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Ed Tittel

LinkedIn Sheds Light on High-Demand Skills

By Ed TittelJan 20, 2016

When LinkedIn bought online training company Lynda.com in April 2015, a lot of people wondered what was really going on behind the scenes. A recent post from Steve Weiss, Content Manager for Business and Data Science at Linked (formerly at Lynda.com), helps put such speculation to rest: in a self-referential bow toward data mining/Big Data/Data Science, LinkedIn has been mining the heck out of its 400-million-plus user base and watching hiring decisions made under its purview to help the company target hot education topics. What's at the top of the list for 2016?

Ed Tittel

Top Skills for 2016

By Ed TittelDec 30, 2015

As that inimitable and always sly soothsayer, Yogi Berra, once said: "It's like deja vu, all over again," when it comes to chart-topping IT skills and technical areas for 2016. There are some recurring themes here to be sure, but also some newer technologies that promise to take up residence on the short list of what's hot for next year.

Ed Tittel

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.
Ed Tittel

CompTIA Skillsboost Reaches Out to Educators, Parents & Students

By Ed TittelJul 1, 2015

In late June, CompTIA announced the opening of a vendor-neutral IT careers portal named "Skillsboost" that targets parents, teachers, and students. The goal of the site is to provide one-stop online resource for IT careers and training information aimed at secondary (high school) and post-secondary (trade school, community college, university) students interested in what the organization describes as "a vocational route into the IT industry," with special emphasis on hands-on IT training and apprenticeships.

Jamie Shoup

Networkers - Win $1,000 in Video Training via Cisco Press Cisco Live Sweepstakes!

By Jamie ShoupMay 15, 2015

Launching today - Cisco Press Cisco Live Sweepstakes 2015!

Ed Tittel

Are Credit Info Breaches the "New Normal?"

By Ed TittelMay 6, 2015

A recent flurry of reports via Experian, through its data breach resolution arm, in tandem will well-known security research firm the Ponemon Institute, paint a depressing portrait of the data breach landscape -- especially for firms involved in handling customer credit and other sensitive data. The moral of the story turns out to be a combination of ongoing education for security firms and data handlers alike, along with a profound need for preparation in advance of data breaches before they occur.

Ed Tittel

Musings on IT/Cert Salary Surveys

By Ed TittelApr 1, 2015

Over the past month, the folks over at Certification Magazine (who also own and run the excellent GoCertify.com site) have been mining their recently published end-of-year (2014) salary survey. As I chew over the numbers they report and the implicit career guidance they can dangle in front of current and aspiring IT professionals, I'm reminded of that old aphorism, often erroneously attributed to American humorist Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics." Read on for further musings on what CertMag found and what it can, but doesn't have to mean, when it comes to crafting career plans.

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.

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!

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

Looking Ahead: Hot IT Skills for 2015

By Ed TittelNov 19, 2014

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.

Ed Tittel

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

By Ed TittelNov 12, 2014

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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