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Knowledge is Power

by BarbaraSpicek on ‎10-04-2010 01:10 PM (334 Views)

Brocade’s latest addition to its list of certification trainings is the CNE 250 Fast-track course – a virtual education class to prepare Cisco-certified professionals for the Brocade Certified Network Engineer (BCNE) Exam. This new offering represents a massive opportunity for Cisco-certified individuals to extend their certifications and expand their skill-sets to the Brocade network architecture with limited investment in time and cost. In a changing industry where architectures, solutions and technologies grow more complex daily, knowledgeable engineering resources are invaluable.

Being one of two end-to-end networking players in the market, Brocade is offering this course to address the needs of hundreds of thousands of networking experts who want to expand their certifications and add BCNE to their credentials at low- to no-cost.

More today than ever before, augmenting skill-sets and certifications within the channel is of great value. Knowledge is power and both resellers and distributors must focus on building out their in-house skills. Themes like convergence, virtualization and cloud computing are driving the need for skilled professionals who possess deep networking expertise. Here are a couple of points to consider:

  • Before developing this course, we conducted a comparative analysis of Cisco’s course offerings to determine the parallels between knowledge sets required for certification – we did this in order to ensure that this course focused only on the “gaps.” The result is a curriculum that fills those gaps, helping networking professionals leverage their Cisco knowledge and apply it towards testing for a BCNE certification.
  • We wanted to make this course offering attractive from a cost perspective, so Brocade is offering free Pearson VUE testing for the next six months to help partners minimize the cost of certification.  
  • This course is optimized for busy individuals – with a streamlined curriculum that recognizes the proficiency of Cisco-certified professionals, certification can be achieved with only eight training hours and a successful exam, with the entire course delivered online via Virtual Classroom Training (VCT).

When you consider all the angles, this is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your skills and get better prepared to “architect for the future.” On top of all this, it really does pay to be Brocade-certified. According to a survey conducted by Certification Magazine, BCNE-certified professionals are the highest-paid in the industry.

We hope that business partners will take advantage of this opportunity to further their skills and realize cost-savings in the process. To me, this program represents partner enablement at its best – and I’m proud that we’re able to offer this up to our business partners.