Introduction to Cisco Certified Architect (CCA) Certification

For many years, CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certification has been the highest level certification in Cisco certification system that network professionals dream to pass. At present, few people in the world have obtained CCIE certificate( training online). Now, however, things have changed. On Monday, Cisco released a new certification even of higher level than CCIE certification, that is, Cisco Certified Architect (CCA) certification. Cisco tries to combine CCIE’s network engineering skills with MBA’s business talents in CCA certification program.

In Cisco CCA certification, candidates will be trained to work with chief business operations executives to transform business needs into effective IT systems. “Our research shows that if a company buys the wrong technology and services, they may waste $100 billion,” Cisco spokesman Fred Wieller said. The reason for this waste is that executives only have a deep understanding of business needs, but lack of understanding of IT architecture, or just the opposite. CCA certification will train CCIE certified personnel to balance the above two aspects.

Cisco newly released CCA certification is not only expensive, but also extremely difficult to pass. CCA certification costs 15,000 US dollars. Candidates must not only have a CCIE or CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert) certificate, but also have at least 10 years of working experience in relevant industries. Candidates must apply, and then go through Cisco’s strict screening to participate in the CCA certification training. Once allowed to attend training courses, candidates must propose an architectural solution for a range of business needs. At that time, the examination committee will question the trainees, and the trainees need to reply to the scheme and modify it. The examination committee is composed of world-renowned engineers and relevant experts in other fields, and the members are not only from Cisco.

In response, Wieller said: “this certification will encourage enterprises to regard network architecture as a job function rather than a part of the job.” Once allowed to attend the training course, candidates can complete the certification process within a few weeks.

At present, industry analysts are very supportive of this new certification. Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president of Yankee Group, a market research firm, said: “CCIE certification is now the highest level of certification for network engineers. However, the newly launched CCA certification will surpass CCIE certification in level and ensure that a network engineer with CCIE certificate will also have MBA business talent. Many companies often buy some technologies and then figure out how to use them. This phenomenon is very common. The ability to analyze these technologies by business standards is very scarce at present. ”

Kerravala believes that CCA certification will soon be as valuable as CCIE certification. Since many systems integration companies now have to show the proportion of their employees who have obtained CCIE certificate, he believes that these companies will be the first to send their employees to participate in CCA certification. In addition, Kerravala believes that network engineers from large multinational companies will also be keen on this new certification. He believes that such certification may even replace some business graduate degrees in the future, and some companies cooperating with complex networks may specifically seek such talents in the future. Cisco said that in the future, CCA certification will become an elite certification, and the number of people passing this certification will be very small every year. Sanjay Mehta, Cisco project manager, said that the number of people certified by CCA may only be in double digits in the first two years. Cisco will begin to accept the application for CCA certification this fall, and the first batch of trainees will reply to their architecture solutions in January next year.

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