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November, 2011


November 30, 2011  4:21 PM

Robert Half Identifies 7 Potential 2012 Bright Spots for IT Jobs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Robert Half 2012 Technology Jobs Forecast, Robert Half identifies 7 hot IT jobs for 2012

In preparing its 2012 Technology Salary Guide, employment specialist firm Robert Half recently identified some standout job areas in IT for the coming year. These make for some pretty...

November 28, 2011  3:04 PM

IBM Offers Buy-1-Get-1-Free Offer for Selected Cert Exams



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IBM cert exam promo deal, IBM offers limited time buy-1-get-1-free offer on cert exams

For each IBM certification exam from this Eligible Tests list you schedule and take by December 14, 2011, IBM will provide you with a free voucher you can use to take another exam (also from the same list). These...


November 21, 2011  2:44 PM

Why Is Super-committee failure an option?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
let the automatic budget reductions go to work, Supercommittee fails to reach deficit reduction agreement

Those of who you read this blog regularly know that I follow government and employment information, especially as it touches on IT job markets and growth prospects. So it was that I listened to NPR this morning with a growing sense of incredulity and dread, as the newscasters grimly foretold...


November 18, 2011  4:01 PM

Network World Survey Finds Certs Bring Raises and Promotions



Posted by: Ed Tittel
and promotions, Network World survey finds correlation between IT certs, pay, raises, ray of sunshine on IT jobs and certification

In reading my way through the Microsoft Born to Learn blog recently, I came across an item that cited a recent Network World survey to report--with a real ray of sunshine onto what's been a pretty dark and dismal IT jobs and work landscape recently--that a pool of 700...


November 16, 2011  3:12 PM

“Big Bucks” in Consulting or Security? Maybe…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
better to pursue a big-name masters degree than to combine masters with IT certification at a lesser insitution, take advantage of employer-sponsored education support

Here's an email that showed up in my inbox last Friday:

Mr Tittel... your books helped me land my first self study MCP test completion, and your blogs have begun steering me in the right direction.  Cheers sir.  I come to you a stranger searching for advice... I have am 29 and need...


November 14, 2011  2:27 PM

Fascinating Experiment in Public Access to MS IT Academy



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft teams with Hawaii to offer statewide library access to IT Academy and Digital Literacy materials, new mission for public libraries is to offer digitial cert training and preparation

Last week, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Hawaii State Public Library System to make its


November 10, 2011  5:15 PM

Microsoft Speaks Out on Certification Defense!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Learning Director Don Field enunciates 4D strategy, MS wins $13.5M judgement against brain-dumpers

There's a fascinating story (...well, to me, anyway...) in the Microsoft News Center that popped up this morning. It's entitled "Microsoft Ensures Integrity of Its Certification Program" and...


November 9, 2011  4:11 PM

Here’s a HOT one: MS11-083 addressed in November Updates



Posted by: Ed Tittel
check out MS11-083 to understand a current Windows Update patch worth applying, November 2011 security updates include a high-urgency item

Check out this flaming headline from Ryan Naraine on his "Zero Day" blog over at ZDNet (he's long been one of my favorite Windows security mavens and like my other favorite, Lenny Zeltser, pretty much always tells it like it is): [caption id="attachment_1775" align="aligncenter" width="628"...


November 9, 2011  3:51 PM

CompTIA Cloud Essentials coming next month!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam to launch in December 2011, CompTIA gets into cloud computing credentials

In perusing the press releases at the CompTIA Website this morning, I came across an item dated November 8, 2011, and entitled "CompTIA and...

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November 7, 2011  3:32 PM

Interesting Perspectives on IT Certifications



Posted by: Ed Tittel
GoCertify comments on IDC Security Management Certificaition analysis/report

In reading over Anne Martinez' latest Certification Watch newsletter (Volume 14 #13) I couldn't help but catch and wonder about her summaries of some recent IDC MarketScape profiles that analyze markets for various...


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