Showing posts with label IT News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IT News. Show all posts

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Microsoft's new CEO: Satya Nadella - First Look


On Feb. 04, 2014, Microsoft ushered in a new era announcing Satya Nadella as CEO. Nadella was selected by the Board of Directors, and assumes responsibility with immediate effect. A 22 year veteran of Microsoft, Nadella steps up from the position of Executive Vice President overseeing Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.

In his time with the company, Nadella has been the catalyst for major strategy and technical shifts across the organisation. Most notable amongst his achievements was the decision to transition Microsoft into the cloud, overseeing the development of one of the worlds largest cloud infrastructures. Foremost in his vision for Microsoft's future development is the desire to innovate, reflected upon in his email to employees on his first day in charge. Nadella says:

"Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world."

To stay relevant in an ever changing environment, innovation will be the key Microsofts success, and forms the core of Microsoft's announcement. 

Alongside Nadella's appointment, Microsoft have announced Bill Gates is to step into a new role as Founder and Technology Advisor. It is reported that Gates will devote more time to the company and is there to support Nadella in shaping technology and product direction. 

On the new CEO, Gates  had this to say:

Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.

Find out more about Satya Nadella in his first interview as CEO in the following video:

Here's more from Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer on the appointment.

About the Author

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the Industry for almost 3 years years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchange Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor among others.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

IT job vacancies in the UK at a record high


In a recent jobs report by REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s), it was found that we are currently seeing more Tech jobs being advertised in the UK than we have ever seen before. And because of the troubling skills shortage in the market, the imbalance is pushing employers to pay top dollar for developers and other technical staff. The average pay is £38,185, a massive 15% higher than the national average.

According to the report, there were 1,196,227 vacancies in 2012 for the IT sector, making it to the UK’s top hiring sector. This is expected to rise in 2013.

REC found that companies are struggling to find permanent staff with the following skills: business intelligence, DBA, developers, digital marketing, Java, .Net, online marketing, PHP, PPC, SEO and SQL server.

Kevin Green, chief executive at REC said that “Recruiters report that businesses are willing to pay better starting salaries to get the right talent but are struggling to find people with the right skills and experience as candidate availability declines”.

The report also revealed that salaries for technology jobs in London have risen by 26% in the last year and that vacancies in the capital are at an all-time high.

But although the skills gap is still worrying, interest in this sector seems to be growing, with an 18% increase in the number of searches for Technical jobs on Adzuna over the past 6 months. There are now 50,715 technology vacancies in the UK, a record level.

The average salary for a vacant technology role in London is now £48,307, compared to £38,274 a year ago and a national average of £38,185, according to figures from job listings service Adzuna. 

Number of available Tech Vacancies:

Job Title
Number of  Vacancies Sept 2012
Number of Current Vacancies
% Change 
(6 months)
Year on Year Growth in Search
Objective C
Python developer
Java developer
Android developer
Ruby developer
Games developer
Perl developer
Javascript Developer
HTML5 jobs

You can find out how much the salary is for a specific job and the amount being advertised in which ever city in the UK you're interested in by going to

The career opportunities for coders is vast, the sector skills council predicts employment growth in IT to grow 1.62 per cent per year till the year 2020. On average that's an expected growth of 129,000 new job opportunities  for the next 7 years. Amazingly this coincides with a fall in the number of students taking IT related GCSE's and A-Levels.

In 2012, IT represented only 0.4 per cent of all A-Levels in the UK, despite providing more than 5 per cent of Jobs. Campaigns like Little Miss Geek and Code Club are fantastic initiatives set up to inspire children at a grass roots level.

But you don't have to be 10 years old to get into coding, with numerous job opportunities and an average salary of £35,500 (*source IT Jobs Watch) why not start today and take a look our range of Microsoft MTA Certifications . For the more advanced programmers out there looking to back their experience with a certification, why not check out the latest range of .Net Courses

You can check out the original video on's YouTube page - What most schools don't teach

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, 13 February 2013

Volunteers needed: 15,000 children to become next technology leaders


Code Club Logo

What is Code Club?

Code Club, an initiative which aims to give primary school children a foundation in programming, has announced a new drive to help the UK maintain its position as a global technology leader.

“I enjoy Code Club, it's better than an ICT lesson because instead of using Word and Powerpoint we make games and animations. We have made loads of games so far and I hope the levels go on forever as it is really, really FUN!" said Effie, Code Club member at Soho Parish School.

What they plan to achieve

Code Club aims to raise public awareness of the need to enthuse, excite and educate children to become the technologists of the future and encourage the development of skills in Computer Programming and STEM subjects from an early age.

Volunteer and teach

Code Club needs volunteers just like you to teach children after school and help drive the next generation of technology leaders. 

For more information on Code club and how you can volunteer, visit:

Code Club set to grow

They recently announced a new drive to help the UK maintain its position as a global technology leader with the appointment of The Duke of York as Patron and the announcement of the organisation’s first corporate sponsorship from ARM. 

As Patron of Code Club, His Royal Highness will  play an important role in raising public awareness of the need to enthuse, excite and educate children to become the technologists of the future.

With ARM’s support, Code Club expects to increase the number of after school clubs across the UK to 1000, which will give 9,000 children in the UK the opportunity to benefit from Code Club’s programme.

“ARM have recognised that the lack of UK developers is an industry-wide problem and have stepped in to make a difference to a scheme that could really address this problem and deliver a steady stream of talent in the future.” said Code Club founder, Clare Sutcliffe.

“The UK is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies, creating technology that lies at the heart of familiar and iconic digital products. For the UK to continue to be a world leader in this area, we must inspire and educate the next generation, not only about the use of technology but also about how technology actually works,” said Stephen Pattison, vice president, Public Affairs, ARM. “Code Club has an imaginative and fun approach to engaging young people in learning programming skills which are essential in a digital world. ARM fully supports Code Club in its mission of teaching the next generation to code.”

Code Club currently supports 500 UK primary schools based on awards and private donations. The support by HRH Duke of York and ARM will make a significant contribution to the goal of establishing Code Clubs in 5,000 (25%) primary schools across the UK by the end of 2015, more is needed and Code Club welcomes additional industry support and volunteers.

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

Friday, 25 January 2013

Windows Server 2012 and how it can benefit you and your business

This video by Michael Leworthy, gives a high level look into Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2012 is the broadest and most scalable web and application platform which gives you the ability to build and deploy applications in the cloud, on the premise and virtually.

Millions of companies are moving to the cloud and seeing the benefits, find out how it can benefit you and your organisation:

Interested in gaining an MCSA or MCSE on Windows Server? The MCSA certification course will give you the fundamental set of skills needed to develop and manage your Windows Server environment. You'll gain all these skills - and the certification. It’s also your first step towards earning an MCSE: Server Infrastructure or MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification.

Apple powered The Terminator!?


You've seen it, that mysterious scrolling code running down the bright red eyes of the terminator, giving it orders to kill Sarah Connor. But where is this evil code coming from?

The Terminator Powered by Apple

When you take a closer look, it turns out the code comes from Apple! Apple (AKA Skynet) who suspiciously released its Macintosh Performa on the year before Skynet became ‘Self-aware’ (1997), has been used in other Sci-fi movies too.

But relax, before you design a Robot to send back to the past, the harmless code shown in the movie is actually an assembly code for the Apple II. “Maybe the Terminator is booting up off a 5.25-inch floppy.”

The infamous Terminator is among many other movies which have had their robots powered by one of the tech giants of today, as Networkworld discovered.

Robocop was powered by Microsoft?

Our dedicated police officer, who was killed and brought back to life as a Cyborg, ran COMMAND.COM to keep him alive (see top left). That’s right, Robocop was powered by MS-DOS.

Robocop was powered by Microsoft


In Terminator 3, if you look closely to the left of the her hub, the T-X model shows "Remote Access," "Software Update," "Quicktime Player," and others all from the Mac OS 9. And Apple didn’t use this as an ‘I’m a Mac” ad?

Terminator 3 powered by Apple code

In both Stargate SG-1: Ark of Truth and the movie Strike Back, you see the JavaScript source code files for WordPress.

Have you noticed any coding on one of your favourite Sci-Fi movies?

Let us know in the comment section below…

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

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The top 100 CIOs of 2012 in the UK


Publishing company, CIO, have announced its yearly top 100 CIOs in the UK.

Top 100 CIO's of 2012 in the UK - CIO logoSince the 2008 recession, it has been very difficult for many companies to operate in the UK. And with the fast and ever changing world of technology, it has become essential for businesses to change the way they operate in order to stay alive and keep their customers happy. 

CIO online editor Mark Chillingworth stated that “success will only result if CIOs embrace the transformation agenda and organisations and their boards understand that if they do not engage with, understand, promote and lobby for technology led transformation they will struggle to adapt to the environment that prevails.”

The list was formed by a CIO panel of experts, who select the top 100 they believe to be the foremost transformative CIOs in the British economy over the last 12 months. So the list is not based around the size of their estate.

The top 10 CIOs of 2012

  1. Easyjet – Trevor Didcock
  2. Severn Trent Water – Myron Hrycyk
  3. Thomson Reuters – Jane Moran
  4. Marks & Spencer – Darrell Stein
  5. COLT – Mark Leonard
  6. Betfair - Tony McAlister
  7. The Welsh Assembly Government - Gwym Thomas
  8. University College London Hospitals - James Thomas
  9. The Cooperative Group - Ian Dyson
  10. Hiscox - Andrew Turner

For the complete list of the top 100 CIOs and why they were chosen, click here:  

Who do you think should've been in the top 10?

Let us know in the comment section below...

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

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Kim Dotcom’s MEGA - Massive demand


Kim Dotcom MEGA logoThe cyber pioneer, Kim Dotcom and founder of the now obsolete Megaupload, has launched the new cloud file storage and sharing site called ‘MEGA’ on Sunday at his New Zealand mansion –

The service was released exactly one year after his New Zealand mansion was raided by authorities who also shut down his highly successful site - Megaupload.  The site was known to hold pirated materials, but charges against him were dropped.

Kim Dotcom briefly spoke on the shutdown of his previous site in the MEGA launch Press Conference. He stated that “The allegations against us are wrong, we are innocent and we will prevail.”

The site has started off extremely well. Dotcom has stated that over half a million users had already signed up in the first 14 hours. Some are estimating that it has now passed the one million mark. Although it could be getting a little too much for him as he admits his new file-sharing site is struggling to keep up with massive demand.

Dotcom designed the site to be more protected from future charges. The difference from Megaupload is that all the files are now encrypted using a 2048-bit RSA key. Meaning that Dotcom cannot be accused of knowingly storing copyrighted materials because he technically will not know the content of the files stored on MEGA.

MEGA describes its User Controlled Encryption (UCE) as ‘symmetrical encryption’. Unlike other sites like Dropbox, the user in MEGA holds both the encryption and decryption keys. The standard cloud storage providers usually hold the decryption key themselves.

This is what allows other file storage services to decrypt files and give data to government authorities. This will not be possible with MEGA, as it does not retain the decryption keys.

This can still be undone by its users, who have the power to share their files and the encryption keys. Even though the terms of service prohibits uploading and distributing copyrighted material, users are known to routinely ignore them. If users do post links and the encryption keys to public sites that index pirated material, MEGA could face clear external evidence of what is on its servers, even if it cannot see the files itself.

The service offers 50GB of storage for free and three Pro tiers of 500GB to 4TB for $13-$40 a month.

Watch Dotcom speak about his new site MEGA, Hollywood, Internet & Copyright Enforcement in the interview below.

In an interview with the Guardian, Dotcom states “we want to show the world that we are innovators. We want to show the world that cloud storage has a right to exist. And, of course, when you launch something like this, you can expect some controversy. The content industry is going to react really emotionally about this. The US government will probably try and destroy the new business … you’ve got to stand up against that, and fight that, and I’m doing that … I will not allow them to chill me.”

Below you can watch the full MEGA Launch Press Conference.

In the conference he states: "They can't blame me for the actions of third parties. Megaupload was a dual-use technology. You can use it for good things, and you can use it for bad things. If someone sends something illegal in an envelope through your postal service, you don't shut down the post office. If someone speeds with the car he just bought, you don't go to the car manufacturer and say, hey, we're shutting you down."

About MEGA Kim Dotcom

Do you believe the shutdown of his previous site Megaupload was fair? Let us know in the comment section below.

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

Monday, 19 November 2012

Individual Exam Sessions for Red Hat

The idea was introduced back in June and has given students a lot more flexibility.

Red Hat Individual ExamsTraditionally, Red Hat was known for its lab based exams which were taken directly after the course. With this new method, the candidate can choose the date, place and time to take the exam. The candidate can then feel a little more prepared before going in.

The drawback is that there are a small number of individual exam centers around the world. Also, as the system is arranged through a reservation process, it depends on the availability of a lab and onsite proctor, which could mean waiting months before taking the exam.

The individual exam is exactly the same as the exam used in the classroom session.

If you fail the exam, the computer will give you the option to choose when to retake it.

The only European Red Hat individual exam location is in London. The following exams are included:

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) Exam (EX200)
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Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Exam (EX300)
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Red Hat Directory Services and Authentication Exam (EX423)
[You must be a current RHCE® to take EX423.]
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Red Hat Enterprise SELinux Policy Administration Expertise Exam (EX429)
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Red Hat Enterprise Clustering andStorage Management Exam (EX436)
[You must be a current RHCE® to take EX436.]
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Red Hat Enterprise Performance Tuning Exam (EX442)
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JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) Exam (EX336)
[This version of the JBCAA exam relates to JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform 5.]
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JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) Exam (EX248)
[This version of the JBCAA exam relates to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.]
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JBoss Certified Developer in Persistence (JBCD-Persistence) Exam (EX297)
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JBoss Certified Developer in Seam (JBCD-Seam) Exam (EX311)
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JBoss Certified Developer in ESB (JBCD-ESB) Exam (EX431)
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How to Register for and take an Individual Exam Session:
  1. Click on exam you are interested in above and then click the Enroll Today button,
  2. Fill out the order form and submit payment. You’ll receive an email confirming your purchase and details of the next steps.
  3. After your confirmation email, create an account with Innovative Exams.
  4. You can then schedule your exam by choosing your exam, date and time. You will receive an email confirming your scheduled exam and detailing instructions on what to do on your testing day.
  5. Show up for your exam on the chosen date and time, and take your exam.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Preview of the new CompTIA performance based exam questions

Since the announcement of the changes made in the CompTIA exams (Changes in CompTIA exams), several of you have wanted to know more.

CompTIA logoThe video below offers a simulated test session which will give you an understanding of what to expect.

The new performance based questions were first released this month and are due to spread to other CompTIA courses by the end of the year.

The length of the video is 15 minutes and is worth the watch to be ready for your next exam.

The exams will potentially not be as easy, but if you learn your stuff, it will be a breeze. Students will perform tasks and solve problems to answer the questions using a simulated environment. Read more on the changes to be ready here.