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Cisco launches certification scheme for IoT and cloud engineers

Steve Rogerson
June 5, 2015
To help enterprise professionals develop the key skills needed as a result of the IoT, Cisco has launched IoT and cloud-focused career certifications. Available globally, the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications expand the California company’s ways to help customers develop the critical skill sets needed for these technologies.
“The technological changes we are seeing are unprecedented, both in terms of the opportunities they afford and the pace of change,” saidTejas Vashi, director of product strategy and marketing at Cisco Services. “Innovation is hampered when infrastructure lags, and new challenges arise as the world becomes more connected. The new certifications we are introducing enable IT personnel to handle current and future challenges with job role based training that drives business value for their employers.”
As IT organisations adapt to address the new IoT opportunities, IT and networking professionals will require new knowledge, training and skills essential to be successful in evolving job roles.
Cisco’s Learning@Cisco curricula focus on the ability to connect the unconnected, automate and orchestrate services, and provide the infrastructure to enable real-time data analytics in a pervasive manner. With the growing demand for these skills, the IoT and cloud certifications should prove valuable in the development of tomorrow’s workforce, helping individuals and their employers deliver business outcomes that equate to success.
As organisations recognise the value of converging industrial networks with IT infrastructure, demand for skilled professionals who understand interactions among IT, networking and traditional control systems is on the rise. World Bank Studies estimate that 200,000 new engineers will be required every year from 2014 to 2022 to connect the unconnected.
The IoT-focused CCNA industrial certification is a lab-based training and certification offering that is part of the CCNA Industrial Education curriculum. The curriculum is targeted at plant administrators, control engineers and IT and network engineers working in manufacturing.
The cloud certification programme should help enable professionals to build private and hybrid cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings, allowing IT to enable and control enterprise-wide cloud deployments in a consistent, centralised manner.
The CCNA cloud certification prepares individuals to deliver entry-level provisioning. The CCNP cloud certification is designed to give candidates the skills to explain cloud concepts, as well as design, deploy and maintain Cisco cloud and inter-cloud products in complex environments.
“More than ever, our customers are experiencing the convergence of OT and IT on the plant floor, requiring the two organisations to work together to future-proof the development and maintenance of these new and complex network infrastructures,” said Glenn Goldney, global business manager at Rockwell Automation. “Cisco and Rockwell Automation are addressing this challenge with training and certifications to help OT and IT professionals gain the skillset needed to build, manage and operate converged network architectures throughout the connected enterprise.”