The results emerged from a survey* of over 150 UK IT professionals, which was conducted in May and
•Over 80 percent of IT professionals said network complexity has either somewhat affected or greatly affected their role/responsibilities within the last three to five years •Respondents indicated that the top factors driving network complexity across technology, IT operations and business operations were: •Technology - compute virtualisation, smarter/more complex equipment, and video conferencing/telepresence •IT operations - BYOD, mobility and the distributed workforce •Business operations - security
"Over the past few years enterprise networks have become vastly more complex due to the adoption of new technologies as well as changing business practices. The impact of popular new technologies -- like compute virtualisation and unified communications -- has been dramatic. However, at the same time new business practices have forced network changes -- none more so than the growth of more mobile and flexible working," said
62 percent of respondents surveyed reported that the main measure companies need to take to prepare for growing network complexity is training IT staff -- this was comfortably the leading suggestion. However 25 percent say that budget restrictions are hindering the appropriate training from taking place.
The survey also asked IT Pros to rank the most important skillset needed to combat network complexity today and in five years.
•The network complexity skillsets ranked most important today: •Nearly one-third of IT professionals surveyed said understanding the business is the single most important skillset needed to combat the challenges of network complexity, followed by information security and network engineering.•The network complexity skillsets needed in five years: •When IT professionals look five years into the future, the single most important skillset was found to be cloud/SaaS followed closely by understanding of the business and then information security. Notably, mobile applications and device management is also high on the skillset radar.
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