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Looking Ahead: Hot IT Skills for 2015

Ed Tittel

When executive editor Brett Bartow at PITC occasionally suggests a blog topic, I'm always all ears. This time, he pointed me at a recent Network World story entitled "10 Hottest IT Skills for 2015," a November 18, 2014 story from Mary K. Pratt of sister publication Computer World. I'm always curious to know what's on the radar, so I read the story with some interest, and will share some high points with you here.

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Those Seeking Cisco Certs Should Mind Their Study/Learn Master List

Ed Tittel

Over the years, it's been interesting to watch the Cisco Learning Center grow and evolve to better meet the needs of IT professionals pursuing that company's often-coveted certification credentials. Of all the many things that Cisco does right with its cert programs, the company's "Study/Learn Master List" is second to none when it comes to helping interested parties find their way to the right exams, objectives, training, and study/prep materials. If you don't know about this already, you should; if you do know about it, you might want to head back to give it another look, as numerous exams have been (or will be) updated or replaced in the very near future.

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New CCNP Training Video Available at Half-Off

Ed Tittel

PITC's publishing arm strikes again, this time with over twelve hours of video training from Cisco CCIE and training maven Kevin Wallace. The subject is the Cisco Certified Network Network Professional, Routing & Switching, Exam 300-101, and consists of 149 videos that cover the entire CCNP R&S curriculum. These videos are structured as a collection of individual lessons, complete with summaries plus interactive module and glossary quizzes to help cert candidates master the materials covered. Good stuff!

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MCSE: Private Cloud Study Guides Finally Ready

Ed Tittel

The Microsoft Press study guides for the two MCSE: Private Cloud certification are now available, either in printed or eBook form. Check them out online at Pearson IT Certification.

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By Ed TittelCommentsOctober 29, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert, MCSE, Microsoft, MCSA

Amazon Web Services Certs Worth Investigating

Ed Tittel

Long a leader in cloud technologies and related service offerings, Amazon offers a substantial and growing certification program to support its Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. Currently, credentials are available for architects, developers and sysadmins at associate and professional levels, with more on the way.

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Upcoming Learning Events From Cisco Press Authors

Jamie Shoup

Line up your learning for the rest of 2014 from Cisco Press expert Authors like Denise Donhue, Narbik Kocharians, Russ White, Scott Morris, and Peter Palúch. Get these free live webinar events on your calendar today!

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MS Goes Exclusive with Pearson VUE for Cert Exams

Ed Tittel

One could suppose that it's not a surprise to learn that Microsoft has now designated Pearson VUE as its "sole test provider," in light of the company's selection of Pearson's publishing arm to handle its MS Press titles last year. Nevertheless, I was struck by this announcement, and the growing certification synergy that's emerging across the Pearson family of companies.

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IDC Study Points to Future Jobs & Necessary Skills

Ed Tittel

Thanks to my buddies over at GoCertify.com, I recently learned about a new IDC study that is chock-full of interesting and useful information about where jobs are going to be most plentiful in the years ahead. Entitled "Skills Requirements for Tomorrow's Best Jobs, it does a great job of analyzing and dissecting current and future job markets, and of identifying skills and knowldge that current and upcoming graduates will need to excel at them.

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IBM Forces Some Employees Into Training, Imposes Pay Cut

Ed Tittel

In mid-September, IBM sent an interesting but also threatening e-mail to a number of employees in its Global Technology Services division, the arm of the company responsible for providing consulting and technology services to its biggest and most important customers. Observing that its recipients "have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements," those same recipients were ordered into a one-day-a-week training program for 23 weeks (almost half a year). During that training interval, their pay would also be docked by 10 percent, perhaps splitting the difference with those employees of the 20 percent loss in productivity that would therefore ensue. What does this decision have to tell us, and those currently playing the IT game as professionals?

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MS, Pearson VUE Team Up to Beta-Test Online Proctored Exams

Ed Tittel

An intriguing email from Microsoft Learning appeared in my inbox on Monday entitled "Introducing Online Proctored MCP and MTA exams (Beta)." I've seen numerous attempts at providing secure exams online over the past few years, including technologies from companies like Kryterion, QuestionMark and SoftwareSecure, but none of them have involved an 800-lb certification gorilla like Microsoft, so this really got my attention.

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MCSA: What Goes Around Comes Back Around

Ed Tittel

When I learned that MS is altering is MCSA exam requirements for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 to include one elective along with two required exams, my first reaction was to ask: "Wasn't that the way the original MCSA worked, too?" I checked: it was. This is a case where it's nice to see Microsoft returning to its certification roots.

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VMware Press Tops Best Seller List at VMworld!

Jamie Shoup

Just in - VMware Press takes the top 5 spots on the best seller list at this year's VMworld! Take a deeper look at these shining stars by listening to author interviews on VMworldTV, downloading sample chapters, and adding them to your bookshelf!

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By Jamie ShoupCommentsSeptember 4, 2014
Topics: Other IT Certifications, VCP

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