The CCIE in 2-3 years(if not already) is becoming half of what it was as far as marketing to employers. I don't think the knowledge to obtain the CCIE has decreased necessarily, but the ease of getting the certification has increased.
Rent a rack, get dynamips, buy some lab workbooks, buy some cisco press books, you will be a CCIE within no time.
They really need to consolidate the tracks!
Put together Security and R&S and possibly SP.
Make a certification that stands above even the present CCIE.
I think the multiple CCIE thing is a good idea, but employers and recruiters have a hard time keeping up with the difference.
It would benefit all Cisco professionals
to offer a more advanced exam nowadays.
The vendor workbooks have killed the CCIE in my opinion. It has made the CCIE easier to obtain and therefore less marketable to recruiters and employers.
my 2 cents