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February 17, 2010  4:09 PM

Another MS Study Option: “Career Packages”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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Those IT professionals seeking advancement, or aspiring IT workers seeking positions, may want to check out an interesting combination package available (for some time now) from Microsoft. It's called a "Career Package" and includes coverage of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, with SW Server...

November 25, 2009  5:41 PM

The Holiday Season Is Here: Time for Planning & Reflection



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT training and coursework, pondering another degree, project and people management opens doors to career advancement, working on soft skills

Wow! How this year has zoomed past. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and like me, I'm sure a lot of you have the same kinds of plans for that day: a house full of people, lots of food, good conversation, and the occasional ball game. But as the holiday season winds up, remember that a new year lies just...


November 22, 2009  9:32 PM

Going to College Is One Thing, Graduating Entirely Another



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, associate degree, bachelor's degree, community college, continuing education, IT career development, IT careers

This morning, while driving my son to the park on an expedition to feed some local ducks, I tuned into a program on my local college station (KUT) that dealt with issues in getting students who attend community college to graduate and move on to...


November 21, 2009  10:26 PM

Microsoft Defines Developer Learning Paths



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT careers, Microsoft development environment, MS development learning paths, MS development roles

On November 16, MS Learning stalwart Ken Rosen posted an interesting blog on Microsoft's Born to Learn. Entitled "New Developer...

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October 23, 2009  4:21 PM

Thinking About Presentation Skills in IT



Posted by: Ed Tittel
developing IT Presentation skills, IT career development, IT careers, IT Presentation skills, presentation skills, soft skills, soft skills development

On Wednesday, I posted a mini-review of Alan Carroll's book The Broadband Connection, which aims to help IT professionals prepare, deliver, and manage...


August 6, 2009  4:07 PM

Help Desk Institute and MS Team Up for Win7 Cert



Posted by: Ed Tittel
HDI-DST exam, HDI-SCA exam, Help Desk Institute certification, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP:EDST7, Microsoft Certification, MS Exam 70-680, MS Exam 70-685

Microsoft and the Help Desk Institute (HDI) have teamed up to define a new IT professional credential on Windows 7. It's called the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7 aka MCITP: EDST7 and adds a requirement to pass one of two HDI hardware exams to the base level MCITP . The base...


August 3, 2009  1:10 PM

After You Get Certified, the Real Work Begins



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT careers, IT certification, making IT certification pay, soft skills development

In reading over an interesting story by Lynn Lawton (international president of ISACA and the IT Governance Institute) at Certification Magazine entitled "I'm Certified...Now What?" I was reminded that while earning an IT certification does have...


July 27, 2009  2:52 PM

About Oracle’s Hands-on Cert Training Requirements



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, GoCertify.com, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, mandatory Oracle training, Oracle certification

Anybody who reads this blog regularly already knows that Anne Martinez' Web site GoCertify.com is a favorite go-to resource for me when I'm researching information about the certification marketplace and its various programs and offerings....


July 24, 2009  1:52 PM

Final MCP Exam Voucher winner: Flavio B from Brazil



Posted by: Ed Tittel
COBIT, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, ITIL, MCITP, MCP exam voucher contest

Flavio B (who lays claim to an impressive number of middle names as well) does very well with his English, despite being a non-native speaker. I did a little bit of editing on his responses, most to clarify, correct minor spelling and grammatical errors, and to clarify a few points somewhat. I hope...


July 23, 2009  3:14 AM

MCP Exam Voucher Winner John C.



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCNA, continuing education, CTT+, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCP+I, MCSE, MCTS

John C, Virgina Beach, VA 1. What do you currently do for a living? I am a Systems Engineer and work with databases – primarily SQL Server but some Oracle. I started on SQL Server version 6.5 and have tested on all versions since then. This has been my work for the last ten years. Prior to...


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