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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...


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...


May 11, 2009  5:21 PM

MS Certification Profusion Leads to Confusion?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MC Master, MCITP, MCP, MCSE, MCTS, Microsoft Architect, MS certification

In the latest round of articles posted at one of my favorite IT Certification Websites, GoCertify.com, guest author and full-time trainer Brian Nelson raises some interesting issues about the latest...


May 4, 2009  3:27 PM

Erik Eckel Opines on “10 Best IT Certifications”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCIE, CCNA, CISSP, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, Network+, PMP, Secuirty+

In digging through some Microsoft PR materials recently, I came across mention of a Top 10 IT certification list that Erik Eckel put together for TechRepublic, later reprinted by big-time training company Global Knowledge. Though it's...


April 27, 2009  4:30 PM

MCPBACK gets you your next MCP exam for $25



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCP exam, MCPBACK, MCPD, MCTS, Microsoft Certified Professional exam, SecondShot

Microsoft MCP exams — which include any and all exams that count toward MCTS, MCITP, and MCPD — usually cost $125 a pop. Right now, if you sign up for any MCP that leads to one of those three credentials, you can get it for a mere $25. But you have to act fast: this offer extends only to the...


April 24, 2009  5:08 PM

Is Now the Time to Buy a CertPack Deal?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDP, CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, IT career development, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA

In handling a series of reader questions recently here on the ITKE, somebody raised the question of whether or not it was worth spending $15,000 to sign up for a combination cert training package that would help him acquire A+, Network+, MCP, and MCSA certification. This is an interesting question...


March 30, 2009  4:55 PM

Windows 7 Exams Are Coming!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
BDD, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCTS, MDOP, Microsoft Certification, MS Exam 70-680, MS Exam 70-685, MS Exam 70-686, WAIK

The "Born to Learn" blog from Microsoft Learning is proving to be an effective and useful source of advance information from MS. Call it a "source of planned leaks" and you wouldn't be at all out of line. Fortunately, MS Learning has been forthcoming and straightforward enough for this to be a...


November 24, 2008  5:51 PM

MS Re-Betas Exam 70-563 on .NET 3.5 Development



Posted by: Ed Tittel
.NET Framework 3.5, Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCP, MS exam 70-563, Visual Studio 2008

Over the weekend (11/22) Microsoft Learning Manager Jeff Koch re-opened the beta for exam 71-563 Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. Remember, most MS exams start with 71 in beta, which changes to 70 when they go into production, so this exam...


October 6, 2008  3:02 PM

Microsoft Certified IT Professional Credentials



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCSE, MCTS, Work background

To some extent, it's fair to look at the MCITP credentials as an answer to the question: "Where do MCTS on the networking/admin side go for the next rung in the MS certification ladder?" This is territory that's still being explored and mapped, because a growing crop of new MCTS certified...


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