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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 45)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA challenges IT professionals to meet their certification goals before the new year, Dice pins down the hardest hire in big U.S. tech cities, and more.

There's Still Time to Get Certified Before 2020


There's still to get a certification before 2020 gets here.Halloween is in the rearview mirror and the sprint through Thanksgiving and Christmas to New Year's Day has begun. It's an exciting time, a busy time, and a time, apparently, to get your rear in gear and finish up! Finish up your last certification of 2019, that is. Blogger Emily Matzelle, who shared her thoughts in a Monday post to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA, doesn't want to hear your whining about holiday shopping this, or family road trip to grandma's house that. The way Matzelle sees it, there are still eight weeks left in 2019, and eight weeks is more than enough time to get a certification. Yes, Emily Matzelle has a plan, and the plan is for you to get certified in eight simple steps. There will be plenty of time to make and keep certification goals in 2020, of course, but 2019 isn't over yet, and that (apparently) means that it's officially Get to Work Time. Step One of Matzelle's plan, naturally enough, is "Decide Which IT Certification to Get," but the rubber really hits the road with Step 2, which is "Schedule Your IT Certification Exam." As in schedule it before the end of 2019. This a common bit of advice from certification gurus, as it means you both have a goal in your sights, and a compelling reason to work hard.


What Does the Future of Computer Networking Look Like?


Crystal ball-style prognostication is practically its own genre of technology writing. There are plenty of IT realities to grapple with in the present, but that never seems to stop, or even slow, the steady stream of speculation about what the future may hold. Over at the official site for Cisco Learning Network, the training and certification arm of computer networking titan Cicso, a recent post to the Talking Tech with Cisco blog zeroes in on five key items from Cisco's forward-looking 2020 Global Networking Trends Report. In particular, blogger Stephanie Smith focuses on what IT leaders can do to "build, evolve, and accelerate the technical proficiencies of their teams." For example, Smith says that leaders should focus on fostering a "culture of continuous learning." Most IT professionals expect to embrace new concepts and learn how to use news tools, but Smith says it's not enough to just give a friendly nod to the prevailing attitude. Rather, she writes, leaders should ensure that ongoing professoinal development is "baked into how individuals within an organization are measured and rewarded." In can anyone was wondering, certification is an excellent means of adding to one's IT knowledge base.


Your Certification Program Needs Strong Leadership


Over the past year-plus-a-handful-of-months, certification expert Warren Wyrostek laid out a 10-step plan for anyone interested in creating their own IT certification program. The final instalmment of that series was posted to, the official Certification Magazine website, in September. Wyrostek, however, is not resting on his laurels. A new series launched this week, this one intended to guide the thinking of anyone who has a new (or old) certification program and is fishing for the right person, with the right leadership style, to take the reins. There are nearly as many different ways of being a leader as there different days of the year that are considered banking holidays (it's closer than you'd think), and Wyrostek's plan is to weigh and consider a baker's dozen or so of the foremost leadership theories and assess their strengths and weaknesses as relates to managing a thriving certification program.


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