Getting Your Cisco Systems ERP Certification

By: Gavin Sanderson

Cisco's B2B Internetworking Product Center (IPC) is whatdrives its ecommerce functions is being majorly overhauled and is being movedfrom the cumbersome CGI/Perl driven applications to the more stable andscalable Java/CORBA framework. The developers at Cisco along with the Java teamat Alta Software are going to be finishing this task soon completing a one yearsoftware development cycle. The new framework is expected to increaseperformance and also to offer new levels of customization and personalizationwith improved management and tighter integration into other systems of Ciscoand its suppliers and customers.

Cisco has used an accelerated implementation that hasenabled them to implement their ERP system in just 9 months for a cost of $15million. Cisco had several advantages when they decided to implement their ERP.As a company Cisco was much smaller than what it is now and they had a simplerwork environment. However, they were experiencing huge growth at that time andtheir legacy information systems were beginning to fail. Cisco made severalgood decisions in the selection and implementation of their ERP.

To attain a Cisco certification, you must first pass theCisco Certification for Network Professionals test. This test certifies allqualifying candidates as being able to install, configure, and troubleshootlocal and wide area networks with a 100-500 nodes. They can also manageswitches and routers that are part of the network as well as edge applicationsthat serve to integrate wireless and security issues of the network. There are4 tests that you need to pass in order to get this certification and this needsto be renewed once every 3 years.

In case you are facing difficulties in passing the tests oryou just require some help then there are several websites offering CCNP bootcamps that are quite effective and will certainly help you pass the testeasily. These classes are quite tough though and can last from early morning tolate evening. They serve as great primers of what you will face in the test andare will make you quickly assimilate all the information that is used in theirpreparation for Cisco Systems ERP certification.

Network professionals of course desire to be at the top ofthe game as soon as they can and they need to have the necessary certificationfrom Cisco to prove their qualification. The highest such test is the CiscoCertified Internetwork Expert certification and only around 3% of Ciscocertified network professionals reach CCIP because it is the most difficult oftests. Once certified the network professional can install, configure, and ofcourse operate networks in highly specialized and complicated environmentsusing special protocols and also implement Cisco hardware and establish largescale networks. The professionals can also design and implement new networkingstrategies and handle all the difficulties of hardware and design.

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