Cisco talent shortage balderdash!

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Earlier this month, Cisco CEO John Chambers stated that Cisco needed to expand its H-1B status capability. Several days later the U.S. Department of Homeland Security came to the aid of Cisco in an unusual and controversial ruling, that immediately and automatically extended the period of stay and work authorization for all F-1 students with pending H-1B petitions (without Congressional approval or public comment). Remarkably this week at their Channel Partner Summit meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, Cisco issued a press release with regard to helping preempt a skills shortage among Cisco channel partners worldwide. Linked from the press release is a presentation by Celia Harper Guerra - Director of Worldwide Partner Talent at Cisco (see below). Slide number seven of Guerra's presentation shows that Cisco receives 20,000 CV/Resumes per month (i.e. 240,000 per year). Additionally, Cisco has 200,000 active registered graduates of the Cisco Networking Academy that are now part of the Cisco Career Connections web site. Furthermore, Cisco is now pressuring their Channel Partners to accept the idea of paying third party recruiting firms (anointed by Cisco of course) who will only charge a discounted rate of 18% of a placed candidate's first year salary. Why yours truly thinks the Cisco talent shortage is balderdash:

Cisco competes with its channel partners (as well as big enterprise/service provider customers) for the exact same Cisco certified network engineering talent.
Cisco channel partners are competing with each other (as well as with Cisco itself and big enterprise/service provider customers) for the exact same Cisco certified network engineering talent.
If Cisco can't develop talent from 20,000 CV/Resumes per month, the problem is most certainly not a talent shortage.
With Cisco in total control over talent, how can that be favorable to either the individuals (who are the talent) or its channel partners?

Cisco Worldwide Partner Talent Presentation:

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View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
View Cisco Certified Network Engineer CV/Resumes Worldwide
What do YOU think, is the Cisco talent shortage balderdash?
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