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I'm frequently asked how one can prepare for a certification exam, but am often surprised by the ways in which test takers consider preparing. Most people don't realize that some of their preparation methods are considered non-independent test taking or cheating.
Non-independent test taking often hinders an individual’s ability to demonstrate his or her acquired skills in an ethical manner. This could include cheating during a test, sharing test content with others, using unauthorized test content to prepare, bringing materials into the exam session, not adhering to the policies and rules of the testing or test delivery vendors, or testing for another individual (or vice versa). Non-independent test taking refers to any action that results in the test taker failing to complete a test independently and earn the credential on his/her own merits.
Non-independent test taking erodes a certification program. Cheating, collusion, fraud, and unsecure testing environments break down the integrity of an IT certification, negatively affecting the value one gets from earning his/her certification.
In an IT Certification Council survey, it was found that 83% of test takers agreed or strongly agreed that cheating devalued their certification, and over 80% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that cheaters should face serious consequences. This confirms that certification holders support certifying organizations’ efforts to further secure the test-taking environment and to impose strong consequences for those who cheat.
The IT Certification Council has written a white paper on how cheating can affect the value of your certification.
I saw the acronym CDO, for Chief Data Officer, appear recently in a news feed I monitor. For me, it was a new concept, so I set out to learn more. CDOs are leaders in transforming a business with the power of data and analytics. I'm curious about how data and data analysis can affect social business, and how a Chief Data Officer can bring the benefits of data to social media and social business.
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Do you support end users using our Collaboration products in the cloud?
Or do you have administrators looking for good links?
Why not encourage learning by giving away a helpful link or two?
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Registered for IBM Amplify 2015? Use IBM Event Connect today to start building your agenda & network!
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At the IBM Amplify 2015 conference next week, May 11-13, you'll learn how IBM can help you deliver the engagement that your customers expect and your business requires. When it comes to customer engagement, the ability to make the right decisions and take the right actions based on a consistent and meaningful view of each customer is critical for success.
To learn more, visit the IBM Event Connect overview page.
I previously blogged about the impact of Cloud computing on CIO organizations and customers in general. In this installment, I want to discuss how these concerns can be addressed by partnering with your Cloud vendor.
Cloud by design is a low cost environment. In order to hit the desired price points, vendors rely on automation, restricted hours of support and other cost saving measures. While good for many customers, especially very small customers, one size does not fit all. Even medium sized businesses, those over 1000 seats, need additional support in order to sustain and grow their business.
The industry has responded to this with a three tiered model of support and assistance:
It is also important that each of these tiers offer clear, easy to understand value and can be easily consumed by the customer.
In developing our top tier offering known as IBM Connections on Cloud Premier Support (Premier Support for short), we looked at information received in customer RFP's and RFI's and our long successful history in Premium Support for on premise software. What became generally available on July 14 is a blend of the best of both worlds.
From the on premise world, we brought forward the concept of tight connections with Support and Development, the importance of a local language speaking resource, extensive knowledge of the customers business, and extensive knowledge sharing. From the cloud world, we included the importance of keeping up with constant change, additional focus on business value as well as keeping abreast of the evolution of cloud computing. To make it easier to consume, we made it available as a part number, orderable at the same time as the subscription.
Our goal is to deliver the best possible level of service to our customers, enabling them to maximize the value of their subscriptions.
For insight on what the Premier Support offering provides, please refer to this page in our offerings catalog or don't hesitate to contact me.
a) Social software is intuitive and requires no end-user training
b) You should pick pilot users from all parts of the organization to ensure a fair representation
c) You can rely on social enthusiasts who will significantly contribute to driving onboarding success
d) Special attention is needed on the completion of user profiles as it can be a bottleneck to success
To find out, join ISSC consultant Scott Rogers as he discusses some of the myths about Social Adoption to explain how they can be addressed.
Follow this link to access the replay of the April 22nd Accelerate Adoption with Apps event.
Some people do not feel too comfortable in their social suit. Perhaps you will recognize a few of the following six "left sharks".
Shark #1 - the noise making shark
Shark #2 - the excessive collector shark
Shark #3 - the ambivalent community owning shark
Shark #4 - the over generous blogging shark
Shark #5 - the disoriented shark
Shark #6 - the aggressive shark
I hope one or a few of the tips above will help you test the waters and improve your sense of belonging!
We are excited to announce the availability of migration services to accelerate Cloud onboarding.
Known as IBM SmartCloud Upgrade Factory (SCUF for short), this new offering provides a very streamlined set of migrations services to get customers and their mail data into the Cloud faster and cheaper than ever before!
Key features of SCUF are:
This service is a partnership where the customer responsibilities are:
The service is very affordable when compared to other onboarding services and we price it in a per user pricing model to keep it simple.
Find out more about SCUF at the following link in this community.
Contact us if interested to hear more about SCUF or other onboarding services for IBM Verse or SmartCloud Notes.
In this 3 minutes video, Jeff Marshall, CIO at Havas Creative, talks about why a move to IBM Connections Cloud made perfect sense as a way to reduce cost and streamline operations at Havas Creative. He explains the value gained from hiring Services to assist their move. He also provides his view on the 'new way to work' he is experiencing first-hand with IBM Verse.
We are so excited about the Event Connect app being nominated for a Marketing Excellence Award in the category of "Capitalizing on Marketing’s New Tools and Technologies"!!!
The team has done outstanding work! The Event Connect App is used at an increasing number of conferences, including some of IBM largest and key events!
Read more about this nomination in this post in our LinkedIn group.
Over the past few years, we have gradually changed our approach to certification. In this series, I will explain how.
First, exam workshops attempt to stress items (test questions) testing conceptual knowledge rather than pure memorization. We want to certify well-rounded technologists who understand the concepts behind our products, not someone who has an excellent memory and can regurgitate everything he/she read in a manual. Now, I'm not saying that you won't ever find an item that asks "Which parameter/task/variable is correct to do xyz?" However, you will find those types of items much less frequently in exams published in the past two to three years.
Another change is an increase in the quality of items produced. Not only are the items higher in technical quality, but they are also grammatically sound. This is due to a rigorous review process that was introduced three years ago. Not only are the items reviewed for grammar, style and spelling by the workshop facilitator, but they are all reviewed for the same by all the workshop's subject matter experts (SMEs)-- twice. Additionally, the SMEs complete a technical review of each item. Each workshop consists of 8 -15 SMEs.
Please note, all of the changes discussed here only affect new exams published since the changes were enacted. Older exams will still have the issues mentioned above.
In part two of this series, I will discuss the types of items that a candidate will and will not find on newer exams.