There are lots of ways to get a foot on the bottom rung of the career ladder in IT and start climbing. Education, whether in college or high school, is what leads a lot of young professionals to settle into an IT groove. Many IT lifers’ first exposure to computers and technology is from playing video …Read Article
Of the more than 200 certifications offered by Oracle, their SQL Expert credential ranks in the Top 10 most popular according to a blog post by Oracle University. This is no surprise to me — knowledge of SQL is an extremely valuable skill and the SQL Expert designation is useful to both DBAs and developers. …Read Article
There is a fair-to-decent chance that most of us don’t still have the same job title that we did in 1999, whether that title was sales manager or burger flipper. Especially in the realm of IT — where advances in technology open up new areas of specialization with a regularity approaching that more typically attributed to the …Read Article
Here’s a non-IT tidbit that you probably didn’t know: The Carnation food brand originally famed for its evaporated milk from “contented cows,” was founded in 1899 in Washington state, in the same general vicinity where Microsoft now has its world headquarters. In a related vein, the most recent annual survey of Microsoft Certified Professionals revealed that many …Read Article
Probably the foremost IT networking firm in the world, Cisco Systems, Inc., has been a leader in the IT landscape for decades. In addition to being a leading developer of networking products and technology, Cisco is also one of the premier entities in the realm of IT education and training — Cisco certifications are a bedrock layer in many …Read Article
Certification verification has been a hot topic in the industry for a while now, and digital badging has gained a lot of traction as a potential solution to the ongoing problem of sorting our who really is a CCNA, or CISSP, or MCSA, etc. Employers want a simple means of verifying that job candidates actually hold …Read Article
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Dear CertMag: I just walked out the door at the end of 25-year career in the city transit system. I’ve always tried to keep up with technology …Read Article
The convenience and ubiquity of wirless internet access ensures that an ever-increasing number of people have a tablet, smartphone or other personal electronic device with them just about everywhere they go. And using those tools in the performance of everyday workplace tasks has become so common that we have an acronym for it: BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. …Read Article
IT industry association CompTIA has unveiled the Big Three from its recently concluded ChannelCon event, held in Phoenix earlier this month. Best of ChannelCon recognition, as determined via voting by ChannelCon attendees, was bestowed a trio of prestigious tech firms: computer-making titan Dell (Best Hardware), …Read Article
As many personal computer users have learned over the years — some perhaps more frequently than others — few user experiences are more frustrating than seeing your work get “blue screened.” The operating system chokes on something and the computer more or less literally tells you, “Oops.” It’s potentially far more damaging to have the OS crap out …Read Article
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