Trends Report

Updated Q1 2012: Understanding The Network Skills Gap

Virtualization, Bring-Your-Own-Device, And User Experience Will Reshape Networking Professionals' Roles And Responsibilities

February 14th, 2012
With contributors:
Laura Koetzle , Christopher Voce , Eric Chi


Manual installation of engine pistons had an error rate of around 1%: automation reduced that to 0.00001%. Businesses need infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals to achieve comparable improvements in the efficiency of their IT infrastructure and their operations. Industrializing networking will increase architectural complexity, because you will need to interweave networking components tightly so that you can control them via a service orchestration software tool set. However, your operational costs will decrease significantly with the human element taken out of most rudimentary elements of network management. Networking teams understand the fundamentals of networking technologies but struggle to: 1) mesh technologies to solve multiple conditions, and 2) connect networking technology decisions with the broader user experience picture. This report will help you identify the challenging areas of the infrastructure and the areas where your network operations team will need to acquire new skills to rise to the challenge of making the business more efficient.

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