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.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Google Introduces Analytics Premium

Google has developed an already sophisticated premium version of 'Google Analytics'. It boasts of features such as:

  • Extra processing power - increased data collection, more custom variables and downloadable, unsampled reports
  • Advanced analysis - attribution modeling tools that allow you to test different models for assigning credit to conversions
  • Service and support - experts to guide customized installation, and dedicated account management on call - all backed by 24/7 support
  • Guarantees - service level agreements for data collection, processing and reporting

Monday, 26 September 2011

Certifications in Project Management

In the last few years, Project Management has gained prominence and is an “in-demand” field at the moment. It pays more in these times if you’re professionally certified. A certification in APMG’s PRINCE2 or PMI PMP demonstrates that you have the education, experience and competency to be a qualified Project Manager.

According to, the average salary of a PRINCE2 certified is £50,000 while that of a PMP certified professional is £60,000.

Project Management courses are industry neutral. They are desirable all over. An efficient project manager can save lots of time and money, and companies are constantly looking for managers with such skills.

Firebrand’s World Exclusive 3 day PRINCE2 course offers certification in both, Foundation and Practitioner. You can get PMI PMP certified in 5 days, giving the exam on the course, you can’t do it anywhere else.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Top 5 Certifications to Start Your IT Career

Are you thinking of getting into IT? We’ve listed out 5 certifications that we think are the most effective way of entering the IT world. Once you have one of these, you can begin to gain the experience and higher certifications that will land you a great IT career:

A+ certification is considered, by many, a benchmark for people who want to enter the IT World. The Comptia A+ certification is the industry standard for computer support technicians. It provides competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. It is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell, and has become a requirement for their engineers. It has been gained by more than 700,000 people worldwide since the program’s inception in 1993.

Microsoft Certified Professional is the stepping stone for any Microsoft certification. You become an MCP once you pass for your first exam, and then it keeps on updating as you do more advanced courses like MCITP, MCTS, MCSD and more.

CCNA requires dedicated training and some professionals may find it hard if they are completely new to IT. Cisco certifications are world renowned and respected. Once you gain your certification, and some experience, you can move on to more advanced certifications like CCNP.

Sun MySQL database is the world's most popular open source database because of its fast performance, high reliability, ease of use, and dramatic cost savings. 

This is the first step to higher Java certifications and will prove your skills as a Java programmer. The only prerequisite is that you must understand the fundamentals of the language.

Monday, 12 September 2011

UK More Competitive Than Germany or France

UK Businesses will outperform its European rivals like France and Germany, a report has claimed.
UK came 5th in the Global Competitiveness Index2011 by the Business Software Alliance. Achieving a high ranking will not only appease the technology vendors, but will also create a business environment that encourages IT-enabled business improvement, Julia Swan, director of European compliance marketing at BSA said. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that investment in IT is becoming critical for the overall health of the UK economy.” he said. 

IT is arguably one of the most sought after industry to be in right now, and having a certification to prove that you're qualified is paramount to success.  

Monday, 5 September 2011

Firebrand scoops three EC-Council awards

We're delighted to announce that Firebrand Training has again been named the Accredited Training Centre of the Year by EC-Council. In addition to this, we’ve won two more awards. Congratulations to FirebrandNordics for scooping Newcomer of the Year and Richard Millett for being named in the Instructors’ Circle of Excellence.

Jay Bavisi, President of EC-Council says: “The annual EC-Council Awards highlight the commitment and achievements of our global partners and trainers that have contributed to the information security community. We are pleased to honour so many accomplished training providers and instructors that are committed to the betterment of world-class information security education globally. I congratulate all of the winners for their achievements and dedication to the Information Security industry in their respective region”

As an ATC, Firebrand offers Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH v7), (E|CSP), (C|HFI), Security 5 and more.