Inviting Recent R&S CCIEs and CCIE Candidates

Carole Warner Reece

Updated 02/22/2010: A big thank-you to all the folks that were gracious enough to speak with us! We are no longer collecting candidate names. We really appreciate the help of every one who participated!

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Inviting recent Routing and Switching (R&S) CCIEs and current R&S CCIE candidates!

Terry Slattery and I are planning to interview about 100 Routing and Switching CCIEs and CCIE candidates as part of a Cisco funded survey of CCIE preparation methods. In the next few weeks, we want to speak with folks who have either attempted or passed the CCIE R&S lab exam between April 1, 2010 and Dec 31, 2010.

During the interview process, we plan to analyze information about preparation methods and  learning materials, and get feedback on what tools or processes recent CCIEs and CCIE candidates think are most helpful in preparing for the CCIE lab exam. We will also look at data from the Cisco CCIE lab and the Cisco 360 Learning Program.

If you are willing to participate in our survey, please fill out the R&S CCIEs and CCIE Candidates Contact Form.

2 responses to “Inviting Recent R&S CCIEs and CCIE Candidates

  1. I have used the Cisco 360 for study to take my test in December of 2010. I did not pass, but I walked away with a lot of great experiences. There are however some areas where 360 needs some changes to stay "accurate"

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Nick Kelly

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Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


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Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

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John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.