News 20/09/2018 by "Natasha Radford"

Rising Demand for DevOps Professionals – 2009 to Now and Beyond

Rising Demand for DevOps Professionals

Demand for DevOps candidates is rising. In the past year, we have seen more and more organisations pushing to introduce DevOps into their business, or expanding the team currently in place. Observing this growth, we began to think about the space and just how much it has evolved. After all, it was not even a decade ago that the term DevOps was first coined, when Patrick Debois hosted the “devopsdays” conference in Belgium.

Since the creation of the term in 2009, the DevOps space has blossomed, and tech businesses have quickly adopted teams of these professionals, recognising their function as a necessary piece in the development puzzle.

A quick history

DevOps came from the need to de-silo development and operations to more efficiently move through development, with minimal bottlenecks on the operations side. Originally DevOps began utilising existing software development methodologies, like Waterfall or Agile. Today, the function of DevOps is to design processes specific to the needs of the business. Some may leverage existing software development methodologies but without relying on them entirely.

As this role has matured, so too have the practices, processes and technologies that support it. DevOps has gone from playing a role in optimising for cost, to now also optimising for speed; a combination that is critical for most modern businesses to stay competitive. In addition to improved processes and turn around, these individuals ensure better communication and collaboration between the teams.

Why so popular?

The way that we deliver software has changed. What could once take years of development is now expected to be delivered in a fraction of the time. Having a DevOps culture means businesses can release products and features a lot quicker, speed to market is increased and collaboration between the operations team and development team is improved; thus increasing communication and an effective workforce.

DevOps includes continuous development and continuous integration, allowing for better integration with other systems through Open Source coding.

It’s more prevalent in this day and age that companies produce goods more rapidly and more effectively, which is why DevOps has been formed, and exactly why the need for these individuals is growing exponentially. As demands from customers increase, both in terms of range and fast turn around, DevOps professionals are working to remain two steps ahead and keeping projects advancing in rapid time.

Looking ahead

DevOps professionals are scarce and will only become more scarce as the space grows faster than the professionals entering the market. Businesses should be wary of people who call themselves DevOps professionals but are actually not in practice. We already see this happening today and it may become more of an issue moving forward as businesses are tempted to look at under-skilled people to meet their needs.

To avoid getting caught out, you need to know what you’re looking for. If you don’t know how to find DevOps professionals, you’ll need a good agency on your side. Of course we would say that, but the reality is that we work all day every day in this space and have deep networks with some of the most successful DevOps professionals. 

Get in touch with us today.