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Certification Feature
Certification Evolution: Job-Role Certifications for Your Future
Patrick von Schlag
Certifications have evolved from vendor-driven programs to industry- and customer-driven specialties that span across different technologies, disciplines and vendors. As this evolution continues, which certifications will fade, which will keep going strong, and which will be the must-have certs of the future?


Job Roles Feature
IP Telephony Engineers: The Innovators of Communications Technologies
Cari McLean

As organizations move away from traditional telephone service and migrate toward Internet protocol telephony implementation and Voice over IP (VoIP), the work of today’s IP telephony engineers will influence the continued worldwide endorsement of these technologies.

Techniques Feature
Must-Have Non-Technical Skills for IT Pros
Sarah Stone

IT professionals today need more than technology skills to graduate into managerial roles. It takes a combination of soft skills, business savvy and project management expertise to move up in the IT sector.




Tech Careers
Top Time Traps and How to Overcome Them
Katherine Spencer Lee

Many professionals face this common dilemma each day: Too much work to do and too little time in which to do it. To work more efficiently, make sure you’re not succumbing to the following time traps.


Consultant’s Corner
The Lost Art of Presentations

David Garrett
When speaking, be brief. It makes for a good presentation, and good presentations drive sales. It’s just one lesson in the lost art of presenting.


Virtual Village
School’s Out—Let the Learning Begin!

Data Stream
News & Notes for Certified Professionals


Lessons in Employment: A Tale of Two Countries

Brian Summerfield
What makes a country’s workforce employable, and what doesn’t? To figure this out, we should consider the cases of two nations who have been in the news a good deal lately for events that ultimately boil down to employment (or lack thereof).




CoStar: In Search of the Complete IT Package
Kellye Whitney

With the global marketplace moving almost as fast as technology can change, the ability to share data is a business requirement. The CoStar Group, a commercial real estate information company based in the United States and the United Kingdom, has cashed in on these facts.


Inside Certification
Cisco: A Wealth of Certification Resources
Steve Birch & Chris Jacobs

The widely respected Cisco career certifications can be a valuable addition to any network professional’s credentials. With more than 700,000 certifications issued to date, Cisco Systems offers a wealth of resources to support continuing success.


Specialty Certification
Hitachi Data Systems Certified Storage Professional 2006 Program
Peter Manijak

In January, Hitachi Data Systems introduced its Certified Storage Professional 2006 Program. The program is designed to validate the skills and knowledge of Hitachi Data Systems partners, customers and personnel in storage architecture, implementation and administration of the company’s products and technology.




Editor’s Letter
Workflow or Work Slow?
Tim Sosbe

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