It is time to drop the CCIE written

In CCIE on July 7, 2015 at 03:00

Back in 1993 the CCIE Cisco Certification, the first Cisco certification, was created and tested. Yes, the CCIE certification came years before the CCNA certification (1998) and thus Cisco needed a way to weed out candidates who were not ready for the CCIE lab exam.  What they came up with was a Written pre-qualification exam to show that the candidate was ready to attempt the CCIE Lab exam.  The CCIE Written is not a certification in itself, even though many job seekers seem to think that it is, it is just a qualifier to show that the candidate is ready to attempt the CCIE lab exam.  To this day the CCIE written is still needed, regardless if the candidate does not have or has other Cisco certifications.  Today though, with all the Cisco certifications, training, and the amount of Cisco networking gear in the enterprise, it is quite different and begs the question, “Does the CCIE Written still make sense today?”

Cisco Live 2015 – Monday

In Cisco Live on June 9, 2015 at 10:50


Day two is now in the books, and all I have to say is What a Keynote!  I have been coming to Cisco Live for over 10 years now and I will say that this keynote did have something special to it.  I think knowing that this was his list keynote as CEO of Cisco, it just had something extra to, maybe it was OK GO opening up, maybe it was the seating, or just the energy in the room.  Mr. Chambers owned the room and engaged with the people in the audience.

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His successor, Chuck Robbins, was able to do a nice tribute video to Mr. Chambers that covers many of the keynotes, Netvet receptions, and World of Solutions engagements over the past years. Mr. Robbins is preparing to take Cisco into the future of this industry and help it to maintain its leadership.

Cisco Live 2015 – Day 1

In Cisco Live on June 8, 2015 at 13:01

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It has been an interesting start to Cisco Live 2015 this year.  It is nice to see everyone refreshing friendships between people that we have not seen since San Francisco, if not longer.  It is great to see many of the old (guess that what happens as years pass) faces that I have seen over the years. Below is the official Cisco Live Facbook photo of our Tweetup from last night.

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