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Whether you're a novice, an expert or simply enjoy learning, you can enhance your knowledge and expertise. Learning Tree publishes a variety of extensive White Papers, Position Papers, Articles and Podcasts online.

  • White Papers

    In-depth assessments and insights into today's hottest technologies and hot-button management issues.

  • Management Insights

    A concise series of articles for both seasoned and new managers, with practical solutions to some of today's toughest challenges.

  • Position Papers

    A distillation of the knowledge gathered as a leader in the training industry, and applied to areas of critical importance to management and technology professionals.

  • Podcasts

    These bite-sized segments address the issues and products you want — and need — to know about.

Agile and Scrum

  • PRINCE2 Agile®: It’s All About Tailoring

    In recent years, Project Management has been described as "traditional", while agile working practices have been described as "novel, changing the world of work." Professionals have been forced to make a decision that appears binary: Are we a traditionalist or do we go boldly into the future? PRINCE2 Agile resolves the dilemma of having to choose. With the right sort of preparation, an organisation can maintain good governance and direction of its initiatives while making use of every tool available to create forward-facing products and solutions. It can help ensure desired outcomes while employing ideas that also bring the future of work into the office today.

  • The Agile Project Methodology and Scrum Framework

    Agile is a concept that has moved from being a well-kept secret inside the IT department to a mainstream business approach. Yet much confusion exists as to what it is. So what is Agile? How does it compare to other standards? This Agile White Paper will clarify what it is and will look at two common Agile approaches - Scrum and Agile Project Management (based on the mature and widely-used DSDM approach). It will examine the areas where these two approaches overlap, where they differ, and look at how to integrate them to get the best of both approaches.

Big Data

  • Getting Started with Big Data and Hadoop: What You Need to Know

    The availability of large data sets presents new opportunities and challenges to organisations of all sizes. So what is Big Data? How can Hadoop help me solve problems in processing large, complex data sets? Download this Big Data White Paper to get a close up look at how Big Data and Hadoop work. You will see a side-by-side comparison of Hadoop and other Relational Databases, learn what the Hadoop ecosystem includes plus how and when you should start using it.

Business Analysis

  • How Do I Know if I’m Working for Enron? Three Indicators of a Company’s Financial Health

    Glancing at your company’s annual report is not enough to determine its real financial health. In this Management Insights article, author Richard A. Stanley reveals how to assess your company’s fiscal situation. Discover whether you’re working for a winner.

  • How to Create a Successful Business Intelligence Programme

    Thanks to the advancement of database and data storage technologies, as well as increased front-end functionalities, Business Intelligence (BI) initiatives are no longer plagued with the challenges they faced in the past. This White Paper defines BI, explores the benefits to the organisation, then outlines the steps needed to implement an effective BI programme and drive it forward successfully.

  • Successful Business Analysts: How They Avoid the Five Most Common BA Mistakes

    Business analysts are increasingly becoming the critical liaison between business and solution development (oftentimes IT), so they must communicate and relate with equal effectiveness throughout all levels of an organisation. This White Paper identifies five common obstacles business analysts face and how to address them to ensure success.

  • The Successful Business Analyst in Today’s Working World

    Dana Brownlee, PMP-Certified founder of Professionalism Matters, Inc., offers insights into the complex role BAs play in today’s dynamic business environment. Topics include the requirements process, enterprise analysis, plus tips and recommended techniques for both seasoned and aspiring Business Analysts.

Cloud Computing

  • Cloud Computing Promises: Fact or Fiction

    Cloud computing is making information technology headlines—and vendors are aggressively promoting the many benefits it can provide organisations. Can you distinguish cloud facts from fiction? This White Paper will review some of the main claims and questions often raised about cloud computing and get a clear view on what the cloud can—and can’t—deliver in reality.


  • Applying a Four-Step Process for Difficult Conversations

    Neither avoidance nor hard-hitting confrontation are effective methods when dealing with difficult situations. In this month’s Management Insights by Cheryl Eckl, find out how to apply a four-step process that can help you overcome the aversion to “difficult” conversations by subduing confrontational factors. The result: dialogue that is meaningful and productive for all parties involved.

  • Creating Compelling Executive Summaries in Seven Easy Steps

    Today’s fast-paced business environment is rife with quick digital communication, resulting in a great deal of frustration for anyone trying to get individuals to read a complete document. In this Management Insights article, author Peter Dillon-Parkin outlines a seven-step process that can help you write the most concise—and persuasive—part of your proposal: The executive summary.

  • How to Write Effective Technical Documents in Three Key Steps

    Do you know how to write an effective technical document? In this month’s Management Insights article, author Peter Vogel breaks down a three-step problem-solving process that streamlines your workload and all but ensures your documents will get read.

  • How to Write Successful Proposals in Five Key Steps

    Do you know what it takes to write a successful proposal? In this month’s Management Insights article, author Peter Dillon-Parkin offers five proven strategies for clear and effective proposals.

  • Influence: Getting Agreements We Can Count On

    Getting solid agreements requires planning and execution. You can achieve them by taking effective communication steps and guidelines discussed by Dr. Mike Kruger in this month's Management Insights article. Download it now, and get agreements that count!

  • Negotiating with Your Boss

    Getting what you want from your boss starts with an understanding of two key components: what you want and what your boss wants. Most people prepare for their negotiations almost entirely by trying to build a formidable and overwhelming case for what they want. But the real power comes from looking at the situation from your boss’ perspective. Read Bob Black’s article in this month’s edition of Management Insights to learn the three steps for a successful negotiation. Download it now!

  • Negotiation: Five Steps to Help You Prepare and Succeed

    The ability to handle the unexpected question or line of attack during a negotiating session is one of the most critical skills an effective negotiator has. Unfortunately, even the most seasoned professionals can find themselves in a weakened position. Author Bob Black addresses the issue in this instalment of Management Insights with a five-step Negotiation Process Model that can give you the winning edge.

  • Positive Persuasion: Influence Factors That Create a Win-Win Scenario

    To stay productive and profitable, companies depend on their managers to work together effectively in order to achieve fiscal and organisational goals. Unfortunately, individuals sometimes withhold their commitment if they feel they’re losing ground on their own “turf.” This Management Insights article—authored by workplace behaviour consultant Jean V. Corson—outlines Five Critical Influence Factors that can positively persuade team members to commit towards goals that benefit everyone.

  • Three Steps to Getting Stakeholder Buy-in Using Social Media Tools

    Without stakeholder buy-in, even a well-executed project can go awry. Successful projects must include stakeholders that remain involved and informed—especially when they are spread across multiple time zones. This Management Insights article spells out how to build social media tools into project plans, assuring more effective and smoothly run projects.


  • Best Practices for Implementing ITIL® and Avoiding Common Pitfalls

    Hitesh Patel, Learning Tree Instructor & ITIL Course Author, discusses why seamless ITIL implementation is becoming increasingly critical for businesses today. Hitesh offers expert advice for maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of your organisation's delivery of services via ITIL, and tips on how to ensure that the end result achieves both internal and external customers' objectives.

  • How to Choose the ITIL® Training That's Right for You

    Learning Tree Instructor & ITIL Course Author Hitesh Patel provides solid advice on how to the choose the ITIL training that is in alignment with your organisation's technology capabilities, and your role in the implementation of ITIL. He offers tips on understanding what type of training is needed whether the goal is achieving ITIL Foundation Certification or pursuing a path towards the more advanced Lifecycle or Capability Certifications.

  • ITIL®: Best Practices for the Management of Your IT Services

    What is ITIL & how can it benefit your organisation? This ITIL White Paper provides a comprehensive, up-to-date look at IT Service Management and the Service Lifecycle. Chapters include the following: What is ITIL, Benefits of ITIL, Implementing Best Practices, Certification, and Training.

  • Top 10 Tips for Adopting and Adapting to ITIL®

    What does it take to successfully adopt and adapt to ITIL? Hitesh Patel, Learning Tree Instructor & ITIL Course Author, provides the top 10 essential tips for adopting and adapting to ITIL in your organisation.

Learning Tree

  • Ten Questions to Ask Your Training Provider - Position Paper

    What defines great training — and a great training provider — is how much more effective your people are when they return from their course. Asking these Ten Questions of your training provider, whether current or prospective, will help ensure that you realise all the benefits you should expect from your training investment.

Management and Leadership

  • 4 Steps to Building Effective Networks

    By asking the right four questions in the right order, building an effective business network can be a smooth operation. In this Management Insights article, author Eric Magnuson uses a real-life example to demonstrate the positive impact building networks can have on both project and personal success.

  • 5 Steps to Delegate for Results

    It’s not unusual for managers to feel uncomfortable delegating responsibility for challenging assignments. In this month’s Management Insights, Larry Barnard discusses why delegation is such an essential skill, as constraints on success increase and jobs become even more difficult. To ensure effective delegation, managers need to follow the 5-Step process to selecting the right person and assigning the task.

  • 7 Steps to Building a Coaching and Development Plan

    Your success as a manager depends on developing and motivating your entire staff—not just the top and bottom 10%. In this month’s Management Insight Article, Jean Corson from Corson Wolff Consulting discusses how to get high performance from the "Middle 80%." This article shows you the 7 steps to building a coaching development plan.

  • Creating and Proving Business Benefits in Six Simple Steps

    In today’s economic climate, the process of proposing—and acquiring support for—any project has become a far more rigorous exercise. In this month’s Management Insights by Peter Dillon-Parkin, learn how to use the six-step ADAPTS process to build a successful business case for your project that ensures a return on investment.

  • Dealing with Difficult People: 14 Rules of Engagement.

    When professional managers are attacked, they react by following the 14 Rules of Engagement. In this Management Insights article, author Dr. Phillip Walker reveals how to handle difficult people. Learn how to turn even the most negative attitude into a positive influence.

  • Empower Your Team With These Six Steps

    The story of rival encyclopedia developers Wikipedia and Microsoft Encarta contains potent lessons for managers seeking to motivate their teams without benefit of external rewards. In this article, Jerry Golick spells out how he used the principles that made Wikipedia a household name to turn around a troubled help desk. Download your complimentary copy of his Management Insights article to learn more.

  • Engage Your Audience with the 5-Step Presentation System

    What type of presenter are you? Do you want to improve delivery and make engaging presentations? In this month’s Management Insights article, Martin Shinn has adapted the strategy in Ron Hoff’s book, Say It in Six, to construct a targeted, five-step presentation method that can help you become the effective, polished presenter you want to be.

  • Exposing the 3 Myths of Leading Virtual Teams

    When we have no face-to-face experience with new colleagues, our communication lacks a certain richness. In this month's Management Insights, Judi Williams from Great Beginnings exposes the 3 Myths of Virtual Teams. To ensure success, the virtual team leader must not be seduced by the 3 myths and must proactively attend to providing the social richness that virtual communication lacks.

  • Extending Your Influence Using the 3x3 Matrix

    Get advice on how you can mitigate power differences and extend your power relationships at your workplace. The solution lies in the 3x3 Matrix Approach, introduced by Diane Brescher in this month's Management Insights article.

  • Five Critical Steps for Effective Assertiveness

    How effective are your communication skills? Are you effectively assertive or just aggressive? In this month’s Management Insights article, author Jean S. Corson discusses the difference and how being effectively assertive can lead to successful collaboration and productivity in the workplace.

  • Five Key Steps to Managing Stress

    How we deal with, and respond to, stressful situations can have a big impact on our emotional well-being. In this Management Insights article, author Judi Williams shares her insights into dramatically reducing stress with five proven stress management techniques.

  • Five Steps for Dealing with Employee Underperformance

    Is a parent-child dynamic at the root of your employee's underperformance? Author Judi Williams outlines five steps that can help you shift your mind-set and implement useful interpersonal tools to transform that dynamic and boost employee performance. Check out this month's Management Insights article for details!

  • Five Steps for Motivating Technical Teams

    Begin to build a motivated team by reading about the five steps you can take now to motivate the team's individual members. Download your complimentary copy of Anita Caputo's Management Insights article to read more.

  • Five Steps to Get People Engaged in Organisational Change

    Make your organisational change plan a success by taking the necessary people-focused actions to get everyone on board. Download your complimentary copy of this month's Management Insights article and read about Bob Black's advice on how you can build engagement and commitment for your organisational change.

  • Five Steps to Managing Successful Meetings

    Do you know what it takes to chair a successful meeting? In this month’s Management Insights article, author Serena Williamson offers five detailed and proven strategies for effective and successful meetings.

  • Five Steps to Managing Your Manager

    Do you feel that your manager just doesn't "get" you? If yes, take responsibility for being properly managed so that you can excel at your work. You can initiate change in your manager's management style by following Anita Caputo's five steps outlined in this month's Management Insights article.

  • Five Vital Steps to Analysing and Solving Problems

    Do you know what it takes to solve a problem? In this month’s Management Insights article, author Peter Dillon-Parkin breaks down a five-step problem-solving process that will lead you past symptoms to identify the real problem and thus a quicker solution.

  • Four Elements That Create a Motivational Environment

    Keeping staff engaged and motivated to do their best can be a challenge for any manager, especially in a tough business climate. In this installment of our Management Insights, author Mimi Banta offers up a “four pillar” solution that addresses the needs of individuals in order to create a more positive and productive team.

  • Four Steps to Delivering a Powerful Message in 4 Minutes

    Getting what you want often comes down to knowing what you should say and grasping the opportunity to say it. Often you’ll have just a few minutes to make your case — referred to as an “elevator pitch.” How do you prepare an elevator pitch? Read Rahul Dogra’s article in this month’s edition of Management Insights to find out. Download it now, and prepare your pitch!

  • Four Steps to Effectively Responding to Difficult Situations

    Most emotionally charged exchanges are not just about the current situation, but rather the underlying feelings of vulnerability and loss of control. How you respond to your feelings, and whether or not you handle the situation in an emotionally intelligent way, plays a defining role in its outcome. Read Jean Corsons article in this month’s edition of Management Insights to learn the four steps to help you effectively respond to difficult situations. Download it now!

  • Four Steps to Remembering Names

    It’s not surprising that many people have trouble recalling important details in today’s hectic, information-overload world. But remembering names is key to building both professional and personal relationships. In this month’s Management Insights article, author Peter Dillon-Parkin provides the whole-brained memory solution to help you avoid potentially embarrassing situations.

  • Four Tactics for Managing Yourself in Tough Times

    There are many factors that can contribute to a stressful work environment, from a poor manager to the pressure and uncertainty of difficult economic times. When you stop caring about your work and stress becomes your constant companion, it’s time to take action. Read Anita Caputo’s article in this month’s edition of Management Insights to learn to manage yourself in tough times and regain control. Download it now!

  • Getting Others to Engage in Change: The Five-Step Process

    When trying to implement large-scale internal changes, most organsations usually falter when trying to sustain employee commitment over the life of the project. In this Management Insights article, author Bob Black outlines a five-step process that can help you achieve—and maintain—the sustained internal engagement that results in successful change implementation.

  • It’s About Time: Managing Your Most Precious Commodity Effectively

    Business psychologist Judi Williams offers her expert advice on how to manage your time to get the greatest return—rather than letting it manage you! This brief interview is filled with tips on how you can invest your most precious commodity effectively.

  • Leadership Success – Producing Positive Results, Part 1

    PMP-certified management consultant James L. Haner discusses the Behaviours, Competencies and Responsibilities (BCR) approach to successful leadership in this three-part series. In Part One, he discusses the BCR concept and its origins, then focuses on the first element, Behaviours.

  • Leadership Success – Producing Positive Results, Part 2

    Management consultant James L. Haner continues his presentation of the Behaviours, Competencies and Responsibilities (BCR) approach to successful leadership with a discussion of the second element, Competencies.

  • Leadership Success – Producing Positive Results, Part 3

    Our discussion of the Behaviours, Competencies and Responsibilities (BCR) approach to successful leadership concludes with management consultant James L. Haner explaining the third element, Responsibilities.

  • Leadership Success: Behaviours, Competencies and Responsibilities that Produce Positive Results, Part 1 – Behaviors

    This three-part series outlines the BCR (Behaviours, Competencies and Responsibilities) approach to leadership. This first part focuses on the behavioral aspects that successful managers have incorporated into their leadership style to motivate and inspire their staff. Included are chapters on embracing integrity, building trust, working with difference and establishing a "servant" leadership role.

  • Leadership Success: Behaviours, Competencies and Responsibilities that Produce Positive Results, Part 2 – Competencies

    Continuing its exploration of the BCR (Behaviours, Competencies and Responsibilities) leadership approach, Part Two of the series addresses the competencies that effective managers should acquire in order to ensure their success as a leader. Specifically, these are collaborative communication, effective decision making, and employing Emotional Intelligence (EI).

  • Leadership Success: Behaviours, Competencies and Responsibilities that Produce Positive Results, Part 3 – Responsibilities

    The third and final installment of the Leadership Success trilogy concludes with an overview of the responsibilities managers need to embrace as part of the BCR (Behaviours, Competencies and Responsibilities) approach to successful leadership. Included are chapters on coaching, aligning visions and goals, and managing change.

  • Manage Your Responses with Emotional Intelligence

    Success requires the ability to recognise, control and manage your emotions, as well as the ability to recognise and manage the emotions of others — otherwise known as Emotional Intelligence. By learning to manage your responses, you can enjoy increased productivity, less stress, decreased conflict, and improved relationships. Read Jerry Golick's article in this month's edition of Management Insights to learn how to manage your responses and achieve greater success. Download it now!

  • Prioritising Your Day as Easily as 1-2-3 and A-B-C

    A prioritised to-do list is the best way for today’s professionals to accomplish far more complex tasks in less time. In this month’s Management Insight’s by James L. Haner, learn two easy processes that can help even the busiest executive be more productive and efficient by identifying and prioritising tasks.

  • Replace Lofty Platitudes with Real Goals Using SMART Objectives

    Setting objectives focuses you on specific aims over a period of time and can motivate staff to meet set objectives. In this month’s Management Insights, Dana Brownlee focuses on how realistic, well-defined goals and objectives are far more attainable (and measurable) than those based on aspiration. Applying the SMART methodology solves the “platitude” problem, enabling individuals to be more effective in securing realistic, sustainable results.

  • Responding to Conflict

    Responding to conflict is often intimidating and can result in avoidance until it reaches extreme levels. In this month’s Management Insights, Cheryl Eckl presents a 6-step process to deal with conflict early on and properly to reach a collaborative resolution that is satisfying to each of the parties involved.

  • Seven Steps to Becoming a Valuable Resource for Your Boss

    Help your boss succeed and so will you! Improve how you work with your boss, and become someone who is invaluable to their boss's success. Jean S. Corson discusses seven steps you can take now to establish a strong partnership with your boss and ensure that both of you succeed. Read about these steps in this month's Management Insights article.

  • Seven Steps to Managing Anger

    Do you know how to defuse rather than escalate anger? Knowing how to stop anger from escalating and spreading can be the key to constructive dialogues and effective problem-solving. In this month's Management Insights article, Dr. Phillip Walker outlines seven steps that foster the clear thinking, acceptance, and control needed to manage anger.

  • Seven Steps to Managing Conflict

    Are your projects stalling due to disagreements among your team members? Follow Jean S. Corson's seven steps to turn debilitating conflict into constructive confrontation and a collective sense of accomplishment. Check out this month's Management Insights article for details!

  • SFIA: Through the IT Employment Life Cycle

    The concept of the Employment (or Employee) Life Cycle has long been used by HR professionals to consider the interventions appropriate to the stages through which a staff member transitions during their tenure with an organisation. In this informative white paper, you'll explore how SFIA — Skills Framework for the Information Age — can add value at these various stages from the perspectives of both the employer and the employee, and provide a clear model for identifying the skills your organisation needs to develop effective information systems.

  • Six Steps to a Strategic Situation Analysis with SWOT

    SWOT analysis is a strategic planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats involved in a project or business venture. In this Management Insights article, author Ramana Metlapalli shows the best way to develop and execute an analysis project, turning situation analysis into a smooth, interactive and inclusive experience via the SWOT planning method.

  • Six Steps to Changing Your IT Department

    Between habit, tradition and plain old human inertia, making real organisational change in your IT department can feel like a task for Hercules. But Learning Tree instructor Richard Rummel has a plan to help you through it. Download his article for Management Insights and get your ideas for change in gear!

  • Successful Strategic Planning in Eight Simple Steps

    Volatile economic markets and internal crises can leave an organisation—and its employees—feeling lost and demoralised. In this installment of our Management Insights, author Anita Caputo outlines a methodology for managers to implement sound strategic planning that provides clarity, focus and alignment in tough times.

  • The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Today’s Workplace

    Emotional Intelligence (EI) and its measurement—the Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ)—are becoming critical tools in the modern business environment. In this insightful interview, management consultant and author Larry Barnard discusses the five components that constitute EI and how they can be applied to build high-performance teams.

  • The Theory and Business Application of Knowledge Management

    The critical value of an organisation’s collective knowledge can’t be overstated. This Paper provides you with an understanding of how knowledge is managed and disseminated within an enterprise, as well as a strategy for creating a Knowledge Management (KM) program that can be leveraged as a competitive advantage.

  • Turning Complaints into Opportunities: EARN Customer Loyalty in Four Steps

    A customer complaint is actually an opportunity for earning a loyal, lifetime customer. In this Management Insights article, author Judi Williams dissects a real-life customer service disaster—turning it into a positive experience via the four-step EARN process.

  • What It Takes to Manage Successfully in Tough Times

    With the business world in turmoil, it takes more than just a steady hand to keep your organisational vision on course. Anita Caputo—author, consultant and founder of the Big Picture Institute for management training and career coaching—offers practical, actionable advice on how managers can keep both themselves and their teams motivated and working effectively through difficult economic times.

Networking and Virtualization

  • What You Need To Know About Implementing Virtualisation in the Workplace

    The adoption of virtualisation in IT departments has been attributed to gains in efficiency, increased effectiveness, cost savings, and potency in reducing server and desktop “sprawl". This White Paper provides an introduction, as well as details on configurations, benefits and how to select a virtualisation platform based on your needs.

Oracle Databases

  • An Introduction to Oracle 11g

    A complete guide to the latest edition of Oracle’s database management system. Included are chapters on characteristics, new features, advantages for developers/administrators, and more. Essential reading for anyone implementing or considering Oracle 11g for their organisation.

  • What You Need to Know About Oracle 11g

    Whether you’re in an Oracle shop already or considering a migration, this interview with Oracle-certified professional Kent Hinckley will enlighten you as to the features and benefits that the new Oracle 11g has to offer.

Project Management

  • Building a Business Case as the Foundation for Project Success

    In today’s business climate, there’s little room for resources of any kind being wasted. That’s why it’s critical that projects meet organisational goals and realise the maximum return on investment. In this Management Insights article, author John Moore outlines how you can ensure project success by developing and applying a solid Business Case throughout a project’s lifecycle.

  • Managing Project Risk: Using the Art of Communication

    Communication problems are often cited as one of the main risks to project success. What can a project manager do to reduce this risk and provide a way to increase the odds of success? This White Paper addresses risk identification, analysis and risk response planning, and provides insight into resolving inadequate communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Six Steps to Improving Team Effectiveness with Emotional Intelligence

    Do you know what emotional intelligence is and how it can improve your team’s effectiveness? In this month’s Management Insights article, author Dr. Adrian Britten offers six detailed and proven strategies that use emotional intelligence to achieve highly effective and better performing teams.

  • Six Steps to Making Better Group Decisions

    You may have a creative team that can generate great ideas—but do you know how to draw their great ideas out without creating an unstructured free-for-all? In this month's Management Insights article, author Rahul Dogra breaks down a six-step process that opens dialogue, encourages idea generation and modification, and recognises group preferences.

  • Using the PMBOK® Guide to Build a Practical Project Management Process

    Offers an instructive and insightful approach to applying the various principles of the PMBOK® Guide when building a project management process that aligns with the unique needs and structure of your organisation.


  • Ensure You Have the Right People with the Right Skills in the Right Positions: Utilising the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)

    Designed by leading IT industry bodies and regularly updated by IT skills professionals with real-world experience, SFIA is a practical resource that can be leveraged to manage your IT hiring, training and development, and IT organisational structures. SFIA (the Skills Framework for the Information Age) is now on its sixth release. It provides a matrix of 97 skills, each at up to seven levels of responsibility.

  • SFIA Version 6 – A Quick Update and Tour of the New Version

    SFIA, the Skills Framework for the Information Age, is a standardized and internationally recognised framework for defining IT roles and skills and levels of those skills. All international IT standards are regularly revised to meet the changing IT landscape: technology, tools, processes and IT roles. The SFIA framework is no different. Since the last release of SFIA, Version 5 in 2011, the IT landscape has changed significantly and thus SFIA has been updated to reflect current technology and skills. The SFIA framework was first released in 2003, and in July 2015 the 6th edition of the standard was formally released.


Software Development and Agile

  • Open Source Software: An Overview and Outlook

    Explore the world of “free software” with this comprehensive study. Included are sections on Architecture and Integration, the Linux Kernel, GNU/Linux Distributions, Development Environments, Free Software in a Network, the Workstation, and more.

  • Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA): From Introduction through Implementation

    This comprehensive overview of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) begins with an introduction to the fundamentals and concludes with advice on how your organisation can accomplish a successful implementation. Along the way, you’ll learn about the technologies and standards that make SOA possible, the basic process of creating an SOA, management, governance and more.

  • Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA): IT Fad or IT Future?

    Expert Mike Way answers questions regarding one of IT’s hottest trends, Service-Oriented Architecture, better known as SOA. Along with defining SOA and its benefits, this podcast also addresses hot-button topics such as the use of of BPEL and XML languages, "code-first vs. contract-first" and the impact of SOA on an organisation.

SQL Server

  • Migrating to SQL Server 2014? Four New Features You Need to Understand

    Whether you've already upgraded to SQL Server 2014 or are contemplating an upgrade, there are several new and important features in SQL Server 2014 you'll want to be aware of. This SQL Server 2014 White Paper provides insights into four beneficial enhancements that improve database processing efficiency, security and overall performance.

  • What’s in It for You: Exploring the Benefits of the SQL Server 2008 Database Engine

    Whether you’re already implementing SQL Server 2008 or contemplating an upgrade, this White Paper will provide critical insights into the features of the core database engine. Learn about the enhancements for the developer, those for the Database Administrator (DBA) and those related to overall performance.

Windows Systems

  • An Introduction to Windows Server 2008

    Windows consultant and author Lori Sanders answers the question, “Why do I need to migrate to yet another Windows Server operating system?” with a comprehensive overview of Microsoft's newest platform.

  • Windows 7: An Introductory Overview

    Windows is the latest desktop operating system from Microsoft. Numerous improvements and features were brought to this operating system. This White Paper thoroughly reviews them all—from the different editions and new gadgets, to security measures and event log management.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2: An Introductory Overview

    This insightful introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2 covers the subject from three perspectives: security, manageability and availability. Chapters include Security Enhancements, Identity and Access Control, Virtualisation, Auditing Enhancements, plus helpful references and websites.

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