Category Archives: Training

How to Get Cisco Certified

So you want to be a network engineer. Now, if we talk about networking, we think about Cisco. This is not strange because in most part of the world, Cisco is networking, and networking is Cisco. Credit this to the fact that Cisco has a huge market share in the router and switch products.

What better way to solidify your stature as a network expert than by acquiring a Cisco certification. After all, when the time comes that you are to look for a job within your field of expertise, you would end up applying to a firm, whose network infrastructure, is mostly likely built with Cisco routers and switches. So the million-dollar question is, how to get Cisco certified?

The following are just a few of the practical approaches in preparing for the exam and is hoped to be the key to how to get Cisco certified.

Know the Topics

Know your enemies before you go to war. Know that ICDN1 Certification covers the knowledge and skills required to build and maintain a small network that is equipped with switches and routers. Know that ICD2 Certification covers medium-sized networks, both local area network (LAN) and wide-area network (WAN). And you should also know that CCNA Certification is ICDN1 plus ICDN2. It is always a good practice to regularly visit the Cisco website to check the exact topics because it is also possible that they change them. Also, Cisco currently offers free eLearning (Webinar) about CCNA Routing and Switching Certification here.

Familiarize Yourself with the Interface

Screenshot: Cisco Exam Tutorial Interface

Screenshot: Cisco Exam Tutorial Interface

What probably would be the best strategy to get ready for the exam is to familiarize yourself with the exam interface. Practice clicking, dragging and dropping. Memorize the location of the questions and the answers. A few seconds saved during the exam may help tremendously. This can be done by going to Cisco’s website and access the Cisco Certification Exam Tutorial.This allows you to simulate the actual exam and provide you the feeling that you are actually taking exam, except of course that it’s a little relaxed because nothing is at stake yet.

Mind the Time

Speed and accuracy usually do not come together, when you are too fast you tend to make mistakes. If you read the question three times before you answer, the probability is high that you’d answer it correctly, but how about the rest of the questions? Cisco doesn’t tell us how many questions there are in the exams, although it gives us the range,for example, 50-60 questions for CCNA. The range should be good enough for you to formulate a battle plan in regards to the relationship between the time and the number of questions.

If you are given, for example, 120 minutes for 50-60 questions, the best mindset is to give yourself 2 minutes to answer each question (120/60) as opposed to 2.4 minutes (120/50), because if you set your mind to give 2.4 minutes for each question, and the exam turns out to have 60 questions, you’d run out of time for other questions.

The above computation serves only as a benchmark on how to budget time against questions but it is not very reliable because questions have different natures. Some questions can be answered within a minute, some in 10. Be always mindful of exam interface’s display of the remaining time and number of questions.

Whether you go to a battle where the environment is loud and chaotic, or you go to a Cisco certification exam where the venue is quiet and cool, the chances of winning is high if you go prepared. Know what you’re up to, visualize what’s going to happen and strategize. Of course, you have to go equipped.

Is There a Free Online SAP Training on the Web?


SAP Training comes to me as too pricey but in my humble opinion, it’s worth investing for. But if you just want to get acquainted with its interface and basic principles and operations, just to have a small handle of it or to serve as a springboard towards further SAP exploration, then the web-based free online SAP training is the way to go.

What’s the hype about SAP?

With SAP’s software and software-related sales increased by more than 10 percent last year, and its acquisition of Ariba, a software and IT firm headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, I expect that more and more companies are using, and are about to use SAP applications. It being  an enterprise-based solution provides huge opportunities, not only for IT practitioners, but for people of different fields of specialization, such as HR professionals,  purchasers or even warehouse managers.

The demand for SAP professionals are high

Frankly speaking, I first knew about SAP when I was searching for jobs online. In almost every job site that I visited, there was always a posting for SAP professionals.  Quite interestingly, most of these postings required SAP-HR, specifically, Payroll.


FREE Video Tutorials

Gurjeet Singh of Australia, who I consider an eLearning advocate and of whom I’m a subscriber, provides very useful and informative SAP lectures on the web.  The  outline of the training is as follows and you can click each topic to view its corresponding tutorial.


I. SAP SD Training demo (2 hours, 17 minutes)

II. SAP SD Training 1 – Introduction to ERP and SAP SD (1 hour, 20 minutes)

III. SAP SD Training 2 – Overview of SAP Organizational Structure (57 minutes)

IV. SAP SD Training 3 – Overview of Sales Processes (2 hours, 31 minutes)

V. SAP SD Training 4 – SAP SD Master Data part 1 (2 hours, 28 minutes)



I. SAP CRM Training – SAP CRM Sales (2 hours, 50 minutes)

II. SAP CRM Training Demo 2 – SAP CRM Architecture + SAP CRM Sales (1 hour, 26 minutes)

III. SAP CRM Training 1 – Introduction to ERP and SAP CRM (1 hour, 26 minutes)

IV.SAP CRM Training 2 – SAP CRM Architecture + SAP CRM Sales 1 (1 hour, 41 minutes)

V. SAP CRM Training 3 – SAP CRM Sales 2 + CRM Marketing 1 (2 hours, 54 minutes)


I. SAP CRM Technical Training 1 – Introduction to the SAP CRM (45 minutes)

II. SAP CRM Technical Training 2 – SAP CRM WebUI features (56 minutes)

III. SAP CRM Technical Training 3 – Web Application, Client Server, MVC Design Pattern (1 hour, 17 minutes)

How Important is Microsoft Training

Extremely important. In over 20 years of being employed and being around a lot of different offices, here and abroad, one thing that I kept noticing was that PCs were everywhere. From the reception desk, to the security office and to all the different departments within the firm, PCs are a common sight. That was when I realized that Microsoft training was essential, before employment, and even during employment.

As a trainer who provided Microsoft training to students and professionals alike, I always emphasized the need to keep abreast with the improvements on Microsoft Office productivity tools. PCs are definitely here to stay, and where there are PCs, chances are, there are Microsoft applications.

TrainingI said earlier that Microsoft training is necessary prior to being employed. Here is why. Apart
from having to be ready to answer the common interview questions, ‘what are your strengths and weaknesses?’, you should be ready to answer the question, ‘how would you rate yourself in regards to being a PowerPoint user, are you a beginner, an intermediate, or an expert user?’ Also, some companies, being PC users, conduct computer skills assessment as part of their hiring process. And guess what, they ask you to navigate around the Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel interfaces. If you lack that Microsoft training, you would not make it, if you did have the training but didn’t do it thoroughly, you could work your way around by the help of the ‘Help’ button. But some companies nowadays are a lot smarter. I remember applying for an office position in Toronto’s financial district. I knew beforehand that there was an Excel proficiency test but I wasn’t worried. What surprised me was that when I came to take the test, the HR coordinator just handed me a pen and paper. So I had to clarify that I came to take the Excel test, and not to write an essay. She then said that their way of assessing an applicant’s Excel proficiency is by asking them to write on a piece of paper the steps needed to satisfy each of the requirements. Example, write down the steps on how you would copy the contents of cells A5 to A12 to cells D7 to D14, or how would you copy the content of a cell without using ‘right-click’, or without using Copy+Paste. So for those of us who learned by trial and error or for those users who made the ‘Help’ button their BFF, there is no way that we can pass this kind of testing. Having been in this kind of situation, I feel obliged to say that if you have to know Microsoft applications, you have to know them by heart.

Equally important as having Microsoft training before employment, is having it during employment. You wouldn’t want to let your colleague down if she asks you to comment on her 3-page Microsoft Word document using the application’s ‘insert comment’ feature and then asks you to print it with your comments being visible. You cannot say no to your supervisor who asks you to help him analyze the data he gathered by requesting you to prepare a pivot table, or if he asks you to make a slide presentation for the next budget meeting. Lastly, you wouldn’t just scratch your head if your boss would as you to set-up his out-of-office reply in Microsoft Outlook.

If we want to make ourselves more competitive in modern time’s corporate world, we have to equip ourselves with effective tools, and one of them is Microsoft training.