GoCertify Looks Back: Our Second 10 Most Popular Articles of 2021

GoCertify toots our own horn! Here are some more of our most popular articles of 2021.

We liked this when we did it last year, so we decided — again — to lengthen the list of Most Popular Articles that appeared on the site in 2021. Everybody loves a good recap, right? And sometimes articles come and go so quickly that even faithful readers miss seeing them the first time around.


So let's offer another tip of the cap to the talented writers who busily create content for us year in and year out. Today we'll go from GoCertify's 11th-most popular article of 2021, all the way down to its 20th-most popular article of 2021.


As previously described in this space, there are about 100 new articles addressing all facets of IT certification and employment that appear on GoCertify every year. So even if you read everything listed both here and in the previous installment in what is now a two-part series, you'll only have digested about one-fifth of everything posted here in 2021.


Without further ado, here are the most popular GoCertify articles of 2021, from number 11 through number 20:


11) Acronis Spin-Off Provides Free Training and Certification to U.S. Veterans and Families — "As with other veteran/military family programs, the offering includes not just training and certification, it also includes job-readiness training with an emphasis on useful soft skills, social support, and job placement for program graduates. Interested parties will want to check out the company's Acronis SCSVets Applicant Inquiry Form." (by Ed Tittel)


12) Who Invented the Computer? John Backus and FORTRAN — "Backus' goal was to create an easier method of entering equations into computers. His hope was to make programming easier, faster, and less expensive. In 1953, with the support of IBM management, Backus assembled an all-star quartet of researchers in-house." (by Calvin Harper)


13) Diving Into the Pearson VUE 2021 Value of IT Certification Report — "Pearson VUE remains a juggernaut of the IT certification testing industry. According to its 2021 Value of IT Certification Report, it delivered more than 2.5 million certification exams in 2020. This latest survey is based on information obtained from more than 29,000 candidates(.)" (by Ed Tittel)


14) Six Hot Project Management Certifications for 2021 — "When it comes to career development, I like to tell people to start small and get a 'win' under your belt. Besides wanting individuals with project management skill, most employers want someone who is confident. Getting certifications will keep you on track, stoke your ego, and fill the reservoir of knowledge that employers crave." (by Nathan Kimpel)


15) Global Knowledge Names the 15 Highest-Salaried IT Certs for 2021 — "Looking at the items in the list, I see five with out-and-out indisputable cloud connections. That's one third of the whole shooting match. There are also two certs that focus on virtualization which is at least arguable as a necessary underpinning for cloud-based services and operations. Security touches on five of the items, for another third of the list." (by Ed Tittel)


16) CompTIA Server+ Gets a Much-Needed Update — "My first real job in networking was when I went to work for Novell on Jan. 1, 1987. That company started its life as "Novell Data Systems," for which they not only sold the network server software — and still do to this day — they also sold the hardware, too: huge hulking beasts with horsepower somewhat less impressive than most of today's smartphones." (by Ed Tittel)


17) Who Invented the Computer? Ben Gurley and the PDP-1 — "Management was eventually won over and decided it was time to build a computer. But not one like every other company was producing. They wanted to focus the design of their machine on improving user interaction as opposed to just increasing the efficiency of processing, which is what the rest of the industry was focused on." (by Calvin Harper)


18) Sailing a 'Returnship' Back Into Gainful Employment — "Whatever the reason for leaving the workforce, returnship programs specifically target individuals who want to return to work after a lengthy separation. Based on the various programs I've identified for IT professionals of this stripe, this appears to mean a period of under- or unemployment that has lasted 12 months or longer." (by Ed Tittel)


19) Get the Most Out of Your Next IT Conference — "I am going to proceed from the assumption that most IT professionals don't go to conferences just to stay at a fancy hotel or collect some nice swag — although the swag available at some industry events is incredible. Most IT pros, rather, attend for professional or personal edification." (by Nathan Kimpel)


20) Taking Stock of the 2021 Dice Tech Salary Report — "What I see is rising pay (which economists invariably translate into rising demand) for IT workers in general, more so for those with high-demand, short-supply technical certifications." (by Ed Tittel)



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