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20 Aug 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 1,676 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 | 1,372 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 | 5,062 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 | 2,536 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 | 4,588 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 | 2,007 views | Categories: Data Storage
Take the World Backup Day Pledge

March 31 is World Backup Day.

25 Mar 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 2,047 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.

14 Mar 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 1,991 views | Categories: Conference, Government
Training is the Secret Sauce to Preparing our Soldiers

When Admiral Bill Gortney, US Navy Commander of the US Fleet Forces Command, spoke at AFCEA West 2014 earlier this year, he knew his peers were probably expecting him to talk about strategy. But that’s not what he’s about.

5 Feb 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 5,169 views | Categories: Conference, Government
Shaping Maritime Strategy at AFCEA West 2014

The theme of this year’s AFCEA West 2014 conference is “Shaping the Maritime Strategy: How Do We Make It Work?” It’s a time of transition for our armed forces and federal government as budgets are being trimmed and a huge change in naval capabilities shifts from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

31 Jan 2014 | John Mark Ivey | One Comment | 6,976 views | Categories: Technology
Top 10 Ways to Purge Your Email Inbox

In January 2013, I noticed I had 7,555 email messages in my Outlook inbox. I remember it, because the number caught my eye and I kept getting alert emails that my account size was close to its limit. You can only ignore those alert emails just so long before, while sending the most important email of your life, you press send and… nothing. You try sending it again. Nothing. That’s what happened to me.