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Expanding IT Roles For Business Growth
Commentary  |  4/24/2015  | 
The business expects more from IT than back-end support. Today's IT teams are expected to help drive business. Here's how to do it.
IT Certifications Guaranteed To Boost Your Career
Education  |  4/21/2015  | 
Certifications can help advance your IT career and get you a raise. These certifications in specialties like cloud, virtualization, and systems engineering from AWS, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft and others are among the highest in demand.
Meet The IT Rock Stars
Commentary  |  4/20/2015  | 
Say hello to the brightest and friendliest Interop speakers, either in person or online.
The Most Important IT Conference: A Technologist's View
Commentary  |  4/16/2015  | 
In an industry inundated with events focused on a single vendor or technology, Interop stands out for its independence, breadth, and stellar speakers.
12 Must-See Presentations At Interop Las Vegas
Slideshows  |  4/14/2015  | 
This year's Interop conference is jam-packed with learning opportunities. Here are a dozen educational sessions you won't want to miss.
How DevOps Helps Networks Scale
Commentary  |  4/13/2015  | 
Enterprise networks are collapsing under increased application demands. DevOps principles and practices can lighten the load.
Networking Survival Guide: 8 Essential Rules
Slideshows  |  4/7/2015  | 
The enterprise network isn't getting any simpler, but following these important guidelines will help IT pros implement, maintain, and improve even the most complex networking environment.
Don't Be Afraid Of DevOps
Commentary  |  4/6/2015  | 
DevOps pioneer John Willis explains why the networking industry needs to adopt DevOps, and how networking professionals can benefit in the big picture.
Security Breaches Keep Network Teams Busy
News  |  3/30/2015  | 
Network Instruments study shows that network engineers are spending more of their day responding to breaches and deploying security controls.
SDN & The Evolution Of Network Automation
Commentary  |  3/18/2015  | 
Jeremy Schulman explains how organizations can ease into network automation, and why this is an opportunity for networking pros to seize the reins of IT.
4 IT Job Resume & Interview Pitfalls To Avoid
Commentary  |  3/9/2015  | 
Don't sabotage your job search by loading up your resume with jargon, fixating on old experience, or going overboard with certifications.
Get Off My Lawn, Hipster Admins!
Commentary  |  3/6/2015  | 
As an IT manager, there's a delicate balance between fostering realistic technology innovation and acting like an out-of-touch grouch.
IT Job Search: Talent Shortage Or Discrimination?
News  |  3/3/2015  | 
Complaints of IT staffing shortages by hiring organizations puzzle IT pros who are looking for work. Experts cite some factors behind the disconnect.
Network Engineers: Don't Fear The Code
Commentary  |  3/2/2015  | 
The DevOps focus on automation and coding is pushing its way into networks, making network engineers uneasy about learning new skills. But a closer look at the trend shows it's more about the scripting they already do.
Wireless Engineer Career Resources: Break In Or Brush Up
Commentary  |  2/17/2015  | 
Thinking of a career in WiFi? We outline some resources to break into the field or brush up on skills, if you’re a seasoned wireless LAN professional in need of a refresher.
Be My Valentine: 8 Ways IT Pros Feel the Love From End Users
Slideshows  |  2/12/2015  | 
Just in time for Valentine's Day, IT professionals share their stories of end users' expressions of gratitude. As it turns out, IT pros get a lot of love.
STEM Careers: Tackling The Gender Gap
Commentary  |  2/11/2015  | 
In order to get more women in STEM, schools need to step up with curriculum opportunities and IT companies need to build workforce diversity.
2015 IT Jobs Outlook: IT Pros In Demand
News  |  2/4/2015  | 
CompTIA survey shows IT executives want to hire more workers this year, but will face challenges in meeting their technical hiring goals.
8 Free Online Networking Classes
Slideshows  |  1/27/2015  | 
If you're looking to expand your networking skills, these courses offer instruction on SDN, cloud networking, network optimization, and other topics for free. What's better than that?
Programming Languages And The Lord Of The Rings
Slideshows  |  1/22/2015  | 
Is there one code to rule them all? Today's IT jobs demand programming skills, but it can be tough to predict the specific languages you may need. Let The Lord of the Rings be your guide.
Beware IT's Villain: The 'Complexifier'
Commentary  |  1/20/2015  | 
Individuals who focus on complicating things can derail IT projects. Here's what to watch out for and how to deflect their negative effect.
Holiday Downtime Elusive For IT Pros
News  |  12/24/2014  | 
Many network managers and sysadmins will toil away during the holiday season dealing with remote access issues and other problems, an Ipswitch survey finds.
2015's Most Ridiculous Tech Predictions
Slideshows  |  12/22/2014  | 
When you've had your fill of technology predictions for 2015, take one more moment to deride the most obvious and least noteworthy of the bunch.
The Tech Talent Shortage Myth
News  |  12/5/2014  | 
IT executives complain about not being able to find enough skilled workers, but they're overlooking the talent that's right around them.
2015 IT Outlook: Optimism Despite Slower Growth
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
Survey shows confidence rising among IT executives even though they don't expect much in the way of budget or hiring increases next year.
Top Colleges For Online Computer Science Degrees
News  |  11/21/2014  | 
New guide ranks US college online programs in computer science and related fields, and provides a neat tool for looking up average IT salaries by location.
Open Source Vs. Proprietary: Time For A New Manifesto
News  |  11/20/2014  | 
Philosophical debates over OpenStack vs. vCloud or OpenDaylight vs. Cisco ACI miss the point. For IT, ideological purity is neither possible nor desirable
Halloween Horror: 5 Help Desk Tales From The Crypt
Slideshows  |  10/31/2014  | 
Beware these scary, real-life stories from support professionals manning the IT help desk.
SDN Education: 9 Ways To Learn
Slideshows  |  10/23/2014  | 
Wondering how to get up to speed on software-defined networking? Here are some SDN training and certification programs plus other avenues for learning.
Building Cloud Computing Skills
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
To succeed in the cloud computing era, IT pros need a wide array of skills. Cloud certifications are one way to acquire these skills, but you also must learn to think like a cloud architect.
Learning Lessons Through Security Struggles
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
Why do we hear of new security breaches so frequently? Make sure your organization follows these best-practices and considers these important questions to protect itself.
Refocus The IT Budget On Growth
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
Planning next year's IT budget? Take smart steps to use IT strategically and help grow and transform your company's business.
Contest: What Lurks In Your IT Shadows?
Commentary  |  10/13/2014  | 
Ever found something gross or surprising among the switches and servers? Share your story and win an Amazon gift card.
SDN Certification: The Next Job Requirement
Commentary  |  10/13/2014  | 
IT professionals must become SDN experts to be successful in a drastically changing environment. Luckily, certification options are emerging.
Is The CCIE Relevant In The SDN Era?
News  |  10/2/2014  | 
Networking experts debate the value of the Cisco certification as organizations move toward software-defined networking and automation.
Interop Kicks Off In Style
Interop Kicks Off In Style
Network Computing Videos  |  10/1/2014  | 
How IoT Affects Your Enterprise
Commentary  |  9/25/2014  | 
The Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything may seem like mere buzzwords, but enterprises are deploying real IoT projects that affect their enterprise networks, data centers, cloud services, and personnel.
7 Hot Technologies To Watch At Interop New York
Slideshows  |  9/23/2014  | 
From SDN and DevOps to containers and the IoT, Interop New York will feature the hottest technology trends in the tech industry today.
ONF Develops SDN Certification
News  |  9/16/2014  | 
The Open Networking Foundation kicks off a program to develop vendor-neutral certification to validate knowledge and skills in software-defined networking.
20 Computer Science Degrees: The Most Bang For The Buck
Slideshows  |  9/15/2014  | 
The computer science programs at these universities offer the best long-term return on investment, according to PayScale's calculations.
Breaking Down Silos: Soft Skills Required
Commentary  |  9/4/2014  | 
These tips will help build your communication and soft skills, breaking down the silos IT departments have built.
How To Survive In Networking
Commentary  |  8/28/2014  | 
Jeremy Schulman shares his secrets for navigating the transition in network operations by leveraging lessons learned from DevOps.
IT Hiring: Social Media Matters
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
A survey by TEKsystems shows that both IT pros and those in charge of IT hiring rely heavily on LinkedIn and other social media to find and screen each other.
Confessions Of A VMworld Virgin
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
I'm heading to WMworld for the first time, and relying on a schedule filled with smart people and intriguing activities to keep me on track.
IT Certification's Top 10 Benefits
Slideshows  |  8/20/2014  | 
IT certification and training can help you advance in your career, strengthen your IT skills, and provide your employer with a more qualified and dedicated staff.
Cisco Certifications Confront Changing Skills Needs
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
New certs focused on network programmability, IoT, and IT/business skills will help steer IT pros toward emerging technologies. They could also help Cisco keep its hold on the market.
Have You Hugged Your Sysadmin Today?
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Celebrate System Administrator Appreciation Day by showing some gratitude toward the IT pros who do it all.
IT Budgets Up In 2015, Hiring Tepid
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
A survey shows organizations will spend more on IT next year, but IT pros don't expect those extra dollars will translate into bigger IT departments.
Cisco DevNet Focuses On Developers
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
The program provides APIs and aims to promote DevOps by bringing network engineers and software developers together.
8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting
Slideshows  |  7/17/2014  | 
IT projects often involve multiple legal contracts for technology and services. Avoid these "gotchas" to ensure smooth agreements and relationships.
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