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2018 IT Certification Roadmap

2018 IT Certification Roadmap

January 19, 2018 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft, Security, Cisco, EC-Council / by Sara Lamb

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading non-profit trade association that educates and informs current and future IT professionals who want to earn the right certifications. Filling the need for skilled IT workers is a top priority here at Centrq. After all, there are literally millions of unfilled IT jobs that cost the US economy a lot of money. If you are considering earning a professional IT certification, take a few moments to review this objective roadmap that CompTIA made that lays out the different certifications you can earn to qualify for a variety of jobs in the field.Read More

CES 2018 – What’s New and What to Look for

CES 2018 – What’s New and What to Look for

January 3, 2018 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

For a full 50 years now, people have been looking forward every year to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as it showcases the latest in innovation and technology for the consumer market. Here are a few of the emerging technologies that are creating a buzz for CES 2018:

Channel Master Stream+

For those cutting the cord from cable and satellite, there’s another option on the market – the Channel Master Stream+.Read More

Outstanding Options in Microsoft Word

Outstanding Options in Microsoft Word

January 2, 2018 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft Office / by Craig Gerdes

If you have not spent much time reviewing the options and settings in Word, that is unfortunate because you can really customize Word to your own personal preferences and work situation.

This blog will share some examples of the things you can do with options and settings.  Perhaps these “gold nuggets” will encourage you to explore other options and settings that might be helpful to you.Read More

Installing Linux on a Windows Server – And Why It’s a Good Idea

Installing Linux on a Windows Server – And Why It’s a Good Idea

December 28, 2017 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft / by Sara Lamb

Yes, Windows is still the go-to platform for business – but there are times when sys admins, developers, webmasters, and others are going to need tools that are exclusive to Linux.

Others often find situations where they’d like to be able to use Linux features in their regular workflow, just for convenience’s sake.

Early in 2017, Microsoft announced it would add Windows Subsystem for Linux to Windows Server, allowing developers to use Linux alongside resources like CMD and PowerShell.

Windows Subsystem for Linux allows unmodified Linux binaries to run natively on Windows; thanks to WSL, it’s now possible to use nearly any Linux tool integrated into Windows.Read More

Awesome Add-ins for Word

Awesome Add-ins for Word

December 19, 2017 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft Office / by Craig Gerdes

An add-in is a term used for a software utility added to a primary program.  In other words, add-ins are mini applications that extend what you can do with Microsoft Office programs, such as Word.  When you enable an add-in, it adds custom commands and new features that help increase your productivity.

By default, add-ins are not immediately available, so you must first install (and in some cases activate or configure) these add-ins so that you can use them.  Many of the add-ins are free from the Microsoft Store (https://store.office.com).  You may also be able to search for add-ins from third party vendors.Read More

Terrific Tips and Tricks in Microsoft Word

Terrific Tips and Tricks in Microsoft Word

November 27, 2017 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft Office / by Craig Gerdes

Since Microsoft Word is one of the most frequently used software programs, people assume they know everything there is to know.  Therefore whenever you find new and cool things you can do in Word, it is an awesome treat.  I have been teaching Microsoft Word for years and it seems like I learn new and cool things (or maybe remember old, useful things) frequently.  Here are some of my most recent favorites that I thought you might enjoy:Read More

Newly Acquired Technologies by Cisco – And What It Could Mean for Your Business

Newly Acquired Technologies by Cisco – And What It Could Mean for Your Business

November 8, 2017 in Corporate IT Training, Cisco / by Sara Lamb

Cisco’s corporate strategy has long relied on acquisition for introducing new technologies to the tech giant’s palette. With over 200 to date, Cisco acquisitions remain one of the most important strategic elements that the company holds in the tech marketplace.

Cisco has a list of its corporate acquisitions available on its website. Here, you can see a brief rundown of the most important purchases the company has made since 1993. Of particular interest are the six new entrants for 2017, listed below.Read More

Alternatives to Cisco Systems

Alternatives to Cisco Systems

November 8, 2017 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Cisco is undeniably a powerhouse in the tech and networking space. A huge array of products and an aggressive acquisition strategy have combined to make this one company dominate its market.

However, that does not mean that companies looking for Cisco alternatives should give up on the search. In fact, there are numerous Cisco competitors offering best-in-class performance in specific sectors.

End users who don’t need Cisco’s broad selection of software and hardware solutions may very well opt for greater value working with a smaller, more narrowly dedicated company. These alternatives operate in networking, SD-WAN, security, and wireless LAN.Read More