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Tipping Point for the IT Job Market
By Todd Thibodeaux | November 03, 2011
I did a radio interview last Saturday talking about the IT job market. We covered the standard message points: lots of open jobs in some regions but very few in others, not enough skilled people to fill them wherever they seem to be, and employers being very picky and specific about who they are hiring. But the point I kept coming back to in my own mind was when will the U.S. labor market hit a tipping point? Unemployment is almost always a lagging indicator during post-recession periods of gr ...
Transition in Malaysia Buffered by CompTIA Project+
By Jim Staats | November 02, 2011
Jimmy Hooh Chee Ming had considerable experience after 28 years in the IT field, but still sought a little extra insurance to bolster his transition into a full-time project management role. His co-workers pointed him toward CompTIA Project+ and he’s been singing praises ever since. “Having gone through Project+, I am confident I can manage a given project accordingly,” said Hooh, transition and transformation manager with HP Malaysia. “It really helps me a lot, especially (when it comes to) ...
Inspiration from Our Youth
By Matthew Poyiadgi | October 31, 2011
As a young man growing up, I followed many sports stars: Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalgish, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, but my sporting inspiration was Zinedine Zidane. He was so naturally gifted and so intelligent with the ball. This week, I found inspiration not with footballers, but at youngsters no more than 18 years old who won the apprentice of the year awards at the Zenos annual conference, where I also had the pleasure of presenting my view on the “Evolution of IT, Jobs and Learning”. ...
Weekly Word on the Street: Toot Your Own Horn
By Jim Staats | October 28, 2011
Takeaway of the week is it’s always best to toot your own horn when it comes to highly sought value you can add to an organization, because who knows when someone else would do it for you. And don’t look now, but it’s another voice trumpeting the ‘rise of the machines,’ but could it be with an IT silver lining? SME Branding? Toot Your Own Horn Subject matter experts shouldn’t wait around for anybody but themselves to tout that value-add expertise to the outside world, so says an executive fro ...
Suggestions for Taking a High-Stakes IT Exam: Part II, Exam Logistics
By Janet Pinkerton | October 26, 2011
THE DAY BEFORE THE EXAM 1) Know the address and phone number of the testing center, and how you will get there, and how much time it will take to reach the testing center site. 2) Get a good night’s sleep before the exam THE DAY OF THE EXAM 1) Eat a balanced breakfast, including some form of protein to give long-lasting energy. 2) Dress comfortably, in layers. 3) Give yourself plenty of travel time. 4) Bring the address of and directions to the testing site 5) Bring any needed ide ...
Suggestions for Taking a High-Stakes IT Exam, Part I: Exam Prep
By Janet Pinkerton | October 24, 2011
1) Know your exam. Carefully read the exam description details to build your exam prep strategy. What are exam objectives or subjects covered? What question formats will be used: multiple-choice, simulated scenarios, essays or fill in the blank? How many questions will be in each exam section? How much time is given to complete the exam? How will the exam be graded? 2) Ask yourself: What kind of learner am I? How much do I know? Answering these questions can help you decide what tools to use to ...
Weekly Word on the Street: Big IT Skill is Big Data Wrangler
By Jim Staats | October 21, 2011
This week’s takeaway is the more flexible you are in your IT abilities "toolbox," the more attractive you’ll be in an ever-changing IT landscape. More data to manage, more companies going the automated route, more quote-unquote old-school firms relying on technology than ever before. Or you could just pay a visit to North Carolina. Gartner: Big IT Skill is Big Data Wrangler Hot commodities in the IT job market could be the folks with the know-how to handle the massive influx of corporate data ...
CyberWatch Grows as a Center for Cybersecurity Education
By Janet Pinkerton | October 19, 2011
Since its founding via a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in 2005, CyberWatch, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center headquartered at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) in Largo, Md., has had one mission: to improve the cybersecurity workforce in both quality and quantity of workers. The NSF funded CyberWatch, along with two other ATE Centers (The Cyber Security Education Consortium in Oklahoma and the Center for System Security and Information Assurance ...
Healthcare Security Not A Huge Concern - But It Should Be
By Jim Staats | October 17, 2011
Privacy and security issues are said to be among the chief concerns for healthcare administrators facing new HIPPA regulations and a ramped-up electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. A new study, however, indicates that many of those executives are failing to “walk the walk.” In a report by consulting firm CSC, a HIMSS shows that fewer than half of large healthcare organizations - 47 percent - in the U.S. conduct annual security risk assessments and nearly six in ten didn’t dedicate ...
Weekly Word on the Street: Cloud Computing Expertise in Demand
By Jim Staats | October 14, 2011
Take-away of the week is a weather report: More clouds are forming on the horizon in the world of IT services. Organizations big and small are having to adapt as will the technicians of today and tomorrow. Survey: IT as a Service Gaining Headwind Based on findings of a recent survey by F5 Networks, the enterprise trend toward IT services on demand, in the cloud, ITaaS or catchy name of your choosing, will continue to get a stranglehold on the industry in the next few years. Nearly 75 percent ...
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