Cisco Introduced DevNet Cert – Training Materials Out To Public since June 2019

The new Cisco DevNet Cert had Network Specialists go ‘finally,’ it was long overdue. This is big news because there are many Network Specialists who were waiting for this. Finally, they have a Cisco Cert to learn groundwork as code.

They say “Necessity is the mother of invention”, and so proved with this newest step taken by Cisco. It has become necessary for Network pros to learn to program as well. A Network Architect Brett Lykins share these thoughts. After 11 years of working in network automation, he realized he needed programming skills to work better.

There are Certs available for this concern by Juniper and Palo Alto. However, People look up to Cisco Certs. And they have all the right to do so. Cisco is the leading vendor in the networking industry. It was only about time they’ll do something about the rising demand for programming skills.

According to a recent announcement Cisco plans to launch its updated professional Cert exam suite on February 24, 2020. This suit will include three new DevNet tracks directing at network automation and software development skills at the associate, professional and specialist levels. Also, the plan is to update the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) exams as well. These will also include automation and programming from then on.

Senior vice president and CTO of Cisco’s broader DevNet initiative, Susie Wee, has called this Cert program the biggest shift in 26 years.

Many network Specialists welcomed the Cert moreover seem to be excited about the long-awaited Cert. According to Robert Schneider words, ‘finally!’ Schneider is a network engineer at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. He further emphasized that Cisco who has always been urging network Specialists to learn programming skills has finally shown them the path to do so.

Bob Laliberte, a practice director, and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, even labeled the Cert as ‘a major strategic priority for the vendor.’

Many shared the concern whether the focus of the new Cisco DevNet Cert track would heavily be on Cisco DNA Center and other branded technologies. Well, the Cert is from Cisco so definitely will come under its name. And will definitely have knowledge and skills about Cisco Technologies in it.

Schneider also had those concerns but quickly changed his mind after going over the training materials. Which by the way have been open to the public since June 2019. Lykins, on the other hand, is totally OK with the idea that Cisco DevNet Cert being about Cisco products. He said, “That’s what it’s there for” and thinks that Cisco has done its job very well.

Cisco DevNet Cert track aims at software developers who have an interest in networking, whereas the updated CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE exams will cover automation from a network engineer’s view.