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Ed Tittel

Great Answers to Q: "Why Hire Certified IT Pros?" from IDC/Microsoft

By Ed TittelJan 27, 2016

In trying to understand the value proposition for IT certification, employers and IT pros alike are always interested in finding good answers to the question posed in this blog post's title: "Why hire certified IT pros?" Cert sponsors, always seeking to sell more cert exams and expand their certified populations, are no less interested in providing such answers. A recent study from IDC (October 2015) entitled "The Business Value of IT Certification" provides some interesting and useful answers of interest to all parties.

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

Cert Vs. Degree Gets Another Look

By Ed TittelDec 2, 2015

Ever since I started writing about certification and related IT career development topics back in the mid-1990s, one perennial question I've been posed has been "Which is better: a college degree or IT certification(s)?" This is something I've written about repeatedly, but it's one of those questions that keeps coming up, particularly for cash-strapped youngsters trying to decide if their lmited funds should go to a degree, or some collection of specific IT certifications. For this blog post, I'll give a nod to an interesting and informative article over at GoCertify, and then revisit the issue yet one more time because of its enduring relevance to current and aspiring IT pros of all ages.

Ed Tittel

SAVE BIG!! Black Friday for Cert Stuff at PITC

By Ed TittelNov 25, 2015

If you're in the market for cert books, practice tests, or video training materials, head on over to Pearson IT Certification, where you'll find savings of up to 55% on a storewide basis (you must buy two or more items to get the big discount; single items get 35% off instead).

Ed Tittel

Veteran's Links for November 11

By Ed TittelNov 11, 2015

It gives me great pleasure to write this week's blog post, not only because I can tip my hat to the many veterans who've so ably and nobly served this country, but because I can provide some pointers for younger vets and active duty military personnel facing the transition back into civilian employment to get certified on their way out of the service and/or into the workforce. I'm also especially grateful to my Dad, Al, who served the USA in WWII and Korea, and who managed to make a 27-year career in the US Army as a member of the reserves.

Ed Tittel

Revising "Ranking Certs" for 2016

By Ed TittelNov 4, 2015

For those of you who don't already know, we've re-created my print book entitled "IT Certification Success" (which appeared in 5 paper editions between 1999 and 2005) as an e-book right here at PITC. It's available through "Ed Tittel's IT Certification Success" any time you'd care to check it out. One of its most popular features is called "Ranking Certifications" wherein we apply a series of metrics to compare over 100 IT certifications by level of difficulty, time required for completion, number of exams involved, out of pocket cost, background and experience required, and average pay for certifications holders. We've just finished updating this  massive research effort and for today's blog, I want to report on what changed since this ranking was last updated in 2014.

Ed Tittel

PITC Builds a Growing Library of Author Webcasts

By Ed TittelOct 28, 2015

Earlier this week, it was my pleasure and privilege to moderate a webcast for Pearson IT Certification (PITC) and InformIT from the inimitable Zed Shaw, programmer extraordinaire and the inventor of the terrific "The Hard Way" series of programming books. In preparing for this and upcoming PITC webcasts -- I'll be your relentlessly cheerful moderator for the foreseeable future for such delights -- I found myself poking around the current library of such offerings, and thinking about new items that will be added to this growing collection.

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

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!

Ed Tittel

Cisco Fires Cloud and IoT Cert Salvo

By Ed TittelMay 27, 2015

Today (May 27) Cisco is announcing several new Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud-related certfication credentials in the CCNA and CCNP categories. Their IoT credential will be called CCNA Industrial (IoT), and there will be Cloud versions of the CCNA and CCNP added to their lineup.

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!

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