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Certification Watch (Vol. 20, No. 4)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA turns to a trio of millennials to preach the gospel of certification, Coursera helps governments battle the IT skills gap, and more.

Millennials Need (and Want) Certification Too


Millennials and technology in harmonyLike much of the rest of the workaday world, the IT industry has a complicated relationship with millennials. The youthful workplace professionals are often scorned for perceived deficiencies of character and ambition, yet coveted at the same time by employers tasked with replenishing a rapidly aging workforce. There has recently been a fair amount of discussion of this counterproductive love-hate dynamic, and the ISACA Now Blog hosted by security and governance association ISACA is attempting to build some bridges this week with a two-part series of posts that frame a conversation with three millenials who have integrated ISACA and its popular certifications into their careers. There's some valuable perspective here, both for millennials and the managers and employers who tend to look at them askance. Certification organizations that have struggled to interest younger workers in their oft-intimidating credentials may also benefit: You can't speak to millennials in their language if you never stop to listen to what they have to say.


Cisco Brushes Up Its Data Center Certifications


What is a data center, you ask? Google defines it as being "a large group of networked computer servers typically used by organizations for the remote storage, processing, or distribution of large amounts of data." The phrase "networked computer servers" in that description strongly suggests why Cisco Learning Network has a vested interest in working with data center professionals, and Cisco recently doubled down on its commitment to data center training and certification with a major overhaul of its CCNA Data Center and CCNP Data Center certifications. In addition to providing detailed information about the exam topics both added and removed, CLN turned over its Talking Tech with Cisco blog to product marketing manager Karen Louie last week for a Part 1 and Part 2 overview of the increasing importance of data centers in the overall IT landscape. That's four items of recommended reading for anyone with an interest in data center deployment and management.


CompTIA Offers Free Advice to IT Business Owners


With computers now involved in almost every aspect of business and commerce, there's a booming market for IT services and solutions. And with many an entrepreneur racing to plant his or her flag in that market, it can be easy to leap without looking. New and forthcoming tech-preneurs who are struggling to navigate strange waters have a friend in CompTIA, the long-tenured IT industry association. This week, CompTIA officials directed attention to a valuable free resource for tech business leaders, CompTIA Quick Start Guides. The four free publications in the series offer advices on such topics as successfully handling contracts and negotiations, or effectively guiding a diverse workforce. The Quick Start Guides are available with numerous other items from the Insight & Tools nook of CompTIA's voluminous website. There's no charge to view and download the guides, but you do have to register with CompTIA.


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