CCIE Pursuit Blog

June 25, 2008

IPexpert: Twitter Giveaways and Reponse To Scott Morris’ Departure

IPExpert is tweating (I think that’s what the kids are calling it today :-) ) from Networkers at http://twitter.com/ipexpert.  They have been giving away everything from rack rentals to end-to-end training packages to followers who are the Nth person to email them once a tweat goes up.  I don’t know how much more stuff they’re giving away, but they did just have a winner about 2 hours ago so this looks to still be live so it might be worth watching the feed for the chance to nab some free product.

I got an email from IPexpert with their response to Scott Morris joining Internetwork Expert.  I don’t have a link to the IPexpert announcement so I’ll post it in it’s entirety here:

Wayne Lawson’s Statement on the Departure of Scott Morris from IPexpert

Over the past five years, since Scott Morris joined IPexpert, we have worked together towards a common goal of making IPexpert the world’s best CCIE training organization. In this time, the company has faced many successes and challenges in our journey to stay at the top of our game.

Growing from a team of just three, a short time ago, to our staff of near 20 today illustrates the continued evolution of our business model. One effect of adding new employees to a team is that their contributions and effort draw comparisons to those already on board. As we have continued to add new faces to our group of instructors, the individual roles have evolved for each of them, based on various criteria.

In order to ensure that IPexpert’s business goals, product objectives and growth strategies continue to be realized, I felt that it was time for IPexpert and Scott to move in different directions. In our early years, it was easy to roll with issues that may arise during the course of business. Today, I bear the responsibility of ensuring the success of IPexpert for the benefit of a full staff and their families. My decisions, however difficult, must be governed by this broader interest and that of the customers we serve.

To be clear, I sincerely appreciate the contributions Scott has made with our company and, in the bigger picture, the CCIE community. We are all better for it, without question. I am confident that, as one of the most recognized network engineers around, Scott will find great success along the next path in his career.

Moving forward, I can guarantee that the IPexpert team will continue to develop, innovate and deliver the best possible products and courses in the CCIE training space. We are more excited than ever about the new product line recently announced for the R&S, Voice, Security and Service Provider tracks.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about this announcement, I welcome you to contact me directly. We appreciate your business and the opportunity to be a part of your success!

- Wayne Lawson II – Founder & President, IPexpert, Inc.

I expect that GroupStudy will be pretty active today.  :-)

Internetwork Expert: IE Welcomes Scott Morris

Okay, I guess that this is the big announcement (thank you to Alissa and Adam):

Brian Dennis and I are proud to welcome Scott Morris, four-time CCIE #4713, to the Internetwork Expert team as a new CCIE instructor. Scott Morris has been in the Cisco networking industry for over 12 years and belongs to an elite group of engineers worldwide holding four CCIE certifications. Scott was one of the first individuals to pass the Cisco Design Specialist certification in 1998, and soon after passed the CCIE Lab Exam in Routing and Switching. He then went on to obtain CCIE certifications in ISP-Dial, Security, and Service Provider. Scott is currently preparing for the Voice CCIE, and the newly announced Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE).

Prior to joining Internetwork Expert, Scott was Vice President of Technical Training and an Instructor at IPExpert. While working at IPExpert, Scott developed and delivered CCIE classroom training, as well as initiated new product development. Scott is currently a regular columnist for the TCPMag Journal.

You can read more about this here.

I won’t even pretend to know anything about the CCIE training market, but it’s a bit strange to see Scott Morris hosting a beer and wings party for IPExpert on Monday and then joining the IE team on Wednesday.  If this was the price he had to pay to get into the Networkers’ CCIE party, then the price of admission was too high Scott.  :-)

I’ve never had the chance to see any of Scott’s training, but if he is as good at teaching as he is at writing witty posts in GroupStudy, then IE picked up a great instructor.  Plus, I don’t think that he’s slept in the last four years.  :-)

Cisco Brings Back The CCIE Party – Big Announcement From IE?

I could be wrong about this (as well as everything else that I type) but I think that Cisco used to offer an exclusive CCIE party at Networkers each year up until last year.  It looks like they’ve brought back that tradition this year.  Brian McGahan gives a brief recap of the mayhem.

Brian Dennis kept dropping hints that there would be a big announcement from IE this week.  Brian McGahan seems to be confirming that with this statement:

Keep checking the blog in the next few days for more detailed write-ups on the sessions we attended, including the upcoming CCDE, and for a *very special announcement* that will be posted (hopefully) later today.

Keith Tokash and Kevin Dorrell Get Their Digits

One of the many downsides to losing Ethan’s site during the recent CertGuard dust up was that we lost Keith Tokash as a blogger.  Last Thursday he got in the ring with the R&S lab and knocked its teeth out of its head.  Congratulations to Keith.

Kevin Dorrell passed his lab over a month ago now, so I’m a little slow on reporting his success.  Still, late love is better than no love, so surf on over and congratulate him on a job well done.

CCIE bloggers seem to be creaming the lab lately (many on their first attempt).  I have until October, but I will need to step up my game so that I don’t break the streak.

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