It is true that the value of some IT professional certifications(such as CCIE, CCNA, MCSE, Oracle, CISSP, etc.) is far greater than others. And I’ll concede that there are real problems with people gaming the system to become certified “on paper,” but still lack any true knowledge or skill. I will also say that experience trumps certifications almost every time when comparing qualifications between IT professionals. All that said, there still are several substantial reasons why IT certifications still matter.