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Cisco places emphasis on IoT and cloud in certification revamp

Cisco wants its certified experts to get on board with the Internet of Everything vision

Cisco has announced a major revamp of the framework for its certification portfolio, putting cloud and Internet of Things front and centre.

The networking giant says that the new certified internetwork expert (CCIE) and design expert (CCDE) skills frameworks will now be assessed on ‘the most advanced and unparalleled skillset in the IT industry’.

“In today’s economy, every company is a digital business. To remain competitive and drive necessary business outcomes, enterprises need IT talent that can understand the interrelationship between technology and business, and that requires a new skills framework," said Tejas Vashi, director, product strategy & marketing. "The IT jobs of the future are being defined now, and Cisco is dedicated to providing certified experts with the education they need. The program enhancements we are introducing today will help individuals develop future-proof IT skills needed to support business outcomes, and organizations gain the confidence that their workforce is trained and skilled to maximize investments in key technologies.”

The new certifications will also place emphasis on network programmability - aka. software-defined-networking - and business transformation.

With more than 85% of the world’s internet traffic passing through Cisco’s networking infrastructure, the company is well placed to take a decent bite out of the IoT pie, should the pie ever get baked. It has been pushing its Internet of Everything concept for a few years now and making strong inroads into cloud-based solutions. It is debateable whether or not the new certification framework will add vital strings to the bows of networking professionals, but they will certainly ensure that CCIEs and CCDEs are invested in Cisco’s vision for its future.

Cisco today announced that it is to spend $700m acquiring London-based collaboration and conferencing firm Acano.

Acano’s solution enables a range of video and chat collaboration tools to be used within a single cohesive environment. The tech can be deployed on prem, in the cloud or a combination of the two.

The acquisition will bolster the company’s cloud video portfolio. While Cisco has an enviable foothold in the enterprise-video space, the vast array of cloud technologies on offer are placing increased pressure on the business’ largely on-premise solutions.

“People, companies and organizations are more geographically dispersed than ever before, and collaboration is essential to helping teams increase productivity and drive growth,” said Rob Salvagno, vice president, Cisco Corporate Development. “Acano’s innovations make it easier for customers to collaborate when, where and how they want. Together, we will help our customers to extend collaboration to every room, every screen and every user.”

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