Everyone is talking about DevOps. In the 2020 emerging roles report compiled by Linkedin, DevOp engineer featured prominently which has further boosted its reputation.
DevOps combines development and operations which are commonly operated separately to create a new role. Originally a cultural thing, it became a new set of skills that is now in demand. With DevOps within an organisation, coding speeds up exponentially as well as offering increased scalability.
A DevOps team is responsible for operations and development, creating a bridge between IT and development departments, to update the company’s own software or product, guaranteeing smooth sailing.
A DevOps engineer is a one-size-fits-all title that applies to anyone who is working with development and operations, so they don’t necessarily need to be an engineer. Collaborating across departments, the DevOps engineer works alongside colleagues to make sure that releases of new code happen in a timely fashion.
In order for Data Scientists and those working within Machine Learning to do what they do, thye require DevOps engineers to make the coding happen. DevOps build infrastructure for the company’s IT needs. They also test and monitor to ensure that everything runs well. Systems always need updating and DevOps develop what is needed.
A lot of what DevOps do would traditionally be considered by businesses to be tasks for the IT department, but as knowledge grows and new roles arrive to fit the need, that mindset is changing. This frees up IT to do what they do best.
DevOps may maintain systems but they must be adept problem solvers. With so much data flowing around companies, DevOps are tasked with creating automation where it is necessary, to get that data flowing faster and making life easier for Data Scientists. The developer will always know their code better than anyone else.
With growth within DevOps engineers, progress in the tools they use is speeding up, equipping them to develop full solutions for their companies, which includes Cloud and security. The KPIs needed, such as deployment time, are more understood within the business than they were previously.
DevOps exists to make the processes quicker and the flow of information shorter. Attempting to bring that into a top-down structure defeats the point. Having management who are in charge of the team but have little or no knowledge of the discipline slows down what needs to speed up. If in doubt, contact a specialist recruitment partner who can advise on team structures.
DevOps engineers are needed but a company cannot scrimp on the amount needed. Understandably, with a new role, managers are a little confused. What we are encountering is ratios within companies where developers and scientists severely outnumber DevOps engineers. If you desire speed, weighing down DevOps engineers with more work than they can handle is not the way to go about it.
With the Cloud emerging during the Covid-19 pandemic as an essential for businesses dealing with large amounts of data, the bonus for DevOps is the ability to cooperate and delegate so much more easily.
As with everything new, the mindset of DevOps must become part of the company’s culture. Success must not be viewed purely through traditional eyes, but in time, we have no doubt that DevOps will become another solid and intuitive part of every business dealing with data.
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