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Certification Road Maps: Managing Your Career Path
Paula Moreira
It’s likely your long-range career plan eventually includes a corner office and senior-level responsibilities. But how do you get there from here? This month, we blaze a few trails your certified skills can help you follow.

Staying on Track: Maintaining Your Certification Records
Jamie Mulkey, Ed.D.
Getting certified is the start of the journey, not the destination. Once you’ve started down that path, ongoing recertification requirements can be guideposts to keeping your career on course.



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Studying for Vendor-Neutral Versus Vendor-Specific Exams
Ed Tittel
It may be that a rose is a rose, but not all certifications are created equally. When you’re studying for an exam, there are different strategies for vendor programs versus vendor-neutral ones. Ed will help you make the most of both.

Lotus Certification: Premium Skills for Career Success
Barbara Bowen
Considering a Lotus certification? It’s a good way to develop premium skills with a credential backed by technology giant IBM. We’ve got an inside view on a promising program.

What Does It Take to Be a Real IT Professional?
Bob Kile
It’s like the old light-bulb joke: How many credentials does it take to be an IT professional? In the era of ongoing education of all types, there’s no easy answer.

Security Vulnerability Assessment
Uday O. Ali Pabrai and Matt McCright
Understanding risk is the key to any security program. Carefully assessing those risks, of course, is the key to understanding. This month, we’ll offer tips and tools to make your assessments safer.



In or Out: The Pros and Cons of Home Offices
David Garrett
If you’re ready, and able, to give up the office work, an independent career can be rewarding. But don’t unplug completely—success starts with a functional home office.

Top Five Skills to Get Ahead
Paula Moreira
Technical know-how is important, but so are intangibles like communication and leadership. This month, Paula ranks IT’s top non-technical skills and provides some hot tips on developing them.

Working as a Network Analyst
Ed Tittel
The network analyst job embraces a broad range of knowledge and skills. That’s also true of network analyst job descriptions, which vary from company to company. Understand the job description, and your foot’s in the door.



The Advantages of Learning Management Systems for the Individual Learner
Martin Bean

It’s a Standards World
David Foster, Ph.D.

The Benefits of Hiring Trained and Certified Personnel
John A. Venator



Editor’s Letter
Tim Sosbe
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Personal Positioning for Today’s Market
Paul Kostek
Times are tough, and finding work can be a challenge. One way to answer that need, though, is through “personal positioning.” Find out how some self-examination can lead you upward.

DB2 Developer Certification—Why, How and What?
Harpreet Singh
With business moving at the speed of information, database experts are among the most employable of the IT specialists. We’ve got a guide to becoming an IBM DB2 professional.

Developing Your Management Skills
Katherine Spencer Lee
When times are tough, companies need managers at all levels. Even if your role isn’t managerial, having that skill set can position you to step up to the plate when opportunity knocks.

CloseUp: Certified Wireless Network Professional
Ed Tittel
Wireless technologies are still growing, and certification programs are coming online as well. The Planet3 Wireless CWNP credential is one of the leaders of the new pack.

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