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Salary Survey PLUS — Cloud Computing
Source: Certification Magazine

A favorite question among certification candidates is the one about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: How much money will I make after I finish this certification? There are several factors that determine salary, of course, but a good certification can be a strong argument for someone seeking a raise or bonus. And certain high-paying jobs may require certification as a prerequisite to being hired. We like to ask the money question, too, so we’re making it a bigger part of what we do. Welcome to the third in our new series of surveys, begun this year in March, that are aimed at smaller targets. We’ll still bring out the big bullseye at the end of each year for our annual Salary Survey. In between, however, we’ll take a more focused look at organizations and companies that offer certifications. We’re calling these new smaller surveys Salary Survey PLUS. For the November quarterly edition of Certification Magazine, we’re taking a look at cloud certifications. All of them. Not too long ago, cloud computing was barely even a thing. Now everyone from Amazon to Oracle to HP has a dog in the fight, and there are more than 70 certs on the market (with still others in development). If you hold one or more of those credentials, then please pull up a chair. This will only take a minute.The post Salary Survey PLUS — Cloud Computing appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
CertStudent: Small town girl, big certification dreams
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. The rural town of Vancleave sits in the heart of Jackson County, all the way down in the toe of Mississippi that touches the Gulf Coast. That’s where 17-year-old high school senior Kendra Cole is using certification to lay a foundation for her future. A student at Jackson County Technology Center, Kendra has big dreams, and is taking the necessary steps to make them a reality. Before attending an information technology class at school, Kendra knew almost nothing about computers. “I had no idea what a computer looked like on the inside,” she said. “The only thing I knew how to do was get on the internet and watch YouTube videos.” As Kendra helped her dad in his auto mechanic shop, however, she found that she loved working on cars. That led her to realize that “fixing computers is like fixing cars, only on a smaller scale and much, much cleaner — most of the time.” Kendra’s knack for figuring things out was a natural fit for IT, and she soon found great satisfaction in tackling tech problems. Her interest in solving IT puzzles got her started on certification, and she quickly earned six certs: PC Pro and Network Pro, offered by TestOut; CompTIA’s Strata IT Fundamentals, A+ and Network+;Read More...The post CertStudent: Small town girl, big certification dreams appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Amazon rolls out Kindle Voyage e-reader
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Amazon on Wednesday introduced the Kindle Voyage e-reader with a high-resolution screen, an "adaptive front light" and new Pa    [more]
High school grad trumps peers’ college training with certification
Source: Certification Magazine

This feature first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Certification Magazine. After applying for a full-time customer support position with a wireless internet service provider in Worcester, Mass., recent high school graduate Steven Rich (Tantasqua Regional High School, class of 2014) landed in the same hiring pool as a handful of candidates with college degrees. Steven, 18, didn’t find out about the level of his competition right away, and he kept right on forging ahead with his job search, despite getting an interview. “This was one of the first jobs I applied for, and the first job I got an interview for,” he said, adding that he continued to submit applications for other jobs even after getting a follow-up interview “because if you don’t have money in (your) account, you can’t buy lunch.” Eventually, however, Cyberonic Internet Communications picked Steven to become its newest technical customer support technician. Later on, his new bosses explained to Steven that he offered something his college-educated peers couldn’t match: certification. As a soon-to-graduate high school senior, Steven already had three certs locked down, the PC Pro, Security Pro and Network Pro credentials offered by TestOut. The certifications, along with the skills that Steven had learned in acquiring them, got him the job. It’s not exactly where a younger Steven Rich had planned to end up. Growing up, Steven said, “I always wanted to be a cop.” He didn’t have a deep childhood immersion in computers the way that some IT lifers do, butRead More...The post High school grad trumps peers’ college training with certification appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Dear CertMag: I’m ready to go pro — how do I get a sports IT job?
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: Big NBA fan and gym rat here. I’ve never been good enough to actually play sports for a living, but I’d love to get into the league (so to speak) with my tech skills. Are there sports IT jobs that are more than just hooking up the company network or loading the latest OS on everyone’s machines? Not that that’s not cool, too. — Wes, Boise, Idaho CertMag responds: Interestingly, when you look at the organizations that operate professional sports teams, breaking into the corporate side of the organization can be nearly as difficult as working your way onto the sports team! OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but perhaps not as much as you might think. One of the interesting things that happens in entertainment holding companies is that the sports team is often operated — for these kinds of “back office” functions — by elements of the owners’ other revenue generating companies. Sports IT is merely a subset of corporate IT. One of the first things to do is figure out what teams or organizations interest you. Think about what they do, and how they work. Learn as much as you can about the business. Do they operate as an independent company, or are they part of a larger holding company? As an example, close to youRead More...The post Dear CertMag: I’m ready to go pro — how do I get a sports IT job? appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
SAP agrees to buy Concur for $8.3B
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

SAP says it will purchase the software-maker Concur Technologies for $8.3 billion.     [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]
Fearless forecast: What’s in the pipeline from Windows 9?
Source: Certification Magazine

Windows 8 has been with us for a couple of years now and its reception in the marketplace has been tepid at best. A lot of users found the interface changes in Windows 8 to be unpalatable. In fact, many users elected to keep the familiar environment provided by Windows 7 on their desktops, and not upgrade to Windows 8 at all. Now that a new version of Windows is on the horizon — generally referred to as “Windows 9” — it seems clear that Microsoft is as disappointed with Windows 8 as anyone else. So what can users expect to see from the new release that will rinse away the lingering bad taste of Windows 8? Before we get into it, there are two caveats to bear in mind. First, we don’t yet know what this version of Windows will actually be called. Given the poor overall response to Windows 8 (and the almost equally indifferent reception of the hastily assembled Windows 8.1), it’s fairly safe to assume that the new product will not be called Windows 8.2. The trend in the industry is to refer to it as “Windows 9,” but this name is not actually official. At this point, Microsoft is only calling it “Threshold.” Second, everything you’re about to read is rooted in rumor, speculation, and conjecture. Only a few individuals outside of Microsoft have actually gotten their hands on Threshold. Everything we know at this point is based on a few screenshots and videos thatRead More...The post Fearless forecast: What’s in the pipeline from Windows 9? appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 study resources
Source: Certification Magazine

It has been a while since CertMag has given an exhaustive list of study materials for the CompTIA A+ exam (since 220-602 in 2009 by my count). I figured it was about time to do some research and provide a complete list of the materials you need to pass the current CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 exam. I’m going to break down the list in free exam resources and paid exam resources in no particular order. Free Resources The free ones aren’t as easy to come by, so I’ll break them down by exam. 220-801: 1. Pearson IT put together a pretty nice practice exam for this test. It has 100 questions with detailed answers. 2. ExamCompass has 10 practice exams per half of the A+. I used this one myself when I took the A+ years ago. 3. CrucialExams makes some useful practice exams with explanations as well. 4. PracticeQuiz has a good practice exam that gives detailed answers. 5. ProfessorMesser has video lessons available for free. 220-802: 1. The 802 exam seemed a bit harder to find free resources for, but ExamCompass is a great resource for both exams and gives you 10 practice exams for each test. 2. PracticeExams.com has a decent exam with answer explanations. 3. CrucialExams makes this list as well as the 220-801 list. 4. DavidProwse (no, not that David Prowse) has a nice pdf with 80 questions and answers. 5. ProfessorMesser is on this list as well for the free video lessons. Paid Resources 1. MeasureUP — This has CompTIA’s Approved Quality Content seal,Read More...The post CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 study resources appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
AT&T chief: Shortage of skilled workers puts pressure on worker wages
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Businesses looking to expand their technology resources are finding it exceedingly difficult to identify skilled applicants,     [more]
Oracle promises to stay the course amid leadership shuffle
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Larry Ellison says he is moving on from his position as CEO of Oracle and handing control to co-Presidents Mark Hurd and Safr  Online Cybersecurity Degree & Certificate Programs Keep your cybersecurity skills relevant with an NSA-certified degree or certificate from a regionally accredited online college for adults. Transfer up to 116 credits toward your bachelor's degree, or up to 9 credits toward your master's in cybersecurity. 8-week courses. Dual BS-IT/MS in Cybersecurity program also available. Free Program Guide.   [more]
22-year-old clocks 6 CompTIA certifications in 2 years
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Sporting a backward ball cap and a friendly smile, Robert Kosydar looks like your average 22-year-old, but check out his resu    [more]
CompTIA certs blaze career path for Defense Department contractor
Source: Certification Magazine

There are lots of ways to get a foot on the bottom rung of the career ladder in IT and start climbing. Education, whether in college or high school, is what leads a lot of young professionals to settle into an IT groove. Many IT lifers’ first exposure to computers and technology is from playing video games. There’s a growing movement across all sectors of IT to recruit and train military veterans looking to embark on the next phase of life. And, of course, certification, which can also play a role in other scenarios, offers its own path to IT employment. Sometimes, certification scratches an itch that people didn’t even realize was there. That’s more or less what happened for Robert Kosydar, a 22-year-old contractor with U.S. Department of Defense. Kosydar, who is profiled in a recent post at CompTIA’s IT Careers Blog, got his DOD job assisting with server systems not long after graduating high school in 2010, essentially adopting the career path taken by his father before him. His employer recommended certification as a means of expanding his then-limited knowledge of IT. Instead of starting off slowly, however, Kosydar immediately took aim at CompTIA’s Security+ credential, which is integrated into various DOD career tracks. He earned his Security+ after a one-year process of intensive study and wound up getting a nice bump in salary. Energized by that first taste of career momentum, Kosydar spent the next 22 months earning five additional CompTIA certs: A+, Network+, Storage+, Server+ and Cloud+. (CompTIA certs, it wouldRead More...The post CompTIA certs blaze career path for Defense Department contractor appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Qualcomm CEO predicts billions of smartphone shipments in coming years
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf predicted Thursday that 8 billion new smartphones will be produced in the next five years.     [more]


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