Pandemic Pressures Drive Demand for Cloud Computing Expertise
Among the many ways in which the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected the IT industry is an apparent surge in demand for certified cloud computing professionals. With many working professionals doing their jobs at home for much of 2020 and all of 2021, employers have discovered a whole new business model that could shift a number of capital expenditures off the company balance sheet. The key to having people work from home, of course, is effective and reliable cloud computing infrastructure (whether implemented from scratch or accomplished via upgrades to existing equipment) to keep everyone connected. It's therefore not surprising that, as reported by global education technology (and technology education) provider Pearson VUE, overall demand for cloud computing certification is booming. In an article spurred by Pearson's 2021 Value of IT Certification report, company executive Divyalok Chetan Sharma trumpets data points like the fact that 28 percent of all IT certifications earned in 2020 by survey participants are cloud computing credentials. That figure is impressive enough as a standalone data point, but becomes even more telling in light of that fact it represents 164 percent growth in cloud computing certification from 2019. If you work in IT and are searching for the next hot specialization, then cloud computing should definitely be on your radar.
Oracle University Announces Free Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Training and Certification
Hot on the heels of that intriguing bit of industry speculation, here's an impressive affirmation of the critical importance of cloud computing technology to the future of IT. Right now and for a limited time, Oracle University, the certification and training arm of data giant Oracle, is offering free Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) training and certification. That's right, we said the magic word: free. You don't have to crack open your wallet, or write a fat check, but you do need to act quickly. Oracle hasn't announced an end-date for the free training compenent of its new red hot offer, but free OCI certification exams are only available through Dec. 31. That's a tight timeline, but certainly beyond the grasp of your average seasoned IT professional. The free training includes online access to hands-on labs, so that you can practice what you'll be learning – that's almost as valuable as the free training itself. Post author Damien Carey, senior vice president of Oracle University, said that Oracle is taking action to combat the widening IT skills gap. In Carey's words, "At Oracle, we're dedicated to closing the widening IT skills gap by presenting new, lucrative, and sustainable opportunities that will help both workers and enterprises as they look to the future."
EC-Council Kicks Off $1 Million Scholarship Fund for 2021
It's just a great week for IT professionals who don't like to pay for training and certification, or who at least like to get a good deal. EC-Council, the cybersecurity professional association that provides an expansive certification program, including the popular Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) credential, has $1 million burning a hole in its pocket. EC-Council wants to spread that cashola around to 2,000 qualified cybersecurity professionals: The money is intended to help offset the cost of studying for and passing the CEH Practical exam. CEH Practical is a step up from the base CEH credential, and is an intermediate step between CEH and CEH Master. EC-Council credit Jay Bavisi said in statement to media announcing the fund that CEH Practical is a strong element of EC-Council's mission "mitigate cyber risk across the world." In Bavisi's words, "The scholarship will also ensure that we reach out to a more diverse cybersecurity community and help them develop their skills."
CompTIA Highlights Jobs Available to Network+ Certification Holders
Today is a big day over at tech industry association CompTIA – Sept. 15 is the official launch date for the latest version of CompTIA's Network+ certification for computer networking professionals. Right on cue, there's a helpful article up over at the official CompTIA blog that outlines jobs available to Network+-certified individuals. Do you want to be a network administrator, systems engineer, network support specialist, or systems administrator? Computer networking is an essential element of IT infrastructure and the importance of networking is likely to remain high over the foreseeable future. If you want to have a high-demand skill that will keep you employable, then Network+ is a fine stepping stone to enter the IT realm.
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