There were 24 in May 2010. There are not many jobs being advertised and I have not met any. We suspected they would mainly be found in Cisco Partners providing consultancy.
here is a list which should be quite up-to-date. There are 52 persons right now listed as CCDE certified.
That is not an official number. We do not publish numbers of certified induviduals. You should be aware that the CCDE is accepted by Cisco Partners as an expert level credential.
John Tiso, CCIE #5162
Sure not official but not too far from reality, right?
I know, Cisco won't comment.
How about the advantages of CCDE on the market?
What is the typical response of employers when you proudly claim that you are the one and only CCDE in your country?
heheheh... Very true. It's not official, but it has just about everyone that we've seen say anything about having passed!
The CCDE can be used interchangeable with CCIE when it comes to many partner certifications (CCIE or CCDE used), but there is nothing at this point that ONLY uses a CCDE.
Many employers don't know what the CCDE is, so your response will vary wildly! It's all about education! Teach them what it is, teach them how to market it and it will be worth more!
I make things up as I go along.
The interesting thing about CCDE that (for me) there wasn't TECHNICALLY preparation. When they point out that it's beneficial to have 8'ish years of experience, that does indeed come in handy. So perhaps it was 8+ years of preparation!
The thing about the first CCDE exam (I took it as part of the initial beta back in 2008 and found out that Cisco didn't think I was as smart as I thought I was!) was that it was a complete unknown. So I didn't do anything to prepare for it. Literally. It was recon.
But after that, it became a thinking game. Network design is, as the exam lays out, very much a thinking game. We have tons of POSSIBLE answers, and tons of RIGHT answers. But based on individual circumstances, we don't have a lot of perfect answers. So it was about the thought process and critical analysis.
It was lots of fun, even though it's messed up my success average!