Friday, 24 October 2014

Predicting the Next CompTIA A+ Exam

inevitably, CompTIA A+ Certification, the vendor-neutral certification for entry-level computer technicians, has always provided a rear-view-mirror image of computer and network technology. It takes time to determine which operating systems, products, and procedures are necessary for technicians to learn and master, and which ones are doomed to become Jeopardy questions (“Tech Fads for $200, Alex”), such as Microsoft BOB or CueCat. With the next iteration of the CompTIA A+ Certification exams expected in late 2015 or early 2016, it’s anyone’s guess what the exams will look for. However, it’s a useful exercise, so here goes.

What Should Be Added?

 In the next generation of exams, I hope to see the following. Let’s start with an easy one:
Coverage of Windows 8.1 or possibly Windows “Threshold”/9 
Windows 8.1’s PC Settings menus can be used to configure many (but not all) of the operating systems’s settings.  

 Windows 8/8.1 present new challenges for tech support, and even though you can still use the Control Panel, anyone working the Help Desk for Windows 8/8.1 has to handle a lot of questions that revolve around the Start screen and its system management features.

Will Windows 9 make the cut? If it is released in the spring of 2015 as expected, there might be enough time. Otherwise, I’d expect it to show up in a refresh of the next exam, much as Windows 7 content was added in a refresh of the 220-701/702 exams a few years ago.

Now, let’s kick it up a notch:
Coverage of Bootable CDs for Troubleshooting
 Bypassing an infected operating system with a rescue CD is an important skill that deserves to be covered in the next release of CompTIA A+ Certification exams.

With malware infections capable of preventing computer access to the Internet and installed anti-malware apps, techs frequently need to create and use boot CDs or DVDs that can be used for malware removal, file copying, and disk partitioning. With the number of vendors on the market, it might make the most sense to cover basic features and generalized usage rather than specific step-by-step procedures.
Hands-on Virtualization 
Creating a virtual machine (VM) using Oracle VM VirtualBox 

  Virtualization is barely touched upon in the current generation of CompTIA A+ Certification objectives. However, whether a tech is working a help desk, testing apps, or testing an operating system, understanding the basic process of setting up a virtualization environment and installing an OS and common apps in a virtual machine is increasingly important. I think it’s time to add to this topic.

Beyond Printing – Scan, Fax, and Copy Features of Multifunction 

The current CompTIA A+ Certification exams ignore multifunction device functions other than printing. 
 Although multifunction devices (print, scan, copy, fax) devices are much more common than print-only devices, the current CompTIA A+ Certification Printing domain ignores these other features. It’s time to expect certification candidates to have a basic grasp of scanning and copying resolutions and how to set up fax services.

Cross-Platform Networking 
Selecting a Wi-Fi network with an Android smartphone

The current Networking domain has a strong hardware component, but needs more depth in configuration issues, especially given the greater popularity of MacOS, Android, and iOS devices on SOHO and corporate networks. The exams need objectives covering networks supporting multiple OSes, including basic setup, file sharing, and device sharing. 

Missing Objectives in Mobile Devices 

With the proliferation of mobile devices in corporations, expect to see more iOS content in the next CompTIA A+ Certification exams 

 Mobile devices occupy an entire domain in the current tests. Unfortunately, the current test objectives miss two of the most significant issues with mobile devices: BYOD (“bring your own device”) security and mobile device troubleshooting. With tablets starting to outsell laptops and the laptop market splitting into three parts (iOS, Android, and Windows 8.x/9), the mobile device domain badly needs a makeover.

So, those are my nominees for new and improved coverage. Is it time to cut anything loose?
Now Departing…? 
Will Windows XP and Windows Vista continue to be covered in the next release of CompTIA A+ Certification exams?  

 Although Windows XP is “officially” no longer supported by Microsoft, some large companies are continuing to pay for support for their vast fleets of XP-based desktop, laptop, and embedded systems. Windows XP is also the base OS for many financial institutions’ ATM machines. CompTIA has never been in a hurry to discontinue coverage of older operating systems, so I’m on the fence about this one. However, it’s probably safe to say that if XP makes the cut for the next test round, that test will probably be the last time XP appears.

What about Windows Vista? Usage-share stats from organizations such as Net Applications, StatCounter, and others show Windows Vista with usage of under 5%, so if CompTIA feels it’s necessary to cut loose an older OS, Vista is a clear candidate. 

 Now It’s Your Turn

CompTIA A+ Certification is designed to be the first step for IT careerists. What do you think should be on the next generation of tests? Like my suggestions? Think they’re crazy? Sound off in the comments.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

CompTIA Network+ Training - Network Media

This video on Network Media is from our CompTIA Network+ training series. It covers the types of cables and connectors you'll need to know for N10-004 Network+ exam, and as a field Network+ technician.

CompTIA CertMaster™ App Now Available through Spiceworks App Center

CompTIA IT Industry Trade Association, announced today that it is partnering with Spiceworks, the professional network for IT to expand access to CompTIA CertMaster ™, its online learning solution for computer skills.

A free CompTIA CertMaster app is available for customers CertMaster through the new App Center Spiceworks launched today at the annual conference technology Spiceworks' in Austin, Texas. The mobile application is available for free through Spiceworks Once users have registered with CompTIA
"We are pleased to partner with Spiceworks to make the app available to CompTIA CertMaster six million IT professionals around the world," said Thomas Reilly, vice president, CompTIA Learning. "Whether you are new to the world of work or a seasoned IT professional looking to expand their skillset, IT professionals can use CompTIA CertMaster to learn new information and reinforce what they already know."

CompTIA CertMaster is a solution of trust-based learning online that helps people learn and retain information more effectively. It combines the basic principles and research of brain science, neurobiology, and cognitive psychology and study the game to help the users to master - not only store - the material they need to learn and retain.

Each user CertMaster moves across the platform at their own pace, in a way that meets their unique learning style and prior knowledge. CertMaster constantly analyzes the answers and adjusts the learning process during the course. If more learning is necessary to reinforce knowledge, is made available to the user when it is necessary.

CertMaster users can move seamlessly between devices, form factors as they progress through the course, whether it be a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Course CompTIA CertMaster are available for CompTIA A +, Network +, Security + and Strata IT Fundamentals certification exams. Other courses for other certification exams will be added in the coming months.

About CompTIA

CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Total Seminars Unveil New A+ Certification Materials

LLC has been in the forefront of providing resources, training should include study books, practice tests and video seminars for people interested in working in the field of information technology. The basis of the company's products is the CompTIA A + certification, which has become the industry standard for IT certification entry level. Recently Total Seminars, LLC, under the aegis of the author of best-seller and company president Mike Meyers - launched the latest tools of study for CompTIA A + exams.

To obtain the A + certification, a student must pass two exams. The first covers the basics of the technology and information network, as well as installation and configuration of the computer. The second is more focused on the skills needed to install and configure PC operating systems and their common features. Each exam consists of a maximum of 90 multiple-choice questions and questions based on performance.

With the latest version of CompTIA A + exams, there is a full integration of the Windows 7 operating system and its common features and extended coverage of wireless networks. Office Small home office (SOHO ) , security issues are also explored in more depth,with emphasis added design and implementation of the computer for video editing , gaming , home theater , and aided design computer (CAD ) workstations work , among other features and components. In particular, there is a greater problem solving tools in the graphics and line control. Other processes include virtual computing and mobile devices with respect to their increasing role in the IT industry.

Students have three lead package selection test Total Seminars. At the basic level is the “CompTIA A + Certification Exam Guide”, which is simply Meyer’s bestseller - All - In-One Guide and CompTIA A + certification exam currently going for "Total Tester Practice Tests CompTIA A +" with the possibility of adding a CD. The total package Tester simulates the testing experience A + certification 100 questions and a time limit of 90 minutes.

Students can get “A + Certification Training Videos Mike Meyers ' “, a CD containing 218 episodes of training videos that have a term of more than 24 hours running. Founded in 1999 and part of a trade association CompTIA, LLC is a provider of study materials for your PC and network repair. The company was co - founded by the Network + certification and training. It is also known by the self-proclaimed "known as the highest authority in the field of CompTIA A + and for being the number one author of CompTIA All-in - A best- seller A + Certification Exam Guide.

Monday, 20 January 2014

CompTIA Annual Member Meeting Set for April 1-3 in San Diego

The annual gathering brings together hundreds of top executives from all corners of the IT industry for collaborative strategic planning and networking.

"We provide a neutral forum where industry leaders can discuss the hottest topics and biggest issues affecting the IT channel and develop actionable initiatives to help advance the industry,", senior vice president, events and education, CompTIA.

The meeting will include community forums on cloud computing, IT security, managed IT services, managed print services, mobility, women in IT and tech convergence.

"The boundary lines between technology products and solutions continue to blur, so this year we're encouraging attendees to step out of their comfort zones and explore technologies and trends they may not be as familiar with,"

Keynote Speaker Revealed

CompTIA also announced today that Todd Henry, author of Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day and The Accidental Creative, will lead an interactive keynote session at the Annual Member Meeting on Wednesday, April 2.

Henry, founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas, will speak on "Passion, Collaboration and Brilliant Work." He'll engage the audience in several thought-provoking activities, all designed to help them identify personal and organizational passion areas and create a framework for applying them in a highly collaborative, results-driven environment.

IT Hall of Fame

CompTIA members and guests will also honor the latest class of inductees into the IT Hall of Fame, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Honorees will be feted at a dinner on Tuesday, April 1.
The IT Hall of Fame recognizes the iconic figures, game-changers and visionaries who have built, expanded and shaped the global IT industry. More than 100 individuals, organizations and innovations have been honored.

CompTIA members can register for the meeting at no cost. Non-members can register for $250. They'll also receive a one-year complimentary CompTIA membership (valued at $799). Visit CompTIA Events to learn more.

About CompTIA

CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

CompTIA IT Channel Sales navigates through different business models in Cloud Computing

With greater demand than supply the Cloud platform matures, and solution providers to go in transforming their business.

Cloud computing, Cloud Computing, has presented numerous opportunities for companies that act as IT sales channels. According to the Fourth Annual Survey of Trends in Cloud Computing, distributors, resellers and integrators are willing to embrace the transformation of their businesses, while others defy markets that insist on the traditional model, is what reveals study published by CompTIA, nonprofit association of IT industry.

According to the survey, 45% of companies in the IT channel, say determining the appropriate business model around Cloud Computing, presented a significant challenge last year. This statement comes after the most difficult challenge, said the findings: Cloud develop knowledge in the technical and sales company, a task that logically occurs after the decision of the initial business model is taken.

"The primary business considerations depend on where the company wants to reach Cloud," said Carolyn April, director of industry analysis and research from CompTIA. "Do they want to resell Cloud Computing solutions from a vendor? Aggregating and brokering cloud services from several different sources? Integrate and customize applications and Cloud based services, or simply sell the infrastructure for an end user and provide consultancy? Each one of these paths and are much more possibilities with varying revenue models available for everyone. " CompTIA identified four main models of Cloud business, to define much of what is being done today by the providers of IT solutions. See an array of such types of processing businesses in:

  • Build: companies buying hardware solutions and traditional suppliers of these products software to build private and / or hybrid clouds for its customers. They can also offer guidance in the form of advice on the best IT architectures, configurations and product design options.About half, 48% of companies in the IT channel, are currently offering some form of construction services, with one third of respondents plan to add this type of offer with Cloud in your schedule next year. The offer on the construction model represents a portion of the Cloud platform, the companies that also operate in one of the other three business models in Cloud, 7 out of 10 began with the practice of construction before adding others.
  • Provide / Provide: This business model positions the Cloud IT channel as centralizing the provisioning of various cloud-based services, both themselves and others, to your end customer.Today half of the companies in the IT channel, Cloud offering participating in the Supply / Provide model with one-third of all respondents in the study, believing that this business model to the cloud has the greatest potential for growth in the next two years - regardless of if today they are involved or not. That compares with about a quarter of the companies that consider each of the other three business models, such as generating faster growth.
  • Enable / integrate: This business structure for Cloud has been an ideal location for companies in the IT channel over the past few years point. Typically they provide integration and implementation services, which may include the connection of IT solutions today installed at a customer site with their offerings of Cloud-based solutions, or customization of Cloud-based solutions to meet a particular need for business or vertical.During the last three years of study of the CompTIA Cloud, the number one source of revenue after sales has been the integration work. This area has been routinely where the channel based on their overall profit margins. Like most solution providers charge customers in the form of recurring revenue for Cloud Computing solutions (by consumption or by number of users, etc..), Project work associated with the Enable / Embed category allows them to add revenue not included in the base contract.
  •  Manage / Support: In this model, companies are delivering ongoing support and management of cloud-based services, such as activities in the form of a project or contractual recurring revenue model. They also provide opening called, squad or troubleshooting services cloud services as needed.

Six out of 10 of these companies are performing remote monitoring of cloud computing solutions to customers and / or management solutions that reside on a multicolor environment. Management Multicolor is a solid area of opportunity for the channel, for a myriad of Cloud applications and other solutions come to market. Similarly, the channel is wisely developing ways to demonstrate the ROI Cloud to customers. In fact, 6 in 10 companies in the IT channel, involved in Manage / Support have created dashboards that allow customers to monitor their usage, costs and other metrics in Cloud to track and understand how is your investment style.

Demand outstripping supply

With the demand sometimes exceeds supply, the channels need to react quickly by choosing the appropriate business model. Two-thirds, or 63% of companies in the channel, featuring customer demand for IT solutions and services based on Cloud, as very high or high, and only 3 in 10 describe it as a little high. Four out of 10 companies said they experienced the channel where the customer demand for cloud computing solutions exceeded its delivery capability, while 20% lost a business because a client wanted a cloud solution that does not offer.

However, six out of 10 companies say Cloud channel usually has strengthened its relationships with customers, with only 15% stating that weakened and nearly a quarter said that their relationships with customers remained the same. This is encouraging news since many in the channel have publicly feared that Cloud would be an obstacle in the relationship with their customers. There was rampant apprehension about such harmful effects, such as the resurgence of direct sales to end-customers model and the choice of a self-service model for their IT solutions. And although both trends are occurring to some extent, the data suggest that CompTIA does not have a terrible impact on most of the channel.

"Companies in the IT channel can play a key role in determining which model is most appropriate for their clients, between Cloud and On-Premises" April added. "For example, the desire of customers to increase mobile access / remote access to company data, meant that 46% of companies in the channel to recommend solutions in Cloud, compared with 38% last year. This underscores the wave solutions mobility and the BYOD trend and tele work that are happening in the market. "It also demonstrates the ability of the channel to tie the value of Cloud to these booming areas.

The Fourth Research CompTIA Annual Trends in Cloud Computing is based on an online consultation with 501 business professionals in the U.S., involved in decision making in IT and 400 companies in the IT channel. The full report is available at no cost to CompTIA members who can access the file or contacting

About CompTIA

CompTIA is the voice of the global information technology (IT) industry technology. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations, for which they work, receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Now Available worldwide

A new professional skills certification for information technology (IT) workers engaged in environment of rapid growth of cloud computing has been launched by CompTIA, the non-profit association for the IT industry worldwide.

CompTIA Cloud + certification validates the necessary paperwork for IT professionals must understand and cloud infrastructure solutions for knowledge and better.

"Cloud computing is an integral part of the IT landscape for a growing number of organizations ,, executive vice president, skills certification , CompTIA . "As cloud-based applications proliferate and network architectures become more diversified, sales professionals and network technician must be proficient in new skills."

In fact, 90 percent of companies report that they are using some form of cloud computing , according to the CompTIA Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study . At the same time, the independent industry reports indicate that the number of jobs related to the cloud has grown by 30 percent in 2012 ( Burning Glass Technologies Insights Job) , and that 1.7 million job vacancies in the clouds were last year (IDC and Microsoft ) .

" CompTIA Cloud + has been developed by the industry to address this deficiency by providing qualified professionals that validates your ability to implement and maintain safe and effective cloud technologies "

CompTIA Cloud + is the next step in the career of an expert network, storage, system and data center managers and others working in environments that are increasingly using cloud computing and virtualization.

The exam will certify that the candidate has the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the terminology and standard methodologies cloud, deploy and maintain the cloud technologies and infrastructures (eg, a server, storage technologies and network virtualization) and understand aspects of computer security and use of industry best practices related to the implementation and application of cloud virtualization.

Topics covered in the exam include:

• Cloud concepts and models (12 percent of exam)
• Virtualization (19 percent)
• Infrastructure (21 percent)
• Resource management (13 percent)
• Security (16 percent)
• Systems management (11 percent)
• Business continuity in the cloud (8 percent)

E ' recommended (but not required) that CompTIA Cloud + candidates have at least 24-36 months of experience in IT networking , storage, or data center management . In addition, candidates must be CompTIA Network + and / or CompTIA Storage + Powered by SNIA certification , and should be familiar with the main technologies Hypervision for server virtualization, although not required certifications virtualization of specific vendors .

The Cloud + Study Guide CompTIA Certification is available from McGraw - Hill Education . The study guide includes a student guide , downloadable e-book , two practice exams, detailed answers and explanations , and more. The teaching material is available on the market CompTIA .

It also offers CompTIA Cloud Essentials specialty certification for non-technical staff , including management ,customer service and operations employees who seek to validate their understanding of what cloud computing means from a business perspective and high-level technicians .

With over 1.8 million certificates issued , CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the IT workforce in the world. Visit CompTIA certifications to learn more.In addition certifications , CompTIA offers other cloud- specific initiatives , including training for companies in the IT channel involved or interested in offering cloud solutions to its clients, and cloud / SaaS Community CompTIA , a group of leaders industrialists who are helping shape the cloud market .