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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

Anyone looking to deploy cloud in any meaningful way will struggle to find skilled practitioners. It's a situation faced by so many enterprises, no matter what cloud system is being deployed. Microsoft recently bewailed the lack of cloud skills and it's been an issue long highlighted by the Cloud Industry Forum, which is why …
Maxwell Cooter, 21 Apr 2017

VMware bumps certification exam prices, one by $2700

Updated VMware's bumped up the price of its certification exams, with the price of the MBA-grade VCDX certification more than tripling. The cost of sitting for the VMware Certified Associate has risen from US$120 to $150. A VMware Certified Professional will now cost you $250, up from $225 and the VMware Certified Advanced …

Microsoft posts death notices for Windows 7 sysadmin certifications

In the same week that Microsoft's German tentacle declared Windows 7 a security horror that no business in its right mind would continue to use, the company's also announced it will axe some certification exams for the operating system. Microsoft's educators have announced that certs for Windows 7 configuration, plus the the …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2017
Microsoft's 'Digital Badges'

Microsoft reveals career-enhancing .PNG files

Microsoft's ongoing efforts to make its certifications something that shows bosses how very clever you are have given us some new “Digital Badges”. As of this Friday, those of you holding a Redmondian Seal of Exam Passing Cleverness will be able to download badges like those depicted above (here for those of you on mobile …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2016
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Microsoft will let you pass and fail cert exams at the same time

Microsoft has made a change to the way it marks re-certification exams, removing the requirement to pass all components of a test. The new regime means you'll pass the exam even if you fail some components. The changes has been made for “a variety of psychometric and practical reasons,” writes Redmond's Psychometrician Liberty …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2016

Wow, RIP hackers ... It's Cyber-Lord Blunkett to the rescue for UK big biz

A high-profile project has been launched with the aim of strengthening UK enterprises' IT security. The Cyber Highway was launched in London on Tuesday by Lord David Blunkett. The resource offers a “user-friendly online portal for large enterprises that want to strengthen the cyber defence of their supply chain.” Corporations …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2016

Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you

Blue Coat has denied it's up to any shenanigans – after the security biz was seemingly given the power to issue crypto certificates that could be used to spy on people. A kerfuffle kicked off this week when it looked as though Blue Coat had been made an intermediate certificate authority, backed by root certificate authority …
Iain Thomson, 27 May 2016
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Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

Microsoft has warned it is about to increase the cost of exams for its certifications, but can't offer any guidance on just how high the rise will be be or when details of the hike will emerge. Microsoft says “There will be a price adjustment on Microsoft certification exams in July 2016” and reckons that by posting news of …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2016
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Think you’re a Jenkins expert, wise guy? You can prove it in May

Cloudbees will go live with its certification program in May, giving wannabees eight weeks to swot up if they want to be the first to take the exam. The continuous delivery vendor has developed two schemes, reflecting the split between its own platform, and the Jenkins project it is built on. You can choose to be a Certified …
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2016
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Does the Internet of Things need an indie security assessor?

The Internet toaster that's browning your crumpets, talking to its home servers, and participating in a ransomware-distributing botnet should get the kind of cyber-safety testing that it gets for physical safety. That is, at least, a growing view among Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) members, if an IEEE …
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All Cisco certs add cloud, IoT, 'business transformation'

Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”. Cloud and IoT are self-explanatory while “network programmability” is software-defined networking by another name. …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015
Zombie rising from the grave

Windows 8.1 exams kept alive six more months, Win 7 tests immortal

Microsoft may be hustling the world onto Windows 10 just as fast as it can, but it seems there's residual demand out there for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. We make that suggestion because Microsoft has extended the life of certifications for its last-but-one desktop OS and has no plans to can all Windows 7 education. On the …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015

Sysadmins can forget PC management skills, says Microsoft

Microsoft has announced it will retire the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) certification dedicated to “Desktop Infrastructure”. Microsoft pitches MCSE certifications as essential for sysadmins hoping to prove their competence to employers*, but now says the time for skills in dedicated “traditional desktop …
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OCP supporters hit back over testing claims – but there's dissent in the ranks

Comment Open Compute Project aficionados did not like our story about its allegedly insufficient hardware testing procedures and said so, publicly and loudly. “Terrible journalism” whinged one, adding it was an attack on the entire open source movement. Is this fair? It seems a can of worms has been opened. Cole Crawford, the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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Nutanix takes a hyper-converged swipe at VMware's top cert

Nutanix has just announced a new certification, and sent a shot across VMware's bows by doing so. The certification is called the Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX) and the company says it will be “the most rigorous technical qualification in enterprise computing” and “creates a new standard in IT certifications”. Next comes the …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2015
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EMC looks to military to swell ranks of sales and techie army

EMC is trying to close the skills gap by recruiting the next wave of sales and technical personnel from the armed forces, training steely eyed military leavers for a life on Civvy Street… well, flogging storage. The corporation, in conjunction with specialist military support service X-Forces, is putting 20 people through …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2015
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Microsoft lets devs with form skip MCSD exam

Microsoft's made it official: if you can code an app for Windows, you can skip some certification exams. Redmond gave this idea a try last year with a program called Review to Cert that made having an app certified for the Windows Store one way to score part of a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification. …
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Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

As IT recruiters collectively bemoan the dearth of cloud professionals, the doom-and-gloom predictions that cloud services would result in the death of the IT department now seem nothing short of laughable. The most recent research from industry body the Cloud Industry Forum suggests that cloud computing has achieved …
Rachel Willcox, 16 Oct 2014

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