’Tis the Season to Spend Money

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It’s December and, honestly, my main concern going into the holidays is whether I buy the new “Blade Runner” Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition when it comes out Dec. 18 or allow the purchase to be relegated to, ahem, Santa.

I know buying yourself an $80 item a week before Christmas is crass. But the “Blade Runner” set was originally slated for release in advance of Christmas 2001, so hopefully jumping the gun is forgivable.

Buying a deluxe edition of a movie primarily concerned with androids hunting and killing other androids seems likely to appeal to the stereotypical IT person, but even if it doesn’t, one thing’s for sure: Our readership is on track to have a prosperous holiday season. According to the CertMag 2007 Salary Survey, IT in general and certification in particular are fully mature, healthy and robust. Salaries continue to grow across the board, and certification programs’ earning potential is trending upward.

IT is no longer a field that just supports lines of business. Rather, it is fully in line with business. We’re seeing real career potential within IT. It’s not just a tech field anymore — it’s a field that touches on every aspect of today’s world. And the certification industry is supporting this paradigm shift with programs that stress blending business acumen with technical skill.

Our ’08 editorial calendar reflects these trends while continuing to provide IT pros with multiple streams of tech news, cert updates and career advice.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, or if you just want to debate the plausibility of a Voight-Kampff machine, feel free to send us an e-mail at editor (at) certmag (dot) com or contribute to our forums at www.certmag.com/forums.

Daniel Margolis
Senior Editor
dmargolis@certmag.com

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Daniel Margolis is a longtime professional writer and editor. Daniel was managing editor of Certification Magazine from 2006 to 2012.

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