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December, 2010

December 30, 2010  3:34 PM

Say goodbye to 2010, hello to 2011

Posted by: Ed Tittel
2010 IT employment maintains a bitter status quo, 2010 wanted to improve but didn't manage much change, 2011 could be more of the same for IT employment but let's hope for an uptick

I can't say I'm unduly sorry to see 2010 come to an end. For most of this year, the IT job market (and career development activity) has been going sideways rather than significantly up or down. In fact, we saw only bare increases at any time during the year for either general or IT employment, with...

December 29, 2010  7:21 PM

Holiday Distraction 2: The Vital Importance of Disciplined Queuing

Posted by: Ed Tittel
attracting a crowd means imposing crowd control, brute force trumps gentility when the going gets tough, holiday travel mayhem and madness

In computer science the way in which service requesters line up and obtain processing is called a "queuing discipline." The average wait time to process a service request depends on how long the line of pending requests is (queue length), how that line gets organized and handled (queue delay), and...

December 20, 2010  9:28 PM

Something about the Exchange MCM

Posted by: Ed Tittel
another MCM program is working to decouple exams from training, Exchange MCM heading in SQL MCM direction, lots of work underway to develop and scale MCM certifications

This morning, I had the good fortune to get into a conference with David Bjurman-Birr, the Program Manager for the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM): Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 credential. This...

December 17, 2010  7:48 PM

Understanding the MTA certification

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Technology Associate, MTA gaining traction, the MTA targets academia

In yesterday's blog on the MS IT Academy I alluded to a conversation with Microsoft that I held on Tuesday, December 14 with various employees of Microsoft...

December 16, 2010  3:56 PM

Interesting doings at the Microsoft IT Academy; More lie ahead!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
MS IT Academy program enjoys 24% annual growth, MS IT Academy program growing worldwide, MS IT Academy program offers numerous benefits to educators

In a short but free-wheeling conversation with Lutz Ziob, General Manager of Microsoft Learning, and Jeff Johnson,  North America Academic Area Lead, Microsoft Learning on Tuesday, December 14, about the Microsoft IT Academy program, I learned lots of interesting stuff as I sought to follow up on...

December 14, 2010  4:39 PM

Cisco Ups Its IPv6 Ante with Strong Cert Coverage

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Cisco certs add focus on IPv6, Cisco Certs gain recognition for IPv6 coverage, Cisco ups its IPv6 ante, standadlone IPv6 courses available from Cisco Learning

I held a very interesting phone conversation with Fred Weiller yesterday. Mr. Weiller is Director of Marketing for Cisco Learning, and our appointed topic of conversation was coverage of and focus on IPv6 protocols, tools, and technologies across Cisco's learning portfolio. This conversation came...

December 13, 2010  3:38 PM

Windows 7 Has a Banner First Year, But…

Posted by: Ed Tittel
can MS rise to the challenge that tablets and smartphones pose to its market dominance, MS faces serious market challenges outside the PC arena, Windows 7 sales numbers and forecast through 2014

There's a classic example in b-school circles that's used to explain mis-guided (or at least, mis-placed) development and investment emphasis. It's applied to buggy whip manufacturers who, even after the automobile started to stake out a growing stake in the transportation marketplace, kept on...

December 13, 2010  2:59 PM

Do Local Glimmers of Hope on the Job Front Mean Anything? Mebbe…

Posted by: Ed Tittel
does a local Austin uptick presage a broader recovery, hoping that local IT employment bump is a trend and not an anomaly, uptick in Austin high tech hiring reported

While listening to my local NPR affiliate this morning ( I caught an interesting story during the local news segment that's presented at six minutes past the hour during the broadcast. A local KUT reporter interviewed...

December 10, 2010  6:42 PM

See your friendly neighborhood MCT for a great deal on MS Cert exams

Posted by: Ed Tittel
MCTs can bump MS Learning Exam Pack discounts by 5%, save 20-25% on multiple MS cert exams, see your friendly neighborhood MCT for extra MS cert exam discounts

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December 8, 2010  2:16 PM

No Sooner Said, Than Done…Wrong!!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Robert Half Q42010 IT Hiring Index provides some glimmers of hope, some industry sectors plan to add IT jobs in 2011, transportation and business services forecast net IT employment gains in 2011

In my last blog here "2010 Employment Situation Ends With a Whimper," I believe I summarized the tone and the conclusions of the most recent employment situation summary...

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