ZNDP 016 – The Consultative Engineer


Hey Ziglets, welcome back!!  For today’s episode of the Zigbits Network Design Podcast, we are going to give a name and title to what we have been discussing for a few months now.  Then we are going to give a number of examples of how everything we have been discussing fits in each of the situation examples.  Lets jump right in.

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The Consultative Engineer!  

  • This is what we have been talking about for the last three months.
  • Its a different way of doing business, of making relationships, and building a productive environment.

What is a Consultative Engineer?

We’ve talked about a number of different terms and roles over the last 3 months, and I know I have mentioned some of these, maybe all at some point, but this is the episode that we get to compare these different roles and responsibilities that truly make up a Consultative Engineer

  • Trusted Advisor
  • Influencer
  • Thought Leader

For you to be a true Consultative Engineer, you need to have all three of these roles.

Who is a Consultative Engineer?

Lets take a look at the different “verticals” that The Consultative Engineer plays in and how you can utilize everything we have been talking about in these different verticals.

  • Enterprise IT / Service Provider / etc..
  • Value Added Reseller:
  • The Dark Side (AKA Vendor):

These are on the fly summaries of what A Consultative Engineer is in each situation. Once again, this is not a full all inclusive list of characteristics or examples of what A Consultative Engineer in each case.

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Hosted By: Michael “Zig” Zsiga

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Michael “Zig” Zsiga II, CCDE™ 2016::32, CCIE™ #44883 has been in the networking industry a little over 15 years. He is currently a Lead Technical Architect at ePlus in the New England region of the United States. Zig holds an active CCDE and two CCIE certifications, one in Routing and Switching and the second in Service Provider. Zig also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Park University. Zig is a father, a husband, a United States Marine, a gamer, a nerd, a geek and a big soccer fan. Zig loves all technology and can usually be found in the lab learning and teaching others. Zig is a co-organizer of The Boston Network Operators Group (www.bosnog.org), runs multiple CCIE Study groups, and is a newly published author. Zig lives in New Hampshire, USA with his wife, Julie and their son Gunnar.


  1. Thanks Luis, Appreciate the feedback. Is there any specific topic you would like to see covered here be it in Podcast or Blog form?

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