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23 Oct 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 1,319 views | Categories: Big Data, Business Analysis, Conference, Featured, IBM
No Doubt, IBM Insight Will Be Exciting Underneath It All

Please forgive me if I’m a little extra excited about IBM Insight next week. Last year when I attended IBM Information on Demand (IOD) 2013, the predecessor to this year’s re-christened IBM Insight, IBM had just named us a Global Training Provider after the company decided to turn the reigns of its training over to outside companies. IBM IOD was the first IBM conference I attended after that announcement. I soon found IBMers are very social media savvy. I thought only Cisco Live! and VMworld attendees were that active. I had found my people!

19 Sep 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 2,377 views | Categories: Cisco, FIREWALL, Security
Cisco Unveils the Next Generation Firewall

Last year when Cisco Systems acquired Sourcefire Inc., the Maryland-based cybersecurity solutions firm, the company’s goal obviously was to strengthen its security offerings. This week Cisco announced its new threat-focused, next-generation firewall (NGFW). Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services in combination with Sourcefire’s advanced malware protection for integrated threat defense helps Cisco showcase its dedication to cybersecurity.

4 Sep 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 1,452 views | Categories: Conference, Government
Headed Down to Georgia for TechNet Augusta 2014

Next week I’ll be attending my second TechNet Augusta conference, sponsored by AFCEA, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Last year, TechNet Augusta attracted some of the U.S. armed forces’ top brass. This year is no different.

20 Aug 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 2,743 views | Categories: Conference, VMware
Top 10 Must-See Sessions at VMworld 2014

After missing last year, I am headed back to VMworld in San Francisco. By the looks of the schedule builder bursting with a whopping 375 sessions, not counting repeat sessions, in only 19 timeslots spread over four days, it’s going to be a busy week.

11 Aug 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 2,367 views | Categories: Certification, Citrix, Cloud Computing, Infographics, Technology
The Value of Citrix Certifications

When we tabulated the results of our annual IT Skills and Salary Survey, we found that some of the most valuable certifications last year were held by IT professionals boasting Citrix credentials. In fact IT pros with four different Citrix certifications indicated their average annual salary was over $95,000, including the Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer […]

15 May 2014 | John Mark Ivey | One Comment | 5,845 views | Categories: Cisco, Conference
Are You Gonna Go My Way at Cisco Live?

I can’t believe I’m preparing to attend my fourth Cisco Live. In the 10 years I’ve worked at Global Knowledge, Cisco Live has always been a big deal, even back in the day when it was called Networkers.

8 May 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 2,882 views | Categories: Conference, IBM
What I Learned from Kevin Spacey at IBM Impact

I attended my first IBM Impact conference last week, and it was an eye-opening experience. So much going on with WebSphere, the mainframe’s 50th anniversary, and so many mentions of IBM’s new developer tool BlueMix, I could hardly keep up.

22 Apr 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 7,437 views | Categories: Conference, IBM
The Great IBM Impact Melting Pot

With IBM Impact 2014 around the corner (next week!), I was excited to take a long look at the sessions being offered. Wow, what a great line up! This year’s event is at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Maybe that’s why I noticed that my list of sessions I want to attend has an international slant. Speakers from Turkey, Italy, China, Brazil, Scotland, Japan, and other nations are traveling to Nevada next week to share their insights on IBM products.

31 Mar 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 2,185 views | Categories: Data Storage
Take the World Backup Day Pledge

March 31 is World Backup Day.

25 Mar 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 2,257 views | Categories: Cisco, Conference, Networking
What’s Up at Interop

Two years ago, I attended my first Interop IT Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, and it left quite an impression on me. I’d heard about the “granddaddy of all IT conferences,” as it is now in its 28th year, and it didn’t disappoint. Despite the cool parties, the cool swag, and the well-staffed booths, Interop was also wall-to-wall with the world’s IT leaders in attendance. And I was in awe. This year is no different.