Thursday, 31 October 2013

Microsoft Insights 2013 - Emerging opportunities


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This week, Microsoft kicked off a series of live online events, entitled Microsoft Insights. The first interactive event featured live panel discussions with industry professionals, as well as in-depth conversations with IT experts.

Don’t worry if you’ve missed it, a recording is now available at Microsoft Virtual Academy. And if don't want to wait until then, just read our re-cap of the discussions.

The discussion panel focused on emerging opportunities in technology fields, with emphasis on how training and certifications will put you ahead of the pack and increase your earning potential.

What changed?
Salaries in the IT sector were hit hard by the recession, however they were among the first ones to recover and have been outperforming other industries ever since. All panellists agreed that the IT industry changed fundamentally in the last 5 years and it is now offering excellent opportunities at every level. Although Security, the Cloud, Big Data and Virtualisation were named as the four hottest and most rapidly evolving fields, it was unanimously agreed that IT has become fundamental in all sectors. Fashion, manufacturing or the oil industry, you can now do IT everywhere and anywhere.

The most popular fields within IT
Now is the time
With these enormous emerging opportunities, more and more people are encouraged to find their passion and broaden their skills. As mentioned in our live Twitter coverage of the event, “Entry levels to IT haven't been this low for the last 5-7 years” so if you’re passionate about it, now is the time to join in, because demand is extremely high. It is important to remember that you do not have to have a degree in computer science or any IT related subject to enter the IT industry. Certifications are the IT equivalent to a degree, so if you are committed, you can succeed just look for the right training.

Youngsters, pay attention
As young people’s unemployment levels hit the roof in many countries, including the UK, the panel’s experts talked about the importance of work-based learning and how it can kick-start your career. If you are thinking about attending higher education or pursuing a profession, you should consider apprentice and intern opportunities, even if they are unpaid, because as Maureen Majury said “in the long term they can be the deal-breaker”. 

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hacker Halted Europe Interviews Part 3 – Winn Schwartau


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In October, EC-Council’s Hacker Halted came to Europe for the first time. Firebrand attended the conference in Reykjavik, Iceland and interviewed industry experts about the hottest topics in cyber security.

Winn Schwartau, President and Founder of The Security Awareness Company, is one of the world’s top experts on IT security, privacy, cyber-terrorism and related topics. Having over 30 years of experience in the industry Mr Schwartau is a renowned writer and speaker and at Hacker Halted Europe 2013 he talked about the controversial topic of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

In his keynote presentation, entitled “The ABC’s of BYOD”, Mr Schwartau spoke about the possible impact of insufficient mobile security and how poor Mobile Device Management (MDM) might result in serious legal consequences for your business.

Besides describing the potential threats faced by supporters of BYOD, Mr Schwartau also discussed possible means of improving the security of mobile devices. To see what else he talked about, watch this video:


Have you watched our previous interviews? Check out the ones with EC-Council President Jay Bavisi and Facebook's Director of Security Operations, Jennifer Lesser

About the Author:       
Peter writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Learn PMP for Free - 10. Project Communications Management



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With high winds already battering the UK, torrential rain and downed trees causing havoc with train delays widespread, the latest installment of Learn is here to finally blow you away.

So if your power is still on and the internet is still fully functional, lets move on from last weeks Project Human Resource Management module and take a look into Project Communications and the role it plays in the overall practice of Project Management.


What is Project Communications Management?

Within the context of project management, Communications is a vital aspect ensuring successful transfer of knowledge within a project environment between stakeholders and the overall organisation. 

A Project Manager is required to plan, manage and control communications, incorporating a variety of elements including communication technology, communication strategies and ensuring the information needs of Project Stakeholders are met.


What is covered in Project Communications Management?

Below is an expansion of the sub-sections in the upcoming module: 

10.1 - Plan Communications Management - Planning
  • The process of developing an appropriate approach and plan for project communications based on stakeholders’ information needs and requirements and available organisational assets.
10.2 - Manage Communications - Executing
  • The process of creating, collecting, distributing, storing, retrieving and the ultimate disposition of project information in accordance with the Communications Management Plan
10.3 - Control Communications - Monitoring and Control

  • The process of monitoring and controlling communications throughout the entire project life cycle to ensure the information needs of the project stakeholders are met.

What next?

If you want to keep up to date with all the latest installments from Learn, as well as news, competitions and discounts, follow us on Google+ LinkedInFacebook or Twitter.


Here are some important dates to put in your diary and check back on Learn.

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

End of Session Practice Tests - covering PMBOK Guide® Overview, Lifecycles and Organisation Types, Integration Management, Scope Management, Time Management and Cost Management - Monday 25th November

About the Author

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology

Friday, 25 October 2013

Cyber Security Challenge UK


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Protecting ourselves against cyber-attacks and preserving the availability and integrity of key systems has become a highly complex challenge, as attackers continue to come up with more sophisticated methods. The UK is full of talented individuals with excellent potential to become cyber security experts.


Cyber Security Challenge UK is dedicated to find that hidden talent and bring it into the field of IT security. The Challenge is working closely with industry leaders and experts from all across the globe to design and develop a series of competitions to test the nation’s cyber security skills.

Sponsored by the likes of the SANS Institute the Challenge aims to overcome the growing skills gap in cyber security by motivating and supporting new talent to pursue a career in the industry. 


To find out more about the Challenge and how it can impact on your career, visit the official Cyber Security Challenge UK website. 

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Windows Service Centre scammers still active


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Scammers have been around for a long time. Although they might change their methods from time to time, their goal stays the same: getting money out of your pocket.

The scenario of the scam is the following: Your phone rings and the caller asks for the householder, quoting their full name and address prior to saying “I am calling from Microsoft’s Windows Service Centre. We’ve had a report from you service provider of virus problems on your computer.” 

After a couple minutes of research you can see that the following scam has been ‘in practice’ for quite some time now. What’s so special about it then? It’s the fact that this time the scammers phoned Firebrand’s Senior Microsoft Instructor, Mike Brown.

The caller introduced himself as Richard Williams from the USA. He claimed to have a report detailing an extensive list of viruses that Mike’s computer had. In fact, he was willing to prove it through the phone. He instructed Mike (ironic, isn’t it?) to open Event Viewer and filter the application log to see all warning and error messages that were created by the so-called malicious programs on the computer. “Richard” told Mike that he had nothing to worry about, the tech department could easily sort this out for him and if the problem persisted, it would be free. On the other hand, if the solution was successful and Mike was happy, he could pay a yearly fee of just £112 to stay protected. Then Mike was given a URL address to access and download a file required to use the service.



Once the scammer completed his instructions, Mike revealed himself. As a response he was transferred to a so-called senior manager, who began to question his expertise and rapidly disconnected the call.

For more information on these calls read the Guardian’s articles - #1 and #2 - or listen to a real conversation in the following video:



Please be aware, share this information and don’t fall victim of this despicable trick.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Hacker Halted Europe Interviews Part 2 – Jennifer Lesser


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In October, EC-Council’s Hacker Halted came to Europe for the first time. Firebrand attended the conference in Reykjavik, Iceland and interviewed industry experts about the hottest topics in cyber security.

In this video Jennifer Lesser, Facebook’s Director of Security Operations talks about her keynote presentation on “Winning the Security Awareness Game”.

Ms Lesser spoke about how Facebook turned its internal security awareness campaign into a game that engaged every employee in the organisation. She explained that Facebook wanted to create a program that fit into its organisational culture. So they decided to launch “Hacktober”, a full month of hacking, when employees are encouraged to hack and protect themselves from being hacked.

During “Hacktober” Facebook simulates a series of attacks on its system, which include malicious emails, breaching the company’s physical perimeter, phishing and more. To find out more about how Facebook turned security awareness into a company-wide game, watch the full interview. 



Click here to watch the first Hacker Halted Europe interview with Jay Bavisi.

About the Author:       
Peter writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 – emphasis on social skills


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As announced on Monday, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 is going to be available for purchase on 31 October. The new version offers a number of new functions and capabilities; but the most exciting development is definitely the new Social Insights feature.

As the result of a new partnership with InsideView, the CRM 2013 features exceptional social intelligence capabilities. Bill Patterson, Senior Director for Product and Strategy with Microsoft Dynamics, said it's "the first time we have offered a partnership like this for our CRM platform". The new Social Insights feature gives users real-time company and contact information from 30,000 sources and "combines transactional, customer information with relationship-oriented insights."

Umberto Milletti, CEO of InsideView, added that users will now be able to use data from their entire network of connections, not just the information inside the Microsoft Dynamics CRM system. He explained that these connections “could be people you are connected to on LinkedIn or Facebook or people you know from encounters in previous jobs”. Personal contacts can be synced into the CRM system by clicking on the icon on your personal widget page.

Besides the features provided by InsideView, the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM release also offers users new templates with predefined and configurable processes for a number of specific industries, such as professional manufacturing, financial services or event management and solution selling.

According to Bill Patterson, Microsoft put great emphasis on simplifying user experience for the CRM 2013. If you’d like to know more about the new user experience watch the following video:



For more video overviews on Microsoft Dynamics products, check out their official YouTube channel

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Learn PMP for Free - Project Human Resource Management



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Welcome to another Monday morning release of the latest module from our free self study PMP course. As you've no doubt diligently completed last weeks Project Quality Management module, you now have a keen understanding of quality, cost and time management which are all vital aspects of project management and are closely interlinked. Usually an issue in one of the three areas impacts the other two. For example a project runs slowly....costs will go up which in turn result in a sacrifice to the quality of the end product to ensure the project comes in on budget.

This week we take a look at Project HR Managment, with nine modules released and only four to go, we can soon begin to launch all the free practice tests, exercises and additional resources. 

So without further delay, lets look at this weeks release in more detail.

What is Project Human Resource Management?

The most important piece of any project? ....... people. Failing to recruit the correct individuals or selecting a team that cannot work together is effectively a death sentence for the success of your project.

Project Human Resource Management is the process of planning the human resource required for the project, ensuring that resource is recruited and then managing that team towards project success. 

Your ability to successfully execute projects hinges on you digesting and implementing the knowledge contained within this module.

What is covered in Project Human Resource Management?

You will work through four sub-sections  in this module allowing you to effectively plan and execute Project HR Management. The four sub-sections are divided as follows:

9.1 - Develop Human Resource Plan - Planning
  • The process of identifying and documenting project roles, responsibilities, and required skills, reporting relationships, and creating a staffing management plan.
9.2 - Acquire Project Team - Executing
  • The process of confirming human resource availability and obtaining the team necessary to complete project assignments.
9.3 - Develop Project Team - Executing
  • The process of improving the competencies, team interaction, and the overall team environment to enhance project performance.
9.4 - Manage Project Team - Executing
  • Tracking team member performance, providing feedback, resolving issues and managing changes to optimize performance.



What next?

If your still not following us on Google+LinkedInFacebook or Twitter then you are missing out on all the updates for the latest content from Learn. Plus you can gain access to a range of competitions, discounts as well as industry updates on the latest certification and technology news stories from around the globe.

Here are some important dates to put in your diary and check back on Learn.

10. Project Communications Management - Monday 28th October

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

About the Author                                                                                                

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Hacker Halted Europe Interviews - Jay Bavisi


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In October, EC-Council’s Hacker Halted came to Europe for the first time. Firebrand attended the conference in Reykjavik, Iceland and interviewed industry experts about the hottest topics in cyber security.

The first speaker is EC-Council’s co-founder and president Jay Bavisi, who summarises the main points of his presentation, entitled “The Cyber Security Quagmire: Finding the Panacea”.


His keynote speech compared the challenges faced by IT security companies to those faced by pharmaceutical companies. Mr Bavisi pointed out that while the pharmaceutical industry already managed to overcome diseases such as small pox through vaccinations, the IT security industry is still struggling to achieve similar success against the threats of cyberspace.


He also added that EC-Council would be launching new secure coding courses, as well as a different E|CSA & L|PT exam in 2014. The new exam will be 100% practical, requiring students to perform a penetration test on EC-Council’s virtual bank.




Make sure you check the blog regularly, as we'll post more interviews from Hacker Halted Europe 2013.

About the Author:       
Peter writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Firebrand beats another record and wins Gazelle Award


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Since 2009, Firebrand Training Nordic has grown by an enormous 1430% and became one of five regional winners of this year’s Gazelle Awards.



However, this is not the only record associated with Firebrand’s name. Firebrand is the first and only partner, who’s ever been awarded the “Microsoft Training Partner of the Year” title in Denmark for 3 consecutive years.

Managing Director Frank Højgaard said: “We’re constantly thinking about how to keep ourselves fresh and there is no doubt that our mix of ambition, courage and thoroughness creates results for our clients, while winning awards for us.”

He also added: We are very proud to have created new jobs and sustainable growth in a time of crisis. Since we started the business here in the Nordic region we have doubled the number of our employees and there is nothing to suggest that growth stops here. We believe in our instincts and our product and we are not the ones that rest on our laurels."

In the coming years, Firebrand Training will be opening multiple offices in Sweden and further expanding the capacity of its Training Centre in Helsingborg. 

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Learn PMP for Free - 8. Project Quality Management



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It's Monday again, which means it's time for the latest module of our free PMP course being delivered on our new self-study platform Learn. Last week we took a look at Cost Managament and how to ensure a project is delivered to budget, through effective planning, budgeting and the controlling of costs.

This week we move into the realm of Project Quality Management......


What is Project Quality Management?                                                                     

When building requirements for a project, the project manager is required to plan beyond when a project/product is delivered (time), and what specifically is being developed (scope). They must also put a plan in place for quality, known as project quality management.

PMI define quality management as the process which "ensures that the project meets its requirements, or does what it is expected to do."


What is covered in Project Quality Management?                                                   


When working through the module you will cover the following knowledge areas:

8.1 - Plan Quality Management

Uncover the process through which you identify the quality standards which relate to your project and how they might be met. This will cover PMI's quality principles and a range of other quality philosophies, as well as learning all the tools and techniques to help you plan quality.

8.2 - Perform Quality Assurance

Get to grips with the process of auditing quality requirements and associated results from quality control measurements. Doing so will ensure that the correct operational definitions and quality standards were used throughout the project.

8.3 - Control Quality 

Learn all about the how to monitor specific project results ensuring they comply with relevant quality standards whilst also identifying ways to eliminate causes of unsatisfactory performance that may occur during the project.


What next?                                                                                                          

Head to our Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter profiles and follow us to get all the updates on the latest PMP content to be uploaded to Learn.

Here are some important dates to put in your diary and check back on Learn.

9. Project HR Management - Monday 21st October

10. Project Communications Management - Monday 28th October

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

About the Author                                                                                                

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology


Thursday, 10 October 2013

Big Data is the next big deal


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Big Data is large and complex data that can challenge traditional database systems. It is often described with the classic 3V model, which refers to high volume, high velocity and high variety. However, the definition is not carved into stone and thus there are many other angles of characterising Big Data.  

No matter which description you choose to go with, one thing is for sure: Big Data is a big deal. According to Gartner, the world’s leading IT research and advisory company, more and more companies will be using Big Data technology in the upcoming years. In fact, their research indicates that the number of companies investing in Big Data tech increased by 6% (from 58 to 64 per cent) since 2012. The findings also showed that 19% plans to make an investment in the next 12 months, while a further 15% thinks about investing in the next two years.

Lisa Kart, research director at Gartner, said: “While there are many areas companies would like to address, a slightly different picture emerges when we ask about the priority of these categories.

Different industries have different priorities when it comes to Big Data. Industries that are driving the customer experience priority are retail, insurance, media and communications, and banking, while process efficiency is a top priority for manufacturing, government, education, healthcare and transportation organisations.”

James Riley, global head of innovation at HCL Technologies, commented:  “The excitement around Big Data quickly needs to be translated into business value to justify the not inconsiderable investments required. Big Data projects typically fail because organisations try to do too much too soon and don’t have the necessary underlying technological architecture or people to properly support it. So [they] need to fully understand what is possible with Big Data and how it can help them achieve their corporate goals.”

However, increasing investments are not the only indicators of how important Big Data is becoming. To make good use of the massive amounts of information stored across data centres, IBM has decided to open up its Accelerated Discovery Lab dedicated to big data-related research.



Laura Haas of IBM Research said that the lab’s prime purpose is to help people get insight out of their data faster than ever before. While admitting that “it is still really hard to get the right kind of insight”, she stays confident that the lab can bring all the talent, skills and expertise together to tackle the arising difficulties. 

About the Author:       
Peter writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

What Windows Server 2012 R2 can bring to your small business


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In a few days the new version of Windows Server hits the stores along with a set of other products. So let’s see what Microsoft expert Mary Branscombe thinks about the new features. 

The new version has improved virtualisation, storage and high availability so your server systems can keep running. It will also provide wider support to users wishing to connect to your systems with Android, iOS, Windows or Windows RT devices.

These connections can use the new remote access role in Windows Server 2012 R2; giving you a way of allowing iOS, Android, Windows RT and Windows 8.1 users do a workplace join instead of joining your Active Directory.

First level: it gives you a record of connected devices and allows you to publish web apps through the Web application proxy so only your users get access.

Second level: lets you control settings on those devices – not as many as with Group Policy.

To further promote wider user support Microsoft, for the first time, is creating remote desktop clients for users of iOS, Mac OS X and Android, all available by the end of this month. 

Work Folders

If you need to access files from your server whilst on the go, without a remote connection, you’ll love the new Work Folders feature. It will sync a folder from a share on the office file server and update it with your changed documents, without you connecting via VPN.

Upon the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 the feature will work with Windows 8.1. But in the first half of 2014, the company will release clients for Windows 7 and iOS. However, Windows 8 users will be required to update to 8.1.

Work Folders still isn't a replacement for offline files, as it syncs the entire file when something changes. It also tries to sync the entire folder on the file server. It knows when there are too many files for your device and it will not attempt to copy them all, but for now, you cannot pick the files you want to sync unless you put them in a separate folder.

As future Windows Server updates arrive, selective sync is high on the Work Folders team’s list of improvements – however we're not expecting the next version of Windows Server to arrive as quickly as R2 did.

What's an R2 release?

Principal program manager Jeff Woolsey said: "The way we think about R2 is that we're going to keep the kernel changes to a minimum and we're going to be very surgical about that. We will include new code, but we won't make wholesale changes to the kernel." So basically you get new features, but the R2 version does not cost as much as a completely new version (where the year changes) would.  

For instance, if you have client access licences for Server 2012 features, you don't need to buy more CALs. Plus if you buy Windows Server on a volume licence (available to small businesses too) the upgrade is free. Otherwise Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Essentials are both the same price as Server 2012. If you need more cloud features and you also want to give your users more mobile options R2 is a logical upgrade, if your budget and schedule allow.

To see what Mary wrote about adding Azure to the new version, read her full article here.

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Microsoft Insights 2013


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Do you want to advance your skills or kick-start your new career in technology? Do you want to ask questions from industry experts? Join the Microsoft Insights 2013 online event on October 29. In this interactive panel discussion you’ll learn about emerging opportunities in technology, their earning potential and the means of getting the required skills.



The panel will feature senior executives from Dice, Payscale.com and the Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technology, to share their perspectives on technology employment trends and how you can make the most of these new opportunities.

If you want to know how to succeed in the field of technology, attend this live event on October 29 at 4.00 PM GMT. Registration is free and now open.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 7 October 2013

Learn PMP for Free - 7. Project Cost Management



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Happy Monday, there's nothing quite like getting the latest installment of our free PMP self-study course to get you all motivated for the week ahead. Except of course a massive coffee injection, and the certain knowledge that if you survive this day, there are only 4 more days till the weekend.

On a brighter note, having worked through last weeks Project Time Management module you should have gleaned vital knowledge in building a series of processes and outputs focused on completing a project on time and to budget. 

This week we will take a look into the world of project cost management.



What is Project Cost Management?                                                                     

Put simply, it is the process of estimating, budgeting and controlling costs which allow a project to be completed in line with a pre-approved budget. 

Project cost management is closely linked to project time and project scope management with each having an affect on the other. For example, a project that is not delivered on time, or to the WBS is likely to affect the overall spend of a project affecting overall cost. 

It is therefore vital to have an understanding of scope, time and cost management in order to successfully deliver your project.


What is covered in Project Cost Management?                                                   


In this section you will work through the following modules:


Get to grips with establishing policies, procedures and documentation that dictates the planning, managing, expending and controlling of project costs. 


Understand how to develop an estimate of the financial resources required to complete project activities.


Work through the process of aggregating the estimated costs of individual activities or work packages to establish an authorised cost baseline.


Learn all about how to monitor the status of a project, whilst updating costs and managing changes to the cost baseline of a project.


What next?                                                                                                          

Follow us on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter so you can keep up to speed on all the latest releases for Learn. 

Check our social channels on the following dates for the latest content:

8. Project Quality Management - Monday 14th October

9. Project HR Management - Monday 21st October

10. Project Communications Management - Monday 28th October

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

About the Author                                                                                                

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology


Friday, 4 October 2013

Adobe suffers data breach affecting 2.9 million


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Adobe’s been hit by a major data breach. According to the company’s announcement, the attack affected 2.9 million of its customers. The stolen data contained names, passwords, as well as credit and debit card numbers.

Brad Arkin, Adobe's Chief Security Officer said: "We deeply regret that this incident occurred. We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident."

Adobe stated that all personal data was encrypted, therefore the risk for fraud or identity theft is low.
However, there are no details on the kind of encryption or security Adobe used for the stolen data.


Besides the initial breach, Adobe suffered a second attack, resulting in the loss of source codes to products, such as Acrobat, ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder.

As a corrective measure Adobe started to reset some passwords and contact customers whose debit or credit card details were affected. 

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

The faces of Facebook


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Have you ever thought about what it’d be like to have all Facebook users on one page? Neither have I, but creative technologist Natalia Rojas has.

The website might scare you for a second, because it looks like as if your screen just broke. But then you see the counter over this giant pool of colourful dots. 1,278,837,566 and counting. Counting fast. When hovering over the screen with your mouse you’ll see that each dot is a unique profile. Click and zoom in to see who “Face #129,566,945” is or whichever you prefer. They are all in chronological order of registration, making Mark Zuckerberg “Face #1”.

Source: The faces of Facebook

Natalia Rojas claims that the site does not store photos, names or any personal information whatsoever. Its sole purpose is to demonstrate the magnitude of Facebook from a different angle.

Can you spot your own profile? 

About the Author:       
Peter writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Boost your knowledge and beat the skills gap


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Have you ever thought about how your business could benefit from employing more certified professionals? Have you ever considered how a certification would boost your career? Well, now’s the time to start thinking and with CompTIA’s Skills Boost Hub you’ll easily find answers to your questions.

For Companies

According to CompTIA, skills deficiencies have a serious impact on UK businesses. To learn how your business can overcome the difficulties of the skills gap and why it should employ certified professionals, CompTIA provides you with three guides:
  • Beat the Skills Gap: 7 reasons to hire IT certified staff
  • The impact of the IT skills gap on UK businesses
  • The Evidence: Learn how the largest and most successful businesses have boosted their success through certification 

Find out now how to make your business successful, download all three guides from here.



For Students

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