Networking Staff to Become Generalists by 2020.


Nearly three-quarters (72%) of US & UK enterprises think that specialist networking professionals won't be needed by 2020 and these personnel will be retrained for non-network-focused roles, says a survey of senior IT professionals by Teneo the specialist integrator of next-generation technology.

The research, which questioned 200 US enterprises and 100 in the UK, found that as virtualized network infrastructures and complex cloud operations become commonplace, large companies are increasingly using business-oriented IT teams that carry out a whole host of IT and business system optimization strategies.

The trend is clear on both sides of the Atlantic: 73% of US interviewees think that networking teams with specialist know-how will no longer be required by 2020, with 72% of UK respondents agreeing with this view.

This 'multi-disciplinary IT' finding aligns with recent global research showing that the most sought-after skills for large enterprises are cloud, cyber security, visualization, networking, Internet of Things and AI.

The survey also suggests that, since optimizing corporate IT assets and networks is becoming a more complicated task, IT teams are using a host of software-based monitoring tools and outside support services to get the job done.

Researchers found that companies' biggest drain on resources and budget when trying to maintain their networking teams' skills, is the sheer number of infrastructure monitoring software tools that these teams use--an...

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