5G and multi-access edge computing (MEC) will require a number of brand new skills. There simply aren't enough people you can hire or outsource to, and so CSPs will have to cultivate some of these new skills in-house. Stack disaggregation will put further burden on this critical need. 2019 is the right time to start gaining these skills. If you wait too long, you are the risk of not having enough in-house expertise to implement 5G and MEC!
Examples of news skills needed are as follows.
DevOps and CI/CD
API/CLI instead of GUI
Modeling languages — TOSCA, Heat, YAML etc.
Plan/build ops. mentality instead of break/fix
Functional testing of NFV/SDN stack
Performance testing NFV/SDN stack
General functional skills
SDN and NFV basics
Using OpenStack, Kubernetes (k8s), SDN controllers e.g. ODL or Tungsten Fabric
Operating OpenStack, k8s, and SDN controllers
Using big data stacks
Modern monitoring techniques
Hypervisors (vSphere or KVM) and containers
Hardware acceleration/Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA)
Specialized functional skills
New VNFs such as vRAN, SD-WAN, NGFW etc.
There is no one-stop shop to acquire these skills. Nor does any one individual need to know all aspects.
Our courses fill a small aspect of the above list (ONAP, OPNFV that covers testing, and NFV101). If these are gaps you are looking to fill, consider taking one of our courses. We have public classes coming up in Berlin in late Feb (ONAP Bootcamp II) and then in San Jose in early April just before ONS (ONAP Bootcamp, ONAP+AI/ML intro). Or you can request an onsite private training just for your company employees.