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Hey guys,

This might sound like another thread "I need advice" but I certainly don't mind getting one :)
I've been in IT for about 10 years, and my current position is Systems/Network Administrator. I work for a relatively large company - 7000+ users, 3 datacenters, 50+ locations nationwide. I'm a member of systems team, and currently don't do much of any network related tasks on global scale, however I'm still managing and configuring switches and firewalls in my state. My daily activities: Citrix, O365, Windows servers, VMWare, backups and anything in between.
I recently achieved 2 Citrix certifications and I definitely enjoy app/desktop virtualization, however, I don't see it expanding that much, and there are only 250-350 simultaneous users in Citrix on any given day. I don't mind exploring other jobs out there and hopefully get into the place with more users and more challenges. I also came across a few DevOps jobs, but I'm not sure what is required to be considered for those (I have Computer Science degree and some experience with programming and scripting (C++/#, Powershell).
My question is, given the scenario I described, what would be the next logical certification I should work on? I wouldn't mind getting an MCSE (Azure or O365) cert, but that one doesn't seem to hold much weight. I also looked at VCP but that one requires paying for the classroom and I'm not sure if I can have my company pay for it. I don't think I'm interested in any security certs either.
Basically, my plan is to work as a (Sr) Systems Engineer for several more years (maybe for another company) and then transition into management role (I was an IT Manager for a small-sized company in the past and had 5 direct reports). I feel like working on technical side of things has a salary cap.

I would appreciate any feedback and guidance.


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