IT leaders have no shortage of priorities to balance as they position their organizations for resiliency and growth. And one of the hotspots for growth and transformation is the Edge.\nWe\u2019re all familiar with the idea of \u201cInfrastructure-as-a-Service.\u201d Well, how about \u201cInfrastructure-as-a-Distraction?\u201d\nLumen Technologies CTO Andrew Dugan offers that observation during his conversation with IDG\u2019s Jim Malone in Episode 5 of Lumen\u2019s podcast series.\n\u201cHistorically CIOs and IT managers have had to build the infrastructure that they need to operate their applications, so build datacenters, build space power, build and manage the network that supports all of that,\u201d Dugan says. \u00a0\u201cAnd with that need to build that comes need to worry about servers, storage, and those networks. I believe those are distractions from the applications that really drive the business.\u201d\nThe key is that Dugan sees applications becoming that increasingly more important part of how business operates.\n\u201cApplications really are what enable their employees to be productive, for them to operate their time-sensitive business, and for their customers to interact with their services,\u201d says Dugan. \u201cFor many of our customers the applications they operate determine the success of their business.\u201d\n\u00a0IT leaders are turning to providers like Lumen for cloud and dynamic networking services, relieving them of the infrastructure \u201cdistraction\u201d and allowing them to focus on those critical applications.\nTune in as Dugan explores how that shift is shaping Lumen\u2019s approach to cloud and networking services, and how they\u2019re helping customers from the edge to the data center to the last mile.\nListen to the full episode below.