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15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2020

Article | Feb. 09, 2020

Based on survey responses from the Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report, this year’s highest-paying certifications reveal a strong emphasis on particular topics, such as cloud computing and cybersecurity. In fact, cloud and IT security make up the four top-paying credentials on this list.

15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2019

Article | Feb. 07, 2020

Based on survey responses from the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, the highest-paying certifications reveal a strong emphasis on particular topics, such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, networking and project management. In fact, cloud and project management dominate the top five spots.

How to Become Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control

White Paper | Feb. 04, 2020

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of ISACA’s Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your CRISC certification exam.

Upcoming Changes to the PMP Certification Examination

Webinar – Recorded | Feb. 04, 2020

The PMP certification exam is changing but the PMBOK is not. Everyone planning to pursue their PMP certification in 2020 needs to know what is changing and how it will affect the way they prepare for the exam. In this session we will identify and explore the changes that PMI has announced to the PMP Certification Exam Blueprint, when and how the exam will be affected, and will look at a few examples of potential new questions. View the slide deck>

A Complete Guide: How to Become a Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate

White Paper | Feb. 03, 2020

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your certification exam.

A Complete Guide: How to Become a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate

White Paper | Feb. 03, 2020

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the Microsoft Azure Developer Associate certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your certification exam.

A Complete Guide: How to Become a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert

White Paper | Feb. 03, 2020

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your certification exam.

Trends in Cybersecurity

Webinar – Recorded | Jan. 30, 2020

Organizations and individuals are threatened with ever-growing cyber threats and must be prepared to address them. The more we are connected to networks, the more susceptible ​we are to attacks, therefore enterprises must stay current applying various cybersecurity measures and maintaining awareness of cybersecurity trends. View the slide deck>

5 Steps to Getting Certified on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform

Webinar – Recorded | Jan. 28, 2020

This webinar provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform courses and certifications that are currently being offered by Global Knowledge. We’ll talk about the key audiences, required steps, what the learner needs to know and review the entire portfolio. View the slide deck>

Python – The World’s Most Useful Language

Webinar – Recorded | Jan. 21, 2020

This webinar will discuss our Python offerings and how it is proving to be the language of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. View the slide deck>

Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals

Webinar – Recorded | Jan. 16, 2020

Network switching skills are fundamental to administering and maintaining computer networking. This webinar reviews fundamental networking skills from a Cisco perspective. Technical professionals looking to take the next step into Cisco specific networking technologies will benefit from this information. View the slide deck>

Blockchain 101 – Overview and Use Cases

Webinar – Recorded | Jan. 14, 2020

During this Blockchain overview webinar we will discuss what blockchain is, how it can provide value, and how it is currently being used by organizations around the world to effect transformative organizational change. View the slide deck>  

10 Best Cloud Certifications to Pursue in 2020

Article | Jan. 09, 2020

If you’re looking to fortify your cloud expertise, there are a number of certifications to consider. We have compiled 10 cloud certifications that are sure to positively affect your career. 

Set Yourself up for Microsoft Certification and Career Success

Webinar – Recorded | Jan. 07, 2020

This webinar will provide tips and strategies for achieving Microsoft certifications for personal and career success. This webinar will present ideas around studying for certification, the value of certification, what training does and does not do, and how certification helps advance your career. View the slide deck>

Is Degree Deflation IT’s Solution for Hiring Challenges and Reducing Costs?

Article | Jan. 03, 2020

IT organizations could benefit from degree deflation. By deemphasizing college degrees during the hiring process, an open pipeline to more candidates could emerge, leading to diminished skills gaps and potentially lower payroll.

ITIL® 4 education: The story so far and what’s next?

Article | Dec. 30, 2019

ITIL 4 education has been undergoing its slow reveal for almost 12 months.  As the process is passing the halfway point, I’m committing my own and Global Knowledge’s thoughts to print. I’d also like to share with you some tips for continuing your ITIL education journey.

6 Benefits of PMP Certification

Article | Dec. 29, 2019

A Project Manager Professional (PMP) is an individual who has earned an industry-recognized project manager certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

How to Prepare for and Pass the PMP Exam

Article | Dec. 27, 2019

The demand for professionals who can successfully manage a project to completion is rising. Heavy demand means you will be able to command a higher salary and have the flexibility to choose projects you are passionate about.  

Taking Advantage of Microsoft PowerShell

Webinar – Recorded | Dec. 19, 2019

IT administration tasks have usually required manual, point and click operations. Those days are gone; not only is manual action no longer necessary, but your IT technologists can’t afford the time to manually do what can be easily automated and taken off their plate. PowerShell provides an intuitive way to turn time-consuming grunt work into simple, repeatable, scriptable commands. Is your organization taking advantage of PowerShell? Your competitors are. View the slide deck>

Palo Alto Networks - Firewall Essentials

Webinar – Recorded | Dec. 17, 2019

Using Palo Alto Networks, PAN-OS, enterprises can build an IT Security Platform capable of delivering protection against all stages of the Cyber-Attack Lifecycle. From Reconnaissance to Act on Objective, the PAN-OS Single-Pass Parallel Processing (SP3) engine combines efficient throughput with maximum data protection. This webinar will describe how the SP3 Architecture can increase network traffic visibility and enable you to control your environment. View the slide deck>

Microsoft SQL Server Overview

Webinar – Recorded | Dec. 12, 2019

This webinar begins with a general introduction to Microsoft SQL Server editions and versions. We will then highlight several scalability features of SQL Server. Next we will look at the High Availability Options of SQL Server. Finally we will look at Azure SQL deployment and Availability solutions. View the slide deck>

What is a Scrum Master?

Article | Dec. 09, 2019

Scrum serves as a framework for the development of software and other products. It helps teams collaborate and provides a way to address challenges and changes in order to deliver a high value product. The Scrum Master promotes and supports the framework (Scrum). A Certified Scrum Master (CSM) helps everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values.

Top Tech Trends and Predictions for 2020

Article | Dec. 06, 2019

Global Knowledge subject matter experts predict the top trends for 2020 in IT training, Microsoft, Cisco, AWS, cybersecurity and more.

Business Analysis in 30 Minutes

Webinar – Recorded | Dec. 03, 2019

A quick 30 minute introduction to Business Analysis for those who are considering the field. This webinar looks at why the BA is essential to the business, what BAs do, and certification paths for Business Analysts. View the slide deck>

5G - The most powerful “G” on the planet

Webinar – Recorded | Nov. 18, 2019

5G is the next-generation of mobile networks beyond the 4G LTE mobile networks existing today. The vision of 5G is becoming clearer and most experts say 5G will feature network speeds that are blazingly fast at 20 Gbps or higher and have low latency at mere milliseconds. Companies that can convince their staff to embrace what 5G is trying to do, will reap continuous deployment, incrementally adding new capabilities at the pace of a new “G” per year, but without the pain of each giant leap to convert from one G to the next.

Top 5 Risky Internet Behaviors

Article | Nov. 18, 2019

The Internet is not a safe place. We see that more than ever with the security breaches of businesses and individuals in the news on a daily basis. As Internet citizens, we need to take our protection into our own hands, as obviously most online services are not doing their best to protect us.

Unravelling The Mysteries Of Microsoft Office 365

Webinar – Recorded | Nov. 12, 2019

Whether you are a seasoned computer user or new to the MS Office environment, we are sure you have some questions regarding Office 365. This webinar will help demystify the differences between Office 365 in the Cloud and on your PC. Find out when to use one over the other. Have you wondered when should you use OneDrive over SharePoint. Can you just use PowerBi Desktop or should you subscribe to the PowerBI Service? What is Delve? Is Flow a useful tool and how could you use it?

Tech the Halls: 12 Tech Gifts on our 2019 Wish List

Article | Nov. 11, 2019

We asked Global Knowledge’s tech enthusiasts for their ideal wish list items this year. Check out our list of the top 12 tech gifts of 2019.

How to Troubleshoot Group Policy in Microsoft Windows 10

Webinar – Recorded | Nov. 07, 2019

Group Policy enables policy-based administration using Microsoft Active Directory directory services. Group Policy uses directory services and security group membership to provide flexibility and support extensive configuration information. Policy settings are specified by an administrator. This contrasts with profile settings, that are specified by a user. Policy settings are created using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in for Group Policy. In this live course excerpt, John Panagakos, will lead you through one of the most popular modules in Supporting and Troubleshooting Windows 10. View the slide deck>

A Complete Guide for How Organizations Buy Training

White Paper | Nov. 05, 2019

Learn how savvy organizations purchase training through numerous ways to maximize their budgets.

Automation’s Role in Business Security

Article | Oct. 23, 2019

Ask any executive today about digital transformation and they’ll likely tell you about their organization’s plans to integrate cutting-edge technologies. 

Top Cybersecurity Certifications to Enhance Your Career in 2019

Article | Oct. 04, 2019

Managers are in dire need of cybersecurity professionals with specific skills. If you’re looking to advance your career, or transfer into the cyber field, now is the time to get certified.

How to Become a Certified Information Security Manager

White Paper | Sep. 19, 2019

This Certification Prep Guide provides an overview of ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification and offers helpful tips that you can use when preparing for your CISM certification exam.

The Next Cyberattack is Right Around the Corner—Are You Ready?

Article | Sep. 19, 2019

There’s a lot of pressure on IT decision-makers to fill the cybersecurity holes in their organization. The cyber skills shortage is palpable and growing. Cybersecurity is the most challenging IT hiring area in the world. Those of you expecting to hire your way out of your cyber skills gaps, we have some bad news for you—it’s not viable.

Help Wanted: Cybersecurity Professionals Needed

Article | Sep. 18, 2019

Cybersecurity is a top technology investment area around the globe, with over half of our survey respondents saying it’s a priority. It’s no longer a niche skill—every IT professional needs some cybersecurity knowledge.

CISSP Has Changed (Again): What it Means for Your Certification Prep

White Paper | Sep. 17, 2019

This white paper discusses the importance of the CISSP certification, identifies the changes in topics, reveals the complexity of the new testing format, and provides guidance for your preparations towards successfully passing the CISSP exam.

18 IT and Business Certifications Worth Having

Article | Sep. 10, 2019

Here are 18 certification options, in no particular order, that are worth your effort based on site searches, feedback from subject matter experts and data in the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report.

Tech Talk - Citrix

Webinar – Recorded | Sep. 10, 2019

Learn more about Citrix technology, what job roles work with it, and more in our Global Knowledge Tech Talk hosted by Brent Brandow and joined by Citrix expert Justin Valletta. Justin is a sales engineer and solution architect for Citrix.  Among the questions answered: What does Citrix do? What are the Citrix Workspace platform and Citrix Workspace app? How can I use the Citrix Workspace platform and app for the secure delivery of SaaS and web apps? Where do mobile apps fit in? How are files handled in Citrix Workspace? I have Citrix Receiver today, how do I transition to the Workspace App? Can I customize the workspace? What Identity Providers can I use? What do you mean by workspace intelligence? What is a microapp? What types of devices and operating systems will support Workspace Intelligence? Does Workspace Intelligence integrate with other platforms?

Mind the Gap: A Six Step Guide to Organizational Success

White Paper | Sep. 09, 2019

This e-book details the six steps along the learner’s journey. People are the heart of any organization and success can only be achieved when you develop the people who orchestrate technology and business processes. Learn how to identify and close skills gaps, select a training provider, evaluate success, and more.

The Skills Development Index™: What Type of Training Do You Need?

White Paper | Sep. 06, 2019

This white paper discusses the Global Knowledge Skills Development Index™ and how it can be used as a tool to help IT professionals identify the most important skill needs, select the appropriate training, and ultimately eliminate skills gaps.

Rising IT Skills Gaps Coincide with Drop in Instructor-Led Training Attendance

Article | Aug. 30, 2019

As IT professionals gravitate away from classroom training and toward on-demand courses and e-learning, IT skills gaps have spiked. Instructor-led training is still the best option to fill critical skills needs and shouldn't be pushed aside entirely for more convenient and cost-effective options.

The 10 Most Important IT Skills for 2019

Article | Aug. 30, 2019

With skills gaps plaguing the industry, these 10 skills are must-haves for all IT departments. It’s no coincidence that these skills make up a large percentage of the IT skills gap across the industry. Decision-makers are struggling to fill these job roles. The positions also pay well because of a lack of qualified professionals. If you’re looking to make an IT skills investment or start a new career path this year, these are the areas to consider.

Training is an Investment, Not an Expense

Article | Aug. 30, 2019

Explore how IT decision-makers’ training views have changed since we first released our annual IT Skills and Salary Report 12 years ago. Once viewed as an expense, IT leadership now sees professional development as an investment. Even with shrinking budgets and a recent rise in skills gaps, the value of training is currently at an all-time high.

How to Convince Your Manager of the Benefits of Training

Article | Aug. 28, 2019

After reading this article, whether you’re requesting training for yourself or your team, you will be better prepared to build and state your case for the business-delivering value of training.

IT Certifications: 5 New Realities

Article | Aug. 27, 2019

The value of IT certifications has grown considerably over the last decade. Examine the evolution of certification trends, see the top-paying certifications and learn how decision-makers are struggling to hire certified employees.

EC-Council Certification Guide

Article | Aug. 22, 2019

This quick reference guide will highlight the various certification tracks to help you find your path through the EC-Council programs.

New and Emerging Certifications for 2019

Article | Aug. 10, 2019

Looking ahead at new and emerging certifications provides insight into the areas deemed valuable in the IT industry. If you are an early adopter or in a position where you need to show that you have the bleeding-edge expertise of a technology, this list of recent and upcoming certifications is for you. 

Google Cloud Skills in Demand as Organizations Seek Multi-Cloud Solutions

Article | Aug. 01, 2019

Google Cloud certifications had a breakout year according to the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report. GCP Cloud Architect is the top-paying IT certification in North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), while Google Cloud salaries are 34% higher than the average for North America. As more IT departments adopt multi-cloud strategies, Google Cloud skills are increasing in popularity.

Real Comments from the 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report

Video | July 26, 2019

What we love about our annual IT Skills and Salary Survey is that IT professionals are thoughtful and honest with their answers … well, sometimes a little too honest. Here are actual open-field comments from the 2019 survey. #ITGetsReal

You Could Make More Money Just by Moving

Article | July 19, 2019

If you’re worn out by daily road rage—how many middle fingers can you see in one day—or irked at the prospect of being taxed to death, maybe it’s time for a change. Future job opportunity, salary, cost of living and quality of life are a balancing act. We can’t tell you what to do, but we can let you know where IT professionals are making the highest average salaries in the U.S.

ISACA Certifications Deliver Big Returns to Organizations and Individuals

Article | July 16, 2019

ISACA’s role is to help those in the field of cybersecurity get greater utilization out of the people already in the fold. This means enabling IT professionals to take a leadership role and increase their depth of knowledge. Greater skills validation translates to being better able to leverage yourself into leadership positions. 

Top 10 Highest-Paying Microsoft Certifications

Article | July 16, 2019

Lots of great information comes out of Global Knowledge’s annual IT Skills and Salary Report. Not least of which are the reported salaries for those who have earned Microsoft certifications—the ultimate barometer for a Microsoft professional’s market rate.

5 Highest-Paying ISACA Certifications

Article | July 09, 2019

ISACA certifications are some of the most popular and highest-paying in the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report. Eleven percent of IT professionals in the United States and Canada are ISACA-certified, and their salaries are 12% above the North American average.

5 Top-Paying Citrix Certifications

Article | July 09, 2019

There’s undeniably good news for Citrix-certified IT professionals this year. Pursuing at least one Citrix certification has the potential to unlock a host of benefits ranging from above average salaries to greater prestige in the workplace thanks to improved knowledge and capabilities resulting from certifications. Simply put: Citrix certifications pay big dividends according to the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report.

CompTIA Certifications Are Building Blocks For IT Careers

Article | July 09, 2019

There’s a reason why one out of four certified IT professionals in North America hold at least one CompTIA certification. IT professionals who hold at least one certification have higher salaries, are more productive and generally are more satisfied in their job than their non-certified peers.

How To Earn a Top-Paying AWS Certification & Salary

Article | July 09, 2019

Of the 12,271 IT professionals who participated in the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Survey, 1,011 respondents said they hold an AWS certification. The average salary of an AWS-certified IT professional is roughly $130,000, ranking as one of the highest-paying certification categories in North America.

Top-Paying and Most Popular Cisco Certifications from the IT Skills and Salary Report

Article | July 09, 2019

One-third of North American IT professionals expect Cisco to be an emphasis for their organization in the next year. A lot of that is due to reputation—Cisco skills and certifications are considered some of the most valuable in the industry.

Why is CISSP a Top-Paying IT Certification?

Article | July 09, 2019

This year, CISSP-certified IT professionals have the third highest global salary ($116,573) and the 10th highest in North America ($123,815). This is nothing new—CISSP has ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. each year since 2015, even coming in first in 2018. CISSP is a top-paying certification year after year. But how has it remained so relevant and valuable?

How to Select the Right Certification for You

Article | July 08, 2019

According to our IT Skills and Salary Report, 85% of professionals possess at least one certification. That’s a ton of competition in the industry. And the general consensus is the more certifications, the better. So why are so many IT pros and decision-makers putting such an emphasis on certifications? Why is so much investment devoted to training?

Ethical Hacking: A Good Defense Starts with Offensive Security

Article | June 21, 2019

There are two types of networks: those that have been hacked and those that will be. To defend against hacks, cyber professionals can benefit greatly from ethical hacking programs.

What Is Project Scope Management? An Overview

Article | June 21, 2019

Project Scope Management sets the foundation for the creation, development and successful delivery of a project. Learn about the project management process here.

Microsoft and Global Knowledge Help Organizations Maximize Technology Adoption by Attacking Skills Gaps Head On

Article | June 14, 2019

In 2019, Microsoft has thoughtfully adapted their curriculum to boost Azure skills adoption. And to further speed up Azure consumption, Global Knowledge has stepped in to support Microsoft’s evolution and their new strategy. We’re fighting change with change. And here’s how we did it.

Why Instructor-Led Training is More Critical Than Ever in Our Distraction-Heavy World

Article | June 14, 2019

Instructor-led training (ILT) allows the student to attend a live class taught by a subject matter expert they can interact with. When you need to gain skills that provide a high benefit or pose a critical risk to your business, instructor-led training guarantees your highest chance of success.  

How To Not Be Your Own Worst Enemy At Work

Article | June 10, 2019

Five tips for staying above the office drama that could cost you your job.

How to Troubleshoot Group Policy in Windows 10

Webinar – Recorded | June 06, 2019

In this live excerpt from Supporting and Troubleshooting Windows 10 (M10982), Windows 10 expert and Microsoft Certified instructor, John Panagakos, will lead you through one of the most popular modules in this course.

Manage Time and Priorities Using Microsoft Outlook

Webinar – Recorded | June 05, 2019

Learn to effectively use Microsoft Outlook as a work organization and management tool. This webinar will help participants enhance their personal and team productivity, while giving them more control over activities and information.

Taking Advantage of Microsoft PowerShell

Webinar – Recorded | May 30, 2019

IT administration tasks have usually required manual, point and click operations.  Those days are gone; not only is manual action no longer necessary, but your IT technologists can’t afford the time to manually do what can be easily automated and taken off their plate.

Why You Should Care About Private Group Training

Article | May 30, 2019

The benefit of Private Group Training (PGT), particularly when it comes to high-priority or high-risk skills, is it gathers a group of like colleagues together in front of a subject matter expert. PGT, which can also be referred to as onsite training, coordinates the group, eliminating the disparity between co-worker skill sets.

Learning To Fly at Cisco Live 2019

Article | May 29, 2019

There’s a lot to experience whether you are a Cisco Live vet or newbie. Here are a few things I’m looking forward to seeing at Cisco Live 2019.

PAN-OS - Network Security/Prevention Everywhere

Webinar – Recorded | May 23, 2019

Using Palo Alto Networks, PAN-OS, enterprises can build an IT Security Platform capable of delivering protection against all stages of the Cyber-Attack Lifecycle. From Reconnaissance to Act on Objective, the PAN-OS Single-Pass Parallel Processing (SP3) engine combines efficient throughput with maximum data protection. This recorded webinar will describe how the SP3 Architecture can increase network traffic visibility and enable you to control your environment.

The Basics of Computer Networking

Webinar – Recorded | May 17, 2019

Networks are as different as the people and organizations that use them. Despite those differences, there are some foundational components that all networks share. This session will explore different types of networks and the common components that must exist in these networks.

5 Most Popular IT Certifications for 2019

Article | May 13, 2019

While IT professionals are most likely to hold certifications in CompTIA and Microsoft, a greater percentage are pursuing credentials in AWS and Cisco in 2019. Here is a list of the five most sought-after IT certifications this year.

Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals

Webinar – Recorded | May 09, 2019

This recorded webinar will help you understand the basics of switch functionality in Cisco networks. In this setting, a SWITCH is functioning at OSI Layer 2. Before SWITCHES we used BRIDGES to segment within the same network.

Why Now Is the Right Time to Combine ITIL® 4 and Project Management

Article | May 09, 2019

For organizations with the willingness to get in shape and regain their corporate vitality, combining and aligning best practice frameworks is a sure way to achieve that goal. Admittedly, it takes work. Combining ITIL® 4 and project management should be high on your list.

Level Up with the PMP Certification

Webinar – Recorded | May 02, 2019

After several decades on the market, the Project Management Professional® certification continues to be one of the most in-demand certifications worldwide. Learn how you can increase your salary, project success, and organizational value with this recorded webinar.

What Can You Do with Microsoft Power BI?

Webinar – Recorded | April 25, 2019

Power BI is a business analytics solution that lets you visualize your data and share insights across your organization or embed them in your app or website. Connect to hundreds of data sources and bring your data to life with live dashboards and reports. Join us during this recorded webinar to see what Power BI can do for you and your organization.

Security+ and Your IT Career

Webinar – Recorded | April 24, 2019

You don’t have to look far to discover how important security is in our organizations. No matter what role you play in your IT department, it is critical to have a foundational understanding of security. CompTIA’s Security+ certification continues to be a minimum standard for IT professionals around the world in a variety of industries.

A Question about “Hacking Back” — Is it Legal?

Article | April 09, 2019

Should an organization that is the victim of an intentional nefarious hacking activity resort to retaliation? It’s a question that has been gathering a lot of attention. Retaliating against bad actors might seem appealing, but what are the legal ramifications? In this article, find out if there is a legal precedent to "hacking back."

Accelerating with Ansible

Webinar – Recorded | March 28, 2019

Watch John Walter, Solution Architect for Red Hat's Training and Certification team as he discusses the emergence of radically simple Ansible automation and answers your questions.

Balancing Your Metrics with ITIL®

Article | March 26, 2019

Learn about all of your options before choosing the path that works for our organization. Here we look at three of the common metrics questions and how ITIL® offers a balanced view for solving them.