At Whitridge’s technology recruiters place a variety of consultants at our client locations and DevOps is a hot sector. Recently we’ve placed DevOps Engineers, DevOps Architects, Cloud Engineers and Architects, Test and QA Engineers, and Full Stack Developers/Engineers, all of whom needed DevOps skills to have success in their career. But what is DevOps and is it a good area to explore in your career?
Atlassian defines DevOps as, “a set of practices that works to automate and integrate the processes between software development and IT teams, so they can build, test, and release software faster and more reliably.”
DevOps is a relatively new concept that has proven itself valuable to many project teams.
In Atlassian & CITE Research’s 2020 DevOps Trends Survey, they say, “46% of organizations are relatively new to DevOps with under 3 years of doing it,” and that, “99% of respondents say DevOps has had a positive impact on their organization,” and “Organizations see a multitude of positive results from DevOps implementation, most frequently higher quality deliverables (61%).”
But project teams can face challenges in implementation, “Nearly all (85%) of organizations face some type of hurdle when implementing DevOps, with lack of skills in employees, legacy infrastructure, and adjusting corporate culture being the top complaints.”
Ensuring DevOps consultants have a strong skill set and proper training is absolutely invaluable to the greater team dynamic. For example, DevOps Engineers work on release engineering, infrastructure provisioning and management, system administration, security and DevOps advocacy. It’s important that DevOps Engineers have strong communication/collaboration skills while also maintaining a solid understanding of the delivery pipeline, experience with system administration, experience with a variety of tools including configuration management tools like Chef, Puppet, or Ansible and container tools. DevOps Engineers should have a depth of knowledge on continuous integration and continuous deployment and the tools that go along with it. DevOps Engineers must have experience designing, provisioning, and managing computer ecosystems (onsite and in the cloud). Skills with AWS and Terraform are also important. Another skill set that will set a DevOps Engineer apart is the ability to understand software development practices and how to use Agile development practices.
If you’re just starting out and considering a career in DevOps, make sure you are pursuing the right skill set to set yourself up for success. If you’re a DevOps Engineer or another professional in the DevOps space and you’re looking for your next job – don’t leave it up to chance. Business and technology staffing companies like Whitridge Associates are trusted partners in your job search. Our Recruiters will work tirelessly to find the right position for you. Whitridge Associates provides expert tech staffing to a diverse group of technology companies, financial services, defense contractors and healthcare providers throughout the country. With a history of 30 years of unparalleled service to both our clients and consultants, Whitridge is one of the most highly regarded tech staffing companies in New England.
This blog post was written by Danielle Larson, Talent Acquisition & Engagement Specialist
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