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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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