What technological trends does Cisco consider especially significant by 2020? Part III Trends in talent | IT skillsMaria Cruz Alcocer
Trends in network talent
New skill sets for the modern network
“Para 2025, el 75% de los equipos de redes dedicarán menos de un tercio de su tiempo a mantener el status quo de la red y dos tercios a brindar innovación y crear valor para el negocio” — Joe Clarke, distinguished engineer, Cisco
New technologies are eliminating many manual tasks in many industries, and IT is no exception.
The good news for IT and networking is that job demand remains strong for those who acquire new in-demand skill sets such as network programmability.
As network operations become more automated, network administrators will take on roles that align to new operational practices related to management of network lifecycle, policy, and assurance.
Network strategists will take on high-value roles that target improving business alignment, integrating IT processes, improving security, and making better use of data.
Over the next two years, advanced networking technologies will alter nearly every network role. With IT assuming a more central role in business transformation, IT professionals must adapt.
Whether a line of business is deploying a new IoT application, new cloud service, or new compliance policy, IT professionals need to understand what is required from the network and what their role will be so they can deliver the required network services on time and securely.
In this part of the report, CISCO examineshow three key IT roles—network strategist, network practitioner, and IT leader—are changing and identify the new skill sets these professionals will need in order to oversee a rapidly evolving enterprise networking environment.
Responsible for defining networkstrategy, roadmap, architecture, and technology preferences
Titles: Network strategist, IT/network architect, network manager
- The business translator focused on aligning IT performance with business intent.
Business skills: Ascertain business requirements and translate them into network requirements.
DevOps skills: Understand how network platform APIs and natural language processing (NLP) technologies can bridge business intent and IT.
- The network integration architect focused on integration of network and IT domains:
IT process reengineering and integration
IT process reengineering and integration
ITSM service operations
- The network guardian focused on bridging network and security architectures:
- The network data architect focused on leveraging network analytics and AI:
Analytics and AI skills
Business insight skills
Responsible for deploying, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting the network
Titles: Network engineer, network administrator, network support engineer
- El comandante de red . Centrado en la gestión del ciclo de vida de la red.
- El orquestador de red. Centrado en la aplicación y automatización de políticas.
- El detective de la red. Centrado en la seguridad de la red y del servicio.
• Overall IT and network oversight
• Oversee network strategy and budget
Titles: CIO, VP IT infrastructure, director of IT
Recommendations for IT leaders: how to build the network team of the future: five strategies can help leaders build a network team equipped to drive a digitally transformed business.
- Cultivate a culture of continuous learning.
- Find the balance between reskilling and hiring.
- Invest more in training and development.
- Rotate talent to increase business acumen
- Foster an inclusive work environment.
“We need network and infrastructure engineers who are driven to design, build, and operate mission-critical infrastructures. We need software developers who are driven to write innovative applications that run on infrastructure and that automate workflows and tasks. The most effective organizations will have teams of domain experts in both software and infrastructure who can work together effectively.” – Susie Wee, SVP and CTO, Cisco DevNet
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