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The modern business world relies on effective usage of computing technology to operate, succeed, and flourish. DevOps Engineers play a major role in supporting corporations in all sectors of industry, via the adoption of processes, systems and methodologies designed to nurture success. In essence, the role of a DevOps specialist is allied to streamlining processes and workflows.
The best DevOps specialists possess a varied range of personal qualities, chief of which will be the ability to communicate and collaborate well with others, including with some who aren’t as au fait with technical matters. They will also have a comprehensive knowledge of current applications allied to an understanding of technologies yet to come.
These individuals will need to be self-motivated at times, and perfectly capable of working within dedicated teams. There’s also a need to constantly bear in mind the demands of relevant stakeholders, as well as to understand the specific commercial needs of the business. In-depth knowledge of the cloud and how it impacts on a commercial organisation is a must.
As this role is rightly regarded as highly complex by other staff members, there will be times when a DevOps professional will need to assess, test, and monitor their own work. It’s important in this position to have a proactive approach, and to be prepared to show patience when explaining processes and systems.
In addition to qualifications, successful DevOps professionals will know how to utilise a diverse range of tools and applications on a daily basis. Which of them are used will depend on the individual role and the CI/CD methodology used, but the list will often include the likes of Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes, Nagios, Vagrant, Ansible, Puppet and Git for source control.
Those who become DevOps specialists often come from other IT-related disciplines, including web design, programming, coding, and database management. Those who succeed in DevOps can go on to become Senior DevOps Engineers, Cloud Managers and Directors of IT. This is still an evolving role, so the possibilities of advancement can and almost certainly will change.
Talented DevOps professionals are in great demand, and that means salaries and benefits packages will reflect this.
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