AT&T targets 30% software control by year-end; NFV, SDN and IoT skills needed
May 6, 2016
In looking to hit 30% software control by year-end, AT&T set to increase education of workforce in NFV, SDN and IoT technologies
AT&T is looking to increase the pace in which it’s migrating software control over its network as well as bolstering the software-based skill set of its workforce.
In a recent blog post, John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president for AT&T Technology and Operations, said the carrier is looking to push its network into software from 5.7% reached at the end of 2015, to 30% by the end of 2016. This push is set to continue onto its previously stated goal of hitting 75% control by 2020.
To meet this goal, Donovan said it was paramount for its employees to be more versed in terms of its software needs, including greater expertise in network functions virtualization, software-defined networking, security, data analytics and the “Internet of Things” all running in an open source software environment. In addition, the company needs its “nontechnical” employees to gain familiarity with software, as “our salespeople, lawyers, accountants, recruiters, marketing experts and more also need to understand where we’re going.”
Donovan explained AT&T was focused on internal workforce training to hit its goals, as well as attracting new talent versed in software.