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The design, installation, management, and troubleshooting of a computer network are tested by exams that focus on hardware, software, vendor-specific products, and vendor-neutral theories of network management. They range from entry-level support certifications to high-end architect credentials that can be essential for career advancement.

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Kevin Wallace(Video) Exam Profile - CompTIA Network+ N10-005
The CompTIA Network+ N10-005 certification is designed to prove that a candidate has competency in the networking arena. Learn what you can expect to see on the exam and about recommended resources to help you prepare for it.
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By Kevin WallaceApr 18, 2012
Ed TittelWorking with Protocol Analyzers and Related Certifications
Ed Tittel, creator of the Exam Cram series, discusses the current network protocol analyzers that any real expert needs to know. Who exactly counts as an "expert?" Ed also sorts out which of the many available certifications are really useful in identifying true masters of protocol analysis.
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By Ed TittelAug 30, 2011
An Ideal IT Internetworking Professional
In this article, you’ll take a look at relevant certifications, technical skills and knowledge, higher education, and subject matter expertise of greatest interest to employers hiring IT internetworking professionals.
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By Ed Tittel, Mary KyleNov 15, 2010
Emmett DulaneyNetworking Certification Roundup
IT certification expert and Anderson College professor Emmett Dulaney describes both vendor-neutral and vendor-specific networking certification options and offers tips for exam preparation.
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By Emmett DulaneyOct 15, 2010

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Ed TittelThose Seeking Cisco Certs Should Mind Their Study/Learn Master List

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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By Ed TittelCommentsNovember 12, 2014
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Ed TittelAmazon Web Services Certs Worth Investigating

Long a leader in cloud technologies and related service offerings, Amazon offers a substantial and growing certification program to support its Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. Currently, credentials are available for architects, developers and sysadmins at associate and professional levels, with more on the way.

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By Ed TittelCommentsOctober 14, 2014
Topics: Developers,Systems & Network Administration,Browse by Technology,IT Project Management/ITIL,Database
Ed TittelIBM Forces Some Employees Into Training, Imposes Pay Cut

In mid-September, IBM sent an interesting but also threatening e-mail to a number of employees in its Global Technology Services division, the arm of the company responsible for providing consulting and technology services to its biggest and most important customers. Observing that its recipients "have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements," those same recipients were ordered into a one-day-a-week training program for 23 weeks (almost half a year). During that training interval, their pay would also be docked by 10 percent, perhaps splitting the difference with those employees of the 20 percent loss in productivity that would therefore ensue. What does this decision have to tell us, and those currently playing the IT game as professionals?

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By Ed TittelCommentsOctober 1, 2014
Topics: Systems & Network Administration,Network Support,Browse by Technology,Browse by Cert,Other IT Certifications,MCSE,IT Project Management/ITIL,Microsoft,CompTIA
Ed TittelFair Warning: ISACA CRISC Updates Coming in 2015

As seems to be case with many cert sponsors nowadays, ISACA used to stand for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, but later changed its official name to match that acronym rather than sticking to the expanded version. ISACA remains an organization devoted to IT systems audit and governance training and certification, however, and its Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credential is becoming a high-value element in the audit and control realm for IT. Just recently, ISACA let current and prospective members of the association know that change is coming to the CRISC in 2015.

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By Ed TittelCommentsAugust 14, 2014
Topics: Systems & Network Administration,IT Security,Browse by Technology,Browse by Cert,Other IT Certifications

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