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Comparing and contrasting Oracle tuning certifications
Source: Certification Magazine

I have known people to say that with enterprise databases, speed is everything. These people are dead wrong. With enterprise databases, data availability is everything. Committed transactions should never be lost, and a properly administered database should be able to recover rapidly from all manner of failures that damage the database. Oracle’s data integrity controls and its backup and recovery mechanisms are so incredibly robust that people who make such statements presumably take data availability as a given for an Oracle database. Spotting a database administrator who takes data recovery for granted is easy. He will be the one with the incredibly hang-dog expression in the status meeting after a major hardware failure on the database server. I believe that many Oracle professionals would put database performance as the second-most important aspect of an enterprise database, after data availability. Certainly everywhere I have worked to date, if a query takes more than a few seconds to complete, then someone is sure to ask if it can be made faster. Organizations that use Oracle do so because they need reliable and rapid access to their data. An Oracle database that has been tuned for maximum performance provides the greatest return on the investment made in it. In a nod to the importance that tuning has for the database, there are currently three Oracle certifications dedicated to tuning. A recent post in the Oracle Certification blog indicated that a fourth certification will be coming in the near future. The purpose of thisRead More...The post Comparing and contrasting Oracle tuning certifications appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Press Pass: Think like an expert and other certification news
Source: Certification Magazine

Welcome to the latest installment of  Press Pass , where CertMag reports new and recent certification news by blowing 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 straight to the horse’s mouth for more information. What would an expert do?: Despite what’s proclaimed to the world in the occasional Scarlett Johansson action movie, scientists generally agree that humans use nearly all of their brainpower, nearly all of the time. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get more out of your gray matter, just that there’s probably not some vast reservoir of untapped potential a few tantalizing mental sit-ups (so to speak) out of reach. One thing you can do is change the way you think about certain things, and a new Cisco Learning Network blog post challenges CCIE candidates — and, more broadly, anyone attempting to crack a tough certification nut — to get better results by adopting the mindset of an expert. One item of counsel from blogger Bruno van de Werve is to be serious about the level of commitment required, including acknowledging to spouses and close colleagues that you’re about to become somewhat distracted for a while. In other words, take the lay of the land and prepare accordingly. Sell IT to the kids: There’s a back-and-forth argument about whether the nation needs more skilled IT workers, or whether IT employers need to loosen the purse strings a bit inRead More...The post Press Pass: Think like an expert and other certification news appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
TechAmerica Foundation launches commission on technology convergence
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

The TechAmerica Foundation is launching a Technology Convergence Commission to bring technology leaders together to make reco    [more]
Extreme Networks discusses changes to its channel program
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Extreme Networks is touting changes to its channel program, saying the Extreme Partner Network combines its channel with that    [more]
On the ground with TestOut Conference 2014
Source: Certification Magazine

If you’ve had your eye on the Certification Magazine Twitter feed this week, then it won’t surprise you to hear that our team recently attended the fourth annual TestOut Conference, held this year at Solitude Mountain Resort, nestled amid the heavily forested summits east of Salt Lake City, Utah. TestOut is a global certification company that markets simulation-based certification training software, as well as sponsoring its own certification program. TestOut’s Pro series of certs includes the likes of PC Pro, Network Pro, Security Pro and more. The conference welcomed attendees at an evening mixer on Tuesday before getting down to the serious business of discussing certification Wednesday morning. Developer Don Whitnah opened the day’s presentations by previewing TestOut’s upcoming product releases, including a long-in-the-works HTML5 overhaul. What Whitnah really wanted to talk about, however, is a problem that makes key personnel at every IT company in America lie awake at night. “Over the next 12 months,” Whitnah said, “TestOut will have to update every product we sell.” Gone are the days of releasing a product that stays on the market for three to five years, or even two to three years. Whitnah pointed out that the most recent major upgrade to Google’s popular Chrome web browser was released … June 10. The challenge for TestOut and other certification providers is to keep existing products current, while still finding the time to explore new ideas. The next presenter was one of our own, Certification Magazine executive editor Rocky Steele, who told the crowdRead More...The post On the ground with TestOut Conference 2014 appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Report advises IT grads to stay current on trends
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

IT graduates need to stay current on technology developments and be willing to start from any position in a company, chief in    [more]
Learn how CompTIA's Trustmarks can benefit you
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

CompTIA Trustmarks are vendor-neutral business credentials that clearly identify IT companies following established best prac    [more]
SCM software spending to be $10B this year, Gartner says
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Expenditures on supply-chain-management software are forecast to hit $10 billion this year, up 12.2%, Gartner says.     [more]
Press Pass: Go for the gold and other certification news
Source: Certification Magazine

Welcome to the latest installment of  Press Pass , where CertMag reports new and recent certification news by blowing 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 straight to the horse’s mouth for more information. You’re the best around: Everyone who applies for the open position of IT security manager at ABC Corporation probably has a certification or two. How many of them, on the other hand, could show off a gold medal? Some people think they’re awesome, and some people say out loud that they’re awesome, but a gold medal proves that you’re awesome. That’s why IT security pros should think seriously about competing in the Global CyberLympics, sponsored by EC-Council Foundation, an industry group that promotes cybersecurity education and training. The CyberLympics is a worldwide online competition that challenges teams of four to six cybersecurity professionals to test their mettle in a variety of challenges. EC-Council senior director Eric Lopez issued a call for competitors via the ISACA Now blog on Monday, and registration is open through July 31. More than 3,000 competitors from 72 countries participated in the 2013 event, so beating the field is no small accomplishment. Get your head in the cloud: As personal and business computing increasingly moves away from our laptops and desktops, cloud computing companies are scouring the IT employment sector in search of talented, shall we say, rainmakers. Certification providers are scrambling toRead More...The post Press Pass: Go for the gold and other certification news appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Picture This: A visual guide to security controls
Source: Certification Magazine

There is a new word du jour that you can’t help but stumble across as you study for a number of security-related exams (such as CompTIA’s Security+), and that word is “control.” In this article, we will first define it from the standpoint of the testing body, then walk through two analogies on controls: one exaggerated a bit, and the other something you are likely to encounter on a regular basis. What are Controls? One of the most generic terms in security is control. The word is used so many different ways that its meaning can become blurred. The best thing to do is to equate the word with whatever entity is charged with the task at the moment. That task can be preventing something from happening, logging when something does, responding to it, or any variety of other possibilities. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) places controls into various types. Their control types fall into three categories: Management, Operational, and Technical, as defined in Special Publication 800-12. The following table lists the control types and the controls they are associated with per the NIST: Control Type Controls Management Risk Assessment Management Planning Management System and Services Acquisition Management Certification, Accreditation, and Security Assessment Operational Personnel Security Operational Physical and Environmental Protection Operational Contingency Planning Operational Configuration Management Operational Maintenance Operational System and Information Integrity Operational Media Protection Operational Incident Response Operational Awareness and Training Technical Identification and Authentication Technical Access Control Technical Audit and Accountability Technical SystemRead More...The post Picture This: A visual guide to security controls appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Dear CertMag: I need more time to study for certification
Source: Certification Magazine

 Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag:  I have a job doing tech support at a community college. I’d like to eventually work in data storage, so I’ve been trying to carve out some time at night and on the weekends for certification. My biggest problem has been that, after being at work all day, I have a terrible time focusing when I finally sit down to study. I’m married with four young children, so I have plenty to do even when I’m at home. When I get to the hour or so at the end of the night where I can sit down by myself, it’s often hard to zero in on what I should be doing. When I was in college, lining up regular study blocks and staying on task was no problem. Finding the mental energy to dig into my studies after 9 p.m. at night is different. Help? — Dustin, Cedar Mill, Ore. CertMag responds: This is a very common challenge for those of us working in our careers. My own experience with certification has been very similar! I would like to find the time to certify further on Microsoft technologies, for example — I’ve held credentials for several successive generations, and I think it’s a great story to go in to a client and demonstrate that I have worked with every cycle ofRead More...The post Dear CertMag: I need more time to study for certification appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Data loss ranks high as BYOD security concern
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Bring-your-own-device is helping businesses transform the way they operate, but not all companies are confident they have it     [more]
EMC reports revenue increase; CEO rejects talk of VMware spinoff
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

EMC said its second-quarter earnings were up 5%, boosted by flash-storage products and its VMware unit.     [more]
CertStudent: ‘I’m more of a new technology guy’
Source: Certification Magazine

 CertStudent  is a regular feature that profiles students of all ages who are pursuing certification at schools, in training programs, and on their own time (and own dime). Know an interesting  CertStudent ? Share the details with us at editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Now he likes to use a sleek MacBook Air, but Isaiah Ram’s first computer was a derelict. His father was doing flooring work and found it at a job site. He brought it back to the house, but couldn’t get it running. “I was bored at home one day,” Isaiah said. “I opened it up to try to fix it and get it working.” That started Isaiah, a lifelong New Yorker and big brother to three younger siblings, down a technology path that’s held his interest ever since. He loves doing hands-on computer repair and has been sharpening his skills at The Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology in Manhattan. Computer repair, he said, used to mostly involve a lot of “guessing and checking stuff. Now we know what the different components are and it’s a lot easier to figure things out.” Isaiah, 16, has a PC Pro certification from TestOut and was hard at work on his A+ from CompTIA when he chatted with CertMag earlier this year. Some of the material for his PC Pro certification was confusing, such as learning the ins and out of Parallel ATA (PATA). “I’m more of a new technology guy,” Isaiah said. “In the PC Pro, you cover WindowsRead More...The post CertStudent: ‘I’m more of a new technology guy’ appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
IHS: SSD shortage to halt decline in prices
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

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