The Evolution of Networking Careers

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Networking careers are bound to evolve as a consequence of emerging technologies. Kenneth Dilbeck explains that the nature of this evolution is essentially a gradual shift from a hardware-centric to software-centric focus.

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What's going to happen now is we see that you have people that are very focused on the hardware/software interaction and are focused on these highly specialized areas. As the need for the specialized knowledge decreases, it doesn't mean that the skill sets that they've acquired can't be applied to different types of problems. The problem's going to move, the nature of the problem, probably, isn't going to change as much. They're still trying to deliver a network service, but rather than focusing on the hardware capabilities as singular things, they'll be focused more on what are the software capabilities that are required there.

The things that need to be considered about interactions and the performance characteristics shift from hardware centric to software centric, but the ability to see where those contention points are is still there. You know the one place you're seeing it in a hardware/software environment, the other it's just a bit more software centric. I see a natural path for people that are working in this field that way and also that it won't be an immediate change. There will be a migration period, where people, you know, the hybrid networks are going to exist for a long time.

Kenneth Dilbeck, VP of Strategic Programs, TM Forum
Written by Kenneth Dilbeck
Vice President of Strategic Programs, TM Forum

Kenneth Dilbeck is the vice president of collaboration R&D for TM Forum. He has been involved in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years and an integral part of TM Forum’s Collaboration program for over 13 years. He has been involved in implementing and developing a broad range of OSS systems, from billing systems to element management systems, wireless and wireline.