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New Certifications Help Connect the Unconnected

The Internet of Everything (IoE) – bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – is accelerating the pace of digital transformation.

This new age of the digital economy presents unprecedented challenges for all CEOs and business leaders. In today’s dynamic business environment, enterprises are under more pressure than ever to drive business outcomes. Innovation, ability to quickly adapt to new challenges and market conditions, as well as proficient leverage of new technologies are all critical in determining success. In addition, the IT landscape is evolving with more connected and mobile endpoints, the growth of application based services, and the need to collect, analyze and utilize an explosion of data. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 19. Cisco Learning Network Update

CiscoChampion200PXbadge#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about Cisco Learning Network (CLN) Updates with Cisco Learning Network Community Managers Matt Saunders and Brett Lovins.

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Cisco SME
Matt Saunders, @citylifematt, Cisco Learning Network Community Manager
Brett Lovins, @brettlovins, Cisco Learning Network Community Manager

Cisco Champion Guest Hosts
Ryan Adzima, @radzima, Infrastructure Engineer, Mobility Architect
Ryan Booth, @that1guy_15, Network Engineer

Moderator
Rachel Bakker (@RBakker)

Highlights
Cisco Learning Network (CLN) Updates
Benefits of CLN
Resources for CCIE candidates
Premium CLN Content
Free CLN resources
New ACI training offerings
CLN VIP Program

Resources
CLN Home Page
CCIE R&S Tech Seminars
Unleashing CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 CLN blog series
Cisco CCIE Lab Builder
CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0
CLN Premium Subscriptions
CCNA RS Study Sessions
IT Training Videos

Transcripts
Cisco Champion Radio New design looks cool – https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/welcome
MattSaunders https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/learning_center/ccie-rs-tech-seminars
MattSaunders https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/blogs/unleashing-ccie-rs
childebrandt42 I personally have found the site extremely helpful in doing the CCNA-DC
@ChrisKnowsIT Any comments\concerns regarding the 3rd party training materials, specifically CBT\videos, done by vendors (ex- INE, CBT Nuggets, etc)?
BrettLovins CCIE Lab Builder: https://learningnetworkstore.cisco.com/cisco-ccie-lab-builder
BrettLovins https://learningnetworkstore.cisco.com/ccie-routing-and-switching-v5-0
childebrandt42 I have had seen some good videos from CBT and Pluralsight.
ntwrk80 Any emphasis on the roads less traveled in terms of learning support for CCDP ARCH, CCNP Wireless, etc in terms of learning tools?
BrettLovins CLN Premium info link: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/premium-subscriptions
@ChrisKnowsIT Thanks for the insight Ryan
that1guy15 NP
BrettLovins https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/learning_center/ccna_rs_study_sessions_live
MattSaunders https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/learning_center/it_training_videos
cpartsenidis Regarding contributing to the community with content, is any content submitted automatically becomes copyright property of Cisco ?
cpartsenidis I had this issue with my website Firewall.cx, which was a bit of a problem :)
BrettLovins Acceptable Use Agreement for CLN: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-23937
cpartsenidis Thanks Brett.
MattSaunders Cisco does not claim any ownership rights in any text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, works of authorship or other materials that Users upload…
cpartsenidis Yes, I just read that part Matt – sounds like things have become more flexible
MattSaunders :)
cpartsenidis Thanks guys for your time and useful information –
MattSaunders You’re welcome, thank you! :)

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4+1 Practices for Effective Lifelong IT Learning (Part 2)

Happy with how you go about learning, or wish you could learn more, learn more quickly, and even just do it? Today’s post continues what was begun in the previous post, namely a list of good practices to consider to improve how you go about learning throughout your IT career.

The previous post set up the issues, and made two broad suggestions:

  • Continuously learn more about learning and study, practice what you learn, and improve
  • Research and improve note-taking skills for each type of notes you take

Today’s post adds two more practices to the list, with a renewed request that you add your suggestions as well. Today, we’ll examine one type of short-term tactical goal setting with SMART goals, plus a much-neglected study activity: thinking about what you already studied.

3) Start Each Week w/ Achievable SMART Goals

Have you ever finished a week with this thought?

“I failed to make as much progress as I would have liked to make with what I’m learning right now.”

Many factors, both controllable and uncontrollable, affect whether we meet our goals. This next practice helps us achieve our short-term goals by setting and reviewing SMART learning goals weekly, every week.

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Value of Cisco Certifications: Making Money Vs. Study

Imagine that you see a Tweet today inviting you to apply for a part-time networking job, something you can do in addition to your normal job. You appear to be qualified for the job, and the work looks interesting as well. However, it requires enough of your time so that you would have to set aside your current professional development plans, including study for that next Cisco certification. The job lasts one year.

Would you take the job, setting aside your certification plans for a year? How much money would you need to make in that job before it would entice you to abandon your learning and certification plans for a year?

This post works through a couple of ideas (like the above) about how to quantify the value of a certification. Many people expect that more skills and certifications will give them more Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep19 Cisco Learning Network

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about the Cisco Learning Network (CLN).

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Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

Cisco SMEs
Brett Lovins @brettlovins, Community Manager for the Cisco Learning Network (CLN)
Matt Saunders, @citylifematt, Community Manager for the Cisco Learning Network (CLN)

Cisco Champions
Colin Lynch @UCSguru, Principal Consultant
Brad Haynes @GK_bradhaynes, Client Solutions Specialist Read More »

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