We frequently hear the word “DevOps” when we talk about cloud technologies. This model is rapidly growing in adoption throughout companies where traditional IT ops, system administrators and developer responsibilities are being merged. The process and culture-driven methodology enables organizations to appreciate programming skills, service management and resource provisioning.
Hence, when we think of DevOps, we often think of cloud because of the ability to dynamically provision infrastructure resources for developers to rapidly obtain test environments without waiting days or even weeks for a manual request to be fulfilled. The key to DevOps within an organization is the blending of people who execute the process, tools and code that drives efficiency through automation.
So as you consider implementing DevOps within your own organization, what are the most beneficial DevOps skills to look for?
A DevOps culture is composed of a high degree of collaboration, a focus on the collective business instead of departmental objectives, trust, and learning through experimentation. These are some of the most valuable skills in a DevOps team:
An attitude of shared responsibility that encourages IT and development to have a better understanding of each other’s work. It’s easy for a development teams to become disinterested in the operation and maintenance of a service once its thrown over the fence. However, if a development team shares in that responsibility throughout the service lifecycle, they are able to understand the operational pain and can easily identify corrective measures that positively impacts end user experiences (e.g. by automating deployments and improving logging).
DevOps should be the bridge from development to operations. There is a huge gap between the ‘Dev Complete’ milestone and having a product that is stable, live in production, and ultimately providing business value.
In the world of DevOps, an “all hands on deck” mentality emerges. Instead of having individuals focused solely on their part within the journey from development to operations, proper DevOps ensures everyone understands what they are collectively contributing to when it comes to the critical business-focused objective.
If we are going to serve our customers to the best of our abilities, communication is mission critical.
Today’s companies need IT professionals to be extremely responsive and receptive to change. Being able to pick up new programming languages, experiment with new technologies and revamping best practices are essential to meeting goals in an industry that shifts quickly, especially with applications.
Focus on Improvement
It’s about consistently seeking continuous improvement. DevOps engineers improve three things:
- Applications being delivered
- Environment of the applications being delivered
- Process by which the application (and its environment) is delivered
DevOps is less about doing things a specific way, and more about moving the business forward and giving it a stronger technological advantage. Here at ElasticBox, we empower IT Ops to bridge the gap with development in a transparent and collaborative way of automating application deploys. Check us out here.