Thursday, February 25, 2010

Microsoft Certified Trainer

Microsoft Certified Trainers
meet stringent certification requirements. They also receive many valuable benefits, including free access to the complete library of Official Microsoft Learning Products; substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products; members-only newsgroups and online community resources; and invitations to exclusive events and programs.


Discover tools, resources, and other benefits to help you thrive as both a technologist and an educator. The following MCT program benefits help you build, maintain, and prove your expertise on Microsoft products and technologies—and prepare for, teach, and support blended learning solutions.

MCT welcome kit

After enrolling in the MCT program or renewing your membership, you receive a welcome kit that includes the following:

  • MCT certificate: Post your credentials in your office or classroom.

  • MCT wallet card: Identify yourself as an MCT in your technical communities.

  • Microsoft Learning virtual hard disk DVDs: These DVDs contain the virtual PC images required for Microsoft Learning Products and Microsoft Dynamics courseware.

  • MCT guide for Microsoft Dynamics: Explore the benefits of becoming an MCT for Microsoft Dynamics.

Ongoing benefits and support

As an MCT, you gain access to the MCT member Web site, which provides all the latest news and resources, including trainer readiness resources, announcements about exams and Microsoft Learning products, and MCT program logos. The member site also provides access to the following MCT benefits.

  • TechNet Plus Direct subscription: Receive free evaluation software, access to the TechNet technical library, and support. If you prefer DVDs instead of online access, you can receive a 20 percent discount on Microsoft TechNet Plus.

    Note This offer might not be available in all countries or regions.

  • MCT readiness support: Join us at our monthly Live Meetings (the Third Thursday sessions) or view recorded sessions in our MCT Readiness Library. We offer technical readiness and portfolio readiness to help you prepare for new courses in less time, while having more impact. We also offer a soft skills track that can help you fine-tune your training delivery skills.

  • OneNote trainer preparation packs: Valuable trainer preparation packs in Office OneNote format, allowing you to make notes, add content, and share your Notebook with colleagues.

  • MCT Download Center: Receive free, comprehensive access to the entire Microsoft Learning and Microsoft Dynamics library of learning materials.

  • Microsoft Learning Courseware Library: Find additional courseware developed by the MCT community.

  • MCT newsgroups: Join exclusive private communities for peer support and networking, and communicate with the Microsoft Learning team.

  • Courseware support: Get direct Microsoft support on questions about Official Microsoft Learning Products.

  • Metrics that Matter: Track customer satisfaction.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

MCIT & HP Train 100,000 Employees on ICDL

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Minister of Education Dr. Yousry El-Gamal, in the presence of Ken Willett, Vice President of Hewlett Packard (HP) Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa (MEMA), witnessed today the signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement between Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and HP on the training of 100,000 specialists working for the health, trade and education sectors on basic IT skills.

The trainees will receive the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) upon completion of the training courses. The above sectors had been lately added to benefit from the initiative.

Dr. Ekram Fathy, Senior Advisor to Minister of Communications and IT for Human Resource Development and Training, and Mr. Ahmed Samy, General Manager and Managing Director of HP Egypt, co-signed the agreement.

Dr. Kamel said MCIT is committed to go on with its integrated program of training young calibers, graduates and employees through cooperating with other ministries, agencies and civil society entities to meet the needs of the employment market, which has been witnessing a rapid growth in the past years.

The certification, he noted, aims at increasing the Egyptian workforce competitiveness in the international employment market.

Our strategy, Dr. Kamel added, aims to create a ground of highly trained and qualified human calibers. Egyptian talent is one of the major sources of national income, he reflected.

On his part, Mr. Willett said he hoped that cooperation between HP and Egypt will extend to reach other sectors in Egypt.

Mr. Willett added that HP is a major company with regards to manufacturing IT products for end users, offering integrated solutions and services to a wide spectrum of businesses.

This agreement comes under the umbrella of the ICDL initiative implemented cooperatively among MCIT, Ministry of State for Administrative Development, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and European Computer Driving License (ECDL) Foundation.

The project, kicked off in 2006, aims at granting one million citizens ICDL certificate within five years as of the agreement date. Another purpose is to eradicate IT illiteracy in all age groups and social segments, which in turn helps maximize the productivity of all employees utilizing computers in their fields.

A total of 145,000 recent graduates, school students, teachers and administrators and university students, professors and administrators as well as other civil servants have acquired the ICDL so far.

The Egyptian Government, represented by MCIT, bought the testing system from ICDL/ ECDL. The tests will be offered either for free or at a minimum cost. The UNESCO Cairo Office supervises the testing process and undertakes the quality assurance.

ICDL is an internationally accredited certificate that is issued by the ECDL Foundation. More than 144 countries across the globe acknowledge ICDL tests. The certificate is an international indicator for quality assurance and assessment of the competencies and skills of end beneficiaries.

About MCIT
Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) was established in October 1999 to facilitate the country's assimilation into the global information society. Its mandate is to support the development of the local ICT industry, thereby boosting exports and creating jobs; promote the use of ICT nationwide as a means to achieve national development goals and build the foundations of the knowledge society in Egypt in close collaboration with other governmental, civil society and private sector entities.

About HP
HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. Founded in 1939, provide infrastructure and business offerings of wide range of products and services from digital photography to digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. The company is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $118.4 billion for fiscal 2008.

About ECDL Foundation
ECDL Foundation is the global standards and certification body for the ECDL and ICDL end-user computer skills certification programs. It's a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of computer skills in society and providing access for all to the Information Society. With over 9 million candidates participating in a range of programs, ECDL Foundation has set the global benchmark in end-user skills certification.

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1

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Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 provides organizations of all sizes, across all industries and regions with a global business foundation that reduces costs and increases productivity through a portfolio of rapid value solutions, integrated business processes and industry-focused solutions.

With the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite, customers can:

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* Invest in ways to standardize and simplify with integrated business processes that reduce cost and minimize complexity
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* Improve visibility to estimated costs and make better sourcing decisions with Oracle Landed Cost Management (LCM)
* Increase agility by leveraging pre-built, sustainable integrations that reduce implementation risk and cost with AIA integrations

Purpose-Built Industry Solutions

* Increase the visibility of ROI for promotional funds and the effect of supplier price changes with Oracle Supplier Ship and Debit and Oracle Price Protection for Wholesale Distribution.
* Eliminate incomplete and inconsistent site and product data by centralizing all site and product information from heterogeneous systems with Oracle Site Hub and Oracle Product Information Management (PIM) for Retail.
* Reduce the overhead of managing reimbursable agreements with Project Accounting for Federal.
* Manage cash flow and ensure subcontractors satisfy contract deliverables with Subcontractor Payments for Engineering & Construction.

ECDL Foundation

ECDL Foundation is the certifying authority of the leading international computer skills certification programme – ECDL / ICDL. The quality and reputation of our certification programmes are built on over a decade of experience in successfully delivering Information Communication Technology (ICT) certification programmes to over 9 million people, in 41 languages around the world

Our global success stems from our pioneering role in identifying and developing programme content, our commitment to ensuring rigorous test design methodologies with an ongoing adherence to high quality standards.

ECDL Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that benefits from the unique support of experts from national computer societies and international organisations across the globe. ECDL Foundation has offices in Dublin, Brussels, and Singapore, and appoints national partners (also known as ‘operators’) around the world to implement its certification programmes at national level. This global delivery network operates under strictly defined quality assurance standards thus achieving consistency of programme implementation around the world.

The seven ICDL modules that lead to documented computer skills are:

Module 1 > Concepts of IT
The physical make-up of a personal computer and concepts such as data storage, memory and viruses.
Module 2 > Using the Computer and Managing Files
The fundamental functions of a personal computer and its operation system.
Module 3 > Word Processing
Creating, formatting and finishing a word-processing document, and using more advanced word-processing features.
Module 4 > Spreadsheets
Developing, formatting and using a spreadsheet; using basic formulas and functions to perform standard mathematical and logical functions.
Module 5 > Databases
Designing and planning a simple database using a standard database package; retrieving information from an existing database.
Module 6 > Presentations
Creating, formatting and preparing presentations, using graphics and charts and various slide show effects.
Module 7 > Information and Communication (Internet and Email)
sing a Web browser application and available search engine tools to accomplish Web search tasks; using E-mail software to send, receive and organise messages.