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> Which makes sense, as Cisco benefits more from having expensive Cisco products work well than from certification revenue.

I'm not sure about the actual comparative amounts, but Cisco makes a lot of money off of certifications. Of course, in the long run making them actually represent something is best for both sides of the business.




> I'm not sure about the actual comparative amounts, but Cisco makes a lot of money off of certifications.

80% of Cisco's revenue is hardware. And even the service side is something close to $2 billion. I suspect the amount of money they make off of certifications is a tiny slice of that. Even if there are 10k CCIEs each paying $1500 for a yearly test, that's only $15 million, which is nothing to Cisco.

> Of course, in the long run making them actually represent something is best for both sides of the business.

That's not true for many certifiers. Take a look at the CSM certificate. It is meaningless, but popular and therefore profitable.

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