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Getting Started in Cisco’s DevNet

Mark Watney is “The Martian”, in case you haven’t heard. In the movie, he’s a Botanist stranded on Mars. But in the book, he’s first a mechanical engineer, and a botanist as his second skillset. It’s hard to if he’s an engineer-botanist or a botanist-engineer, but he’s a pretty cool guy. Think McGuyver with better one-liners. Cool enough for Matt Damon to play his character in the movie.


It’s great when we IT folks have more than one specialty as well. The Martian (Watney) picked Mechanical Engineering and Botany – a great combo when you happen to get stranded on Mars. It seems like Networkers are never just networkers any more as well. It always seems to include some route/switch, but then… voice? Security? Data center? Development?

Which brings me to Cisco DevNet, the topic of today’s post. The name even sounds a Watney-esque: DevNet – sounds like Developer-Networker. But it’s really the single best resource to network with others and find resources about software development related to Cisco products. That includes the complete spectrum of people – from networkers who just cracked a book to start learning Python to people who make their living developing software.

Personally, I find Cisco’s DevNet to be pretty useful, and I have loved the DevNet Zone at Cisco Live. But I wondered how to get you excited DevNet. And the best way I think is for you to try a few features. So my goal today is to introduce you to a few features, and give you a few links as places to launch.

You can pick my suggestions or try your own. I’d love to hear what you tried, and how it worked – If you do, post it here, or tweet me your favorite, @WendellOdom, and put a #CiscoChampion in the tweet if you think of it! 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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Matt Saunders, @citylifematt, Cisco Learning Network Community Manager
Brett Lovins, @brettlovins, Cisco Learning Network Community Manager

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Ryan Adzima, @radzima, Infrastructure Engineer, Mobility Architect
Ryan Booth, @that1guy_15, Network Engineer

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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

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
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IT Training Videos

Cisco Champion Radio New design looks cool –
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:
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:
@ChrisKnowsIT Thanks for the insight Ryan
that1guy15 NP
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, which was a bit of a problem :)
BrettLovins Acceptable Use Agreement for CLN:
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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Building an Agile, High-Performing Workforce for the Workplace of the Future

Technology continues to evolve at a break-neck pace, and our definition of the workplace — and how we work with our customers, partners and stakeholders — has expanded beyond the four walls of an office building. The adoption of mobile devices and cloud-based services has created an anytime, anywhere work culture. At the same time, global competition is at its greatest level, and organizations must re-evaluate how they can remain competitive and market relevant in this rigorous environment.

The need to provide products and services faster, reduce cost of operations and automate mundane tasks in order to stay competitive continues to accelerate in today’s digital world. As such, new skill sets and continued talent development are needed that address these changes currently impacting the way we work inside and outside of an organization. This isn’t an obstacle just central to the U.S. or certain markets. This is a global challenge, and will require organizations to rethink how they evolve, retrain and reskill their workforce to best complement this new way of working.

For instance, sales and marketing departments have had to adjust to this digital transformation; nowadays the vast majority of marketing is now done online through mobile and social channels. Manufacturing skills are also changing, the way we design products are changing, and the way we collaborate is changing. Across the board, significant development of new technology skills is needed.

Approximately 90 percent of technology jobs are expected to change in this new digital economy in order to keep up with new business models and technologies, which leaves us with a massive skills transition in the workforce. At the same time, there will be an estimated shortage of between 38-40 million college-educated workers by 2020, which means organizations will be competing for a relatively small pool of talent.

To keep employees up to speed on the skills they now require mandates access to pertinent information and learning, and real-time access to experts on the job, every day.

The time has come for a next-generation workforce solution to empower customers with the digital tools and technology they need to access information, experts, learning, and knowledge in real time – anytime, anywhere. To that end, Cisco is unveiling its new cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) knowledge platform: Cisco Collaborative Knowledge. The platform is designed to help customers reshape the way they work, learn, collaborate and innovate together, creating a smarter, more productive organization.

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 41. Cisco Learning Labs (CLL)

cisco_champions BADGE_200x200#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Engineering Technical Leader Raymond Viscaina, about Cisco Learning Labs (CLL). Lauren Friedman (@lauren) moderates and Brad Haynes is this week’s Cisco Champion guest host.

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Cisco Certifications

IT Certifications are Popular! Hiring Managers are looking at candidates who have experience on the current technology they are hiring for, as well as their certification credentials. This helps them get a better picture of their abilities.

Being a certified technician or engineer answers a few questions before you step in the door for a first interview. Hiring managers will know that you are interested in your education and more important, that you are staying up to speed and relevant in the IT industry.

Why Cisco Certifications? Lets talk about Cisco certifications in general. So what can I say about them? In my opinion, they are challenging. Yes they are.  But the truth of the matter is that they are achievable, and becoming certified will be very beneficial for your career.

In this article I will give you ideas and materials to effectively prepare for certification exams and pursue certification goals. I will start off by sharing my experience and how being Cisco certified has made a difference for me. Then I will present you with a quick guide on How to get Started. I will be listing few resources that I have used which have helped me tremendously. Last but not least, I’ll explain How to be relevant in the IT industry. Read More »

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