Rapid developments in Internet and network technologies are keeping industry leaders and their resellers on their toes.
As the complexity of solutions on offer increase, companies like Cisco are forced to put ever more emphasis on reseller training in order to satisfy customer demand for highly specialised technical expertise.
It was for this reason that Cisco Systems last week announced the addition of five new "career specialisations" to its already comprehensive technical certification program - Cisco Career Certification - introduced earlier this year.
Offered to both Cisco resellers and end users through Cisco's national training partners GeoTrain, Global Knowledge Network and Comtech, the Career Certification program has been put in place to certify network management and support specialists at various levels of expertise in accordance with their skills.
According to Jodie Kane, program coordinator at GeoTrain, the new training modules will provide further training in the discipline of network support Cisco Certified Networking Professionals (CCNP) wish to specialise in.
"The idea of career specialisations is to allow candidates to obtain certification in five specific areas of network management, after they've attained the CCNP status," Kane explained.
"The areas they can specialise in are: security; network management; LAN and ATM; voice access; and SNA solutions.
"For each of these areas we now have different courses and examinations in place."
By adding the career specialisation option to its CCNP program, Cisco officials expect to help its resellers "align their core strengths with customers' specific needs" and arm them with the necessary skills to face increasing business demands and global competition.