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Demand for IT staff 'at all-time high
According to the latest Technology Insights research report from e-skills UK, employment in this expanding sector is expected to grow at almost twice the average recorded in the country.
Individuals are needed to fill brand new positions and those leaving the industry, with the highest upturns forecast in high-skill areas including software professionals and ICT managers, as well as IT strategy and planning staff.
Microsoft has confirmed it has bought the office social network site Yammer for $1.2bn
The business, which is four years old and has five million users, operates like Facebook for communication within companies.
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LPI Certification Testing Moving to Single Vendor
Effective July 1, 2012, Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exams will be delivered exclusively with Pearson VUE. The LPI program offers a comprehensive series of examinations with which to demonstrate competency in various aspects of the Linux operating system. The LPI program is vendor-neutral and covers versions of Linux from many different sources.
- June 30, 2012 Last day to register for an exam at a Prometric Test Center
- June 30, 2012 Last day to take an exam at a Prometric Test Center
- July 3, 2012 First day candidates are able to use a Prometric voucher with Pearson VUE
ISACA's CISM, CRISC Among Highest-Paying IT Certifications
ISACAs Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials have been named two of the highest-paying IT certifications in the latest Foote Partners IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index (ITSCPI). The recognition shows that employers are investing in professionals with specific IT skill sets that demonstrate the knowledge and expertise to address current and emerging challenges such as cloud computing and big data.
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Skype launches in-call ads
In the kind of emetic doubletalk that can only be produced by highly-trained university professionals, Skype has justified its launch of in-call advertising by saying the move will let people “have meaningful conversations about brands in a highly engaging environment”.
Admittedly, it’s proven devilishly difficult over the years to turn the popular free-but-proprietary-VoIP platform into a river of gold: first, its founders only struck a paying vein by selling to eBay, and now Microsoft is having a shot at “monetizing” Skpe.
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StarWind High Availability SAN Software Is Free to VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix Certified Professionals
StarWind Software Inc., an innovative provider of iSCSI SAN software and VM backup technology, announced today that the company offers free license keys of its best-of-breed High Availability SAN solutions to VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Instructors (VCI), Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP), Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT), Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP), and Citrix Certified Instructors (CCI). The not-for-resale (NFR) license keys are available for non-production use, including: course development, training, lab testing, evaluation, and demonstration purposes. The offer includes such solutions as StarWind iSCSI SAN and StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V both enhanced with a powerful VM Back-up Plug-in.
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New HP Server Solutions Architect
Hp have released a new Server Solutions Architect certification,the certification focuses on the new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen server systems and HP Integrity. Upgrade paths from APC - HP Integrity Servers  and from APC - HP ProLiant Server Solutions  certifications are also available.
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MCSD Reinvented for the Cloud
Microsoft has reinvented the MCSD for the cloud and the future of the applications marketplace. The MCSD addresses new skills and a broader audience, including next generation of developers who thrive on leading edge technology.
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