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Get Real, Get Certified
Brian McCarthy
Information and communication technologies are the backbone of every industry in today’s world, and it’s certified IT workers who ensure those systems are up and running. Here’s a call to action to help IT professionals get motivated and get certified.

Project Management: Is It Right for You?
Holly Ramirez and Michelle Meyer
Nearly $75 billion is spent on failed projects every year, driving the need for project managers in every field, including IT. Before you choose this career path, find out if you have the skills to succeed.



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The Ins and Outs of Instructor-Led Training
Ed Tittel
While instructor-led training may not be the choice of every IT professional preparing for certification exams, it is one of the most effective learning options out there. This month, Ed looks at the ins and outs of ILT to help you get the most out of the experience.

Solaris Security Certification: Defending Your IT Fortress
Yvonne Prefontaine
Your enterprise’s IT infrastructure must be as difficult to breach as a castle wall. Learn how the Sun Certified Security Administrator on Solaris certification can help you prevent catastrophe.

The Seven Steps to HIPAA Security Compliance
Uday O. Ali Pabrai
The health-care industry employs many IT professionals to secure its systems. We’ll tell you what you need to know to ensure that your organization complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

The Benefits of IT Security Certifications
Doug Landoll
The market for IT security certifications is growing rapidly, making it hard to decide which you need. How can you choose?

Inside Dell Certification: Building a Solution-Oriented Curriculum
Michael Glazer
Dell has leveraged its experience and that of its customers to provide certifications in server, storage networking and networking technologies. See how this has led to rapid growth of the Dell Certification Program.



Should You Accept That Job Offer?
David Garrett
Most IT folks get into consulting to get away from the drudgery of a 9-to-5 life. But when offers for full-time work come along, it may be tempting to accept them. We provide the guide to help you decide.

Get an Edge on the Competition
Katherine Spencer Lee
The economy may be turning around and the job outlook may be starting to brighten, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple to find work. This month we look at the rules of the road for the new IT job-hunting landscape.



IT Industry Challenges and Potential Solutions
Martin Bean

Find and Fix Now: A Future Look
David Foster, Ph.D.



Editor’s Letter
Tim Sosbe
Hail to the Chiefs


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Home Technology Integrator (HTI+): A Certification Worth Pursuing
Steve Linthicum
The home of the future is rapidly becoming a reality, and workers are needed to integrate the various systems that support the new residential environment. Find out how CompTIA’s HTI+ certification can help you get involved in this emerging sector.

CloseUp: Adobe Certifications
Ed Tittel
In November 2003, Adobe overhauled its certification programs, introducing a new credential for instructors at the same time. This month, Ed takes a closer look at the revamped program.

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