New Horizons – Tampa Bay Featured in PMP Daily!

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The PMP Daily is a web based “paper” that provides a multitude of information about Project Management. Everything from exam prep to Project Management tips! 

Yesterday’s PMP Daily included an Education section that we were featured in because here at New Horizons – Tampa Bay, we offer PMP training AND certification!

You may be wondering, “Why should I take the exam and become certified after my course?”

Our answer is, “Why not?!”! 

If you’re going to do the training you need to get your certification and that job promotion while you’re at it!

If you’re still uncertain about Project Management training or if you want more information about PMP check us out on the PMP Daily or at our website!

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Project Management is an opportunity!

Project Management is an opportunity!

We’re often asked, “What is Project Management?”. Webster defines it as; the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals in scientific or daily problems. Here at New Horizons, we define it as “an opportunity”. And who wants to pass up an unbelievable opportunity?!

Project Management is an opportunity to start a new career or gain the knowledge necessary to advance in your current career!

If you’ve ever considered becoming a Project Manager, now is the time! Sign-up for our upcoming Project Management Professional course on April 14, 2014.

Visit us at http://www.nhtampabay.com/localweb/popup/classinfo.aspx?CourseKey=200011655&GroupID=218 for an outline of the course and more information! Or call us at 813-387-3500!

Hundred’s of thousands of dollars available for training in the Tampa Bay Area!

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Are you tired of your budget taking it in the shorts?  Why not get briefed at our executive luncheon seminar and see how to qualify for government training grants!  New funding is now available for all Tampa Bay Area counties!  Get ahead of the power curve!  $400,000 immediately available for Hillsborough County!  Hundreds of Thousands of training dollars could go unused unless you act now.

Wednesday, June 19th Noon to 1:00 PM with lunch provided.

Take advantage of Florida Training Grant Programs.  So many times, the business community looked on with skepticism at programs offered by their government.  Something that sounds “too good to be true” usually lives up to that thought.  The training grants for businesses offered by the Hillsborough County regional workforce board and the state of Florida; however, really are a good value.

You may be asking yourself, “How can a culture of learning can help your sales organization?”  “Research has found that people tend to have a better quality of work under pressure when they are trying to learn, then when they are trying to meet specific performance goals”, According to Jim Keenan. “While performance goals should remain a key part of the sales environment.  Sales leaders should focus on creating a culture of learning.”  He wrote.

More details are available at www.HarakAssoc.com .  Hundreds of classes and thousands of guaranteed to run dates are available at www.NHTampaBay.com . Do not take it for granted!  Sign up now as seating is limited.  Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 Noon – 1PM!  Hosted by New Horizons of Tampa Bay.  5402 W. Laurel Street, Suite 200, Tampa Florida 33607.  Call (813)387-3509 or email us at info@nhtampabay.com to reserve your seat today.

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.

If you would like to read more on how training your staff could say you more money than hiring a new employee, Click Here.

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If you are interested in Information Technology training for you or your employees , please give us a call at (813)387-3500 or visit our website at http://www.nhtampabay.com for our upcoming class schedule.

Don’t forget that everyone who Like our Facebook Page receives a 10% Discount on all the training we offer.

Microsoft is Showcasing Office 365 Customers that got rid of Google Apps!

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There is a lot of companies that pay for office suites; however, with only two more days until Google‘s I/O show, Microsoft has decided to showcase three that picked Office 365 after trying Google Apps.

Google may have gotten out of the gates early with their apps such as, Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, but Microsoft’s huge customer base, who are already comfortable with their products, are natural candidates for upgrading to Microsoft’s Office 365 online suite.

Microsoft is showing off how Sensia Halsovard, Sepco III, and Arysta LifeScience decided to use Office 365 after having deployed or piloted Google Apps.

Arysta LifeScience  got rid of Google Apps due to their staff being dissatisfied with Google Apps’ shared calender and offline usability limits, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft and Google constantly compete over services.  Microsoft has also recently said that Caltex Australia, Santa Clara County, and FHI 360 have all selected Office 365.  FHI 360 said they choose Microsoft because Office 365 had the only cloud-computing option that complied with their needs for security and HIPAA health-care regulations.

Microsoft also fired shots at Google Apps features shortcomings even as Google won a 20,000 employee contract with the city of Boston.

If you would like to read more on Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google’s Apps competition, Click Here.

You can also Follow Us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

If you are interested in Microsoft Office 365 Suite Training for you or your business, please give us a call at (813)387-3500 or visit our website at http://www.nhtampabay.com for more information.

Don’t forget that everyone who Like our Facebook Page receives a 10% Discount on all the training we offer.

 

 

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.

If you would like to read the entire CNET comparison between Adobe’s prices, Click Here.

You can also Follow Us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

If you have any questions in Adobe Suite Training, please give us a call at (813)387-3500 or visit our website at http://www.nhtampabay.com for our upcoming class schedule.

Don’t forget that everyone who Like our Facebook Page receives a 10% Discount on all the training we offer.

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.

IF you would like to read a more detailed story or learn how to apply for Post-9/11 GI Bill, Click Here.

If you are a military service member interested in IT training please visit our website at http://www.nhtampabay.com or give us a call at (813) 387-3500 and one of our Account Executives will be glad to speak with you.

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