Gartner Research

Manage Your Network Career in the Cloud and Mobile Era

Published: 19 March 2015

ID: G00270121

Analyst(s): Jim Berenbaum


Network technologists are uniquely subject to career fluctuation caused by irregular waves of technical innovation. This research analyzes that phenomenon and provides advice on how to manage a networking career through skills review and development as we enter the cloud, mobile and virtualized era.

Table Of Contents



  • Network Technology Career Evolution and Current Realities
    • Network Career Engagement Flow
    • Market Challenge: No One Can Do All Those Things!
    • Mismatch of Applicants to Positions
  • The Effect of Virtualization, Cloud and Mobile on Networking
    • A Shift to Entirely New Networks
    • Virtualization: The Theme in the Data Center
    • Cloud Service Networks: An Entirely New Realm
    • SDN and NFV
    • Increasing Performance Demands
  • The Unique Impact of Evolving IT on Networkers
    • Career and Staffing Challenges in a Transitioning Environment
    • Priority on Keeping Things Running
    • Demands on Networkers to Prepare for the Future
    • Frequent Budget Challenges (Do More With Less)
    • Maintaining Personal Value Today
  • Skills Required for Today and Needed for Tomorrow
    • Evolved vs. Entirely New Network Skills
    • Network Career Technology Evolution
    • Increased Reliance on Wireless and Internet
    • Programmable Networks: SDN and Network Virtualization
    • Nontechnical Skills That Matter
    • The Expert on Yesterday's Solutions
    • Avoid a Narrow Focus
    • Prepare for Technology Evolution
    • Pick a Path
    • Positioning for Your Future Career


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