What We’re Working On – July Edition

July 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news | Leave a comment

So it’s taken me well into July to realize I never shared what we were working on this summer! It’s been a busy few weeks since our last recap, and it’s looking like it’ll be a busy end to 2010, so let me share our July To-Do list before another month gets away from us.

George and Robin learned a great deal at Microsoft TechEd 2010 last month, and brought home a laundry list of topics for our team to address. At the top of that list was your interest in SharePoint 2010 certifications. So we’ve added a couple of Administrator exams to our project plans, and hope to roll these out (70-667 & 70-668) starting in the fall. In the meantime, George will work on releasing the Windows 7 upgrade product for Microsoft exam 70-682.

Robin made a quick transition from TechEd to CompTIA, and is near the finish line for the first of two new Linux+ products (LX0-101 and LX0-102)! For a quick reminder of the latest changes in the Linux+ world, check out Robin’s post or the CompTIA site, http://www.comptia.org/certifications/listed/linux.aspx.

Another request we’ve been receiving regularly since TechEd is for the new Visual Studio 4.0 practice tests. Josh is all over these. In May, we reported his complete immersion in these beta tests, and he barely caught his breath before the exams went live. But he took a couple of days to sort through the resource material and is focused on releasing the first TS practice test, 70-511, by August 2010.

In case you missed our tweet, the 70-686 practice test (PRO: Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Administrator) released last week. Best of luck to those of you going the PRO route! Aside from the usual relief that comes with crossing another project off the list, this release also brings Troy back to full-time Cisco focus. With Cisco Live breathing new life into your requests for CCNP practice tests, Troy has submitted a solid project plan to get the best product to you in the shortest amount of time. He’ll be busy authoring content this month for an early August release of the new ROUTE practice test.

In other news, I wanted to thank you for the all the Twitter & Blog love in June! We hope to make it as easy as possible for you guys to share your questions/concerns with our team directly, and having you connect through Twitter during the week our guys were at TechEd really made us feel like we could be in a hundred places at once & not miss a thing! Your comments and questions posted to our blog also help us learn what topics we should address next here and what posts haven’t quite clarified things for you. So keep those coming; let us know what you want to read about next.

Last note for this month:
I’ve gotten quite a few requests for the new Microsoft Office 2010 practice test products. Unfortunately, I’ve had to reply to most of you by saying that the products are on our calendar, but we don’t have release dates yet. I hate to be so vague, but honestly, it’s been a bit of a mission to find a facility where we can take these exams, and we have no intention of developing a practice product for a test we’ve never seen. So bear with us for a couple more weeks while we sort out vouchers, test center availability, and project blueprints, and as soon as we have a schedule in place, we’ll let you guys know when those products will hit our shelves.

Until next month – grab your shades, lather on the sunscreen & enjoy your summer!

–Aima Rotella

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