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July 21, 2009  1:54 PM

The enduring value of IT certification



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCTS, Network+

In running the contest to select winners for some MCP exam vouchers graciously donated by Microsoft, and in profiling four of the six winners (so far, I'm still chasing the other two) I've found myself revisiting several thoughts and ideas that have confronted me throughout my dozen years toiling...

July 17, 2009  3:55 PM

With RTM in Sight, Look for MS Learning to Gear Up on Win7



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, IT training, Windows 7 beta introduction and lab, Windows 7 certifications, Windows 7 sample chapters, Windows 7 training, Windows 7 training portal

Now that the Windows 7 RTM is in plain sight, and should be trickling into lots of hands pretty soon — see my recent Windows Enterprise Desktop blog —...


July 15, 2009  1:59 PM

MCP Voucher Winner Renne B from The Phillipines



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT certification, MCP exam voucher winner, MS certification

1. What do you currently do for a living? I am currently working as an IT Operations Head/Team Lead for an IT Outsourcing Company here in our country and also doing some part-time jobs as an IT Instructor.   2. Please describe your educational background. I started my studies with an...


July 13, 2009  2:42 PM

MCP Voucher Winner Interview: Thomas L, Essen, Germany



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft Certification

Thomas L, Essen, Germany 1. What do you currently do for a living? I'm living in Germany, in Ruhr Metropolis Essen, which has been selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2010. I've been working in the IT Business for more than 12 years. Since May 2005 I've been working as a...


July 10, 2009  5:07 PM

MCP Voucher Winner Interview: Steven M from Canada



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCP voucher contest

Here's his filled out questionnaire, in its entirety: 1. What do you currently do for a living?   I am an IT application Specialist working in Intermediate IT. I have years of experience in the non-for-profit sector who has now moved over to corporate work. I see myself as a chief grunt and...


July 8, 2009  4:00 PM

MS Exam Voucher Winners for “Cert Success” Contest



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam voucher contest, MS certification

Here is a list of winners by first name and last initial, plus city and state (US) or country (outside US). All the winners should have received an e-mail from SearchNetworking.com by now, asking for their mailing addresses so that the physical paper vouchers may be mailed to them (if you haven't...


July 6, 2009  4:50 PM

Comments Always Welcome! Choose Your Programs Wisely!!!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCNA, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, IT certification degree plans, MCDBA, MCSD, MS certification

Recently, I received a comment from a reader on my August 18, 2008 blog entitled "Understanding What Drives IT Salaries," from an astute young reader named Ronald Moore. He...


July 2, 2009  3:53 PM

MS Exam Voucher Contest Concludes (Winners to be Announced)



Posted by: Ed Tittel
free MCP exam voucher, IT career planning, IT certification, MS certification

This blog post is just a progress report, or perhaps a placeholder. At this time, I'm waiting for feedback from my colleagues at Microsoft and SearchNetworking.com (who sponsored this contest, MS by providing the exam vouchers, and SearchNetworking by encouraging me to create and promote this...


June 29, 2009  9:50 PM

The Lessons of History



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, IT training, soft skills development

I find myself in a very interesting work situation right now. Because of a couple of books I wrote in the mid-90s — those halcyon days when computer books flew off the shelves, and good writing work on relatively advantageous terms was easy to find by today's standards — I find myself now...


June 26, 2009  2:57 PM

A Pattern Emerges from Recent CCNA “Specializations”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDP, CCIE, CCNA, CCNA Security, CCNA specializations, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, Cisco certification, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification

I'd been wondering recently why Cisco is expanding its ever-popular CCNA certification to include CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, and CCNA Wireless. Now I get it: Cisco also offers various professional credentials, including CCDP (Design), CCNP (Networking), CCSP (Security), and CCVP (Voice), as well as...


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