Monday, 31 October 2011

What Does it take to be a succesful Project Manager?

The success of any project is down to good project management. If a project is not managed well, it could lead to exceeding the budget and going beyond the deadline. Lots of businesses face difficulties because they are unable to manage projects. It is vital for the success of the project that the person managing it is qualified for the job.


An ideal project manager must be detail oriented, analytical, understand the requirements of the project and ensure that those involved in the project are motivated and committed. Some people already possess these skills and are able to lead a project; others need to be trained in them. 


Having a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification validates that you have the experience, training and skills to successfully to manage projects.


According to the PMI Salary Survey — Sixth Edition, most people who are trained and certified in PMP have increased their marketability to employers and have a 10% higher salary than your non-credentialed colleagues and peers.   


Read more about Firebrand’s Project Management Professional (PMP) course


Friday, 28 October 2011

IT Skills Demanded for 2012

29% of IT Executives plan to increase their IT staff through next summer, Computerworld’s annual forecast survey has revealed. The number is up from 23% in 2010. 

The major skills that stood out from the survey are:

- Project Management – The demand for Project Managers has been on the rise in the recent years. But this time round, IT Executives want PMs which can identify users’ needs and translate it for the IT staff, the popular business analysts. The major courses for Project Management Certification are PMP and PRINCE2.

- Networking – Virtualisation and Cloud Computing have acted as a catalyst in increasing the demand for Networking.

- Security – Security remains a top priority for IT executives, as hacks become more and more sophisticated, making our systems look ever so vulnerable.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

University Applications Fall

The number of UK-born university applications for September 2012, have fallen by about 12%, UCAS figures reveal. Earlier this year, the cap on the tuition fees for home students was raised to £9,000; close to three times more than what it used to be.
More and more people are opting out of university, and looking for other means of education – college, vocational training and certifications. And rightly so. An average CCNP certified professional earns £45,000, while the average salary of CISSP professional is £50,000, according to ITJobsWatch. A PRINCE2 Certified Project Manager's average salary is £50,000.

In the last few months, we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of school leavers from the demographics of 18-24 on our courses. There is a clear shift in people's preference for alternative, cheaper and quicker ways to kick start their career. The time is right to get a certification.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Firebrand Wins Another Award...

We're delighted to announce that Firebrand Training has again been named in the Top 20 IT Training Companies in the World. We've won this award twice in a row.






The list was compiled based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership and innovation in IT training
  • Breadth of IT training and delivery methods offered
  • Company size and growth potential
  • Strength of clients
  • Geographic reach



Ken Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of TrainingIndustry.com said: “Our Top 20 IT Training companies stand out as the best providers in a very competitive segment of the training industry. Companies demonstrated that they could cover a broad range of topic areas in the modality of choice for their clients”.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Sony Learns Its Lesson...


Entertainment giants Sony has won praise for its timely response to the second hacking attack against its systems. The attacks resulted in almost 100,000 customer accounts being compromised.

Computing.co.uk reports that the the first hack attack earlier this year cost Sony more than £100m, not to mention the stain on their reputation.

Then, Sony did not notify customers until a week after it first detected the breach. This time around, Sony locked the users' accounts immediately and advised them to reset their passwords.


“Companies are far more likely to keep customers and maintain their loyalty when they feel the company is being open about potential problems,” Tony Lock, analyst with Freeform Dynamics said.

“I don’t think any customer expects companies to be perfect, especially given the increasingly sophisticated nature of cyber attacks. What matters to customers is how companies respond.”

Attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. More and more firms are realising the imminent need for Certified Ethical Hackers. Certified Ethical Hacking prepares you to be one step ahead of 'cyber criminals'.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Stop, Collaborate, Listen - to SharePoint

One of our instructors explored his creative side in his SharePoint Class. Joel is a Microsoft Certified SharePoint 2010 specialist andMicrosoft Certified Trainer. Enjoy! 



Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tribute to a Legend

The world has lost a visionary today. Steve Jobs was not just the face of Apple, he was an idol, an inspiration, a master.


Apple stated in their official statement that Jobs had been "the source of countless innovations that enrich and imrpove all of our lives" and had made the world "immeasurably better".






Jobs had a rocky start in life. He was the adopted child of a university lecturer and a student, raised by working parents who could barely scrape together the money to send him to college. When he did go to Reed College, he soon dropped out, but stayed behind to study calligraphy and other subjects which interested him. He later used this knowledge in products he designed in microscopic detail.


He set up Apple in 1979, with Steve Wozniak, where he created Macintosh. Jobs was kicked out of Apple in 1985. He then bought Pixar in 86 and entered the film business. Pixar went on to create Toy Story, the most loved animation film to date.


He returned to Apple in 1997 and was instilled as an "interim CEO". He nursed Apple back to life - but he didn't stop at that. His love for music returned, and he changed the world again. The iPod changed everything. First, because of its tiny size, and for its quick synchronization. He then persuaded the record labels to sell music digitally. Within an year it had sold nearly 100m songs, and the iPod had 70% of the music player market.


His next big venture was the iPhone - he brought technology which, in his own words "was five years ahead of what's on any other phone". Other companies followed suit, but not fast enough - in mid-2011 Apple became the world's biggest mobile phone maker by revenue.


His final contribution to the world of technology was the iPad - the iPad is changing how people work and play.


Jobs told the Stanford Graduates "No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life." Jobs parting words to the Stanford graduates were "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish".


The pressure will now be on Apple - to show that Jobs has indeed left a legacy they can build on - to be as creative as they were under his charge, and to keep revolutionalising the world.