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Sep 8th

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 was selected as one of the facilities where the training is housed, so for the last month and all the way through October, our lobby has been full of those special people that save lives every day.  Per OSUMC; “IHIS is a single, integrated and personalized health record across the continuum of a patient’s interaction with the Ohio State’s Medical Center. All members of the Medical Center Team will use the same system to access and enter information in the patient’s clinical and financial record.” By the way; IHIS goes live October 15, 2011.

It’s great to be part of something so important in the medical/healthcare industry.  So a big welcome to the OSUMC team, and we hope your training continues to go well here at Babbage Simmel.

Something else that we’ll be starting soon here at babsim will be regular promotions listed on our Facebook page.  All you have to do is “like” our page, and you will be eligible to receive the promo code(s).  This code will get you special pricing on various classes when you sign up.  So in the meantime, head on over to our page and hit that little thumbs up button.

To close out the blog this week I wanted to list some of our upcoming classes for the next two months.  There are still seats available on all of these classes, so peruse the list below, and then sign up ASAP to reserve yours now!

Business Analysis, Project Management, ITIL, Scrum

BAB520: PMP 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP Exam 10/3/11-10/7/11

AGM: Agile Practices for Managers 11/22/11-11/23/11

CSM: Certified ScrumMaster 9/24/11-9/25/11 Weekend Class

ITIL-RCV: ITIL Release, Control and Validation 9/19/11-9/23/11

BAB608: Business Analysis Essentials 10/17/11-10/19/11

Cisco Authorized Courses

Babbage Simmel brings a full schedule of authorized Cisco training to our Columbus Campus.

ICND1: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 v1.1 10/10/11-10/14/11

ICND2: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 v1.1 10/17/11-10/21/11

ACUCM: Administering Cisco Unified Communications Manager v8.0 9/26/11-9/30/11 and 10/31/11-11/4/11

VPN: Deploying cisco ASA VPN Solutions v1.0 10/17/11-10/21/11

TVOICE 8.0: Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Communications v8.0 10/17/11-10/21/11

ICOMM 8.0: Introducing Cisco Voice and Unified Communications Administration v8.0 10/24/11-10/28/11

CCNAX v1.1: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Accelerated v1.1 9/19/11-9/23/11 and  10/24/11-10/28/11

CVOICE 8.0: Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Voice over IP and QOS 8.0 9/19/11-9/23/11 and 10/31/11-11/4/11

ROUTE 1.0: Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) 9/26/11-9/30/11 and 10/31/11-11/4/11

FIREWALL: Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Solutions v1.0 (FIREWALL) 9/26/11-9/30/11

IPS 7.0: Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System v7.0 10/3/11-10/7/11

IP6FD: IPv6 Fundamentals, Design, and Deployment v3.0 10/3/11-10/7/11

IPIVR: Unified Contact Center Enterprise/Intelligent Contact Manger Admin with IPIVR 10/3/11-10/7/11

TSHOOT 1.0: Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks 10/10/11-10/14/11

IINS 1.0: Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security 10/10/11-10/14/11

CAPPS 8.0: Integrating Cisco Unified Communications Applications v8.0 10/10/11-10/14/11

SECURE 1.0: Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches 10/24/11-10/28/11


M-10265: Developing Data Access Solutions with MS Visual Studio 2010 10/31/11-11/4/11

M-6460: Visual Studio 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation 10/26/11-10/28/11

M-10267: Introduction to Web Development with MS Visual Studio 2010 9/19/11-9/23/11

M-10266: Programming in C with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 10/10/11-10/14/11


M-6424: Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory 9/28/11-9/30/11

M-6427: Configuring and troubleshooting Internet Information Services in Windows Server 2008 9/12/11-9/14/11

M-50028: Installing and Configuring System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 9/26/11-9/30/11

M-6418: Deploying Windows Server 2008 10/5/11-10/7/11

M-6416: Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 10/10/11-10/14/11

M-6421: Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure 10/10/11-10/14/11

M-10233: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 10/10/11-10/14/11


M-10232: Designing and Developing MS SharePoint Server 2010 Applications 10/31/11-11/4/11

M-10175: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development 10/3/11-10/7/11

M-50352: SharePoint 2010 Overview for End Users 10/11/11-10/13/11


M-6231: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database 10/3/11-10/7/11

M-6232: Implementing a MS SQL Server 2008 Database 10/17/11-10/21/11

M-6234: Implementing  and Maintaining MS SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services 10/11/11-10/13/11

M-6236: Implementing and Maintaining MS SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services 9/28/11-9/30/11

M-6436: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Infrastructure and Services 10/17/11-10/21/11

Windows 7

M-6292: Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client 10/5/11-10/7/11

M-6294: Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments 10/17/11-10/21/11


Aug 25th

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. The possibilities are endless. The Scrum framework is deceptively simple.

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. The possibilities are endless. The Scrum framework is deceptively simple.

  • A product owner creates a prioritized wish list called a product backlog.
    During sprint planning, the team pulls a small chunk from the top of that wishlist, a sprint backlog, and decides how to implement those pieces.
  • The team has a certain amount of time, a sprint, to complete its work – usually two to four weeks – but meets each day to assess its progress (daily scrum).
    Along the way, the ScrumMaster keeps the team focused on its goal.
  • At the end of the sprint, the work should be potentially shippable, as in ready to hand to a customer, put on a store shelf, or show to a stakeholder.
  • The sprint ends with a sprint review and retrospective.
  • As the next sprint begins, the team chooses another chunk of the product backlog and begins working again.

The cycle repeats until enough items in the product backlog have been completed, the budget is depleted, or a deadline arrives. Which of these milestones marks the end of the work is entirely specific to the project. No matter which impetus stops work, Scrum ensures that the most valuable work has been completed when the project ends.

Who uses Scrum?

Rethink what Scrum could mean for your complex project. Whether you’re building the next iPad app, shipping dog food across the country, or running a charity event, Scrum can help. Scrum offers benefits for any kind of team, including improved teamwork, better communication, and faster results.  The answer to this question is really that anybody can.


Do I receive PDU credits for a CSM course?

Yes. Please follow PMI’s procedure for Category B: Continuing Education. According to the PMP handbook: ‘Contact hours of project and/or program management education may be earned by attending relevant educational courses offered by organizations not registered with PMI. The good news is that we’re a registered PMI member, so taking the CSM course through us will allow you to obtain the proper continuing education requirements.


How can I get started?

The best way to get started is to join our Certified Scrum Master course on 9/24-9/25.  Join CSM Tom Mellor and Brian Levy for an exciting two days of training.

Speaking of Brian Levy, he was here this week with another Agile Practices for Managers class, and again it was a huge success!  Check out the pictures from the class below.

Brian Levy leading the class

Class discussion


 Next week the Q&A series will return with a deep dive into Cisco Authorized Training.


Aug 17th

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 and finance professionals in that it indicates basic competence and professionalism.  Increasingly, when organizations advertise for project managers, they require or strongly suggest that applicants have their PMP.  The PMP also gives an applicant for a job and advantage over all of those without the certificate.  It demonstrates the fact that you have experience in project management, that you’ve invested in your education in project management, and that you have a solid understanding of the worldwide standard in project management.

With that being said, what is the advantage of taking classroom instruction for the PMP® exam as opposed to self-study?

The PMP certification requires 35 hours of “contact” education.  Though you might have taken project management courses in the past, they probably weren’t focused on the PMP exam.  When you take a PMP-prep course from Babbage Simmel, you will meet the education requirements for the exam and be exposed to the content tested on the exam as well as methods of preparing for the exam.  In a Babbage Simmel PMP-prep course, you’ll both learn and apply the material required for passing the exam.  Plus, you will be earning Professional Development Units (PDU) toward maintaining your PMP certification.

What are some good courses to take after the PMP® class to obtain more PDU’s?

After earning your PMP, you are required to accumulate 60 PDUs every three years to maintain your certification.  One way to get PDUs is through ongoing education.  There are three types of courses you can take at Babbage Simmel after earning your PMP that can earn PDUs.

-Courses to build your “hard” skills in project management, including time and cost management

-Courses to build your “soft” skills in project management, including conflict management and communications

-Courses that increase your ability in areas related to project management, including IT management and specific IT applications (e.g., Project Server, SharePoint)

Thanks Dave!

I hope this gave everyone some insight on our Project Management courses here at babsim and why they are important to your career and organizations.  The PMP® credentials certify your knowledge and experience in project management so you can be more confident at work and more competitive in the job market. The good news is, we have another PMP® prep class coming up on October 3rd!  Sign up now to reserve your seat.

Our campus at 2300 West 5th Avenue is just minutes from downtown Columbus with every restaurant you can imagine right nearby.  We’re looking forward to seeing you here soon!


Aug 10th

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. A big thanks to Eric Tisdale our Senior ITIL Instructor/Consultant for letting us pick his brain for a little bit.

Eric, why is ITIL certification so important?

ITIL certification lays the groundwork for a career road map. The holder of the certificate has an understanding of Best Practice for IT Service management that can be applied immediately in the workforce. On top of that, the ITIL certification is recognized worldwide.

Why is it important to take classes from an accredited trainer & training organization?

Only accredited course providers may bestow certificates. Any certification from a non-accredited trainer would be meaningless.

Lastly Eric, what are the most popular ITIL Intermediate Courses to take after you have received your ITIL Foundation Certificate?

There are two “streams” of the ITIL Intermediate Course offerings: Capabilities and Lifecycle. The Capabilities Stream of Intermediate Courses are most useful to those who will be taking part in the day to day practical activities described within each of the processes. Of the four Capabilities Courses, Operational Support and Agreements (OSA) and Service Offerings and Agreements (SOA) are the most popular.
The Lifecycle Stream Courses mirror the five core ITIL manuals. They address the aspects of ITIL from a holistic, lifecycle perspective. As such they are more suited to those with managerial responsibility looking at the overall IT Service Management picture. Service Operation (SO) is by far the most popular course.
The popularity of the above courses is much more a function of familiarity than need of the student or quality or the material. The Courses that involve the Operational processes (Incident Management, Problem Management, Event Management, etc.) discuss what most people in IT are used to – what they do daily. Strategizing, planning, etc. are also very important features of any IT Organization, but many organizations neglect these areas, focusing efforts on putting out the “fires of the day”. However, long-term success with ITIL demands that the Strategy, Design, and Transition processes be implemented into the enterprise.

Thanks Eric!

I hope this gives everyone a little glimpse into the world of ITIL Certification here at Babsim.
The next date for our ITIL Foundations course is 9/7/11-9/9/11.
Be sure to check back next week as the series continues with a look at Project Management!

Aug 5th

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 that we hear is the need for dual monitors and we have delivered.  This is especially helpful when using electronic coursebooks in class. Take a look at the pic below to see a glimpse of what the new rooms will look like once fully set up.  The tables won’t be nearly as cluttered, as I was just trying to get everything unpacked.  I did play around on one of the machines before I left and it’s awesome! 23 inch Dell Professional monitors, Intel Core i7, 3.4GHz processors, 16GB of RAM… just for starters…

The new desktops aren’t the only changes on their way.  Starting next week and continuing through to October we will be opening some of our classrooms up to the Ohio State University Medical Center as they train all of their employees on their new clinical application system.  It’s a busy but fun time for us here at babsim!

Before I wrap up this week I wanted to take a second to let everyone know that we still have a couple seats left in our Project Management PMP Prep class starting on 8/15 as well as our CISSP Certification class that same week.  Sign up now to reserve your spots!


Jul 29th

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 Business Analysis (CCBA) designation to Mr. Michel Sauty of Villars-sous-Yens near Geneva, Switzerland. Congratulations!

Mr. Sauty is the first of the new CCBA™ recipients. All are IIBA® members and they come from around the world—the U.S., Canada, Australia, India, Switzerland, the U.K. and the Netherlands.

The CCBA certification was introduced in response to industry demands for a designation that could be obtained earlier in a business analysis practitioner’s career than the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) designation. We expect the CCBA designation to become the industry standard for business analysts.

There are now over 175 people approved to take the exam. If you haven’t already applied for the CCBA designation, you can do so by visiting the Certification section of the IIBA website.

Once again, congratulations to Mr. Sauty and all CCBA recipients.

Michael Gladstone, CBAP
Executive Vice President, Certification

If you caught last week’s blog then you know about some of the updates from the World Wide Partner Conference.  One of the key points made by Microsoft at the conference was that 60% of students choose a training partner based on the facilities location and comfort level.  We here at babsim take this VERY seriously.  We have one of the most top notch facilities in the country and our students and instructors love it.  We pay close attention to the needs of our students, and when it comes to the learning environment and amenities we don’t slack.  Check out some of the photos below and see what kind of world you’re stepping into here at babsim.

babsim lobby

Another look at the classrooms

The cafe has everything you need to get through the day

Jul 27th

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 himself!


Cloud computing is going to be huge in the world of IT.  We are talking about major changes on the horizon and the need for training on the Cloud will be in high demand.  With that being said, many are still wondering exactly “What is the Cloud?”  Check out these two articles on Cloud computing and prepare for the changes ahead!

I also wanted to highlight a few classes this week that are on the horizon and still have seats available.

CISSP 8/8/11-8/12/11

This five-day, instructor-led course trains students in all areas of the security Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). They will learn about security policy development, secure software development procedures, network vulnerabilities, attack types and corresponding countermeasures, cryptography concepts and their uses, disaster recovery plans and procedures, risk analysis, crucial laws and regulations, forensics basics, computer crime investigation procedures, physical security, and much, much more. They will explore the contents and concepts that make up the diverse domains and learn how they work together to provide true “in-depth” defense.

M-10262 8/15/11-8/19/11

In this course, experienced developers who know the basics of Windows Forms development gain more advanced Windows Client design and development skills. WinForms and WPF programming models, as well as relative strengths and when to use each technology, are covered.

M-6235 8/31/11-9/2/11

This three-day instructor-led course teaches students how to implement an Integration Services solution in an organization. The course discusses how to develop, deploy, and manage Integration Services packages.

See you all back here next week!


Jul 27th

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.  If you want to get some of the best Project Management training in the country you need to sign up ASAP!  Here are the next couple dates:

BAB520: PMP 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP Exam

8/15/11-8/19/11 and 10/3/11-10/7/11

This workshop is intended to prepare you to successfully take the PMP® exam, and the flow of the course is directed toward that end. The workshop will employ a case study that will be referred to throughout.

On the Business Analysis side of things, we ran another successful CBAP class this week and we have a full slate of BA classes coming at you for the rest of the year!

BAB609: Business Analysis Principles and Techniques: CBAP Exam Prep


This workshop is intended to provide knowledge of what a business analyst should do and how they should do it. More importantly, however, this workshop is designed to build a strong foundation in business analysis that can allow participants to understand why something should be done. It’s that “why” element that allows for understanding and
answering test questions.

BAB608: Business Analysis Essentials


The best way to ensure that projects meet the needs for which they were initiated is to apply a consistent requirements process and requirements management methods and tools. The goal of this workshop is to enhance the skills of project teams including those engaged in requirements elicitation and management and to increase the capability of an
organization to deliver products and services that meet user and stakeholder needs. It provides an overview and application of the processes of requirements management and is intended to allow participants to build requirements management processes that can help them increase the success of their projects

BAB607: Business Analysis Theory and Practice


A critical role in requirements elicitation and management is played by the business analyst. Business analysts serve as the link between the business interests served by the project and the technology that will be employed to deliver the functionality required by it.
They are responsible for translating business needs into language that systems analysts can turn into a solution, for framing the problem and identifying the most appropriate solution. They keep the project focused on the needs for which it was initiated. They are often charged with gathering, documenting, and testing requirements, especially in software development and implementation projects.

I’ll be back next week with updates from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference!


Jul 27th

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 special thank you to our new and renewing members—we could not have reached this significant goal without your support!  We are pleased to have you as a member of the world’s leading professional association for business analysis.  The membership of IIBA doubled in just over two years.  We reached 10,000 members in April of 2009.  There has never been a better time to be an IIBA member. IIBA offers many member benefits designed to support your professional development as a BA and help you perform better in your daily job. And we are adding even more benefits this year.”

Not a member of IIBA? Visit the IIBA website to learn more about the many member benefits and join today!

For all the Business Analyst out there we have some great Business Analysis courses coming up over the next few months here at Babsim, so please take a look at the schedule below and get you registration in ASAP to reserve your spot!

BAB609: Business Analysis Principles and Techniques 7/11/11-7/15/11

BAB607: Business Analysis Theory and Practice 7/18/11-7/22/11

BAB608: Business Analysis Essentials 10/17/11-10/19/11

Also there’s still time to get a seat in our CSM: Certified ScrumMaster course starting next Thursday 6/30/11.  If you’re going to be a master of something, why not Scrum?!?!

I’m also pleased to announce that our first venture with our partners at Sunset Learning into the world of Cisco was a HUGE success.  One of our students mentioned to me that this was the most fun he’d had in a training class in the last ten years.  If you missed out this week don’t worry, there are plenty of Cisco courses popping up on our schedule for the remainder of the year so check them out!

See you next week,


Jul 27th

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 the lookout for updates.  
This week was very busy also, and the highlight was our full ITIL Service Offerings and Agreements class.  Speaking of acquiring those Professional Development Units (PDU), our Project Management course, PMP 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP Exam, is coming up on June 27th and seats are filling up fast so sign up now!  Whether you’ve been cramming for the PMP exam on your own for months, or haven’t even begun to study yet, this is the class for you!  Remember, if you’ve taken our PMP class in the past or plan to take it in a couple weeks, you will be able to sit in the class one more time at no charge for up to a year per our Audit policy.  This is a great way to get one last “cram session” in before that pesky exam.

We look forward to seeing you all in our upcoming classes, and remember to check back here next week for more updates from Babsim!