1. Why L2P is the Next Big Thing in IT Training

    With new technologies and platforms arriving every day, IT professionals are used to change. In fact, many people in this field would argue that changes in technology are often for the better, giving the world new ways to be greater, faster, and more efficient in their everyday life.

    That’s why, when it came to pursuing career development, an outcry from IT professionals emerged for a training solution that was greater, faster, and more efficient than traditional in-classroom training.

    Enter: L2P

    As the video below demonstrates, QuickStart’s “Learning to Performance” (L2P) training delivery method is an improved training approach that provides skill seekers with the combined effectiveness of classroom and online training. Through virtual instructor-led training (vILT), this method relies on alternating lecture and lab components to give learners a well-rounded, complete, and overall successful training experience.

    With features like smaller instructor-to-student ratios and compressed learning, this educational delivery method targets each learning style and harnesses every student’s potential to learn and retain key concepts and skills.

    Watch the video to learn more about our L2P and see why IT professionals are embracing this new training method.

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  2. QuickStart Hosting Linux on Azure Live Webinar

    QuickStart Hosting Linux on Azure Live Webinar

    QuickStart is pleased to announce that on February 21st 2017, We will be hosting a live webinar with the General Manager of Training for the Linux Foundation, Clyde Seepersad.

    This educational event will give attendees the opportunity to discuss upcoming technology trends with a Linux professional, and to explore case studies shaping the use of open source in the cloud.

    In addition, Mr. Seepersad will be answering questions regarding the new MCSA: Linux on Azure certification.

    In 2015, Linux and Windows came together to create one of the most profitable and sought-after certifications in the industry. Since then, IT professionals from every discipline have begun to take advantage of the demand for this skill set.

    According to Microsoft, “This certification demonstrates your ability to design, architect, implement, and maintain complex cloud-enabled Linux solutions that leverage Microsoft Azure open source capabilities. It also validates your Linux system administration skills to show that you are fluent in today’s cloud-native world.”

    IT professionals interested in obtaining this certification can do so by passing the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator exam and the Microsoft Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam. You can adequately prepare for these exams by taking part in the following Linux on Azure training courses:

    If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of this certification, register to attend our live webinar, Leveraging Linux & Open Source on Azure Cloud: The Convergence of Windows and Linux Admins as a Hybrid Role.

    We hope to see you there!

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  3. Are Your Statistics Up To Date?

    This is not a personal question; it is about making sure that your SQL Server queries run at their most efficient.  So, I suppose I should first explain a little about Statistics and how they are used in query optimization before I explain the rest.  So, in this first part of the series, I will do just that.

    When you create in index on a table, SQL Server automatically creates a Statistic for that index and names it the same as the index.  In Figure 1 you see an example of this in a sample database I created called BurnsHoughton.   You notice that the index PK_CustID (Clustered) has a Statistic named the same.  I didn’t create that Statistic, SQL Server did it for me.  (There is another situation in which SQL Server will create a Statistic for you, we will discuss that later.)  

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  4. The Benefits of Teaching with Technology

    Benefits of Teaching with Technology

    From Smart Boards to tablets, today’s modern classroom takes full advantage of technology and its ability to interactively connect students with their subjects. Teachers are looking for ways to provide an enriched learning experience for their students, and technology is certainly helping with that, but keeping on top of tech trends can be difficult.

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  5. 5 Nifty Features of Windows 10

    The rollout of Microsoft’s newest operating system has many users on the edge of their seat, as they discover all of the shiny new features of Windows 10. It wasn’t particularly easy for people to adjust to the radical interface change of Windows 8, and some still haven’t gotten the hang of it. The recent OS update is looking to change that.

    Take a look at some of the best features of Windows 10:

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  6. The New Era of Training Modalities – Why is it so Hard to Change?

    New Era of Training Modalities

    Those of us that have been in the training business for the last 20 years have watched the trend go from instructor-led classroom training to a multitude of different training modalities including virtual, e-learning, on-demand and blended solutions. 

    Back in the day, the instructor-led solution was all that was offered, so it was easy: get the funds, get the time off work, and head to the training facility!  While you are there, enjoy some snacks, fresh baked cookies, going out to lunch, and bonding with the instructor & other students in the class, while learning what you need to improve your job skills. 

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  7. Automatically Updating the Configuration Manager Client

    Students always ask me about the ability to automatically update the Configuration Manager client.  The ability to do this has been available since System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1.  With the release of a Cumulative Update (CU), administrators can now take advantage of this feature.

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  8. What Does It Take to Be a CISO? (Infographic)

    Be a CISO

    Recently, we discussed the serious need for skilled cybersecurity workers within the IT industry. As major data breaches become common in the media, companies are looking to their Chief Information Security Officers (CISO’s) to keep their sensitive information safe from hackers.

    This is no easy feat.

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  9. Why is Windows 10 Saying 'Hello'?

    Windows 10 Saying 'Hello'

    The Windows 10 “hello” is a new form of authentication. It’s easy to setup and easy-to-use, so how is it more secure?

    In Windows 10, Microsoft Passport replaces passwords with strong two-factor authentication that consists of an enrolled device and a Windows Hello (biometric) or PIN. The tool that Microsoft is using to make this more secure is by storing your password in a ‘safety deposit box.’

    OK not a real safety deposit box, but a virtual one in the hardware of your computer. 

    Here’s how it works:

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  10. Feel the Might of Mobile with Office 365 Updates

    Whether you frequently travel for work, or you use your morning train ride as a jumpstart to the work day, you understand the need for reliable and easy-to-use mobile applications.

    As we’ve mentioned before, Microsoft’s recent focus has been on improving productivity and collaboration among its users. Clearly, the new February updates to Office 365 also follow this theme.

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