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Cashing In: Make Your Certification Pay Off
Alison Indrisano
You’ve invested your time, effort and cash into certification, and now it’s time to reap the rewards. We’ve got a report that tells you how you can make the most of a re-energized resume.

Hands-On Certification: Lab-Based Expertise
Patrick von Schlag and Belton Myers
Hands-on experience is an important element in the career advancement of certified professionals. Lab-based training and testing helps IT experts get going in a real-world way.




HIPAA Security: Impacting a Trillion-Dollar Industry
Uday O. Ali Pabrai
The recently enacted HIPAA Security Rule is changing the way many companies do business, and the burdens of those changes often fall on IT’s shoulder. Find out what you need to know.

Trolling for Exam Information
Ed Tittel
Like any other effort, you get out of certification what you put into it. Success begins before you take the test, by preparing properly. We’ll help you get off on the right foot.

Work Hard, But Have Fun
Tanisha Blakely
In the days before certification, James Steven Austin started his IT career with the U.S. Air Force. He’s in a new position now, but certifications still helped him earn his wings.

The Emerging Hewlett-Packard Certified Professional Program
Shawn Rogers
The merger of Hewlett-Packard with Compaq could have created headaches, but instead, a stronger, unified program emerged. Here’s how the giant created the HP Certified Professional.



Five Painless Ways to Trim Business Costs
David Garrett
It’s a cost-conscious age, especially for IT professionals. For those who run their own outsourced operations, Dave’s got give ways to trim the fat in lean times.

Teaching With Interactive Learning Tools
Ann Beheler
There’s a lot of talk about blended learning these days, but the mix of media isn’t just student-centric. Technical trainers should also take advantage of interactive learning tools.

IT Business Fundamentals: Aligning IT Goals With Company Goals
Paula Moreira
If you want to succeed as an IT manager, you should know as much about alignment as administration. Paula can help you get ahead by staying in sync with company goals.

Marketing Tools and Techniques for Contractors and Consultants
Ed Tittel
When IT professionals go looking for work, it’s crucial that they know how to best present their technical talents. We’ve got the ways to get the word out to make sure your message is received.



Convincing Your Boss to Pay for Certification
Martin Bean

Show Me the Data
David Foster, Ph.D.

Lean Times Bring New Opportunities
John A. Venator



Editor’s Letter
Tim Sosbe
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10 Tips for Finding Great Training
Timothy L. Warner
With a multitude of training vendors and training types, certified professionals often need a way to sort through the systems to find what works for them. Here’s 10 tips to help you choose wisely.

Conducting Great Client Meetings
Dick Lewis
If you sell your services as a contractor or consultant, you know it all depends on the success of your client contacts. We’ve got some been-there, done-that advice for outsourced service providers.

Anything Is Possum-able
Dick Lewis
As certified professionals, you no doubt have all types of stories to share about your IT experiences. Strictly on the lighter side of things, we’ve got a whale of a tale about the furry underbelly of systems administration.

How Marketable Are You?
Katherine Spencer Lee
A recent CertMag.com Web poll showed 73 percent of respondents, employed or not, are looking for career opportunities. Before you get your resumes printed, consider your IT marketability.

CloseUp: jCert and Java
Ed Tittel
Java certifications are on the rise, and the promotional assistance of the jCert Initiative is helping to keep that trend growing. This month, Ed looks at the program and partners making it happen.

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