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January 9, 2013  3:50 PM

Starting Over with IT Certs Better Than Standing Pat with Outdated Credentials



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

Over the holidays, I got an email from a long-time IT professional who asked me for my opinion on whether or not he should jump back into the IT certification fray. Because his most recent credentials data back to the old Novell Certified Network Engineer (CNE) circa NetWare 4.0 and the old MCSE...

January 7, 2013  3:07 PM

With Revised Study/Learn Info, Cisco Ups Its Cert Education Profile



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

When I read recently about a "Study/Learn Master Page" in the Cisco Learning Network's recent learning news, at first I didn't really get what was going...


January 4, 2013  3:43 PM

Employment Situation Stands Pat, Gets a Tiny Negative Correction



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

At the end of each calendar year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revisits that year's employment figures "using updated seasonal adjustment factors," to quote from the text box at the top of this morning's Employment Situation Summary for December, 2012. They also delivered a slight adjustment for...


January 2, 2013  5:49 PM

Why are brain dumps such a no-no? Let me count the ways…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

I regularly visit the Microsoft Born to Learn blog to keep up with their training and certification activities. Occasionally, other bits and pieces of the learning apparatus surface through this channel, as was the case with Kerri Davis' excellent "

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December 28, 2012  4:39 PM

HTML5 Definitions Completed: Onto Interoperability Testing and Performance



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

Just before Christmas (12/17/2012), the W3C...


December 26, 2012  4:06 PM

ISACA Adds Third Exam Date for 2013



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

Like so many other successful trade associations, the former Information Systems Audit and Control Association is now known only by its acronym, ISACA. This is a trade group that offers a number of successful and...


December 24, 2012  4:08 PM

Happy 2012 Holidays to One and All



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

It's hard to believe that another year is almost behind us, and that the holidays are upon us in force. Last night before crashing, my wife and I wrapped Christmas presents. Most of them, of course, are for our 8-year-old son, Gregory, who -- much to my continuing amazement -- still believes in...


December 21, 2012  4:36 PM

Say “Cheers” to all those unsung IT cert heroes out there…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

Yesterday, I saw a Facebook post from an old friend -- my former local pool league team-mate, Joe, who announced in 2009 he was taking 5 years off from league to earn his CCIE -- to let us all know that he'd taken and passed the CCIE written exam earlier this week. From his start in 2008, he...


December 19, 2012  8:25 PM

TOGAF Certification Explored and Explained



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

TOGAF stands for The Open Group Architecture Framework. It's a detailed, highly elaborate methodology with a corresponding set of support tools used when developing enterprise IT architectures. It's free for any organization that wants to employ it to build their own extensible enterprise...


December 17, 2012  6:44 PM

CompTIA “Certs For Life” Have Until 12/31 to Opt into Continuing Education



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT careers

Yeah, I know: What’s the point of keeping a “cert for life” — like CompTIA credentials earned before the end of 2010 — if you opt into a continuing education program? The point is that in some positions or organizations, there may be an internal policy or an external mandate for IT...


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