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Certification Watch (Vol. 20, No. 38)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Cisco celebrates Programmer's Day (did you know that there's a Programmer's Day?), Microsoft wants to help you out with your bots, and more.

Cisco Learning Network Salutes Computer Programmers


CW 9 20 programmersLet's just say up front that there's some confusion in all of this business about having a day to celebrate the accomplishments of computer programmers: Like, for starters, what do we call it? Programmer's Day, Day of the Programmer, and International Programmer's Day are all put forward by various sources. There's also some confusion as to whether it falls on Jan. 7 (for which there doesn't seem to be a clever explanation, or really any explanation at all), or on Sept. 13, which is the 256th day of the year (unless it's a leap year). That's because 256, or two to the eighth power, is a key value in programming. So you can see what they did there. The point is that Cisco Learning Network fired off a salute to Programmer's Day and programmers last week in its Learning News Blog. (Amusingly, the blog references all three presumptive names for the occasion.) Cisco is in the midst of pushing its network programmability certifications, so there's some acknowledgement of that blossoming trend as well.


CompTIA Lists Seven Reasons to Pursue an IT Career


So Jan. 7 may have lost the whole Programmer's Day thing (at least, you know, as far as Cisco Learning Network is concerned), but there's still good news for the number seven this week. Over at the IT Career News blog of leading tech industry association CompTIA, there's a list that trumpets the top seven reasons to get an IT job. Blogger Brett Hanley declares at the outset that you don't even have to be IT-proficient (or at least not right off the bat) to work in IT, given that the typical American worker changes jobs nearly a dozen times before retirement. The first reason that it's good to work in IT, apparently, is that you don't have to be a math whiz to do so. That's in stark counterpoint, presumably, to all of those other occupations where math whizzery is so essential. There's not a clear rationale given for the eschewing of computational know-how as a prerequisite to IT employment, though Hanley does note that other desirable skills do exist — so maybe what he means is that you still have a shot even if math's not your No. 1 thing? At any rate, if you're curious, then there are six more reasons to tempt you.


ISACA Enshrines Seven Tips for IT Auditors


We're on a roll with the sevens! Not to be outdone in the septimalization of society, the ISACA Now Blog featured a post earlier this week that advises both aspiring and novice IT auditors. Blogger and auditor Adam Kohnke has seven tips to help newcomers transition smoothly to the IT audit sphere. For example, stick to what you've been asked to do as an auditor and don't let your work lead you off into tangential investigations. That's probably good advice for people in a variety of occupations, but apparently is of particular importance to IT auditors. The next tip on the list is to keep things simple. Whatever you've been assigned to accomplish, don't tackle the problem with overly complex strategies. That, too, would seem to have broad application to many professions. Perhaps Kohnke could have just simplified matters by setting out to list the seven habits of highly effective people. Or did someone already do something like that?


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