Transitioning State of Networking

Change is a process of evolution. It’s an integral part of life, whether it’s personal or professional. As we progress through life, we have to adopt the changes to move forward. Few of these changes are favorable, and many are necessary and time-consuming. But the truth is, change will always be there, and it’s constant.


“Change is the only constant in this world.”


The current network industry is going through the biggest change in decades. It’s transforming as per the requirement of the customer and helping them drive towards growth, whether it’s in the form of 5G/IoT/SDN or cloud. Whenever a change occurs, it does not happen in a day or month. Evolution happens with time. Being a network engineer, we have to adopt the same and grow along with it. Job roles are going to different skill sets and roles to accommodate this change. Few people have welcomed this change, and many are not sure how to accommodate it in their current situation to keep moving forward.


The next workforce of the future definitely has different skill set requirements from the current one, and this is the best time to start preparing for it. It’s never too late to start learning, and my CCNA certification journey is a perfect example. I learned about frame-relay and progressed to MPLS. The biggest question was, how did the current expert nail the transition to MPLS and drive the technology smoothly? What challenges did they face and how did they prepare? What’s the preparation plan from an expert or beginner perspective?


It was around approximately 4 years earlier when I first heard about SDN, and it will still take some time before it becomes mainstream. I observed experts preparing for it from that time onward. Today is the best time to start preparing for it as we have a lot of resources, tools, and support. The professionals working at an architect or expert level are already aware and working on it in some way with their industry experiences. For beginners, they still have to capture the basic networking concepts before moving to the software end, and certification curriculum enhancements are definitely guiding the workforce towards that requirement. The senior leadership with decades of experience will drive the current workforce in this transition and help them stay relevant to the currently upcoming technologies.


Cisco Developer Network is a good place if you really want to be engaged with the software side of networking and stay up-to-date in the ongoing development. Continuing to share and get involved in discussion with your peers in the industry is another approach to be up-to-date.


Here are a few links to help you move forward with this journey:


Networking Industry Transformation through Softwarization

Talk Python To Me

Tackling the Programming Approach


Just today, I read a news article about an 89-year-old (freedom fighter) person applying for a Ph.D., and it also reminds me of Truls Hjelle. He was a CCIE at 64. Nothing is impossible if you have decided to do something.


Cisco believes that “tomorrow starts here,” and we (engineers) are an integral part of building that tomorrow. If organizations help “connect people,” then we (engineers) are the ones who contribute towards connecting them and making a better world. We have to do it in our best way to keep changing/adapting to the need for our customer and industry. Happy learning to all. All the best !!!