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How to get certified in VMware virtual networking

Virtual networking is sweeping the IT industry. Here are the top certifications and training for becoming an expert in SDN.

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Shortage of IT security pros worsens

Companies are struggling to hire security pros, which means job options are plentiful for veteran candidates. Cisco estimates a million unfilled security jobs worldwide.

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IT certification hot list 2015

Certifications abound in the IT industry, but they are not all equal. To help you find the ones that will result in the most financial gain, twice a year we look at which certifications are poised for the biggest growth.

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Stakes rise in the 25-year-old H-1B battle

The H-1B visa turns 25 this year, and while it has seen many ups and downs, what hasn't changed is the fury IT workers feel after being displaced by people who hold H-1Bs. Two recent cases illustrate the problem.

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Future-proof your IT career: 8 tech areas that will still be hot in 2020

It’s prudent for IT pros to cultivate skills that are in high demand. Even better are skills that will stay in demand. Here are eight key technology areas that show no signs of falling out of favor.

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Black Girls Code founder looks to expand skills outreach, challenges CIOs to help the cause

In 2011, computer scientist Kimberly Bryant founded Black Girls Code, a chapter-based nonprofit that has taught programming to more than 3,000 young women across the country.

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IT careers: How to switch industries and survive

Some tech leaders swear that the perspective they bring to a new industry is invaluable, but others say it’s an idea whose time has come and gone.

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Now on CIO: Why soft skills are key to a successful IT career

The most important IT career skills aren't necessarily technical. Communication, negotiation, team-building and conflict resolution are all critical to IT success, especially in leadership positions.

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Free and cheap ways to learn about IT security

From recovering deleted files to setting up an intrusion detection system, these seven projects give you hands-on experience with an array of security tasks.

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Daimler Trucks' top IT exec hires a mix of 'Einsteins' and 'Edisons'

Dieter Haban, CIO at Daimler Trucks North America, led the team that developed a real-time, factory-installed remote diagnostic system found on more than 70,000 Daimler Freightliner trucks.

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8 key IT hiring trends to watch for in 2015

Which technology skills will be in the biggest demand in 2015? talked to Foote Partners to find out what IT leaders need to be on the lookout for in the months ahead.

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Tech industry may gain from Obama’s free tuition plan

Seminole State College in Sanford Fla. graduates about 70 students annually with two-year degrees in its programming and networking programs. If President Obama's free-tuition plan were in effect, enrollment could rise 25%.


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Sharpen your vendor management skills

The changing vendor landscape means IT must forge tighter partnerships with service providers and third-party vendors. Here are the skills you should have in your back pocket.

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Degree-free IT: Can college-skippers thrive in tech?

With college costs sky high and the IT job market red hot, some techies are skipping the sheepskin and heading straight to work. Is that a smart move or short-sighted?

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At CES: Wearable tech for training your successor

Consumer technology is often bold and audacious, but some companies at this show are aiming their products at businesses, if not exclusively, such as eyewear that includes a camera and sensors.

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IT pro's revitalization guide 2015

Happy New Year, tech pros! Why not take a moment to recalibrate your personal and professional goals with some of our most insightful IT management articles?

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Now on CIO: Today’s tech managers need to know what’s in a name

More than ever, CIOs need to be out among the people. But your networking strategy will backfire if you can't remember anyone's name. Here are some pointers to help you master this underrated leadership skill.

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