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28 Jan 2015 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 777 views | Categories: Featured, Hacking & Cybercrime, Security
Data Privacy Day: Why to Care and What to Do

On January 27, 2014, when the United States Congress adopted S. Res. 337, a nonbinding resolution expressing support for the designation of a “National Data Privacy Day” to be observed on January 28, there wasn’t a lot of time to get the word out, even though the event had been around awhile.

10 Dec 2014 | John Mark Ivey | One Comment | 2,301 views | Categories: Professional Development
How to Survive the Island of Misfit Toys at Work

One of my all-time favorite scenes of all the special TV shows that air this time of year is when Rudolph enters the Island of Misfit Toys. I’ve always been drawn to misfits, and that has carried over into the workplace.

6 Nov 2014 | John Mark Ivey | One Comment | 2,415 views | Categories: AWS, Conference
Diving Deep into AWS at re:Invent 2014

Next week is my first AWS re:Invent conference. We began delivering Amazon Web Services (AWS) curriculum about a year ago, so it will be nice to meet the experts who created it and the users who find it so essential to their jobs. Although I’ve been promoting our AWS classes via social media for 12 months, I am no expert.

23 Oct 2014 | John Mark Ivey | No Comments | 2,453 views | Categories: Big Data, Business Analysis, Conference, 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 | 3,336 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 | 4,328 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 | 5,137 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 | 4,821 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 | 7,095 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 | 3,347 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.