Are you and your network ready for change?

When I began this blog in October of last year, my goal was to help readers understand both the magnitude of the digital transformation currently underway and its implications for companies and IT professionals in every industry. In particular, I focused on the role of the network in enabling digital business and best practices for transforming the network from a cost center to a growth driver.

This is a subject near and dear to my heart because the networking industry has been my home for many years, and it has seen a lot of change. Come this fall, it’s likely so see a bit more. Last November, my company, Brocade, announced that it is being acquired by Broadcom Ltd., and in the next few months, that transaction is expected to be completed. I’m a perfect example of the fact that you can never fully predict how things will change; you can only know things will change. So I want to wrap up this blog series with a look back at some of the most important things you need to consider today to make sure you’re ready for whatever changes digital transformation may send in your direction.

For starters, stay up-to-date in your knowledge and skills. Change brings new opportunities, and if you’re skills are current you’ll be ready for it. If not, you’ll be left behind. If you can’t make the investment on company time and budget, then do it on your own. Our skills are superpowers that we carry with us, regardless of where our career takes us. Nothing will make a bigger difference in your career and your marketability than an investment in yourself and your own relevance.

Second, the network should be a platform for business automation, innovation and growth. Use your influence to help your company make forward-thinking changes to your network needed for digital business. There’s really no time to waste. As we’ve discussed in this blog series, your network will either be your biggest asset for growth and wealth creation, or it can be your biggest hindrance. There are a number of reasons for this, but here are the five most critical ones, along with the questions you should be asking yourself about your own network:

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