Friday, April 18, 2014

NOVA WIB Tech Employer Survey

Our friends at the NOVA Workforce Investment Board in Silicon Valley are conducting a survey of employers of ICT workforce to gain a better understanding of the skills and attributes that are consistent with tech career advancement and mobility.

They will use the survey results to help entry-level workers gain access to sustainable careers with economic self-sufficiency.

Please complete the survey and forward to companies in your networks that hire workers with tech skills.

For an example of how NOVA turns these surveys into information that is valuable to all of us, see this previous blog posting.

Thank you!

RHT: Which IT Certifications Are Most Valuable?

by Clea Badion  Robert Half Technology
April 18, 2014

Depending on the needs of an IT department, IT certifications can help give you a boost in the job search process.

The right professional designation can be a career-booster: IT certifications provide clear evidence of your knowledge of a particular technology or practice, can increase your earning potential and can be a beneficial part of lifelong learning.
IT certifications also are an important consideration for managers hiring technology professionals, although the value placed on them depends on the needs of the IT department.

With so many IT certifications available, it can be hard to know which one will do the most to give you a boost in your career. “Which IT Certifications Are Most Helpful in Getting Ahead?“, an article by Robert Half Technology’s senior executive director, John Reed, is a helpful roundup of the most valuable professional designations.

Check out this link or read on:

“Whether you’re a tech pro looking to expand your skills or a job candidate aiming to impress a prospective employer, earning IT certifications could be one way to stand out in your career. In today’s specialist economy, certifying your skills quickly shows what you know — to recruiters and hiring managers — and can help you gain an edge when it comes to job promotions and salary negotiations.

Here’s a roundup of some of the most valuable certifications in the technology today.

Microsoft Certification Program (MCP)
This tech giant makes some of the most widely used software packages and operating systems in the world, which means attaining one of MCP’s many IT certifications can serve you across various job categories and industries. Here are some of the main ones:
  • MOS: Being certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), MOS Expert or MOS Master attests to competence in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, SharePoint, OneNote and Exchange. Not just for administrative professionals, these certifications are also helpful for tech workers in cloud computing and general tech support.
  • MCSE: Universally recognized, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) shows that you have the skills to manage servers, data systems, storage, private clouds, networking and more.
  • MCSD: Getting a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certification shows that you have what it takes to design and create apps across a wide range of Windows products. It is among the top 10 highest-paying IT certifications, according to Global Knowledge.
ISACA Certifications

An IT governance professional organization, ISACA manages four global certification programs, three of which are highlighted below.
  • CISA: ISACA calls Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) its cornerstone certification. As the name indicates, it’s aimed at information systems (IS) auditors and is useful for professionals who monitor, control and assess a company’s IT or business systems. The prerequisite for taking the exam is five years of experience.
  • CISM: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is appropriate for those who work in management and focus on information risk management. To qualify, one has to have at least five years of IS experience and three years of experience as a security manager.
  • CRISC: The most recent of ISACA’s certifications, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) launched in 2010 as a way to accredit IT professionals and project managers who are adept at identifying and analyzing risks through information systems. People with this certification are in high demand, partly because not many have earned it yet and partly because it’s difficult to attain. But the effort may be worth it, as CRISC (pronounced SEE-risk) holders have seen their average pay rise more than nine percent in the second half of 2013, according to aFoote Partners survey of over 150,000 IT workers. Exams are offered only twice a year, and qualifications include three years of experience in at least three of the five domains that the certification covers.
Certifications in Cloud Computing

Although cloud credentials are relatively new, it’s an exciting addition to the growing pool of IT certifications. There are several available, with many being specific to vendors — HP, IBM, Microsoft, EMC, VMware and so on. Some cloud certifications cover all types of vendors and, therefore, offer a more general perspective of this fast-growing industry.CompTIA Cloud Essentials is one of those comprehensive certifications, and covers everything from the business side to the IT side of cloud services.

Project Management Institute (PMI) Certifications
This professional group offers seven credentials. The most recognized one is the Project Management Professional. PMP covers all stages of project management: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, monitoring and closing. Those who don’t have all the prerequisites for the PMP can work toward a Certified Associate Project Management (CAPM) certification.

According to the Robert Half Technology 2014 Salary Guide, employers prefer to hire certified professionals, especially those who also have college degrees and real-world experience. Those who put in the effort to obtain credentials can expect larger salaries and quicker movement up the career ladder, not to mention a healthy shot of self-confidence.”

— Clea Badion

Clea Badion is an editor for the RHT Blog. She’s been writing about the workplace, career trends and technology for the past decade. Clea has 15 years of professional writing and editing experience and a master’s degree in visual studies. She’s a little obsessed with cute animal videos and the show ”American Ninja Warrior.” Follow her on Twitter @cleabadion.

WASTC Cisco Regional Academy Conference: Pathways to Success in ICT


Cisco Regional Academy Conference
Pathways to Success in ICT

Registration Is Now Open And You are Invited To Attend!

The Cisco Western Academy Support and Training Center (WASTC) is pleased to host its Regional Academy Conference, Pathways to Success in ICT, at Cal Poly Pomona, June 16-20, 2014.

The event consists of:

·         3 days of Pre-Conference Workshops, June 16-18
·         2 days of Regional Academy Conference, June 19-20

Pre-Conference Workshops
We are very excited to be able to offer (at no additional fee) a number of outstanding pre-conference workshops, in which you can develop in-depth knowledge and skills. For full descriptions go to:

·         Cisco IT Essentials, Instructor Training
·         Cisco CCNA1 Introduction to Networks, Instructor Training
·         EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services (CIS)
·         BIG DATA: Introduction to Talend & Tableau, Business Analytics and Intelligence Tools
·         Linux Essentials Train-the-Trainer Workshop
·         NDG Netlab+ Setup, “Bring your IT Programs Online”
·         VCA (VMware Certified Associate) in Data Center Virtualization and vCloud

These are each valuable, intensive 3-day workshops, and some require pre- or post-work.  The Linux track includes free certification testing.

Academy Conference

The agenda features a daily keynote address, and provides a diverse range of empowering and informative 75-minute breakout sessions, organized in tracks such as:
  • Technical topics, hands-on labs, and best practices [IT-E, CCNA, Wireless, CCNP, Security, Packet Tracer, Wireshark, IPv6…..]
  • Topics related to improving ICT educational pathways and jobs
  • Cybersecurity and cybersecurity competitions
  • New Academy best practices
  • NetSpace
  • Free "LPI Linux Essentials Certificate of Achievement” exam [$110 value]
Each day, you will have time to rub shoulders with other attendees and industry sponsors at a light breakfast and lunch, and we have two social events planned.

·         Welcome & Graduation Reception, June 18, sponsored by MPICT
·         Appreciation Dinner, June 19, sponsored by SIGMAnet

Fee Information

The registration fee for both the Pre-Conference and the Academy Conference is $99 for WASTC academies, and $150 for non-WASTC academies.  You may attend the Pre-Conference, the Academy Conference, or both, for the same registration fee.  Hotel and travel information is on our event website.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners who make this event affordable to all!

For questions, please refer to the event website.

Or you may contact Karen Stanton at

Connected devices will reach 6.5 times world population by 2020 (infographic)

18.04.2014 11:18 Silicon Republic

Connected devices will reach 6.5 times world population by 2020 (infographic)
Image via pogonici/Shutterstock

By 2020, the world’s population is expected to reach 7.6bn, while the number of internet-connected devices is expected to reach 50bn. This infographic looks at the growth of this internet of things and explores the barriers to its integration.

The internet of things (IoT) is a concept first coined by Kevin Ashton, co-founder and executive director of the Auto-ID Centre at MIT, in 1999.

As advanced technology can be packed into smaller and smaller spaces, chips and sensors can be added to all sorts of devices to track and measure data. This data can either be simply relayed back to users or can even trigger a device to take action.

From smart home appliances to citywide infrastructure, the application of the internet of things knows no bounds – much like its forecasted growth.

But even as Intel plans to transform Dublin into the world’s first IoT city, there are still barriers to its full integration, as this infographic from Exigent Networks explains.

Internet of things infographic by Exigent Networks
Main connected world image by pogonici via Shutterstock

US Cyber Challenge CyberQuests Registration Open

Got Cyber Skills?

Compete for Training and Make Cool Contacts!

Are you talented enough? Top performers will be invited to one of the 2014 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camps and receive training by cybersecurity professionals. Students are invited to compete for a spot at these camps via the Cyber Quests Competition.

Cyber Quests is an on-line competition that tests students' abilities to identify vulnerabilities in a virtual network and answer questions related to their findings. The competition will be held from April 16 through April 30.

Registration is open April 2-29, 2014 at

At the summer cyber camp, students will engage in training sessions and exercises on topics ranging from intrusion detection to forensics. These classes will be taught by industry professionals and accompanied by workshops, labs, and competitions, conducted in-person by faculty members from various universities, security practitioners across industries and the U.S. government.

Each camp will also provide students the opportunity to engage with major technology companies and government agencies at job fairs. Some students may also be eligible for additional prizes and recognition.

To compete, sign up at

Additional awards and scholarships will be available to eligible participants.