LR & Cisco Launch Upskill U

The times are a-changin' and that's especially true right now in the communications industry. We're witnessing a paradigm shift where technology is no longer just a business tool but the very foundation of a transformative global digital economy. While today's service provider and enterprise decision-makers are responsible for building communications networks that are flexible and scalable enough to support myriad social, mobile, analytics and cloud-based services, many have found themselves at an internal skillset impasse.

One service provider that's been aggressively transforming its network and re-skilling its workforce to handle the changes underway is AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) In fact, it's requiring its workforce to adapt, according to Randall Stephenson, the chief executive and chairman of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). "There is a need to retool yourself, and you should not expect to stop," he told New York Times. Those that don't re-skill themselves "will obsolete themselves with the technology," he said.

In the same vein, John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations, told Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders at the Digital Operations Transformation Summit that AT&T has to change as rapidly as its customers and its non-traditional competitors for "survival," and that "speed is not just advantageous, it's an absolute necessity." (See CEO Chat With AT&T's John Donovan.)

Here at Light Reading, we don't want you become obsolete or overwhelmed by this sea-change so today we are excited to announce that we've teamed with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to bring you Upskill U, a free, online learning environment where you can upskill yourself on a variety of hot topics such as NFV, SDN, the Internet of Things, cloud, cyber security, 5G, open source, analytics and more.

To lead these courses, we're bringing in expert lecturers from leading service providers, enterprises, analyst firms and top educational institutions to help you gain the business and technology know-how you need to stay relevant in a virtualized, software-defined world. Our goal is to help you not only know how to architect next-gen networks -- but monetize them as well.

During each live, 45-minute course, you'll hear directly from an expert lecturer in the industry, and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and collaborate with industry peers via online discussions. But the dialogue doesn't stop there -- seminars are archived and online educational discussions take place round the clock.

Take a look at the exciting line-up of courses we have in store for April:

So now's your chance. Don't get left in the dark or become obsolete -- let Upskill U be your guiding light.

Register today and if you complete three courses, you'll receive an Upskill U headlamp because hands-free is the only way to be!

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, editor, Upskill U

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kq4ym 4/23/2016 | 7:07:24 PM
Re: Vendor bias? A good policy of course. I've noticed it's working well too. While the sponsorship is duly noticed there's no blatant selling going on other than hoping that participants in the various venues trust the speakers and their particular firms. Good job all and looking forward to the newest launch!
TeleWRTRLiz 4/14/2016 | 3:10:58 PM
Re: Vendor bias? Yes. He did get his own statue though which was a nice touch.
mendyk 4/14/2016 | 3:08:16 PM
Re: Vendor bias? Paul was in line to host Octopi in Blazers. And then he croaked. Such is life.
TeleWRTRLiz 4/14/2016 | 3:04:35 PM
Re: Vendor bias? You're right. Perhaps Blotchy was able to predict the fate of Inky -- akin to their German cousin Paul -- and made the decision to stay behind.
mendyk 4/14/2016 | 3:00:51 PM
Re: Vendor bias? It's easy to confuse desperation with intelligence if the end result is successful. Inky's fate is unknown -- remember, this smart guy was rescued from the clutches of something called a crawfish pot. Blotchy will spend the rest of his/her/its days well-fed and protected.
TeleWRTRLiz 4/14/2016 | 2:56:33 PM
Re: Vendor bias? I am a HUGE fan of Inky the Octopus and even of his less intelligent and now left behind Blotchy.
mendyk 4/14/2016 | 2:35:48 PM
Re: Vendor bias? It's important to note that Light Reading has a no-shills policy that applies to all of its programs -- events, webinars, white papers, and now Upskill U. Yes, the occasional spiel manages to slip through Inky-the-Octopus style on occasion. But almost all of our sponsors understand that blatant marketeering in these venues does not serve their interest.
Kelsey Ziser 4/14/2016 | 2:08:17 PM
Re: The whitebox - Cisco replacement?? @Phil, we're always open to suggestions on course subject matter, keep the great ideas coming!
TeleWRTRLiz 4/14/2016 | 10:17:47 AM
Re: The whitebox - Cisco replacement?? Thanks for the suggestion @Phil! We'll be loading more classes soon. White boxes could fit into a number of areas including architecting next-gen networks, security, open source and more so we'll make sure to build that into the lectures we have going forward.
Phil Morrison 4/14/2016 | 12:15:46 AM
The whitebox - Cisco replacement?? Chambers talked about in 2015, and AT&T talked about it earlier this year.   Seems important enough to add to the agenda.

When will Cisco sponsor training on the whitebox?  Does the market really need more Cisco CPE?  
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