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Survey: Feds sacrificing billions in savings by skipping cloud
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

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Is experience the most important arrow in your IT quiver?
Source: Certification Magazine

It is tempting to state that job experience is universally acknowledged as the single most important factor when evaluating a candidate for a position as an Oracle Database Administrator. The universe is a really big place, however, and there is an exception to every rule. In 20 years of working with the Oracle database, I have never met that exception. Neither do I have any suggestion what criteria someone might put forward as being more important than job experience. Companies that make use of Oracle for their database generally use it to store information that is absolutely critical to their business processes. When hiring employees to administer their enterprise database, it follows that they are extremely reluctant to hire someone who has not done the job in a production environment for several years. Very few job listings for Oracle Database Administrators specify fewer than three to five years of experience as a requirement. This leads to something of a chicken and egg problem, of course. Because companies prefer to hire experienced database administrators, it is often difficult for people to get their first few years working as a DBA. Some administrators begin their careers as an Oracle developer or another position where they work closely with the database and move towards administration over time. Others are hired as an assistant to a senior DBA, or to administer non-production databases. Five years spent working as a DBA is one of the more common milestones. It would be impossible to count theRead More...The post Is experience the most important arrow in your IT quiver? appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Press Pass: IT is not boring 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. IT is not just for geeks: So you want to make a ton of money, be an object of doe-eyed adulation and admiration wherever you go, and lie down at night feeling awesome about your place in the world. Your best bet is to become a Hollywood action movie star. If that doesn’t work, though, then you might want to consider a future in IT. And if you think tech jobs are for geeks who sit at a computer all day, well, U.S.-based technical school Rasmussen College begs to differ. For one thing, you have much better odds of working in IT than saving the world: Rasmussen reports that IT job growth is at 3 percent since March 2013, meaning that there are 107,500 recently created technology positions. More to the point, however, Rasmussen says that working in IT can be just as awesome as saving the world, and has interviewed a handful of IT professionals to prove it. Get more Oracle with less consternation: In 2014, advancing from one certification to the next is almost like having a second job. So it’s understandable that you’ve maybe had a little trouble maintaining the section of your resume whereRead More...The post Press Pass: IT is not boring and other certification news appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
New research highlights cross-functional collaboration for digital transformations
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

According to new research from the Altimeter Group, companies that focus on collaborating between internal and external infra    [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]
Huawei, others invest $26M in XMOS
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Bosch, Huawei Technologies and Xilinx are among the investors in a $26 million round of private funding for XMOS, a spinoff o    [more]
Twitter's diversity report mirrors other tech companies' results
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Twitter says women make up 30% of its workforce and 10% of its technical jobs.     [more]
Intel opens new "Pro" SSD line to partners
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Intel introduced its SSD Pro 2500 line of solid-state storage devices for businesses, promising a new level of reliability an    [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]
Get in the know
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Get the latest IT news affecting the IT channel and workforce, daily, weekly or monthly.     [more]
Qualcomm posts higher fiscal-Q3 profit, cites issues in China
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Qualcomm reported net income of $2.24 billion for its fiscal third quarter, up 42% from a year ago, and said revenue rose 9%     [more]
Webroot announces channel reseller program for SMBs
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

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Companies confront monetary challenges of open source
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Open-source technologies have facilitated a more collaborative approach to development that provides more room for customizat    [more]
U.S. trade in technology goods and services totals more than $1 trillion, providing a trade surplus of nearly $5 billion
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

U.S. tech trade of goods and services tops more than $1 trillion, according to a white paper by the TechAmerica Foundation.     [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]


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