IBM Wants YOU to Use Data Science to Combat Climate Change
There are catastrophic or near-catastrophic indications of climate change everywhere you turn. The ordinarily blue skies around GoCertify HQ have been choked with smoke for weeks from wildfires raging through California and Oregon – hundreds of miles to the west. At the end of last week, rain (not snow) fell at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet for the first time since scientists began continuously monitoring weather events there in 1989. It remains uncertain whether the trend can be reversed, but a new partnership between tech titan IBM, the University of Florida, and the Florida Technology Council wants you to get involved in researching possible solutions. Those three entities are sponsoring a competition to apply data science to the problem of global warming. A contest launches next month, with $100,000 worth of prizes at stake, that invites "all students and professionals across the United States" to propose IT-based solutions that can help humanity turn back the tide of global warming. There's no charge to register to participate, and contestants will have free access to IBM Cloud services, including the likes of Watson Studio, Watson Assistant, and Watson Discovery. That's a pretty sweet hookup. Volunteerism is often cited as a means of gaining cheap access to advanced technology when preparing for certification. Here's an excellent illustration of the point.
Scrum.org Boards the Credly Digital Badging Train
The trend away from ink-and-paper credentials and toward digital badging has been sweeping through the IT certification realm for a number of years now. Badging provider Credly has become the digital badging standard bearer, forging alliances with key IT certification providers across the industry after acquiring the Acclaim digital badging platform from education colossus Pearson. The latest certification program to get involved is Scrum.org, which announced today that it has forged an agreement with Credly to provide badging for its Professional Scrum certification program. Scrum is a pioneering software development framework that dates back to the early 2000s; Scrum.org was founded by Ken Schwaber, one of the creators of the Scrum methodology.
Microsoft Learn Invites You to a Round of DYK
Microsoft Learn, the certification and training arm of software monolith Microsoft, has been leading the IT certification charge for more than two decades now. If you're new to the IT industry, however – or even if you're an old salt who's been sailing elsewhere amid the mighty sea of information technology – then you may not be aware of everything that Microsoft Learn has to offer to aspiring technologists. That would put right in line for a new post to the Microsoft Learn blog that outlines 10 helpful features of Microsoft Learn that every Microsoft learner should be familiar with. For example, blogger and Microsoft Learn senior product marketing manager Karina Ung points out that Microsoft Learn is for everyone, not just those who already have lines of code in their bloodstream or pixels underneath the edges of their fingernails. "Microsoft Learn isn't just for tech professionals in the workforce," Ung writes. "It's also for students and those new to tech who want to get a head start on their careers. You can filter learning content and certifications by level – beginner, intermediate, and advanced." Want to find out about everything that Microsoft Learn can do for you? Here's a nice place to start.
How Much Does Your IT Boss Make?
In the great garden of IT salary – and, let's get real, the great garden of salary across most of the professional world – the rules are that no one talks about how much cabbage is growing into anyone else's bank account. It's even less cool to talk about paychecks than to talk about fight club. That's why observers within the IT industry largely rely upon anonymous surveys to get a sense of what everyone else is taking home at the end of the pay period. Along those lines, there's some interesting new data available from Certification Magazine via CertMag.com. A recent post pegged to the 2021 Salary Survey discloses the average annual salary of all U.S. survey participants at each of seven different levels of professional employment. Are you a regular old employee? A specialist? Maybe a senior manager? Regardless of where you stand, this is an interesting snapshot of salary across the IT landscape.
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