Why are Project Management skills important and where can these skills be obtained?

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When reaching for IT and Business success, crossing the finish line takes top priority.  Due to this fact, project management has become an extremely important career path.

Author of three different books on project management, Sid Kemp, said, “In American business, growth is associated with the ability to lead other people…If you demonstrate an ability to lead teams, you’re on your way to being an IT project managers can write their own ticket at a lot of companies.”

But why do IT professionals find project managers so important?

  • IT project are constantly getting more and more complex
  • The emphasis is placed on teamwork and communication skills
  • A greater need to meet budgets and deadlines
  • The pressure on top executives to deliver results

IT Professionals who lack project-management skills may find it difficult to complete their duties in a timely fashion, leading into embarrassing mistakes if not outright chaos.  And in today’s business world, the consequences could be serve.

“We have to demonstrate some basic project/task management ability or someone else will do it for us.”According to CEO of CaseySoftware, D. Keith Casey Jr. “Currently that could mean outsourcing, offshore or not, or it could mean replacement.”

With the increased attention to IT projects, All of the members working on the project need project management skills, not just the project managers and the team leaders.  While its best for the team members to rely on the project manager to keep the overall projects on track, each individual must be responsible for their own work.

“It is essential that everyone on a project team have core project management skills,” said Kemp.  “The core of project management is self-management, which leads to highly productive work.  With these core skills, each person can define deliverables clearly, estimate their own work time and then deliver on time.  Then the entire team can build a realistic project schedule and deliver as promised.”

Now, you may be asking yourself, “I know how important project management is, but how do I acquire these skills?”  That is where we can help.  Here at New Horizons Tampa Bay, we are offering a Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Preparation course starting June 17th, 2013 and ending June 21st, 2013.  The class will run from 9 AM to 5 PM at our training facility located at 5402 W Laurel Street, Tampa Florida, 33607.  If you would like more information about our PMP Class or any other technical training, give us a call at (813)387-3500.

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Preparation class will give you the education will give you the opportunity to either the CAPM certification or the PMP certification.

PMP:

Who should apply?

The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP credential is the right choice for you.

PMP Eligibility Overview

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

    OR

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

This is an overview of the requirements. For complete details regarding the PMP eligibility requirements, please view the PMP Handbook for further details.

If you do not meet the PMP eligibility requirements, you may want to look at the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

CAPM:

Who should apply?

If you’re a less experienced project practitioner looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management, improve your ability to manage larger projects and earn additional responsibility, and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM certification is right for you.

CAPM Eligibility Overview

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma or the global equivalent)

    AND

  • At least 1,500 hours of project experience

    OR

  • 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.

Could Training your current employees save you money instead of hiring someone else who already has the skills you need?

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“Skills Shortage” seems to be an extremely active phrase as of late; however, it may be more beneficial for companies to train their IT employees after they are hired, rather than hire them with those skills already intact, according to reports.

One of the analysts who worked on the reports, Cushing Anderson, said a new hire with these skills already could cost the company anywhere from 1.5x to 3x the salary.  This obviously shows that training an  existing employee would save the company quite a bit of money, and you already know that the employee fits in well with the company.

Additionally, the pay rate of a new hire usually falls between 15% to 20% more than what the company expected or even wanted to pay, according to Anderson.  The cost only adds up because, “when the skill becomes plentiful, you don’t reduce their par,” he said.

A new hire’s cost to your company could also include a recruiter finder fee, which usually costs from 25% to 100% of the salary being offered.  It might also be a necessity to pay for travel for candidates for several interviews and pay for relocation expenses.

The better approach, according to Anderson, is to prepare for future IT needs by investing in staff training.

Training can fall anywhere on the spectrum from having the employee shadow someone with the skills the company needs to attending a fast-track boot camp training session.  It may even be cheaper to pay for a master’s degree in IT than to hire a new employee.

“There is always someone willing to move jobs if you’re willing to pay.”  according to Anderson.  What this quote basically means is, The idea of a skills shortage has more to do with what a company is willing to pay.

The IT jobs in highest demand involve big data usage and the ability to pull social networking into enterprise applications.  According to Anderson, other skill areas that are high in demand are, Cloud and cloud management, enterprise architecture, converged networking systems, mobile, video networking, and security.

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People are angry with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, but is it justified? CNET breaks it down for us!

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There seems to be enough people mad about Adobe moving over to subscription plans instead of their perpetual licenses; however, should they be upset?

In attempts to bring order out of this technical chaos, CNET sat down and put together some actual comparisons to see if the anger was deserved.

And survey says, It depends.  In all honesty, the creative cloud isn’t that bad of a deal not a bad deal for power users or middle-end customers who upgrade to Adobe’s latest releases.

Just for one example they gave, if a customer was planning on three years’ use of the Design Standard version of CS6, it would cost them $1,648 and would include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat Pro.  With the Creative Cloud, that same customer would pay $1,800 for three years’worth of software; however, the extra $152 would also give that same customer Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Pro, Edge Animate, Muse, Lightroom, Dreamweaver, Audition, and various online services.

Choosing the  Creative Cloud should be a no-brainer when looking at the CS6 Production Premium package.  The Adobe CS6 Production Premium package is like the CS6 Design Standard but also with Premiere Pro, After Effects, Speedgrade, Audition, and Flash Professional.  The price for the premium package is $2,273 for an original version and update, $625 more than the subscription and with less software and no online services.

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Hiring more Women in the Technology Industry.

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As most of the population knows, the Information Technology field is dominated by men; however, a Manhattan-based nonprofit group, Girls Who Code, is trying to change all of that.  As part of an 8 week program 20 high school girls learned software programming, public speaking, product development and other crucial skills needed to prepare them for careers in the technology industry.

Girls Who Code is one of the many programs attempting to narrow the gender gap in the technology field by getting the young ladies attention early while they are still deciding their career paths.  With names like Hackbright Academy, Girl Develop It, Black Girls Code and Girls Teaching Girls to Code, these programs are attempting to change the image of computer science by making it more appealing.

Even though over half of the work force are females, under a quarter of the computing and technical jobs are held by women, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology based at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Many networking and advocacy groups have attempted to address the issue by coaching females on building start-ups, raising venture capital and climbing the management ranks at major companies.  Recently, the chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, published a  best-selling book, “lean In,” for women to pursue their ambition in the workplace.

Even with all the pushing, the number of women entering the technology industry has been declining.  Females are only earning 12 percent of the computer science degrees, down form the 37 percent of degrees back in 1984.  Industry recruiters and executives are saying that women just aren’t walking in their doors seeking work.

Chief technology officer at Twitter, Adam Messinger, who is also on the board of Girls Who Code, said, “We actively recruit women, but there’s just not many woman who want to do this kind of work and are equipped to do the work from their education.”

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Microsoft wants to Offer Office 365 University to Students for up to six months FREE!

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Microsoft has announced their plan to offer Office 365 software to students with up to six months of free access.  Office 365 is a cloud-based software suite originally launched back  in 2011.

If a student has a qualifying .edu e-mail address, Microsoft is offering to let them try Office 365 University for three months as well as 20GB of SkyDrive storage for free.  These qualifying students can receive another three months free just by sharing the offer on Facebook.

Microsoft is hoping to entice students with Office 365 and SkyDrive’s cloud storage with a more touch-friendly design for tablets and touch-screen laptops.  The idea is to get these students to purchase the product by starting them out on a free period.

Microsoft’s Office 365 University comes with word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access all for $79.99.  It also comes with 20GB of online storage through SkyDrive and 60 minutes of Skype calls per month.

Microsoft’s office 365 is already gaining traction in the business market as it recently launched its online version.  By offering this free trial, Microsoft Office 365’s presence in the education sector should show significant growth.

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Using your Post-9/11 GI Bill for IT Training!

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Transitioning military members and veterans can use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to pay for IT training and certification after their service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The best place for more information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website at http://www.gibill.va.gov.

The Veterans Affair eBenefits website can be used by veterans, service members and their families to research, find, apply for and in time manage Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits, along with other Veterans Affair benefits.

 

The Basics of the Post 9/11-GI Bill

 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and education expenses with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-related disability after 30 days.  You also must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI bill.

Steve Betzold, national director of consumer sales at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers corporate offices said, “Veterans come to us knowing they want to take some IT training, but they don’t always know that they have available.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can assist veterans pay for the following training programs:

  • Graduate and undergraduate degrees
  • Technical and vocational training from non-college degree programs
  • On-the-job training
  • Flight training
  • Correspondence Training
  • Licensing and National testing programs
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Tutorial Assistance

All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits.

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