What We’re Working On – December Edition

December 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news | Leave a comment

I’ll be the first to admit it’s becoming increasingly difficult to focus around the office as we get closer to the end of another year. So imagine trying to rally a team of developers when you can barely manage to find enough hours in the day to finish a blog post! Luckily, for the purposes of this post, I can tell you what’s on our calendar to complete this month, but I can leave out the gory details of how we plan to accomplish this hefty task.

As can happen around here from time to time, Josh got a bit sidetracked with a never-ending list of “favors” from his colleagues. There was an in-house training initiative, followed by a request to help test a hotfix for our MCAS products, and then someone may have volunteered him to take a couple of beta exams. When combined, these seemingly harmless tasks may have delayed his estimated delivery dates for a couple of .NET products. But he really came through for a lot of people around here last month, so we’re hoping he’ll forgive us! With that said, Josh has now re-focused his attention on completing the 70-564 practice test. He also expects to build the preparation material for the 70-566 and 70-567 upgrade exams before hitting the eggnog.

Another very common occurrence around here is priority shifting. About 50 items or so into the latest Windows 7 practice test development, George was asked to shift gears and push out a practice test product for the first of the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 exams, 70-662. He graciously agreed – well he agreed, the “gracious” part may be my wishful thinking – and now we’ve got a great Exchange offering hitting the shelves just in time for the holidays. This month, George is back on the Windows 7 train, and he’s working hard to bring you a practice test for 70-685.

Thanks to Robin’s tireless efforts we recently released two new 2009 A+ practice test products! Not only will you have the latest information to help you pass both new A+ exams, but if you’re looking to fulfill the DoD 8570 baseline requirements, we may have just the right product for you!

In a similar display of Herculean effort, Troy agreed to make some revisions to our CCNP products. The aim here is to evaluate the possibility of offering simulated lab exercises for the CCNP practice test product, as we do for our CCNA. While we have faith in the value of traditional multiple-choice item exams, we also understand the IT certification space is always changing and there are different ways to measure skills. Lab-based and performance-based tests are increasingly popular, and we’re very excited to have found a partner like Gambit that allows us to offer you the Kaplan IT CCNA Simulator, a real world lab environment to test your skills. We’re still in the early stages, but I’m confident that if there’s a new way to deliver exam-focused information via our MIMIC Virtual Lab tool, Troy will find it!

And just so you know that we’re always listening, we’ll have a new Oracle product on the shelf soon. To round out our OCA offering, the 1Z0-047 practice test is just days away from release. I’ve also received requests for the next level of Oracle training, or specifically for the Advanced 11g DCP. To that end, we’ve started development of the 1Z0-146, Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional practice test. Our colleague and Sr Instructional Designer, Arjun, has teamed up with an Oracle SME, and together they’ve submitted the beginnings of great new practice test!

Until next year,

–Aima Rotella

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