While automation is certainly a trend at the moment, it doesn't negate the need to have solid understanding of networking principles. So, if you are thinking of going for the CCIE cert, let not the buzz around automation and programmability stop you from doing that. I would advise your priority to be what you need most for your current and future role. See what you need in your current job. Then think about what you will need in your future one. Where you see yourself going. And learn the skills needed for that.
If you have little to no programming knowledge/experience under your belt then my advice to you is to focus your valuable time and energy on building fundamental knowledge there instead of diving into the CCIE R/S topic list. If you spending the next year or two going down that rabbit hole, at the expense of programmability, you will risk doing long-term harm to your career.
Hello, Faisal !
Very personal decision! Any path you take will give you a great return. But as said before, R&S is a base path, i would finish it!.
Following i would take CCIE Data Center and CCIE security.
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This is a very loaded conversation and only you can know what is right for YOU. It's certainly important to know automation but there is also a lot of hype right now. Python and automation will be important skills but I don't agree with some of the buzz that all network engineers will become full time coders. That doesn't make sense. Sysadmins tinker around in PowerShell etc but it's not all they do and they are certainly not developers. Generally speaking.
Start by building a solid foundation so at least get the CCNP done. Then I would consider broadening the skillset. If you want to truly be an expert, then the CCIE is for you but you have to see how it fits with your plans and life.
Daniel - I agree with your post. Get the CCNP first and take stock. CCIE may be the gold standard in networking certs but where are you going to be in your career when you finish your CCNP? Your employer may want you to look at other technologies or you might be in a more managerial role which might entail a totally different skill set.
Good luck in what you choose/in your future studies.