Telekom Austria plans to start a company-wide training program in the first or second quarter of 2015 that is designed to get employees at all levels up to speed on virtualization, says CTO Günther Ottendorfer in an interview with Light Reading.
"We want to get people ready for this new world of NFV in several phases -- teaching them really what is virtualization, what is orchestration, how do functions work in this world, what do you have to look for in the planning and operating of this world," he says.
Following several NFV trials earlier this year, the new training program will address what many consider to be some of the biggest challenges in the overall transition to software-based, virtualized networking -- that is, the mindset, culture and skills of current staff. It also shows how Ottendorfer's NFV strategy is as much about people as it is about technology.
"NFV is a big change for the mindset of the people," says Ottendorfer. "It means real convergence between network and IT skills because a lot of those skills are already present in the IT world and less present in the network world."
For the Telekom Austria Group , which has 23 million customers across eight markets, the convergence of telecom networks and IT starts at the top with Ottendorfer, because as CTO he has responsibility for IT and network technology.
To find out more about Ottendorfer's views on NFV, fixed and mobile broadband developments -- and mountain biking and surfing -- read the new Prime Reading feature, Taking NFV to the People.
— Michelle Donegan, contributing editor, special to Light Reading