Changing the Channel: Networking VAR news

Jun 30 2009   5:14PM GMT

Cisco’s new elite architect certification

Shamus McGillicuddy Shamus McGillicuddy Profile: Shamus McGillicuddy

Cisco Systems announced this week its new Cisco Certified Architect (CCA) program. This new elite certification is meant to sit above Cisco’s CCIE and CCDE certifications and comes with a price tag of $15,000. Cisco channel partners, particularly those who are going after large accounts, might want to have someone on staff with a CCA. However, the certification will be highly elite and rare for now – Cisco only expects to certify a few dozen individuals over the next few years.

Zeus Kerravala, group vice president at Yankee Group, told me the CCA will eventually become a differentiator in the channel community.

“In order for some consulting firms to bid projects, you have to have X number of CCIE’s on staff,” he said. “Once this [CCA] has been out there a couple years you’ll start to see it included in RFPs, too.”

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