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GoCertify Looks Back: Our 10 Most Popular Certification Watch Newsletters of 2020

The new year is nearly here. That means it's time to reflect on everything we've accomplished in 2020. Next up: Certification Watch.

GoCertify looks back ... at more than 45 issues of Certification Watch.'Tis the season (again) to reflect on everything that's gone on around here in 2020. We began our year-end restrospective on Nov. 30 by looking at the 10 Most Popular Quizzes of the year.


Next up is GoCertify's weekly Certification Watch newsletter. We've had almost 50 Certification Watch newsletters so far this year, but which ones were deemed most engaging by our readers? We're glad you asked. (Or we asked. Or, well, someone did. We're just glad.)


Without further ado, here are the 10 Most Popular Certification Watch newsletters of 2020:


1) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 8 (Feb. 26, 2020) — Random quotation: "It's the end of an era for Microsoft, or at least the final period at end of what has been a somewhat drawn-out death sentence. Microsoft began signaling its transition to role-based certifications a few years back, and formally launched its first role-based certs at the Microsoft Ignite conference in September 2018."


2) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 9 (March 4, 2020) — Random quotation: "Even Google Home, which doesn't have a friendly human nickname, responds in the voice of woman unless you change its settings. (Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry probably seeded this particular bias in the 1980s by having the ship's computer of the Enterprise speak in the voice of his wife, Majel Barret Roddenberry, on Star Trek: The Next Generation.)"


3) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 12 (March 25, 2020) — Random quotation: "Nobody has a proverbial crystal ball, or at least nobody has one in the sense that crystal balls are proverbially said to work. We can make educated guesses about the future, however, and especially about things that will or could happen in a couple of years from now."


4) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 29 (July 22, 2020) — Random quotation: "For a variety of reasons, most of them at least tangentially involving exam security, certification providers have, in the past, largely and collectively been opposed to the notion of online certification testing. It's hard enough to box out cheaters and exam pirates (people who take an exam for the purposes of gathering and selling information about its contents) when certification candidates are required to go to a physical location to take the exam in person."


5) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 2 (Jan. 15, 2020) — Random quotation: "So with cloud computing gradually taking over everything, it would be good to find out which of the many certifications options available to beef up your cloud portfolio is, y'know, the best. Tech industry association CompTIA thinks it has an answer, and you perhaps won't be surprised to learn that if the question is, "What cloud certification is the most awesome," then CompTIA's answer is, "Ours." "


6) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 18 (May 6, 2020) — Random quotation: "Just about every form of learning and education that people engage in right now is somewhere in the throes of transitioning to remote delivery via online learning platforms. That includes certification study and training programs."


7) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 15 (April 15, 2020) — Random quotation: "For example, Kimpel addresses the longstanding concern among employers that workers who aren't at the office won't spend as much time working as they should. And if you think of yourself as being a social animal who needs other people to make work, you know, work, well, he's got some thoughts about that aspect of the work-from-home world as well."


8) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 14 (April 8, 2020) — Random quotation: "The last few years have seen a lot of nibbling around the edges with digital badging, which was initially viewed primarily as a means of replacing ink-and-paper certifications with something that could be displayed, shared, and catalogued online."


9) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 4 (Jan. 29, 2020) — Random quotation: "Some might ask, "How can there be another survey already?" As the noted astrophysicist Steve Perry once observed, however, "The wheel in the sky keeps on turning," and the next CertMag survey is now upon us."


10) Certification Watch: Vol. 23, No. 10 (May 6, 2020) — Random quotation: "For nearly as long as IT certifications have been around, proponents and skeptics of certification have (at times contentiously) debated the question of whether getting a certification actually has a net positive impact on your income. Those who challenge this popular perception are, in essence, screaming along with Cuba Gooding Jr. in that one Tom Cruise movie, "Show me the money!" "