Welcome to the latest installment of Press Pass, where CertMag blows through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We’ve got the highlights and you can click thru straight to the horse’s mouth for more information.
Welcome, ladies: Because the IT Gaine & robes de mariée colonne industry continues to attract and employ men in far greater numbers than it does women, it’s still at least mildly noteworthy when women are hired for leading tech jobs or appointed to highly visible tech commissions. Eventually, such actions will probably pass entirely without any special mention of gender. At the tail end of 2013, we’ve moved incrementally closer to that day with the appointment of two women to the U.S. Government Advisory Board of (ISC)2, the IT security organization that administers (among others) the CISSP and SSCP security certs. New appointees Jill Vaughn, a high-ranking administrator in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Elayne Starkey, a top IT security official for the state of Delaware, are both CISSP certified.
What if we did it this way instead: One of the hottest IT job titles going is that of project manager — Microsoft and Global Knowledge recently predicted that PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential will be the highest-salaried cert of 2014. So there’s a layer of additional interest to a report from the British Computer Society that recaps a recent survey of IT project managers. The survey indicates that the biggest challenge to project managers in the workplace is the fickle nature of those requesting a given project’s deliverables. By a considerable margin, “changes to the objectives” was cited as the most common obstacle project managers find themselves required to overcome. Finishing a distant second: the ever-present problem of “time constraints.”
Stiffness in the joints: Working in IT means continually adapting to change. In many instances, the leading edge information technology of today is the forgotten and unsupported lostware of 10 years from now. So what about the certification programs that keep IT professionals abreast of the latest tech twists and turns? Blogger Tracey Flynn of TrainingIndustry.com suggests that many certification providers, over time, may find themselves attempting to teach new dogs old tricks. Many certification programs are overhauled and updated on a Robes de bal regular basis. If it’s been a few years since the last time that you freshened up your exams, on the other hand, then your certification may not be as current or valuable as you or — perhaps more importantly — your customers think it is.
A change in the weather: Winter storms are here to stay for the next couple of months, but there’s a different sort of climatological outlook in the works at open-source software and OS developer Red Hat. With both personal and business computing increasingly dependent on cloud data storage and retrieval, the demand for new services and functionality is increasing. So Red Hat has pooled the brainpower of some of its top technologists for a special forecast. The Red Hat braintrust has gone online with 15 cloud-centered predictions for 2014. Cloud certs will likely continue to be in high demand, so have a look if you already have your head in the (you know where). Taking stock of the situation could (ahem) precipitate your next certification course of action.
Most likely to be a successful IT professional: IT certification is popular at career and technical colleges and some universities, but students who still live with mom and dad and take the bus to school are also reaping the benefits of plunging into the tech pool. Yes, high school kids have been proving themselves equal to the challenge of earning professional certifications for a number of years now. One of the newer success stories to come to light involves students at El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas. The school was featured recently in CompTIA’s IT Careers blog, which shares accounts of El Dorado alumni who earned the A+ certification, as wel as other CompTIA credentials.
TESTING, TESTING — Exam opportunities
- Microsoft invites you to get your MCS: Server Virtualization cert free of charge MORE DETAILS
OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE — New and retiring certs
- HP launches a trio of new certs, one for the cloud, one for application developers, and one for HP sales specialists MORE DETAILS
- Red Hat want to help you certify in Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructre-as-a-Service (IaaS) MORE DETAILS
- VMware launches new cert for Desktop Administration MORE DETAILS