Certifications

Microsoft Revamps Certifications toward Cloud Computing

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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

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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

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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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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

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  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…

Cincinnati Needs Tech Pros… Badly

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Cincinnati suffers from chronically high unemployment, yet hundreds of open tech jobs go unfilled for months, or longer, according to Cincinnati.com. This reflects an ongoing national trend as the U.S. labor pool shifts to address the increasing demand for tech professionals in business. Tech jobs in Ohio pay well. Last January, nearly 2,100 tech jobs were advertised in online and help wanted ads, according to data compiled by Cincinnati.com from the 2018 Ohio Job Outlook Employment Projections report. The department says that… continue…

Software Engineer Training in Just 18 Weeks

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Software engineering takes some time to learn, given its complexities, but a new 18 week program is hoping to kick start software engineering careers in Detroit. The Wayne County Community College District in Harper Woods, Mich., has teamed up with Indian IT consultancy Infosys to offer an 18-week program to produce more software engineers for the Detroit region. Infosys tested the program already to train 14,000 entry-level software engineers in Mysore, India.  This will be the program’s debut in the United… continue…

IT Salaries May Finally Edge Up in 2012

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Wages for IT professionals remained fairly flat during 2011, as total compensation edged back toward January 2008 levels. Perhaps annual raises and bonuses will be bigger this year, if Janco Associates Inc. is correct in its prediction that outsourcing has peaked, and companies are looking for efficiencies instead of cheap labor by bringing IT jobs back onshore. Indeed, The Federal Reserve Board also reported wage gains for IT workers in its January Beige Book. The Beige Book is a collection… continue…

Congress Eyes IT Overtime, Predictions for 2012

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DICETV UPDATE: Congress is thinking about cutting overtime for more of us… CompTIA’s predictions for 2012… And more evidence that techs have to be… more than techs. All on this week’s Update. Congress is considering a bill that would eliminate overtime for more IT workers. The legislation seeks to expand the class of workers exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires workers be paid time and a half if they work more than 40 hours a week. The… continue…

Facebook’s Hiring; Business Savvy Trumps Certifications

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DICE NEWS ROUNDUP IT Business Savvy Is More Important Than Certifications: IT skill certifications don’t hold the same value as they did in flusher economic times, says a report from IT employment and consulting firm Foote Partners. There has been a flattening of salaries between workers who have IT certifications and those who don’t. In its third-quarter IT Skills and Certification Pay Index report, Foote finds that 13 percent of noncertified skills got an increase in pay premiums over the… continue…