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October 30, 2008

Internetwork Expert: Details Of Today’s Announcement

Internetwork Expert CCIE 2.0 Upgrade

Internetwork Expert CCIE 2.0 Upgrade

UPDATE: That was quick.  IE has a blog posting about the new changes here.  You can view the recording of the announcement here.


Internetwork’s vSeminar announcement today was so popular (over 500 people) that they had to turn away users as it filled up pretty quickly.  For those who missed it, there will be a recording on the IE site in the near future.  I’ll post some more details tomorrow, but here’s the quick and dirty:

Internetwork Expert will NOT be participating in the new 360 CCIE training programming.  They will be rolling out a new “CCIE 2.0” training program.  This program will involve a MUCH higher level of personalization.  This will included dynamic labs that will adapt to your strengths and test you more on your weaknesses.  There will be “Customer Success Managers” to help your chart and stay on your CCIE training path.  There will be the ability to purchase material “ala carte” to supplement your needs, rather than buying a one-size-fits-all end-to-end package.  There will also be constant assessment labs/tests to monitor your progress and make recommendations.  There will be more than $10,000 of worth of free training/credits available to community users (bloggers/forum users) who assist with answering training/technology questions.  IE will also begin hosting blogs on IEOC.  Existing customers will have their subscriptions upgraded.  IE will also be venturing into the CCNx (starting with CCENT in Q1 of 2009) training arena.  Next week there will be one or two more vSeminars that will go more into detail about the changes to CCIE 2.0

I’ll admit that this is a pretty exciting upgrade to IE’s existing CCIE training.  It will be interesting to see how well/quickly they can roll out this new model.  The good part is that they have been working towards this for at least nine months and it sounds like they have ramped up their payroll to be able to allocate resources towards this end.


  1. […] thanks to CCIE Pursuit and CCIE Journey for being the first few to alert me of the details of the […]

    Pingback by Route My World! » Blog Archive » InternetworkExpert Announcement — October 30, 2008 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  2. I think this was a great news. Atleast price is not going up 🙂 Now you need to pass the lab so you won’t have to worry about using the new content 😀

    Comment by — October 30, 2008 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  3. I agree. I guess that’s where the part “Investment Protection Plan” comes into effect 🙂

    Comment by Nickelby Thane — October 30, 2008 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  4. Kinda crazy to think about, but I was worried they were going to announce some kind of partnership with Cisco and was relieved to find out they weren’t. Last thing I need in my life is another Cisco tax.

    Comment by Andrew Dempsey — October 30, 2008 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  5. very happy with the news, cisco does not care about the customer, all that they are after at the bak of their mind is the money. they are becoming more business orientated.

    because back in nigeria u would agree with my point

    Comment by nwachonky — October 30, 2008 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  6. It is good news for all. The more great material you guys have at your disposal for a good price, the better!!!

    Comment by Mike — October 31, 2008 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  7. IE’s announcement – complete bullshit

    Internetwork Expert was not “selected” to be a part of the program. IE applied to be a part of the program

    under tech 2000. THEY LOST the RFP!!! Plain and simple.

    Yes, a CLP can offer training in multiple markets if they meet the requirements.

    Investment protection? Scholarship program? Hell yes, you can give away training, you just have to pay cisco for the royalties.

    The TRUTH is that IE would have to pay royalties to deliver Cisco CCIE classes and pay royalties for workbooks.

    So, YES, this IS about money! Don’t believe the bullshit in the presentation.

    The number of kits comment is complete crap. There is no longer a kit requirement.

    Don’t want to flaunt out in public?! Then why mention how much $ you are doing?! Come on!

    Nothing against Cisco? WTF! Of course you have to have Cisco equipment because you offer Cisco grey market


    Scrapping products? UNTRUE! You can “compliment” the current 360 offering with current products.

    Lower level certification classes you can develop pre-class study material to make sure the student has the proper

    knowledge prior to entering a class.

    IE is suggesting shortcuts for becoming a CCIE. No concern for actual learning!

    Nice slide! “Customer Success Manages” was supposed to be Customer Success Managers. Great proof reading!

    If classes are as bad as this presentation, then their classes must suck.

    Mailing list issues? IE is one of the biggest issues that spams the hell out of mailing lists!!!

    Customer blogs vendor neutral? My ass!

    Real world examples? Yeah, right. NONE of the IE instructors are IN the real world! They all do nothing but teach.

    CCNA in 6 months? If it takes someone 6 months to get a CCNA, they should look into a different line of work.

    This was basically ONE BIG F*N INFOMMERCIAL!!!! CRAP!!!

    Comment by anon — October 31, 2008 @ 10:27 am | Reply

  8. The one thing we need to keep in mind is that at least for me Cisco is what pays my bills. Doesn’t matter who you are or what you do it is always about the money. It does seem like a good idea IE has come up with. I am a little surprised with the CCNA an CCNP thing. Well saddle that horse cowboy and take that lab.


    Comment by Tony — October 31, 2008 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  9. @Anon-
    Of course it is about money. Do you think IE or anyone else is in this business to give out free stuff. I dont really care about how they approach their business as long as the money I put out is proportionate with the quality of training. If a training company can exceed that, even the better. IE seems to suggest that they are taking steps towards that – as if they didn’t already offer great products(based on people’s positive testimonials). Infomercial or not, as long as they can deliver what they present, that would be good enough for me.

    By the way, it took me exactly six months to achieve my CCNA. I guess I better start sending my resumes to to all the Kwik-E-Marts before its too late.

    Comment by Aragoen Celtdra — October 31, 2008 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

  10. […] 12, 2008 IE has introduced its new CCIE 2.0 program, which it first mentioned two weeks ago.  Go read the entire post over on IE’s blog.  Here are some of the highlights of the new […]

    Pingback by Internetwork Expert: New CCIE 2.0 Program Goes Live « CCIE Pursuit Blog — November 12, 2008 @ 8:26 am | Reply

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