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Big Data Training and Certification Keeps On Rolling

Ed Tittel

Over the past couple of years, if not longer, Big Data has been on IT's radar as a fountain of opportunity at many levels: for companies and organizations to extract added profit and value from their customer and client interactions, for IT to demonstrate value and get to the bottom line, and for IT employees to boost their visibility and find more and better job opportunities. In looking at this trend myself, I've blogged and written articles. This morning, I was delighted to find an article from Kachina Shaw at ITBusinessEdge that confirmed and amplified what I've been reporting all along.

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April / May Cisco Learning Webinars Led by Cisco Press Networking Experts - Absolutely FREE

Jamie Shoup

Spring is sprung and it's time to get your learning on!

Take an hour out of your day and join Cisco Press authors in these upcoming April/May live webinar events on a variety of topics including QoS, IPv6 for CCNA, and Antenna types, brought to you by Cisco Live Online and Cisco Learning Network.

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Official Microsoft Press Certification Titles Added To Pearson IT Certification Store

Jamie Shoup

Exciting news for certification candidates, Pearson IT Certification now offers the Official Microsoft Press certification products in the Pearson IT Certification store!

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Earth Week Savings - Buy 2 & Save 50% on Ebooks, Video Training, & Software

Jamie Shoup

Get green to save the green in your pocket!

Go digital and save 50% off the list price of digital learning solutions -- eBooks, video training, and software when you purchase 2 or more! Customers also receive a 30-day free trial to Safari Books Online, free with any purchase.

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Savings All Over on Pearson Cert Deals

Ed Tittel

Every now and then, I have to toot my sponsor's horn for this blog. It's not because they pay me to write these posts (which they do): no, it's because Pearson sometimes offers such terrific deals on items they create or sell that it would be a disservice to my readers not to clue them in as to what's going on. Curious? Cert funds to spend?

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More info on Cisco Cert-related Subscriptions

Ed Tittel

A few weeks ago, right here in this very blog, I alerted readers to the excellent values available when purchasing a Cisco subscription of some kind to gain access to certification prep, study, training, practice exams, and virtual labs. Though my information was correct, Cisco has gone a couple of steps further, and put together a terrific table of information about the duration of such subscriptions, how their countdown clocks work, and some important tips to help subscribers extract the greatest value and utility from them.

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Bundle & Save Up to 45% on Cisco, CompTIA, & VMware Bundles -One Month Only!

Jamie Shoup
The best way to train for your next Cisco, CompTIA or VMware certification is to combine the power of learning via multiple formats and approaches to help you build the hands-on skills you need to succeed. 

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Rackspace Expands OpenStack Curriculum

Ed Tittel

As one of the "parents" of the OpenStack cloud software collection, Rackspace has long been active in training on this subject matter. A quick visit to the company's training pages this morning shows they've not been idle of late, and now offer no less than eight courses around OpenStack technologies.

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Another Great Bundle Offering, for CertPrep ... and Beyond!

Ed Tittel

After last week's blog post about on-again, off-again discounts on certprep bundles, it occurred to me that readers may want to check into the excellent offerings available at Safari Books Online, a joint venture that involves O'Reilly Media and Pearson among other publishers, and that provides ready online access to over 20,000 technical books via a subscription program. Basically, if you buy 6 or more computer technical books or certification study guides/exam crams per year, you can do better by spending the same (or similar) money to get a Safari subscription instead.

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Sometimes, MORE really is better

Ed Tittel

For certification candidates pursuing exams, particularly those who take the self-study route to exam preparation, I strongly recommend assembling a battery of preparation materials to get ready for the test (or tests) that usually come near the conclusion of the certification process. That includes books, practice tests, simulators (where applicable) and more. Often, cert candidates must research these items on a one-off basis, which can be time-consuming and sometimes even frustrating. Pearson makes this easy for certain exams with a variety of bundled products for exam prep, and even offers substantial discounts on those bundles from time to time.

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MS Exam in Your Future? Check Out Their Study Groups

Ed Tittel

When people prepare for any IT certification, I recommend taking a self-study approach for those who may be strapped for funds, with a classroom or online training based approach for those who can afford it. Either way, the run-up to the exam should also include books like those from the Exam Cram or Cert Guide series, one or more practice exams, perhaps some flash cards, and more. Another key ingredient is the focus of today's blog: a study group, which brings together a community of past, present, and future exam-takers to voice and answer questions, address concerns, talk exam strategy and so forth and so on.

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March FREE Learning Webinars!

Jamie Shoup



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