DevOps IT Careers Continue to Grow

The melding of development and operations - or DevOps, for short - is a hot skillset for anyone in the technology field. And, on the flip side, if you are looking to hire someone with DevOps experience, expect to recruit hard and compete for top candidates. According to a report from Dice, the demand for DevOps will only increase.

DevOps isn't going away. In fact, according to Tom Silver, vice president of Dice North America, demand for people with both development and operations experience will increase in the coming years. Recruiting for DevOps can be headache that often results in multiple offers, counteroffers and rising salaries for DevOps experience, according to a new report from Dice.

What Is DevOps

Some say DevOps is a new way of thinking, some contend it's Agile extended beyond development and others still consider it "the flavor of the month". According to Tom Silver, vice president of Dice North America, , DevOps is, "a combination of development and operations that work to facilitate more interaction between developers and SysAdmins."

Done correctly the result can mean delivering software faster with fewer deployment issues, which is good no matter what you do. The key takeaway is that a DevOps methodology has your IT teams and development teams working together to bring the infrastructure inside the development process where it's treated more like part of the application.

How Is DevOps Different

In a traditional IT/Development setting, developers create applications and code releases, and then pass off their work to IT, who would then be expected to handle the deployment--this separation or invisible wall can quickly lead to delays and deployment issues. The DevOps methodology, however, mandates that the IT operations team and the developers work together to deliver apps, updates and new features to end-users. The end result for some have been shorter delivery cycles and more timely updates.

DevOps Methodology Benefits

  • Shared responsibilities between developers and IT
  • Shorter development cycles
  • Reduced costs
  • Fewer deployment issues

How Is DevOps Affecting SysAdmins

If you thought the SysAdmin role would go away or shrink, you might be surprised to find out that is has in fact grown 5.6 percent in the last nine months, according to September reports from Dice. SysAdmins with operations experience could be in the right place at the right time in their IT career to cash in on this emerging trend.

The DevOps methodology continues to grow with Dice posting more than 200 DevOps positions on any given day and it's no surprise why. Bringing together IT and software developers just makes sense--their successes and failures are tied together, according to Dice.

Rich Hein is a senior writer for CIO.com. He covers IT careers. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, on Facebook, and on Google +.

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