Here, you will find the latest news on Cisco certifications, links to video offerings from TechWiseTV, and upcoming events such as Networkers and those provided through Networking Professionals Connection.


Cisco Introduces New CCIE Wireless Certification and CCIE Voice Lab Exam Enhancements

The demand for expert-level professionals proficient in the ability to design, install, deploy, and troubleshoot complex converged networks is growing exponentially. According to a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Cisco:

* 36 percent of the global companies surveyed reported that they have dedicated wireless specialists in their IT organizations, a number that will almost double in the next five years.

* 69 percent of the companies surveyed expect to have a dedicated voice specialist in their organizations within five years, up from 40 percent currently.

In an effort to meet this demand, Cisco has made two significant additions to its CCIE certification program:

Cisco CCIE Wireless Certification

The Cisco CCIE Wireless certification assesses and validates wireless expertise. Candidates who pass the CCIE Wireless certification exams demonstrate broad theoretical knowledge of wireless networking and a solid understanding of wireless local area networking (WLAN) technologies from Cisco, the market leader in WLAN technology.

Benefits of CCIE Certified Wireless Certification include:

  • Greater opportunity for salary increase and job advancement in wireless networking industry
  • Validates expertise in major aspects of WLAN technology
  • Provides next step for individuals interested in a career in managing or working with Cisco wireless technologies

The written exam for CCIE Wireless will be made available through Pearson VUE on February 17th, 2009. The lab exam for CCIE Wireless will be made available in April 2009.

CCIE Voice Lab Exam Enhancements

In addition to the release of the new Cisco CCIE Wireless certification, Cisco has refreshed the lab exam for its popular CCIE Voice certification. The refreshed CCIE Voice Lab Exam v3.0 addresses critical skills that voice professionals must have, including the ability to define integrated network services and mitigate future performance problems. Successful candidates demonstrate the skills to help companies increase productivity, and speed innovation.

To find out more about CCIE Wireless Certification, the exam for CCIE Voice certification, and access to the latest blueprints and study materials, visit the Cisco Learning Network.


TechWiseTV: "Pushing the Boundaries of Collaboration"

Enabling more effective collaboration among teams of people that extend far beyond the safe confines of your corporate firewalls is quickly becoming vital for businesses of all sizes. How can you empower your employees to work more transparently with partners, suppliers, and customers at a myriad of locations while maintaining effective security and control?

This TechWiseTV episode explores the newest collaboration solutions from Cisco and shows you how they can overcome distance and time barriers. Learn how you can overcome the technology walls among organizations while preserving security and simplifying network management. Discover how you can turn your network into a true global collaboration platform by integrating disparate business applications, communications devices, and web-based tools across independent workspaces. Explore the technical issues and see the latest collaboration solutions from Cisco on TechWiseTV, including:

  • The architectural challenges and realities involved in federating presence technology
  • Cisco TelePresence 500, allowing personal offices to hold one-on-one meetings or to join large, multipoint Cisco TelePresence calls
  • Cisco WebEx Connect, empowering disparate companies to easily create virtual, customized workspaces over an open yet secure platform

Learn more and register to view today.


Upcoming "Ask the Expert" Events and TechTalks from Networking Professionals Connection.

  • Ask the Expert
    • "Email Security," now through December 24
    • "Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)," now through December 24
    • "Unified Communications Express," January 5-16
    • "Identity and Access Control Using Cisco Secure ACS 5.0," January 5-16
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