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Giving Back in IT: In-School Volunteering and Mentoring

It's the time of year for a pause and some reflection, as the holidays are almost upon us and the New Year is immanent. I find myself thinking about how we IT pros can pass along what we know and have learned, particularly to that most impressionable of populations: school-aged youth...

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By Ed TittelCommentsDecember 17, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert

Where to draw the line on exam prep?

In preparing, overseeing, and recommending quality cert prep materials, I always have to be keenly aware of the line that separates "the good stuff" from the stuff that oversteps the bounds of what's allowed when it comes to such things. Today I saw a terrific blog on Microsoft's Born to Learn that draws that line as clearly and explicitly as I've ever seen anywhere. Please, let me explain...

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By Ed TittelCommentsDecember 10, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert

LinkedIn Weighs in on IT Certification

Starting at the end of November, 2014, LinkedIn started reporting on the results of its "Add to Profile for Certifications" functionality, introduced earlier that same year. The results draw on the site's 320 million-plus members to shed some interesting light on the certifications that they hold. Not all of them are in IT, of course, but those that are shed some interesting light on the subject.

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Looking Ahead: Hot IT Skills for 2015

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

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

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

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

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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MS Goes Exclusive with Pearson VUE for Cert Exams

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

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

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

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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