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In mid-September, IBM sent an interesting but also threatening e-mail to a number of employees in its Global Technology Services division, the arm of the company responsible for providing consulting and technology services to its biggest and most important customers. Observing that its recipients "have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements," those same recipients were ordered into a one-day-a-week training program for 23 weeks (almost half a year). During that training interval, their pay would also be docked by 10 percent, perhaps splitting the difference with those employees of the 20 percent loss in productivity that would therefore ensue. What does this decision have to tell us, and those currently playing the IT game as professionals?
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For certification candidates pursuing exams, particularly those who take the self-study route to exam preparation, I strongly recommend assembling a battery of preparation materials to get ready for the test (or tests) that usually come near the conclusion of the certification process. That includes books, practice tests, simulators (where applicable) and more. Often, cert candidates must research these items on a one-off basis, which can be time-consuming and sometimes even frustrating. Pearson makes this easy for certain exams with a variety of bundled products for exam prep, and even offers substantial discounts on those bundles from time to time.
In cruising over PearsonITCertification.com (PITC) this morning, I couldn't help but notice a grand collection of VMware exam profiles available to readers, with five recent entries posted over the past 10 months. Almost anybody considering a VMware exam is likely to find this material useful, as the exam profiles provide an overview of the technical content and level of difficulty of the exams they cover.