By Tejas Vashi, Director, Product Strategy & Marketing, Cisco Services
The pace of digitization is being accelerated as the Internet of Everything (IoE)—bringing together people, processes, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before—becomes a daily reality.
Organizations work under a greater expectation than ever to drive business outcomes in today’s dynamic business environment. Innovation and the ability to quickly adapt to new challenges and market conditions, as well as proficient leverage of new technologies, are all critical in determining success. In addition, the IT landscape is evolving with more connected and mobile end points, the growth of application-based services, and the need to collect, analyze and utilize an explosion of data.
To stay relevant, IT departments are expected to lead more impactful strategic initiatives, align with their organization’s business objectives, leverage the dynamic technology landscape and improve customer experiences.
With the acceleration of business delivery a key issue, both IT and line-of-business groups are embracing the cloud. A recent study indicates that 78 percent of the workloads will be processed in the cloud by 2018. The cloud brings agility, automation and orchestration, without the associated infrastructure, management and technical issues.
As more things become connected to the network—an estimated 50 billion of them by 2020—businesses are also seeing the need to connect the unconnected, enabling more timely and accurate decision making to truly transform the business. All this change is creating a shift in technology job roles. For instance, World Bank studies estimate that 220,000 new engineers will be needed every year from 2014 to 2022. IT professionals must adapt in order to take full advantage of IoE’s opportunities, which require new knowledge and skill sets.
Cisco has just introduced new Cloud and IoT certifications, adding to its IoE portfolio and strengthening its overall IoE strategy. These additions focus on the ability of IT professionals 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, our new portfolio additions will prove invaluable in the development of tomorrow’s workforce, helping individuals and their employers deliver business outcomes that equate to customer success.
With the new CCNA and CCNP Cloud certifications, professionals will gain the knowledge and skills needed to build private and hybrid cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service, allowing IT to enable and control enterprise-wide cloud deployments in a consistent, centralized manner. Cloud implementations are not limited to the traditional enterprise environments. As organizations recognize the value of converging the industrial plant floor with their IT infrastructure, the gap in skills required to remotely manage such a convergence is becoming apparent. The CCNA Industrial certification provides the necessary skills required to successfully implement and troubleshoot converged IT and industrial networks. Cisco partnered with manufacturing experts at Rockwell Automation to help IT professionals in the OT space develop and oversee new and complex network infrastructures in the Industrial Internet of Things.
Learn more about these new offerings here: http://www.cisco.com/go/ciscocert
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