000,