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The New CompTIA A+ Core Series

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair. Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve. Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile […]

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Select Upcoming Courses – by date

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Week of 5/21 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 M-20345-1 Administering Windows Server 2012 M-20411 Advanced […]

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Select Upcoming Courses

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Introduction to SQL Databases M-10985 5/30 6/4 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) 5/21 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure M-20764 5/14 […]

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Training

This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. The courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere […]

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Top 10 Java Questions Explained

“How do I split a string in Java?” Join us for an interesting look at the answer to this and other common questions and issues that developers run into when using Java. Java is a relatively easy language to learn but a hard one to master. It’s one of the most popular and useful languages […]

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Learn Business Analysis Essentials

Join us June 14th and 15th, 2018 for this introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy […]

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DevOps Practices and Principles

If you’re a Development or Operations professional, and you’re interested in learning and adopting DevOps practices, this course is for you.  Explore fundamental concepts, and get prepared for deeper dives into specific DevOps practices. First, take a look at deploying and configuring standardized infrastructure, automating builds and deployments using continuous integration and continuous deployment with […]

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SQL Database Fundamentals

Would you like to learn the basics of relational databases? Join us for this look at SQL Database fundamentals, along with those of database management systems and database components. Get an in-depth introduction to the terminology, concepts, and skills you need to understand database objects, administration, security, and management tools. Plus, explore T-SQL scripts, database […]

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JavaScript Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have any coding experience but want to learn the world’s most popular programming language, we’ve got the perfect course for you! Learn the “what,” “how,” and “why” of JavaScript through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Begin with the very basics of the JavaScript language, and learn everything you need to know to get started. […]

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Which TFS Developer Course Is Right for You?

Regardless of the type of development you do, be it web, mobile, windows, or services, you need proficiency with the core skills that facilitate development in a team. Two courses are offered that have been designed with the developer in mind. 1. TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals This popular developer fundamentals course is targeted at the […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. M-20410: Installing […]

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Essentials of Business Analysis

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 9/12. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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ServiceNow System Administration Training

  ServiceNow is a leading provider of cloud-based services that automate enterprise IT operations. They focus on transforming enterprise IT by automating and standardizing business processes, transforming IT’s relationship to its customers, and consolidating IT across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy their service to create a single system of record for enterprise IT, lower operational […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an associate level certification for network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. The certification prepares you for the following job roles: Network Administrators Network Support Engineers Network Engineer Associate Network Specialist Network Analyst One […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCENT

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 will focus on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. In case you missed it, Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification. IIBA® is […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification.  Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 focuses on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. Current CBAP® exams are aligned with A Guide to […]

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Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

Join us the week of August 15th to learn to develop advanced ASP.NET MVC applications using .NET Framework 4.5 tools and technologies in M-20486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications. The focus in this course will be on coding activities that enhance the performance and scalability of the Web site application. ASP.NET MVC will be […]

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Business Analysis Essentials

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 8/15. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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Deploy and Manage Windows 10

Join us the week of August 22nd for M-20697-2: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services This 5-day course provides administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students learn how to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations. […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Join us the week of August 15th to learn how to Install and Configure Windows 10. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows […]

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Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners

Take a look at these Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners lessons from Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn how to develop Windows 10 apps and develop apps that run on more than one device family. Some experience with C# programming would be helpful.

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Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Become a more well-rounded Business Analyst who can lead projects with cost savings, accurate time to market and solutions that meet your organization’s business needs by joining us for Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements starting on July 27th. In this 3-day workshop you will revisit the foundational concepts of business analysis and discuss the importance […]

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Administering Windows Server 2012

There is still time to register for the upcoming M-20411: Administering Windows Server 2012 class the week of July 25th where, upon completion, you will be able to: Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System Maintain Active Directory Domain Services Manage User and Service Accounts Implement Group Policy Infrastructure Manage User Desktops using Group Policy Install, […]

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Prepare for the PMP® Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a Project Manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. Preparing for the PMP® examination, however, can be a daunting and time-consuming experience. That’s why Babbage Simmel has created PMP® 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP […]

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What’s New in PowerShell v5

Explore the new features in PowerShell, including changes in security, scripting, debugging, and administration role management courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam Prep

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is expected in […]

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Learn Advanced Java

Join us the week of July 25th for Advanced Java Programming training.  This course builds on the Introduction to Java course and goes deeper into programming topics that help you to understand these more advanced Java concepts. This course is aimed towards the Developer who already has learned the fundamentals of Java Programming but is […]

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Learn the C# Programming Language

C#, the most widely used language for .NET from Microsoft experts, is a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft within its .NET framework. The .Net framework is a revolutionary platform that helps you to write the following types of applications: • Windows applications • Web applications • Web services .Net framework applications […]

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Writing Effective Business Cases

A good business case will explain the problem, identify all the possible options to address it, and allow decision-makers to decide which course of action will be best for the organization. It will also allow any changes to the scope or timescale of the project to be assessed against the original purpose. Learn more about […]

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Build Your Foundation in Project Management

Are you ready to start building your foundational skills and knowledge in Project Management? Then plan on joining us for BAB-511: Foundations of Project Management starting on July 14th. This course provides an introduction to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline. Project Management best practices will be introduced, […]

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Start Your Java Development Learning Path

Are you ready to start learning about Java development? Start your Java development learning path by joining us for Introduction to Java starting on 8/29/2016. This course introduces the Java programming language and how to develop Java applications using Eclipse. Participants learn the syntax of the Java programming language, object-oriented programming using Java, exception handling, […]

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Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 is the latest addition to Microsoft’s data platform, with a variety of new features and enhancements that deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Join us on July 6th for M-10986: Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016 training.  This course provides students moving from earlier releases […]

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Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016

Interested in upgrading your skills to Windows Server 2016?  Join us in July to learn how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professional who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a […]

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What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Learn about the features and functionality that have been added to or updated in Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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Want to learn a better way to build software?

Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Become a Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner and […]

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Back By Popular Demand: The Start Menu

Microsoft has brought back the Start button and Start Menu with Windows 10 and they have incorporated some of the unique features from its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Here is a closer look:   As you can see if the photo above, the left side of the Start menu contains the following: An […]

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Good News If You Fail a Microsoft Exam

For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, and get a free retake if you don’t pass! When you schedule and take an MCP exam between now and January 12, 2016, you are eligible for a free retake if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You have 30 days from the […]

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Scrum & Agile Key Terms

Scrum.org defines Scrum as a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team […]

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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Applications is Microsoft’s main certification designed for developers and programmers.  Earning this certification confirms your ability to develop high-quality, interactive business and consumer applications using ASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, HTML5, and CSS3. This also reflects your ability to design and build application solutions that include integrating multiple technologies […]

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Get Your Team Started With Scrum

According to Scrum.org, Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and […]

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JUST ADDED – Oracle Database 11g R2: Administration I – 10/20

The overall objective of this course is to allow the student to gain the skills necessary for day-today administration of an Oracle database. This course is the starting point for Oracle database administrators and also sets the foundation for advanced administrator training and certification At Course Completion Specific subject areas to be explored and objectives […]

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Manage BYOD with Mobility+ Training

Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world offering 16 certification exams in PC support, networking, security and more. CompTIA has been delivering certification exams for more than 20 years and is committed to continually improving the service provided to the industry. Manage BYOD with Mobility+ The mobile […]

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Preparing for the PMP Exam

PMI and the PMP® Overview The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 with the goal of advancing project management as a discipline and is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country […]

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Authorized Citrix Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Layer 8 Training. Layer8, awarded Citrix Authorized Learning Center (CALC) of the Year for 2009, 2011, […]

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Certified Cisco Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Sunset Learning Institute – SLI. Who is SLI? Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Sunset Learning Institute, […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: PMI

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. The next few posts will spotlight some of our partners.  Today in the Spotlight is PMI – Project Management Institute. Who […]

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BabSim and… Microsoft SQL Server

What is Microsoft SQL Server? Microsoft SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organizations and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud.  As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as […]

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Ohio Announces Workforce Training Voucher Program ROUND TWO

Because of the success of the Workforce Training Voucher Program earlier this year, the state has announced that it will launch the second round of the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. This time there is $27 million available to businesses. That means as an employer, you can apply for a credit that will reimburse you […]

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Babsim and… Lync Server 2013 & Lync Online

Lync Server Overview Microsoft Lync Server is enterprise software that provides a platform for unified communications. Lync Server provides an infrastructure to integrate common channels of business communication including instant messaging, VoIP, file transfer, Web conferencing, voice mail and e-mail. Microsoft Lync Server can be used within a single organization, between multiple organizations, and with external […]

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BabSim and… Windows Azure

What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure offers a flexible, […]

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BabSim and… Agile Practices

What Is Agile? Agile is not a process, it’s a philosophy or set of values.  It is an alternative to traditional project management, typically used in software development. It helps team members respond to unpredictability through incremental work cadences, known as sprints. Why Agile? Agile provides opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates your foundation of core technical skills and prepares you for a sustainable IT career.  Babbage Simmel offers all of the required courses you will need to take in order to obtain the certification that you are looking for. Below you will find the specialty areas and the […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 2

There are 4 MCSD certifications available.  In part 1 of our Becoming Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer series, we discussed MCSD: SharePoint Apps and MCSD: Web Applications.  Today we will be focusing on the other two – MCSD: Windows Store Apps and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. MCSD: Windows Store Apps Demonstrate your expertise at designing and […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 1

According to Microsoft Learning, MCSD is one of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time. There are 4 MCSD […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: CompTIA

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is CompTIA. Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: Guru Labs – Linux Certification Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Guru Labs. Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Guru Labs, brings clients a full schedule of Linux […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: IIBA®

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis. Who is IIBA®? Recognizing the need for competent business […]

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Are you ready for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 is nearly in full swing so I wanted to take a closer look at all the new features available.  Take a look below at some of the best new features SharePoint 2013 can offer your organization. Better branding for Your Web Presence. What used to be an arduous process that involved complicated designer […]

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The Rise in Mobile Computing

A recent article on Infoworld goes into detail about how Yahoo wants to accelerate its development of mobile products geared toward delivery of personalized content, as the company works to stay relevant in a world where smartphones and tablets are becoming dominant. Everything seems to be going mobile these days.  Everyone is on the go […]

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Is the IT industry hitting its groove?

Optimism in IT employees is high at the moment.  In a recent survey conducted by Computer World on IT salaries around the country, the percentage of 2013 respondents who said they gained ground financially in the past two years was slightly higher than it was in 2012 (33%, up from 29% last year), and the […]

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Linux Enterprise is on the rise

Linux use is on the rise.  There was a great article this week on Infoworld discussing how 80% of corporations will move to Linux based servers in the next 5 years.  Enterprise users apparently consider Linux the dominant platform for cloud computing, with nearly 76 percent using Linux servers for cloud and 74 percent planning […]

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New Cisco changes

Cisco will be making some updates/changes to their curriculum and certifications over the next few months, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up.   Today we will discuss what these changes are, and how they affect each of the individual courses.  ICND 1 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0 ICND1 v2.0 includes major updates […]

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New Linux courses

We are proud to present our partnership with Guru Labs for Linux Training. The founders of Guru Labs, Bryan Croft and Dax Kelson, are experts in their fields. They had successfully deployed Linux in many environments from the early 1990s. Bryan and Dax recognized the limitless possibilities of Linux and open source contribution. With the […]

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0

Today we are going to take a look at an exciting webinar hosted by our partners over at Sunset Learning Institute. Sunset Learning Institute, a top-tier Cisco Learning Partner that are experts in providing and developing authorized Cisco training, is hosting a free demonstration and discussion covering New Features in Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0.  […]

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Business Analysis Training

Today we are going to take a look at Business Analysis training.  With BabSim’s business analysis training courses, you will be able to identify and improve business processes in your organization through requirements gathering, analytics, communication skills, and data modeling. We provide preparation for several IIBA business analysis certifications and training designed to give you […]

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What’s the deal with Agile?

Agile training has become pretty popular here at Babsim over the last couple of years, so I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the current understanding of what Agile methodology is.  Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve […]

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Cloud technology will produce new jobs

It looks as though Cloud technology won’t just be an upgrade in data management, but it will also create millions of new jobs. Cloud computing, and related areas like virtualization and data management, will create 7 million jobs over the next three years, according to a new study published by Microsoft and IDC. The study […]

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Advanced System Center 2012 courses

To start things off this week I wanted to let everybody know about our Babsim Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This is a place to connect with your peers and have discussions about important trends or new technologies in the IT industry.  We will also be posting some promotions in the group from time to time […]

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Let’s look at SharePoint 2013

This week I want to take a look at a product that’s coming out later this year.  Let’s take a look at SharePoint 2013. What’s new in SharePoint 2013? SharePoint 2013 is the new way to work together. A simplified user experience helps you organize sync and share all your content. New social capabilities make […]

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Guaranteed to run ITIL training

Next week BabSim is again going international! We are engaged for multiple deliveries of the ITIL Foundation course for a client of ours headquartered in Haifa, Israel.  It should be a fun couple of weeks.  ITIL training has been pretty popular here so far this year, so I thought it would be a good idea […]

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CEO forecast for 2013

CEO’s are expecting a lot out of technology in 2013, and Babbage Simmel is here to exceed their expectations. In the business context, sustainability is about taking a holistic approach to the long-term viability of an enterprise in the midst of social, environmental and economic forces. At a practical level, it involves the ability to […]

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Looking for more training dollars?

Just in time for the start of 2013 our government has decided to make more training funds available for Ohio employees.  The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio’s incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of […]

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2012 year in review

Well, it’s been another great year for the Babbage Simmel staff and alumni.  We did tons of training and certification testing this year, with Visual Studio taking the crown for the most trained subject.  We taught twice as many Visual Studio courses in 2012 as the runner up for subject of the year, SharePoint 2010.  […]

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IBM Cognos Training

This week we wanted to take some time and spotlight a couple new training classes here at Babsim.  What exactly is IBM Cognos?  We’re glad you asked. From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven. With products […]

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New System Center Courses

We’re busy finishing a jam packed week here at Babsim.  It’s always nice when you can fill every room in the building.  One of our biggest classes this week was Systems Center, taught by our old friend, Ken Alexander.  This class has been one of our most popular classes this year, and I’m sure it […]

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SharePoint Migration

We’ve been busy the last couple weeks with a SharePoint migration here at Babsim (fun stuff), but don’t think we forgot about you.  In fact, since SharePoint is the hot topic around here right now let’s take a look at our upcoming SharePoint classes!  Maybe your organization can get in on all of the fun we’re […]

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Top paying certifications

We talked a few weeks ago about what IT skills employers where looking for in 2013.  Let’s take it even one step further and discuss which certifications can give you the biggest bump on your salary.  If you want that number to increase on your paycheck than take a look at some of these important […]

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Windows 8 is here!

It’s time to start preparing for Windows 8!  That’s right.  The launch is just around the corner, October 26th to be exact.  The good news is that you can download a preview of Windows 8 here.  There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013 cont…

We’re back with part two of the 10 hottest IT skills employers are looking for in 2013!  Let’s continue the countdown with number 5… 5) Business Intelligence/Analytics –26% plan to hire for this skill in 2013 Big data is one of the top priorities for many companies, but getting the right people to analyze all […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013

The IT industry will be looking to hire in 2013.  A recent survey by Computerworld shows the ten hottest skills that these industry leaders will be looking for during the hiring process.  Luckily, here at babsim we have the perfect courses to complement each of these key areas.  Let’s start with number 10… 10) Data […]

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Microsoft Office Suite 2010

We do a lot of training here at Babsim for back end products like Windows Server or Visual Studio, but you don’t have to work in the IT industry to come across everyday problems that can be solved easily with a computer program.  Maybe you have a book report due for school, or you need […]

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There is no challenge too large for Babbage Simmel

The IT industry is constantly evolving.  We understand that every now and then your organization may need to change from one technology platform to another, sometimes very quickly.  Whether you’re an organization with a few employees or a large agency with numerous workers, there are no tasks too large for Babbage Simmel’s accommodation.  Recently the […]

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Citrix allows for flexibility and freedom

This week we’re talking about Citrix and what it can do for you and your organization.  Citrix solutions let IT provide a more people‑centric, on‑demand computing environment. Flexibility and freedom for people, and security and control for IT form the basis for business innovation and growth. Citrix XenApp is an on-demand application delivery solution that […]

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Microsoft Second Shot is back!

Boost your IT skills with Microsoft Certification— and get a free Second Shot! Here at Babsim we off certification tests for all major Microsoft platforms.  Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc.  Just in time for these new certifications, Microsoft’s Second Shot test initiative is back, and we could all use a safety […]

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Visual Studio 2012 is here!

We’ve already highlighted the new 2012 classes for Microsoft System Center, SQL Server and Windows Server; now let me introduce Visual Studio 2012! Microsoft Visual Studio is a powerful IDE that ensures quality code throughout the entire application lifecycle, from design to deployment. Whether you’re developing applications for SharePoint, the web, Windows, Windows Phone, and […]

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Windows Server 2012

Are you ready for Windows Server 2012?  It’s ok if you aren’t, because we have everything to get you started.  Windows Server 2012 can help you provide: Continuous Availability New and improved features offer cost-effective, high IT service uptime. They are designed to endure failures without disrupting services to users. Management Efficiency The automation of […]

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From Hotmail to Outlook

If you haven’t notice yet, Microsoft’s original e-mail machine, Hotmail, has now transitioned into a web based version of Outlook.  CBCNews reports that it will tie in efficiently with social media websites and make staying in touch with everyone much easier.  In the spirit of this news, I wanted to highlight our offerings for Outlook, […]

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New Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes

We get it.  You have a lot of customers.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool that could manage all of those customers as well as market to them at the same time?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for.  I’d like to introduce you to our selection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes. […]

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Java developers in high demand

A recent survey of tech-focused hiring managers concluded that Java Developer is the most difficult job to fill.  Do you have the skills to be one of these sought after it experts?  If not, that’s OK because we can make it happen.  Check out our Java offerings below and secure your future with certifications in […]

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ITIL training and certification

This week I’m going to talk about ITIL training.  IT Service Management certification helps distinguish those who have a deep understanding of best practice for ITSM and are capable of implementing these concepts to some degree immediately. Certification is also the foundation for developing a career path in IT Service Management. Take a look at look at our […]

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Share the knowledge with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. There are so many benefits to using SharePoint.  Be More Productive ​SharePoint 2010 gives […]

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VMware Training and Virtualization

This week we’re focusing on VMware and Virtualization.  Our VMware courses are all guaranteed to run when scheduled.  So sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this great training.  Why should you virtualize your environment?  Glad you asked. Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by […]

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Short on time? Our boot camp courses are just what you need.

In today’s world everyone is trying to save time.   We all try to cram in as much as we can in a short amount of time so we can sleep longer, golf longer, etc.  If this sounds like you, then check out our various boot camp style courses.  Why take a subject for two weeks […]

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PowerShell, SharePoint and Oracle filling up fast!

This week I wanted to quickly let everyone know about some of our upcoming popular courses that only have a couple seats left.  Now is your chance to sign up and secure that last spot before they’re all gone.  There are some top notch trainers from all over the country coming to Babsim over the […]

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System Center 2012 is Here!

One of this summer’s hottest products is System Center 2012.  The new classes are rolling out, the seats are going fast.  I wanted to take this week’s entry to introduce the various 2012 System Center courses and allow everyone to get a jump on the product itself. M-10748 Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager This […]

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It’s time to DEVELOP your skills!

Develop as a Developer If you’re in the development business and looking to hone your skills or even advance them, look no further.  Here at Babbage Simmel we have a large selection of development courses covering web and applications in Visual Studio all the way to SharePoint.  Below are a few of our upcoming development […]

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Microsoft Forefront 2010

Microsoft Forefront delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions, both on-premises and in the cloud, to help protect users and enable secure access virtually anywhere. With our integrated portfolio of protection, identity, and access products, you can help secure your environment and manage access across data, users, and systems. The best part about all of this is that […]

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New Schedule, New Classes, New Ways to Learn!

This week I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight our new schedule through summer and fall.  Below are just a few of our most popular courses as well as a few that are new this summer.  Take a look and sign up soon as these courses tend to sell out rather quickly.  I […]

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A Look at the Cloud Intelligence Conference

Well, this has been a pretty busy week.  The Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference was a big success thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, and speakers.  We got some great shots of the event, and I wanted to take some time this week to give you a visual look at the event in case you […]

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Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference Schedule

Hey Everyone!  We’ve been talking about the April 3rd Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference for a couple weeks now, and since it’s almost that time we wanted to share the sessions list with you.  You’ve already met our outstanding speakers, now it’s time to see what they will be presenting!  Check out the session schedule below, […]

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Part 2 of our Speakers List for the Cloud Intelligence Conference

We’re back with part two of our Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference lineup!   If you thought we had some great presenters highlighted last week, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Let’s get it started. John Ferringer John Ferringer is a SharePoint IT Professional with over seven years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and has spent […]

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Introducing the speakers for the 2012 Cloud Conference

The 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference is quickly approaching.  In part one of this two part blog I’ll highlight the great speakers we have lined up to provide you with all the background and knowledge you need jump head first into the cloud.  Register now and enter the promo code “Cloud2012” to save $200 off the […]

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Obtain an IT position with Cisco, Win 7, SharePoint and Exchange classes

A recent article in IT World shows that IT hiring continues to rise.  Overall, IT employment grew 3.4% in 2011 and 1.5% in 2010.  This is great news for anyone looking to get into it the IT field, or for those who are already in and are looking for a new position.  I wanted to […]

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Simple Workflow Service made simple

Amazon is developing tools through the Cloud that will make life a whole lot easier on small businesses.  Amazon Web Services’ Simple Workflow Service (SWF) is a portal for developers to build and run cloud-based or on-premise business automation applications.  Check out why they think this endeavor will be beneficial for businesses to take advantage […]

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System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, CLOUD ON YOUR TERMS

Microsoft is rolling out the 2012 courses for many of its newly soon to be released products, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on these highly anticipated courses.  Let’s start it off with System Center 2012! SCCM2012- Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012 This is a brand new class developed and presented by […]

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Exclusive New SQL Server Courses: SQL 2012, Advanced SQL Server 2008, and Cloud Computing

This week I wanted to let everyone know about some new exclusive SQL 2012, and advanced SQL 2008 offerings!  Take a look at the new classes below. Advanced SQL Server 2008 Advanced Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services R2 (SSAS) This two-day SSAS course focuses on advanced concepts for both operating and tuning SSAS in […]

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System Center 2012 and working with virtual lab environments

Before we get into this week’s blog, I wanted to remind everyone that the Ohio Cloud Intelligence Conference is coming up!  Take a look at the promotions, and register ASAP to ensure your seat!  The BEST promotion in my opinion is the one we are currently running on our Facebook page.  If you hit the […]

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Cloud Conference. Gain valuable insights and the opportunity to network with the best in the industry!

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Get your head out of the clouds!”  That expression isn’t such a bad thing anymore.  I want to introduce you to the… Cloud Intelligence Conference: Columbus 2012 Babbage Simmel is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference.  The conference will take place on April […]

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Developing Web Applications; Identity Management and Project Management Professional

This week I just wanted to quickly highlight a few classes within the next month that only have a few seats still available.  You will want to sign up for these classes ASAP to secure your seat!  Let’s take a look. First off we have M-10264: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. In […]

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Are we really secure?

Here are three articles that I was able to pull together from a Google search very quickly.  SpyEye malware borrows Zeus trick to mask fraud, Hacking group releases more Stratfor subscriber data, and Government engineers actively plan for cyberwar.  What does this mean exactly?  I tell you.  These three examples show that not only are […]

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The top five classes of 2011 are….

Welcome back for part two of our countdown of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011!  We’ll start it off this week at number 5… 5. Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 M-10135 •Install and deploy Exchange Server 2010. •Configure Mailbox servers and mailbox server components. •Manage recipient objects. •Configure the Client Access […]

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Have you taken one of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011? Part 1

It seems like everyone is doing countdowns this time of the year, so why not?  This will be part one of a two part blog that will highlight the ten most popular Microsoft courses for 2011.  These classes should still be popular in 2012, so this will give everyone a chance to look at the […]

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At the Forefront of Security

When it comes to policy management, data synchronization and user self-service Forefront Identity Manager handles it all.  Computerworld has a nice look at all three areas. Policy Management Forefront Identity Manager’s view of identity management is that employees, their roles and their eventual authorizations and authentication should all fall under the purview of policies. Administrators […]

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Is Windows 8 the Next Big Thing???

CNET News has a great article out about the looming Windows 8 release in 2012. The rumor is that Microsoft Windows 8 may be largely irrelevant to users of traditional PC’s.  Research has shown that since the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview in September, Microsoft has been battered by criticism from desktop users […]

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Cloud computing opens new doors for IT professionals

Cloud Computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.  Companies that consider moving to cloud computing will want to educate their IT professionals […]

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Virtualization is the Way of the Future

Lead your company into the future. Take the Microsoft Virtualization Challenge  Virtualization is picking up speed. Are your skills keeping up? Lead your company into the future with Microsoft training and certification. Information technology is moving to the cloud. Virtualization is the foundation. Every IT professional is looking for ways to more effectively use their […]

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Does IT certification mean higher pay?

According to NetworkWorld, no, but that doesn’t mean the IT profession is in trouble.  Indeed, the premium pay gap between non-certified and certified IT skills is the largest it has been since late 2000. Employers are paying 8.5% more for employees with non-certified IT skills, compared to 7% more for employees with IT certifications.  “It […]

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Virtualization, VMware vSphere 5.0, IT Trends 2012

Virtualization, VMware 5.0, IT Trends 2012 Of the top ten key IT trends for 2012, Network World ranks Virtualization as number one.  At the Gartner Symposium IT/Expo, David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams with Gartner, said the Top 10 Trends show how IT is changing in that many […]

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Windows 7 and Virtualization

With the fall semester in full swing here at Babsim we are filling up classes fast!  This week I wanted to highlight a few popular classes that still have a couple seats available. First let’s start with our Windows 7 class on 11/2/11.  The primary audience for this course is the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician […]

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Hot IT Skills for 2012

Slowly but surely, many U.S. companies are loosening their viselike grips on IT hiring and looking to add new staffers to bolster business growth in the year ahead. That trend is reflected in Computerworld‘s annual Forecast survey. Nearly 29% of the 353 IT executives polled said they plan to increase IT staffing through next summer. […]

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Introducing Live Distance Learning with QuickStart Intelligence

Last week we had another great ITIL v-3 Foundation class.  Our congratulations to the students attending class last week. Eric Tisdale was perfect again with every single student passing the exam!  By my count, that’s now four classes in a row with Eric where every single student was successful on the exam.  If you’ve been […]

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Welcome OSUMC

Hey everyone. This week I wanted to take some time to let you know about a special initiative we are taking part in here at babsim.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is currently in the process of training 14,000 plus employees on their new Integrated Healthcare Information System (IHIS).  The Babbage Simmel Campus […]

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Answers to Common Cisco Questions

This week is the final segment in this month’s Q&A series, and we’ve saved the best for last.  Take a closer look at Cisco, and our abundance of Guaranteed to Run Cisco Certification offerings.  A big thanks to Rob Williams and Jamie Raines from Sunset Learning for helping us out with the questions this week. […]

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Scrum and Agile Training

This week the Q&A series is all about Scrum!  The Scrum Alliance is answering the questions for us this week, so let’s get started. What exactly is Scrum? Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. […]

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PMP® Certification

Our Q&A series continues this week with a look at Project Management with our senior instructor/consultant David Wirick.  Let’s get started! Dave, when it comes to project management, why is it important to obtain your PMP® certification? The PMP is becoming a professional requirement for project managers.  It’s much like the CPA certification for accounting […]

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ITIL Certification Q&A

This week is going to start a month long “Q & A” series covering some of our most popular courses. Each week I’ll share the information our instructors have shared with me concerning the most frequently asked questions by our students. We’ll kick this series off this week with a closer look at ITIL Certification. […]

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New Classrooms, CISSP and PMP

I spent all day last Friday unpacking boxes.  While that doesn’t sound too fun (and believe me it wasn’t), the end result was pretty fantastic.  We are in the process of upgrading our classrooms with brand new Dell Optiplex 790 Desktop machines with, wait for it, DUAL MONITORS!  One of the more frequent requests from students […]

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IIBA and a Closer Look at babsim

I wanted to start this week with another update from the IIBA.  They have recently awarded the first Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA).  Check out the note below: IIBA Awards First CCBA Designation  International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first Certification of Competency in […]

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World Wide Partner Conference

Hey everyone! Babbage Simmel sent two of our own to the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Los Angeles last week, and what we learned is that there are many things to be excited about in the world of technology coming very soon!  Let’s start by checking out one of the keynote addresses by Steve Ballmer […]

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CDU’s and PDU’s

The highlights for this week at babsim were Project Management and Business Analysis. Dave Wirick was back again (I think he’s just going to move in) with a packed class this week and it was a huge success!  Our PMP class is really hot right now, and the next one on tap is nearly full.  […]

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Cisco, Business Analysis and Scrum

I want to start out this week with a milestone.  The IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) recently surpassed the 20,000 member mark!  Below is the announcement from the IIBA. “IIBA is pleased to announce that we have achieved a major milestone—we now have more than 20,000 members worldwide.  We would like to extend a […]

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Security Seminar and PDU’s

Last week we had our Security Seminar, “Hackers are out to get you.  Are you safe?”  It was presented by Tim Pierson and was a HUGE success!  We actually sold out in less than two days.  No need to worry however, we’ll be having the seminar a couple more times this year so be on […]

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IT Security and Scrum Training

It’s another busy week here at Babsim, and it’s only going to get busier!  This week we welcomed back Tim Pierson to teach our Ethical Hacking Concepts class.  Tim is a world renowned instructor in the security field and has been teaching Babsim IT Security classes for many years.  This Thursday from Noon-1pm he will […]

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SQL, ITIL, and Windows 7 Oh My!

 We’re busy here this week at Babsim.  We’ve got some new instructors making their first visit here and some old favorites.  One of the first things our new instructor said to us when checking the place out yesterday was, “This is such a great facility.  I’ve been in quite a few training centers and the […]

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Cisco Certification

  Along with the launch of our new website comes a partnership with The Sunset Learning Institute, and a brand new, bigger and better Cisco program!  If Mother Nature’s constant downpour isn’t enough for you guys out there then you’re in luck, because Babsim is raining Cisco courses.  We’ve added over SIXTY new authorized Cisco […]

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Social Media

Do you want more updates on what’s happening in the IT world along with what promotions Babbage Simmel is running in the near future? Check out our blog and catch us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to communicating with you all!

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The New CompTIA A+ Core Series

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair. Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve. Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile […]

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Select Upcoming Courses – by date

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Week of 5/21 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 M-20345-1 Administering Windows Server 2012 M-20411 Advanced […]

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Select Upcoming Courses

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Introduction to SQL Databases M-10985 5/30 6/4 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) 5/21 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure M-20764 5/14 […]

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Training

This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. The courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere […]

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Top 10 Java Questions Explained

“How do I split a string in Java?” Join us for an interesting look at the answer to this and other common questions and issues that developers run into when using Java. Java is a relatively easy language to learn but a hard one to master. It’s one of the most popular and useful languages […]

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Learn Business Analysis Essentials

Join us June 14th and 15th, 2018 for this introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy […]

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DevOps Practices and Principles

If you’re a Development or Operations professional, and you’re interested in learning and adopting DevOps practices, this course is for you.  Explore fundamental concepts, and get prepared for deeper dives into specific DevOps practices. First, take a look at deploying and configuring standardized infrastructure, automating builds and deployments using continuous integration and continuous deployment with […]

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SQL Database Fundamentals

Would you like to learn the basics of relational databases? Join us for this look at SQL Database fundamentals, along with those of database management systems and database components. Get an in-depth introduction to the terminology, concepts, and skills you need to understand database objects, administration, security, and management tools. Plus, explore T-SQL scripts, database […]

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JavaScript Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have any coding experience but want to learn the world’s most popular programming language, we’ve got the perfect course for you! Learn the “what,” “how,” and “why” of JavaScript through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Begin with the very basics of the JavaScript language, and learn everything you need to know to get started. […]

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Which TFS Developer Course Is Right for You?

Regardless of the type of development you do, be it web, mobile, windows, or services, you need proficiency with the core skills that facilitate development in a team. Two courses are offered that have been designed with the developer in mind. 1. TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals This popular developer fundamentals course is targeted at the […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. M-20410: Installing […]

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Essentials of Business Analysis

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 9/12. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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ServiceNow System Administration Training

  ServiceNow is a leading provider of cloud-based services that automate enterprise IT operations. They focus on transforming enterprise IT by automating and standardizing business processes, transforming IT’s relationship to its customers, and consolidating IT across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy their service to create a single system of record for enterprise IT, lower operational […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an associate level certification for network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. The certification prepares you for the following job roles: Network Administrators Network Support Engineers Network Engineer Associate Network Specialist Network Analyst One […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCENT

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 will focus on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. In case you missed it, Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification. IIBA® is […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification.  Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 focuses on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. Current CBAP® exams are aligned with A Guide to […]

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Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

Join us the week of August 15th to learn to develop advanced ASP.NET MVC applications using .NET Framework 4.5 tools and technologies in M-20486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications. The focus in this course will be on coding activities that enhance the performance and scalability of the Web site application. ASP.NET MVC will be […]

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Business Analysis Essentials

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 8/15. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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Deploy and Manage Windows 10

Join us the week of August 22nd for M-20697-2: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services This 5-day course provides administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students learn how to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations. […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Join us the week of August 15th to learn how to Install and Configure Windows 10. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows […]

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Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners

Take a look at these Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners lessons from Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn how to develop Windows 10 apps and develop apps that run on more than one device family. Some experience with C# programming would be helpful.

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Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Become a more well-rounded Business Analyst who can lead projects with cost savings, accurate time to market and solutions that meet your organization’s business needs by joining us for Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements starting on July 27th. In this 3-day workshop you will revisit the foundational concepts of business analysis and discuss the importance […]

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Administering Windows Server 2012

There is still time to register for the upcoming M-20411: Administering Windows Server 2012 class the week of July 25th where, upon completion, you will be able to: Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System Maintain Active Directory Domain Services Manage User and Service Accounts Implement Group Policy Infrastructure Manage User Desktops using Group Policy Install, […]

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Prepare for the PMP® Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a Project Manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. Preparing for the PMP® examination, however, can be a daunting and time-consuming experience. That’s why Babbage Simmel has created PMP® 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP […]

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What’s New in PowerShell v5

Explore the new features in PowerShell, including changes in security, scripting, debugging, and administration role management courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam Prep

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is expected in […]

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Learn Advanced Java

Join us the week of July 25th for Advanced Java Programming training.  This course builds on the Introduction to Java course and goes deeper into programming topics that help you to understand these more advanced Java concepts. This course is aimed towards the Developer who already has learned the fundamentals of Java Programming but is […]

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Learn the C# Programming Language

C#, the most widely used language for .NET from Microsoft experts, is a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft within its .NET framework. The .Net framework is a revolutionary platform that helps you to write the following types of applications: • Windows applications • Web applications • Web services .Net framework applications […]

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Writing Effective Business Cases

A good business case will explain the problem, identify all the possible options to address it, and allow decision-makers to decide which course of action will be best for the organization. It will also allow any changes to the scope or timescale of the project to be assessed against the original purpose. Learn more about […]

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Build Your Foundation in Project Management

Are you ready to start building your foundational skills and knowledge in Project Management? Then plan on joining us for BAB-511: Foundations of Project Management starting on July 14th. This course provides an introduction to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline. Project Management best practices will be introduced, […]

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Start Your Java Development Learning Path

Are you ready to start learning about Java development? Start your Java development learning path by joining us for Introduction to Java starting on 8/29/2016. This course introduces the Java programming language and how to develop Java applications using Eclipse. Participants learn the syntax of the Java programming language, object-oriented programming using Java, exception handling, […]

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Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 is the latest addition to Microsoft’s data platform, with a variety of new features and enhancements that deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Join us on July 6th for M-10986: Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016 training.  This course provides students moving from earlier releases […]

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Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016

Interested in upgrading your skills to Windows Server 2016?  Join us in July to learn how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professional who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a […]

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What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Learn about the features and functionality that have been added to or updated in Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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Want to learn a better way to build software?

Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Become a Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner and […]

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Back By Popular Demand: The Start Menu

Microsoft has brought back the Start button and Start Menu with Windows 10 and they have incorporated some of the unique features from its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Here is a closer look:   As you can see if the photo above, the left side of the Start menu contains the following: An […]

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Good News If You Fail a Microsoft Exam

For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, and get a free retake if you don’t pass! When you schedule and take an MCP exam between now and January 12, 2016, you are eligible for a free retake if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You have 30 days from the […]

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Scrum & Agile Key Terms

Scrum.org defines Scrum as a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team […]

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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Applications is Microsoft’s main certification designed for developers and programmers.  Earning this certification confirms your ability to develop high-quality, interactive business and consumer applications using ASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, HTML5, and CSS3. This also reflects your ability to design and build application solutions that include integrating multiple technologies […]

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Get Your Team Started With Scrum

According to Scrum.org, Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and […]

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JUST ADDED – Oracle Database 11g R2: Administration I – 10/20

The overall objective of this course is to allow the student to gain the skills necessary for day-today administration of an Oracle database. This course is the starting point for Oracle database administrators and also sets the foundation for advanced administrator training and certification At Course Completion Specific subject areas to be explored and objectives […]

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Manage BYOD with Mobility+ Training

Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world offering 16 certification exams in PC support, networking, security and more. CompTIA has been delivering certification exams for more than 20 years and is committed to continually improving the service provided to the industry. Manage BYOD with Mobility+ The mobile […]

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Preparing for the PMP Exam

PMI and the PMP® Overview The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 with the goal of advancing project management as a discipline and is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country […]

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Authorized Citrix Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Layer 8 Training. Layer8, awarded Citrix Authorized Learning Center (CALC) of the Year for 2009, 2011, […]

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Certified Cisco Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Sunset Learning Institute – SLI. Who is SLI? Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Sunset Learning Institute, […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: PMI

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. The next few posts will spotlight some of our partners.  Today in the Spotlight is PMI – Project Management Institute. Who […]

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BabSim and… Microsoft SQL Server

What is Microsoft SQL Server? Microsoft SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organizations and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud.  As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as […]

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Ohio Announces Workforce Training Voucher Program ROUND TWO

Because of the success of the Workforce Training Voucher Program earlier this year, the state has announced that it will launch the second round of the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. This time there is $27 million available to businesses. That means as an employer, you can apply for a credit that will reimburse you […]

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Babsim and… Lync Server 2013 & Lync Online

Lync Server Overview Microsoft Lync Server is enterprise software that provides a platform for unified communications. Lync Server provides an infrastructure to integrate common channels of business communication including instant messaging, VoIP, file transfer, Web conferencing, voice mail and e-mail. Microsoft Lync Server can be used within a single organization, between multiple organizations, and with external […]

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BabSim and… Windows Azure

What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure offers a flexible, […]

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BabSim and… Agile Practices

What Is Agile? Agile is not a process, it’s a philosophy or set of values.  It is an alternative to traditional project management, typically used in software development. It helps team members respond to unpredictability through incremental work cadences, known as sprints. Why Agile? Agile provides opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates your foundation of core technical skills and prepares you for a sustainable IT career.  Babbage Simmel offers all of the required courses you will need to take in order to obtain the certification that you are looking for. Below you will find the specialty areas and the […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 2

There are 4 MCSD certifications available.  In part 1 of our Becoming Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer series, we discussed MCSD: SharePoint Apps and MCSD: Web Applications.  Today we will be focusing on the other two – MCSD: Windows Store Apps and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. MCSD: Windows Store Apps Demonstrate your expertise at designing and […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 1

According to Microsoft Learning, MCSD is one of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time. There are 4 MCSD […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: CompTIA

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is CompTIA. Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: Guru Labs – Linux Certification Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Guru Labs. Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Guru Labs, brings clients a full schedule of Linux […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: IIBA®

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis. Who is IIBA®? Recognizing the need for competent business […]

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Are you ready for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 is nearly in full swing so I wanted to take a closer look at all the new features available.  Take a look below at some of the best new features SharePoint 2013 can offer your organization. Better branding for Your Web Presence. What used to be an arduous process that involved complicated designer […]

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The Rise in Mobile Computing

A recent article on Infoworld goes into detail about how Yahoo wants to accelerate its development of mobile products geared toward delivery of personalized content, as the company works to stay relevant in a world where smartphones and tablets are becoming dominant. Everything seems to be going mobile these days.  Everyone is on the go […]

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Is the IT industry hitting its groove?

Optimism in IT employees is high at the moment.  In a recent survey conducted by Computer World on IT salaries around the country, the percentage of 2013 respondents who said they gained ground financially in the past two years was slightly higher than it was in 2012 (33%, up from 29% last year), and the […]

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Linux Enterprise is on the rise

Linux use is on the rise.  There was a great article this week on Infoworld discussing how 80% of corporations will move to Linux based servers in the next 5 years.  Enterprise users apparently consider Linux the dominant platform for cloud computing, with nearly 76 percent using Linux servers for cloud and 74 percent planning […]

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New Cisco changes

Cisco will be making some updates/changes to their curriculum and certifications over the next few months, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up.   Today we will discuss what these changes are, and how they affect each of the individual courses.  ICND 1 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0 ICND1 v2.0 includes major updates […]

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New Linux courses

We are proud to present our partnership with Guru Labs for Linux Training. The founders of Guru Labs, Bryan Croft and Dax Kelson, are experts in their fields. They had successfully deployed Linux in many environments from the early 1990s. Bryan and Dax recognized the limitless possibilities of Linux and open source contribution. With the […]

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0

Today we are going to take a look at an exciting webinar hosted by our partners over at Sunset Learning Institute. Sunset Learning Institute, a top-tier Cisco Learning Partner that are experts in providing and developing authorized Cisco training, is hosting a free demonstration and discussion covering New Features in Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0.  […]

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Business Analysis Training

Today we are going to take a look at Business Analysis training.  With BabSim’s business analysis training courses, you will be able to identify and improve business processes in your organization through requirements gathering, analytics, communication skills, and data modeling. We provide preparation for several IIBA business analysis certifications and training designed to give you […]

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What’s the deal with Agile?

Agile training has become pretty popular here at Babsim over the last couple of years, so I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the current understanding of what Agile methodology is.  Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve […]

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Cloud technology will produce new jobs

It looks as though Cloud technology won’t just be an upgrade in data management, but it will also create millions of new jobs. Cloud computing, and related areas like virtualization and data management, will create 7 million jobs over the next three years, according to a new study published by Microsoft and IDC. The study […]

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Advanced System Center 2012 courses

To start things off this week I wanted to let everybody know about our Babsim Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This is a place to connect with your peers and have discussions about important trends or new technologies in the IT industry.  We will also be posting some promotions in the group from time to time […]

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Let’s look at SharePoint 2013

This week I want to take a look at a product that’s coming out later this year.  Let’s take a look at SharePoint 2013. What’s new in SharePoint 2013? SharePoint 2013 is the new way to work together. A simplified user experience helps you organize sync and share all your content. New social capabilities make […]

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Guaranteed to run ITIL training

Next week BabSim is again going international! We are engaged for multiple deliveries of the ITIL Foundation course for a client of ours headquartered in Haifa, Israel.  It should be a fun couple of weeks.  ITIL training has been pretty popular here so far this year, so I thought it would be a good idea […]

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CEO forecast for 2013

CEO’s are expecting a lot out of technology in 2013, and Babbage Simmel is here to exceed their expectations. In the business context, sustainability is about taking a holistic approach to the long-term viability of an enterprise in the midst of social, environmental and economic forces. At a practical level, it involves the ability to […]

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Looking for more training dollars?

Just in time for the start of 2013 our government has decided to make more training funds available for Ohio employees.  The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio’s incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of […]

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2012 year in review

Well, it’s been another great year for the Babbage Simmel staff and alumni.  We did tons of training and certification testing this year, with Visual Studio taking the crown for the most trained subject.  We taught twice as many Visual Studio courses in 2012 as the runner up for subject of the year, SharePoint 2010.  […]

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IBM Cognos Training

This week we wanted to take some time and spotlight a couple new training classes here at Babsim.  What exactly is IBM Cognos?  We’re glad you asked. From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven. With products […]

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New System Center Courses

We’re busy finishing a jam packed week here at Babsim.  It’s always nice when you can fill every room in the building.  One of our biggest classes this week was Systems Center, taught by our old friend, Ken Alexander.  This class has been one of our most popular classes this year, and I’m sure it […]

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SharePoint Migration

We’ve been busy the last couple weeks with a SharePoint migration here at Babsim (fun stuff), but don’t think we forgot about you.  In fact, since SharePoint is the hot topic around here right now let’s take a look at our upcoming SharePoint classes!  Maybe your organization can get in on all of the fun we’re […]

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Top paying certifications

We talked a few weeks ago about what IT skills employers where looking for in 2013.  Let’s take it even one step further and discuss which certifications can give you the biggest bump on your salary.  If you want that number to increase on your paycheck than take a look at some of these important […]

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Windows 8 is here!

It’s time to start preparing for Windows 8!  That’s right.  The launch is just around the corner, October 26th to be exact.  The good news is that you can download a preview of Windows 8 here.  There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013 cont…

We’re back with part two of the 10 hottest IT skills employers are looking for in 2013!  Let’s continue the countdown with number 5… 5) Business Intelligence/Analytics –26% plan to hire for this skill in 2013 Big data is one of the top priorities for many companies, but getting the right people to analyze all […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013

The IT industry will be looking to hire in 2013.  A recent survey by Computerworld shows the ten hottest skills that these industry leaders will be looking for during the hiring process.  Luckily, here at babsim we have the perfect courses to complement each of these key areas.  Let’s start with number 10… 10) Data […]

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Microsoft Office Suite 2010

We do a lot of training here at Babsim for back end products like Windows Server or Visual Studio, but you don’t have to work in the IT industry to come across everyday problems that can be solved easily with a computer program.  Maybe you have a book report due for school, or you need […]

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There is no challenge too large for Babbage Simmel

The IT industry is constantly evolving.  We understand that every now and then your organization may need to change from one technology platform to another, sometimes very quickly.  Whether you’re an organization with a few employees or a large agency with numerous workers, there are no tasks too large for Babbage Simmel’s accommodation.  Recently the […]

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Citrix allows for flexibility and freedom

This week we’re talking about Citrix and what it can do for you and your organization.  Citrix solutions let IT provide a more people‑centric, on‑demand computing environment. Flexibility and freedom for people, and security and control for IT form the basis for business innovation and growth. Citrix XenApp is an on-demand application delivery solution that […]

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Microsoft Second Shot is back!

Boost your IT skills with Microsoft Certification— and get a free Second Shot! Here at Babsim we off certification tests for all major Microsoft platforms.  Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc.  Just in time for these new certifications, Microsoft’s Second Shot test initiative is back, and we could all use a safety […]

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Visual Studio 2012 is here!

We’ve already highlighted the new 2012 classes for Microsoft System Center, SQL Server and Windows Server; now let me introduce Visual Studio 2012! Microsoft Visual Studio is a powerful IDE that ensures quality code throughout the entire application lifecycle, from design to deployment. Whether you’re developing applications for SharePoint, the web, Windows, Windows Phone, and […]

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Windows Server 2012

Are you ready for Windows Server 2012?  It’s ok if you aren’t, because we have everything to get you started.  Windows Server 2012 can help you provide: Continuous Availability New and improved features offer cost-effective, high IT service uptime. They are designed to endure failures without disrupting services to users. Management Efficiency The automation of […]

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From Hotmail to Outlook

If you haven’t notice yet, Microsoft’s original e-mail machine, Hotmail, has now transitioned into a web based version of Outlook.  CBCNews reports that it will tie in efficiently with social media websites and make staying in touch with everyone much easier.  In the spirit of this news, I wanted to highlight our offerings for Outlook, […]

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New Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes

We get it.  You have a lot of customers.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool that could manage all of those customers as well as market to them at the same time?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for.  I’d like to introduce you to our selection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes. […]

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Java developers in high demand

A recent survey of tech-focused hiring managers concluded that Java Developer is the most difficult job to fill.  Do you have the skills to be one of these sought after it experts?  If not, that’s OK because we can make it happen.  Check out our Java offerings below and secure your future with certifications in […]

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ITIL training and certification

This week I’m going to talk about ITIL training.  IT Service Management certification helps distinguish those who have a deep understanding of best practice for ITSM and are capable of implementing these concepts to some degree immediately. Certification is also the foundation for developing a career path in IT Service Management. Take a look at look at our […]

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Share the knowledge with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. There are so many benefits to using SharePoint.  Be More Productive ​SharePoint 2010 gives […]

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VMware Training and Virtualization

This week we’re focusing on VMware and Virtualization.  Our VMware courses are all guaranteed to run when scheduled.  So sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this great training.  Why should you virtualize your environment?  Glad you asked. Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by […]

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Short on time? Our boot camp courses are just what you need.

In today’s world everyone is trying to save time.   We all try to cram in as much as we can in a short amount of time so we can sleep longer, golf longer, etc.  If this sounds like you, then check out our various boot camp style courses.  Why take a subject for two weeks […]

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PowerShell, SharePoint and Oracle filling up fast!

This week I wanted to quickly let everyone know about some of our upcoming popular courses that only have a couple seats left.  Now is your chance to sign up and secure that last spot before they’re all gone.  There are some top notch trainers from all over the country coming to Babsim over the […]

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System Center 2012 is Here!

One of this summer’s hottest products is System Center 2012.  The new classes are rolling out, the seats are going fast.  I wanted to take this week’s entry to introduce the various 2012 System Center courses and allow everyone to get a jump on the product itself. M-10748 Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager This […]

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It’s time to DEVELOP your skills!

Develop as a Developer If you’re in the development business and looking to hone your skills or even advance them, look no further.  Here at Babbage Simmel we have a large selection of development courses covering web and applications in Visual Studio all the way to SharePoint.  Below are a few of our upcoming development […]

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Microsoft Forefront 2010

Microsoft Forefront delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions, both on-premises and in the cloud, to help protect users and enable secure access virtually anywhere. With our integrated portfolio of protection, identity, and access products, you can help secure your environment and manage access across data, users, and systems. The best part about all of this is that […]

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New Schedule, New Classes, New Ways to Learn!

This week I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight our new schedule through summer and fall.  Below are just a few of our most popular courses as well as a few that are new this summer.  Take a look and sign up soon as these courses tend to sell out rather quickly.  I […]

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A Look at the Cloud Intelligence Conference

Well, this has been a pretty busy week.  The Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference was a big success thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, and speakers.  We got some great shots of the event, and I wanted to take some time this week to give you a visual look at the event in case you […]

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Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference Schedule

Hey Everyone!  We’ve been talking about the April 3rd Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference for a couple weeks now, and since it’s almost that time we wanted to share the sessions list with you.  You’ve already met our outstanding speakers, now it’s time to see what they will be presenting!  Check out the session schedule below, […]

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Part 2 of our Speakers List for the Cloud Intelligence Conference

We’re back with part two of our Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference lineup!   If you thought we had some great presenters highlighted last week, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Let’s get it started. John Ferringer John Ferringer is a SharePoint IT Professional with over seven years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and has spent […]

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Introducing the speakers for the 2012 Cloud Conference

The 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference is quickly approaching.  In part one of this two part blog I’ll highlight the great speakers we have lined up to provide you with all the background and knowledge you need jump head first into the cloud.  Register now and enter the promo code “Cloud2012” to save $200 off the […]

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Obtain an IT position with Cisco, Win 7, SharePoint and Exchange classes

A recent article in IT World shows that IT hiring continues to rise.  Overall, IT employment grew 3.4% in 2011 and 1.5% in 2010.  This is great news for anyone looking to get into it the IT field, or for those who are already in and are looking for a new position.  I wanted to […]

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Simple Workflow Service made simple

Amazon is developing tools through the Cloud that will make life a whole lot easier on small businesses.  Amazon Web Services’ Simple Workflow Service (SWF) is a portal for developers to build and run cloud-based or on-premise business automation applications.  Check out why they think this endeavor will be beneficial for businesses to take advantage […]

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System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, CLOUD ON YOUR TERMS

Microsoft is rolling out the 2012 courses for many of its newly soon to be released products, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on these highly anticipated courses.  Let’s start it off with System Center 2012! SCCM2012- Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012 This is a brand new class developed and presented by […]

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Exclusive New SQL Server Courses: SQL 2012, Advanced SQL Server 2008, and Cloud Computing

This week I wanted to let everyone know about some new exclusive SQL 2012, and advanced SQL 2008 offerings!  Take a look at the new classes below. Advanced SQL Server 2008 Advanced Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services R2 (SSAS) This two-day SSAS course focuses on advanced concepts for both operating and tuning SSAS in […]

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System Center 2012 and working with virtual lab environments

Before we get into this week’s blog, I wanted to remind everyone that the Ohio Cloud Intelligence Conference is coming up!  Take a look at the promotions, and register ASAP to ensure your seat!  The BEST promotion in my opinion is the one we are currently running on our Facebook page.  If you hit the […]

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Cloud Conference. Gain valuable insights and the opportunity to network with the best in the industry!

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Get your head out of the clouds!”  That expression isn’t such a bad thing anymore.  I want to introduce you to the… Cloud Intelligence Conference: Columbus 2012 Babbage Simmel is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference.  The conference will take place on April […]

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Developing Web Applications; Identity Management and Project Management Professional

This week I just wanted to quickly highlight a few classes within the next month that only have a few seats still available.  You will want to sign up for these classes ASAP to secure your seat!  Let’s take a look. First off we have M-10264: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. In […]

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Are we really secure?

Here are three articles that I was able to pull together from a Google search very quickly.  SpyEye malware borrows Zeus trick to mask fraud, Hacking group releases more Stratfor subscriber data, and Government engineers actively plan for cyberwar.  What does this mean exactly?  I tell you.  These three examples show that not only are […]

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The top five classes of 2011 are….

Welcome back for part two of our countdown of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011!  We’ll start it off this week at number 5… 5. Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 M-10135 •Install and deploy Exchange Server 2010. •Configure Mailbox servers and mailbox server components. •Manage recipient objects. •Configure the Client Access […]

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Have you taken one of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011? Part 1

It seems like everyone is doing countdowns this time of the year, so why not?  This will be part one of a two part blog that will highlight the ten most popular Microsoft courses for 2011.  These classes should still be popular in 2012, so this will give everyone a chance to look at the […]

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At the Forefront of Security

When it comes to policy management, data synchronization and user self-service Forefront Identity Manager handles it all.  Computerworld has a nice look at all three areas. Policy Management Forefront Identity Manager’s view of identity management is that employees, their roles and their eventual authorizations and authentication should all fall under the purview of policies. Administrators […]

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Is Windows 8 the Next Big Thing???

CNET News has a great article out about the looming Windows 8 release in 2012. The rumor is that Microsoft Windows 8 may be largely irrelevant to users of traditional PC’s.  Research has shown that since the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview in September, Microsoft has been battered by criticism from desktop users […]

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Cloud computing opens new doors for IT professionals

Cloud Computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.  Companies that consider moving to cloud computing will want to educate their IT professionals […]

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Virtualization is the Way of the Future

Lead your company into the future. Take the Microsoft Virtualization Challenge  Virtualization is picking up speed. Are your skills keeping up? Lead your company into the future with Microsoft training and certification. Information technology is moving to the cloud. Virtualization is the foundation. Every IT professional is looking for ways to more effectively use their […]

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Does IT certification mean higher pay?

According to NetworkWorld, no, but that doesn’t mean the IT profession is in trouble.  Indeed, the premium pay gap between non-certified and certified IT skills is the largest it has been since late 2000. Employers are paying 8.5% more for employees with non-certified IT skills, compared to 7% more for employees with IT certifications.  “It […]

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Virtualization, VMware vSphere 5.0, IT Trends 2012

Virtualization, VMware 5.0, IT Trends 2012 Of the top ten key IT trends for 2012, Network World ranks Virtualization as number one.  At the Gartner Symposium IT/Expo, David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams with Gartner, said the Top 10 Trends show how IT is changing in that many […]

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Windows 7 and Virtualization

With the fall semester in full swing here at Babsim we are filling up classes fast!  This week I wanted to highlight a few popular classes that still have a couple seats available. First let’s start with our Windows 7 class on 11/2/11.  The primary audience for this course is the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician […]

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Hot IT Skills for 2012

Slowly but surely, many U.S. companies are loosening their viselike grips on IT hiring and looking to add new staffers to bolster business growth in the year ahead. That trend is reflected in Computerworld‘s annual Forecast survey. Nearly 29% of the 353 IT executives polled said they plan to increase IT staffing through next summer. […]

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Introducing Live Distance Learning with QuickStart Intelligence

Last week we had another great ITIL v-3 Foundation class.  Our congratulations to the students attending class last week. Eric Tisdale was perfect again with every single student passing the exam!  By my count, that’s now four classes in a row with Eric where every single student was successful on the exam.  If you’ve been […]

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Welcome OSUMC

Hey everyone. This week I wanted to take some time to let you know about a special initiative we are taking part in here at babsim.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is currently in the process of training 14,000 plus employees on their new Integrated Healthcare Information System (IHIS).  The Babbage Simmel Campus […]

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Answers to Common Cisco Questions

This week is the final segment in this month’s Q&A series, and we’ve saved the best for last.  Take a closer look at Cisco, and our abundance of Guaranteed to Run Cisco Certification offerings.  A big thanks to Rob Williams and Jamie Raines from Sunset Learning for helping us out with the questions this week. […]

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Scrum and Agile Training

This week the Q&A series is all about Scrum!  The Scrum Alliance is answering the questions for us this week, so let’s get started. What exactly is Scrum? Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. […]

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PMP® Certification

Our Q&A series continues this week with a look at Project Management with our senior instructor/consultant David Wirick.  Let’s get started! Dave, when it comes to project management, why is it important to obtain your PMP® certification? The PMP is becoming a professional requirement for project managers.  It’s much like the CPA certification for accounting […]

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ITIL Certification Q&A

This week is going to start a month long “Q & A” series covering some of our most popular courses. Each week I’ll share the information our instructors have shared with me concerning the most frequently asked questions by our students. We’ll kick this series off this week with a closer look at ITIL Certification. […]

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New Classrooms, CISSP and PMP

I spent all day last Friday unpacking boxes.  While that doesn’t sound too fun (and believe me it wasn’t), the end result was pretty fantastic.  We are in the process of upgrading our classrooms with brand new Dell Optiplex 790 Desktop machines with, wait for it, DUAL MONITORS!  One of the more frequent requests from students […]

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IIBA and a Closer Look at babsim

I wanted to start this week with another update from the IIBA.  They have recently awarded the first Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA).  Check out the note below: IIBA Awards First CCBA Designation  International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first Certification of Competency in […]

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World Wide Partner Conference

Hey everyone! Babbage Simmel sent two of our own to the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Los Angeles last week, and what we learned is that there are many things to be excited about in the world of technology coming very soon!  Let’s start by checking out one of the keynote addresses by Steve Ballmer […]

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CDU’s and PDU’s

The highlights for this week at babsim were Project Management and Business Analysis. Dave Wirick was back again (I think he’s just going to move in) with a packed class this week and it was a huge success!  Our PMP class is really hot right now, and the next one on tap is nearly full.  […]

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Cisco, Business Analysis and Scrum

I want to start out this week with a milestone.  The IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) recently surpassed the 20,000 member mark!  Below is the announcement from the IIBA. “IIBA is pleased to announce that we have achieved a major milestone—we now have more than 20,000 members worldwide.  We would like to extend a […]

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Security Seminar and PDU’s

Last week we had our Security Seminar, “Hackers are out to get you.  Are you safe?”  It was presented by Tim Pierson and was a HUGE success!  We actually sold out in less than two days.  No need to worry however, we’ll be having the seminar a couple more times this year so be on […]

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IT Security and Scrum Training

It’s another busy week here at Babsim, and it’s only going to get busier!  This week we welcomed back Tim Pierson to teach our Ethical Hacking Concepts class.  Tim is a world renowned instructor in the security field and has been teaching Babsim IT Security classes for many years.  This Thursday from Noon-1pm he will […]

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SQL, ITIL, and Windows 7 Oh My!

 We’re busy here this week at Babsim.  We’ve got some new instructors making their first visit here and some old favorites.  One of the first things our new instructor said to us when checking the place out yesterday was, “This is such a great facility.  I’ve been in quite a few training centers and the […]

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Cisco Certification

  Along with the launch of our new website comes a partnership with The Sunset Learning Institute, and a brand new, bigger and better Cisco program!  If Mother Nature’s constant downpour isn’t enough for you guys out there then you’re in luck, because Babsim is raining Cisco courses.  We’ve added over SIXTY new authorized Cisco […]

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Social Media

Do you want more updates on what’s happening in the IT world along with what promotions Babbage Simmel is running in the near future? Check out our blog and catch us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to communicating with you all!

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The New CompTIA A+ Core Series

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair. Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve. Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile […]

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Select Upcoming Courses – by date

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Week of 5/21 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 M-20345-1 Administering Windows Server 2012 M-20411 Advanced […]

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Select Upcoming Courses

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Introduction to SQL Databases M-10985 5/30 6/4 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) 5/21 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure M-20764 5/14 […]

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Training

This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. The courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere […]

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Top 10 Java Questions Explained

“How do I split a string in Java?” Join us for an interesting look at the answer to this and other common questions and issues that developers run into when using Java. Java is a relatively easy language to learn but a hard one to master. It’s one of the most popular and useful languages […]

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Learn Business Analysis Essentials

Join us June 14th and 15th, 2018 for this introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy […]

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DevOps Practices and Principles

If you’re a Development or Operations professional, and you’re interested in learning and adopting DevOps practices, this course is for you.  Explore fundamental concepts, and get prepared for deeper dives into specific DevOps practices. First, take a look at deploying and configuring standardized infrastructure, automating builds and deployments using continuous integration and continuous deployment with […]

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SQL Database Fundamentals

Would you like to learn the basics of relational databases? Join us for this look at SQL Database fundamentals, along with those of database management systems and database components. Get an in-depth introduction to the terminology, concepts, and skills you need to understand database objects, administration, security, and management tools. Plus, explore T-SQL scripts, database […]

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JavaScript Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have any coding experience but want to learn the world’s most popular programming language, we’ve got the perfect course for you! Learn the “what,” “how,” and “why” of JavaScript through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Begin with the very basics of the JavaScript language, and learn everything you need to know to get started. […]

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Which TFS Developer Course Is Right for You?

Regardless of the type of development you do, be it web, mobile, windows, or services, you need proficiency with the core skills that facilitate development in a team. Two courses are offered that have been designed with the developer in mind. 1. TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals This popular developer fundamentals course is targeted at the […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. M-20410: Installing […]

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Essentials of Business Analysis

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 9/12. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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ServiceNow System Administration Training

  ServiceNow is a leading provider of cloud-based services that automate enterprise IT operations. They focus on transforming enterprise IT by automating and standardizing business processes, transforming IT’s relationship to its customers, and consolidating IT across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy their service to create a single system of record for enterprise IT, lower operational […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an associate level certification for network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. The certification prepares you for the following job roles: Network Administrators Network Support Engineers Network Engineer Associate Network Specialist Network Analyst One […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCENT

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 will focus on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. In case you missed it, Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification. IIBA® is […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification.  Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 focuses on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. Current CBAP® exams are aligned with A Guide to […]

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Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

Join us the week of August 15th to learn to develop advanced ASP.NET MVC applications using .NET Framework 4.5 tools and technologies in M-20486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications. The focus in this course will be on coding activities that enhance the performance and scalability of the Web site application. ASP.NET MVC will be […]

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Business Analysis Essentials

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 8/15. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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Deploy and Manage Windows 10

Join us the week of August 22nd for M-20697-2: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services This 5-day course provides administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students learn how to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations. […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Join us the week of August 15th to learn how to Install and Configure Windows 10. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows […]

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Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners

Take a look at these Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners lessons from Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn how to develop Windows 10 apps and develop apps that run on more than one device family. Some experience with C# programming would be helpful.

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Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Become a more well-rounded Business Analyst who can lead projects with cost savings, accurate time to market and solutions that meet your organization’s business needs by joining us for Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements starting on July 27th. In this 3-day workshop you will revisit the foundational concepts of business analysis and discuss the importance […]

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Administering Windows Server 2012

There is still time to register for the upcoming M-20411: Administering Windows Server 2012 class the week of July 25th where, upon completion, you will be able to: Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System Maintain Active Directory Domain Services Manage User and Service Accounts Implement Group Policy Infrastructure Manage User Desktops using Group Policy Install, […]

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Prepare for the PMP® Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a Project Manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. Preparing for the PMP® examination, however, can be a daunting and time-consuming experience. That’s why Babbage Simmel has created PMP® 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP […]

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What’s New in PowerShell v5

Explore the new features in PowerShell, including changes in security, scripting, debugging, and administration role management courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam Prep

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is expected in […]

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Learn Advanced Java

Join us the week of July 25th for Advanced Java Programming training.  This course builds on the Introduction to Java course and goes deeper into programming topics that help you to understand these more advanced Java concepts. This course is aimed towards the Developer who already has learned the fundamentals of Java Programming but is […]

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Learn the C# Programming Language

C#, the most widely used language for .NET from Microsoft experts, is a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft within its .NET framework. The .Net framework is a revolutionary platform that helps you to write the following types of applications: • Windows applications • Web applications • Web services .Net framework applications […]

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Writing Effective Business Cases

A good business case will explain the problem, identify all the possible options to address it, and allow decision-makers to decide which course of action will be best for the organization. It will also allow any changes to the scope or timescale of the project to be assessed against the original purpose. Learn more about […]

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Build Your Foundation in Project Management

Are you ready to start building your foundational skills and knowledge in Project Management? Then plan on joining us for BAB-511: Foundations of Project Management starting on July 14th. This course provides an introduction to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline. Project Management best practices will be introduced, […]

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Start Your Java Development Learning Path

Are you ready to start learning about Java development? Start your Java development learning path by joining us for Introduction to Java starting on 8/29/2016. This course introduces the Java programming language and how to develop Java applications using Eclipse. Participants learn the syntax of the Java programming language, object-oriented programming using Java, exception handling, […]

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Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 is the latest addition to Microsoft’s data platform, with a variety of new features and enhancements that deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Join us on July 6th for M-10986: Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016 training.  This course provides students moving from earlier releases […]

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Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016

Interested in upgrading your skills to Windows Server 2016?  Join us in July to learn how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professional who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a […]

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What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Learn about the features and functionality that have been added to or updated in Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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Want to learn a better way to build software?

Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Become a Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner and […]

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Back By Popular Demand: The Start Menu

Microsoft has brought back the Start button and Start Menu with Windows 10 and they have incorporated some of the unique features from its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Here is a closer look:   As you can see if the photo above, the left side of the Start menu contains the following: An […]

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Good News If You Fail a Microsoft Exam

For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, and get a free retake if you don’t pass! When you schedule and take an MCP exam between now and January 12, 2016, you are eligible for a free retake if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You have 30 days from the […]

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Scrum & Agile Key Terms

Scrum.org defines Scrum as a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team […]

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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Applications is Microsoft’s main certification designed for developers and programmers.  Earning this certification confirms your ability to develop high-quality, interactive business and consumer applications using ASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, HTML5, and CSS3. This also reflects your ability to design and build application solutions that include integrating multiple technologies […]

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Get Your Team Started With Scrum

According to Scrum.org, Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and […]

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JUST ADDED – Oracle Database 11g R2: Administration I – 10/20

The overall objective of this course is to allow the student to gain the skills necessary for day-today administration of an Oracle database. This course is the starting point for Oracle database administrators and also sets the foundation for advanced administrator training and certification At Course Completion Specific subject areas to be explored and objectives […]

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Manage BYOD with Mobility+ Training

Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world offering 16 certification exams in PC support, networking, security and more. CompTIA has been delivering certification exams for more than 20 years and is committed to continually improving the service provided to the industry. Manage BYOD with Mobility+ The mobile […]

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Preparing for the PMP Exam

PMI and the PMP® Overview The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 with the goal of advancing project management as a discipline and is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country […]

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Authorized Citrix Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Layer 8 Training. Layer8, awarded Citrix Authorized Learning Center (CALC) of the Year for 2009, 2011, […]

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Certified Cisco Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Sunset Learning Institute – SLI. Who is SLI? Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Sunset Learning Institute, […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: PMI

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. The next few posts will spotlight some of our partners.  Today in the Spotlight is PMI – Project Management Institute. Who […]

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BabSim and… Microsoft SQL Server

What is Microsoft SQL Server? Microsoft SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organizations and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud.  As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as […]

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Ohio Announces Workforce Training Voucher Program ROUND TWO

Because of the success of the Workforce Training Voucher Program earlier this year, the state has announced that it will launch the second round of the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. This time there is $27 million available to businesses. That means as an employer, you can apply for a credit that will reimburse you […]

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Babsim and… Lync Server 2013 & Lync Online

Lync Server Overview Microsoft Lync Server is enterprise software that provides a platform for unified communications. Lync Server provides an infrastructure to integrate common channels of business communication including instant messaging, VoIP, file transfer, Web conferencing, voice mail and e-mail. Microsoft Lync Server can be used within a single organization, between multiple organizations, and with external […]

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BabSim and… Windows Azure

What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure offers a flexible, […]

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BabSim and… Agile Practices

What Is Agile? Agile is not a process, it’s a philosophy or set of values.  It is an alternative to traditional project management, typically used in software development. It helps team members respond to unpredictability through incremental work cadences, known as sprints. Why Agile? Agile provides opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates your foundation of core technical skills and prepares you for a sustainable IT career.  Babbage Simmel offers all of the required courses you will need to take in order to obtain the certification that you are looking for. Below you will find the specialty areas and the […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 2

There are 4 MCSD certifications available.  In part 1 of our Becoming Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer series, we discussed MCSD: SharePoint Apps and MCSD: Web Applications.  Today we will be focusing on the other two – MCSD: Windows Store Apps and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. MCSD: Windows Store Apps Demonstrate your expertise at designing and […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 1

According to Microsoft Learning, MCSD is one of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time. There are 4 MCSD […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: CompTIA

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is CompTIA. Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: Guru Labs – Linux Certification Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Guru Labs. Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Guru Labs, brings clients a full schedule of Linux […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: IIBA®

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis. Who is IIBA®? Recognizing the need for competent business […]

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Are you ready for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 is nearly in full swing so I wanted to take a closer look at all the new features available.  Take a look below at some of the best new features SharePoint 2013 can offer your organization. Better branding for Your Web Presence. What used to be an arduous process that involved complicated designer […]

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The Rise in Mobile Computing

A recent article on Infoworld goes into detail about how Yahoo wants to accelerate its development of mobile products geared toward delivery of personalized content, as the company works to stay relevant in a world where smartphones and tablets are becoming dominant. Everything seems to be going mobile these days.  Everyone is on the go […]

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Is the IT industry hitting its groove?

Optimism in IT employees is high at the moment.  In a recent survey conducted by Computer World on IT salaries around the country, the percentage of 2013 respondents who said they gained ground financially in the past two years was slightly higher than it was in 2012 (33%, up from 29% last year), and the […]

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Linux Enterprise is on the rise

Linux use is on the rise.  There was a great article this week on Infoworld discussing how 80% of corporations will move to Linux based servers in the next 5 years.  Enterprise users apparently consider Linux the dominant platform for cloud computing, with nearly 76 percent using Linux servers for cloud and 74 percent planning […]

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New Cisco changes

Cisco will be making some updates/changes to their curriculum and certifications over the next few months, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up.   Today we will discuss what these changes are, and how they affect each of the individual courses.  ICND 1 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0 ICND1 v2.0 includes major updates […]

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New Linux courses

We are proud to present our partnership with Guru Labs for Linux Training. The founders of Guru Labs, Bryan Croft and Dax Kelson, are experts in their fields. They had successfully deployed Linux in many environments from the early 1990s. Bryan and Dax recognized the limitless possibilities of Linux and open source contribution. With the […]

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0

Today we are going to take a look at an exciting webinar hosted by our partners over at Sunset Learning Institute. Sunset Learning Institute, a top-tier Cisco Learning Partner that are experts in providing and developing authorized Cisco training, is hosting a free demonstration and discussion covering New Features in Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0.  […]

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Business Analysis Training

Today we are going to take a look at Business Analysis training.  With BabSim’s business analysis training courses, you will be able to identify and improve business processes in your organization through requirements gathering, analytics, communication skills, and data modeling. We provide preparation for several IIBA business analysis certifications and training designed to give you […]

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What’s the deal with Agile?

Agile training has become pretty popular here at Babsim over the last couple of years, so I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the current understanding of what Agile methodology is.  Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve […]

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Cloud technology will produce new jobs

It looks as though Cloud technology won’t just be an upgrade in data management, but it will also create millions of new jobs. Cloud computing, and related areas like virtualization and data management, will create 7 million jobs over the next three years, according to a new study published by Microsoft and IDC. The study […]

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Advanced System Center 2012 courses

To start things off this week I wanted to let everybody know about our Babsim Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This is a place to connect with your peers and have discussions about important trends or new technologies in the IT industry.  We will also be posting some promotions in the group from time to time […]

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Let’s look at SharePoint 2013

This week I want to take a look at a product that’s coming out later this year.  Let’s take a look at SharePoint 2013. What’s new in SharePoint 2013? SharePoint 2013 is the new way to work together. A simplified user experience helps you organize sync and share all your content. New social capabilities make […]

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Guaranteed to run ITIL training

Next week BabSim is again going international! We are engaged for multiple deliveries of the ITIL Foundation course for a client of ours headquartered in Haifa, Israel.  It should be a fun couple of weeks.  ITIL training has been pretty popular here so far this year, so I thought it would be a good idea […]

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CEO forecast for 2013

CEO’s are expecting a lot out of technology in 2013, and Babbage Simmel is here to exceed their expectations. In the business context, sustainability is about taking a holistic approach to the long-term viability of an enterprise in the midst of social, environmental and economic forces. At a practical level, it involves the ability to […]

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Looking for more training dollars?

Just in time for the start of 2013 our government has decided to make more training funds available for Ohio employees.  The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio’s incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of […]

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2012 year in review

Well, it’s been another great year for the Babbage Simmel staff and alumni.  We did tons of training and certification testing this year, with Visual Studio taking the crown for the most trained subject.  We taught twice as many Visual Studio courses in 2012 as the runner up for subject of the year, SharePoint 2010.  […]

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IBM Cognos Training

This week we wanted to take some time and spotlight a couple new training classes here at Babsim.  What exactly is IBM Cognos?  We’re glad you asked. From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven. With products […]

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New System Center Courses

We’re busy finishing a jam packed week here at Babsim.  It’s always nice when you can fill every room in the building.  One of our biggest classes this week was Systems Center, taught by our old friend, Ken Alexander.  This class has been one of our most popular classes this year, and I’m sure it […]

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SharePoint Migration

We’ve been busy the last couple weeks with a SharePoint migration here at Babsim (fun stuff), but don’t think we forgot about you.  In fact, since SharePoint is the hot topic around here right now let’s take a look at our upcoming SharePoint classes!  Maybe your organization can get in on all of the fun we’re […]

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Top paying certifications

We talked a few weeks ago about what IT skills employers where looking for in 2013.  Let’s take it even one step further and discuss which certifications can give you the biggest bump on your salary.  If you want that number to increase on your paycheck than take a look at some of these important […]

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Windows 8 is here!

It’s time to start preparing for Windows 8!  That’s right.  The launch is just around the corner, October 26th to be exact.  The good news is that you can download a preview of Windows 8 here.  There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013 cont…

We’re back with part two of the 10 hottest IT skills employers are looking for in 2013!  Let’s continue the countdown with number 5… 5) Business Intelligence/Analytics –26% plan to hire for this skill in 2013 Big data is one of the top priorities for many companies, but getting the right people to analyze all […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013

The IT industry will be looking to hire in 2013.  A recent survey by Computerworld shows the ten hottest skills that these industry leaders will be looking for during the hiring process.  Luckily, here at babsim we have the perfect courses to complement each of these key areas.  Let’s start with number 10… 10) Data […]

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Microsoft Office Suite 2010

We do a lot of training here at Babsim for back end products like Windows Server or Visual Studio, but you don’t have to work in the IT industry to come across everyday problems that can be solved easily with a computer program.  Maybe you have a book report due for school, or you need […]

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There is no challenge too large for Babbage Simmel

The IT industry is constantly evolving.  We understand that every now and then your organization may need to change from one technology platform to another, sometimes very quickly.  Whether you’re an organization with a few employees or a large agency with numerous workers, there are no tasks too large for Babbage Simmel’s accommodation.  Recently the […]

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Citrix allows for flexibility and freedom

This week we’re talking about Citrix and what it can do for you and your organization.  Citrix solutions let IT provide a more people‑centric, on‑demand computing environment. Flexibility and freedom for people, and security and control for IT form the basis for business innovation and growth. Citrix XenApp is an on-demand application delivery solution that […]

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Microsoft Second Shot is back!

Boost your IT skills with Microsoft Certification— and get a free Second Shot! Here at Babsim we off certification tests for all major Microsoft platforms.  Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc.  Just in time for these new certifications, Microsoft’s Second Shot test initiative is back, and we could all use a safety […]

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Visual Studio 2012 is here!

We’ve already highlighted the new 2012 classes for Microsoft System Center, SQL Server and Windows Server; now let me introduce Visual Studio 2012! Microsoft Visual Studio is a powerful IDE that ensures quality code throughout the entire application lifecycle, from design to deployment. Whether you’re developing applications for SharePoint, the web, Windows, Windows Phone, and […]

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Windows Server 2012

Are you ready for Windows Server 2012?  It’s ok if you aren’t, because we have everything to get you started.  Windows Server 2012 can help you provide: Continuous Availability New and improved features offer cost-effective, high IT service uptime. They are designed to endure failures without disrupting services to users. Management Efficiency The automation of […]

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From Hotmail to Outlook

If you haven’t notice yet, Microsoft’s original e-mail machine, Hotmail, has now transitioned into a web based version of Outlook.  CBCNews reports that it will tie in efficiently with social media websites and make staying in touch with everyone much easier.  In the spirit of this news, I wanted to highlight our offerings for Outlook, […]

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New Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes

We get it.  You have a lot of customers.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool that could manage all of those customers as well as market to them at the same time?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for.  I’d like to introduce you to our selection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes. […]

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Java developers in high demand

A recent survey of tech-focused hiring managers concluded that Java Developer is the most difficult job to fill.  Do you have the skills to be one of these sought after it experts?  If not, that’s OK because we can make it happen.  Check out our Java offerings below and secure your future with certifications in […]

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ITIL training and certification

This week I’m going to talk about ITIL training.  IT Service Management certification helps distinguish those who have a deep understanding of best practice for ITSM and are capable of implementing these concepts to some degree immediately. Certification is also the foundation for developing a career path in IT Service Management. Take a look at look at our […]

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Share the knowledge with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. There are so many benefits to using SharePoint.  Be More Productive ​SharePoint 2010 gives […]

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VMware Training and Virtualization

This week we’re focusing on VMware and Virtualization.  Our VMware courses are all guaranteed to run when scheduled.  So sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this great training.  Why should you virtualize your environment?  Glad you asked. Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by […]

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Short on time? Our boot camp courses are just what you need.

In today’s world everyone is trying to save time.   We all try to cram in as much as we can in a short amount of time so we can sleep longer, golf longer, etc.  If this sounds like you, then check out our various boot camp style courses.  Why take a subject for two weeks […]

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PowerShell, SharePoint and Oracle filling up fast!

This week I wanted to quickly let everyone know about some of our upcoming popular courses that only have a couple seats left.  Now is your chance to sign up and secure that last spot before they’re all gone.  There are some top notch trainers from all over the country coming to Babsim over the […]

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System Center 2012 is Here!

One of this summer’s hottest products is System Center 2012.  The new classes are rolling out, the seats are going fast.  I wanted to take this week’s entry to introduce the various 2012 System Center courses and allow everyone to get a jump on the product itself. M-10748 Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager This […]

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It’s time to DEVELOP your skills!

Develop as a Developer If you’re in the development business and looking to hone your skills or even advance them, look no further.  Here at Babbage Simmel we have a large selection of development courses covering web and applications in Visual Studio all the way to SharePoint.  Below are a few of our upcoming development […]

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Microsoft Forefront 2010

Microsoft Forefront delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions, both on-premises and in the cloud, to help protect users and enable secure access virtually anywhere. With our integrated portfolio of protection, identity, and access products, you can help secure your environment and manage access across data, users, and systems. The best part about all of this is that […]

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New Schedule, New Classes, New Ways to Learn!

This week I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight our new schedule through summer and fall.  Below are just a few of our most popular courses as well as a few that are new this summer.  Take a look and sign up soon as these courses tend to sell out rather quickly.  I […]

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A Look at the Cloud Intelligence Conference

Well, this has been a pretty busy week.  The Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference was a big success thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, and speakers.  We got some great shots of the event, and I wanted to take some time this week to give you a visual look at the event in case you […]

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Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference Schedule

Hey Everyone!  We’ve been talking about the April 3rd Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference for a couple weeks now, and since it’s almost that time we wanted to share the sessions list with you.  You’ve already met our outstanding speakers, now it’s time to see what they will be presenting!  Check out the session schedule below, […]

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Part 2 of our Speakers List for the Cloud Intelligence Conference

We’re back with part two of our Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference lineup!   If you thought we had some great presenters highlighted last week, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Let’s get it started. John Ferringer John Ferringer is a SharePoint IT Professional with over seven years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and has spent […]

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Introducing the speakers for the 2012 Cloud Conference

The 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference is quickly approaching.  In part one of this two part blog I’ll highlight the great speakers we have lined up to provide you with all the background and knowledge you need jump head first into the cloud.  Register now and enter the promo code “Cloud2012” to save $200 off the […]

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Obtain an IT position with Cisco, Win 7, SharePoint and Exchange classes

A recent article in IT World shows that IT hiring continues to rise.  Overall, IT employment grew 3.4% in 2011 and 1.5% in 2010.  This is great news for anyone looking to get into it the IT field, or for those who are already in and are looking for a new position.  I wanted to […]

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Simple Workflow Service made simple

Amazon is developing tools through the Cloud that will make life a whole lot easier on small businesses.  Amazon Web Services’ Simple Workflow Service (SWF) is a portal for developers to build and run cloud-based or on-premise business automation applications.  Check out why they think this endeavor will be beneficial for businesses to take advantage […]

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System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, CLOUD ON YOUR TERMS

Microsoft is rolling out the 2012 courses for many of its newly soon to be released products, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on these highly anticipated courses.  Let’s start it off with System Center 2012! SCCM2012- Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012 This is a brand new class developed and presented by […]

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Exclusive New SQL Server Courses: SQL 2012, Advanced SQL Server 2008, and Cloud Computing

This week I wanted to let everyone know about some new exclusive SQL 2012, and advanced SQL 2008 offerings!  Take a look at the new classes below. Advanced SQL Server 2008 Advanced Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services R2 (SSAS) This two-day SSAS course focuses on advanced concepts for both operating and tuning SSAS in […]

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System Center 2012 and working with virtual lab environments

Before we get into this week’s blog, I wanted to remind everyone that the Ohio Cloud Intelligence Conference is coming up!  Take a look at the promotions, and register ASAP to ensure your seat!  The BEST promotion in my opinion is the one we are currently running on our Facebook page.  If you hit the […]

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Cloud Conference. Gain valuable insights and the opportunity to network with the best in the industry!

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Get your head out of the clouds!”  That expression isn’t such a bad thing anymore.  I want to introduce you to the… Cloud Intelligence Conference: Columbus 2012 Babbage Simmel is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference.  The conference will take place on April […]

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Developing Web Applications; Identity Management and Project Management Professional

This week I just wanted to quickly highlight a few classes within the next month that only have a few seats still available.  You will want to sign up for these classes ASAP to secure your seat!  Let’s take a look. First off we have M-10264: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. In […]

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Are we really secure?

Here are three articles that I was able to pull together from a Google search very quickly.  SpyEye malware borrows Zeus trick to mask fraud, Hacking group releases more Stratfor subscriber data, and Government engineers actively plan for cyberwar.  What does this mean exactly?  I tell you.  These three examples show that not only are […]

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The top five classes of 2011 are….

Welcome back for part two of our countdown of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011!  We’ll start it off this week at number 5… 5. Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 M-10135 •Install and deploy Exchange Server 2010. •Configure Mailbox servers and mailbox server components. •Manage recipient objects. •Configure the Client Access […]

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Have you taken one of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011? Part 1

It seems like everyone is doing countdowns this time of the year, so why not?  This will be part one of a two part blog that will highlight the ten most popular Microsoft courses for 2011.  These classes should still be popular in 2012, so this will give everyone a chance to look at the […]

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At the Forefront of Security

When it comes to policy management, data synchronization and user self-service Forefront Identity Manager handles it all.  Computerworld has a nice look at all three areas. Policy Management Forefront Identity Manager’s view of identity management is that employees, their roles and their eventual authorizations and authentication should all fall under the purview of policies. Administrators […]

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Is Windows 8 the Next Big Thing???

CNET News has a great article out about the looming Windows 8 release in 2012. The rumor is that Microsoft Windows 8 may be largely irrelevant to users of traditional PC’s.  Research has shown that since the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview in September, Microsoft has been battered by criticism from desktop users […]

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Cloud computing opens new doors for IT professionals

Cloud Computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.  Companies that consider moving to cloud computing will want to educate their IT professionals […]

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Virtualization is the Way of the Future

Lead your company into the future. Take the Microsoft Virtualization Challenge  Virtualization is picking up speed. Are your skills keeping up? Lead your company into the future with Microsoft training and certification. Information technology is moving to the cloud. Virtualization is the foundation. Every IT professional is looking for ways to more effectively use their […]

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Does IT certification mean higher pay?

According to NetworkWorld, no, but that doesn’t mean the IT profession is in trouble.  Indeed, the premium pay gap between non-certified and certified IT skills is the largest it has been since late 2000. Employers are paying 8.5% more for employees with non-certified IT skills, compared to 7% more for employees with IT certifications.  “It […]

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Virtualization, VMware vSphere 5.0, IT Trends 2012

Virtualization, VMware 5.0, IT Trends 2012 Of the top ten key IT trends for 2012, Network World ranks Virtualization as number one.  At the Gartner Symposium IT/Expo, David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams with Gartner, said the Top 10 Trends show how IT is changing in that many […]

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Windows 7 and Virtualization

With the fall semester in full swing here at Babsim we are filling up classes fast!  This week I wanted to highlight a few popular classes that still have a couple seats available. First let’s start with our Windows 7 class on 11/2/11.  The primary audience for this course is the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician […]

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Hot IT Skills for 2012

Slowly but surely, many U.S. companies are loosening their viselike grips on IT hiring and looking to add new staffers to bolster business growth in the year ahead. That trend is reflected in Computerworld‘s annual Forecast survey. Nearly 29% of the 353 IT executives polled said they plan to increase IT staffing through next summer. […]

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Introducing Live Distance Learning with QuickStart Intelligence

Last week we had another great ITIL v-3 Foundation class.  Our congratulations to the students attending class last week. Eric Tisdale was perfect again with every single student passing the exam!  By my count, that’s now four classes in a row with Eric where every single student was successful on the exam.  If you’ve been […]

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Welcome OSUMC

Hey everyone. This week I wanted to take some time to let you know about a special initiative we are taking part in here at babsim.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is currently in the process of training 14,000 plus employees on their new Integrated Healthcare Information System (IHIS).  The Babbage Simmel Campus […]

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Answers to Common Cisco Questions

This week is the final segment in this month’s Q&A series, and we’ve saved the best for last.  Take a closer look at Cisco, and our abundance of Guaranteed to Run Cisco Certification offerings.  A big thanks to Rob Williams and Jamie Raines from Sunset Learning for helping us out with the questions this week. […]

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Scrum and Agile Training

This week the Q&A series is all about Scrum!  The Scrum Alliance is answering the questions for us this week, so let’s get started. What exactly is Scrum? Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. […]

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PMP® Certification

Our Q&A series continues this week with a look at Project Management with our senior instructor/consultant David Wirick.  Let’s get started! Dave, when it comes to project management, why is it important to obtain your PMP® certification? The PMP is becoming a professional requirement for project managers.  It’s much like the CPA certification for accounting […]

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ITIL Certification Q&A

This week is going to start a month long “Q & A” series covering some of our most popular courses. Each week I’ll share the information our instructors have shared with me concerning the most frequently asked questions by our students. We’ll kick this series off this week with a closer look at ITIL Certification. […]

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New Classrooms, CISSP and PMP

I spent all day last Friday unpacking boxes.  While that doesn’t sound too fun (and believe me it wasn’t), the end result was pretty fantastic.  We are in the process of upgrading our classrooms with brand new Dell Optiplex 790 Desktop machines with, wait for it, DUAL MONITORS!  One of the more frequent requests from students […]

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IIBA and a Closer Look at babsim

I wanted to start this week with another update from the IIBA.  They have recently awarded the first Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA).  Check out the note below: IIBA Awards First CCBA Designation  International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first Certification of Competency in […]

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World Wide Partner Conference

Hey everyone! Babbage Simmel sent two of our own to the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Los Angeles last week, and what we learned is that there are many things to be excited about in the world of technology coming very soon!  Let’s start by checking out one of the keynote addresses by Steve Ballmer […]

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CDU’s and PDU’s

The highlights for this week at babsim were Project Management and Business Analysis. Dave Wirick was back again (I think he’s just going to move in) with a packed class this week and it was a huge success!  Our PMP class is really hot right now, and the next one on tap is nearly full.  […]

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Cisco, Business Analysis and Scrum

I want to start out this week with a milestone.  The IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) recently surpassed the 20,000 member mark!  Below is the announcement from the IIBA. “IIBA is pleased to announce that we have achieved a major milestone—we now have more than 20,000 members worldwide.  We would like to extend a […]

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Security Seminar and PDU’s

Last week we had our Security Seminar, “Hackers are out to get you.  Are you safe?”  It was presented by Tim Pierson and was a HUGE success!  We actually sold out in less than two days.  No need to worry however, we’ll be having the seminar a couple more times this year so be on […]

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IT Security and Scrum Training

It’s another busy week here at Babsim, and it’s only going to get busier!  This week we welcomed back Tim Pierson to teach our Ethical Hacking Concepts class.  Tim is a world renowned instructor in the security field and has been teaching Babsim IT Security classes for many years.  This Thursday from Noon-1pm he will […]

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SQL, ITIL, and Windows 7 Oh My!

 We’re busy here this week at Babsim.  We’ve got some new instructors making their first visit here and some old favorites.  One of the first things our new instructor said to us when checking the place out yesterday was, “This is such a great facility.  I’ve been in quite a few training centers and the […]

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Cisco Certification

  Along with the launch of our new website comes a partnership with The Sunset Learning Institute, and a brand new, bigger and better Cisco program!  If Mother Nature’s constant downpour isn’t enough for you guys out there then you’re in luck, because Babsim is raining Cisco courses.  We’ve added over SIXTY new authorized Cisco […]

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Social Media

Do you want more updates on what’s happening in the IT world along with what promotions Babbage Simmel is running in the near future? Check out our blog and catch us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to communicating with you all!

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The New CompTIA A+ Core Series

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair. Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve. Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile […]

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Select Upcoming Courses – by date

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Week of 5/21 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 M-20345-1 Administering Windows Server 2012 M-20411 Advanced […]

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Select Upcoming Courses

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Introduction to SQL Databases M-10985 5/30 6/4 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) 5/21 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure M-20764 5/14 […]

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Training

This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. The courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere […]

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Top 10 Java Questions Explained

“How do I split a string in Java?” Join us for an interesting look at the answer to this and other common questions and issues that developers run into when using Java. Java is a relatively easy language to learn but a hard one to master. It’s one of the most popular and useful languages […]

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Learn Business Analysis Essentials

Join us June 14th and 15th, 2018 for this introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy […]

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DevOps Practices and Principles

If you’re a Development or Operations professional, and you’re interested in learning and adopting DevOps practices, this course is for you.  Explore fundamental concepts, and get prepared for deeper dives into specific DevOps practices. First, take a look at deploying and configuring standardized infrastructure, automating builds and deployments using continuous integration and continuous deployment with […]

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SQL Database Fundamentals

Would you like to learn the basics of relational databases? Join us for this look at SQL Database fundamentals, along with those of database management systems and database components. Get an in-depth introduction to the terminology, concepts, and skills you need to understand database objects, administration, security, and management tools. Plus, explore T-SQL scripts, database […]

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JavaScript Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have any coding experience but want to learn the world’s most popular programming language, we’ve got the perfect course for you! Learn the “what,” “how,” and “why” of JavaScript through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Begin with the very basics of the JavaScript language, and learn everything you need to know to get started. […]

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Which TFS Developer Course Is Right for You?

Regardless of the type of development you do, be it web, mobile, windows, or services, you need proficiency with the core skills that facilitate development in a team. Two courses are offered that have been designed with the developer in mind. 1. TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals This popular developer fundamentals course is targeted at the […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. M-20410: Installing […]

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Essentials of Business Analysis

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 9/12. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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ServiceNow System Administration Training

  ServiceNow is a leading provider of cloud-based services that automate enterprise IT operations. They focus on transforming enterprise IT by automating and standardizing business processes, transforming IT’s relationship to its customers, and consolidating IT across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy their service to create a single system of record for enterprise IT, lower operational […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an associate level certification for network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. The certification prepares you for the following job roles: Network Administrators Network Support Engineers Network Engineer Associate Network Specialist Network Analyst One […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCENT

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 will focus on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. In case you missed it, Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification. IIBA® is […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification.  Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 focuses on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. Current CBAP® exams are aligned with A Guide to […]

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Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

Join us the week of August 15th to learn to develop advanced ASP.NET MVC applications using .NET Framework 4.5 tools and technologies in M-20486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications. The focus in this course will be on coding activities that enhance the performance and scalability of the Web site application. ASP.NET MVC will be […]

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Business Analysis Essentials

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 8/15. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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Deploy and Manage Windows 10

Join us the week of August 22nd for M-20697-2: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services This 5-day course provides administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students learn how to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations. […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Join us the week of August 15th to learn how to Install and Configure Windows 10. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows […]

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Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners

Take a look at these Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners lessons from Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn how to develop Windows 10 apps and develop apps that run on more than one device family. Some experience with C# programming would be helpful.

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Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Become a more well-rounded Business Analyst who can lead projects with cost savings, accurate time to market and solutions that meet your organization’s business needs by joining us for Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements starting on July 27th. In this 3-day workshop you will revisit the foundational concepts of business analysis and discuss the importance […]

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Administering Windows Server 2012

There is still time to register for the upcoming M-20411: Administering Windows Server 2012 class the week of July 25th where, upon completion, you will be able to: Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System Maintain Active Directory Domain Services Manage User and Service Accounts Implement Group Policy Infrastructure Manage User Desktops using Group Policy Install, […]

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Prepare for the PMP® Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a Project Manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. Preparing for the PMP® examination, however, can be a daunting and time-consuming experience. That’s why Babbage Simmel has created PMP® 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP […]

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What’s New in PowerShell v5

Explore the new features in PowerShell, including changes in security, scripting, debugging, and administration role management courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam Prep

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is expected in […]

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Learn Advanced Java

Join us the week of July 25th for Advanced Java Programming training.  This course builds on the Introduction to Java course and goes deeper into programming topics that help you to understand these more advanced Java concepts. This course is aimed towards the Developer who already has learned the fundamentals of Java Programming but is […]

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Learn the C# Programming Language

C#, the most widely used language for .NET from Microsoft experts, is a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft within its .NET framework. The .Net framework is a revolutionary platform that helps you to write the following types of applications: • Windows applications • Web applications • Web services .Net framework applications […]

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Writing Effective Business Cases

A good business case will explain the problem, identify all the possible options to address it, and allow decision-makers to decide which course of action will be best for the organization. It will also allow any changes to the scope or timescale of the project to be assessed against the original purpose. Learn more about […]

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Build Your Foundation in Project Management

Are you ready to start building your foundational skills and knowledge in Project Management? Then plan on joining us for BAB-511: Foundations of Project Management starting on July 14th. This course provides an introduction to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline. Project Management best practices will be introduced, […]

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Start Your Java Development Learning Path

Are you ready to start learning about Java development? Start your Java development learning path by joining us for Introduction to Java starting on 8/29/2016. This course introduces the Java programming language and how to develop Java applications using Eclipse. Participants learn the syntax of the Java programming language, object-oriented programming using Java, exception handling, […]

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Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 is the latest addition to Microsoft’s data platform, with a variety of new features and enhancements that deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Join us on July 6th for M-10986: Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016 training.  This course provides students moving from earlier releases […]

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Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016

Interested in upgrading your skills to Windows Server 2016?  Join us in July to learn how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professional who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a […]

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What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Learn about the features and functionality that have been added to or updated in Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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Want to learn a better way to build software?

Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Become a Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner and […]

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Back By Popular Demand: The Start Menu

Microsoft has brought back the Start button and Start Menu with Windows 10 and they have incorporated some of the unique features from its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Here is a closer look:   As you can see if the photo above, the left side of the Start menu contains the following: An […]

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Good News If You Fail a Microsoft Exam

For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, and get a free retake if you don’t pass! When you schedule and take an MCP exam between now and January 12, 2016, you are eligible for a free retake if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You have 30 days from the […]

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Scrum & Agile Key Terms

Scrum.org defines Scrum as a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team […]

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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Applications is Microsoft’s main certification designed for developers and programmers.  Earning this certification confirms your ability to develop high-quality, interactive business and consumer applications using ASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, HTML5, and CSS3. This also reflects your ability to design and build application solutions that include integrating multiple technologies […]

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Get Your Team Started With Scrum

According to Scrum.org, Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and […]

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JUST ADDED – Oracle Database 11g R2: Administration I – 10/20

The overall objective of this course is to allow the student to gain the skills necessary for day-today administration of an Oracle database. This course is the starting point for Oracle database administrators and also sets the foundation for advanced administrator training and certification At Course Completion Specific subject areas to be explored and objectives […]

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Manage BYOD with Mobility+ Training

Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world offering 16 certification exams in PC support, networking, security and more. CompTIA has been delivering certification exams for more than 20 years and is committed to continually improving the service provided to the industry. Manage BYOD with Mobility+ The mobile […]

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Preparing for the PMP Exam

PMI and the PMP® Overview The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 with the goal of advancing project management as a discipline and is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country […]

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Authorized Citrix Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Layer 8 Training. Layer8, awarded Citrix Authorized Learning Center (CALC) of the Year for 2009, 2011, […]

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Certified Cisco Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Sunset Learning Institute – SLI. Who is SLI? Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Sunset Learning Institute, […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: PMI

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. The next few posts will spotlight some of our partners.  Today in the Spotlight is PMI – Project Management Institute. Who […]

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BabSim and… Microsoft SQL Server

What is Microsoft SQL Server? Microsoft SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organizations and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud.  As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as […]

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Ohio Announces Workforce Training Voucher Program ROUND TWO

Because of the success of the Workforce Training Voucher Program earlier this year, the state has announced that it will launch the second round of the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. This time there is $27 million available to businesses. That means as an employer, you can apply for a credit that will reimburse you […]

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Babsim and… Lync Server 2013 & Lync Online

Lync Server Overview Microsoft Lync Server is enterprise software that provides a platform for unified communications. Lync Server provides an infrastructure to integrate common channels of business communication including instant messaging, VoIP, file transfer, Web conferencing, voice mail and e-mail. Microsoft Lync Server can be used within a single organization, between multiple organizations, and with external […]

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BabSim and… Windows Azure

What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure offers a flexible, […]

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BabSim and… Agile Practices

What Is Agile? Agile is not a process, it’s a philosophy or set of values.  It is an alternative to traditional project management, typically used in software development. It helps team members respond to unpredictability through incremental work cadences, known as sprints. Why Agile? Agile provides opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates your foundation of core technical skills and prepares you for a sustainable IT career.  Babbage Simmel offers all of the required courses you will need to take in order to obtain the certification that you are looking for. Below you will find the specialty areas and the […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 2

There are 4 MCSD certifications available.  In part 1 of our Becoming Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer series, we discussed MCSD: SharePoint Apps and MCSD: Web Applications.  Today we will be focusing on the other two – MCSD: Windows Store Apps and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. MCSD: Windows Store Apps Demonstrate your expertise at designing and […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 1

According to Microsoft Learning, MCSD is one of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time. There are 4 MCSD […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: CompTIA

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is CompTIA. Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: Guru Labs – Linux Certification Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Guru Labs. Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Guru Labs, brings clients a full schedule of Linux […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: IIBA®

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis. Who is IIBA®? Recognizing the need for competent business […]

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Are you ready for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 is nearly in full swing so I wanted to take a closer look at all the new features available.  Take a look below at some of the best new features SharePoint 2013 can offer your organization. Better branding for Your Web Presence. What used to be an arduous process that involved complicated designer […]

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The Rise in Mobile Computing

A recent article on Infoworld goes into detail about how Yahoo wants to accelerate its development of mobile products geared toward delivery of personalized content, as the company works to stay relevant in a world where smartphones and tablets are becoming dominant. Everything seems to be going mobile these days.  Everyone is on the go […]

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Is the IT industry hitting its groove?

Optimism in IT employees is high at the moment.  In a recent survey conducted by Computer World on IT salaries around the country, the percentage of 2013 respondents who said they gained ground financially in the past two years was slightly higher than it was in 2012 (33%, up from 29% last year), and the […]

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Linux Enterprise is on the rise

Linux use is on the rise.  There was a great article this week on Infoworld discussing how 80% of corporations will move to Linux based servers in the next 5 years.  Enterprise users apparently consider Linux the dominant platform for cloud computing, with nearly 76 percent using Linux servers for cloud and 74 percent planning […]

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New Cisco changes

Cisco will be making some updates/changes to their curriculum and certifications over the next few months, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up.   Today we will discuss what these changes are, and how they affect each of the individual courses.  ICND 1 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0 ICND1 v2.0 includes major updates […]

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New Linux courses

We are proud to present our partnership with Guru Labs for Linux Training. The founders of Guru Labs, Bryan Croft and Dax Kelson, are experts in their fields. They had successfully deployed Linux in many environments from the early 1990s. Bryan and Dax recognized the limitless possibilities of Linux and open source contribution. With the […]

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0

Today we are going to take a look at an exciting webinar hosted by our partners over at Sunset Learning Institute. Sunset Learning Institute, a top-tier Cisco Learning Partner that are experts in providing and developing authorized Cisco training, is hosting a free demonstration and discussion covering New Features in Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0.  […]

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Business Analysis Training

Today we are going to take a look at Business Analysis training.  With BabSim’s business analysis training courses, you will be able to identify and improve business processes in your organization through requirements gathering, analytics, communication skills, and data modeling. We provide preparation for several IIBA business analysis certifications and training designed to give you […]

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What’s the deal with Agile?

Agile training has become pretty popular here at Babsim over the last couple of years, so I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the current understanding of what Agile methodology is.  Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve […]

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Cloud technology will produce new jobs

It looks as though Cloud technology won’t just be an upgrade in data management, but it will also create millions of new jobs. Cloud computing, and related areas like virtualization and data management, will create 7 million jobs over the next three years, according to a new study published by Microsoft and IDC. The study […]

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Advanced System Center 2012 courses

To start things off this week I wanted to let everybody know about our Babsim Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This is a place to connect with your peers and have discussions about important trends or new technologies in the IT industry.  We will also be posting some promotions in the group from time to time […]

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Let’s look at SharePoint 2013

This week I want to take a look at a product that’s coming out later this year.  Let’s take a look at SharePoint 2013. What’s new in SharePoint 2013? SharePoint 2013 is the new way to work together. A simplified user experience helps you organize sync and share all your content. New social capabilities make […]

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Guaranteed to run ITIL training

Next week BabSim is again going international! We are engaged for multiple deliveries of the ITIL Foundation course for a client of ours headquartered in Haifa, Israel.  It should be a fun couple of weeks.  ITIL training has been pretty popular here so far this year, so I thought it would be a good idea […]

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CEO forecast for 2013

CEO’s are expecting a lot out of technology in 2013, and Babbage Simmel is here to exceed their expectations. In the business context, sustainability is about taking a holistic approach to the long-term viability of an enterprise in the midst of social, environmental and economic forces. At a practical level, it involves the ability to […]

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Looking for more training dollars?

Just in time for the start of 2013 our government has decided to make more training funds available for Ohio employees.  The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio’s incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of […]

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2012 year in review

Well, it’s been another great year for the Babbage Simmel staff and alumni.  We did tons of training and certification testing this year, with Visual Studio taking the crown for the most trained subject.  We taught twice as many Visual Studio courses in 2012 as the runner up for subject of the year, SharePoint 2010.  […]

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IBM Cognos Training

This week we wanted to take some time and spotlight a couple new training classes here at Babsim.  What exactly is IBM Cognos?  We’re glad you asked. From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven. With products […]

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New System Center Courses

We’re busy finishing a jam packed week here at Babsim.  It’s always nice when you can fill every room in the building.  One of our biggest classes this week was Systems Center, taught by our old friend, Ken Alexander.  This class has been one of our most popular classes this year, and I’m sure it […]

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SharePoint Migration

We’ve been busy the last couple weeks with a SharePoint migration here at Babsim (fun stuff), but don’t think we forgot about you.  In fact, since SharePoint is the hot topic around here right now let’s take a look at our upcoming SharePoint classes!  Maybe your organization can get in on all of the fun we’re […]

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Top paying certifications

We talked a few weeks ago about what IT skills employers where looking for in 2013.  Let’s take it even one step further and discuss which certifications can give you the biggest bump on your salary.  If you want that number to increase on your paycheck than take a look at some of these important […]

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Windows 8 is here!

It’s time to start preparing for Windows 8!  That’s right.  The launch is just around the corner, October 26th to be exact.  The good news is that you can download a preview of Windows 8 here.  There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013 cont…

We’re back with part two of the 10 hottest IT skills employers are looking for in 2013!  Let’s continue the countdown with number 5… 5) Business Intelligence/Analytics –26% plan to hire for this skill in 2013 Big data is one of the top priorities for many companies, but getting the right people to analyze all […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013

The IT industry will be looking to hire in 2013.  A recent survey by Computerworld shows the ten hottest skills that these industry leaders will be looking for during the hiring process.  Luckily, here at babsim we have the perfect courses to complement each of these key areas.  Let’s start with number 10… 10) Data […]

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Microsoft Office Suite 2010

We do a lot of training here at Babsim for back end products like Windows Server or Visual Studio, but you don’t have to work in the IT industry to come across everyday problems that can be solved easily with a computer program.  Maybe you have a book report due for school, or you need […]

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There is no challenge too large for Babbage Simmel

The IT industry is constantly evolving.  We understand that every now and then your organization may need to change from one technology platform to another, sometimes very quickly.  Whether you’re an organization with a few employees or a large agency with numerous workers, there are no tasks too large for Babbage Simmel’s accommodation.  Recently the […]

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Citrix allows for flexibility and freedom

This week we’re talking about Citrix and what it can do for you and your organization.  Citrix solutions let IT provide a more people‑centric, on‑demand computing environment. Flexibility and freedom for people, and security and control for IT form the basis for business innovation and growth. Citrix XenApp is an on-demand application delivery solution that […]

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Microsoft Second Shot is back!

Boost your IT skills with Microsoft Certification— and get a free Second Shot! Here at Babsim we off certification tests for all major Microsoft platforms.  Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc.  Just in time for these new certifications, Microsoft’s Second Shot test initiative is back, and we could all use a safety […]

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Visual Studio 2012 is here!

We’ve already highlighted the new 2012 classes for Microsoft System Center, SQL Server and Windows Server; now let me introduce Visual Studio 2012! Microsoft Visual Studio is a powerful IDE that ensures quality code throughout the entire application lifecycle, from design to deployment. Whether you’re developing applications for SharePoint, the web, Windows, Windows Phone, and […]

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Windows Server 2012

Are you ready for Windows Server 2012?  It’s ok if you aren’t, because we have everything to get you started.  Windows Server 2012 can help you provide: Continuous Availability New and improved features offer cost-effective, high IT service uptime. They are designed to endure failures without disrupting services to users. Management Efficiency The automation of […]

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From Hotmail to Outlook

If you haven’t notice yet, Microsoft’s original e-mail machine, Hotmail, has now transitioned into a web based version of Outlook.  CBCNews reports that it will tie in efficiently with social media websites and make staying in touch with everyone much easier.  In the spirit of this news, I wanted to highlight our offerings for Outlook, […]

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New Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes

We get it.  You have a lot of customers.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool that could manage all of those customers as well as market to them at the same time?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for.  I’d like to introduce you to our selection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes. […]

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Java developers in high demand

A recent survey of tech-focused hiring managers concluded that Java Developer is the most difficult job to fill.  Do you have the skills to be one of these sought after it experts?  If not, that’s OK because we can make it happen.  Check out our Java offerings below and secure your future with certifications in […]

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ITIL training and certification

This week I’m going to talk about ITIL training.  IT Service Management certification helps distinguish those who have a deep understanding of best practice for ITSM and are capable of implementing these concepts to some degree immediately. Certification is also the foundation for developing a career path in IT Service Management. Take a look at look at our […]

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Share the knowledge with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. There are so many benefits to using SharePoint.  Be More Productive ​SharePoint 2010 gives […]

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VMware Training and Virtualization

This week we’re focusing on VMware and Virtualization.  Our VMware courses are all guaranteed to run when scheduled.  So sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this great training.  Why should you virtualize your environment?  Glad you asked. Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by […]

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Short on time? Our boot camp courses are just what you need.

In today’s world everyone is trying to save time.   We all try to cram in as much as we can in a short amount of time so we can sleep longer, golf longer, etc.  If this sounds like you, then check out our various boot camp style courses.  Why take a subject for two weeks […]

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PowerShell, SharePoint and Oracle filling up fast!

This week I wanted to quickly let everyone know about some of our upcoming popular courses that only have a couple seats left.  Now is your chance to sign up and secure that last spot before they’re all gone.  There are some top notch trainers from all over the country coming to Babsim over the […]

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System Center 2012 is Here!

One of this summer’s hottest products is System Center 2012.  The new classes are rolling out, the seats are going fast.  I wanted to take this week’s entry to introduce the various 2012 System Center courses and allow everyone to get a jump on the product itself. M-10748 Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager This […]

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It’s time to DEVELOP your skills!

Develop as a Developer If you’re in the development business and looking to hone your skills or even advance them, look no further.  Here at Babbage Simmel we have a large selection of development courses covering web and applications in Visual Studio all the way to SharePoint.  Below are a few of our upcoming development […]

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Microsoft Forefront 2010

Microsoft Forefront delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions, both on-premises and in the cloud, to help protect users and enable secure access virtually anywhere. With our integrated portfolio of protection, identity, and access products, you can help secure your environment and manage access across data, users, and systems. The best part about all of this is that […]

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New Schedule, New Classes, New Ways to Learn!

This week I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight our new schedule through summer and fall.  Below are just a few of our most popular courses as well as a few that are new this summer.  Take a look and sign up soon as these courses tend to sell out rather quickly.  I […]

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A Look at the Cloud Intelligence Conference

Well, this has been a pretty busy week.  The Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference was a big success thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, and speakers.  We got some great shots of the event, and I wanted to take some time this week to give you a visual look at the event in case you […]

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Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference Schedule

Hey Everyone!  We’ve been talking about the April 3rd Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference for a couple weeks now, and since it’s almost that time we wanted to share the sessions list with you.  You’ve already met our outstanding speakers, now it’s time to see what they will be presenting!  Check out the session schedule below, […]

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Part 2 of our Speakers List for the Cloud Intelligence Conference

We’re back with part two of our Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference lineup!   If you thought we had some great presenters highlighted last week, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Let’s get it started. John Ferringer John Ferringer is a SharePoint IT Professional with over seven years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and has spent […]

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Introducing the speakers for the 2012 Cloud Conference

The 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference is quickly approaching.  In part one of this two part blog I’ll highlight the great speakers we have lined up to provide you with all the background and knowledge you need jump head first into the cloud.  Register now and enter the promo code “Cloud2012” to save $200 off the […]

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Obtain an IT position with Cisco, Win 7, SharePoint and Exchange classes

A recent article in IT World shows that IT hiring continues to rise.  Overall, IT employment grew 3.4% in 2011 and 1.5% in 2010.  This is great news for anyone looking to get into it the IT field, or for those who are already in and are looking for a new position.  I wanted to […]

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Simple Workflow Service made simple

Amazon is developing tools through the Cloud that will make life a whole lot easier on small businesses.  Amazon Web Services’ Simple Workflow Service (SWF) is a portal for developers to build and run cloud-based or on-premise business automation applications.  Check out why they think this endeavor will be beneficial for businesses to take advantage […]

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System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, CLOUD ON YOUR TERMS

Microsoft is rolling out the 2012 courses for many of its newly soon to be released products, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on these highly anticipated courses.  Let’s start it off with System Center 2012! SCCM2012- Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012 This is a brand new class developed and presented by […]

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Exclusive New SQL Server Courses: SQL 2012, Advanced SQL Server 2008, and Cloud Computing

This week I wanted to let everyone know about some new exclusive SQL 2012, and advanced SQL 2008 offerings!  Take a look at the new classes below. Advanced SQL Server 2008 Advanced Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services R2 (SSAS) This two-day SSAS course focuses on advanced concepts for both operating and tuning SSAS in […]

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System Center 2012 and working with virtual lab environments

Before we get into this week’s blog, I wanted to remind everyone that the Ohio Cloud Intelligence Conference is coming up!  Take a look at the promotions, and register ASAP to ensure your seat!  The BEST promotion in my opinion is the one we are currently running on our Facebook page.  If you hit the […]

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Cloud Conference. Gain valuable insights and the opportunity to network with the best in the industry!

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Get your head out of the clouds!”  That expression isn’t such a bad thing anymore.  I want to introduce you to the… Cloud Intelligence Conference: Columbus 2012 Babbage Simmel is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference.  The conference will take place on April […]

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Developing Web Applications; Identity Management and Project Management Professional

This week I just wanted to quickly highlight a few classes within the next month that only have a few seats still available.  You will want to sign up for these classes ASAP to secure your seat!  Let’s take a look. First off we have M-10264: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. In […]

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Are we really secure?

Here are three articles that I was able to pull together from a Google search very quickly.  SpyEye malware borrows Zeus trick to mask fraud, Hacking group releases more Stratfor subscriber data, and Government engineers actively plan for cyberwar.  What does this mean exactly?  I tell you.  These three examples show that not only are […]

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The top five classes of 2011 are….

Welcome back for part two of our countdown of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011!  We’ll start it off this week at number 5… 5. Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 M-10135 •Install and deploy Exchange Server 2010. •Configure Mailbox servers and mailbox server components. •Manage recipient objects. •Configure the Client Access […]

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Have you taken one of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011? Part 1

It seems like everyone is doing countdowns this time of the year, so why not?  This will be part one of a two part blog that will highlight the ten most popular Microsoft courses for 2011.  These classes should still be popular in 2012, so this will give everyone a chance to look at the […]

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At the Forefront of Security

When it comes to policy management, data synchronization and user self-service Forefront Identity Manager handles it all.  Computerworld has a nice look at all three areas. Policy Management Forefront Identity Manager’s view of identity management is that employees, their roles and their eventual authorizations and authentication should all fall under the purview of policies. Administrators […]

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Is Windows 8 the Next Big Thing???

CNET News has a great article out about the looming Windows 8 release in 2012. The rumor is that Microsoft Windows 8 may be largely irrelevant to users of traditional PC’s.  Research has shown that since the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview in September, Microsoft has been battered by criticism from desktop users […]

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Cloud computing opens new doors for IT professionals

Cloud Computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.  Companies that consider moving to cloud computing will want to educate their IT professionals […]

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Virtualization is the Way of the Future

Lead your company into the future. Take the Microsoft Virtualization Challenge  Virtualization is picking up speed. Are your skills keeping up? Lead your company into the future with Microsoft training and certification. Information technology is moving to the cloud. Virtualization is the foundation. Every IT professional is looking for ways to more effectively use their […]

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Does IT certification mean higher pay?

According to NetworkWorld, no, but that doesn’t mean the IT profession is in trouble.  Indeed, the premium pay gap between non-certified and certified IT skills is the largest it has been since late 2000. Employers are paying 8.5% more for employees with non-certified IT skills, compared to 7% more for employees with IT certifications.  “It […]

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Virtualization, VMware vSphere 5.0, IT Trends 2012

Virtualization, VMware 5.0, IT Trends 2012 Of the top ten key IT trends for 2012, Network World ranks Virtualization as number one.  At the Gartner Symposium IT/Expo, David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams with Gartner, said the Top 10 Trends show how IT is changing in that many […]

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Windows 7 and Virtualization

With the fall semester in full swing here at Babsim we are filling up classes fast!  This week I wanted to highlight a few popular classes that still have a couple seats available. First let’s start with our Windows 7 class on 11/2/11.  The primary audience for this course is the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician […]

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Hot IT Skills for 2012

Slowly but surely, many U.S. companies are loosening their viselike grips on IT hiring and looking to add new staffers to bolster business growth in the year ahead. That trend is reflected in Computerworld‘s annual Forecast survey. Nearly 29% of the 353 IT executives polled said they plan to increase IT staffing through next summer. […]

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Introducing Live Distance Learning with QuickStart Intelligence

Last week we had another great ITIL v-3 Foundation class.  Our congratulations to the students attending class last week. Eric Tisdale was perfect again with every single student passing the exam!  By my count, that’s now four classes in a row with Eric where every single student was successful on the exam.  If you’ve been […]

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Welcome OSUMC

Hey everyone. This week I wanted to take some time to let you know about a special initiative we are taking part in here at babsim.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is currently in the process of training 14,000 plus employees on their new Integrated Healthcare Information System (IHIS).  The Babbage Simmel Campus […]

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Answers to Common Cisco Questions

This week is the final segment in this month’s Q&A series, and we’ve saved the best for last.  Take a closer look at Cisco, and our abundance of Guaranteed to Run Cisco Certification offerings.  A big thanks to Rob Williams and Jamie Raines from Sunset Learning for helping us out with the questions this week. […]

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Scrum and Agile Training

This week the Q&A series is all about Scrum!  The Scrum Alliance is answering the questions for us this week, so let’s get started. What exactly is Scrum? Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. […]

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PMP® Certification

Our Q&A series continues this week with a look at Project Management with our senior instructor/consultant David Wirick.  Let’s get started! Dave, when it comes to project management, why is it important to obtain your PMP® certification? The PMP is becoming a professional requirement for project managers.  It’s much like the CPA certification for accounting […]

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ITIL Certification Q&A

This week is going to start a month long “Q & A” series covering some of our most popular courses. Each week I’ll share the information our instructors have shared with me concerning the most frequently asked questions by our students. We’ll kick this series off this week with a closer look at ITIL Certification. […]

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New Classrooms, CISSP and PMP

I spent all day last Friday unpacking boxes.  While that doesn’t sound too fun (and believe me it wasn’t), the end result was pretty fantastic.  We are in the process of upgrading our classrooms with brand new Dell Optiplex 790 Desktop machines with, wait for it, DUAL MONITORS!  One of the more frequent requests from students […]

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IIBA and a Closer Look at babsim

I wanted to start this week with another update from the IIBA.  They have recently awarded the first Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA).  Check out the note below: IIBA Awards First CCBA Designation  International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first Certification of Competency in […]

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World Wide Partner Conference

Hey everyone! Babbage Simmel sent two of our own to the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Los Angeles last week, and what we learned is that there are many things to be excited about in the world of technology coming very soon!  Let’s start by checking out one of the keynote addresses by Steve Ballmer […]

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CDU’s and PDU’s

The highlights for this week at babsim were Project Management and Business Analysis. Dave Wirick was back again (I think he’s just going to move in) with a packed class this week and it was a huge success!  Our PMP class is really hot right now, and the next one on tap is nearly full.  […]

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Cisco, Business Analysis and Scrum

I want to start out this week with a milestone.  The IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) recently surpassed the 20,000 member mark!  Below is the announcement from the IIBA. “IIBA is pleased to announce that we have achieved a major milestone—we now have more than 20,000 members worldwide.  We would like to extend a […]

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Security Seminar and PDU’s

Last week we had our Security Seminar, “Hackers are out to get you.  Are you safe?”  It was presented by Tim Pierson and was a HUGE success!  We actually sold out in less than two days.  No need to worry however, we’ll be having the seminar a couple more times this year so be on […]

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IT Security and Scrum Training

It’s another busy week here at Babsim, and it’s only going to get busier!  This week we welcomed back Tim Pierson to teach our Ethical Hacking Concepts class.  Tim is a world renowned instructor in the security field and has been teaching Babsim IT Security classes for many years.  This Thursday from Noon-1pm he will […]

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SQL, ITIL, and Windows 7 Oh My!

 We’re busy here this week at Babsim.  We’ve got some new instructors making their first visit here and some old favorites.  One of the first things our new instructor said to us when checking the place out yesterday was, “This is such a great facility.  I’ve been in quite a few training centers and the […]

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Cisco Certification

  Along with the launch of our new website comes a partnership with The Sunset Learning Institute, and a brand new, bigger and better Cisco program!  If Mother Nature’s constant downpour isn’t enough for you guys out there then you’re in luck, because Babsim is raining Cisco courses.  We’ve added over SIXTY new authorized Cisco […]

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Social Media

Do you want more updates on what’s happening in the IT world along with what promotions Babbage Simmel is running in the near future? Check out our blog and catch us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to communicating with you all!

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The New CompTIA A+ Core Series

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair. Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve. Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile […]

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Select Upcoming Courses – by date

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Week of 5/21 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 M-20345-1 Administering Windows Server 2012 M-20411 Advanced […]

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Select Upcoming Courses

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Introduction to SQL Databases M-10985 5/30 6/4 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) 5/21 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure M-20764 5/14 […]

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Training

This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. The courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere […]

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Top 10 Java Questions Explained

“How do I split a string in Java?” Join us for an interesting look at the answer to this and other common questions and issues that developers run into when using Java. Java is a relatively easy language to learn but a hard one to master. It’s one of the most popular and useful languages […]

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Learn Business Analysis Essentials

Join us June 14th and 15th, 2018 for this introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy […]

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DevOps Practices and Principles

If you’re a Development or Operations professional, and you’re interested in learning and adopting DevOps practices, this course is for you.  Explore fundamental concepts, and get prepared for deeper dives into specific DevOps practices. First, take a look at deploying and configuring standardized infrastructure, automating builds and deployments using continuous integration and continuous deployment with […]

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SQL Database Fundamentals

Would you like to learn the basics of relational databases? Join us for this look at SQL Database fundamentals, along with those of database management systems and database components. Get an in-depth introduction to the terminology, concepts, and skills you need to understand database objects, administration, security, and management tools. Plus, explore T-SQL scripts, database […]

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JavaScript Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have any coding experience but want to learn the world’s most popular programming language, we’ve got the perfect course for you! Learn the “what,” “how,” and “why” of JavaScript through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Begin with the very basics of the JavaScript language, and learn everything you need to know to get started. […]

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Which TFS Developer Course Is Right for You?

Regardless of the type of development you do, be it web, mobile, windows, or services, you need proficiency with the core skills that facilitate development in a team. Two courses are offered that have been designed with the developer in mind. 1. TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals This popular developer fundamentals course is targeted at the […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. M-20410: Installing […]

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Essentials of Business Analysis

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 9/12. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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ServiceNow System Administration Training

  ServiceNow is a leading provider of cloud-based services that automate enterprise IT operations. They focus on transforming enterprise IT by automating and standardizing business processes, transforming IT’s relationship to its customers, and consolidating IT across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy their service to create a single system of record for enterprise IT, lower operational […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an associate level certification for network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. The certification prepares you for the following job roles: Network Administrators Network Support Engineers Network Engineer Associate Network Specialist Network Analyst One […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCENT

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 will focus on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. In case you missed it, Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification. IIBA® is […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification.  Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 focuses on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. Current CBAP® exams are aligned with A Guide to […]

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Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

Join us the week of August 15th to learn to develop advanced ASP.NET MVC applications using .NET Framework 4.5 tools and technologies in M-20486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications. The focus in this course will be on coding activities that enhance the performance and scalability of the Web site application. ASP.NET MVC will be […]

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Business Analysis Essentials

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 8/15. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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Deploy and Manage Windows 10

Join us the week of August 22nd for M-20697-2: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services This 5-day course provides administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students learn how to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations. […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Join us the week of August 15th to learn how to Install and Configure Windows 10. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows […]

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Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners

Take a look at these Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners lessons from Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn how to develop Windows 10 apps and develop apps that run on more than one device family. Some experience with C# programming would be helpful.

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Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Become a more well-rounded Business Analyst who can lead projects with cost savings, accurate time to market and solutions that meet your organization’s business needs by joining us for Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements starting on July 27th. In this 3-day workshop you will revisit the foundational concepts of business analysis and discuss the importance […]

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Administering Windows Server 2012

There is still time to register for the upcoming M-20411: Administering Windows Server 2012 class the week of July 25th where, upon completion, you will be able to: Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System Maintain Active Directory Domain Services Manage User and Service Accounts Implement Group Policy Infrastructure Manage User Desktops using Group Policy Install, […]

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Prepare for the PMP® Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a Project Manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. Preparing for the PMP® examination, however, can be a daunting and time-consuming experience. That’s why Babbage Simmel has created PMP® 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP […]

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What’s New in PowerShell v5

Explore the new features in PowerShell, including changes in security, scripting, debugging, and administration role management courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam Prep

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is expected in […]

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Learn Advanced Java

Join us the week of July 25th for Advanced Java Programming training.  This course builds on the Introduction to Java course and goes deeper into programming topics that help you to understand these more advanced Java concepts. This course is aimed towards the Developer who already has learned the fundamentals of Java Programming but is […]

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Learn the C# Programming Language

C#, the most widely used language for .NET from Microsoft experts, is a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft within its .NET framework. The .Net framework is a revolutionary platform that helps you to write the following types of applications: • Windows applications • Web applications • Web services .Net framework applications […]

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Writing Effective Business Cases

A good business case will explain the problem, identify all the possible options to address it, and allow decision-makers to decide which course of action will be best for the organization. It will also allow any changes to the scope or timescale of the project to be assessed against the original purpose. Learn more about […]

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Build Your Foundation in Project Management

Are you ready to start building your foundational skills and knowledge in Project Management? Then plan on joining us for BAB-511: Foundations of Project Management starting on July 14th. This course provides an introduction to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline. Project Management best practices will be introduced, […]

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Start Your Java Development Learning Path

Are you ready to start learning about Java development? Start your Java development learning path by joining us for Introduction to Java starting on 8/29/2016. This course introduces the Java programming language and how to develop Java applications using Eclipse. Participants learn the syntax of the Java programming language, object-oriented programming using Java, exception handling, […]

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Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 is the latest addition to Microsoft’s data platform, with a variety of new features and enhancements that deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Join us on July 6th for M-10986: Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016 training.  This course provides students moving from earlier releases […]

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Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016

Interested in upgrading your skills to Windows Server 2016?  Join us in July to learn how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professional who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a […]

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What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Learn about the features and functionality that have been added to or updated in Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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Want to learn a better way to build software?

Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Become a Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner and […]

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Back By Popular Demand: The Start Menu

Microsoft has brought back the Start button and Start Menu with Windows 10 and they have incorporated some of the unique features from its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Here is a closer look:   As you can see if the photo above, the left side of the Start menu contains the following: An […]

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Good News If You Fail a Microsoft Exam

For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, and get a free retake if you don’t pass! When you schedule and take an MCP exam between now and January 12, 2016, you are eligible for a free retake if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You have 30 days from the […]

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Scrum & Agile Key Terms

Scrum.org defines Scrum as a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team […]

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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Applications is Microsoft’s main certification designed for developers and programmers.  Earning this certification confirms your ability to develop high-quality, interactive business and consumer applications using ASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, HTML5, and CSS3. This also reflects your ability to design and build application solutions that include integrating multiple technologies […]

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Get Your Team Started With Scrum

According to Scrum.org, Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and […]

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JUST ADDED – Oracle Database 11g R2: Administration I – 10/20

The overall objective of this course is to allow the student to gain the skills necessary for day-today administration of an Oracle database. This course is the starting point for Oracle database administrators and also sets the foundation for advanced administrator training and certification At Course Completion Specific subject areas to be explored and objectives […]

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Manage BYOD with Mobility+ Training

Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world offering 16 certification exams in PC support, networking, security and more. CompTIA has been delivering certification exams for more than 20 years and is committed to continually improving the service provided to the industry. Manage BYOD with Mobility+ The mobile […]

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Preparing for the PMP Exam

PMI and the PMP® Overview The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 with the goal of advancing project management as a discipline and is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country […]

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Authorized Citrix Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Layer 8 Training. Layer8, awarded Citrix Authorized Learning Center (CALC) of the Year for 2009, 2011, […]

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Certified Cisco Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Sunset Learning Institute – SLI. Who is SLI? Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Sunset Learning Institute, […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: PMI

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. The next few posts will spotlight some of our partners.  Today in the Spotlight is PMI – Project Management Institute. Who […]

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BabSim and… Microsoft SQL Server

What is Microsoft SQL Server? Microsoft SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organizations and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud.  As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as […]

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Ohio Announces Workforce Training Voucher Program ROUND TWO

Because of the success of the Workforce Training Voucher Program earlier this year, the state has announced that it will launch the second round of the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. This time there is $27 million available to businesses. That means as an employer, you can apply for a credit that will reimburse you […]

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Babsim and… Lync Server 2013 & Lync Online

Lync Server Overview Microsoft Lync Server is enterprise software that provides a platform for unified communications. Lync Server provides an infrastructure to integrate common channels of business communication including instant messaging, VoIP, file transfer, Web conferencing, voice mail and e-mail. Microsoft Lync Server can be used within a single organization, between multiple organizations, and with external […]

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BabSim and… Windows Azure

What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure offers a flexible, […]

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BabSim and… Agile Practices

What Is Agile? Agile is not a process, it’s a philosophy or set of values.  It is an alternative to traditional project management, typically used in software development. It helps team members respond to unpredictability through incremental work cadences, known as sprints. Why Agile? Agile provides opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates your foundation of core technical skills and prepares you for a sustainable IT career.  Babbage Simmel offers all of the required courses you will need to take in order to obtain the certification that you are looking for. Below you will find the specialty areas and the […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 2

There are 4 MCSD certifications available.  In part 1 of our Becoming Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer series, we discussed MCSD: SharePoint Apps and MCSD: Web Applications.  Today we will be focusing on the other two – MCSD: Windows Store Apps and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. MCSD: Windows Store Apps Demonstrate your expertise at designing and […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 1

According to Microsoft Learning, MCSD is one of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time. There are 4 MCSD […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: CompTIA

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is CompTIA. Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: Guru Labs – Linux Certification Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Guru Labs. Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Guru Labs, brings clients a full schedule of Linux […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: IIBA®

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis. Who is IIBA®? Recognizing the need for competent business […]

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Are you ready for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 is nearly in full swing so I wanted to take a closer look at all the new features available.  Take a look below at some of the best new features SharePoint 2013 can offer your organization. Better branding for Your Web Presence. What used to be an arduous process that involved complicated designer […]

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The Rise in Mobile Computing

A recent article on Infoworld goes into detail about how Yahoo wants to accelerate its development of mobile products geared toward delivery of personalized content, as the company works to stay relevant in a world where smartphones and tablets are becoming dominant. Everything seems to be going mobile these days.  Everyone is on the go […]

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Is the IT industry hitting its groove?

Optimism in IT employees is high at the moment.  In a recent survey conducted by Computer World on IT salaries around the country, the percentage of 2013 respondents who said they gained ground financially in the past two years was slightly higher than it was in 2012 (33%, up from 29% last year), and the […]

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Linux Enterprise is on the rise

Linux use is on the rise.  There was a great article this week on Infoworld discussing how 80% of corporations will move to Linux based servers in the next 5 years.  Enterprise users apparently consider Linux the dominant platform for cloud computing, with nearly 76 percent using Linux servers for cloud and 74 percent planning […]

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New Cisco changes

Cisco will be making some updates/changes to their curriculum and certifications over the next few months, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up.   Today we will discuss what these changes are, and how they affect each of the individual courses.  ICND 1 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0 ICND1 v2.0 includes major updates […]

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New Linux courses

We are proud to present our partnership with Guru Labs for Linux Training. The founders of Guru Labs, Bryan Croft and Dax Kelson, are experts in their fields. They had successfully deployed Linux in many environments from the early 1990s. Bryan and Dax recognized the limitless possibilities of Linux and open source contribution. With the […]

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0

Today we are going to take a look at an exciting webinar hosted by our partners over at Sunset Learning Institute. Sunset Learning Institute, a top-tier Cisco Learning Partner that are experts in providing and developing authorized Cisco training, is hosting a free demonstration and discussion covering New Features in Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0.  […]

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Business Analysis Training

Today we are going to take a look at Business Analysis training.  With BabSim’s business analysis training courses, you will be able to identify and improve business processes in your organization through requirements gathering, analytics, communication skills, and data modeling. We provide preparation for several IIBA business analysis certifications and training designed to give you […]

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What’s the deal with Agile?

Agile training has become pretty popular here at Babsim over the last couple of years, so I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the current understanding of what Agile methodology is.  Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve […]

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Cloud technology will produce new jobs

It looks as though Cloud technology won’t just be an upgrade in data management, but it will also create millions of new jobs. Cloud computing, and related areas like virtualization and data management, will create 7 million jobs over the next three years, according to a new study published by Microsoft and IDC. The study […]

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Advanced System Center 2012 courses

To start things off this week I wanted to let everybody know about our Babsim Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This is a place to connect with your peers and have discussions about important trends or new technologies in the IT industry.  We will also be posting some promotions in the group from time to time […]

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Let’s look at SharePoint 2013

This week I want to take a look at a product that’s coming out later this year.  Let’s take a look at SharePoint 2013. What’s new in SharePoint 2013? SharePoint 2013 is the new way to work together. A simplified user experience helps you organize sync and share all your content. New social capabilities make […]

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Guaranteed to run ITIL training

Next week BabSim is again going international! We are engaged for multiple deliveries of the ITIL Foundation course for a client of ours headquartered in Haifa, Israel.  It should be a fun couple of weeks.  ITIL training has been pretty popular here so far this year, so I thought it would be a good idea […]

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CEO forecast for 2013

CEO’s are expecting a lot out of technology in 2013, and Babbage Simmel is here to exceed their expectations. In the business context, sustainability is about taking a holistic approach to the long-term viability of an enterprise in the midst of social, environmental and economic forces. At a practical level, it involves the ability to […]

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Looking for more training dollars?

Just in time for the start of 2013 our government has decided to make more training funds available for Ohio employees.  The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio’s incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of […]

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2012 year in review

Well, it’s been another great year for the Babbage Simmel staff and alumni.  We did tons of training and certification testing this year, with Visual Studio taking the crown for the most trained subject.  We taught twice as many Visual Studio courses in 2012 as the runner up for subject of the year, SharePoint 2010.  […]

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IBM Cognos Training

This week we wanted to take some time and spotlight a couple new training classes here at Babsim.  What exactly is IBM Cognos?  We’re glad you asked. From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven. With products […]

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New System Center Courses

We’re busy finishing a jam packed week here at Babsim.  It’s always nice when you can fill every room in the building.  One of our biggest classes this week was Systems Center, taught by our old friend, Ken Alexander.  This class has been one of our most popular classes this year, and I’m sure it […]

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SharePoint Migration

We’ve been busy the last couple weeks with a SharePoint migration here at Babsim (fun stuff), but don’t think we forgot about you.  In fact, since SharePoint is the hot topic around here right now let’s take a look at our upcoming SharePoint classes!  Maybe your organization can get in on all of the fun we’re […]

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Top paying certifications

We talked a few weeks ago about what IT skills employers where looking for in 2013.  Let’s take it even one step further and discuss which certifications can give you the biggest bump on your salary.  If you want that number to increase on your paycheck than take a look at some of these important […]

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Windows 8 is here!

It’s time to start preparing for Windows 8!  That’s right.  The launch is just around the corner, October 26th to be exact.  The good news is that you can download a preview of Windows 8 here.  There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013 cont…

We’re back with part two of the 10 hottest IT skills employers are looking for in 2013!  Let’s continue the countdown with number 5… 5) Business Intelligence/Analytics –26% plan to hire for this skill in 2013 Big data is one of the top priorities for many companies, but getting the right people to analyze all […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013

The IT industry will be looking to hire in 2013.  A recent survey by Computerworld shows the ten hottest skills that these industry leaders will be looking for during the hiring process.  Luckily, here at babsim we have the perfect courses to complement each of these key areas.  Let’s start with number 10… 10) Data […]

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Microsoft Office Suite 2010

We do a lot of training here at Babsim for back end products like Windows Server or Visual Studio, but you don’t have to work in the IT industry to come across everyday problems that can be solved easily with a computer program.  Maybe you have a book report due for school, or you need […]

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There is no challenge too large for Babbage Simmel

The IT industry is constantly evolving.  We understand that every now and then your organization may need to change from one technology platform to another, sometimes very quickly.  Whether you’re an organization with a few employees or a large agency with numerous workers, there are no tasks too large for Babbage Simmel’s accommodation.  Recently the […]

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Citrix allows for flexibility and freedom

This week we’re talking about Citrix and what it can do for you and your organization.  Citrix solutions let IT provide a more people‑centric, on‑demand computing environment. Flexibility and freedom for people, and security and control for IT form the basis for business innovation and growth. Citrix XenApp is an on-demand application delivery solution that […]

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Microsoft Second Shot is back!

Boost your IT skills with Microsoft Certification— and get a free Second Shot! Here at Babsim we off certification tests for all major Microsoft platforms.  Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc.  Just in time for these new certifications, Microsoft’s Second Shot test initiative is back, and we could all use a safety […]

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Visual Studio 2012 is here!

We’ve already highlighted the new 2012 classes for Microsoft System Center, SQL Server and Windows Server; now let me introduce Visual Studio 2012! Microsoft Visual Studio is a powerful IDE that ensures quality code throughout the entire application lifecycle, from design to deployment. Whether you’re developing applications for SharePoint, the web, Windows, Windows Phone, and […]

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Windows Server 2012

Are you ready for Windows Server 2012?  It’s ok if you aren’t, because we have everything to get you started.  Windows Server 2012 can help you provide: Continuous Availability New and improved features offer cost-effective, high IT service uptime. They are designed to endure failures without disrupting services to users. Management Efficiency The automation of […]

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From Hotmail to Outlook

If you haven’t notice yet, Microsoft’s original e-mail machine, Hotmail, has now transitioned into a web based version of Outlook.  CBCNews reports that it will tie in efficiently with social media websites and make staying in touch with everyone much easier.  In the spirit of this news, I wanted to highlight our offerings for Outlook, […]

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New Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes

We get it.  You have a lot of customers.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool that could manage all of those customers as well as market to them at the same time?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for.  I’d like to introduce you to our selection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes. […]

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Java developers in high demand

A recent survey of tech-focused hiring managers concluded that Java Developer is the most difficult job to fill.  Do you have the skills to be one of these sought after it experts?  If not, that’s OK because we can make it happen.  Check out our Java offerings below and secure your future with certifications in […]

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ITIL training and certification

This week I’m going to talk about ITIL training.  IT Service Management certification helps distinguish those who have a deep understanding of best practice for ITSM and are capable of implementing these concepts to some degree immediately. Certification is also the foundation for developing a career path in IT Service Management. Take a look at look at our […]

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Share the knowledge with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. There are so many benefits to using SharePoint.  Be More Productive ​SharePoint 2010 gives […]

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VMware Training and Virtualization

This week we’re focusing on VMware and Virtualization.  Our VMware courses are all guaranteed to run when scheduled.  So sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this great training.  Why should you virtualize your environment?  Glad you asked. Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by […]

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Short on time? Our boot camp courses are just what you need.

In today’s world everyone is trying to save time.   We all try to cram in as much as we can in a short amount of time so we can sleep longer, golf longer, etc.  If this sounds like you, then check out our various boot camp style courses.  Why take a subject for two weeks […]

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PowerShell, SharePoint and Oracle filling up fast!

This week I wanted to quickly let everyone know about some of our upcoming popular courses that only have a couple seats left.  Now is your chance to sign up and secure that last spot before they’re all gone.  There are some top notch trainers from all over the country coming to Babsim over the […]

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System Center 2012 is Here!

One of this summer’s hottest products is System Center 2012.  The new classes are rolling out, the seats are going fast.  I wanted to take this week’s entry to introduce the various 2012 System Center courses and allow everyone to get a jump on the product itself. M-10748 Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager This […]

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It’s time to DEVELOP your skills!

Develop as a Developer If you’re in the development business and looking to hone your skills or even advance them, look no further.  Here at Babbage Simmel we have a large selection of development courses covering web and applications in Visual Studio all the way to SharePoint.  Below are a few of our upcoming development […]

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Microsoft Forefront 2010

Microsoft Forefront delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions, both on-premises and in the cloud, to help protect users and enable secure access virtually anywhere. With our integrated portfolio of protection, identity, and access products, you can help secure your environment and manage access across data, users, and systems. The best part about all of this is that […]

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New Schedule, New Classes, New Ways to Learn!

This week I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight our new schedule through summer and fall.  Below are just a few of our most popular courses as well as a few that are new this summer.  Take a look and sign up soon as these courses tend to sell out rather quickly.  I […]

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A Look at the Cloud Intelligence Conference

Well, this has been a pretty busy week.  The Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference was a big success thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, and speakers.  We got some great shots of the event, and I wanted to take some time this week to give you a visual look at the event in case you […]

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Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference Schedule

Hey Everyone!  We’ve been talking about the April 3rd Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference for a couple weeks now, and since it’s almost that time we wanted to share the sessions list with you.  You’ve already met our outstanding speakers, now it’s time to see what they will be presenting!  Check out the session schedule below, […]

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Part 2 of our Speakers List for the Cloud Intelligence Conference

We’re back with part two of our Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference lineup!   If you thought we had some great presenters highlighted last week, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Let’s get it started. John Ferringer John Ferringer is a SharePoint IT Professional with over seven years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and has spent […]

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Introducing the speakers for the 2012 Cloud Conference

The 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference is quickly approaching.  In part one of this two part blog I’ll highlight the great speakers we have lined up to provide you with all the background and knowledge you need jump head first into the cloud.  Register now and enter the promo code “Cloud2012” to save $200 off the […]

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Obtain an IT position with Cisco, Win 7, SharePoint and Exchange classes

A recent article in IT World shows that IT hiring continues to rise.  Overall, IT employment grew 3.4% in 2011 and 1.5% in 2010.  This is great news for anyone looking to get into it the IT field, or for those who are already in and are looking for a new position.  I wanted to […]

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Simple Workflow Service made simple

Amazon is developing tools through the Cloud that will make life a whole lot easier on small businesses.  Amazon Web Services’ Simple Workflow Service (SWF) is a portal for developers to build and run cloud-based or on-premise business automation applications.  Check out why they think this endeavor will be beneficial for businesses to take advantage […]

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System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, CLOUD ON YOUR TERMS

Microsoft is rolling out the 2012 courses for many of its newly soon to be released products, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on these highly anticipated courses.  Let’s start it off with System Center 2012! SCCM2012- Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012 This is a brand new class developed and presented by […]

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Exclusive New SQL Server Courses: SQL 2012, Advanced SQL Server 2008, and Cloud Computing

This week I wanted to let everyone know about some new exclusive SQL 2012, and advanced SQL 2008 offerings!  Take a look at the new classes below. Advanced SQL Server 2008 Advanced Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services R2 (SSAS) This two-day SSAS course focuses on advanced concepts for both operating and tuning SSAS in […]

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System Center 2012 and working with virtual lab environments

Before we get into this week’s blog, I wanted to remind everyone that the Ohio Cloud Intelligence Conference is coming up!  Take a look at the promotions, and register ASAP to ensure your seat!  The BEST promotion in my opinion is the one we are currently running on our Facebook page.  If you hit the […]

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Cloud Conference. Gain valuable insights and the opportunity to network with the best in the industry!

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Get your head out of the clouds!”  That expression isn’t such a bad thing anymore.  I want to introduce you to the… Cloud Intelligence Conference: Columbus 2012 Babbage Simmel is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference.  The conference will take place on April […]

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Developing Web Applications; Identity Management and Project Management Professional

This week I just wanted to quickly highlight a few classes within the next month that only have a few seats still available.  You will want to sign up for these classes ASAP to secure your seat!  Let’s take a look. First off we have M-10264: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. In […]

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Are we really secure?

Here are three articles that I was able to pull together from a Google search very quickly.  SpyEye malware borrows Zeus trick to mask fraud, Hacking group releases more Stratfor subscriber data, and Government engineers actively plan for cyberwar.  What does this mean exactly?  I tell you.  These three examples show that not only are […]

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The top five classes of 2011 are….

Welcome back for part two of our countdown of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011!  We’ll start it off this week at number 5… 5. Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 M-10135 •Install and deploy Exchange Server 2010. •Configure Mailbox servers and mailbox server components. •Manage recipient objects. •Configure the Client Access […]

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Have you taken one of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011? Part 1

It seems like everyone is doing countdowns this time of the year, so why not?  This will be part one of a two part blog that will highlight the ten most popular Microsoft courses for 2011.  These classes should still be popular in 2012, so this will give everyone a chance to look at the […]

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At the Forefront of Security

When it comes to policy management, data synchronization and user self-service Forefront Identity Manager handles it all.  Computerworld has a nice look at all three areas. Policy Management Forefront Identity Manager’s view of identity management is that employees, their roles and their eventual authorizations and authentication should all fall under the purview of policies. Administrators […]

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Is Windows 8 the Next Big Thing???

CNET News has a great article out about the looming Windows 8 release in 2012. The rumor is that Microsoft Windows 8 may be largely irrelevant to users of traditional PC’s.  Research has shown that since the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview in September, Microsoft has been battered by criticism from desktop users […]

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Cloud computing opens new doors for IT professionals

Cloud Computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.  Companies that consider moving to cloud computing will want to educate their IT professionals […]

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Virtualization is the Way of the Future

Lead your company into the future. Take the Microsoft Virtualization Challenge  Virtualization is picking up speed. Are your skills keeping up? Lead your company into the future with Microsoft training and certification. Information technology is moving to the cloud. Virtualization is the foundation. Every IT professional is looking for ways to more effectively use their […]

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Does IT certification mean higher pay?

According to NetworkWorld, no, but that doesn’t mean the IT profession is in trouble.  Indeed, the premium pay gap between non-certified and certified IT skills is the largest it has been since late 2000. Employers are paying 8.5% more for employees with non-certified IT skills, compared to 7% more for employees with IT certifications.  “It […]

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Virtualization, VMware vSphere 5.0, IT Trends 2012

Virtualization, VMware 5.0, IT Trends 2012 Of the top ten key IT trends for 2012, Network World ranks Virtualization as number one.  At the Gartner Symposium IT/Expo, David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams with Gartner, said the Top 10 Trends show how IT is changing in that many […]

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Windows 7 and Virtualization

With the fall semester in full swing here at Babsim we are filling up classes fast!  This week I wanted to highlight a few popular classes that still have a couple seats available. First let’s start with our Windows 7 class on 11/2/11.  The primary audience for this course is the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician […]

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Hot IT Skills for 2012

Slowly but surely, many U.S. companies are loosening their viselike grips on IT hiring and looking to add new staffers to bolster business growth in the year ahead. That trend is reflected in Computerworld‘s annual Forecast survey. Nearly 29% of the 353 IT executives polled said they plan to increase IT staffing through next summer. […]

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Introducing Live Distance Learning with QuickStart Intelligence

Last week we had another great ITIL v-3 Foundation class.  Our congratulations to the students attending class last week. Eric Tisdale was perfect again with every single student passing the exam!  By my count, that’s now four classes in a row with Eric where every single student was successful on the exam.  If you’ve been […]

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Welcome OSUMC

Hey everyone. This week I wanted to take some time to let you know about a special initiative we are taking part in here at babsim.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is currently in the process of training 14,000 plus employees on their new Integrated Healthcare Information System (IHIS).  The Babbage Simmel Campus […]

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Answers to Common Cisco Questions

This week is the final segment in this month’s Q&A series, and we’ve saved the best for last.  Take a closer look at Cisco, and our abundance of Guaranteed to Run Cisco Certification offerings.  A big thanks to Rob Williams and Jamie Raines from Sunset Learning for helping us out with the questions this week. […]

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Scrum and Agile Training

This week the Q&A series is all about Scrum!  The Scrum Alliance is answering the questions for us this week, so let’s get started. What exactly is Scrum? Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. […]

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PMP® Certification

Our Q&A series continues this week with a look at Project Management with our senior instructor/consultant David Wirick.  Let’s get started! Dave, when it comes to project management, why is it important to obtain your PMP® certification? The PMP is becoming a professional requirement for project managers.  It’s much like the CPA certification for accounting […]

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ITIL Certification Q&A

This week is going to start a month long “Q & A” series covering some of our most popular courses. Each week I’ll share the information our instructors have shared with me concerning the most frequently asked questions by our students. We’ll kick this series off this week with a closer look at ITIL Certification. […]

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New Classrooms, CISSP and PMP

I spent all day last Friday unpacking boxes.  While that doesn’t sound too fun (and believe me it wasn’t), the end result was pretty fantastic.  We are in the process of upgrading our classrooms with brand new Dell Optiplex 790 Desktop machines with, wait for it, DUAL MONITORS!  One of the more frequent requests from students […]

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IIBA and a Closer Look at babsim

I wanted to start this week with another update from the IIBA.  They have recently awarded the first Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA).  Check out the note below: IIBA Awards First CCBA Designation  International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first Certification of Competency in […]

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World Wide Partner Conference

Hey everyone! Babbage Simmel sent two of our own to the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Los Angeles last week, and what we learned is that there are many things to be excited about in the world of technology coming very soon!  Let’s start by checking out one of the keynote addresses by Steve Ballmer […]

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CDU’s and PDU’s

The highlights for this week at babsim were Project Management and Business Analysis. Dave Wirick was back again (I think he’s just going to move in) with a packed class this week and it was a huge success!  Our PMP class is really hot right now, and the next one on tap is nearly full.  […]

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Cisco, Business Analysis and Scrum

I want to start out this week with a milestone.  The IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) recently surpassed the 20,000 member mark!  Below is the announcement from the IIBA. “IIBA is pleased to announce that we have achieved a major milestone—we now have more than 20,000 members worldwide.  We would like to extend a […]

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Security Seminar and PDU’s

Last week we had our Security Seminar, “Hackers are out to get you.  Are you safe?”  It was presented by Tim Pierson and was a HUGE success!  We actually sold out in less than two days.  No need to worry however, we’ll be having the seminar a couple more times this year so be on […]

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IT Security and Scrum Training

It’s another busy week here at Babsim, and it’s only going to get busier!  This week we welcomed back Tim Pierson to teach our Ethical Hacking Concepts class.  Tim is a world renowned instructor in the security field and has been teaching Babsim IT Security classes for many years.  This Thursday from Noon-1pm he will […]

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SQL, ITIL, and Windows 7 Oh My!

 We’re busy here this week at Babsim.  We’ve got some new instructors making their first visit here and some old favorites.  One of the first things our new instructor said to us when checking the place out yesterday was, “This is such a great facility.  I’ve been in quite a few training centers and the […]

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Cisco Certification

  Along with the launch of our new website comes a partnership with The Sunset Learning Institute, and a brand new, bigger and better Cisco program!  If Mother Nature’s constant downpour isn’t enough for you guys out there then you’re in luck, because Babsim is raining Cisco courses.  We’ve added over SIXTY new authorized Cisco […]

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Social Media

Do you want more updates on what’s happening in the IT world along with what promotions Babbage Simmel is running in the near future? Check out our blog and catch us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to communicating with you all!

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The New CompTIA A+ Core Series

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair. Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve. Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile […]

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Select Upcoming Courses – by date

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Week of 5/21 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 M-20345-1 Administering Windows Server 2012 M-20411 Advanced […]

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Select Upcoming Courses

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Introduction to SQL Databases M-10985 5/30 6/4 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) 5/21 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure M-20764 5/14 […]

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Training

This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. The courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere […]

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Top 10 Java Questions Explained

“How do I split a string in Java?” Join us for an interesting look at the answer to this and other common questions and issues that developers run into when using Java. Java is a relatively easy language to learn but a hard one to master. It’s one of the most popular and useful languages […]

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Learn Business Analysis Essentials

Join us June 14th and 15th, 2018 for this introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy […]

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DevOps Practices and Principles

If you’re a Development or Operations professional, and you’re interested in learning and adopting DevOps practices, this course is for you.  Explore fundamental concepts, and get prepared for deeper dives into specific DevOps practices. First, take a look at deploying and configuring standardized infrastructure, automating builds and deployments using continuous integration and continuous deployment with […]

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SQL Database Fundamentals

Would you like to learn the basics of relational databases? Join us for this look at SQL Database fundamentals, along with those of database management systems and database components. Get an in-depth introduction to the terminology, concepts, and skills you need to understand database objects, administration, security, and management tools. Plus, explore T-SQL scripts, database […]

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JavaScript Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have any coding experience but want to learn the world’s most popular programming language, we’ve got the perfect course for you! Learn the “what,” “how,” and “why” of JavaScript through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Begin with the very basics of the JavaScript language, and learn everything you need to know to get started. […]

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Which TFS Developer Course Is Right for You?

Regardless of the type of development you do, be it web, mobile, windows, or services, you need proficiency with the core skills that facilitate development in a team. Two courses are offered that have been designed with the developer in mind. 1. TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals This popular developer fundamentals course is targeted at the […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. M-20410: Installing […]

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Essentials of Business Analysis

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 9/12. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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ServiceNow System Administration Training

  ServiceNow is a leading provider of cloud-based services that automate enterprise IT operations. They focus on transforming enterprise IT by automating and standardizing business processes, transforming IT’s relationship to its customers, and consolidating IT across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy their service to create a single system of record for enterprise IT, lower operational […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an associate level certification for network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. The certification prepares you for the following job roles: Network Administrators Network Support Engineers Network Engineer Associate Network Specialist Network Analyst One […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCENT

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 will focus on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. In case you missed it, Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification. IIBA® is […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification.  Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 focuses on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. Current CBAP® exams are aligned with A Guide to […]

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Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

Join us the week of August 15th to learn to develop advanced ASP.NET MVC applications using .NET Framework 4.5 tools and technologies in M-20486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications. The focus in this course will be on coding activities that enhance the performance and scalability of the Web site application. ASP.NET MVC will be […]

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Business Analysis Essentials

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 8/15. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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Deploy and Manage Windows 10

Join us the week of August 22nd for M-20697-2: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services This 5-day course provides administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students learn how to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations. […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Join us the week of August 15th to learn how to Install and Configure Windows 10. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows […]

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Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners

Take a look at these Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners lessons from Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn how to develop Windows 10 apps and develop apps that run on more than one device family. Some experience with C# programming would be helpful.

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Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Become a more well-rounded Business Analyst who can lead projects with cost savings, accurate time to market and solutions that meet your organization’s business needs by joining us for Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements starting on July 27th. In this 3-day workshop you will revisit the foundational concepts of business analysis and discuss the importance […]

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Administering Windows Server 2012

There is still time to register for the upcoming M-20411: Administering Windows Server 2012 class the week of July 25th where, upon completion, you will be able to: Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System Maintain Active Directory Domain Services Manage User and Service Accounts Implement Group Policy Infrastructure Manage User Desktops using Group Policy Install, […]

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Prepare for the PMP® Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a Project Manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. Preparing for the PMP® examination, however, can be a daunting and time-consuming experience. That’s why Babbage Simmel has created PMP® 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP […]

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What’s New in PowerShell v5

Explore the new features in PowerShell, including changes in security, scripting, debugging, and administration role management courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam Prep

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is expected in […]

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Learn Advanced Java

Join us the week of July 25th for Advanced Java Programming training.  This course builds on the Introduction to Java course and goes deeper into programming topics that help you to understand these more advanced Java concepts. This course is aimed towards the Developer who already has learned the fundamentals of Java Programming but is […]

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Learn the C# Programming Language

C#, the most widely used language for .NET from Microsoft experts, is a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft within its .NET framework. The .Net framework is a revolutionary platform that helps you to write the following types of applications: • Windows applications • Web applications • Web services .Net framework applications […]

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Writing Effective Business Cases

A good business case will explain the problem, identify all the possible options to address it, and allow decision-makers to decide which course of action will be best for the organization. It will also allow any changes to the scope or timescale of the project to be assessed against the original purpose. Learn more about […]

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Build Your Foundation in Project Management

Are you ready to start building your foundational skills and knowledge in Project Management? Then plan on joining us for BAB-511: Foundations of Project Management starting on July 14th. This course provides an introduction to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline. Project Management best practices will be introduced, […]

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Start Your Java Development Learning Path

Are you ready to start learning about Java development? Start your Java development learning path by joining us for Introduction to Java starting on 8/29/2016. This course introduces the Java programming language and how to develop Java applications using Eclipse. Participants learn the syntax of the Java programming language, object-oriented programming using Java, exception handling, […]

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Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 is the latest addition to Microsoft’s data platform, with a variety of new features and enhancements that deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Join us on July 6th for M-10986: Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016 training.  This course provides students moving from earlier releases […]

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Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016

Interested in upgrading your skills to Windows Server 2016?  Join us in July to learn how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professional who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a […]

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What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Learn about the features and functionality that have been added to or updated in Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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Want to learn a better way to build software?

Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Become a Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner and […]

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Back By Popular Demand: The Start Menu

Microsoft has brought back the Start button and Start Menu with Windows 10 and they have incorporated some of the unique features from its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Here is a closer look:   As you can see if the photo above, the left side of the Start menu contains the following: An […]

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Good News If You Fail a Microsoft Exam

For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, and get a free retake if you don’t pass! When you schedule and take an MCP exam between now and January 12, 2016, you are eligible for a free retake if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You have 30 days from the […]

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Scrum & Agile Key Terms

Scrum.org defines Scrum as a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team […]

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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Applications is Microsoft’s main certification designed for developers and programmers.  Earning this certification confirms your ability to develop high-quality, interactive business and consumer applications using ASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, HTML5, and CSS3. This also reflects your ability to design and build application solutions that include integrating multiple technologies […]

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Get Your Team Started With Scrum

According to Scrum.org, Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and […]

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JUST ADDED – Oracle Database 11g R2: Administration I – 10/20

The overall objective of this course is to allow the student to gain the skills necessary for day-today administration of an Oracle database. This course is the starting point for Oracle database administrators and also sets the foundation for advanced administrator training and certification At Course Completion Specific subject areas to be explored and objectives […]

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Manage BYOD with Mobility+ Training

Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world offering 16 certification exams in PC support, networking, security and more. CompTIA has been delivering certification exams for more than 20 years and is committed to continually improving the service provided to the industry. Manage BYOD with Mobility+ The mobile […]

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Preparing for the PMP Exam

PMI and the PMP® Overview The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 with the goal of advancing project management as a discipline and is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country […]

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Authorized Citrix Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Layer 8 Training. Layer8, awarded Citrix Authorized Learning Center (CALC) of the Year for 2009, 2011, […]

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Certified Cisco Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Sunset Learning Institute – SLI. Who is SLI? Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Sunset Learning Institute, […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: PMI

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. The next few posts will spotlight some of our partners.  Today in the Spotlight is PMI – Project Management Institute. Who […]

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BabSim and… Microsoft SQL Server

What is Microsoft SQL Server? Microsoft SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organizations and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud.  As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as […]

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Ohio Announces Workforce Training Voucher Program ROUND TWO

Because of the success of the Workforce Training Voucher Program earlier this year, the state has announced that it will launch the second round of the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. This time there is $27 million available to businesses. That means as an employer, you can apply for a credit that will reimburse you […]

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Babsim and… Lync Server 2013 & Lync Online

Lync Server Overview Microsoft Lync Server is enterprise software that provides a platform for unified communications. Lync Server provides an infrastructure to integrate common channels of business communication including instant messaging, VoIP, file transfer, Web conferencing, voice mail and e-mail. Microsoft Lync Server can be used within a single organization, between multiple organizations, and with external […]

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BabSim and… Windows Azure

What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure offers a flexible, […]

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BabSim and… Agile Practices

What Is Agile? Agile is not a process, it’s a philosophy or set of values.  It is an alternative to traditional project management, typically used in software development. It helps team members respond to unpredictability through incremental work cadences, known as sprints. Why Agile? Agile provides opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates your foundation of core technical skills and prepares you for a sustainable IT career.  Babbage Simmel offers all of the required courses you will need to take in order to obtain the certification that you are looking for. Below you will find the specialty areas and the […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 2

There are 4 MCSD certifications available.  In part 1 of our Becoming Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer series, we discussed MCSD: SharePoint Apps and MCSD: Web Applications.  Today we will be focusing on the other two – MCSD: Windows Store Apps and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. MCSD: Windows Store Apps Demonstrate your expertise at designing and […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 1

According to Microsoft Learning, MCSD is one of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time. There are 4 MCSD […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: CompTIA

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is CompTIA. Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: Guru Labs – Linux Certification Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Guru Labs. Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Guru Labs, brings clients a full schedule of Linux […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: IIBA®

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis. Who is IIBA®? Recognizing the need for competent business […]

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Are you ready for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 is nearly in full swing so I wanted to take a closer look at all the new features available.  Take a look below at some of the best new features SharePoint 2013 can offer your organization. Better branding for Your Web Presence. What used to be an arduous process that involved complicated designer […]

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The Rise in Mobile Computing

A recent article on Infoworld goes into detail about how Yahoo wants to accelerate its development of mobile products geared toward delivery of personalized content, as the company works to stay relevant in a world where smartphones and tablets are becoming dominant. Everything seems to be going mobile these days.  Everyone is on the go […]

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Is the IT industry hitting its groove?

Optimism in IT employees is high at the moment.  In a recent survey conducted by Computer World on IT salaries around the country, the percentage of 2013 respondents who said they gained ground financially in the past two years was slightly higher than it was in 2012 (33%, up from 29% last year), and the […]

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Linux Enterprise is on the rise

Linux use is on the rise.  There was a great article this week on Infoworld discussing how 80% of corporations will move to Linux based servers in the next 5 years.  Enterprise users apparently consider Linux the dominant platform for cloud computing, with nearly 76 percent using Linux servers for cloud and 74 percent planning […]

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New Cisco changes

Cisco will be making some updates/changes to their curriculum and certifications over the next few months, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up.   Today we will discuss what these changes are, and how they affect each of the individual courses.  ICND 1 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0 ICND1 v2.0 includes major updates […]

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New Linux courses

We are proud to present our partnership with Guru Labs for Linux Training. The founders of Guru Labs, Bryan Croft and Dax Kelson, are experts in their fields. They had successfully deployed Linux in many environments from the early 1990s. Bryan and Dax recognized the limitless possibilities of Linux and open source contribution. With the […]

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0

Today we are going to take a look at an exciting webinar hosted by our partners over at Sunset Learning Institute. Sunset Learning Institute, a top-tier Cisco Learning Partner that are experts in providing and developing authorized Cisco training, is hosting a free demonstration and discussion covering New Features in Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0.  […]

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Business Analysis Training

Today we are going to take a look at Business Analysis training.  With BabSim’s business analysis training courses, you will be able to identify and improve business processes in your organization through requirements gathering, analytics, communication skills, and data modeling. We provide preparation for several IIBA business analysis certifications and training designed to give you […]

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What’s the deal with Agile?

Agile training has become pretty popular here at Babsim over the last couple of years, so I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the current understanding of what Agile methodology is.  Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve […]

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Cloud technology will produce new jobs

It looks as though Cloud technology won’t just be an upgrade in data management, but it will also create millions of new jobs. Cloud computing, and related areas like virtualization and data management, will create 7 million jobs over the next three years, according to a new study published by Microsoft and IDC. The study […]

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Advanced System Center 2012 courses

To start things off this week I wanted to let everybody know about our Babsim Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This is a place to connect with your peers and have discussions about important trends or new technologies in the IT industry.  We will also be posting some promotions in the group from time to time […]

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Let’s look at SharePoint 2013

This week I want to take a look at a product that’s coming out later this year.  Let’s take a look at SharePoint 2013. What’s new in SharePoint 2013? SharePoint 2013 is the new way to work together. A simplified user experience helps you organize sync and share all your content. New social capabilities make […]

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Guaranteed to run ITIL training

Next week BabSim is again going international! We are engaged for multiple deliveries of the ITIL Foundation course for a client of ours headquartered in Haifa, Israel.  It should be a fun couple of weeks.  ITIL training has been pretty popular here so far this year, so I thought it would be a good idea […]

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CEO forecast for 2013

CEO’s are expecting a lot out of technology in 2013, and Babbage Simmel is here to exceed their expectations. In the business context, sustainability is about taking a holistic approach to the long-term viability of an enterprise in the midst of social, environmental and economic forces. At a practical level, it involves the ability to […]

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Looking for more training dollars?

Just in time for the start of 2013 our government has decided to make more training funds available for Ohio employees.  The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio’s incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of […]

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2012 year in review

Well, it’s been another great year for the Babbage Simmel staff and alumni.  We did tons of training and certification testing this year, with Visual Studio taking the crown for the most trained subject.  We taught twice as many Visual Studio courses in 2012 as the runner up for subject of the year, SharePoint 2010.  […]

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IBM Cognos Training

This week we wanted to take some time and spotlight a couple new training classes here at Babsim.  What exactly is IBM Cognos?  We’re glad you asked. From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven. With products […]

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New System Center Courses

We’re busy finishing a jam packed week here at Babsim.  It’s always nice when you can fill every room in the building.  One of our biggest classes this week was Systems Center, taught by our old friend, Ken Alexander.  This class has been one of our most popular classes this year, and I’m sure it […]

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SharePoint Migration

We’ve been busy the last couple weeks with a SharePoint migration here at Babsim (fun stuff), but don’t think we forgot about you.  In fact, since SharePoint is the hot topic around here right now let’s take a look at our upcoming SharePoint classes!  Maybe your organization can get in on all of the fun we’re […]

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Top paying certifications

We talked a few weeks ago about what IT skills employers where looking for in 2013.  Let’s take it even one step further and discuss which certifications can give you the biggest bump on your salary.  If you want that number to increase on your paycheck than take a look at some of these important […]

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Windows 8 is here!

It’s time to start preparing for Windows 8!  That’s right.  The launch is just around the corner, October 26th to be exact.  The good news is that you can download a preview of Windows 8 here.  There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013 cont…

We’re back with part two of the 10 hottest IT skills employers are looking for in 2013!  Let’s continue the countdown with number 5… 5) Business Intelligence/Analytics –26% plan to hire for this skill in 2013 Big data is one of the top priorities for many companies, but getting the right people to analyze all […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013

The IT industry will be looking to hire in 2013.  A recent survey by Computerworld shows the ten hottest skills that these industry leaders will be looking for during the hiring process.  Luckily, here at babsim we have the perfect courses to complement each of these key areas.  Let’s start with number 10… 10) Data […]

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Microsoft Office Suite 2010

We do a lot of training here at Babsim for back end products like Windows Server or Visual Studio, but you don’t have to work in the IT industry to come across everyday problems that can be solved easily with a computer program.  Maybe you have a book report due for school, or you need […]

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There is no challenge too large for Babbage Simmel

The IT industry is constantly evolving.  We understand that every now and then your organization may need to change from one technology platform to another, sometimes very quickly.  Whether you’re an organization with a few employees or a large agency with numerous workers, there are no tasks too large for Babbage Simmel’s accommodation.  Recently the […]

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Citrix allows for flexibility and freedom

This week we’re talking about Citrix and what it can do for you and your organization.  Citrix solutions let IT provide a more people‑centric, on‑demand computing environment. Flexibility and freedom for people, and security and control for IT form the basis for business innovation and growth. Citrix XenApp is an on-demand application delivery solution that […]

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Microsoft Second Shot is back!

Boost your IT skills with Microsoft Certification— and get a free Second Shot! Here at Babsim we off certification tests for all major Microsoft platforms.  Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc.  Just in time for these new certifications, Microsoft’s Second Shot test initiative is back, and we could all use a safety […]

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Visual Studio 2012 is here!

We’ve already highlighted the new 2012 classes for Microsoft System Center, SQL Server and Windows Server; now let me introduce Visual Studio 2012! Microsoft Visual Studio is a powerful IDE that ensures quality code throughout the entire application lifecycle, from design to deployment. Whether you’re developing applications for SharePoint, the web, Windows, Windows Phone, and […]

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Windows Server 2012

Are you ready for Windows Server 2012?  It’s ok if you aren’t, because we have everything to get you started.  Windows Server 2012 can help you provide: Continuous Availability New and improved features offer cost-effective, high IT service uptime. They are designed to endure failures without disrupting services to users. Management Efficiency The automation of […]

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From Hotmail to Outlook

If you haven’t notice yet, Microsoft’s original e-mail machine, Hotmail, has now transitioned into a web based version of Outlook.  CBCNews reports that it will tie in efficiently with social media websites and make staying in touch with everyone much easier.  In the spirit of this news, I wanted to highlight our offerings for Outlook, […]

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New Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes

We get it.  You have a lot of customers.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool that could manage all of those customers as well as market to them at the same time?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for.  I’d like to introduce you to our selection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes. […]

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Java developers in high demand

A recent survey of tech-focused hiring managers concluded that Java Developer is the most difficult job to fill.  Do you have the skills to be one of these sought after it experts?  If not, that’s OK because we can make it happen.  Check out our Java offerings below and secure your future with certifications in […]

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ITIL training and certification

This week I’m going to talk about ITIL training.  IT Service Management certification helps distinguish those who have a deep understanding of best practice for ITSM and are capable of implementing these concepts to some degree immediately. Certification is also the foundation for developing a career path in IT Service Management. Take a look at look at our […]

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Share the knowledge with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. There are so many benefits to using SharePoint.  Be More Productive ​SharePoint 2010 gives […]

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VMware Training and Virtualization

This week we’re focusing on VMware and Virtualization.  Our VMware courses are all guaranteed to run when scheduled.  So sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this great training.  Why should you virtualize your environment?  Glad you asked. Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by […]

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Short on time? Our boot camp courses are just what you need.

In today’s world everyone is trying to save time.   We all try to cram in as much as we can in a short amount of time so we can sleep longer, golf longer, etc.  If this sounds like you, then check out our various boot camp style courses.  Why take a subject for two weeks […]

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PowerShell, SharePoint and Oracle filling up fast!

This week I wanted to quickly let everyone know about some of our upcoming popular courses that only have a couple seats left.  Now is your chance to sign up and secure that last spot before they’re all gone.  There are some top notch trainers from all over the country coming to Babsim over the […]

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System Center 2012 is Here!

One of this summer’s hottest products is System Center 2012.  The new classes are rolling out, the seats are going fast.  I wanted to take this week’s entry to introduce the various 2012 System Center courses and allow everyone to get a jump on the product itself. M-10748 Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager This […]

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It’s time to DEVELOP your skills!

Develop as a Developer If you’re in the development business and looking to hone your skills or even advance them, look no further.  Here at Babbage Simmel we have a large selection of development courses covering web and applications in Visual Studio all the way to SharePoint.  Below are a few of our upcoming development […]

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Microsoft Forefront 2010

Microsoft Forefront delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions, both on-premises and in the cloud, to help protect users and enable secure access virtually anywhere. With our integrated portfolio of protection, identity, and access products, you can help secure your environment and manage access across data, users, and systems. The best part about all of this is that […]

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New Schedule, New Classes, New Ways to Learn!

This week I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight our new schedule through summer and fall.  Below are just a few of our most popular courses as well as a few that are new this summer.  Take a look and sign up soon as these courses tend to sell out rather quickly.  I […]

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A Look at the Cloud Intelligence Conference

Well, this has been a pretty busy week.  The Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference was a big success thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, and speakers.  We got some great shots of the event, and I wanted to take some time this week to give you a visual look at the event in case you […]

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Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference Schedule

Hey Everyone!  We’ve been talking about the April 3rd Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference for a couple weeks now, and since it’s almost that time we wanted to share the sessions list with you.  You’ve already met our outstanding speakers, now it’s time to see what they will be presenting!  Check out the session schedule below, […]

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Part 2 of our Speakers List for the Cloud Intelligence Conference

We’re back with part two of our Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference lineup!   If you thought we had some great presenters highlighted last week, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Let’s get it started. John Ferringer John Ferringer is a SharePoint IT Professional with over seven years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and has spent […]

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Introducing the speakers for the 2012 Cloud Conference

The 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference is quickly approaching.  In part one of this two part blog I’ll highlight the great speakers we have lined up to provide you with all the background and knowledge you need jump head first into the cloud.  Register now and enter the promo code “Cloud2012” to save $200 off the […]

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Obtain an IT position with Cisco, Win 7, SharePoint and Exchange classes

A recent article in IT World shows that IT hiring continues to rise.  Overall, IT employment grew 3.4% in 2011 and 1.5% in 2010.  This is great news for anyone looking to get into it the IT field, or for those who are already in and are looking for a new position.  I wanted to […]

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Simple Workflow Service made simple

Amazon is developing tools through the Cloud that will make life a whole lot easier on small businesses.  Amazon Web Services’ Simple Workflow Service (SWF) is a portal for developers to build and run cloud-based or on-premise business automation applications.  Check out why they think this endeavor will be beneficial for businesses to take advantage […]

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System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, CLOUD ON YOUR TERMS

Microsoft is rolling out the 2012 courses for many of its newly soon to be released products, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on these highly anticipated courses.  Let’s start it off with System Center 2012! SCCM2012- Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012 This is a brand new class developed and presented by […]

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Exclusive New SQL Server Courses: SQL 2012, Advanced SQL Server 2008, and Cloud Computing

This week I wanted to let everyone know about some new exclusive SQL 2012, and advanced SQL 2008 offerings!  Take a look at the new classes below. Advanced SQL Server 2008 Advanced Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services R2 (SSAS) This two-day SSAS course focuses on advanced concepts for both operating and tuning SSAS in […]

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System Center 2012 and working with virtual lab environments

Before we get into this week’s blog, I wanted to remind everyone that the Ohio Cloud Intelligence Conference is coming up!  Take a look at the promotions, and register ASAP to ensure your seat!  The BEST promotion in my opinion is the one we are currently running on our Facebook page.  If you hit the […]

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Cloud Conference. Gain valuable insights and the opportunity to network with the best in the industry!

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Get your head out of the clouds!”  That expression isn’t such a bad thing anymore.  I want to introduce you to the… Cloud Intelligence Conference: Columbus 2012 Babbage Simmel is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference.  The conference will take place on April […]

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Developing Web Applications; Identity Management and Project Management Professional

This week I just wanted to quickly highlight a few classes within the next month that only have a few seats still available.  You will want to sign up for these classes ASAP to secure your seat!  Let’s take a look. First off we have M-10264: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. In […]

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Are we really secure?

Here are three articles that I was able to pull together from a Google search very quickly.  SpyEye malware borrows Zeus trick to mask fraud, Hacking group releases more Stratfor subscriber data, and Government engineers actively plan for cyberwar.  What does this mean exactly?  I tell you.  These three examples show that not only are […]

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The top five classes of 2011 are….

Welcome back for part two of our countdown of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011!  We’ll start it off this week at number 5… 5. Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 M-10135 •Install and deploy Exchange Server 2010. •Configure Mailbox servers and mailbox server components. •Manage recipient objects. •Configure the Client Access […]

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Have you taken one of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011? Part 1

It seems like everyone is doing countdowns this time of the year, so why not?  This will be part one of a two part blog that will highlight the ten most popular Microsoft courses for 2011.  These classes should still be popular in 2012, so this will give everyone a chance to look at the […]

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At the Forefront of Security

When it comes to policy management, data synchronization and user self-service Forefront Identity Manager handles it all.  Computerworld has a nice look at all three areas. Policy Management Forefront Identity Manager’s view of identity management is that employees, their roles and their eventual authorizations and authentication should all fall under the purview of policies. Administrators […]

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Is Windows 8 the Next Big Thing???

CNET News has a great article out about the looming Windows 8 release in 2012. The rumor is that Microsoft Windows 8 may be largely irrelevant to users of traditional PC’s.  Research has shown that since the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview in September, Microsoft has been battered by criticism from desktop users […]

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Cloud computing opens new doors for IT professionals

Cloud Computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.  Companies that consider moving to cloud computing will want to educate their IT professionals […]

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Virtualization is the Way of the Future

Lead your company into the future. Take the Microsoft Virtualization Challenge  Virtualization is picking up speed. Are your skills keeping up? Lead your company into the future with Microsoft training and certification. Information technology is moving to the cloud. Virtualization is the foundation. Every IT professional is looking for ways to more effectively use their […]

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Does IT certification mean higher pay?

According to NetworkWorld, no, but that doesn’t mean the IT profession is in trouble.  Indeed, the premium pay gap between non-certified and certified IT skills is the largest it has been since late 2000. Employers are paying 8.5% more for employees with non-certified IT skills, compared to 7% more for employees with IT certifications.  “It […]

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Virtualization, VMware vSphere 5.0, IT Trends 2012

Virtualization, VMware 5.0, IT Trends 2012 Of the top ten key IT trends for 2012, Network World ranks Virtualization as number one.  At the Gartner Symposium IT/Expo, David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams with Gartner, said the Top 10 Trends show how IT is changing in that many […]

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Windows 7 and Virtualization

With the fall semester in full swing here at Babsim we are filling up classes fast!  This week I wanted to highlight a few popular classes that still have a couple seats available. First let’s start with our Windows 7 class on 11/2/11.  The primary audience for this course is the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician […]

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Hot IT Skills for 2012

Slowly but surely, many U.S. companies are loosening their viselike grips on IT hiring and looking to add new staffers to bolster business growth in the year ahead. That trend is reflected in Computerworld‘s annual Forecast survey. Nearly 29% of the 353 IT executives polled said they plan to increase IT staffing through next summer. […]

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Introducing Live Distance Learning with QuickStart Intelligence

Last week we had another great ITIL v-3 Foundation class.  Our congratulations to the students attending class last week. Eric Tisdale was perfect again with every single student passing the exam!  By my count, that’s now four classes in a row with Eric where every single student was successful on the exam.  If you’ve been […]

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Welcome OSUMC

Hey everyone. This week I wanted to take some time to let you know about a special initiative we are taking part in here at babsim.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is currently in the process of training 14,000 plus employees on their new Integrated Healthcare Information System (IHIS).  The Babbage Simmel Campus […]

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Answers to Common Cisco Questions

This week is the final segment in this month’s Q&A series, and we’ve saved the best for last.  Take a closer look at Cisco, and our abundance of Guaranteed to Run Cisco Certification offerings.  A big thanks to Rob Williams and Jamie Raines from Sunset Learning for helping us out with the questions this week. […]

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Scrum and Agile Training

This week the Q&A series is all about Scrum!  The Scrum Alliance is answering the questions for us this week, so let’s get started. What exactly is Scrum? Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. […]

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PMP® Certification

Our Q&A series continues this week with a look at Project Management with our senior instructor/consultant David Wirick.  Let’s get started! Dave, when it comes to project management, why is it important to obtain your PMP® certification? The PMP is becoming a professional requirement for project managers.  It’s much like the CPA certification for accounting […]

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ITIL Certification Q&A

This week is going to start a month long “Q & A” series covering some of our most popular courses. Each week I’ll share the information our instructors have shared with me concerning the most frequently asked questions by our students. We’ll kick this series off this week with a closer look at ITIL Certification. […]

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New Classrooms, CISSP and PMP

I spent all day last Friday unpacking boxes.  While that doesn’t sound too fun (and believe me it wasn’t), the end result was pretty fantastic.  We are in the process of upgrading our classrooms with brand new Dell Optiplex 790 Desktop machines with, wait for it, DUAL MONITORS!  One of the more frequent requests from students […]

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IIBA and a Closer Look at babsim

I wanted to start this week with another update from the IIBA.  They have recently awarded the first Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA).  Check out the note below: IIBA Awards First CCBA Designation  International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first Certification of Competency in […]

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World Wide Partner Conference

Hey everyone! Babbage Simmel sent two of our own to the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Los Angeles last week, and what we learned is that there are many things to be excited about in the world of technology coming very soon!  Let’s start by checking out one of the keynote addresses by Steve Ballmer […]

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CDU’s and PDU’s

The highlights for this week at babsim were Project Management and Business Analysis. Dave Wirick was back again (I think he’s just going to move in) with a packed class this week and it was a huge success!  Our PMP class is really hot right now, and the next one on tap is nearly full.  […]

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Cisco, Business Analysis and Scrum

I want to start out this week with a milestone.  The IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) recently surpassed the 20,000 member mark!  Below is the announcement from the IIBA. “IIBA is pleased to announce that we have achieved a major milestone—we now have more than 20,000 members worldwide.  We would like to extend a […]

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Security Seminar and PDU’s

Last week we had our Security Seminar, “Hackers are out to get you.  Are you safe?”  It was presented by Tim Pierson and was a HUGE success!  We actually sold out in less than two days.  No need to worry however, we’ll be having the seminar a couple more times this year so be on […]

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IT Security and Scrum Training

It’s another busy week here at Babsim, and it’s only going to get busier!  This week we welcomed back Tim Pierson to teach our Ethical Hacking Concepts class.  Tim is a world renowned instructor in the security field and has been teaching Babsim IT Security classes for many years.  This Thursday from Noon-1pm he will […]

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SQL, ITIL, and Windows 7 Oh My!

 We’re busy here this week at Babsim.  We’ve got some new instructors making their first visit here and some old favorites.  One of the first things our new instructor said to us when checking the place out yesterday was, “This is such a great facility.  I’ve been in quite a few training centers and the […]

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Cisco Certification

  Along with the launch of our new website comes a partnership with The Sunset Learning Institute, and a brand new, bigger and better Cisco program!  If Mother Nature’s constant downpour isn’t enough for you guys out there then you’re in luck, because Babsim is raining Cisco courses.  We’ve added over SIXTY new authorized Cisco […]

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Social Media

Do you want more updates on what’s happening in the IT world along with what promotions Babbage Simmel is running in the near future? Check out our blog and catch us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to communicating with you all!

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The New CompTIA A+ Core Series

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair. Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve. Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile […]

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Select Upcoming Courses – by date

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Week of 5/21 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 M-20345-1 Administering Windows Server 2012 M-20411 Advanced […]

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Select Upcoming Courses

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Introduction to SQL Databases M-10985 5/30 6/4 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) 5/21 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure M-20764 5/14 […]

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Training

This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. The courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere […]

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Top 10 Java Questions Explained

“How do I split a string in Java?” Join us for an interesting look at the answer to this and other common questions and issues that developers run into when using Java. Java is a relatively easy language to learn but a hard one to master. It’s one of the most popular and useful languages […]

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Learn Business Analysis Essentials

Join us June 14th and 15th, 2018 for this introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy […]

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DevOps Practices and Principles

If you’re a Development or Operations professional, and you’re interested in learning and adopting DevOps practices, this course is for you.  Explore fundamental concepts, and get prepared for deeper dives into specific DevOps practices. First, take a look at deploying and configuring standardized infrastructure, automating builds and deployments using continuous integration and continuous deployment with […]

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SQL Database Fundamentals

Would you like to learn the basics of relational databases? Join us for this look at SQL Database fundamentals, along with those of database management systems and database components. Get an in-depth introduction to the terminology, concepts, and skills you need to understand database objects, administration, security, and management tools. Plus, explore T-SQL scripts, database […]

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JavaScript Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have any coding experience but want to learn the world’s most popular programming language, we’ve got the perfect course for you! Learn the “what,” “how,” and “why” of JavaScript through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Begin with the very basics of the JavaScript language, and learn everything you need to know to get started. […]

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Which TFS Developer Course Is Right for You?

Regardless of the type of development you do, be it web, mobile, windows, or services, you need proficiency with the core skills that facilitate development in a team. Two courses are offered that have been designed with the developer in mind. 1. TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals This popular developer fundamentals course is targeted at the […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. M-20410: Installing […]

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Essentials of Business Analysis

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 9/12. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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ServiceNow System Administration Training

  ServiceNow is a leading provider of cloud-based services that automate enterprise IT operations. They focus on transforming enterprise IT by automating and standardizing business processes, transforming IT’s relationship to its customers, and consolidating IT across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy their service to create a single system of record for enterprise IT, lower operational […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an associate level certification for network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. The certification prepares you for the following job roles: Network Administrators Network Support Engineers Network Engineer Associate Network Specialist Network Analyst One […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCENT

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 will focus on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. In case you missed it, Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification. IIBA® is […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification.  Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 focuses on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. Current CBAP® exams are aligned with A Guide to […]

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Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

Join us the week of August 15th to learn to develop advanced ASP.NET MVC applications using .NET Framework 4.5 tools and technologies in M-20486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications. The focus in this course will be on coding activities that enhance the performance and scalability of the Web site application. ASP.NET MVC will be […]

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Business Analysis Essentials

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 8/15. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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Deploy and Manage Windows 10

Join us the week of August 22nd for M-20697-2: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services This 5-day course provides administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students learn how to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations. […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Join us the week of August 15th to learn how to Install and Configure Windows 10. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows […]

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Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners

Take a look at these Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners lessons from Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn how to develop Windows 10 apps and develop apps that run on more than one device family. Some experience with C# programming would be helpful.

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Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Become a more well-rounded Business Analyst who can lead projects with cost savings, accurate time to market and solutions that meet your organization’s business needs by joining us for Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements starting on July 27th. In this 3-day workshop you will revisit the foundational concepts of business analysis and discuss the importance […]

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Administering Windows Server 2012

There is still time to register for the upcoming M-20411: Administering Windows Server 2012 class the week of July 25th where, upon completion, you will be able to: Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System Maintain Active Directory Domain Services Manage User and Service Accounts Implement Group Policy Infrastructure Manage User Desktops using Group Policy Install, […]

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Prepare for the PMP® Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a Project Manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. Preparing for the PMP® examination, however, can be a daunting and time-consuming experience. That’s why Babbage Simmel has created PMP® 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP […]

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What’s New in PowerShell v5

Explore the new features in PowerShell, including changes in security, scripting, debugging, and administration role management courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam Prep

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is expected in […]

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Learn Advanced Java

Join us the week of July 25th for Advanced Java Programming training.  This course builds on the Introduction to Java course and goes deeper into programming topics that help you to understand these more advanced Java concepts. This course is aimed towards the Developer who already has learned the fundamentals of Java Programming but is […]

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Learn the C# Programming Language

C#, the most widely used language for .NET from Microsoft experts, is a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft within its .NET framework. The .Net framework is a revolutionary platform that helps you to write the following types of applications: • Windows applications • Web applications • Web services .Net framework applications […]

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Writing Effective Business Cases

A good business case will explain the problem, identify all the possible options to address it, and allow decision-makers to decide which course of action will be best for the organization. It will also allow any changes to the scope or timescale of the project to be assessed against the original purpose. Learn more about […]

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Build Your Foundation in Project Management

Are you ready to start building your foundational skills and knowledge in Project Management? Then plan on joining us for BAB-511: Foundations of Project Management starting on July 14th. This course provides an introduction to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline. Project Management best practices will be introduced, […]

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Start Your Java Development Learning Path

Are you ready to start learning about Java development? Start your Java development learning path by joining us for Introduction to Java starting on 8/29/2016. This course introduces the Java programming language and how to develop Java applications using Eclipse. Participants learn the syntax of the Java programming language, object-oriented programming using Java, exception handling, […]

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Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 is the latest addition to Microsoft’s data platform, with a variety of new features and enhancements that deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Join us on July 6th for M-10986: Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016 training.  This course provides students moving from earlier releases […]

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Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016

Interested in upgrading your skills to Windows Server 2016?  Join us in July to learn how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professional who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a […]

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What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Learn about the features and functionality that have been added to or updated in Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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Want to learn a better way to build software?

Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Become a Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner and […]

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Back By Popular Demand: The Start Menu

Microsoft has brought back the Start button and Start Menu with Windows 10 and they have incorporated some of the unique features from its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Here is a closer look:   As you can see if the photo above, the left side of the Start menu contains the following: An […]

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Good News If You Fail a Microsoft Exam

For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, and get a free retake if you don’t pass! When you schedule and take an MCP exam between now and January 12, 2016, you are eligible for a free retake if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You have 30 days from the […]

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Scrum & Agile Key Terms

Scrum.org defines Scrum as a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team […]

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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Applications is Microsoft’s main certification designed for developers and programmers.  Earning this certification confirms your ability to develop high-quality, interactive business and consumer applications using ASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, HTML5, and CSS3. This also reflects your ability to design and build application solutions that include integrating multiple technologies […]

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Get Your Team Started With Scrum

According to Scrum.org, Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and […]

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JUST ADDED – Oracle Database 11g R2: Administration I – 10/20

The overall objective of this course is to allow the student to gain the skills necessary for day-today administration of an Oracle database. This course is the starting point for Oracle database administrators and also sets the foundation for advanced administrator training and certification At Course Completion Specific subject areas to be explored and objectives […]

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Manage BYOD with Mobility+ Training

Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world offering 16 certification exams in PC support, networking, security and more. CompTIA has been delivering certification exams for more than 20 years and is committed to continually improving the service provided to the industry. Manage BYOD with Mobility+ The mobile […]

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Preparing for the PMP Exam

PMI and the PMP® Overview The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 with the goal of advancing project management as a discipline and is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country […]

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Authorized Citrix Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Layer 8 Training. Layer8, awarded Citrix Authorized Learning Center (CALC) of the Year for 2009, 2011, […]

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Certified Cisco Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Sunset Learning Institute – SLI. Who is SLI? Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Sunset Learning Institute, […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: PMI

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. The next few posts will spotlight some of our partners.  Today in the Spotlight is PMI – Project Management Institute. Who […]

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BabSim and… Microsoft SQL Server

What is Microsoft SQL Server? Microsoft SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organizations and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud.  As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as […]

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Ohio Announces Workforce Training Voucher Program ROUND TWO

Because of the success of the Workforce Training Voucher Program earlier this year, the state has announced that it will launch the second round of the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. This time there is $27 million available to businesses. That means as an employer, you can apply for a credit that will reimburse you […]

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Babsim and… Lync Server 2013 & Lync Online

Lync Server Overview Microsoft Lync Server is enterprise software that provides a platform for unified communications. Lync Server provides an infrastructure to integrate common channels of business communication including instant messaging, VoIP, file transfer, Web conferencing, voice mail and e-mail. Microsoft Lync Server can be used within a single organization, between multiple organizations, and with external […]

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BabSim and… Windows Azure

What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure offers a flexible, […]

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BabSim and… Agile Practices

What Is Agile? Agile is not a process, it’s a philosophy or set of values.  It is an alternative to traditional project management, typically used in software development. It helps team members respond to unpredictability through incremental work cadences, known as sprints. Why Agile? Agile provides opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates your foundation of core technical skills and prepares you for a sustainable IT career.  Babbage Simmel offers all of the required courses you will need to take in order to obtain the certification that you are looking for. Below you will find the specialty areas and the […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 2

There are 4 MCSD certifications available.  In part 1 of our Becoming Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer series, we discussed MCSD: SharePoint Apps and MCSD: Web Applications.  Today we will be focusing on the other two – MCSD: Windows Store Apps and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. MCSD: Windows Store Apps Demonstrate your expertise at designing and […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 1

According to Microsoft Learning, MCSD is one of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time. There are 4 MCSD […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: CompTIA

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is CompTIA. Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: Guru Labs – Linux Certification Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Guru Labs. Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Guru Labs, brings clients a full schedule of Linux […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: IIBA®

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis. Who is IIBA®? Recognizing the need for competent business […]

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Are you ready for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 is nearly in full swing so I wanted to take a closer look at all the new features available.  Take a look below at some of the best new features SharePoint 2013 can offer your organization. Better branding for Your Web Presence. What used to be an arduous process that involved complicated designer […]

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The Rise in Mobile Computing

A recent article on Infoworld goes into detail about how Yahoo wants to accelerate its development of mobile products geared toward delivery of personalized content, as the company works to stay relevant in a world where smartphones and tablets are becoming dominant. Everything seems to be going mobile these days.  Everyone is on the go […]

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Is the IT industry hitting its groove?

Optimism in IT employees is high at the moment.  In a recent survey conducted by Computer World on IT salaries around the country, the percentage of 2013 respondents who said they gained ground financially in the past two years was slightly higher than it was in 2012 (33%, up from 29% last year), and the […]

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Linux Enterprise is on the rise

Linux use is on the rise.  There was a great article this week on Infoworld discussing how 80% of corporations will move to Linux based servers in the next 5 years.  Enterprise users apparently consider Linux the dominant platform for cloud computing, with nearly 76 percent using Linux servers for cloud and 74 percent planning […]

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New Cisco changes

Cisco will be making some updates/changes to their curriculum and certifications over the next few months, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up.   Today we will discuss what these changes are, and how they affect each of the individual courses.  ICND 1 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0 ICND1 v2.0 includes major updates […]

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New Linux courses

We are proud to present our partnership with Guru Labs for Linux Training. The founders of Guru Labs, Bryan Croft and Dax Kelson, are experts in their fields. They had successfully deployed Linux in many environments from the early 1990s. Bryan and Dax recognized the limitless possibilities of Linux and open source contribution. With the […]

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0

Today we are going to take a look at an exciting webinar hosted by our partners over at Sunset Learning Institute. Sunset Learning Institute, a top-tier Cisco Learning Partner that are experts in providing and developing authorized Cisco training, is hosting a free demonstration and discussion covering New Features in Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0.  […]

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Business Analysis Training

Today we are going to take a look at Business Analysis training.  With BabSim’s business analysis training courses, you will be able to identify and improve business processes in your organization through requirements gathering, analytics, communication skills, and data modeling. We provide preparation for several IIBA business analysis certifications and training designed to give you […]

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What’s the deal with Agile?

Agile training has become pretty popular here at Babsim over the last couple of years, so I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the current understanding of what Agile methodology is.  Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve […]

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Cloud technology will produce new jobs

It looks as though Cloud technology won’t just be an upgrade in data management, but it will also create millions of new jobs. Cloud computing, and related areas like virtualization and data management, will create 7 million jobs over the next three years, according to a new study published by Microsoft and IDC. The study […]

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Advanced System Center 2012 courses

To start things off this week I wanted to let everybody know about our Babsim Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This is a place to connect with your peers and have discussions about important trends or new technologies in the IT industry.  We will also be posting some promotions in the group from time to time […]

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Let’s look at SharePoint 2013

This week I want to take a look at a product that’s coming out later this year.  Let’s take a look at SharePoint 2013. What’s new in SharePoint 2013? SharePoint 2013 is the new way to work together. A simplified user experience helps you organize sync and share all your content. New social capabilities make […]

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Guaranteed to run ITIL training

Next week BabSim is again going international! We are engaged for multiple deliveries of the ITIL Foundation course for a client of ours headquartered in Haifa, Israel.  It should be a fun couple of weeks.  ITIL training has been pretty popular here so far this year, so I thought it would be a good idea […]

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CEO forecast for 2013

CEO’s are expecting a lot out of technology in 2013, and Babbage Simmel is here to exceed their expectations. In the business context, sustainability is about taking a holistic approach to the long-term viability of an enterprise in the midst of social, environmental and economic forces. At a practical level, it involves the ability to […]

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Looking for more training dollars?

Just in time for the start of 2013 our government has decided to make more training funds available for Ohio employees.  The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio’s incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of […]

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2012 year in review

Well, it’s been another great year for the Babbage Simmel staff and alumni.  We did tons of training and certification testing this year, with Visual Studio taking the crown for the most trained subject.  We taught twice as many Visual Studio courses in 2012 as the runner up for subject of the year, SharePoint 2010.  […]

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IBM Cognos Training

This week we wanted to take some time and spotlight a couple new training classes here at Babsim.  What exactly is IBM Cognos?  We’re glad you asked. From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven. With products […]

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New System Center Courses

We’re busy finishing a jam packed week here at Babsim.  It’s always nice when you can fill every room in the building.  One of our biggest classes this week was Systems Center, taught by our old friend, Ken Alexander.  This class has been one of our most popular classes this year, and I’m sure it […]

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SharePoint Migration

We’ve been busy the last couple weeks with a SharePoint migration here at Babsim (fun stuff), but don’t think we forgot about you.  In fact, since SharePoint is the hot topic around here right now let’s take a look at our upcoming SharePoint classes!  Maybe your organization can get in on all of the fun we’re […]

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Top paying certifications

We talked a few weeks ago about what IT skills employers where looking for in 2013.  Let’s take it even one step further and discuss which certifications can give you the biggest bump on your salary.  If you want that number to increase on your paycheck than take a look at some of these important […]

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Windows 8 is here!

It’s time to start preparing for Windows 8!  That’s right.  The launch is just around the corner, October 26th to be exact.  The good news is that you can download a preview of Windows 8 here.  There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013 cont…

We’re back with part two of the 10 hottest IT skills employers are looking for in 2013!  Let’s continue the countdown with number 5… 5) Business Intelligence/Analytics –26% plan to hire for this skill in 2013 Big data is one of the top priorities for many companies, but getting the right people to analyze all […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013

The IT industry will be looking to hire in 2013.  A recent survey by Computerworld shows the ten hottest skills that these industry leaders will be looking for during the hiring process.  Luckily, here at babsim we have the perfect courses to complement each of these key areas.  Let’s start with number 10… 10) Data […]

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Microsoft Office Suite 2010

We do a lot of training here at Babsim for back end products like Windows Server or Visual Studio, but you don’t have to work in the IT industry to come across everyday problems that can be solved easily with a computer program.  Maybe you have a book report due for school, or you need […]

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There is no challenge too large for Babbage Simmel

The IT industry is constantly evolving.  We understand that every now and then your organization may need to change from one technology platform to another, sometimes very quickly.  Whether you’re an organization with a few employees or a large agency with numerous workers, there are no tasks too large for Babbage Simmel’s accommodation.  Recently the […]

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Citrix allows for flexibility and freedom

This week we’re talking about Citrix and what it can do for you and your organization.  Citrix solutions let IT provide a more people‑centric, on‑demand computing environment. Flexibility and freedom for people, and security and control for IT form the basis for business innovation and growth. Citrix XenApp is an on-demand application delivery solution that […]

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Microsoft Second Shot is back!

Boost your IT skills with Microsoft Certification— and get a free Second Shot! Here at Babsim we off certification tests for all major Microsoft platforms.  Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc.  Just in time for these new certifications, Microsoft’s Second Shot test initiative is back, and we could all use a safety […]

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Visual Studio 2012 is here!

We’ve already highlighted the new 2012 classes for Microsoft System Center, SQL Server and Windows Server; now let me introduce Visual Studio 2012! Microsoft Visual Studio is a powerful IDE that ensures quality code throughout the entire application lifecycle, from design to deployment. Whether you’re developing applications for SharePoint, the web, Windows, Windows Phone, and […]

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Windows Server 2012

Are you ready for Windows Server 2012?  It’s ok if you aren’t, because we have everything to get you started.  Windows Server 2012 can help you provide: Continuous Availability New and improved features offer cost-effective, high IT service uptime. They are designed to endure failures without disrupting services to users. Management Efficiency The automation of […]

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From Hotmail to Outlook

If you haven’t notice yet, Microsoft’s original e-mail machine, Hotmail, has now transitioned into a web based version of Outlook.  CBCNews reports that it will tie in efficiently with social media websites and make staying in touch with everyone much easier.  In the spirit of this news, I wanted to highlight our offerings for Outlook, […]

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New Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes

We get it.  You have a lot of customers.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool that could manage all of those customers as well as market to them at the same time?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for.  I’d like to introduce you to our selection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes. […]

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Java developers in high demand

A recent survey of tech-focused hiring managers concluded that Java Developer is the most difficult job to fill.  Do you have the skills to be one of these sought after it experts?  If not, that’s OK because we can make it happen.  Check out our Java offerings below and secure your future with certifications in […]

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ITIL training and certification

This week I’m going to talk about ITIL training.  IT Service Management certification helps distinguish those who have a deep understanding of best practice for ITSM and are capable of implementing these concepts to some degree immediately. Certification is also the foundation for developing a career path in IT Service Management. Take a look at look at our […]

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Share the knowledge with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. There are so many benefits to using SharePoint.  Be More Productive ​SharePoint 2010 gives […]

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VMware Training and Virtualization

This week we’re focusing on VMware and Virtualization.  Our VMware courses are all guaranteed to run when scheduled.  So sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this great training.  Why should you virtualize your environment?  Glad you asked. Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by […]

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Short on time? Our boot camp courses are just what you need.

In today’s world everyone is trying to save time.   We all try to cram in as much as we can in a short amount of time so we can sleep longer, golf longer, etc.  If this sounds like you, then check out our various boot camp style courses.  Why take a subject for two weeks […]

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PowerShell, SharePoint and Oracle filling up fast!

This week I wanted to quickly let everyone know about some of our upcoming popular courses that only have a couple seats left.  Now is your chance to sign up and secure that last spot before they’re all gone.  There are some top notch trainers from all over the country coming to Babsim over the […]

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System Center 2012 is Here!

One of this summer’s hottest products is System Center 2012.  The new classes are rolling out, the seats are going fast.  I wanted to take this week’s entry to introduce the various 2012 System Center courses and allow everyone to get a jump on the product itself. M-10748 Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager This […]

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It’s time to DEVELOP your skills!

Develop as a Developer If you’re in the development business and looking to hone your skills or even advance them, look no further.  Here at Babbage Simmel we have a large selection of development courses covering web and applications in Visual Studio all the way to SharePoint.  Below are a few of our upcoming development […]

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Microsoft Forefront 2010

Microsoft Forefront delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions, both on-premises and in the cloud, to help protect users and enable secure access virtually anywhere. With our integrated portfolio of protection, identity, and access products, you can help secure your environment and manage access across data, users, and systems. The best part about all of this is that […]

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New Schedule, New Classes, New Ways to Learn!

This week I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight our new schedule through summer and fall.  Below are just a few of our most popular courses as well as a few that are new this summer.  Take a look and sign up soon as these courses tend to sell out rather quickly.  I […]

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A Look at the Cloud Intelligence Conference

Well, this has been a pretty busy week.  The Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference was a big success thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, and speakers.  We got some great shots of the event, and I wanted to take some time this week to give you a visual look at the event in case you […]

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Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference Schedule

Hey Everyone!  We’ve been talking about the April 3rd Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference for a couple weeks now, and since it’s almost that time we wanted to share the sessions list with you.  You’ve already met our outstanding speakers, now it’s time to see what they will be presenting!  Check out the session schedule below, […]

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Part 2 of our Speakers List for the Cloud Intelligence Conference

We’re back with part two of our Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference lineup!   If you thought we had some great presenters highlighted last week, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Let’s get it started. John Ferringer John Ferringer is a SharePoint IT Professional with over seven years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and has spent […]

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Introducing the speakers for the 2012 Cloud Conference

The 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference is quickly approaching.  In part one of this two part blog I’ll highlight the great speakers we have lined up to provide you with all the background and knowledge you need jump head first into the cloud.  Register now and enter the promo code “Cloud2012” to save $200 off the […]

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Obtain an IT position with Cisco, Win 7, SharePoint and Exchange classes

A recent article in IT World shows that IT hiring continues to rise.  Overall, IT employment grew 3.4% in 2011 and 1.5% in 2010.  This is great news for anyone looking to get into it the IT field, or for those who are already in and are looking for a new position.  I wanted to […]

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Simple Workflow Service made simple

Amazon is developing tools through the Cloud that will make life a whole lot easier on small businesses.  Amazon Web Services’ Simple Workflow Service (SWF) is a portal for developers to build and run cloud-based or on-premise business automation applications.  Check out why they think this endeavor will be beneficial for businesses to take advantage […]

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System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, CLOUD ON YOUR TERMS

Microsoft is rolling out the 2012 courses for many of its newly soon to be released products, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on these highly anticipated courses.  Let’s start it off with System Center 2012! SCCM2012- Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012 This is a brand new class developed and presented by […]

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Exclusive New SQL Server Courses: SQL 2012, Advanced SQL Server 2008, and Cloud Computing

This week I wanted to let everyone know about some new exclusive SQL 2012, and advanced SQL 2008 offerings!  Take a look at the new classes below. Advanced SQL Server 2008 Advanced Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services R2 (SSAS) This two-day SSAS course focuses on advanced concepts for both operating and tuning SSAS in […]

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System Center 2012 and working with virtual lab environments

Before we get into this week’s blog, I wanted to remind everyone that the Ohio Cloud Intelligence Conference is coming up!  Take a look at the promotions, and register ASAP to ensure your seat!  The BEST promotion in my opinion is the one we are currently running on our Facebook page.  If you hit the […]

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Cloud Conference. Gain valuable insights and the opportunity to network with the best in the industry!

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Get your head out of the clouds!”  That expression isn’t such a bad thing anymore.  I want to introduce you to the… Cloud Intelligence Conference: Columbus 2012 Babbage Simmel is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference.  The conference will take place on April […]

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Developing Web Applications; Identity Management and Project Management Professional

This week I just wanted to quickly highlight a few classes within the next month that only have a few seats still available.  You will want to sign up for these classes ASAP to secure your seat!  Let’s take a look. First off we have M-10264: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. In […]

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Are we really secure?

Here are three articles that I was able to pull together from a Google search very quickly.  SpyEye malware borrows Zeus trick to mask fraud, Hacking group releases more Stratfor subscriber data, and Government engineers actively plan for cyberwar.  What does this mean exactly?  I tell you.  These three examples show that not only are […]

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The top five classes of 2011 are….

Welcome back for part two of our countdown of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011!  We’ll start it off this week at number 5… 5. Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 M-10135 •Install and deploy Exchange Server 2010. •Configure Mailbox servers and mailbox server components. •Manage recipient objects. •Configure the Client Access […]

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Have you taken one of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011? Part 1

It seems like everyone is doing countdowns this time of the year, so why not?  This will be part one of a two part blog that will highlight the ten most popular Microsoft courses for 2011.  These classes should still be popular in 2012, so this will give everyone a chance to look at the […]

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At the Forefront of Security

When it comes to policy management, data synchronization and user self-service Forefront Identity Manager handles it all.  Computerworld has a nice look at all three areas. Policy Management Forefront Identity Manager’s view of identity management is that employees, their roles and their eventual authorizations and authentication should all fall under the purview of policies. Administrators […]

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Is Windows 8 the Next Big Thing???

CNET News has a great article out about the looming Windows 8 release in 2012. The rumor is that Microsoft Windows 8 may be largely irrelevant to users of traditional PC’s.  Research has shown that since the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview in September, Microsoft has been battered by criticism from desktop users […]

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Cloud computing opens new doors for IT professionals

Cloud Computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.  Companies that consider moving to cloud computing will want to educate their IT professionals […]

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Virtualization is the Way of the Future

Lead your company into the future. Take the Microsoft Virtualization Challenge  Virtualization is picking up speed. Are your skills keeping up? Lead your company into the future with Microsoft training and certification. Information technology is moving to the cloud. Virtualization is the foundation. Every IT professional is looking for ways to more effectively use their […]

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Does IT certification mean higher pay?

According to NetworkWorld, no, but that doesn’t mean the IT profession is in trouble.  Indeed, the premium pay gap between non-certified and certified IT skills is the largest it has been since late 2000. Employers are paying 8.5% more for employees with non-certified IT skills, compared to 7% more for employees with IT certifications.  “It […]

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Virtualization, VMware vSphere 5.0, IT Trends 2012

Virtualization, VMware 5.0, IT Trends 2012 Of the top ten key IT trends for 2012, Network World ranks Virtualization as number one.  At the Gartner Symposium IT/Expo, David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams with Gartner, said the Top 10 Trends show how IT is changing in that many […]

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Windows 7 and Virtualization

With the fall semester in full swing here at Babsim we are filling up classes fast!  This week I wanted to highlight a few popular classes that still have a couple seats available. First let’s start with our Windows 7 class on 11/2/11.  The primary audience for this course is the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician […]

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Hot IT Skills for 2012

Slowly but surely, many U.S. companies are loosening their viselike grips on IT hiring and looking to add new staffers to bolster business growth in the year ahead. That trend is reflected in Computerworld‘s annual Forecast survey. Nearly 29% of the 353 IT executives polled said they plan to increase IT staffing through next summer. […]

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Introducing Live Distance Learning with QuickStart Intelligence

Last week we had another great ITIL v-3 Foundation class.  Our congratulations to the students attending class last week. Eric Tisdale was perfect again with every single student passing the exam!  By my count, that’s now four classes in a row with Eric where every single student was successful on the exam.  If you’ve been […]

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Welcome OSUMC

Hey everyone. This week I wanted to take some time to let you know about a special initiative we are taking part in here at babsim.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is currently in the process of training 14,000 plus employees on their new Integrated Healthcare Information System (IHIS).  The Babbage Simmel Campus […]

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Answers to Common Cisco Questions

This week is the final segment in this month’s Q&A series, and we’ve saved the best for last.  Take a closer look at Cisco, and our abundance of Guaranteed to Run Cisco Certification offerings.  A big thanks to Rob Williams and Jamie Raines from Sunset Learning for helping us out with the questions this week. […]

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Scrum and Agile Training

This week the Q&A series is all about Scrum!  The Scrum Alliance is answering the questions for us this week, so let’s get started. What exactly is Scrum? Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. […]

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PMP® Certification

Our Q&A series continues this week with a look at Project Management with our senior instructor/consultant David Wirick.  Let’s get started! Dave, when it comes to project management, why is it important to obtain your PMP® certification? The PMP is becoming a professional requirement for project managers.  It’s much like the CPA certification for accounting […]

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ITIL Certification Q&A

This week is going to start a month long “Q & A” series covering some of our most popular courses. Each week I’ll share the information our instructors have shared with me concerning the most frequently asked questions by our students. We’ll kick this series off this week with a closer look at ITIL Certification. […]

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New Classrooms, CISSP and PMP

I spent all day last Friday unpacking boxes.  While that doesn’t sound too fun (and believe me it wasn’t), the end result was pretty fantastic.  We are in the process of upgrading our classrooms with brand new Dell Optiplex 790 Desktop machines with, wait for it, DUAL MONITORS!  One of the more frequent requests from students […]

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IIBA and a Closer Look at babsim

I wanted to start this week with another update from the IIBA.  They have recently awarded the first Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA).  Check out the note below: IIBA Awards First CCBA Designation  International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first Certification of Competency in […]

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World Wide Partner Conference

Hey everyone! Babbage Simmel sent two of our own to the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Los Angeles last week, and what we learned is that there are many things to be excited about in the world of technology coming very soon!  Let’s start by checking out one of the keynote addresses by Steve Ballmer […]

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CDU’s and PDU’s

The highlights for this week at babsim were Project Management and Business Analysis. Dave Wirick was back again (I think he’s just going to move in) with a packed class this week and it was a huge success!  Our PMP class is really hot right now, and the next one on tap is nearly full.  […]

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Cisco, Business Analysis and Scrum

I want to start out this week with a milestone.  The IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) recently surpassed the 20,000 member mark!  Below is the announcement from the IIBA. “IIBA is pleased to announce that we have achieved a major milestone—we now have more than 20,000 members worldwide.  We would like to extend a […]

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Security Seminar and PDU’s

Last week we had our Security Seminar, “Hackers are out to get you.  Are you safe?”  It was presented by Tim Pierson and was a HUGE success!  We actually sold out in less than two days.  No need to worry however, we’ll be having the seminar a couple more times this year so be on […]

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IT Security and Scrum Training

It’s another busy week here at Babsim, and it’s only going to get busier!  This week we welcomed back Tim Pierson to teach our Ethical Hacking Concepts class.  Tim is a world renowned instructor in the security field and has been teaching Babsim IT Security classes for many years.  This Thursday from Noon-1pm he will […]

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SQL, ITIL, and Windows 7 Oh My!

 We’re busy here this week at Babsim.  We’ve got some new instructors making their first visit here and some old favorites.  One of the first things our new instructor said to us when checking the place out yesterday was, “This is such a great facility.  I’ve been in quite a few training centers and the […]

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Cisco Certification

  Along with the launch of our new website comes a partnership with The Sunset Learning Institute, and a brand new, bigger and better Cisco program!  If Mother Nature’s constant downpour isn’t enough for you guys out there then you’re in luck, because Babsim is raining Cisco courses.  We’ve added over SIXTY new authorized Cisco […]

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Social Media

Do you want more updates on what’s happening in the IT world along with what promotions Babbage Simmel is running in the near future? Check out our blog and catch us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to communicating with you all!

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The New CompTIA A+ Core Series

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair. Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve. Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile […]

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Select Upcoming Courses – by date

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Week of 5/21 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) Administering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 M-20345-1 Administering Windows Server 2012 M-20411 Advanced […]

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Select Upcoming Courses

Below you will find a number of courses scheduled between now and the end of June 2018.  If you don’t see a course you are looking for please let us know info@babsim.com. (614) 481-4345 Introduction to SQL Databases M-10985 5/30 6/4 A+902: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-902) 5/21 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure M-20764 5/14 […]

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VMware vSphere 6.5 Training

This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. The courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere […]

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Top 10 Java Questions Explained

“How do I split a string in Java?” Join us for an interesting look at the answer to this and other common questions and issues that developers run into when using Java. Java is a relatively easy language to learn but a hard one to master. It’s one of the most popular and useful languages […]

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Learn Business Analysis Essentials

Join us June 14th and 15th, 2018 for this introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy […]

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DevOps Practices and Principles

If you’re a Development or Operations professional, and you’re interested in learning and adopting DevOps practices, this course is for you.  Explore fundamental concepts, and get prepared for deeper dives into specific DevOps practices. First, take a look at deploying and configuring standardized infrastructure, automating builds and deployments using continuous integration and continuous deployment with […]

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SQL Database Fundamentals

Would you like to learn the basics of relational databases? Join us for this look at SQL Database fundamentals, along with those of database management systems and database components. Get an in-depth introduction to the terminology, concepts, and skills you need to understand database objects, administration, security, and management tools. Plus, explore T-SQL scripts, database […]

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JavaScript Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have any coding experience but want to learn the world’s most popular programming language, we’ve got the perfect course for you! Learn the “what,” “how,” and “why” of JavaScript through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Begin with the very basics of the JavaScript language, and learn everything you need to know to get started. […]

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Which TFS Developer Course Is Right for You?

Regardless of the type of development you do, be it web, mobile, windows, or services, you need proficiency with the core skills that facilitate development in a team. Two courses are offered that have been designed with the developer in mind. 1. TFS 2015 Developer Fundamentals This popular developer fundamentals course is targeted at the […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. M-20410: Installing […]

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Essentials of Business Analysis

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 9/12. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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ServiceNow System Administration Training

  ServiceNow is a leading provider of cloud-based services that automate enterprise IT operations. They focus on transforming enterprise IT by automating and standardizing business processes, transforming IT’s relationship to its customers, and consolidating IT across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy their service to create a single system of record for enterprise IT, lower operational […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an associate level certification for network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. The certification prepares you for the following job roles: Network Administrators Network Support Engineers Network Engineer Associate Network Specialist Network Analyst One […]

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Cisco Routing and Switching Certification: CCENT

The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 will focus on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. In case you missed it, Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification. IIBA® is […]

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Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1

Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 1 focuses on the specific changes to the Certified Business Analysis Professional™(CBAP®) certification.  Changes to Business Analysis Certifications – Part 2 focuses on the new multi-level, competency-based certification program that the International Institute of Business Analysis™(IIBA®) is launching in September. Current CBAP® exams are aligned with A Guide to […]

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Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

Join us the week of August 15th to learn to develop advanced ASP.NET MVC applications using .NET Framework 4.5 tools and technologies in M-20486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications. The focus in this course will be on coding activities that enhance the performance and scalability of the Web site application. ASP.NET MVC will be […]

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Business Analysis Essentials

Learn the characteristics of the Business Analyst role and the components that compromise the profession of Business Analysis in BAB-701: Business Analysis Essentials starting on 8/15. This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the […]

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Deploy and Manage Windows 10

Join us the week of August 22nd for M-20697-2: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services This 5-day course provides administrators with the knowledge and skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students learn how to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations. […]

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Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Join us the week of August 15th to learn how to Install and Configure Windows 10. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows […]

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Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners

Take a look at these Windows 10 Development for Absolute Beginners lessons from Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn how to develop Windows 10 apps and develop apps that run on more than one device family. Some experience with C# programming would be helpful.

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Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Become a more well-rounded Business Analyst who can lead projects with cost savings, accurate time to market and solutions that meet your organization’s business needs by joining us for Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements starting on July 27th. In this 3-day workshop you will revisit the foundational concepts of business analysis and discuss the importance […]

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Administering Windows Server 2012

There is still time to register for the upcoming M-20411: Administering Windows Server 2012 class the week of July 25th where, upon completion, you will be able to: Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System Maintain Active Directory Domain Services Manage User and Service Accounts Implement Group Policy Infrastructure Manage User Desktops using Group Policy Install, […]

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Prepare for the PMP® Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues that a Project Manager possesses project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion. Preparing for the PMP® examination, however, can be a daunting and time-consuming experience. That’s why Babbage Simmel has created PMP® 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP […]

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What’s New in PowerShell v5

Explore the new features in PowerShell, including changes in security, scripting, debugging, and administration role management courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam Prep

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% job growth is expected in […]

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Learn Advanced Java

Join us the week of July 25th for Advanced Java Programming training.  This course builds on the Introduction to Java course and goes deeper into programming topics that help you to understand these more advanced Java concepts. This course is aimed towards the Developer who already has learned the fundamentals of Java Programming but is […]

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Learn the C# Programming Language

C#, the most widely used language for .NET from Microsoft experts, is a simple, modern, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft within its .NET framework. The .Net framework is a revolutionary platform that helps you to write the following types of applications: • Windows applications • Web applications • Web services .Net framework applications […]

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Writing Effective Business Cases

A good business case will explain the problem, identify all the possible options to address it, and allow decision-makers to decide which course of action will be best for the organization. It will also allow any changes to the scope or timescale of the project to be assessed against the original purpose. Learn more about […]

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Build Your Foundation in Project Management

Are you ready to start building your foundational skills and knowledge in Project Management? Then plan on joining us for BAB-511: Foundations of Project Management starting on July 14th. This course provides an introduction to Project Management and the core concepts and best practices used in this discipline. Project Management best practices will be introduced, […]

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Start Your Java Development Learning Path

Are you ready to start learning about Java development? Start your Java development learning path by joining us for Introduction to Java starting on 8/29/2016. This course introduces the Java programming language and how to develop Java applications using Eclipse. Participants learn the syntax of the Java programming language, object-oriented programming using Java, exception handling, […]

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Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 is the latest addition to Microsoft’s data platform, with a variety of new features and enhancements that deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. Join us on July 6th for M-10986: Updating Your Skills to SQL Server 2016 training.  This course provides students moving from earlier releases […]

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Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016

Interested in upgrading your skills to Windows Server 2016?  Join us in July to learn how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professional who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a […]

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What’s New in Windows Server 2016

Learn about the features and functionality that have been added to or updated in Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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Want to learn a better way to build software?

Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Become a Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner and […]

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Back By Popular Demand: The Start Menu

Microsoft has brought back the Start button and Start Menu with Windows 10 and they have incorporated some of the unique features from its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Here is a closer look:   As you can see if the photo above, the left side of the Start menu contains the following: An […]

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Good News If You Fail a Microsoft Exam

For a limited time, take any Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, and get a free retake if you don’t pass! When you schedule and take an MCP exam between now and January 12, 2016, you are eligible for a free retake if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You have 30 days from the […]

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Scrum & Agile Key Terms

Scrum.org defines Scrum as a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs. Management and teams are able to get their hands around the requirements and technologies, never let go, and deliver working software, incrementally and empirically. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team […]

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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Applications is Microsoft’s main certification designed for developers and programmers.  Earning this certification confirms your ability to develop high-quality, interactive business and consumer applications using ASP.NET MVC, Windows Azure, HTML5, and CSS3. This also reflects your ability to design and build application solutions that include integrating multiple technologies […]

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Get Your Team Started With Scrum

According to Scrum.org, Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and […]

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JUST ADDED – Oracle Database 11g R2: Administration I – 10/20

The overall objective of this course is to allow the student to gain the skills necessary for day-today administration of an Oracle database. This course is the starting point for Oracle database administrators and also sets the foundation for advanced administrator training and certification At Course Completion Specific subject areas to be explored and objectives […]

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Manage BYOD with Mobility+ Training

Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world offering 16 certification exams in PC support, networking, security and more. CompTIA has been delivering certification exams for more than 20 years and is committed to continually improving the service provided to the industry. Manage BYOD with Mobility+ The mobile […]

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Preparing for the PMP Exam

PMI and the PMP® Overview The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 with the goal of advancing project management as a discipline and is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country […]

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Authorized Citrix Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Layer 8 Training. Layer8, awarded Citrix Authorized Learning Center (CALC) of the Year for 2009, 2011, […]

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Certified Cisco Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Sunset Learning Institute – SLI. Who is SLI? Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Sunset Learning Institute, […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: PMI

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. The next few posts will spotlight some of our partners.  Today in the Spotlight is PMI – Project Management Institute. Who […]

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BabSim and… Microsoft SQL Server

What is Microsoft SQL Server? Microsoft SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organizations and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud.  As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as […]

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Ohio Announces Workforce Training Voucher Program ROUND TWO

Because of the success of the Workforce Training Voucher Program earlier this year, the state has announced that it will launch the second round of the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. This time there is $27 million available to businesses. That means as an employer, you can apply for a credit that will reimburse you […]

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Babsim and… Lync Server 2013 & Lync Online

Lync Server Overview Microsoft Lync Server is enterprise software that provides a platform for unified communications. Lync Server provides an infrastructure to integrate common channels of business communication including instant messaging, VoIP, file transfer, Web conferencing, voice mail and e-mail. Microsoft Lync Server can be used within a single organization, between multiple organizations, and with external […]

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BabSim and… Windows Azure

What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure offers a flexible, […]

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BabSim and… Agile Practices

What Is Agile? Agile is not a process, it’s a philosophy or set of values.  It is an alternative to traditional project management, typically used in software development. It helps team members respond to unpredictability through incremental work cadences, known as sprints. Why Agile? Agile provides opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates your foundation of core technical skills and prepares you for a sustainable IT career.  Babbage Simmel offers all of the required courses you will need to take in order to obtain the certification that you are looking for. Below you will find the specialty areas and the […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 2

There are 4 MCSD certifications available.  In part 1 of our Becoming Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer series, we discussed MCSD: SharePoint Apps and MCSD: Web Applications.  Today we will be focusing on the other two – MCSD: Windows Store Apps and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. MCSD: Windows Store Apps Demonstrate your expertise at designing and […]

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BabSim and… Becoming A Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) part 1

According to Microsoft Learning, MCSD is one of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time. There are 4 MCSD […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: CompTIA

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is CompTIA. Who is CompTIA? CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: Guru Labs – Linux Certification Training

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is Guru Labs. Babbage Simmel, in partnership with Guru Labs, brings clients a full schedule of Linux […]

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BabSim Partner Spotlight: IIBA®

Babbage Simmel’s partners play a crucial role in our business. Our partner channels enable us to access the right software, the right curriculum and the right resources to create effective solutions for our clients. Today in the Spotlight is IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis. Who is IIBA®? Recognizing the need for competent business […]

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Are you ready for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 is nearly in full swing so I wanted to take a closer look at all the new features available.  Take a look below at some of the best new features SharePoint 2013 can offer your organization. Better branding for Your Web Presence. What used to be an arduous process that involved complicated designer […]

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The Rise in Mobile Computing

A recent article on Infoworld goes into detail about how Yahoo wants to accelerate its development of mobile products geared toward delivery of personalized content, as the company works to stay relevant in a world where smartphones and tablets are becoming dominant. Everything seems to be going mobile these days.  Everyone is on the go […]

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Is the IT industry hitting its groove?

Optimism in IT employees is high at the moment.  In a recent survey conducted by Computer World on IT salaries around the country, the percentage of 2013 respondents who said they gained ground financially in the past two years was slightly higher than it was in 2012 (33%, up from 29% last year), and the […]

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Linux Enterprise is on the rise

Linux use is on the rise.  There was a great article this week on Infoworld discussing how 80% of corporations will move to Linux based servers in the next 5 years.  Enterprise users apparently consider Linux the dominant platform for cloud computing, with nearly 76 percent using Linux servers for cloud and 74 percent planning […]

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New Cisco changes

Cisco will be making some updates/changes to their curriculum and certifications over the next few months, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up.   Today we will discuss what these changes are, and how they affect each of the individual courses.  ICND 1 – Differences between 1.1 and 2.0 ICND1 v2.0 includes major updates […]

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New Linux courses

We are proud to present our partnership with Guru Labs for Linux Training. The founders of Guru Labs, Bryan Croft and Dax Kelson, are experts in their fields. They had successfully deployed Linux in many environments from the early 1990s. Bryan and Dax recognized the limitless possibilities of Linux and open source contribution. With the […]

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Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0

Today we are going to take a look at an exciting webinar hosted by our partners over at Sunset Learning Institute. Sunset Learning Institute, a top-tier Cisco Learning Partner that are experts in providing and developing authorized Cisco training, is hosting a free demonstration and discussion covering New Features in Cisco Unified Communications Manager 9.0.  […]

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Business Analysis Training

Today we are going to take a look at Business Analysis training.  With BabSim’s business analysis training courses, you will be able to identify and improve business processes in your organization through requirements gathering, analytics, communication skills, and data modeling. We provide preparation for several IIBA business analysis certifications and training designed to give you […]

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What’s the deal with Agile?

Agile training has become pretty popular here at Babsim over the last couple of years, so I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the current understanding of what Agile methodology is.  Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve […]

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Cloud technology will produce new jobs

It looks as though Cloud technology won’t just be an upgrade in data management, but it will also create millions of new jobs. Cloud computing, and related areas like virtualization and data management, will create 7 million jobs over the next three years, according to a new study published by Microsoft and IDC. The study […]

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Advanced System Center 2012 courses

To start things off this week I wanted to let everybody know about our Babsim Alumni group on LinkedIn.  This is a place to connect with your peers and have discussions about important trends or new technologies in the IT industry.  We will also be posting some promotions in the group from time to time […]

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Let’s look at SharePoint 2013

This week I want to take a look at a product that’s coming out later this year.  Let’s take a look at SharePoint 2013. What’s new in SharePoint 2013? SharePoint 2013 is the new way to work together. A simplified user experience helps you organize sync and share all your content. New social capabilities make […]

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Guaranteed to run ITIL training

Next week BabSim is again going international! We are engaged for multiple deliveries of the ITIL Foundation course for a client of ours headquartered in Haifa, Israel.  It should be a fun couple of weeks.  ITIL training has been pretty popular here so far this year, so I thought it would be a good idea […]

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CEO forecast for 2013

CEO’s are expecting a lot out of technology in 2013, and Babbage Simmel is here to exceed their expectations. In the business context, sustainability is about taking a holistic approach to the long-term viability of an enterprise in the midst of social, environmental and economic forces. At a practical level, it involves the ability to […]

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Looking for more training dollars?

Just in time for the start of 2013 our government has decided to make more training funds available for Ohio employees.  The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program will fill a gap in current workforce development programs by providing needed training dollars to Ohio’s incumbent workforce through a unique public-private partnership. The ultimate goal of […]

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2012 year in review

Well, it’s been another great year for the Babbage Simmel staff and alumni.  We did tons of training and certification testing this year, with Visual Studio taking the crown for the most trained subject.  We taught twice as many Visual Studio courses in 2012 as the runner up for subject of the year, SharePoint 2010.  […]

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IBM Cognos Training

This week we wanted to take some time and spotlight a couple new training classes here at Babsim.  What exactly is IBM Cognos?  We’re glad you asked. From business intelligence to financial performance and strategy management to analytics applications, IBM Cognos software can provide what your organization needs to become top-performing and analytics-driven. With products […]

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New System Center Courses

We’re busy finishing a jam packed week here at Babsim.  It’s always nice when you can fill every room in the building.  One of our biggest classes this week was Systems Center, taught by our old friend, Ken Alexander.  This class has been one of our most popular classes this year, and I’m sure it […]

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SharePoint Migration

We’ve been busy the last couple weeks with a SharePoint migration here at Babsim (fun stuff), but don’t think we forgot about you.  In fact, since SharePoint is the hot topic around here right now let’s take a look at our upcoming SharePoint classes!  Maybe your organization can get in on all of the fun we’re […]

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Top paying certifications

We talked a few weeks ago about what IT skills employers where looking for in 2013.  Let’s take it even one step further and discuss which certifications can give you the biggest bump on your salary.  If you want that number to increase on your paycheck than take a look at some of these important […]

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Windows 8 is here!

It’s time to start preparing for Windows 8!  That’s right.  The launch is just around the corner, October 26th to be exact.  The good news is that you can download a preview of Windows 8 here.  There are many improvements and refinements across the Windows 8 Release Preview that folks will see right away, while […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013 cont…

We’re back with part two of the 10 hottest IT skills employers are looking for in 2013!  Let’s continue the countdown with number 5… 5) Business Intelligence/Analytics –26% plan to hire for this skill in 2013 Big data is one of the top priorities for many companies, but getting the right people to analyze all […]

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10 hottest IT skills for 2013

The IT industry will be looking to hire in 2013.  A recent survey by Computerworld shows the ten hottest skills that these industry leaders will be looking for during the hiring process.  Luckily, here at babsim we have the perfect courses to complement each of these key areas.  Let’s start with number 10… 10) Data […]

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Microsoft Office Suite 2010

We do a lot of training here at Babsim for back end products like Windows Server or Visual Studio, but you don’t have to work in the IT industry to come across everyday problems that can be solved easily with a computer program.  Maybe you have a book report due for school, or you need […]

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There is no challenge too large for Babbage Simmel

The IT industry is constantly evolving.  We understand that every now and then your organization may need to change from one technology platform to another, sometimes very quickly.  Whether you’re an organization with a few employees or a large agency with numerous workers, there are no tasks too large for Babbage Simmel’s accommodation.  Recently the […]

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Citrix allows for flexibility and freedom

This week we’re talking about Citrix and what it can do for you and your organization.  Citrix solutions let IT provide a more people‑centric, on‑demand computing environment. Flexibility and freedom for people, and security and control for IT form the basis for business innovation and growth. Citrix XenApp is an on-demand application delivery solution that […]

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Microsoft Second Shot is back!

Boost your IT skills with Microsoft Certification— and get a free Second Shot! Here at Babsim we off certification tests for all major Microsoft platforms.  Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc.  Just in time for these new certifications, Microsoft’s Second Shot test initiative is back, and we could all use a safety […]

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Visual Studio 2012 is here!

We’ve already highlighted the new 2012 classes for Microsoft System Center, SQL Server and Windows Server; now let me introduce Visual Studio 2012! Microsoft Visual Studio is a powerful IDE that ensures quality code throughout the entire application lifecycle, from design to deployment. Whether you’re developing applications for SharePoint, the web, Windows, Windows Phone, and […]

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Windows Server 2012

Are you ready for Windows Server 2012?  It’s ok if you aren’t, because we have everything to get you started.  Windows Server 2012 can help you provide: Continuous Availability New and improved features offer cost-effective, high IT service uptime. They are designed to endure failures without disrupting services to users. Management Efficiency The automation of […]

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From Hotmail to Outlook

If you haven’t notice yet, Microsoft’s original e-mail machine, Hotmail, has now transitioned into a web based version of Outlook.  CBCNews reports that it will tie in efficiently with social media websites and make staying in touch with everyone much easier.  In the spirit of this news, I wanted to highlight our offerings for Outlook, […]

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New Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes

We get it.  You have a lot of customers.  Wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool that could manage all of those customers as well as market to them at the same time?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for.  I’d like to introduce you to our selection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM classes. […]

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Java developers in high demand

A recent survey of tech-focused hiring managers concluded that Java Developer is the most difficult job to fill.  Do you have the skills to be one of these sought after it experts?  If not, that’s OK because we can make it happen.  Check out our Java offerings below and secure your future with certifications in […]

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ITIL training and certification

This week I’m going to talk about ITIL training.  IT Service Management certification helps distinguish those who have a deep understanding of best practice for ITSM and are capable of implementing these concepts to some degree immediately. Certification is also the foundation for developing a career path in IT Service Management. Take a look at look at our […]

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Share the knowledge with Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, your people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions. There are so many benefits to using SharePoint.  Be More Productive ​SharePoint 2010 gives […]

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VMware Training and Virtualization

This week we’re focusing on VMware and Virtualization.  Our VMware courses are all guaranteed to run when scheduled.  So sign up as soon as possible to take advantage of this great training.  Why should you virtualize your environment?  Glad you asked. Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by […]

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Short on time? Our boot camp courses are just what you need.

In today’s world everyone is trying to save time.   We all try to cram in as much as we can in a short amount of time so we can sleep longer, golf longer, etc.  If this sounds like you, then check out our various boot camp style courses.  Why take a subject for two weeks […]

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PowerShell, SharePoint and Oracle filling up fast!

This week I wanted to quickly let everyone know about some of our upcoming popular courses that only have a couple seats left.  Now is your chance to sign up and secure that last spot before they’re all gone.  There are some top notch trainers from all over the country coming to Babsim over the […]

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System Center 2012 is Here!

One of this summer’s hottest products is System Center 2012.  The new classes are rolling out, the seats are going fast.  I wanted to take this week’s entry to introduce the various 2012 System Center courses and allow everyone to get a jump on the product itself. M-10748 Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager This […]

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It’s time to DEVELOP your skills!

Develop as a Developer If you’re in the development business and looking to hone your skills or even advance them, look no further.  Here at Babbage Simmel we have a large selection of development courses covering web and applications in Visual Studio all the way to SharePoint.  Below are a few of our upcoming development […]

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Microsoft Forefront 2010

Microsoft Forefront delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions, both on-premises and in the cloud, to help protect users and enable secure access virtually anywhere. With our integrated portfolio of protection, identity, and access products, you can help secure your environment and manage access across data, users, and systems. The best part about all of this is that […]

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New Schedule, New Classes, New Ways to Learn!

This week I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight our new schedule through summer and fall.  Below are just a few of our most popular courses as well as a few that are new this summer.  Take a look and sign up soon as these courses tend to sell out rather quickly.  I […]

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A Look at the Cloud Intelligence Conference

Well, this has been a pretty busy week.  The Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference was a big success thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, and speakers.  We got some great shots of the event, and I wanted to take some time this week to give you a visual look at the event in case you […]

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Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference Schedule

Hey Everyone!  We’ve been talking about the April 3rd Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference for a couple weeks now, and since it’s almost that time we wanted to share the sessions list with you.  You’ve already met our outstanding speakers, now it’s time to see what they will be presenting!  Check out the session schedule below, […]

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Part 2 of our Speakers List for the Cloud Intelligence Conference

We’re back with part two of our Columbus Cloud Intelligence Conference lineup!   If you thought we had some great presenters highlighted last week, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Let’s get it started. John Ferringer John Ferringer is a SharePoint IT Professional with over seven years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and has spent […]

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Introducing the speakers for the 2012 Cloud Conference

The 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference is quickly approaching.  In part one of this two part blog I’ll highlight the great speakers we have lined up to provide you with all the background and knowledge you need jump head first into the cloud.  Register now and enter the promo code “Cloud2012” to save $200 off the […]

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Obtain an IT position with Cisco, Win 7, SharePoint and Exchange classes

A recent article in IT World shows that IT hiring continues to rise.  Overall, IT employment grew 3.4% in 2011 and 1.5% in 2010.  This is great news for anyone looking to get into it the IT field, or for those who are already in and are looking for a new position.  I wanted to […]

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Simple Workflow Service made simple

Amazon is developing tools through the Cloud that will make life a whole lot easier on small businesses.  Amazon Web Services’ Simple Workflow Service (SWF) is a portal for developers to build and run cloud-based or on-premise business automation applications.  Check out why they think this endeavor will be beneficial for businesses to take advantage […]

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System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, CLOUD ON YOUR TERMS

Microsoft is rolling out the 2012 courses for many of its newly soon to be released products, and we’re here to give you the lowdown on these highly anticipated courses.  Let’s start it off with System Center 2012! SCCM2012- Mastering System Center Configuration Manager 2012 This is a brand new class developed and presented by […]

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Exclusive New SQL Server Courses: SQL 2012, Advanced SQL Server 2008, and Cloud Computing

This week I wanted to let everyone know about some new exclusive SQL 2012, and advanced SQL 2008 offerings!  Take a look at the new classes below. Advanced SQL Server 2008 Advanced Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services R2 (SSAS) This two-day SSAS course focuses on advanced concepts for both operating and tuning SSAS in […]

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System Center 2012 and working with virtual lab environments

Before we get into this week’s blog, I wanted to remind everyone that the Ohio Cloud Intelligence Conference is coming up!  Take a look at the promotions, and register ASAP to ensure your seat!  The BEST promotion in my opinion is the one we are currently running on our Facebook page.  If you hit the […]

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Cloud Conference. Gain valuable insights and the opportunity to network with the best in the industry!

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Get your head out of the clouds!”  That expression isn’t such a bad thing anymore.  I want to introduce you to the… Cloud Intelligence Conference: Columbus 2012 Babbage Simmel is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference.  The conference will take place on April […]

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Developing Web Applications; Identity Management and Project Management Professional

This week I just wanted to quickly highlight a few classes within the next month that only have a few seats still available.  You will want to sign up for these classes ASAP to secure your seat!  Let’s take a look. First off we have M-10264: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. In […]

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Are we really secure?

Here are three articles that I was able to pull together from a Google search very quickly.  SpyEye malware borrows Zeus trick to mask fraud, Hacking group releases more Stratfor subscriber data, and Government engineers actively plan for cyberwar.  What does this mean exactly?  I tell you.  These three examples show that not only are […]

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The top five classes of 2011 are….

Welcome back for part two of our countdown of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011!  We’ll start it off this week at number 5… 5. Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 M-10135 •Install and deploy Exchange Server 2010. •Configure Mailbox servers and mailbox server components. •Manage recipient objects. •Configure the Client Access […]

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Have you taken one of the top ten Microsoft classes of 2011? Part 1

It seems like everyone is doing countdowns this time of the year, so why not?  This will be part one of a two part blog that will highlight the ten most popular Microsoft courses for 2011.  These classes should still be popular in 2012, so this will give everyone a chance to look at the […]

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At the Forefront of Security

When it comes to policy management, data synchronization and user self-service Forefront Identity Manager handles it all.  Computerworld has a nice look at all three areas. Policy Management Forefront Identity Manager’s view of identity management is that employees, their roles and their eventual authorizations and authentication should all fall under the purview of policies. Administrators […]

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Is Windows 8 the Next Big Thing???

CNET News has a great article out about the looming Windows 8 release in 2012. The rumor is that Microsoft Windows 8 may be largely irrelevant to users of traditional PC’s.  Research has shown that since the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview in September, Microsoft has been battered by criticism from desktop users […]

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Cloud computing opens new doors for IT professionals

Cloud Computing promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies. In other instances, IT pros need to develop new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.  Companies that consider moving to cloud computing will want to educate their IT professionals […]

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Virtualization is the Way of the Future

Lead your company into the future. Take the Microsoft Virtualization Challenge  Virtualization is picking up speed. Are your skills keeping up? Lead your company into the future with Microsoft training and certification. Information technology is moving to the cloud. Virtualization is the foundation. Every IT professional is looking for ways to more effectively use their […]

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Does IT certification mean higher pay?

According to NetworkWorld, no, but that doesn’t mean the IT profession is in trouble.  Indeed, the premium pay gap between non-certified and certified IT skills is the largest it has been since late 2000. Employers are paying 8.5% more for employees with non-certified IT skills, compared to 7% more for employees with IT certifications.  “It […]

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Virtualization, VMware vSphere 5.0, IT Trends 2012

Virtualization, VMware 5.0, IT Trends 2012 Of the top ten key IT trends for 2012, Network World ranks Virtualization as number one.  At the Gartner Symposium IT/Expo, David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams with Gartner, said the Top 10 Trends show how IT is changing in that many […]

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Windows 7 and Virtualization

With the fall semester in full swing here at Babsim we are filling up classes fast!  This week I wanted to highlight a few popular classes that still have a couple seats available. First let’s start with our Windows 7 class on 11/2/11.  The primary audience for this course is the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician […]

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Hot IT Skills for 2012

Slowly but surely, many U.S. companies are loosening their viselike grips on IT hiring and looking to add new staffers to bolster business growth in the year ahead. That trend is reflected in Computerworld‘s annual Forecast survey. Nearly 29% of the 353 IT executives polled said they plan to increase IT staffing through next summer. […]

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Introducing Live Distance Learning with QuickStart Intelligence

Last week we had another great ITIL v-3 Foundation class.  Our congratulations to the students attending class last week. Eric Tisdale was perfect again with every single student passing the exam!  By my count, that’s now four classes in a row with Eric where every single student was successful on the exam.  If you’ve been […]

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Welcome OSUMC

Hey everyone. This week I wanted to take some time to let you know about a special initiative we are taking part in here at babsim.  The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is currently in the process of training 14,000 plus employees on their new Integrated Healthcare Information System (IHIS).  The Babbage Simmel Campus […]

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Answers to Common Cisco Questions

This week is the final segment in this month’s Q&A series, and we’ve saved the best for last.  Take a closer look at Cisco, and our abundance of Guaranteed to Run Cisco Certification offerings.  A big thanks to Rob Williams and Jamie Raines from Sunset Learning for helping us out with the questions this week. […]

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Scrum and Agile Training

This week the Q&A series is all about Scrum!  The Scrum Alliance is answering the questions for us this week, so let’s get started. What exactly is Scrum? Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. […]

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PMP® Certification

Our Q&A series continues this week with a look at Project Management with our senior instructor/consultant David Wirick.  Let’s get started! Dave, when it comes to project management, why is it important to obtain your PMP® certification? The PMP is becoming a professional requirement for project managers.  It’s much like the CPA certification for accounting […]

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ITIL Certification Q&A

This week is going to start a month long “Q & A” series covering some of our most popular courses. Each week I’ll share the information our instructors have shared with me concerning the most frequently asked questions by our students. We’ll kick this series off this week with a closer look at ITIL Certification. […]

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New Classrooms, CISSP and PMP

I spent all day last Friday unpacking boxes.  While that doesn’t sound too fun (and believe me it wasn’t), the end result was pretty fantastic.  We are in the process of upgrading our classrooms with brand new Dell Optiplex 790 Desktop machines with, wait for it, DUAL MONITORS!  One of the more frequent requests from students […]

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IIBA and a Closer Look at babsim

I wanted to start this week with another update from the IIBA.  They have recently awarded the first Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA).  Check out the note below: IIBA Awards First CCBA Designation  International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first Certification of Competency in […]

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World Wide Partner Conference

Hey everyone! Babbage Simmel sent two of our own to the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Los Angeles last week, and what we learned is that there are many things to be excited about in the world of technology coming very soon!  Let’s start by checking out one of the keynote addresses by Steve Ballmer […]

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CDU’s and PDU’s

The highlights for this week at babsim were Project Management and Business Analysis. Dave Wirick was back again (I think he’s just going to move in) with a packed class this week and it was a huge success!  Our PMP class is really hot right now, and the next one on tap is nearly full.  […]

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