The world has changed, the world is always changing. As far as IT certifications are concerned, there has been a big change in the world. Cisco has renewed it's whole line-up, maybe not in name, but definitely in spirit. It seems like they have finally caught up with the way that the world is working and how responsive the IT community is to new and emerging ideas. They are trying to mix up what has been the norm for, well, I don't know how long. As someone who has only recently obtained their CCNP I am actually quite excited, even though that means I will have an 'old' CCNP.
I am sure there is a way I could 'con' my way into the new CCNP by passing an exam that will grandfather me in but I don't really see the point. I would have all of the kudos without the actual knowledge which isn't really helping anyone, as much as it does look good.
So, what am I saying? Well, I am excited by what Cisco is doing and I do think that it is a positive movement for their certification program. However, it doesn't affect me at the moment because,
In general, there has not been a very positive outlook around certifications and the IT community in recent years, mostly because the tests and courses were centred around fairly old technologies. The new line-up from Cisco has changed that, it is designed to be more responsive to industry and technology trends.
Here is to hoping that the new courses and curriculums will require us all to learn and use the modern technologies that we all want to work on...