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The Software Defined Networking (SDN) market evolution is having a major effect on networking job roles. New careers in IT are being built, focusing more on complex services and architectures rather than systems.

A recent survey by Cisco found that 71 percent of IT professionals intend on using SDN technology this year for a number of reasons, ranging from creating more programmable networks to simply reducing costs.

With these shifts in mind, new talent needs arise for IT professionals to accommodate evolving industry job roles.

Through the years, market transitions and technology disruptions have introduced IT knowledge gaps. Knowledge of networking fundamentals is no longer enough. Now, network professionals must understand networking systems with integrated security, wireless and voice capabilities. Cisco is leading the charge to provide direction and proper learning paths and resources to help address these challenges.

Listening to our community, we’ve determined new skills and job roles require a deeper understanding of deployments and troubleshooting of SDN architectures, as well as familiarity with SDN specific troubleshooting tools.

Just as we have been all along, Learning@Cisco is investing heavily in creating education and certifications programs to help our community evolve skills in order to continue to be the driving force of innovation in networking.

Watch below as I discuss Learning@Cisco’s efforts around SDN further.

Stay tuned for future updates to our certification and education program at: www.ciscolearningnetwork.com

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  1. Please

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  2. Uchunor Kingsley

    Every system is made up of both hardware and software components, and so the evolution of Software Design Networking would make Networking professional to be complete.

    Moreso, Cisco’s approach could lead to the design of an IDE for building IOS for future Cisco hardware.

    Internet of everything is a possibility.

    #Cisco Cares

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  3. Douglas Moore

    So does this mean Cisco will be partnering up with other companies to provide a better foothold or continue to do its own thing?

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