Certifications

SAP HANA’s Sales Bode Well for Data, Analytics Specialists

SAP is placing a big bet on its in-memory database platform SAP HANA and, as a result, its hundreds of thousands of customers may too. And though the platform’s only been on the market for a year, last week’s pre-announced earnings point to its having strong sales. As a result, the demand for professionals familiar with SAP HANA is likely to grow. Jason Lovinger, SAP’s vice president of database and technology developer ecosystem, and Christopher Curtis, global vice president of… continue…

Rock Star Secrets For Developers

In the U.S., there’s 176,200 musicians. But only a few hundred famous musicians at most. Software developers are in the same boat, with 913,100 of us currently in the workforce and that figure expected to increase by approximately 30 percent in 2020. In other words, there’ll be more people in software development competing for jobs, speaking opportunities at conferences, and the same chance to write amazing software that will change the world. If you want to be a rock star,… continue…

3 Tips for Becoming a Project Manager

Looking to break into project management? A question constantly asked is whether training or securing the right experience is the path to take. Experience is essential, but taking a three-pronged approach is even better. Here’s why: Experience is essential. If you are looking to get into the IT field, then do your best to find positions that will enable you to gain experience pertinent to where you want to go. Even a seasoned PM has to continually improve in order to stay… continue…

MIT Jumps Into Move Toward Free Online Classes

Distance Learning
In March, an amazing 120,000 people signed up for MIT’s free online course, 6.002x: Circuits and Electronics. The same one that MIT undergrads take, it was a component of MIT’s open education program, MITx. It was also part of a growing trend where universities are offering hardcore computer science and technology classes — online and often for free. Online education options are expanding quickly. More than 6.1 million students took at least one online course in 2010, an increase of… continue…

A Better Way to Get Tickets for EuRuKo

Rock Concert Crowd
EuRuKo is one of the best Ruby conferences in Europe, and getting tickets is really hard. Normal tickets are 65,- EURO and usually sell out quickly so make sure you are ready and waiting Imagine, you have 200 tickets for an event but around 4,000 people trying to attend. Would you think of a better way to offer them? Maybe handle them like a rock concert: Open your point of sales at a specified time, and let people line up… continue…

Microsoft Revamps Certifications toward Cloud Computing

Microsoft certification
Microsoft is in the process of transforming its certification program to address the increasing role of cloud computing in IT and development. Is Microsoft coming late to the cloud party? Share your thoughts in the comments below.  The changes focus more on the skills of system planning and design, rather than implementation and operations. Don Field, Microsoft’s senior director of product management, said the changes “will help hiring managers find people who have the skills they expect in their IT… continue…

Kansas City Tech Workers to Get Job Training, Placement

Kansas City
Two Kansas City community colleges and the Workforce Partnership in Kansas will split a $5 million federal grant to train tech workers for jobs often filled by foreigners. Within two months, the Workforce Partnership says it will begin recruiting “high potential” IT professionals and matching them with employers and community colleges, with most of its share of the grant going to job training. The partnership, along with the Full Employment Council, will also encourage local employers to hire workers who need… continue…

Epic’s EMR Tools, Skills Gain Traction in Health IT

Epic Systems App
Epic System’s Electronic Medical Records products have become increasingly popular among healthcare practitioners looking to convert from paper to digital environments, according to InformationWeek. “Of all the vendors in the EHR/EMR space, the one we kept hearing the most about from our many hospital and health care systems customers and prospects is Epic Systems,” said David Foote, co-founder, CEO and chief research officer of Foote Partners. “Epic is by no means the largest vendor, but it seems to have a… continue…

Why You Shouldn’t Expect a Company to Train You

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Job Training
Managers aren’t going to hire you if you don’t show a passion for a job’s core skills. That means that if the position entails developing data processes and programs with Python, you need to know at least the language’s basics. If you’re applying for a UX position and have never created wireframes, don’t be surprised if you don’t get even a phone interview. How would you convince a manager to hire you without his preferred skills? Tell us by posting… continue…

Ruby on Rails Course Goes Open Source

Classroom
  A popular six-week Ruby on Rails course taught at New York’s General Assembly last year is now available online. Is $2800 too much to pay for a Ruby on Rails class? Post your thoughts below.  Daniel Doubrovkine, head of engineering at Artsy.net,  posted the curriculum on Github and licensed it under Creative Commons. The class summary: We start by introducing students to the Ruby development environment and show elementary Ruby code. Students also learn how to use Git and exercise the development workflow… continue…