A new report has revealed that "DevOps engineer" is the most in-demand, heavily recruited job on LinkedIn--and that the sky-high demand for employees in this role is set to continue in 2019.
In fact, according to LinkedIn, the top three most hired-for jobs are in technology: DevOps engineer, enterprise account executive, and front-end engineer--a trend which shows just how extensively digital disruption is affecting the international employment landscape.
However, whilst DevOps is firmly in the business Zeitgeist, the job title can be somewhat vague and the responsibilities of the role can differ from company to company. Indeed, some engineers argue that "DevOps" is more of a culture or mindset than a single job and that DevOps engineers' responsibilities can overlap with other types of engineers, such as site reliability experts.
It's important to define the role of the DevOp, or at least the responsibilities within the DevOps function, not least because of the crucial part it plays in helping enterprises deliver fast, frequent and quality releases--an ability which is make or break for many digital businesses.
So, let's have a closer look at the roles in DevOps, and perhaps more importantly, the skills you need to be employable and successful in this hyper-competitive, fast moving world.
Tackling the pace of change
"Change is the only constant"; this well-worn phrase has special significance for developers. We all know that the role is constantly morphing--and as enterprises are increasingly pressured to move quickly, developers are finding themselves taking on more responsibility than ever before.
Indeed, this need for speed is a driving force behind many of the changes we've seen in software development, and most importantly in the creation of the DevOps function. Where testers, developers and quality assurance (QA) teams once had distinctly different jobs to do, the functions are quickly merging and streamlined DevOps teams are now tasked both with making apps and services and ensuring they are of the highest quality.
And, of course, the job has become increasingly complex. For example, continuous testing for digital now calls for the capability to deal with and leverage mobile and progressive web, augmented and virtual reality and artificial intelligence. And as the pace of change marches on, this ability to flex with new developments is crucial.
But what is the secret to dealing with new tech innovations, while breaking down silos...