When we started the “Connected Life Exchange” project I mentioned that we intend to honor all the key stakeholders that help conceive, build and maintain the important communication network assets of service providers.
Today, I will recognize the contributions of Cisco Certified Network Professionals, Experts and Architects. I also offer my encouragement to all the students who have chosen to aspire to attain this respected distinction in our industry.
As I’ve said before, during my career I’ve worked for trailblazing wireline and wireless telecommunication service providers. On numerous occasions I’ve participated in groundbreaking projects that were built on a foundation of Cisco Systems technology and networking products.
During my many years of experience proposing network solutions for customers, that included every application scenario from a start-up multi-location small business to a large legacy multinational enterprise, I always appreciated the benefits of having top caliber engineering talent on my team.
Most of the telecom service providers that I’ve worked for had longstanding relationships with multiple vendors. We could therefore build networks that included the best-fit technology for a given customer requirement. That said, pre-sales and post-sales engineering support was often the key ingredient that we used to demonstrate we were worthy of a customer’s patronage.
Given that multi-vendor environment, it’s noteworthy that most service providers emphasize the total number of Cisco Certified engineers they employ in all their major network proposals – as a validation of their relevant expertise for the job at hand. Do you wonder why service providers proudly highlight the certified engineering talent that’s skilled on one particular vendor’s products?
Committed to the Development of Human Talent
The Cisco Systems name has long been synonymous with attaining the highest degree of proven expertise in the realm of Routing and Switching technology. From the early days of the company’s existence, Cisco built a reputation of nurturing, developing and rewarding internetworking technology talent and applied skills.
Since 1997, the Cisco Networking Academy has grown from a small-scale program designed to help schools get the most out of their networking equipment to Cisco’s largest corporate social responsibility program, with courses taught at more than 9000 academies in 165 countries. More than 800,000 students develop ICT skills through the program each year.
Moreover, the Cisco Learning Network gives Cisco customers, partners, and Cisco employees the opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge, training, mentoring, and support as they develop their careers through Cisco certifications.
We congratulate all students who have graduated from the Cisco CCIE Service Provider track. They have earned the right to be respected and honored by their peer group. I also congratulate the talented Cisco engineering teams that were instrumental in helping to create the groundbreaking CRS-3 platform, introduced last year.
This accomplishment is one more contribution to the latest chapter of the Cisco Heritage — being the technology pioneer that’s attuned to the evolving market demand. In collaboration with our key customer stakeholders, we’ve carefully studied the trend that’s shaping the Next Generation Internet, and it has greatly influenced our own learning process.
We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to recognize our loyal network engineering community – all the talented professionals that continue to design and build the essential communications infrastructure that has made so many Service Provider advances possible around the world.
I welcome comments from Cisco certified engineers. Please tell us how this progressive learning track, when applied during your work experience, has benefited your connected life.