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29 HP ExpertOne Training Classes to choose from at HP Discover

For partners looking to meet PartnerOne requirements or customers wanting to learn more about products and solutions they're installed or have already installed, HP ExpertOne is delivering a full suite of technical training classes at HP Discover. They include Big Data, cloud, Converged Infrastructure, networking, security, servers, software and storage.

Pearson exams will be available on-site again this year during HP Discover. You can register for 2 free HP0 exams and receive a 50% discount off the 3rd exam. Register for HP Discover exams is completed through the Pearson exam website. 

 

Register now for HP Discover to secure your seat. Remember to use the promo code "EXPERT" when registering to receive a $300 registration discount.

 

7 Reasons to Attend HP Discover

HP Discover is the must attend technical event of the year. From IT administrators and enterprise pre-sales architects to CEOs, we have something for everyone. 

This year we’re delivering training to over 1,000 attendees. This is a ten-fold increase from last year! In addition to the sales and technical (hands-on lab) training, we have our Pearson test center, more technical and sales sessions just for partners, all to drive revenue to your organization. You will meet all your PartnerOne training requirements at HP Discover and have access to HP subject matter experts with deep technical knowledge.

How the Right Training Can Change Everything

If you are like most football fans who were watching the NFL wild card playoff games leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, you likely expected the Eagles to trounce all over the sixth seed Saints, who had an abysmal road record and who struggle when playing outside in the frigid temperatures. You were likely surprised at how well prepared the Saints were, for both the freezing weather and the crushing Eagles defense. You were probably stunned at the unlikely last-minute win via a field goal.

Be Exam-prepared Strong! 5-steps to being prepared to pass your certification exams and win!

In the words of Paul Bear Bryant, the legendary head coach of the University of Alabama football team, “It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”  Follow these words and prepare to win and pass your certification exams. 

The HP ExpertOne certification blog provides insights on ExpertOne certification for those who want to develop and maintain their IT skills and expertise.

Boost your career with HP ExpertOne TeamSite Web management system certification

Enterprise company websites are usually sprawling and complex, and so are their content management processes. HP TeamSite helps companies tame the content beast. This powerful Web content management system empowers various teams and business users to collaborate efficiently on high-performance commercial websites.

 

Now, HP ATP - TeamSite System Administrator V1 certification is available to help IT professionals increase their bottom-line value to employers.

6 Reasons to Attend Vivit Virtual Summits on Game Changers: Mobility & Cloud November 6 - 7 and Big Data & Security November 20 - 21

No matter where your organization is on its journey toward implementing the big four game changers, the complimentary Virtual Summits, hosted by Vivit, your independent HP Software community, are the best destinations for exploring technologies, learning the strategies and preparing an environment that evolves with your business.

Upgrade Your Career: Get HP ExpertOne Certified on NNMi v9

You already know that HP Network Node Manager i (NNMi) software gives your network operations team powerful capabilities for managing networks of any size. Many of you reading this may already be certified on HP Network Management Center Software. So why upgrade to NNMi v9?

 

NNMi v9 is a major upgrade, with powerful new tools to help you manage your network. Gone are the days when consoles were bombarded with huge event streams of meaningless and disconnected events. NNMi v9 analyzes incoming events in real time through RCA and correlates them on a massive scale. Instead of having thousands of events visible in the browser, NNMi can generate a single root-cause-based incident with the events being correlated under the parent incident.

HP LoadRunner 11.00 Certifications: HP ExpertOne

We get a lot of questions around performance testing certifications, specifically HP LoadRunner. I hope you find this article informative and answers most if not all of your questions. Why all the attention? HP LoadRunner is a popular load testing software suite and many employers are looking for people with HP LoadRunner experience – it is a great resume or CV enhancer. Even companies that don’t utilize HP LoadRunner use the skill set as a competency gauge.

If your virtual servers had feelings, would they be hurt?

What does “virtualization” really mean?  According to my Merriam-Webster dictionary mobile app, “virtualization” doesn’t even exist as a word, which I thought was odd.  Granted, the word does exist via more techie reference guides such as Wikipedia or dictionary.com.   But staying true to my mobile appendage’s inventory of words, I went to the heart of the word virtualization, “virtual”, which has the core meaning of “being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted”.  Could we then define IT “virtualization” as not yet ‘formally recognized or admitted’ – especially for the entire data center of IT resources?

Explore Your Path to Mastering Data Center Transformation: HP ExpertOne and HP Discover

If you’re heading to HP Discover (June 11-13), I invite you to attend an incredible opportunity. Isaac Blake and Russ Wagner will host a roundtable discussion for IT professionals interesting in learning more about our HP ExpertOne Master ASE – Data Center and Cloud Architect V1 certification. There’s been a great deal of interest from IT architects and others looking for the next big trend in IT certifications. In addition, IT certified professionals looking to take their career to the next level will want to hear what Isaac and Russ have to say. They will spend time talking about the training, board review, examination process and education requirements.

What’s the secret to spending less IT time on “break / fix”?

You might be surprised. A new IDC Market Spotlight, sponsored by HP, shows that IT teams with certified skills spend less time on routine operations and “break/fix” activities – from high availability to data backup to security. Find out how a little focus on IT skills can leave more time for innovation.

7 Reasons Why You can't Afford to Miss HP Discover 2013

HP Discover is a must-attend event for anyone involved in IT. From CEOs to ExpertOne certified professionals, there’s something for everyone. From the keynote speakers to the Discover Zone, technical sessions, hands-on labs, exams, late night dinners, and pre-event training, it’s a fast paced event with something for everyone.

4 Reasons Why Certifications Matter

Often I hear people asking why bother with certifications. What will they do for me? How will they help my career? If I spent the required time necessary to answer every question, this would be a very long article. Instead, I'm focusing on the key points and highlights. HP's ExpertOne certification program is industry leading and world class.

Read on and tell me if you agree or disagree.

Certifications do matter.

Get Certified for Greater Success by Optimizing your Server skills: HP ExpertOne

Are you looking to enhance your competency on HP Integrity systems and extend your knowledge to private cloud? Or could you or someone on your team use a server skills refresher?  Learn how to optimize your mission-critical HP Integrity server solutions with training and certifications from HP ExpertOne and find out about our new Master level certification.

New Certifications from HP ExpertOne

It's December and we've got five new certifications. Along with these new certifications, there is a new HP Press title, HP ASE Converged Infrastructure Official Exam Certification Guide (HP0-D20).

HP Press Books: More than Exam Study Guides

To me, HP Press study guides are more than something I use to study for exams. They are invaluable reference guides filled with basic and advanced concepts, industry best practices, and installation scenarios. They are also great refresher study guides if you sat a class and a couple months ago and need to catch-up before sitting an exam.

 

After reading the books front to back cover many times (studying for exams), I now see them serving me several ways.

What's New with HP ExpertOne

The ExpertOne program continues to grow and evolve, shaping the future of people looking for certification and training in trending, new and emerging areas. Cloud computing, converged infrastructure, and Gen8 server operations are just a few areas we have addressed. Plus, we've got exciting news for upcoming training events and conference announcements.

Lecture Gone Wrong: Physics, Learning, “The Big Bang Theory” and where HPExpertONE fits in

written by Paul Telles

 

HP ExpertONEand its Competency-Based Learning (CBL) initiative shares many of the goals and methods espoused by physicists. By focusing on interactive learning, the CBL courseware will enable you to explore how HP technologies and solutions can help your career and business thrive. Through discussions and peer-to-peer interactions, you’ll exchange information and real-world insights with your fellow IT professionals, returning you to the workplace with fresh ideas and insights.

Fast Track your HP ExpertOne Storage Career

HP ExpertOne introduces the Fast Track for Storage certification program, enabling eligible EMC and NetApp certified professionals to achieve HP Storage certifications with less than 50% instructor-led training when compared to a new candidate training curriculum.

Upon passing four exams, the EMC and NetApp candidate receives two HP ExpertOne certifications: HP Accredited Integration Specialist (AIS) and HP Accredited Systems Expert (ASE) in StorageWorks Integration.

HP ExpertOne Expands Cloud Certification Offerings

HP ExpertOne provides an innovative skills and expertise program through flexible certification and training delivery, including the industry-leading HP Master ASE – Converged Infrastructure Architect certification that definitively proves you have the skills to talk tech at the highest level in an organization.

 

For more information, please visit www.hp.com/go/certification

 

The Discover Event Before HP Discover

HP Discover doesn’t officially start until Monday afternoon but did you know there are over 80 people attending HP ExpertOne pre-event training? Conference attendees arrived last week in anticipation of two and a half days of technical, hands-on training. HP ExpertOne training delivery partners are holding classes in networking, storage and enterprise solutions.

One of the first Master ASE Converged Infrastructure Architects on certification

This week at HP DISCOVER, we’re honoring our first “class” of HP Master ASE – Converged Infrastructure Architects. But before the certification officially existed, we had a beta program in which we tested the training, the proctored exam, and the board review exam. HP presales consultant Russ Wagner was one of our beta testers, and I caught up with him the other day to ask him about his experience in trying out the new certification.

 

Russ is part of the Solutions Architect team for HP in North America. His job is to talk to the executive ranks of HP customers about their enterprise architecture and how HP can help them transform their IT operations toward cloud computing. He has held his current position for about two years, but he has more than 25 years of experience in the IT field.

 

Given his role and his experience level, he is an ideal candidate for the Converged Infrastructure Architect certification—and that’s precisely why we asked him to beta test our new Architect level certification process. You see, this is the first time HP has used a board review process to evaluate a candidate’s expertise, and we wanted to make sure we have it right.

 

Russ told me there were two reasons why he was personally interested in the Converged Infrastructure Architect certification. First, he wanted to solidify his professional pedigree—to show that he has proven himself in a program that recognizes quality skills and knowledge. He says the “master” word in the certification’s title is very important in the technology field. His customers can see he has reached the pinnacle of his profession.

 

The second reason he wanted to earn the certification was to keep his HP training current and accurate and aligned with where the company is going. As a presales consultant representing Hewlett-Packard, Russ says it’s important that he show channel partners that HP employees value this certification. He is leading by example.

 

You may have heard about the HP Converged Infrastructure Maturity Model. We call it CI MM. It’s a model that helps a company assess its current and desired future state of its data center. Russ helped develop some of the training for this maturity model. When he attended his annual sales conference last year and saw that the ExpertONE team was beta testing the training for the Converged Infrastructure Architect certification, he thought he’d audit the course and see what value it has to offer. Turns out he got a lot out of sitting in on that course. He told me it was “essential for his professional development.”  This comes from a guy that helped develop CI training for others. If he found the ExpertONE course to be so valuable, that tells me we packed some really good stuff into our certification training.

 

To prepare for the CI Architect board review exam, Russ reviewed the materials from our course as well as materials he had used with customers when he was doing CI MM engagements. This little bit of preparation – combined with his actual field experience – gave him the confidence to head into the board review exam.

 

Here are his exact words about the board review: “It replicated the customer experience so well that I actually got lost in the experience, feeling like I was actually standing in front of customers giving a customer briefing. I had to remind myself that these people were my peers and associates and not real customers.” Now, it makes my heart soar to hear that. It tells me that those of us who built the certification process really got it right.

 

I asked Russ what advice he might offer to future candidates for the Master ASE – Converged Infrastructure Architect certification and he offered up a few tips:

 

  • Come into the board review process with the perspective of offering a business solution for the customer and not a product pitch or roadmap. You need to analyze the case study to understand the challenge the customer is facing and how this can be addressed with a comprehensive solution.

 

  • Understand that the members of the review board aren’t going to interact with you like a real customer would. The review process has to be standard for every candidate that goes through the process, so the judges aren’t going to guide the candidate toward a right answer. The judges’ stoicism is different from a real customer environment, but it’s a necessary part of the judgment process.

 

Russ now carries the title of Master ASE – Converged Infrastructure Architect. Modest guy that he is, he has just started promoting himself with that title. He said it’s important that customers know the caliber of his expertise when he begins an engagement with them.

 

Wouldn’t you, too, like to hold this title to prove your professional pedigree? Learn more about it at http://www.hp.com/certification/data_card/HP_MASE_Converged_Infrastructure_Architect_2011.html

 

Fast Track? What does that mean for IT Training & Certification?

I am working on highlighting our offerings to help IT Professionals accelerate their skills development in support of both their career progression and in meeting the needs of their Customers.

 

I think fast track is a positive phrase to capture in essence what we are trying to achieve with the program, but are there some potential negative connotations? Past offerings from training providers using naming such as bootcamp and Industry terms such as accelerated learning can lead to an impression of short cutting the learning experience and potentially achieving a “paper” qualification or certification. Quality may be in question and could impact the currency or worth of the achievement. This is not something I want to convey as I believe fast tracking a candidate through a learning program recognises their skills and previous experience, building on a foundation that already exists.

 

I’m running a little research and analysis to help understand the sentiment behind the term, I’ll post the results when I have them. Early signs look good.

 

Should I spin it up! Perhaps use naming like Fastrack or FastTRACK or ExpertTRACK? Not so sure. There was a series of very successful adverts in the UK for a paint and varnish company that used very plain English in describing their product and they ended with “it does exactly what it says on the tin”. So my current thinking is if the term Fast Track is widely accepted and acknowledged in the IT industry I’ll use it.

 

What do you think? :smileyhappy:

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  • Cynthia is a world-wide product marketing manager for HP ExpertOne, focusing on Cloud, Converged Infrastructure and Server certifications.
  • 20+ years in IT with the last 10 as a data center architect. Passion for technology, gadgets and the outdoors. Always looking for ways to blend them together in one big adventure.
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