September 1999. Sounds like a fairly long time ago, an ancient, dusty date from another century. Heck, from another millennium. It was another time, another place, another world.
But it was just under five years ago. The Twin Towers still stood, IT jobs were being created faster than boot camps could pump out code jockeys, and security professionals were mainly ex-cops handing out visitor passes at City Hall.
Welcome to the new world. Welcome to the new Certification Magazine.
Actually, that last sentence is a bit of an overstatement. You’ve no doubt noticed something’s different about this issue of CertMag, and you’re right. But while the changes demanded when time marches on are here, at heart we’re still the same publication your voices have helped us create since the good old days of the late 20th Century.
The more things change, the more they stay the same? Yeah, something like that.
The most dramatic change is the new visual style I’m sure you’ve already noticed. It’s a higher-tech look for a higher-tech readership, and we hope you respond to the new fonts, layouts, art and design we’re presenting here. (“When the other kids see these layouts and fonts, you’ll be the most popular girl in school,” a nerdy yearbook staffer told editor in chief Lisa Simpson in one Simpsons episode. Most popular is a lofty goal; we’re happy being a reliable resource for your career.)
The changes we’re making for your CertMag are more than just cosmetic. Beginning with this issue, you’ll find three CertMags in one, with our editorial features subdivided into three sections: Certification, Tools and Techniques.
The Certification section will include much of the material you’ve come to expect, including feature articles, top-notch columnists and inside information on major certifications. The Tools section has just that: increased information on the goods and servers you work with on the job. Tying it all together, the Techniques section includes some how-to help, actual been-there, done-IT advice to help ensure your success.
Having said all that, let me wrap up with a cliché: You ain’t seen nothing yet. The 21st Century CertMag is still a work in progress, and you’re an important cog in that wheel. The changes we’ve already made came about as the result of ongoing editorial research, designed to make sure the magazine meets your needs in a brave new world. We’ll continue to solicit feedback, starting now.
Go ahead, turn the page. Check out how we’ve started the shift, evaluate what’s here, let us know what more you’d like to see. Operators are standing by at editor (at) certmag (dot) com to take your orders.
How about that? A chance to shape a journal that can shape your careers. Isn’t progress amazing?