DevOps: a dual skill profile for more agility

The name “DevOps” actually corresponds to the contraction of the terms “development” and “operations“. This job has recently appeared on the job market and is a perfect illustration of the computer sector’s evolution. 

Indeed, the stakes of the companies linked to the necessary digital transformation bring out new needs, and, a fortiori, new profiles capable of mastering several skills at the same time. In this sense, one could say that DevOps combines the skills of the web developer and the system administrator.

This dual-proficiency profile, therefore, is revolutionizing the way software and computer applications are designed. In the past, development and system administration engineers worked independently of one another. DevOps has thus become a strategic position. That’s for allowing the company to get more speed and agility by bridging the bridges between development and operation.

A true “Swiss army knife”, the DevOps must be able to master several skills, both technical and human. This innovative profile is now highly prized by CIOs within companies. Simoutaneously, it requires a solid experience to be able to carry out all the missions that come with it.

The main missions of DevOps in business

The missions of DevOps are numerous. In a very general way, his main tasks are to set up, manage and administer computer systems. The goal is that these systems are adapted to the company and make it more agile.

We summarize the main missions of DevOps as follows:

– Application Deployment

– Making test phases, carried out before the development

– Monitoring the quality of the production

The peculiarity of this business (in comparison with those of “classical” developer and system administrator) lies in the fact that at each stage there is a quality control requirement, in order to ensure that the solutions put in place continue to operate after installation.

The skills to become DevOps

Do you like DevOps? Discover below the skills you need to acquire to qualify for this job.

DevOps must master different types of skills. Technical skills, first of all, intrinsically linked to the job itself. It is all about software development and operation as well as the administration of very specific systems and tools. DevOps must therefore have programming skills (writing and understanding of code, knowledge of programming languages, script development and integration) in infrastructure deployment (setting up gateways to transfer operations or data) and in evaluation (ability to evaluate the functioning of applications, to make adjustments in terms of resources and tools and to measure the performance of the solutions put in place).

Beyond these technical skills, DevOps must also know how to demonstrate “human” skills:

– Have a good relationship to communicate more easily with different people likely associated with the project

– Being able to manage teams with complementary but very specific roles

– Know how to take a step back and understand the point of view of others to carry out the project in the best conditions and achieve all the objectives set

– Being able to federate heterogeneous profiles, with sometimes very contradictory interests, in order to produce an efficient and coherent solution

Existing training and opportunities

By now, there is no training as such, specific to the profession of “DevOps”. Most of the current profiles are graduates of computer engineering schools and, at the same time, have a number of professional experiences. 

Through these experiences, the DevOps candidate must have learned to master the skills related to development, system administration and the production of application and software solutions.

When there is little or no work experience, it is possible to apply for a “DevOp Junior” position, but the offer is then much smaller. Especially since the skills mastered in this position are relatively numerous, and it therefore seems difficult to commit to this path to have, beforehand, practice field experience.

Finally, in terms of opportunities, DevOps can then, move towards other positions such as that of networks and infrastructure engineer, CTO (Chief Technical Officer) or Tech Lead, responsible for the IT strategy of the company.

And the salary, in all this?

That will depend on where the DevOps work. According to Glassdor’s statistics, a DevOps income can get to $115,666k. 

As in any career, the salary increases over time and as the professional gains experience. But the DevOps is in many lists of best paid professionals. 

The job market for the DevOps business

If you are a candidate in 2019 for a position similar to that of DevOps, rejoice: these profiles are among the most sought after by companies worldwide!

On both sides, developers and system and network engineers are always in great demand, and this is not about to change! What explains this need in particular is the urge for support in the digital transformation. Also, the various issues related to data security. Due to its ever-increasing volume and strategic value, Data is transforming the vision, practices and nature of the objectives that are part of any IT project.

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