IT Career JumpStart:

November, 2010


November 30, 2010  2:52 PM

A Tale of Two Opposing Employment Lists



Posted by: Ed Tittel
eWeek lists top 15 IT jobs for 2011, up and down jobs for 2011, US BLS lists 10 surprising jobs in decline

Curious about this blog title? A quick comparison between the titles of the articles that gave me the idea for this posting should satisfy your need to know and understand what's up here:

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November 29, 2010  5:22 PM

No other signs of sweeping changes to Microsoft Certified Master requirements



Posted by: Ed Tittel
No further MCM program changes to match elimination of training requirement for MCM on Sequel Server 2008, training discounts available for most MCM programs though training is mostly still required

Revisiting Anne Martinez's latest GoCertify "Certification Watch" newsletter reminded me of my blog dated


November 28, 2010  11:58 PM

MS Certified Career Conference Recordings Finally Up



Posted by: Ed Tittel
MCCC video recordings now posted, Microsoft Certified Career Conference offers 40-plus videos

Though the MCCC (Microsoft Certified Career Conference)  came and went in 24 blistering hours on November 18, the recordings of that day's events didn't hit the site until last week. In fact, I checked last Tuesday (November 23) and only a handful of items had made it to those pages by that time....


November 23, 2010  10:47 PM

CompTIA working with SNIA to Craft Storage+ Cert



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA to work with SNIA on Storage+, new CompTIA Storage+ cert in the offing, other than the Storage+ name not much is known about CompTIA's new networked storage credential

Last week,  CompTIA issued a call for subject matter experts to help formulate the requirements and questions for an exam on digital storage technologies. This will very likely focus on network-attached storage (NAS) and storage-area networks (SANs) though some coverage of direct-attached storage...


November 22, 2010  4:05 PM

Discounted Citrix VirtCert Exams Available thru End of 2010



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Citrix offers discounts on advanced virtualization certs, discounts on CCEE and CCIA virtualization exams, great deal on Citrix virtualization certifications available to those who act before 12/31/2010

Those who've been sitting on the fence when it comes to pursuing Citrix virtualization certification may want to stop sitting, and start making exam plans. That's because prospective candidates for two of its virtualization certification exams can save $75 off the $300 tab (25% off, in other words)...


November 19, 2010  9:17 PM

MCCC a resounding success, and a whole lot of fun, too



Posted by: Ed Tittel
lots of interesting activity at MCCC, Microsoft Ceritied Career Conference a resounding success, over 2200 attendees at MCCC

From 6:15 AM yesterday until almost 8:00 PM last night (CST, -06:00 UCT/GMT) I was up and running inside the Microsoft Certified Career Conference (MCCC). During three different one-hour periods I ran real-time chat sessions...


November 17, 2010  3:32 PM

Interesting team-up between NC and MS



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft IT Academy to be part of NC state high school program, MS forges ubiquitous IT Academny relationship with North Carolina, will North Carolina lead to the way to general IT training at the high school level?

In this case, NC refers to the sovereign state of North Carolina, and MS is of course my old friend and familiar, Microsoft. Two press releases tell the story in some detail, but their headlines by themselves are enough to lead my blog in the direction in which I'd like it to go (in both headlines...


November 16, 2010  6:19 PM

Guided tour of Microsoft Certified Career Conference (MCCC) runtime



Posted by: Ed Tittel
get ready for MCCC on 11/18/2010, MCCC visual tour, Preview of MCCC

On Thursday, starting at 4:00AM PST (UCT -08:00), and running for 24 hours after that, you can partake of the live portion of the upcoming Microsoft Certified Career Conference (visit the


November 9, 2010  7:38 PM

SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master Undergoes a Sea Change



Posted by: Ed Tittel
new look for SQL Server 2008 MCM, SQL Server 2008 MCM no longer requires classroom training, will elimination of classroom training requirement for SQL Server 2008 MCM set a precedent for other MCM offerings?

I had the good fortune yesterday (11/8/2010) to speak with Joseph Sack, a  Program Manager for the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) credential on SQL Server...


November 5, 2010  5:14 PM

Forensics Certs Come and Go, But Here Are Some Evergreens



Posted by: Ed Tittel
ACE, CCE, CDFE, CEDS, CFCE, CHFI, computer orensics certifications, CPE, CSFA, EnCE, EnCEP, GCFA, PCI

I'm up to my armpits in revising the Sybex book Computer Forensics JumpStart into a second edition at the moment, and have almost gotten through the entire first draft as of today. One of the more interesting exercises in this book was to talk about available certifications in the area of...


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