What We’re Working On – The June Edition

June 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news | 1 Comment
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Along with the customer support emails, I read all of the product request emails. I’ve noticed that a large number of the requests are for products that we currently have in development anyway. As an easy and interactive way of keeping our customers in the development loop, I thought we would start running a monthly “What We’re Working On” blog post so you can see what’s upcoming before it’s released.

George is deep into Windows 7.  The first Windows 7 exam (70-680 TS: Windows 7, Configuring) was in beta a few weeks ago, and all our developers took the exam.  George has already begun writing those items.  I don’t have a concrete release date yet for our product, simply because we don’t know when Microsoft intends to release the live exam, and we don’t typically release our product until they do.  Hopefully, in the July Edition of WWWO, I’ll be able to give firm details for when our product will release. (In the meantime, you can review Windows 7 Feature Walkthroughs on the Microsoft Learning site.)

Josh is still working hard on the .NET 3.5 tracks.  We’ve released several .NET exams this year, but we still have a few more to go to reach our goal.  He’s currently developing our 70-563 product. Two weeks ago, we released 70-505 in both versions. We just released the 70-561 product in the C# version, and the VB version is about a week away from release.  By the end of the year, we plan to release 70-653, 70-654, 70-655, 70-656, 70-657, 70-658, and 70-659. And in case you were wondering: no, Josh doesn’t sleep.

Robin is working on the new version of the PMI exam, the PMP 4th Edition. We’ve started limited development on that one because the exam doesn’t go live until the end of June. We are firmly committed to seeing the exam before developing content.  That way we are sure you have the best exam prep experience possible. I am scheduled to take it the first week of its release.  In July, we’ll announce a release date for our PMI 4th Edition product.

In conjunction with the PMP exam, Robin is working our new Project+ practice test. We took the exam in April and May and loved what we saw. There are many new terms and new concepts, but we’re tackling them for you. If you haven’t added this crendential to your set of titles, consider it. All IT professionals need project management skills, even if you are using Agile methodologies. You still have to work with other departments that are using traditional means of project managment.  Think seriously about tackling this one for the sake of your own knowledge (and for the added boost to your resume as well).

Oracle has released a lot of new exams lately. We’re considering adding more Oracle titles to our offerings. Let us know if you have any requests for Oracle certifications you’re considering. And please, if you have any other requests, comment here or email transupport@kaplan.com. We’re here to support your IT certification efforts and if we’re missing something you need, let us know.

– Jennifer Wagner

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  1. Hello,
    Any plans to come out with a VMware VCP 4 certification prep exam? I think that it would be very popular!
    I am the instructor for the Train Signal VMware ESX video training course and I get requests all the time for a VMware VCP test prep material.
    I hope you will consider it!
    Otherwise, keep up the good work!
    Thank you,
    David Davis, vExpert, VCP, CCIE 9369
    Train Signal

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