CertScope: Your Window into the World of IT
Every now and then, when I’m doing research on a particular information technology topic, I turn to the giant search engines like Google, MSN and Yahoo to find a good Web site or the latest news. However, these Web sites leave something to be desired. For example, when I enter a term like “storage” into any of them, I get results pertaining to a space for furniture when I move or information about how and where the government keeps toxic waste alongside the relevant information storage resources I’m looking for. Of course, this is understandable, as these tools cater to the masses. But what about a search engine for the IT industry specifically?
Well, I’m now turned on to a new feature on our own CertMag Web site: the CertScope. This search engine gives users precise results for topics they want to know about, both at CertMag.com and other IT organizations’ sites. To go back to the storage example, when I use this term with CertScope, I get 76 results in the first bucket—that is, the articles we’ve published in just the past year. The second box displays findings from the archives, what we’ve published in our more than six years of operation.
Finally, the third bucket shows results from other industry sites. A word on this: The bar on the top shows the number of Web sites, not the number of results. With the storage search, the first Web site that comes up is the Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA). When I click on the “More from this site” link, I get 1,163 results from that site alone. In other words, this part of the search engine potentially offers you hundreds or even thousands of results, all of which deal with your subject of interest. Give it a shot sometime.