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September, 2011


September 28, 2011  1:59 PM

Brocade Cert Programs Offer Rich Mix of Credentials

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Brocade accredited and certified credentials, lots to like in and about the Brocade certification program

It's always gratifying to hear from readers of this and other blogs, doubly so when what I hear comes from other players in the industry. That's why I was very gratified and interested to hear from Joe Cannata last month: he's a Senior Manager for Business Development at

September 26, 2011  4:00 PM

CISSP Objectives Change Again on 1/1/2012

Posted by: Ed Tittel
another version of our CISSP book is again in the offing, CISSP exam objectives due for significant update for 2012

Wow! We are really cycling through some changes on the CISSP exam. If you take a look at this blog from the exam development team at Transcender (a well-known and widely respected purveyor of premium-priced IT certification practice exams, and now also a part of Kaplan, Inc.) you'll get a pretty...

September 23, 2011  1:29 PM

Say “Hello!” to Tom’sITPro, with Yours Truly as Their Certguy!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Ed Tittel's first IT cert article goes live on, TomsITPro goes live with Ed Tittel IT cert coverage

I've been writing for various Tom's Hardware Websites (Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide, to be more specific) since the turn of the millennium, having started with translating articles for...

September 22, 2011  5:46 PM

Microsoft Shares Results from Its Recertification Survey

Posted by: Ed Tittel
follow-up discussion with Don Field about MS Learning recertification plans and thinking, MS Learning shares recertification survey results

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September 19, 2011  2:56 PM

A Glimmer of Good News on the IT Hiring Front?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Only small changes in the offing for Q4-11 IT hiring, Robert Half seeks silver lining in lackluster IT hiring plans

I found a recent story at the Certification Magazine Website entitled "CIOs Talk IT Hiring in Q4" that appears to provide a glimmer of good news on the IT hiring front, for what would be a decidedly welcome change. This...

September 16, 2011  2:07 PM

New Horizons and MS Team Up to Offer Pre-Exam Cert Mentoring

Posted by: Ed Tittel
great offer for free MS exam preparation from MS and New Horizons, MS and New Horizons team up for pre-exam mentoring sessions

In a rare and unusual display of industry wide cert candidate support, Microsoft and New Horizons have teamed up to offer free mentoring sessions to students who have recently taken a certification training class but not yet taken the corresponding exam. The "rare and unusual" part of this offer...

September 14, 2011  12:20 PM

CompTIA Backs Obama’s Jobs Plan–sort of…

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA should put its money where its mouth is on jobs plan, why not offer training and exam discounts to help the unemployed get back to work

Check out this 9/12/2011 press release from CompTIA "CompTIA Supports Innovative Approaches to Putting...

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September 9, 2011  9:50 PM

Is $447 B Enough to Turn the Tide on US Employment?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Jobs situation, Obama's jobs plan lacks ambition and chutzpah

Last night, President Obama addressed the US Congress, and proposed a new jobs-focused economic stimulus that would broaden the current Social Security tax cut for workers, and extend similar payroll tax cuts to small businesses. It would cut Social Security taxes by more than half for individuals...

September 5, 2011  8:40 PM

What Does Doubling the Exam Price and Paying $100 to Waive Classroom Training Mean?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CEH candidates who wish to take the exam but not an official course must pay a $100 application fee, CEH exam fees double

My eyebrows went up a bit as I read this headline in Anne Martinez' latest Certification Watch newsletter (Volume 14#11, 9/1/2011, 2nd headline from the top): "Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Exam to Double in Price,...

September 2, 2011  8:57 PM

Employment: Is No Change Bad News?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
no change in employment from July to August 2011, September 11 Employment Situation Summary sparks market decline

Today's the first Friday of the month, so the US Bureau of Labor Statistics posts last month's employment numbers. As I was driving to an appointment this morning, I heard an NPR reporter describe the Dow Jones Industrial Index as "plunging" in the wake of this report. And indeed, today the DJIA...


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