Don’t get left behind: SDN, programmable networks change how network engineers work


The rise of programmable networks has changed the role of the network engineer, and accepting those changes is key to career advancement. 

Network engineers need to become software fluent and embrace automation, according to a panel of network professionals brought together by Cisco to discuss the future of networking careers.

“The whole concept of engineer re-skilling has become a pretty hot topic over the last four or five years. What’s notable to me is that the engineers themselves are now embracing it,” says Zeus Kerravala, founder of ZK Research, who moderated the panel. 

Driving the change in attitude is the ubiquitous push for digital transformation, which is forcing companies to become more adaptable to change. Businesses need to move faster, and network engineering is key to making that happen.

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