AT&T’s Donovan: Our workforce is ‘reskilling’ to be data scientists

As AT&T (NYSE: T) moves forward with its virtualization program, the service provider must retrain its workforce to become more familiar with the software-driven environment it is creating through its implementation of SDN and NFV in its network. John Donovan, chief strategy officer and president of technology and operations for AT&T, told FierceTelecom in areas like big data, the service provider will be helping existing employees who have worked on TDM functions to become experts in data. “We know we’re going to need more data scientists over the next few years,” Donovan said. “The reality is we’ll have more slots than there will be folks in the job market to fill. We have employees reskilling themselves after spending years focusing on legacy products and environments, such as TDM switching, to…


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