Cisco have announced the new structure for the CCNP and on first glance it looks good.
Reduced from 4 exams to 3, with each one 2 hours long (up from 90 minutes) the emphasis has shifted to more real world application of the subjects including design, deployment, verification and troubleshooting of the subject matter. Expect there to be more configuration type questions on the exam.
If you're like me and are unsure how the new exams affect your studies you can use the Exam Configuration tool -http://www.cisco.com/web/l
For me, I'm taking my ISCW on Friday and am scheduled to start the BSCI in Feb. So long as I pass the exam first time I think my track will be : BSCI + SWITCH + TSHOOT
So that'll still be 4 exams for me but what you gonna do when the firm is paying :o)
All the best with your studies!