• Cisco is raising the bar for exam retakes on two top-level certs.

    Cisco incorporates new retake policy for two high-level certs

    The old adage applies in certification, much as in many other areas of life: If at first you don’t succeed, give it another shot. Especially when taking a crack at high-level certifications, it’s fairly common to need to bounce back from a failed first attempt. Among all the suggestions for how to better your performance, one that’s …

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  • Feeling overworked? It may be time to switch jobs.

    Dear CertMag: Switching from indie tech to corporate tech

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: I’m an independent programming consultant working mostly with other lone-wolf types who have ideas but don’t know how to program them (or don’t want to …

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  • Ready to take a bite out of Apple.

    CertStudent: Ready to take a bite out of Apple

     CertStudent  is a regular feature that profiles students of all ages who are pursuing certification at schools, in training programs, and on their own time (and own dime). Know an interesting  CertStudent ? Share the details with us at editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Do you remember your first computer? For Dawid Podkanowicz, it came …

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  • You can tune a data center, but you can't data center a tuna.

    Comparing and contrasting Oracle tuning certifications

    I have known people to say that with enterprise databases, speed is everything. These people are dead wrong. With enterprise databases, data availability is everything. Committed transactions should never be lost, and a properly administered database should be able to recover rapidly from all manner of failures that damage the database. Oracle’s data integrity controls …

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  • Finding time to study for certification can be difficult.

    Dear CertMag: I need more time to study for certification

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag:  I have a job doing tech support at a community college. I’d like to eventually work in data storage, so I’ve been trying to carve …

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  • This week's CertStudent likes to fix computers with his hands.

    CertStudent: ‘I’m more of a new technology guy’

     CertStudent  is a regular feature that profiles students of all ages who are pursuing certification at schools, in training programs, and on their own time (and own dime). Know an interesting  CertStudent ? Share the details with us at editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Now he likes to use a sleek MacBook Air, but Isaiah …

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