New CCIE count: Beginning roots of a new tech boom?

Yours truly has been keeping track of the monthly growth in new Cisco CCIE counts worldwide and according to Cisco's just released update for Feb. 2009, the growth in the count of new CCIEs has hit a monthly record! Could we actually be witnessing the "beginning roots" of a new tech boom? How so you may ask? Well, according to Robert X. Cringely - the famous Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) weekly columnist, the worldwide CCIE count is an emerging measure of global power. So let's read the tea leaves ourselves... Growth in Worldwide CCIE Count per month:

Month 9/6/08 10/10/08 11/24/08 12/00/08 1/6/09 2/23/09
New Worldwide CCIE Count 180 244 367 No Update 223 460

Source: George Morton, Ph. D. Growth in USA CCIE Count per month:

Month 9/6/08 10/10/08 11/24/08 12/00/08 1/6/09 2/23/09
New USA CCIE Count (-1) 51 43 No Update 6 83

Source: George Morton, Ph. D.

February 2009 Ranking Percentage of new CCIEs by Area
Rank Area Percentage of new CCIEs
1 Pacific Rim 46%
2 EMEA 31%
3 Americas 23%
Source: George Morton, Ph. D.
       Dual CCIE #18532 Security/Routing and Switching - George Morton, Ph. D. provides his "take" on this month's CCIE count update: "An interesting event took place this month, the number of CCIEs grew at a greater pace than any other time over the last five months. The five month average had been running around 203 a month, this month the number jumped to 460. Now, we know that we are not counting an exact month to month, but the sudden spike is certainly refreshing."
February 2009 Top Nine Ranking of new CCIEs by Country
Rank Country # of new CCIEs
1 China + Hong Kong 92
2 United States 83
3 India 50
4 United Kingdom 26
5 Saudi Arabia 17
6 Japan 17
7 Canada 12
8 Australia 12
9 Korea 12
Source: George Morton, Ph. D.
       February 2009 Top Nine Ranking of new CCIEs by Region
Rank Region # of new CCIEs
1 Asia 195
2 North America 98
3 Europe 85
4 Middle East 42
5 Pacific Islands 15
6 Africa 12
7 South America 9
8 Central America 0
9 Caribbean 0
Source: George Morton, Ph. D.

January 2009 vs. February 2009 Worldwide CCIE Count Comparison:

Source: George Morton, Ph. D.


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