Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Product Spotlight: Microsoft Official Practice Test 70-697 Configuring Windows Devices powered by MeasureUp

Microsoft Official Practice Test 70-697
With the growing demand for Configuring Windows Devices certifications, the Microsoft Official Practice Test 70-697 Configuring Windows Devices powered by MeasureUp is a great choice for preparing you for the 70-697exam.

The 70-697 exam is a specialist level certification for IT professionals who have experience with Windows desktop administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Additionally, exam candidates need to demonstrate skills and should have experience with Windows networking technologies skills; they need working knowledge or better of Active Directory and Microsoft Intune.

The 75-question exam includes thorough explanations on the following topics:
  • Manage Identity: 10 questions
  • Plan Desktop and Device Deployment: 8 questions
  • Plan and Implement an Intune Device Management Solution: 8 questions
  • Configure Networking: 9 questions
  • Configure Storage: 8 questions
  • Manage Data Access and Protection: 8 questions
  • Manage Remote Access: 8 questions 

Candidates preparing to take the 70-697 exams should be able to:
  • Manage identity
  • Plan deployments
  • Plan and implement device management with Intune
  • Configure networking and storage
  • Manage data access and protection protocols
  • Manage remote access, apps, updates, and recovery

Content for Microsoft official practice tests is developed by subject matter experts using with real-world experience. As the official practice test for Microsoft, the content is closely aligned to exam objectives.
  • Study mode overs all of the exam objectives and makes sure that you hit all the topics
  • Certification mode is a timed practice test that closely mirrors the actual testing experience, so you know what to expect on test day
  • The detailed explanations found in the score reports give you a better understanding of why a response is correct or incorrect

While utilizing the practice test cannot guarantee that you will pass the exam; using the practice tests that Microsoft itself has chosen as its official practice test is a safe bet when it comes to content relevancy and user experience. What further endorsement do you need?

Three excellent reasons to earn your IT Certification

The International Data Corporation ran a study to discover if certification makes a difference for technology employees. They found that, in addition to support a broad range of technology needs and efforts, there were specific characteristics of technology professionals with certifications that helped them stand out from the crowd. IT pros with certifications tend to be…

More productive: Certified professionals aren’t just 17% more productive than their counterparts. They are also better equipped to assist with complex challenges, support uncertified staff and act as mentors.

Better at risk management: The study found that certified technical professionals tend to reduce unplanned downtime by 56%. This is a direct result of the fact that certified professionals are better equipped to diagnose problems, increase system reliability and reduce the severity and duration of outages.

More agile and efficient in their work: Earning technology certifications make IT pros more efficient at bringing new features and applications to market. How much more efficient? 58%, according to companies with tight deadlines. The same companies reported that technology workers with certifications deliver about 66% more applications on budget

If you’ve been debating the value of earning IT certifications and still aren’t convinced here’s one last data tidbit:

Employers know that IT staff members with certifications are on-boarded more quickly, they take on more responsibilities than their non-certified counterparts and their engagement level is higher. They show greater commitment to their employers with tenures that are 15% longer than their peers. In short, IT certifications are a good career builder for IT pros and a safe bet for potential employers.

Get started on your IT certification today. The mindhub store offers a wide range of preparation materials for certification programs like Cisco, CompTIA, LPI, Microsoft, Oracle, VMware, and many more

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Product Spotlight: Cisco Learning Products

The Cisco Learning Network is a social networking-based global community focused on IT industry careers through Cisco products, learning and certification. The goal of the community is to provide sustainable learning through published materials — Cisco Learning Products — mentoring and training resources among other features. The various learning materials they publish offer opportunities for instructor-led training as well as self-study programs in preparation for Cisco Certification exams.

When it comes to learning any product, the vendor-produced materials are critical, first-hand source. Whether used for independent study in conjunction with formal training, as a component of training, or as a means to add or fine-tune skills, you can take it for granted that no one knows a product better than its designer.

Cisco Learning Products offer an astonishing array of exam preparation materials that are mapped to the learning objectives of each certification exam. Self-paced study options allow you to fit independent learning into your schedule.

Cisco 360 Learning Program products are ninety minute, self-paced video lessons that include supplementary self assessment quizzes and hands-on labs so you will master exam material quickly and efficiently.

Cisco eLearning courses provide 5 to 6 hours of media-rich, on-demand training that is mapped to specific exam objectives. The courses are divided into short modules and use text, audio narration, graphical images, drawings and video to illustrate the proper procedures for diagnosing and resolving common issues. Purchase covers a one-year subscription period, for a single user, as well as access to the most current information on Cisco products. Cisco eLearning courses are “the authorized training” for Cisco Certification exams.

Cisco Learning Labs provide a set of realistic lab exercises to help students get started with Cisco IOS Software on UNIX lab environment. Instructional videos are included for all lab exercises to provide additional guidance...

Finding the right Cisco training product for your needs is as simple as perusing the online catalog at mindhub.

Don’t resolve to do anything in the New Year!

At this time of year, we often take a moment or two to reflect on the year gone by and make some … umm …”plans” for what we want to achieve in the year ahead.  So, when considering your career, whatever you do, do NOT to “resolve” to do anything. Face it: resolutions are generally abandoned within the month. Instead, take some time to read the landscape. Reassess your interests. See if your long-term goals are achievable from the path you’re currently on. Sketch out a plan for your immediate future, with “next steps” that you can take today.

Even if your first action is small, it’s important to get started — get some momentum that you can develop and grow. It’s no secret that Networking and Security are in demand.  But don't forget to look at the rest of the field for the disciplines that are most attractive to you. Whatever you opt to do, identifying the right training and certification program is key. Strike while the iron is hot and get started as early as possible. Just don’t make any promises to yourself you can’t or won’t keep.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Product Spotlight: LPI Bundles

The entire point of purchasing a bundle is to maximize your training and certification dollars. mindhub features three all inclusive LPI training bundles designed to take you from training to exam, successfully.
Each of the bundles has the appropriate uCertify course and online exam preparation course in addition to the exam voucher for Linux Professional Institute’s Linux Essentials, Advanced Level Linux Professional and Advanced Level Linux Professional (LPIC-2). The uCertify courses are hallmarked by their user-friendly dashboard and adaptable interface and ability to let the learner self-pace their learning. These features make quick work of the acclamation process and allow the user to get a quick start.
The flexible design makes it simple to toggle between learning tools and the topic at hand. When coupled with the Study Planner, the user has the power to design their study to fit his or her learning style. With three modes — Test, Learn and Review — in addition to video tutorials, exercises, flash cards and quizzes, there is something for everyone. Of course, uCertify courses device ready — the software can be operated from any computer or tablet.
The exam voucher included in each bundle can be used to register for your exam at a Pearson VUE test center.  And, because the voucher is good for one year from the date of purchase, you will have plenty of time to prepare for your exam.

The benefits of IT certification you never considered

When considering training and certification as part of a well-planned (or not) career path, we often consider a narrow scope. Training and certification is a means to an end — how we get to the next job, promotion, etc. The fact is that there are other benefits out there:
  1. Differentiating. This is more than just comparing actual skill sets. Certification demonstrates your overall commitment to ongoing education, which is imperative for all IT professionals.
  2. Networking. Training and certification opens you up to new communities giving you networking opportunities outside your general community. This is particularly important when adding to your skill set or working towards a career change.
  3. Confidence building. Planning, working for and achieving a set goal is a confidence builder no matter what you are working on or for. However, IT certification gives you added confidence in your career and draws you one critical step closer to that next goal.
  4. Skill building. Branching out into new areas through training and certification are excellent ways to build your skill set, giving you extra tools and skills to draw upon.
  5. Experience. Even if you haven’t had a chance to show off the new skill set, the actual training and certification opens you up to new ways of thinking and problem solving, as well as exposure to new ideas and concepts.
  6. Mentoring and leadership. Cumulative to the benefits above is the ability to effectively mentor and lead others by sharing, extrapolating and relating your experience to your team members. Additionally, the discipline used in training and certification places you in a better position to evaluate the skills of others. If you can honestly appraise your own skills and identify your areas of weakness, you will generally gain a broader understanding of the skills, talents, and weaknesses of others.
  7. Fostering change. Otherwise known as “getting your feet wet”. Training and certification is an acknowledged path to changing specialties. If you’re in networking and really want to move to cloud, the skill building and proof of competence that comes from formal training and certification is key.