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Cisco Webcast: 28th May, 2015 – Securing the Internet of Things

Cisco offer this live online event that will focus on the new challenges around securing the Internet of Things and how this requires a new way of thinking. During the thirty minute webcast you will learn more about how IoT enabled security can improve employee safety and protect the entire system from both the inside and the outside.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The top challenges facing OT (operational technology) and IT (information technology)
  • How IT can use the network today to segment and protect operational technology (OT) operations.
  • The effects on manufacturing productivity of human error, hacking, and machine failure
  • How the integrated combination of software-defined segmentation, contextual identity, and OT protocol intelligence protects manufacturing and allows it to improve safety and productivity

Where: Online
When: 28 May 2015, 08:00 AM PST
Duration: 30 Minutes
Cost: Free

For more information, and to register, click here.

Posted in Cisco, Event, Webinar.

Loads of Free Microsoft Training Courses

If you’re a seasoned Microsoft certification taker then you’ll probably be well aware of this resource, but for those who aren’t in the know there is a veritable treasure trove of free training available from the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Hundreds of courses spanning thousands of hours of free tuition. If you’re studying for a Microsoft cert, this site should be one of your first ports of call.

Posted in Free Stuff, Microsoft, Training.

May 26th Live Event – Introduction to Microsoft Power BI (Business Intelligence)

A live event introducing Microsoft Power BI. Experts from the Microsoft BI engineering and marketing teams will take you through the features and capabilities of this cloud-based analytics service for business users, Business Intelligence (BI) Analysts, BI and IT Pros, and Developers. Some familiarity with Microsoft BI tools would be helpful for attendees.

The session will Walk you through real-time dashboards (accessible from anywhere and on any device), showcase the wide range of built-in connectors, demonstrate the Power BI Designer and offer practical tips and technical insights to help you get up to speed quickly with Microsoft’s new analytics service.

Where: Online
When: May 26th, 2015 9am-5pm PDT.
Cost: Free

To register for the event, and to check the local time in your area, click here.

Posted in Event, Microsoft, Power BI.

Microsoft Certification FAQ’s – Video Answers

A recent post on Microsoft’s ‘Born to Learn’ blog collated a number of video responses to frequently asked questions from candidates who are preparing for various Microsoft certifications. Questions such as ‘What’s the value of a Microsoft Certification?‘, ‘How do I prepare for an exam?‘, ‘Where do I get study materials and test questions for practice?‘ and ‘How many questions can I expect when I take an exam?‘ are covered in small, bite-sized answer videos that help you narrow down to specific questions and get answers quickly.

The questions and answers are more from a thirty thousand foot perspective rather than getting down and dirty with specific exams, but if you have any general questions about your Microsoft certification exams you should check out the post. They cover the following issues:

  • Preparing for a Microsoft Certification exam.
  • How Microsoft Certification exams are developed.
  • How Microsoft Certification exams are scored.
  • The value of Microsoft Certification to your career.

Posted in General, Microsoft.

Exam Prep Session for Exam 70-695 and Exam 70-696: Enterprise Devices and Apps

From Microsoft’s ‘Ignite on Demand’, this exam prep video session is for people experienced with System Center 2012 who are planning to take the 70-695 (Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps) exam or the 70-696 (Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps) exam. The session is recorded from a live event so audience audio is low at times, but there is still good information for prospective MCP/MCSE candidates.

The host, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), reviews the topics covered in the exams, covers some of the resources you can use to help with your studying and offers some test taking techniques to help you pass the exams.

Posted in MCP, MCSE, Microsoft.

Reminder – Time is Running Out…

Just a quick reminder that you have until the end of this month (May, 2015) to qualify for a free ‘Second Shot’ when taking a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam. If you take your exam before that deadline you’ll get a free retake if you fail. If you’re getting close to being ready to take an MCP exam, this is an offer well worth considering.

You can check out the full details here.

Posted in Exams, Free Stuff, MCP, Microsoft.

Cisco Live Melbourne 2015 – Sessions now available on Demand

If you were unable to make it to the Cisco Live event in Melbourne, Australia this year, fret not. You can now catch up on all the goodness that was on offer, minus the sunshine and after-session parties, with plenty of on-demand session videos (you’ll need to create a free CiscoLive account to get access).

Click here to view the sessions.

Posted in Cisco, Event, Video.

Project Management Institute – Updates to CCR coming later this year…

Candidates who wish to keep their PMI certifications current and valid should be aware of pending updates to the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program later this year.

The new changes take effect from 1 December, 2015 and largely relate to the number and value of required PDU’s (Professional Development Units) that certification holders must earn to keep their certifications valid. The changes apply to the following PMI certifications:

  • PMP
  • PgMP
  • PfMP
  • PMI-SP

For more information, check out this video explaining the details, or refer to the official PMI page, here.


Posted in PMI.

IBM Certification Updates

There have been a number of new certifications added to the IBM certification stable, as well as some that have been withdrawn (or soon to be withdrawn). Here’s a quick overview of the changes:

New IBM Certifications:

  • IBM Certified Application Developer — Operational Decision Manager Advanced V8.7
  • IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist — Power Systems with POWER8 Enterprise V1
  • IBM Certified Sales Specialist — Power Systems with POWER8 V1
  • IBM Certified Deployment Professional – Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus V8.1
  • IBM Certified Associate – MobileFirst Protect V1

Expired/Withdrawn IBM Certifications:

31 March 2015

  •  IBM Certified Administrator — Tivoli Storage Manager V6.2

30 April 2015

  • IBM Certified Deployment Professional — Tivoli Endpoint Manager V8.2
  • IBM Certified Associate — Kenexa LMS and LCMS Premier
  • IBM Certified Associate — Kenexa BrassRing on Cloud
  • IBM Certified Associate — Kenexa Compensation
  • IBM Certified Deployment Professional — Rational Portfolio Manager
  • IBM Certified Deployment Professional — DOORS v9
  • IBM Certified Solution Designer — Rational Software Architect
  • IBM Certified Sales Specialist — Power Systems with POWER7 and AIX & Linux –v2
  • IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist — Power Systems with POWER7 and AIX & Linux –v2
  • IBM Certified Technical Sales Expert — Power Systems with POWER7 –v2
  • IBM Certified Sales Specialist — Power Systems with POWER7 and IBM i –v2
  • IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist — PowerLinux v1
  • IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist — Power Systems with POWER7 and IBM i–v2
  • IBM Certified Sales Expert — Power Systems with POWER7 –v2

To be withdrawn on 31 May 2015

  • IBM Certified System Implementer – SmartCloud Notes Hybrid Configuration and Onboarding with Data Transfer
  • IBM Certified System Administrator — WebSphere Commerce V7.0

Posted in Exams, IBM.

Free Ebook – Introducing Windows 10 for I.T. Professionals

Get your hands on another free ebook from the folks at Microsoft Press. Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals is a ‘preview’ edition that introduces you to what’s new in Windows 10 as of its current stage of development, with advance notice of features that will be available in the finished product but aren’t yet implemented. The author starts with an overview of the operating system, lays out the many changes to the user experience, and dives deep into deployment and management tools where it’s necessary.

To get your free copy, click here.

Posted in E-books, Free Stuff, Microsoft, Windows 10.