Upcoming this year

Though 2021 has only just begun, we are already seeing the trends that will be shaping this year in the job markets. One job title that stands out from the rest this year is Project Manager. Though it is one of the newer players, this does not undermine the impact that it will create on the job market. With business shifting the way they operate in line with the Covid-19 pandemic. This would mean operating on budget cuts, tighter deadlines and a high risk situation where anything could happen at any given time. Project management professionals are hired to address these very concerns thus why the sudden increase in demand for people with such certification.

In recent research it was gathered that employers will be looking for 2.2 million project managers over the next few years. The demand is great and now is the time for you to jump in on this latest trend. Even if project management is not in your job title it is still valuable for you to pick up this certification to make yourself indispensable to your team. The way to get certified is easy. First and foremost you will need to sit for the Project Management  Professional (PMP) exam by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The test will cover 180 questions and these questions range from multiple-choice, multiple responses, matching, hotspot, and limited fill-in-the-blank types of questions.The most important thing to note is that ‘real world experience’ will simply not cut it for this test. It would work in your favour to seek professional help in preparing to sit for this test.

What we at Info Trek offer to those sitting for the PMP Exam is a hands on Exam Mock Coaching in addition to hands on PMP training to better prepare you for exactly what you are to face. We give you all the insider tips, from study strategies to answering tactics. Walk into your PMP test with the confidence and surety of passing.

Besides the PMP Exam Mock Coaching, Info Trek has a lineup of other interesting guaranteed to run courses to come this year. Browse through our extensive programme lineup and be sure to sign up as soon as possible as seats are limited. We at Info Trek are looking forward to joining you on your journey towards self improvement and professional growth.

Microsoft Azure & Microsoft Office

Microsoft Azure is one of the most used cloud computing service. Cloud computing, to put in simple terms, means computer service resources that are accessible through the cloud/internet. These services include the likes of computing services, networking, and storage. These services can be used to develop and test apps and once ready can also be hosted via Microsoft Azure as well. Once your application is up and running you can also use Azure’s machine learning features in whatever configuration you may need. If you need to filter out spam mails or optimize search engine results, this is the way you go. The data that you store on Azure can be analyzed and stored on the service itself. Owning over 54 data storage houses across the globe, Azure continues to dominate the market of cloud computing.

Traditionally, you would need to physically own the right hardware and software when developing an application. You would also need to buy servers to host your programme to make it accessible to users. If your application or programme doesn’t gain traction and enough users to sustain, you would have wasted your money on obtaining these resources. On the other hand, if it is successful you would need to buy more servers to cater to the influx of users which would be an added burden. This is where Azure’s pay to use system comes in handy. There are no payments upfront, you only need to pay for the services you need, when you need them. This would ensure that no resource is wasted as you would be able to access services on demand. Recent surveys showed that 80% of the Fortune 500 companies host their platforms using Microsoft Azure. In fact Azure has been on the radar as one of the fastest growing cloud computing platforms being adopted by businesses.

 With businesses looking to adopt and integrate Azure’s services, now is the time more than ever to dive into it. Obtain a role based certification in Microsoft Azure to help you in your work tasks and become an Azure whiz. With a list of various certificates, you will be able to find ones that best suit your day to day role and align with your level of expertise.

Azure Fundamentals would be a beginners course to understand cloud computing and to understand the services offered by Azure. This would be a general course anyone could take just to understand cloud computing and how you can benefit from it.  Then there are the more advanced developers, architects and engineer certifications that focus on each respective element to make sure you are the best at what you do.

InfoTrek also provides a course on Microsoft Office specialisation to further assist you on your day to day roles and helps you fully utilize the features offered by Microsoft Office thus increasing your productivity.

If your role requires you to compile, analyze and extract data we have just the thing for you! Learn how to fully utilize Microsoft Excel and prepare a simple template to tabulate your data. We don’t just stop there! Take your presentations to the next level by creating stunning PowerPoint slides with us at InfoTrek. Learn how to create easy to understand and visually engaging infographics to get your messages across.

Learn More:

Microsoft Azure training by role

Microsoft Office training by role

Why the Microsoft BI is useful

Microsoft Power BI is a great tool of business intelligence that combines extensive power analytics with an extremely easy user interface making it desirable by individuals and organisations alike. Microsoft Power BI also takes it yet another step forward by offering some of the best data visualization in the market of BI suites. Offering a limited free version designed for individuals and a paid professional version, starting at $9.99 per user for each month, it does lean on the more affordable side of business analytics tools.

Data visualisation is what you call the process of turning numerical data and tabulations into its visual representation for easy referencing. Think pie charts and graphs. This easy visualisation not only helps convert raw data into images but also enables for data to be utilized more efficiently as anyone could use it. There is literally no training or skill set required to operate the platform.

Another perk the Microsoft BI offers is its real-time update feature in which information and data in a dashboard is constantly updated and new information comes in. The sources of this data can be anything from which time sensitive data can be obtained such as social media platforms and sensor data. 

Along with this feature the easy navigation experience that Microsoft Power BI promises to ease the process of report developers in customizing search results for viewers. They can also set up simple security features to ensure that only the intended viewers see the content that is relevant to them. This would minimize the risk of having the wrong people seeing data they should not be seeing. 

If you are familiar with the name Cortana, you would be pleased to know that Microsoft Power BI is integrated with the smart assistant feature enabling you to keep yourself on track with what you have at hand. When exploring the features of Cortana, it becomes more clear that this virtual assistant would be able to help users manage their day to day tasks.

Unlike other Business Intelligence tools, this one is especially convenient for users as you can easily export reports into Excel and PowerPoint files. This feature is available both on the premium and free versions. Unlike Microsoft BI Pro and the Basic, the premium version is not a separate application, but is a feature that gives an organization space and capacity to operate and collaborate data within a shared cloud. If your organization requires a group of people to work with data and its visualisation but do not need them to collaborate on that a Pro version of Microsoft Power BI may suffice but if what you need is a platform where team members can collaborate on a shared set of data, you may need to opt for the premium extension.

Courses Recommendation:

DA-100 Analyzing Data with Power BI

PL-200 Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant

Self-Service Business Insights With Microsoft Excel Power 4

Why Should You Study Risk Management

Risk is something that is ever present in any line of work. Be it engineering, marketing or even economics, risk is always part of your planning process. If you plan for a project without considering the risk factor of said project, stop right there. That is your biggest mistake. When including risks in your plan you are simply identifying potential possibilities that could arise when taking any course of action and this would only make you all more prepared to face these potential risks if they do arise. Remember, risk management is not negative, it is preventative.

Much like the steps of a scientific process, you must first create a hypothesis; consider the what ifs that may pose a threat to your organization. These what ifs must then be analyzed and categorized according to their risk levels or also known as the analysis and tabulation process in the scientific process. It is easy to compare and understand risk management in this way as it really is that straightforward.

Common risk factors that should be considered include financial instability, security threats, human errors and natural disasters.  Some of these risks may be prevented but some such as natural disasters are beyond your control. This is where preparing in advance for a future possibility would come in handy.

By implementing a risk management plan and considering the various possibilities of risks before they occur, you not only successfully prepare yourself for this risk but potentially save your organization valuable time and resources should they work on mitigating a risk once it occurs.

This then brings us to the question, who can benefit from a Risk Management course? The simple answer is; anyone. Whether you are a home baker running a small business or the head of an international marketing firm, the skills and knowledge you acquire from a Risk Management course would be plenty helpful to you.  This course is particularly useful for those in a managerial position as these people would be dealing with the planning and pre-planning stages where risk analysis should come along. If you have a structured team it would be optimal to designate staff for a specific role in the case a risk becomes reality.

By taking these steps and applying the knowledge you have acquired from a Risk Management course you will not only be equipped to handle risks, you will also be able to avoid them by altering your course of action.If not avoid completely, you would be able to lessen the negative impact caused by a risk at the very least

Recommendation course:

PMI-RMP: PMI Risk Management Professional