Thursday, October 27, 2011

CompTIA Strata Certification Training Course

CompTIA's Strata certification program offers fundamental to advanced certificates that validate a wide range of subjects in information technology (IT). Students and professionals holding a Strata certificate demonstrate that they have the knowledge required to enter and excel in IT and technology-related fields. Strata exams validate knowledge in several IT subjects, including Green IT, Technical Sales and PC concepts.
The CompTIA Strata IT for Sales exam is designed to show that the successful candidate has the knowledge to effectively engage a customer, identify types of technology users, coordinate with technical staff, ensure customer satisfaction, and provide appropriate solutions based on customer requirements - including Green IT and preventative maintenance.
The Strata IT for Sales certificate is ideal for students or individuals entering a sales career as well as seasoned sales professionals new to selling technology products and solutions.
CompTIA's Strata Green IT certificate is designed to enhance an IT professional's experience, knowledge, and existing IT credentials to incorporate emerging technologies shaping the global green IT industry today. IT professionals that pass the Green IT exam validate that they have the aptitude needed to effectively implement and measure green IT programs and investments, including:
- A specialized knowledge of current IT methodologies
- The ability to develop, deploy, and calculate true ROI for green IT initiatives
- Knowledge of cost-cutting power management and IT virtualization techniques
- Proven understanding of environmentally-sound waste disposal
- An awareness of global organizations mandating standards and regulations
The Strata Green IT certificate is ideal for IT professionals who have decision making authority over a company's IT infrastructure or work in implementing green IT initiatives such as an IT manager, data center or facilities / operations manager, IT technician, and system or network administrator.

CompTIA Strata Course Curriculum.

Course Overview

What is CompTIA Strata
The Visual PC and How it Works
Visual PC Overview and Motherboard Component Identification
Individual Component Identification and Lap Tops
Component Identification Exam
The Logical Flow Of Data
The Operating System
Functions Of the Operating System
Windows Basic Training
Windows Desktop and My Computer
Configuring Appearance and Selecting Files and Folders
Control Panel, Accessibility Options, System Applet
Backing UP and Backing UP
Back up Solutions and Policies
Types of Printers
Laser Printers and The Printer Interface
Video and Audio
Types of Monitors
Video Cards and Sound Cards
The CPU and RAM
CPU Central Processing Unit
RAM Random Access Memory
Storage Devices
OSI Model
Network Hardware
Network Software
IPV4 and IPV6
Green IT
Electrical Safety and green IT
Disposal of Computer Equipment
IT Sales
Ethics and The Sales Process
Sales Terminology,Finding Customers and Customer Commitment
Course Outro
More details to come shortly

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hot IT Jobs New IT Jobs

Are you interested in an IT job? Are you looking for something fresh and exciting? There is no better time than now to be in the job market.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, IT positions have seen a month over month increase since January 2011. In short, this means that new positions are being created on a regular basis.

Below are three of the hottest new jobs in the IT sector:

Business Architect

Remember the days when IT was separated from business? That trend has come and gone. In today’s world, companies realize that technology is an important part of achieving results.

To help bring together IT and business, a new position has emerged – business architect.

As a business architect you will report to the CEO or another high level manager. Your job is to choose and implement technology that will best suit the company. In short, you will “mesh” your business and IT skills – imagine an MBA student with an IT concentration.

Social Media Architect

From small businesses to large corporations, social media has never been more popular. As social media continues to grow, companies need a dedicated professional to harness the power.

In addition to well known social media websites, such as Twitter and Facebook, there are other aspects to consider. For example, many companies have begun to offer social medial tools to help others spread the word about their organization.

Social media architects are often times referred to as “social media managers” and “social media strategists.” Regardless, those in this role are responsible for focusing on all social media efforts.

Mobile Technology Expert

The IT world has been turned upside down by mobile technology. From mobile apps to mobile strategies to security, those in this field have their hands full.

Companies with a mobile technology expert on hand are finding it easier to adapt and change with the times.

Organizations that are serious about developing mobile technology or making it simple for employees to take advantage of this trend have found that hiring a mobile technology is a must.

These individuals are hired for a variety of tasks including but not limited to: implementing mobile technology, developing mobile apps, and troubleshooting mobile related issues.

In the months to come, IT professionals can expect to see an increased interest in these positions. If your skills match one of the opportunities above, now may be the time to change career paths.

If you are looking to change careers make sure you check out the IT certifications offered by Training Planet. They are the perfect compliment to real world experience and traditional education!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Value of Certifications - Testimonial quotes

"Certifications like CompTIA A+ are a very good way of ensuring everyone reaches a common level of understanding. It allows us to set a course benchmark from which everyone can proceed with their learning."

 "These qualifications have already helped me do my job more effectively. Weekly IT review meetings used to be a real challenge for me, but now I have the confidence to talk with authority and provide suggestions backed up with real technical understanding."

 "At the end of the day, it all boils down to certification being an internationally recognized credential. If you can put that on your resume, you'll have a competitive advantage over another individual who doesn't have it."

 "If they haven't completed the CompTIA A+ certification, I don't think they have that base knowledge."

 "Passing the exam made it possible for me to earn 17 college credits. That enabled me to take advanced courses in college much sooner, which reduced the time it took to graduate by one and a half semesters. I saved over $3,000 in tuition and books."

 "Having certifications under my belt made all the difference - I beat people with 10-15 years experience."

 "I like designing ways to let the right people in and keep the wrong people out. The work now is very different than when I started; it's a lot more about server security than safes and CCTV. But with CompTIA A+ behind me, I know I've got the skills and employers can see that too."

 "My students were beating four-year college students for jobs. The big question was why. I started contacting companies and found out that certification carried a lot of weight."

 "Certification was very heavily emphasized for the whole organization. It was required to maintain employment and to move up the career ladder."