Showing posts with label survey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label survey. Show all posts

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

A chance to win £100 for your thoughts

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Here's your chance to win an £100 Amazon voucher.

Complete our short survey on salaries in the IT sector and for just 4 minutes of your time, you could get:



  • 1 x £100 Amazon voucher
  • One of 15 Firebrand "Failure is not an Option" t-shirts

Fill in your name and email at the end of the survey to be entered into the draw. Your answers must be submitted by 12 August 2014. All responses will remain confidential and only overall results will be published.

Start the survey now to be in with a chance win an £100 Amazon voucher or an exclusive "Failure is not an Option" t-shirt!


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, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, 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.

Friday, 6 December 2013

87.2% of IT professionals think classroom-based training is better than self-study.


Firebrand recently conducted a survey to get the opinion of the IT industry on classroom-based learning vs. self-study, when it came to preparing for exam success. Using SurveyMonkey as the platform,  a total of 952 responses were collected and collated.

Outlined below are the results of the survey in more detail including the raw numbers and charts showing visual representation of the data:

Which form of training gives you the best chance to pass your exam and gain professional certification?

There were two options to answer this question, "classroom-based learning" or "self-study". A total of 952 IT professionals answered this question. The chart below shows the results:




This data tells us 87.2% of IT professionals think classroom-based training is better than self-study when it comes to preparing for exam success.

Why is self-study worse than classroom-based learning?

Respondents who preferred classroom-based learning (830), were then asked why self-study was worse. There were 5 options available, respondents were asked to select all which apply, options were: 

  • No qualified instructor to teach you and provide guidance.
  • It's easy to get distracted.
  • It takes too long.
  • Self-study material alone is often not enough to prepare you for the exam.
  • Other (please specify)

98.5% of respondents (818) chose to complete this question. The responses are contained in the bar chart below:


This data tells us that IT Professionals think ease of distraction (75.8%) and the lack of a qualified instructor (71.5%) are the two biggest reasons why self-study is worse than classroom based training when preparing for exams. Another common reason (59.5%) is that IT professionals believe the self-study material alone is not enough to prepare for the exam.

22.7% of respondents (186) selected "other", outlined below are a selection of reasons given:

"When studying alone you tend to think of all theories and practices in terms of your current working environment e.g local government, banking etc. Classroom study allows you hear of real life examples across a number of sectors which help to broaden thinking and fix learning."


"Feedback and questions from fellow students often raise issues that you might not think of when studying alone."


"Self-study rarely provides adequate synopsis and insights gained from the instructor's experience, which places new concepts into better context"


"1-Lack of lab facilities in technical study,  2-Inability to have mistakes corrected"


"Everyone has different learning styles and hearing real life examples from an instructor are more likely to be memorable than reading dry text from a book.

"I am a kinaesthetic learner with a borderline reading disability (oh yeah and an ex teacher): QED books don't work - have to hold, touch, see, talk, do, ask.... books are kinda *#?*# for that."

"It's the interaction with the other students. You may think you know / understand something, then someone else asks a question and you realise you didn't quite get it"

What do you think?

Share your thoughts with us. Maybe you prefer self-study, classroom-based learning or both, maybe you just think our results are plain wrong. Join the conversation by responding in the comments section below.



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.


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Complete our classroom based learning vs self-study survey for your chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher



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Failure is not an option T ShirtWant the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher, or one of fifteen "Failure is not an option" t-shirts?

Here's how:

  1. Go to www.firebrandtraining.co.uk/survey
  2. Fill out our short two question survey on classroom based learning vs. self-study.
  3. Include your name and email address at the end of the survey (this is how we will contact the winner).


And your done... 

Upon completion of the survey you will be entered into the draw to win one of the sixteen prizes mentioned above.

Outlined below are the terms and conditions which are also available on the survey page:

  1. The prize draw is open to all respondents that provide their name and email address, and complete the survey before Friday 16 November 2013 at 11:59pm (GMT). The draw will be held by Firebrand Training the week commencing Monday 18 November 2013, and only the winners will be notified via email - by the end of November.
  2. Prizes are as stated and there is no cash alternative. Firebrand training reserve the right to substitute a prize of equivalent or greater value (if this is necessary for any reasons).
  3. Firebrand Training cannot be held responsible for prizes which are lost or delayed.
  4. In all matters Firebrand Training’s decisions are final. Entries that do not comply in full with these rules will be disqualified.


Note: The email address entered in this survey will not be shared with any third party.


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 Exchnage 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, 15 August 2012

Win a £250 Amazon voucher + 10 x £25 vouchers

Firebrand is offering you the chance to win a £250 Amazon voucher - or one of ten £25 vouchers. To get your name in the draw, simply fill-in this three-minute Windows Server Survey.

So, what’s the survey about?

The survey is based around the question of when you or your company is integrating Windows Server 2012 into your network.

This short survey will help in creating a national benchmark on when the UK is moving to Windows Server 2012. It has been released to manufacturers and offers hundreds of new features spanning “virtualisation, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more”.

£250 for your thoughts and 3 minutes of your time, sounds like a deal huh?


All entries must be received by Friday 17 August. The eleven winners will be drawn at random and notified by email, by Friday 31 August.

What would you buy on Amazon with £250?

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Survey: Not enough IT staff


ISACA recently surveyed more than 3,700 IT professionals, titled Governance of Enterprise IT: Issues and Challenges. The survey reveals that 52% of the respondents believe businesses do not have enough IT personnel. 44% said that they are planning to increase their investments in IT in the next 12 months.

The demand for professionals has increased, especially in the governance area – ISACA recently gave out 5,000th Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) certification.

More information about ISACA certifications can be found on their website.

ISACA also has three other certifications: CISA, CISM and CRISC.


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Microsoft Cloud: Pros and Cons of Cloud


A survey conducted by comScore, on behalf of Microsoft reveals that small and medium size business which use cloud services believe that it boosts their security and cuts costs.
The survey was undertaken of 94 small and midsize businesses using cloud services and 93 that did not.


The survey also revealed that businesses not using cloud services fear that cloud is not secure enough and that cost of shifting to cloud is an obstacle.


The upside for security is that cloud services on average cuts 18 hours per week from security management time, because much of it is handled by the provider, says Tim Rains, director of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing. "It doesn't eliminate the need for patch management on-premise, but there's less of it to manage," says Rains.


It saves money and also increases security because providers are likely to patch and upgrade in a timely manner as a competitive edge.


Companies using cloud services enjoyed decreases in security spending that are more than five times the savings by businesses that didn't use cloud services. 


20% of the companies that use cloud say they saved on their security management costs, but the number was just 4% for those that didn't use cloud services.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Skills in Demand in Q2


Out of 1400 CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology, 16 per cent claim that the greatest challenge in finding skilled IT professionals are networking in Q2, while 15 per cent believe finding qualified IT security professionals is most challenging.

Help desk/technical support, applications development and data/database management come next — cited by 14 per cent, 13 per cent and 10 per cent of survey respondents respectively. 

55 per cent of CIOs maintain that Network Administration qualification remains in greatest demand. Database management and desktop support came next, with 54 per cent and 51 per cent of the response, respectively.