In a new report Cisco suggests new IT roles in the future for IT networking professionals. They are described in Cisco’s 2020 Global Networking Trends Report. This was finished before COVID-19. The projected impacts seem to have been accelerated by the impact of Coronavirus.
The way that networks are being built is changing quickly.
“It’s clear that these skills are even more critical now – the need for connecting and controlling corporate connectivity and security to home workers begs for new types of expertise,” Joe Clarke, Distinguished Services Engineer, Cisco
Cisco suggests the following roles will evolve over time:
Works to translate business needs into service-level, security and compliance requirements to be addressed across a network.
Bridges the interface between network and security architectures. This implants distributed intelligence into the security architecture and the SecOps process. The guardian monitors the data and takes steps to define faults or stop attackers.
Controller-based automation and orchestration processes are the basis of Intent Based Networking. The Network Commander is in charge of the processes and business practices that maintain and enhance the reliability of the underlying network.
Translates the needs of the business into policies for the network. These are automated and aligned across the network and IT.
Makes use of tools to be sure that the network delivers what is required by business intent. This is coordinated with IT service-management processes and SecOps teams in proactive ways.
These new roles enhance the integration of business and network technology.
- There is a summary with interesting comments on Slashdot in the article Cisco Spotlights New IT Roles You May Have Never Heard of
- Cisco Blogs, Joe Clarke at
- A deep dive into Cisco’s intent-based networking by Brandon Butler, Network World
- Cisco spotlights new IT roles you’ve never heard of by Michael Cooney, Network World
- What does this report mean for IT professionals?
- The complete 95 page report can be downloaded at 2020 Global Networking Trends Report