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May, 2013

May 27, 2013  3:48 PM

Great Interview with Brocade Cert Manager Joe Cannata at

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One of my favorite cert market watchers -- namely, Mirek Burnejko over at -- has struck gold once again. This time, it occurs in the form of a trove of information nuggets from Joe Cannata, the Senior Manager of Certification over at Brocade Networks, and the person who...

May 24, 2013  3:28 PM

Bye, bye CertCities; Bye, bye!

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Two months ago, I observed in a blog post entitled " Lights on, Nobody home?" that there hadn't been any new activity...

May 23, 2013  2:32 PM

Interesting YouTube Video Spells Out CCNA/CCENT Exam Changes

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Thanks to Anne Martinez at, I just learned about a YouTube video -- don't get your hopes up: it's really just a PowerPoint slide deck...

May 20, 2013  4:38 PM

Guest Post: How Many Steps in Laser Printing? (Emmett Dulaney)

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Every now and then, I'll turn over the reins here at IT Career JumpStart to a friend or colleague for a guest blog post. Here's one from long-term cert watcher and author Emmett Dulaney, whom I first got to know in the late 1990s through his many good IT cert prep books and articles.

May 17, 2013  5:55 PM

Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) Makes Its Debut

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There's a new MS certification in town: in a post dated May 16, 2013, Born to Learn made it known that MS had launched a credential that targets professional development for educators, and seeks to ensure they make good use of what's called Information Communication Technology (aka ICT) to...

May 15, 2013  3:53 PM

Do the math on the Furlough of DoD Civilians

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In this morning's paper I saw an item about how the US Department of Defense is going to institute a mandatory furlough for 11 days' work for 680,000 civilian employees of that agency between July 8 and the end of the fiscal year (October 31, 2013). Trying to assess the overall impact on...

May 13, 2013  7:21 PM

Harris Interactive Job Security Index for April 2013 Tells Interesting Story

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A recently-published study from Harris Interactive reveals some interesting concerns from American workers surveyed online between March 19 and 21, 2013 (see this April 4 news item for more details: " 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

May 10, 2013  2:12 PM

Only Three Weeks Remain for Second Shot MS Exam Retakes

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Last September (2012) I posted a blog about Microsoft's latest "Second Shot" cert exam offering -- sign up with a special...

May 8, 2013  2:59 PM

Heavily-Certified Cisco Guy Raises Interesting Question for “Cert vs. Life” Balance

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As his online biography attests, Cisco Operations Manager Marcus Fan (he runs Cisco's San Jose Customer Proof of Concept Lab within the company's Worldwide Sales organization) is no...

May 6, 2013  8:44 PM

MS Already in the Federal Transition of Forces Mix

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When I blogged last week about Cisco's participation in an announcement at the White House on April 29, where First Lady Michelle Obama announced a joint technology training initiative to help veterans and transitioning military staff still on active duty find their way...

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