Can Certifications Take the Place of Experience?

Part 2 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Certifications Or Experience Which Is Better?
Certifications Or Experience Which Is Better?

I have been in business development / sales side of the Financial Services Industry for the past 15 years.

I have worked as a VP for several Fortune 500 companies.

Due to the market downturn and layoffs, I find myself looking to other industries for stability.

I want to get into Software / Network Sales and wanted to know what is the best way for me to break into the Information Technology industry