A Day in the Lab: Knowing What to Expect for Your CCIE ExamBy Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Product Management, Cisco


New capabilities. Richer experiences. Unprecedented economic opportunity for organizations, individuals and nations. These are the real possibilities of the Internet of Everything (IoE) as it brings together previously unconnected people, processes, data and things. Cisco predicts that 50+ billion devices will be connected by 2020. The ramifications are enormous and varied, including how manufacturing plants operate.


As the industrial plant floor and corporate enterprise become more connected, the exchange between operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) is increasing. The convergence of IT and OT is expanding IP Networking and Ethernet connectivity on the industrial plant floor. While the convergence and IoT helps realize the value with reduced down times and better productivity on the plant floor, the talent and skills are not evolving as rapidly to keep up with the technology evolutions. Understandably, World Bank Studies estimate that 220,000 new engineers are required every year from 2014-2022 to connect the unconnected. In addition, there are 300,000 Control Engineers that need to be re-skilled in the industry.


Cisco has launched the new CCNA Industrial certification as part of our ongoing commitment to equip IT and OT Professionals with the knowledge and skills required to fulfill evolving industry job roles. It’s an expansion, due to high demand, of the IT/OT track we began last year with the release of the Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist Certification.


In close collaboration with industry partners like Rockwell Automation, a company with significant expertise in the industrial space, Cisco developed a program to help control-system and traditional network engineers better understand technologies needed to manage and operate a hyper-connected industrial enterprise.


Designed for OT Professionals, Control Engineers and IT Network engineers working in manufacturing, the CCNA Industrial Education curriculum is a lab-based training and certification product that prepares these professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to build, manage and operate converged industrial networks.


Employers can be confident that certification holders are fluent in converging multi-platform industrial environments using the most popular industry standard protocols, ensuring current infrastructure is maximized whilst developing the platform for flexibility to support future business outcomes.


Learn more about these new offerings here: http://www.cisco.com/go/industrialcerts


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