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Broadcom offers development kit for IoT prototypes
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

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Study finds networking, information security on leading edge of IT
Source: Certification Magazine

There is a fair-to-decent chance that most of us don’t still have the same job title that we did in 1999, whether that title was sales manager or burger flipper. Especially in the realm of IT — where advances in technology open up new areas of specialization with a regularity approaching that more typically attributed to the rising and setting of the sun — there’s always something new and different just around the corner. Even taking that into account, however, you may be surprised to learn what some of us didn’t do, at least not in name, just 15 years ago. A recent study by the Pew Research Center reveals that IT networking, for example, despite being hugely common in 2014, was still in its infancy just before the turn of the millennium. Today, more than 165,000 Americans are computer network specialists, and more than 141,000 are computer network architects. In 1999, however, neither specialization existed. Ditto for information security analysts, of which there are more than 78,000 today. There were also no web developers in 1999, or at least not who worked under than name., Today, that profession is claimed today by more than 112,000 IT pros. Some of the work that falls under those specializations was still being done 15 years ago, of course — we just didn’t have nearly as many people doing it. Many technologists submit that there won’t be as many people doing it in the future, either, as machines and computerization push human workers further and further out of the loop.Read More...The post Study finds networking, information security on leading edge of IT appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Are professional certifications still relevant?
Source: Certification Magazine

For several decades now, industry certifications have played a large role in the hiring decisions made by HR managers and the career decisions of job applicants. There is good reason why the popularity of professional certifications has increased significantly over the years. Not only are certifications a good way for professionals to stay informed and remain at the top of their fields, but they also help to standardize practices in industries that boast millions of professionals in their ranks, but lack common benchmarks to judge their skills. Take the technology industry, for example — which, for better or worse, is generally lacking any overarching standardization by governments or associations. IT professional certifications serve to set the baseline for what should be expected out of those who make up the technology field. Unfortunately, the certification industry, in its failure to understand the magnitude of this responsibility, has lowered the benchmarks for success, and the plunging quality of some professional certifications threatens to wipe out their relevance altogether. Not All Certifications Are Created Equal Without a regulatory body in place, there are too many vendors offering certifications for the same skills — which also means that these assessments are generally created only to test one’s proficiency with a specific vendor’s product, and not the generic skillset required for a job. An Oracle Java certification may certify one as a qualified Java professional, but it may not necessarily be an indisputable indicator of the individual’s ability to use Java. The true problem lies in theRead More...The post Are professional certifications still relevant? appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
SmartBrief will not publish Monday
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

In observance of Labor Day in the U.S., SmartBrief will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.    [more]
Palo Alto adds incentives, marketing to channel program
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks says it's adding to its NextWave channel partner platform to include market-based pr    [more]
Microsoft Certified Professionals have mixed view of certification
Source: Certification Magazine

Here’s a non-IT tidbit that you probably didn’t know: The Carnation food brand originally famed for its evaporated milk from “contented cows,” was founded in 1899 in Washington state, in the same general vicinity where Microsoft now has its world headquarters. In a related vein, the most recent annual survey of Microsoft Certified Professionals revealed that many folks with Microsoft credentials are generally satisfied with their Microsoft certifications, but found some nits to pick regarding the program that produces them. You might say that those chosen (at random) for the survey are not entirely contended certified professionals. The results of the survey are not public, but Microsoft Learning blogger Liberty Munson divulged some of its findings on Wednesday, and while some of the feedback was apparently quite positive, participants in the survey also aired some beefs. Reflecting a fairly common view of certification in general, many of those surveyed feel that the value of a given certification is driven most by its ability to increase opportunities for employment. Within that realm, on the other hand, MCPs are apparently more likely to value a certification if it provides them with problem-solving skills. As Munson sees it, that puts the onus on Microsoft Learning to gear its exams toward real-world challenges and solutions. On the positive side, survey respondents report that Microsoft certs do actually impact hiring decisions. Not only that, but the view of Microsoft Certified Professionals is that the perceived impact of a Microsoft cert in making a determination between job candidates has increased substantially in the pastRead More...The post Microsoft Certified Professionals have mixed view of certification appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
TrapX Security goes global with partner offering
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

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CSR turns down Microchip's acquisition offer
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

CSR, which specializes in designing Bluetooth Smart chips for cars, wearable electronics and other Internet of Things applica    [more]
HP touts new server platform
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

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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]
IT security pros call for more training to thwart phishing attacks
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Enterprises face an onslaught of phishing attacks, according to a new survey of IT professionals that found nearly 7 in 10 ex    [more]
Report: New iPhones will have NXP's NFC chips
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Next-generation iPhone models expected to be introduced next month will include near-field communication chips supplied by NX    [more]
SAP's bid for patent on "foldable" mobile device is revealed
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

SAP has applied for a patent on a "foldable information worker mobile device" that could function as a cellphone, laptop, sma    [more]
Astrix uses CompTIA Trustmark+ to streamline its operations
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Since being awarded its Trustmark+ in February 2013, Astrix Integrated Systems has implemented a standardized bidding process    [more]
Pearson brings digital badging to Adobe certification
Source: Certification Magazine

Certification verification has been a hot topic in the industry for a while now, and digital badging has gained a lot of traction as a potential solution to the ongoing problem of sorting our who really is a CCNA, or CISSP, or MCSA, etc. Employers want a simple means of verifying that job candidates actually hold the certifications listed on their resumes. Job seekers want the convenience of adding a badge to their employment profile on a site like LinkedIn, to provide simple, one-click verification of their certification bonafides to potential employers. A few months back, CertMag contributor Anne Martinez took an in-depth look at the digital badging pros, cons and firestorm of debate. Now leading graphic and document design firm Adobe and cert testing titan Pearson VUE are cranking up the thermostat a few degrees. Earlier this month, Adobe, following in the footsteps of another Pearson partner, ISACA — which began offering digital badging in April — announced it will begin issuing badges to certified professionals through Pearson’s Acclaim digital badging service. Acclaim uses the open badge standard developed by the Mozilla Foundation. For now, at least, it appears that digital badges will only be available for successful completion of an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam. The ACA credential, according to Adobe’s online certification materials, “validates basic, entry-level skills in digital communication, creation, and design using Adobe tools.” The next logical destination for Adobe’s venture into digital badging is probably the more prestigious (and more challenging) Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) credential, which “validates professional-level skillsRead More...The post Pearson brings digital badging to Adobe certification appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]


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