Sales, marketing, and support personnel are discovering that in order to succeed in their career, they must be conversant in a wide variety of vendor-neutral concepts and terminology. Another audience for this certification are those networking practitioners who have limited their skills validation to vendor-specific traditional networking technologies (Cisco, Juniper, HP, etc.), and have not become familiar with network virtualization and its software-driven derivatives. They need to learn technologies like SDN, NVF, orchestration, security for virtualized networks, and other advanced, vendor-neutral technologies that are transforming the network of today and tomorrow. Increasingly, there is a game of “musical chairs” in the networking staffs of enterprise data centers and carriers, and only those professionals who can combine vendor-specific skills with vendor-neutral savvy in these new technologies will be retained.
For the millions of networking engineers and managers who manage traditional networks, these changes are driving them back to the classroom, and a massive “upskilling” is currently taking place. For those IT practitioners who are pursuing more advanced skills validation, the Network Foundations certification is the base for more advanced MEF certifications at the professional level.