Seeking certified IT professionals for annual salary survey

December 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Vendor news | 2 Comments
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Are you employed in IT or an IT-related field? Do you have an IT certification? If so, perhaps you’d like to be counted in the annual Certification Magazine IT Salary Survey.

The survey closes at the end of the year. Participants may opt to receive a free one-year digital subscription to Certification Magazine.

We want to know what YOU think about Transcender test prep products!

April 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Transcender news | Leave a comment
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To ensure better results and improve our product for you, we are doing a brief survey with IT professionals to get feedback on your IT certification test prep experience.

We WILL ask you:

  • Which certifications you plan to earn
  • How well our test prep products did (or didn’t!) work for you
  • Whether you want to tell us something that isn’t on the survey (hint: we’ll let you fill in the blank)

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We will NOT ask you:

  • To choose your “spirit animal”
  • To cite your favorite shrubbery
  • To reveal personally identifiable information

Thanks for playing!

Oracle University is seeking YOUR Java EE 7 input for a Job Task Analysis Survey

September 26, 2013 at 9:17 am | Posted in Oracle | Leave a comment
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Have you ever wondered how vendors actually build their certification exams, or choose the learning objectives for their courseware? Although they employ instructional designers and content writers, vendors also rely heavily on subject matter experts: the people “in the real world” who use the technology day in and day out.

Oracle Certification and Server Technologies Curriculum Development are in the process of building two new Java EE7 Certification exams. They write:

An Oracle certification is typically associated with a particular role related to a single technology. In the case of Java EE7, the technology is very broad and comprehensive. We are looking to you and the industry to validate our definition of these job roles. Our assumption and preliminary investigation shows that programmers and developers working with Java EE technology design and create applications using front-end technologies and/or server-side enterprise technologies.

If you have two to four years experience using the previous Java EE technology versions, or if you are involved in hiring Java programmers for front-end and server-side development, then Oracle wants your input to help shape the next release of certification exams.

Click the link to go to the survey (closes on 30 November 2013):

New survey for Oracle certified folk: how do you like your updates?

January 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Oracle | Leave a comment
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Fried? Scrambled and tweeted? Hard-boiled, with a side of social networking? Do you like the news to come to you, or do you prefer to let it orbit in cyberspace until you’re ready to find it yourself? Can you even remember your LinkedIn login, or is it a real source of industry information for you?

Oracle wants to know the best way to share certification information with you, the educated masses. Whether you’re already Oracle certified or still working on your first credential, you’re eligible to contribute your opinion. Paul Sorensen has posted a short, painless poll in the Oracle certification blog here: http://blogs.oracle.com/certification/2010/12/0455.html

Of surveys, salaries, and sector trends

October 29, 2010 at 7:28 am | Posted in Vendor news | Leave a comment
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Our friends at Global Knowledge and TechRepublic have released an open call for their fourth annual IT Skills & Salary Survey. Having taken it myself, I can assure you it’s painless (no more than 10 minutes) and pretty interesting to boot. What skills are in demand – both sector-wide, and in your specific company? What skills do you think you’ll need to pick up in the near future, and how do you plan to acquire them? How did your certifications (if any) impact your salary or otherwise add value? Is your company trending up, down, or the same?

If you participate in the 2011 survey you’ll be entered to win one of six American Express gift cards. All participants will receive the completed survey results by email. The survey deadline is November 19, 2010, and you can begin the survey here: http://cbs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eJ5RYAPyLzb547q&user=6

To compare this year’s results with last year’s predictions, check the Global Knowledge 2010 Salary Survey here: http://globalknowledgeblog.com/training-trends/it-skills-in-demand-for-2010/

You can also download a free copy of the Robert Half Technology Salary Guide 2011 for the United States and Canada. It tracks what certifications are in the highest demand and the low, high, and median salaries for dozens of specific IT positions: http://www.roberthalftechnology.com/salarycenter

Finally, Paul Sorenson over at Oracle had some great commentary on the IT high points in  the recent “Best Jobs in America 2010” survey released by CNN/Money Magazine.

Oracle certifiaction survey: What are your challenges regarding certification?

April 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Oracle | Leave a comment
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If you have a moment, pop on over to Paul Sorensen’s post in the Oracle Certification Blog, and let your voice be heard: http://blogs.oracle.com/certification/2010/04/0261.html. You don’t need an existing Oracle certification to take the survey; it’s open to all Oracle professionals.

The survey is short (only eight questions) and specifically focused on the process of certification. It’s a quick and painless way to give Oracle some feedback on some key issues facing candidates:

  • Are there testing centers near you?
  • Is the registration process user-friendly or not?
  • Are the costs of training materials, exams, or course attendance a barrier to obtaining certification, or not?
  • What other factors would influence your decision to certify or not certify?
  • Would changes to the way certification is now handled affect your decision to certify or not certify?
  • Are promotions, vouchers, or other promotions a factor in your decision to certify or not certify?

Complete the Certification Magazine 2009 Salary Survey for a chance to win a gift card

August 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Vendor news | Leave a comment
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Are you certified in an IT field? Are you interested in finding out how IT salaries are trending in this difficult economic market? Transcender is working with MediaTec Publishing, the publishers of Certification Magazine, and other industry partners to prepare an in-depth salary survey to gauge the financial impact of certification and experience on IT professionals.

We encourage you to take part in this confidential effort to track your financial success. Please take a few minutes and complete the survey questionnaire. The survey is anonymous, but you can supply your e-mail address and be entered to win $100 American Express gift certificates awarded by MediaTec Publishing.

The questionnaire must be completed prior to Sept. 25, 2009.

For another take on tracking annual IT salaries, you can review seven years of salary surveys from Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Magazine here, with data and trends from 2001 to 2008.

Seeking input for the annual Oracle Salary Survey

March 26, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Oracle | Leave a comment
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Are you a certified Oracle expert? If so, please bop on over to the  Oracle Certification Program’s 2009 Salary Survey and let your voice, and experience, be heard.

This survey seeks input from all people who hold Oracle certifications, from all countries, regardless of current employment status or the type of certification held. Plus, it’s short!

Click here to take the survey: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/ou_online_display_survey.display_survey?p_survey_no=319&p_preview=N

Click here to read the new issue of Oracle Certification e-Magazine: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=300

My iPhone, iPod, Kindle2 family: What is this world coming to?

March 11, 2009 at 11:16 am | Posted in Transcender news | 1 Comment
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Last August, my husband branched out into the Apple world when he purchased a Mac computer. Apple was running a special at the time that included an iPod Touch with the purchase. He wasn’t interested in the iPod, so after adding several applications and a few movies, my husband gave it to my 5-year-old son for entertainment. We quickly discovered what a wonderful tool it was when we went out to eat. (This was something I promised I would never do – allowing my son to play with an electronic device while at the table….But you would be surprised at what you actually do when you have children!) My husband and I found that meals at restaurants went more smoothly with our little friend the iPod along. Life with a VERY busy five-year-old can sometimes mean that you disturb everyone near you in the restaurant. But those days are gone!

Then in January, my husband finally broke down and purchased an iPhone, and I learned what the term “addiction” truly meant. (Anyone know of any good 12-step programs out there for iPhone addicts?) So eating out soon became a time of quiet, solitary reflection for me as my husband entered his iPhone netherworld and my son became a character in his latest movie craze (currently Madagascar 2).

Finally, last week I received my Kindle2. Now I will tell you: even though I am usually cutting-edge when it comes to learning about new Microsoft or CompTIA certification offerings and products, I do not readily embrace new consumer technologies. (I was even contacted by Nextel one time because they were discontinuing service for my type of cell phone. And when my husband got his new iPhone, I pitched a total fit because he changed my phone over to his “newer” old one with more features. I did NOT want to learn how to use a new cell phone. Sure, my old one could not even take pictures – stop snickering! But it was a cell phone, and I hate talking on the phone anyway.) But back to my Kindle2!

I have always been an avid reader. I have even selected books in the past based on their length so that it would take a little longer to finish. (And, yes, I have even read War and Peace.) But I had no idea just what the Kindle2 would become to me.

I was quickly overjoyed when I discovered that the Sprint 3G network, which provides Kindle’s Whispernet service, was available at my home in rural Alabama (a place so rural that the ONLY high-speed Internet service I can get is – are you ready for this? – satellite. Stop snickering!) I promptly download about a dozen books in a matter of a few minutes – most of them FREE! Then I descended into my own little Kindle2-induced coma that lasted most of the weekend. But here comes the funny part….

Picture this: my husband, my son, and I go to our favorite Mexican restaurant. Out come the iPhone, the iPod, and the Kindle2. My husband was doing whatever it is that he does on that thing (probably Facebook – he just cannot seem to leave it alone). My son was listening to the Backyardigans. I was reading UR by Stephen King (available ONLY to Kindle users – thank you!). There was absolute silence at the table. No one spoke. It was pure joy!

Then as the meal came, and we all put away our devices to scarf down whatever we ordered, the group from the next table got up to leave. I had noticed an older lady looking disapprovingly at our table for the past several minutes, but I had ignored it. But as she leaved, I heard her mumble something under her breath about our choice of entertainment at “the dining table” and how inappropriate our behavior was. I just chuckled! Does this woman not realize that she would have given me even more dirty looks if my son had NOT had his iPod? Continue Reading My iPhone, iPod, Kindle2 family: What is this world coming to?…

This Space For Input: What do YOU want to see?

March 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Transcender news | Leave a comment
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When I was a kid I had a book of puzzles that were hidden drawings-within-a-drawing – “There are twelve cats in this picture of a library; can you spot them all?” – which would keep me riveted until I found all the hidden whatevers. And after I solved a puzzle, I couldn’t see it the same way again; the formerly hidden objects were now so obvious that I wondered how I’d missed them at all. In fact, I could see nothing but the hidden objects.

We rolled out the Transcender blog late last summer. And now I see corporate-based blogs everywhere I look.  My gardening catalog has a blog; they share seed-sprouting tips. My knitting supply catalog has a blog; they did a tour of their woolens factory. My favorite authors have blogs – well, that’s been true for a while – but their publishers have blogs now, too, discussing supply-chain issues. [Blogs, as a concept, are so thoroughly mainstream that director Joss Whedon turned what could have been an obscure geek-culture trend, the online journal, into the successful (and very, very funny) movie-ette, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.]

Now – in my humble opinion – some of these corporate blogs are more interesting, and relevant, than others. I’ve seen a few that were clearly put forth by marketing whizzes crowing, “This is how you reach the youthful consumer of today!”, without really knowing what the blog should *say.* Some, on the other hand, are dead useful. (I love my gardening company’s blog.) I’ve seen people get pretty immediate customer service just by dropping a comment on a blog page about a problem with a product. Some are strikingly personal, even while they’re being informative. For example, nothing humanizes the Faceless Machine of Microsoft Certification (tm!) to me more than learning that a Born to Learn team member is knocking back a cold one in my favorite local haunt, ten miles to the south.

IT-industry blogs are among the most useful and relevant of the breed, because we in IT are used to finding information online, on bulletin boards, posted to alt.newsgroups, or otherwise spun across the e-void.

In short, I think the corporate-blogsplosion is fantastic. And the great thing** about the new “corporate blog” concept is the flexibility. How dry and informative is it going to be? Are you writing it like an opt-in newsletter, or are you setting it up as a question-and-answer forum for customers? How much are we going to talk about our kids, make jokes, post photos, horse around? Do we rotate through our knowledge base and post about a different certification or technology each time, or do we focus on the ones that get the most customer feedback?

So I’ll (finally) meander to the point of this entry. What do YOU, the certification-seeking reader, want to see in this blog? What would be the most useful, interesting, informative? You know – things like:

  • Industry news (related to certifications)
  • Industry news (NOT related to certifications)
  • Test technologies
  • Specific technical questions
  • General technical information

Comment away. As long as this post is visible here, we want to know what you think.

** And the occasional source of knee-knocking, stomach-dropping, plunge-into-the-unknown, trailing-hyphens-behind-you terror. From an administrator’s standpoint, at least. No one expects an inquisition, or a paradigm shift.

-Bm Ann

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