IT leaders have no shortage of priorities to balance as they position their organizations for resiliency and growth. And one of the hot spots for growth and transformation is the Edge.\nLike all emerging technologies, edge computing is evolving right along with the standards that will someday set parameters and best practices for implementation. Until then, organizations are crowd-sourcing their approach, says Chris Smith, Vice President of Platform Applications with Lumen Technologies. \u00a0\u201cIt still requires thoughtful design and consulting to deploy modern applications in a distributed fashion,\u201d Smith told IDG in Episode 2 of Lumen\u2019s podcast series (listen below).\nAnd like many emerging technologies, defining \u201cThe Edge\u201d is a moving target. And that\u2019s not a bad thing, says Smith. It all depends on the business need and use case.\n\u201cWe\u2019ll have customers come to us and really all they need is they need a data center where they can bring in the racks and they can bring in their gear and they needed to plug it into a network,\u201d Smith says. \u201cWe have customers that really don\u2019t want to be bothered with the capital outlay of buying bare metal and buying hardware because it\u2019s more and more commodity. So they\u2019re looking for the data center and the hardware layer and plugging that into a network. Then you\u2019ll have customers that want us to deal with the virtualization and the operating systems. So it\u2019s sort of a building block.\u201d\nTune in to hear Smith discuss services and applications at the edge, how Secure Access Service Edge is playing out, and a look ahead to what\u2019s in store at The Edge.