Three Skills DevOps Teams Need to Master for 2018 and Beyond

Here at Solutions Review, we constantly keep track of news related to the leading enterprise technologies. We want to provide the best insight on the web to help your business in an ever-changing technological landscape. With DevOps being a popular topic of discussion amongst IT leaders, finding the right information for your team can be difficult.

A recent article in TechTarget’s DevOpsAgenda, Master the Seven Key DevOps Engineer Skills for 2018, has some great insights into what teams should be working to learn going forward. The article is written by Bob Reselman, who has written four books on computer programming and has an incredible understanding of the industry. The IT world is constantly changing, so your team needs to have the relevant skills to improve your business. DevOps is a culture shift, within that shift will come regular technological advancements that your team needs to prepare for.

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Serverless Computing

The big tech companies, Amazon, Google and Microsoft all provide serverless computing environments. These are the companies that are driving marketplace change and their competitors will work to keep up with this trend.

Serverless computing will integrate quickly into DevOps culture. The benefits include no longer needing to manage servers, automated scaling, and no upfront provisioning. Understanding how serverless computing works in terms of architecture, version control, deployment, and testing will be critical to the field moving forward. Whether or not you implement serverless soon or sometime in the future, having a team with detailed knowledge of this technological advancement will be crucial.

Robotic Process Automation

Robotic process automation (RPA) can sound like an intimidating prospect in the IT world. It is the practice of applying robotic technology to work in place of, or alongside, human workers. As much as we like to ignore complete automation, it is essentially inevitable. The Institute for Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence states, “Though it is expected that automation will replace up to 140 million full-time employees worldwide by the year 2025, many high-quality jobs will be created for those who are able to maintain and improve RPA software.”

Automation doesn’t have to be a negative for IT professionals. Learning as much as possible about RPA can make your team far more valuable in the future. Ignoring this dramatic change will only create stress going forward. Automation has always been a crucial component to IT. Knowing how to teach and work with this technology will be integral to the IT space much sooner than some might realize.

Quantum Computing 

Quantum computing sounds like something out of a William Gibson novel, but it’s here and its impact on the IT world will be significant. These computers are available for sale at around $10 million. Obviously not a consumer product, but someday they certainly can be.

Quantum computing will change the IT landscape forever and security teams need to prepare. Quantum computers will be able to decipher any text-based password in seconds if the technology falls into the wrong hands. Fingerprint and retinal scans will also be vulnerable. Hackers will be able to impersonate in a far more intricate way than previously possible.

As beneficial as this technology can be on attackers, it can be equally beneficial to security teams. Security teams need to learn everything they can about quantum computing before it becomes a more available technology.

We encourage you to read the article in full.

Tyler W. Stearns

Tyler W. Stearns

Editor, DevOps & Network Monitoring at Solutions Review
Tyler is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering DevOps and Network Monitoring at Solutions Review. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. You can reach him at tstearns@solutionsreview.com
Tyler W. Stearns

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