DevOps Engineer is the Most Unique Role in Cloud Computing

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Enterprises looking to improve their IT practices have been turning to DevOps. However, the results vary based on personnel and gameplan.  Beyond breaking down silos and increasing collaboration, there must be more change, right? Dynamic roles are what truly makes DevOps standout as an IT ideology. Demand for DevOps Engineers has increased.

This role centers around dynamic cross-functional IT experience and management skills. DevOps engineer isn’t a subject one can study in school (yet), it’s an amalgamation of different technical, personal, and dynamic skills that essentially make a super IT employee.

What are DevOps Engineers?

This year, Glassdoor listed DevOps engineer as the number 2 job in America. Additionally, there has been an influx of new job openings for the position. A trend likely to continue as enterprises of all sizes have an interest in DevOps.

DevOps engineers are people who have a diverse skill set. Someone who has experience in configuration, cloud, automation, operations, and leadership. It’s someone who didn’t settle down into their original position. An inspired employee who wanted to learn as much as they could and build on their skills.

How One Becomes a DevOps Engineer

Becoming a DevOps engineer requires experience in many components of the IT world. Any IT employee could become one with the right dedication, and nurturing this drive is crucial. If everyone is willing and able to develop the proper skills your team will gain nuance.

This is where collaboration and breaking down IT silos becomes important. Cross training is far easier with teams are working collaboratively across departments. A culture of inclusion should also be a culture of inspiration. Your team should be inspired by each other to learn and develop their skills together. If everyone’s input is validated through the culture, then everyone should be willing to take on new roles and responsibilities.

The Importance of Leadership

Another way to think of a DevOps engineer is as a manager. They’re a leader. Becoming a DevOps engineer requires leadership skills that enhance everyone’s experience and brings together various skills. Making the switch to DevOps requires patience and understanding.

Team members may have a difficult time with cultural changes. Maybe you have an older IT worker feels overwhelmed. Inclusiveness makes the transition easier to manage. Thus, collaboration must be encouraged. The team shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions or express their opinions. This is the case for any field, but it’s especially important for optimal software development.

DevOps engineers bring the experience and benefits of DevOps to their employees and coworkers. Without the right leadership approach, teams will feel left behind.

Don’t Forget Security

I speak constantly on the importance of security and the problematic approach that exists in DevOps. People in DevOps leadership positions, such as a DevOps engineer or a C level executive, need to understand the importance of security. Although eliminating silos for development and operations is very effective, lack of security introduces a bigger problem.

There is no “DevSecOps engineer” position. Thus, DevOps engineers need to recognize the importance of security. They must be able to write secure code and practice safe procedures when using library sites like GitHub. Also, they must spread these practices to other members of the development team.

Certified Cloud Engineers and Managed Service Providers

On this enterprise cloud site, we cover a lot of information on managed service providers (MSP). MSPs provide enterprises with a personalized team of cloud certified engineers. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, it doesn’t matter. Clients can harness their MSP to eliminate the stress of mundane cloud management. This furthers the flexibility of a DevOps Engineer, as they can focus on innovation over maintenance.

Many MSPs provide DevOps integration options. Their DevOps experts give your team access to automation, container implementation, and more. Although this could be accomplished by a DevOps Engineer, having access to the proper tools allows your team to train and improve more efficiently.

Doug Atkinson

An entrepreneur and executive with a passion for enterprise technology, Doug founded Solutions Review in 2012. He has previously served as a newspaper boy, a McDonald's grill cook, a bartender, a political consultant, a web developer, the VP of Sales for e-Dialog - a digital marketing agency - and as Special Assistant to Governor William Weld of Massachusetts.