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AppToCert Program Redux: Development for Cert Credit

By Ed TittelOct 7, 2015

Almost one year ago, Microsoft instituted a so-called "AppToCert Program," wherein developers could trade some exercise of their abilities -- and a bit of elbow grease -- for credit in becoming certified in the MS development arena. As of last week, MS has re-launched this program for developer enrollment. Learn more about it in this week's blog post, which includes a description of the current incarnation of AppToCert, along with pointers to key blog posts and Web pages for previous incarnations as well.

Ed Tittel

Complete Video Course for Linux+/LPIC-1 Coming Soon!

By Ed TittelSep 30, 2015

Earlier this month, I blogged about the upcoming release of a Cert Guide for the LPIC-1/Linux+ exams. Today, I'm pleased to inform my readers that Pearson IT Certification will be adding a complete video course on the same subject matter to its arsenal of prep materials on this subject matter -- and somewhat sooner, to boot. In fact, the video course will make its debut next week on October 5, 2015, while the book will become available on November 18, about five weeks thereafter.

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DoD 8570 Gives Way to DoD 8140, Specifies Security Certs for Government Workers

By Ed TittelSep 23, 2015

In August 2015, representatives of the United States Department of Defense (aka DoD, pronounced "Dee-oh-Dee") signed the 8140 directive. It replaces the now-outmoded (but not forgotten, for reasons I'll explain soon) 8570 directive. Both 8570 and 8140 require DoD personnel and contractors to obtain certifications in their work area specializations, particulary for IT-related job roles. This means that active duty military and DoD civilians who work in and around IT must obtain a variety of security credentials based on NIST's definition for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (aka NICE). The devil, as always, is in the details, so let's look at some of them more closely.
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For More Windows Expertise, Learn Powershell

By Ed TittelSep 16, 2015

Since the days of Windows Vista (and prior to the release of Windows Server 2008), Windows has supported a real, honest-to-goodness command shell/shell scripting language that stands head and shoulders above and beyond the old MS-DOS command line lexicon and syntax and its batch (.BAT) file counterparts. Savvy Windows users are well-advised to dig into PowerShell, and to learn how it can be used, because it is incredibly powerful and capable.

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Updated CompTIA Linux+/LPIC-1 Cert Guide Coming Soon

By Ed TittelSep 9, 2015

Writing cert prep materials is an interesting and occasionally exhausting vocation, especially in today's era of releases on rapid cadences, and on an ever-shifting and -changing certification landscape. That probably helps to explain why the Cert Guide for exams LX0-103 & -104 (CompTIA) and 101-400 and 102-400 (LPI-C) is soon to be available, even though the updated exams went live at the end of March, 2015. Look for this new book to become available online and in bookstores by mid-November. Here's a preview of its contents, and a link to those interested in pre-ordering the title.

Ed Tittel

Where Can "Big Data" Take Us?

By Ed TittelSep 2, 2015

In my line of work, I get asked to listen to countless product pitches and watch oodles of demonstrations. It can be informative and sometimes even mildly interesting, but I seldom find myself saying "I've got to see more of this stuff, and use it myself." A rare exception to this general trend hit me over the head earlier this week when I finally got together with members of the Spanish-based company Panda (a name many readers will recognize thanks to their long-standing and highly regarded anti-malware product offerings) to walk through the company's Adaptive Defense product instead.

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Lack of Sex Appeal Notwithstanding, Soft Skills DO Matter in IT

By Ed TittelAug 26, 2015

One of the benefits of a slight degree of notoriety -- or name recognition, at least -- is that one gets the occasional request to write or blog about IT certification for a variety of outlets and Websites. Over the past couple of decades that has meant working for a handful of training companies that include Global Knowledge, New Horizons, Pluralsight, Cramsession/PrepLogic, and others. Just this morning I got a phone call from one of them asking for articles and analysis, along with a request for IT cert topics worth covering. When I got on one of my favorite hobbyhorses  in response -- namely, the value of soft skills to IT professionals -- the reaction was tepid: "We've tried that, and it didn't resonate well with our audience."

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SDN/NFV Continues Gaining Ground and Traction, But...

By Ed TittelAug 19, 2015

Yes, although Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) have been out and about in the technology space for more than three years now, and plenty of major players offer interesting products and services in this vein, I'm still seeing enough of a gap between technology makers and service providers hawking these wares, and companies taking up such offers, to provide continuing ground for concern. This goes double for basic training and certification on SDN and NFV, where the number of options and offerings come nowhere near the number of players jockeying for advantage on this playing field.

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Looking Back on 20 Years of Java

By Ed TittelAug 12, 2015

In 1995, the Java programming language (produced by a talented team of programmers at Sun Microsystems, including its credited inventors James Gosling, Mike Sheridan, and Patrick Naughton) made its formal debut. That means this language is now 20 years old! I remember the beginning and have been working with and around Java ever since. Though security problems have somewhat tarnished Java's reputation, it continues to be both widely deployed and used, particularly for Web-based (or -integrated) applications. That probably explains why Java certs remain valuable even 20 years into its continuing history.

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The Online Cert Revolution Has Arrived: MS Goes Big with Online Proctoring

By Ed TittelJul 22, 2015

When MS announced on September 24, 2014 that it was making "select exams" available through online proctoring, I thought it was interesting, and was pleased to see this particular certification giant dips its toes into testing outside the typical testing center environment. In the past week, MS has made it known that all of its MCP and MTA exams are now available online, in more than 40 countries around the world, with all its remaining countries queued up to receive similar service (at least where the minimum bandwidth requirement of 512 Kbps up and down can be met). This is big news!

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SDN Cert Landscape Remains More Unchanged Than I'd Hoped

By Ed TittelJul 15, 2015

In the wake of last week's news about the Open Networking Foundations two upcoming SDN credentials, I decided to revisit the overall landscape for Software Defined Networking certifications, and was both surprised and a little frustrated to find that things haven't changed much in this neck of the certification woods. Read on for a quick listing of what's out there, and what's coming.

Jamie Shoup

Share Your #CertSelfie To Win!

By Jamie ShoupJul 14, 2015

We are excited to share a new contest that is celebrating your success! Feel proud about your certification and further your own success by sharing your #CertSelfie to enter to win a digital product of your choice from any of our partnering sites (Pearson IT Certification, Cisco Press, InformIT, VMware Press or Microsoft Press) - 5 winners will be selected at random.

Simply take a photo of you with your certificate and tag #CertSelfie and share with us on social media! Here is your chance to shine so make them good!

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