Career Development

  • IT Business Education, Delivered Your Way

    by Brian Sherman  | July 01, 2010
    One of my all-time favorite taglines goes back a few years; Burger King’s “Have it your way” campaign.  The slogan was simple and to the point, telling prospective customer that their chain’s ordering process was more flexible than their competitor’s, proclaiming that they would deliver your food the way you wanted it anytime. If you wanted a burger without lettuce or onion, it was no problem. Burger King identified a customer value (food fixed to your preference) and used it to increase their s ...
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  • New Tax for S Corporations? May Affect Managed Services

    by Lamar Whitman  | June 28, 2010
    After incorporation, many small businesses make a federal tax election know as a “subchapter S” election; these businesses are then typically referred to as an “S corporation”.  The benefit of an S corporation election is that the entity can “pass-through” corporate income, losses, deductions and credits to its shareholders. That is, the shareholders pay the applicable federal tax at their individual tax rates; the corporation itself does not pay a tax (except in some situations such as built-in ...
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  • IT Security: The Call for Business-Centric Training Programs

    by Bob Biddle  | June 10, 2010
    I have had the opportunity to speak with many leading, solution providers, security vendors and more over the coming months and one thing is clear—there is a definite need for training programs across the channel. Not just any training program will do; programs that are focused on developing and nurturing better partners are truly needed, including those that cover multiple facets of a company’s business. It only makes sense that the best channel partners are running their business with optimal ...
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  • The Employee Handbook: Roadmap to an Effective IT Workplace

    by Brian Sherman  | June 09, 2010
    The complexity of your business increases exponentially when you bring on your first employee. The change actually begins before that, with potential liability kicking in as soon you publish or distribute a classified advertisement or web posting for a job opening. Hiring that first employee should be an exciting time for your business, and it definitely can be if you’ve carefully planned and implemented the appropriate strategy.Companies with several employees have their own challenges as well; ...
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  • College, Interrupted

    by Rick Bauer  | June 07, 2010
    A serious discussion about the value and sequencing of a college education is long overdue.As the class of 2010 graduates into the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, the prospects for employment are bleaker than in anytime I can remember. For high school graduates under 25 and not in college, the average unemployment rate is 22.8%, according to recent data.The solution, we are told, is to send more of these high school graduates to college, where, having spent in many cases we ...
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  • Help Industry Entrants Learn Tech Basics

    by Lisa Fasold  | June 01, 2010
    Strata is now available within Creating Futures.  To help disadvantaged and disabled individuals open up a career in IT, GTS Learning Inc. donated 1,000 CompTIA Strata eBooks to the CompTIA Educational Foundation’s Creating Futures program. Creating Futures will provide Strata training and certificates at no costs for military veterans, individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, at-risk youth and dislocated workers. CompTIA Strata exams are not certifications, but a confirmation of an ind ...
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  • “What we have here is a failure to communicate”: On Abuse

    by Rick Bauer  | May 07, 2010
    So spoke Strother Martin in his role as the sadistic captain in the movie Cool Hand Luke, having just delivered a wicked beating to Paul Newman. Not that I have any greater interest in beatings than anyone else (not sure you get health insurance coverage for sadism around here), but today I am thinking about a form of abuse that is growing with the near-universality of Microsoft PowerPoint.™ Some of us nodded with smiling familiarity at a recent New York Times article about the overuse and abuse ...
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  • Headline Du Jour

    by Randy Gross  | May 06, 2010
    I have a Google News Alert set up every day for the term ‘CIO.’  Besides the inclusion of AFL-CIO news (a topic on which I am now unintentionally well informed), there is a rotating series of articles around the role of the CIO that make the rounds.  From the last week, here are some of the articles relating to the job role of the CIO:CIOs ceding power to CFOs, survey finds Global CIO: Even Oracle & SAP Agree: The Tactical CIO Is Dead CFOs driving the IT spending bus, study says The New CIO ...
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  • The US Does IT Best

    by Todd Thibodeaux  | May 06, 2010
    I was recently asked to contribute to an Information Week piece on the state of the US IT industry - which got me thinking about the United States’ technological strengths and weaknesses relative to the other players in the global IT landscape.  The US hasn’t been the dominant base for IT production for many years.  We still don’t graduate all the engineers and PhDs we need, we don’t have the fastest or furthest reaching broadband nor do we have the most Internet users per capita.However, the US ...
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  • John Venator Passes the Torch to Create IT Futures

    by Lisa Fasold  | April 30, 2010
    After 21 years in the IT industry, first as president and CEO of CompTIA and then as president and CEO of the CompTIA Educational Foundation, John Venator retires today. Instrumental in founding the CompTIA Educational Foundation in 1998, Venator led the program to help more than 1,500 military veterans, individuals with disabilities, youth at-risk, women, minorities and dislocated workers launch their careers in IT.Venator passes the leadership torch for the CompTIA Educational Foundation to Ch ...
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  • Nate Teplow Shares His Insight on Future Leaders, Life and Tech Experiences

    by Brian Sherman | Oct 24, 2017
    While his friends had dreams of climbing the corporate ladder in finance or working with a big four accounting firm, Nate Teplow sought the excitement of a tech career. The chair of CompTIA's Future Leader's Community shared his thoughts on cross-generation collaboration and improving the new work environment in this this month's member spotlight article.
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