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Cisco has announced three new architectural specializations as the prerequisite for maintaining the status of Cisco partners. These are , border less Networks, Collaboration and Data Centre. Cisco Management has decided that rather than selling the specific technologies Cisco will shift its focus towards architectural solutions.
Cisco Gold partners will now have to attain all the three specializations in order to maintain their status. For Silver partners the requirement is of obtain any of the two specializations and premier partners have to get Cisco Express Foundation specialization which they are already getting.
These architectural specializations, according to Cisco, will cost $ 50,000 less than the traditional CCIE specializations. The reason is these new specializations need less lab-work and certain parts of the course work that made Cisco specializations lengthy are also deleted. The registration in these programs will start from August 2011.
Cisco management is confident about the success of this new evolution, for they believe that their partners are going to adept themselves to this change, and so many partners are already into architectural work.
Furthermore, those who have traditional Cisco certifications will be given credit for their previous work if they opt for new specializations. However, partners have to complete these requirements by 2013. So, they have a time of around 16-28 months for completing this requirement.
Cisco has also announced two training curriculums for their 450 learning partners in 130 countries. These are Learning Partner associate and learning partner Specialized. Former revolves around core technology training and the later is based on the sales of Architectural specializations.
Cisco architectural specializations will enable the successful candidate to sell, design, install and support the new architectural products. These specializations are different from previous CCIE in it that ne experts will also be able to make presentations to their clients for the sales. So these are two in one kind of specializations preparing people for both engineering and sales tasks.
By: Khalid Jamil Rawat