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All You Need to Know About PMP Exam 2015/2016 Update

Have you heard that PMP (Project Management Professional), the world’s most coveted project management certification, is undergoing considerable updates? The Project Management Institute will launch the new PMP exam on January 11, 2016. And you have exactly before this date to prepare for the current PMP exam version. Or, perhaps it’s time to prepare for the new PMP exam, especially since the new PMP exam outline is already available and can be found here?

Why the update?

Every few years, the PMI conducts the RDS, or Role Designation Study, to see how the roles have changed, and to update certifications in order to keep them relevant to the current project management landscape. The last time PMP certification got such an overhaul was in 2011, so obviously, it was time to conduct the RDS this year.

The research has resulted in significant changes to the exam. These changes mainly reflect how the role of the project manager has evolved over the past 4 years. When it comes to the approach of this project management certification, the key changes include:

  • Emphasis on business strategy and benefits realization – since project managers get involved in projects earlier than they used to be in the past, and have to focus on project development and project benefits, and not just project deliverables.
  • Value of lessons learned – lessons learned throughout the entire lifecycle of the project, rather than lessons learned from previous projects on the initiation stage and lessons learned during this particular projects which are looked into during the closing stage.
  • Project charter responsibility –much project manager isn’t the only one responsible for project charter: creating and approving the project charter is also responsibility of the project sponsor. Project Manager contributes to its development, but is no longer the only person responsible for the project charter.
  • Enhancing stakeholder relationships – increased emphasis on relationships and engagement with stakeholders to ensure the utmost efficiency of the project team.

When it comes to exam itself, the new PMP exam outline has the same domains, however, their percentage/weight (how many questions related to each topic are included in the exam) has changed. So expect different number of questions per domain.

New PMP Exam Domains:

  • Initiating the project: 13%
  • Planning: 24%
  • Executing the project: 31%
  • Monitoring and controlling 25%
  • Closing the project 7%

According to PMI, each topic includes a list of tasks a project manager faces. Questions correspond to these tasks. This year, PMI adds 8 entirely new tasks to its PMP exam. Here’s a quick cheat table on what you should pay special attention to in the blueprint:

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So what does this change mean for you as a PMP candidate? With the new PMP exam, you will be facing 25% of new content focusing on 8 new tasks. There will also be a sufficient percentage of updated/new questions on topic that were already on the exam. According to PMI, the PMP exam is undergoing sufficient overhaul, and soon we will see what this is all about.

What remains the same? The new PMP certification exam will have the same eligibility requirements and the same structure. It will consist of 200 scenario-based multiple choice questions. You will get an immediate pass/fail result once you finish your exam.

PMI’s PMP certification is considered to be the best paid project management credential in the world. So if you think that you’ve got what it takes to achieve this certification and reap rewards associated with it, you should start your PMP preparation now. Visit PMI’s website for further info.

Just In: Avaya Engagement Solutions Integration

Fall is the season when learning resumes. So naturally, this is the season when certification exam providers update their offerings, release new exams and upgrade their certification programs. This fall, Avaya is no exception.

Avaya provides multi-channel business communication solutions for customer and team engagement. Avaya currently services more than 95% of the Fortune 500 organizations at over 1 million customer locations worldwide, so apparently its certification program is worth some attention.

This fall, Avaya updates its services credentials, ACIS and ACSS, to make them more relevant to today’s business landscape. Both of these credentials have been updated to reflect the new Avaya curriculum.

Avaya Engagement Solutions Integration and Support curriculum offers enable Avaya Associates and Business Partners to integrate, maintain and troubleshoot multi-product architectures.  Avaya Customers are further enabled to fully engage Avaya Solution capabilities and features. Curriculum content builds upon real-life Customer Use Cases and is co-authored by Avaya Professional Services, Avaya Global Support Services and Avaya Learning. Individuals who complete the curriculum benefit by getting to the heart of Integration and Support topics more quickly and understand the interaction within the multi -architecture. While more information about Avaya courses, including detailed blueprints is still in the works, here’s the schedule you need to know about:

avaya schedule
Additional  details  of  the Avaya  Professional  Credential  Program transition  plan  will  be  released  in  several phases  between  now  and  through  calendar  year  2016.  Each  phase  of  the  newly  released  Solution  Based Certification – changes,  impacts,  opportunities  and  requirements – will  be  clearly  communicated  through standard Avaya channels, emails, and newsletters. So, as they say, stay tuned for updates!

What’s in each of these packages?

Each ACIS curriculum for solution integration begins with fundamental knowledge about the products  within the solution and their administration. It is then followed by the integration of core products and architectures. The addition of more products completes the advanced architectures. Each ACSS curriculum for troubleshooting and maintenance begins with learning about the G8 methodology (industry standard Eight Disciplines of Problem Solving) as it applies to the solution. This is followed by the identification of problems within the core architectures, up to identifying multiple problems in advanced architectures. Curriculum offerings are module based and release first with Instructor Led Training Offers, followed by Virtual Campus Offerings. Using an optional blended learning approach: Web-based training, Virtual classroom, Instructor Led classes, and Boot Camps are also included. The curriculum culminates with a Solution based proctored certification exam at the end. In addition to the proctored exam, Online Tests aligned with individual courseware are also required to earn the solution certification.

So yes, you need to start your exam preparation by signing up for Avaya courses – which is a pretty educational and useful deal. And once you’re getting closer to your exam, be sure to check out ExamCollection for latest Avaya exam dumps.

Adobe Certified Expert: One of the Top Developers’ Certs

adobe, certifications, web development certifications, exam,For years, it was believed that as a developed you do not need to be certified. After all, developers have it easier than networking professionals: they don’t need a credential to prove their skills as they have their portfolio instead. Yet, as IT industry gets more advanced and job competition grows more fierce, certifications for web developers tend to gain more weight. So now even talented developers should consider adding a formal credential to their resume and star-worthy portfolio.

Recently, a popular IT learning website, Tom’s IT Pro has published its selection of top web certifications for 2015 . What do we see here? According to the website, web developers will be best off if they pick one of the following certifications:

  1. ACE: Adobe Certified Expert
  2. MTA & MCSD: Microsoft Developer Certifications
  3. Zend Certified Engineer PHP
  4. Mark Lassoff’s Certified Web Developer
  5. W3Schools Web Certifications: HTML, CSS, JavaScript & More

As it’s easy to notice, there are only two widely accepted brand names that ring bells to a wider audience: Adobe and Microsoft. Does this mean that the remaining certifications are bad? Not at all. They all have their scope and smart blueprints, so they might be a great way to step up your web development skills. Yet, if it comes to getting your job application past screening, grabbing the hiring manager’s attention and securing the interview, then it makes a lot more sense to go with a big brand name, either Microsoft of Adobe.

Let’s take a close look at the ACE: Adobe Certified Expert credential.

ACE: Adobe Certified Expert

Adobe is the leader in software development, especially for graphics, design, publishing, video and interactive web development tools. The company’s new Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) certification covers a broad range of interactive and online content areas. You have an option of certifying on a single Adobe product, such as Dreamweaver, or achieve an ACE Specialist or Master certification, which would validate your competency in a few Adobe solutions.

The ACE Specialist tracks include Web Specialist, Design Specialist, Video Specialist, Rich Internet Application Specialist, Technical Communication Specialist and eLearning Suite Specialist. Each track has two or three required exams and candidate choose an elective exam.

The ACE Master tracks are CS Design Master, CS Web Master and CS Video Master (CS stands for Creative Suite). Candidates must pass the current exam for each product in the suite.

Adobe Specialist credentials:

  • Design Specialist
  • Web Specialist
  • Video Specialist
  • Rich Internet Application Specialist
  • Technical Communication Specialist
  • eLearning Suite Specialist

Adobe Master credentials:

  • CS Design Master
  • CS Web Master
  • CS Video Master

The great thing about Adobe’s exams is their reasonable pricing, especially compared to some other certification tests. Taking an initial Adobe certification exam will cost you $, and recertification is only $60. All Adobe credentials are valid for 2 years. Adobe also offers numerous resources for all of its exams, and the more popular elements of its exam portfolio are pretty well supported with aftermarket books, and information sources. Planning to take an Adobe exam? Visit ExamCollection for latest braindumps.

JUST UPDATED: HP’s Big Data Sales Cert

exam updates, hp sales, it certification, big data, solutionsHP is known for its sales certifications. This iconic company knows that creating a great product is not enough: you need to teach salespeople to market it and seal the deals. And what’s a more iconic solution and popular buzzword today in tech than big data? Combine these two factors, and you get the latest HP certification update: the 2016 version of HP Sales Certified – Vertica Big Data Platform credential.

This certification tests your skills and demonstrates that a successful credential holder can position the HP Vertica Big Data Platform appropriately in response to customer needs. It validates your understanding of business drivers and customer pain points, knowledge of analyst reports and case studies, as well as the ability to articulate the business value of HP Big Data solutions. This HP certification also teaches flexible sales approach and the ability to overcome objections.

This certification primarily targets sales representatives seeking opportunities in the Big Data market. To achieve this certification, candidates need to take and pass HP2-N63 exam.

Exam objectives are as follows:

Explain HP Vertica Big Data Platform value proposition and product messaging in the Big Data market

  • Describe the different types of data stored by Big Data solutions.
  • Describe Vertica Big Data Platform value proposition and key differentiators.

Demonstrate awareness of Vertica Big Data Platform competitors in the Big Data market

  • Differentiate Vertica Big Data Platform from legacy data warehousing and analytics technologies.
  • Differentiate Vertica Big Data Platform from other Big Data solutions.
  • Describe Vertica Big Data Platform positioning with respect to Hadoop.

Understand Vertica Big Data Platform buyers and decision makers

  • Explain how to position Vertica Big Data Platform with different decision makers in an opportunity.

HP Vertica Big Data Platform Use Cases

  • Identify typical business applications that are appropriate candidates for Vertica Big Data Platform implementation.

Big Data Market Glossary

  • Describe relevant terminology and concepts used in the Big Data market.

Still unclear on what the term Big Data actually means?

Big data is a broad term for data sets so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. Challenges include analysis, capture, data curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, and information privacy. The term often refers simply to the use of predictive analytics or other certain advanced methods to extract value from data, and seldom to a particular size of data set. Accuracy in big data may lead to more confident decision making. And better decisions can mean greater operational efficiency, cost reduction and reduced risk. Vertica Big Data Platform is HP’s big data solution, popular with businesses and enterprises worldwide.

(ISC)² CCSP Exam: What You Need to Know

isc, information, it security cloud security, cloud services, cloud application security, exam, it certification, This spring, we told you about the new cloud security certification from (ISC)²: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) Cert. Now ExamCollection brings you more details about the CCSP exam.

(ISC)² CCSP certification was launched this summer to address multiple information security concerns that come up as more and more organizations take their IT to the cloud. (ISC)² and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) have developed a cloud security credential that defines the qualifications and experience level necessary to secure cloud services. The Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSPSM) validates that professionals have met the highest standard for cloud security expertise, so they can benefit from the power of cloud computing while keeping sensitive data secure.

CCSP is a global credential born from the expertise of the two industry-leading stewards of information systems and cloud computing security, (ISC)² and CSA. The CCSP credential is appropriate and applicable to cloud security in a global environment. This is especially important given the legal, regulatory and compliance concerns that come with multi-jurisdictional housing of personally identifiable information (PII).

For those who qualify, the CCSP exam will test their competence in the six CCSP domains of the (ISC)² Common Body of Knowledge (CBK), which cover:

  • Architectural Concepts & Design Requirements
  • Cloud Data Security
  • Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security
  • Cloud Application Security
  • Operations
  • Legal & Compliance

Compared to May, we now have more information about the CCSP exam.

To achieve the credential, candidates need to pass a 4-hour long exam which consists of 125 multiple-choice questions. The passing score for the CCSP exam is 700 out of 1000 points, or 70%. The exam is available through Pearson Vue Testing Centers, and the pricing is available here . Full CCSP exam outline can be downloaded here.

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GIAC GSEC: Another Great Security Certification

it certification, giac, giac gsec, giac security essentialsit certification, giac, giac gsec, giac security essentialsThis week, we continue looking into notable security certifications, especially those that are sometimes overlooked and do not get the attention they deserve. As we explored the ISACA CISM credential last week, there is another certification, the GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC).

The GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) is an entry-level credential which has been specially designed for professionals seeking to demonstrate that they not only understand information security terminology and concepts, but also possess the skills and technical expertise necessary for “hands-on” security roles.

Holders of the GSEC demonstrate knowledge and technical skills in areas such as Wi-Fi protocols, identifying and preventing common and wireless attacks, network mapping, public switched telephony networks, access controls, authentication, password management, DNS, cryptography fundamentals, ICMP, IPv6, public key infrastructure, Linux, network mapping, network protocols and much more.

To achieve the GSEC credential, candidates need to pass the GIAC Security Essentials exam. The most notable thing about this exam is its price: $1,099. It is significantly pricier than Security+ or other exams of this level. Plus, you would need to invest time and money into your exam preparation. But is the GSEC certification really worth it?

First of all, this is a solid exam – please click here to access GSEC blueprint and objectives. It helps you stand out from the crowd as you apply for security positions, as opposed to the most candidates who only hold the Security+ credential. So, after all, the decision is yours, but as more and more candidates choose GIAC CSEC as their go-to entry level security certification, there’s a lot to think about.

What is GIAC?

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) is an information security certification entity that specializes in technical and practical certification as well as new research in the form of its GIAC Gold program. SANS Institute founded the certification entity in 1999 and the term GIAC is trademarked by The Escal Institute of Advanced Technologies.

GIAC provides a set of vendor-neutral computer security certifications linked to the training courses provided by the SANS. GIAC is specific to the leading edge technological advancement of IT security in order to keep ahead of “black hat” techniques. Papers written by individuals pursuing GIAC certifications are presented at the SANS Reading Room on GIAC’s website.

Initially all SANS GIAC certifications required a written paper or “practical” on a specific area of the certification in order to achieve the certification. In April 2005, the SANS organization changed the format of the certification by breaking it into two separate levels. The “silver” level certification is achieved upon completion of a multiple choice exam. The “gold” level certification can be obtained by completing research paper and has the silver level as a prerequisite.

ISACA CISM: One of World’s Best Security Credentials

 it security, isaca, cism, it certification, examWhen it comes to security certifications, most of us think about CompTIA Security+, CEH, CCNP SEcurity, and CISSP, right? Yet, there are more awesome security credentials that can help you stand out from other candidates during your next job search. ISACA’s CISM (The Certified Information Security Manager) is one of them

But First, What is ISACA?

In case you’re wondering, ISACA stands for Information Systems Audit and Control Association. This is an international professional association focused on IT Governance. The organization was created in the United States back in 1967. That year, a group of individuals working on auditing controls in computer systems started to become increasingly critical of the operations of their organizations. They identified a need for a centralized source of information and guidance in the field. In 1976 the association formed an education foundation to undertake large-scale research efforts to expand the knowledge of and value accorded to the fields of governance and control of information technology. The association became the Information Systems Audit and Control Association in 1994.

ISACA specifically targets IT professionals interested in the highest quality standards with respect to audit, control and security of information systems. The CISM certification holders demonstrate in-depth skills in security risk management, program development and management, governance, and incident management and response.

The CISM Credential and Certification Process

The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is ISACA’s flagship credential. This is a top certification for IT professionals involved in managing, developing and overseeing information security systems in enterprise-level applications, or who work on developing best organizational security practices. The CISM credential was introduced to security professionals in 2003 and has remained in high demand ever since.

Developed with experienced security professionals in mind, CISM certification sets new standards for IT security. To achieve this credential, candidates must agree to ISACA’s Code of Professional Ethics and pass a challenging certification exam. Furthermore, they are required to have a minimum of five years of proven security experience, comply with the Continuing Education Policy and submit a written application. Please note that some combinations of education and experience may be substituted to meet the experience requirement – check ISACA website for more information on this.

CISM Certification Prerequisites. To obtain the CISM credential, you must:

  • Pass the CISM exam.
  • Agree to the ISACA Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Possess a minimum of five years of information security work experience, including at least three years of work experience in information security management in three or more of the job practice analysis areas. Experience must be verifiable and obtained in the preceding 10-year period prior to the application date or within five years after passing the exam. There are some exceptions to this requirement depending on current credentials held.
  • Submit an application for CISM certification (processing fee is $50.) Credential must be obtained within five years of passing the exam.
  • Agree to the CISM Continuing Education Policy.

CISM Exam Cost

ISACA members who register early pay $440 for the exam; non-members pay $625 for early registration. Regular registration fee for members is $490 and for non-members is $675. The CISM credential is valid for three years, and credential holders must pay an annual maintenance fee of $45 (ISACA members) or $85 (non-members). Credential holders are also required to obtain a minimum of 120 continuing professional education (CPE) credits over the three-year term to maintain the credential. At least 20 CPEs must be earned every year.

ISACA Certification Program

In addition to the CISM, ISACA offers numerous other certifications for those interested in information security and best practices. Other credentials worth considering include:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – for professionals working with information systems auditing, control or security.
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) – targets IT professionals working in enterprise IT management, governance, strategic alignment, value delivery and risk, resource and performance management.
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control certification (CRISC) – IT professionals seeking careers in all aspects of risk management

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What You Need to Know About Six Sigma & Lean Six Sigma

What is Six Sigma

lean six sigma, methodology, it training, it certificationThere is a number of misconceptions about Six Sigma. To clarify them, Six Sigma can be defined as simply a method of efficiently solving a problem. Using Six Sigma reduces the amount of defective products manufactured or services provided, resulting in increased revenue and greater customer satisfaction. Originally developed for manufacturing industry, the methodology of Six Sigma is now popular with insurance companies, financial service providers, healthcare providers and other organizations to which customer satisfaction is a priority.

Six Sigma is named after a statistical concept, therefore one needs at least some background in statistics to fully appreciate it. To put it simply, imagine a situation where a process only produces 3.4 defects per million opportunities (DPMO). Six Sigma can therefore be also thought of as a goal, where processes not only encounter less defects, but do so consistently (low variability).

Although Six Sigma was originally developed for large manufacturers, this methodology is now successfully applied by small and medium businesses (SMBs). In fact, Six Sigma processes and toolkit is easier to implement in a smaller organization, and since an SMB usually has shorter process time cycle, the effect of Six Sigma implementation can be seen earlier.

No matter what size and industry an organization/business is, the benefits of implementing Six Sigma are infinite: Six Sigma increases revenue and reduces costs, while freeing up resources that can be applied toward other profit-boosting projects.

Is Lean Six Sigma the same as Six Sigma? No, these are related yet different methodologies.

Lean Six Sigma is a methodology that combines Six Sigma with Lean Speed methodology and was originally published in 2002, in a book by Michael George and Robert Lawrence Jr. In its core approach, Lean Six Sigma prioritizes collaborative team effort to boost performance by systematically removing what is called ‘waste’: unnecessary/inefficient actions and other challenges that hamper the process.

By combining the principles of lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, this methodology recognizes 8 types of waste (also referred to as muda):

•    Defects
•    Overproduction
•    Waiting
•    Non-utilized talent
•    Transportation
•    Inventory
•    Motion
•    Extra-processing (downtime)

What Does a Lean Six Sigma Project Look Like?

Lean Six Sigma projects are essentially a combination the Lean’s waste elimination approach and the Six Sigma focus on quality characteristics and improvement of process outcomes. Lean Six Sigma employs the DMAIC toolkit, which combines the entire set of the Lean and Six Sigma tools. Basically, Lean Six Sigma methodology takes the best from both worlds.

Lean Six Sigma Training and Certification

Just like with Six Sigma, the training for Lean Six Sigma is based on the belt system. The levels of expertise are: white belts, yellow belts, green belts, black belts and master black belts. This logic is similar to karate and other martial arts where the black belt is the highest level of expertise and mastery.

For each of these belt levels skill sets are available that describe which of the overall Lean Six Sigma tools are expected to be part at a certain Belt level. These skill sets provide a detailed description of the learning elements that a participant will have acquired after completing a training program. The level upon which these learning elements may be applied is also clearly outlined, which reflects the responsibilities and requirements for each belt within a sigma project.

Lean Six Sigma certification process does not rely on a centralized certification body. These certifications are conducted by both independent providers and employers for their staff.

Although implementing a Lean Six Sigma methodology within an organization usually takes a few years and sufficient investments including time, as well as financial resources, this step is usually worth it. According to proponents of Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma, implementing this methodology and switching to Lean Six Sigma toolkit helps companies cut their costs by 50%, which makes a huge difference – whether it is a big manufacturing facility or a SMB (small or medium business).

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