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Jamie Shoup

Cisco, Java, CompTIA and Red Hat Complete Video Courses: 40%-50% Off Through Feb 28th!

By Jamie ShoupFeb 25, 2015

Train effectively – train immediately with Video Courses from Pearson IT Certification.

Ed Tittel

Free SQL Server Online Training from MVA Available

By Ed TittelFeb 25, 2015

MS has just rounded out a full slate of free online training courses for the SQL-related MCSA and MCSE certifications. That's a collection of materials that's hard to beat, and the price is right, too. Check them out if you're interesting in or already using SQL Server in the workplace. Find all the links you'll need in the paragraphs that follow.

Jamie Shoup

Virtual Workshop Series on RHCSA and RHCE Exam Essentials Announced

By Jamie ShoupFeb 25, 2015

Expert author and presenter Sander van Vugt takes certification candidates on a two week journey in a new virtual workshop series on RHCSA and RHCE exam essentials.

Topics range from creating advanced Apache configurations to troublehsooting, and setting up an iSCSI environment with target and initiator.

Next session begins Feb 26th and runs every week through end of April!

Ed Tittel

About Global Knowledge's 15 Top-Paying Certs for 2015

By Ed TittelFeb 18, 2015

15 Top Paying Certifications for 2015It's mid-February as I write this blog post, or about the usual time at which Global Knowledge has ace instructor John Hales describe the findings of their annual salary survey as it relates to IT certification. The new Top 15 list has a lot in common with last year's list but offers up some new items as well. For me, what's missing is as interesting as what's present, so I'll offer up some ideas on that as well.
Ed Tittel

MS Press Offers Free Azure eBook

By Ed TittelFeb 11, 2015

Azure is Microsoft's online cloud platform, which the company uses itself to host OneDrive, databases galore, datacenters, email services and more. It supports all the major Windows Server platforms, and is suprisingly powerful and affordable. Right now, MS Press is giving away its lead-in Azure title, free for the downloading.

Jamie Shoup

Webcasts & Workshops - New Events Posted!

By Jamie ShoupFeb 5, 2015

Register now for these new online February and March 2015 webcast & workshop events, offered in conjuction with our Pearson Authors and our technical partners.

Ed Tittel

A Different Take on the Value of IT Certification

By Ed TittelFeb 4, 2015

In the past year or two, I've read stories about children as young as five years old earning IT certifications, with plenty more examples of middle  or high school aged teenagers notching up some interesting credentials such as MCSA, MCSE, and CCNA. With an increasing number of kids getting certified on their way through high school, especially through the Microsoft IT Academy and the Cisco Academy, what's a hiring manager or business owner to do, when faced with a certified high school graduate on the lookout for an IT job? Good question!

Ed Tittel

Social Media Certs Gaining Interest and (Some) Credibility

By Ed TittelFeb 2, 2015

Back in 2012, I wrote a blog here entitled "Social Media: Valid Certs or Snake Oil?" wherein I observed that one must look neither far nor hard to find numerous certifications about or around the subject of social media. Players in the space include training companies, consulting organizations, and even academic institutions, all eager to cash in on the growing importance and gargantuan cache that comes along with social media. And now, at long last, there seems to be serious, valuable, and vendor-/platform-neutral sponsor in this cert niche, upon whose recent efforts and activities I'd like to report here. I'm talking about an organization named the National Institute for Social Media (NISM) and their Social Media Strategist (SMS) certification.

Ed Tittel

MCPs Get Discounts on ALL MS Press Titles

By Ed TittelJan 21, 2015

Yowza! I came across an undeniably tasty item in trolling the Microsoft Born to Learn blog this morning. As of January 14, anybody with a Microsoft Certified Professional credential -- and that's anybody who's passed an exam that leads to MCSA, MCSE, MCPD, Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist, and everything else except exams for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) or Microsoft Technology Associate -- gets a pretty hefty discount through the Microsoft Press Store.

Jamie Shoup

New Virtual Workshop on RHCSA/RHCE Announced

By Jamie ShoupJan 15, 2015

Join us for Lesson 1 of “Tips for passing the Red Hat RHCSA and RHCE exam”, on Jan. 23rd, at 12:00pm EST, exploring “Understanding external authentication,” presented by Pearson IT Certification Author Sander van Vugt.

Jamie Shoup

Free Learning Events by Cisco Press Authors

By Jamie ShoupJan 14, 2015

New Janurary learning events to get on your calendar!

Ed Tittel

MS Restarts "Second Shot" Program

By Ed TittelJan 14, 2015

In what is apparently becoming something of a (very early) Rite of Spring, MS has re-launched its Second Shot program, whereby a special cert exam registration earns candidates the rights to a free re-take should they fail on their first attempt. The devil, of course, is in the details so please read on to learn all about them!

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