ISACA Achieves Major Milestone in 2019
All the way back in 1969, seven hard-working IT professionals – at a time long before the initialism "IT" really meant anything at all – in Los Angeles, Calif., came together to form the Electronic Data Processing Auditors Association. Without any purpose more dramatic than to establish authoritative guidelines for their profession, those hardy few laid the foundation for an organization that now includes 220 chapters and roughly 20,000 times as many members. In 2019, ISACA is a major force for information technology auditing, governance, and cybersecurity, and its flagship certifications are some of the best-known (and most generously compensated) credentials in the entire IT realm. That sort of longevity and accomplishment calls for celebration, and ISACA has plans to commemorate 50 years of IT awesomeness in style. The aforelinked post to the ISACA Now Blog by board chairman Rob Clyde dispenses details and encourages interested parties to join in the fun. Congratulations to all of the good folks at ISACA and best wishes for a banner 50th year!
Become a Tech Support Specialist
As computer systems and computing devices have become increasingly ubiquitous in recent decades, once-revered technical support specialists have greatly diminished in the annals of professional esteem. Instead of being revered as a minor deity, the average tech support pro is often now viewed as being a borderline tolerable if still essential minor nuisance. And yet, when a computer fails to function as anticipated, most people still expect to get immediate rectification from the guy or gal who knows stuff about things when it comes to computers. Hence, the first of the periodic "Your Next Move" career advice capsules to appear in 2019 at the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA is a shout out to technical support specialists. Occasionally (and quietly) derided as they may be, most people still need at least occasional intervention from a computer support specialist to function in their jobs. Tech support is still an honorable profession that, in the right circumstances, pays quite well.
Choose the Right Oracle Database Certification
Database management firm Oracle and its extensive library of professional certifications are widely known and strongly reputed across the IT industry. Said library of professional certifications is actually so extensive, however, that it can be intimidating to newcomers and career switchers. Where to begin? At the tail-end of 2018, marketing manager Eva Chase posted a helpful infographic to the Oracle Certification Blog, along with some bullet-pointed advice applicable to anyone pondering the career impact of an Oracle certification and preparing to move forward. If you're looking for more extensive advice, there's a slightly musty, faintly dog-eared article by Oracle expert Matthew Morris right here at GoCertify to help you discover the right point at which to plunge into the labyrinth.
Get the Right Linux Training in 2019
As part of its ongoing quest to promote all things Linux, The Linux Foundation is ringing in the new year with a roundup of self-proclaimed "can't-miss" tools to help tech professionals either enlarge their understanding of Linux, or jump into the ocean and begin to swim. There will be numerous opportunities, for example, for Linux-minded professionals to attend conferences and conventions in the coming year, an environment in which opportunities to learn and grow frequently abound. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are another avenue down which Linux learners can travel to gain new skills or flesh out an existing knowledge base. In a nutshell, there's a lot of opportunity out there to charge up your Linux learning and professional development. For those who aren't certain in which direction to leap, the Linux Foundation's roundup is a great place to start.
Certification Magazine Looks Back at 2018
Yeah, we know, it's the time of year to be thinking about what lies ahead – about where we're all going, not where we've just come from. On the other hand, just as an ICYMI (as the kids like to call it), there's a fun two-part recap of the Year That Was over at CertMag.com, the official website of Certification Magazine. (Why do we always say it that way? Are there any unofficial websites of Certification Magazine out there? It seems unlikely.) There are roughly 200 new articles posted to CertMag.com each year, and that's a lot to keep up with. What if, on the other hand, you could have a pithy reading list curated by the untold hundreds of thousands of certified professionals to pass through the site each year? It's a place to start, at any rate.
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