What DevOps Skills Are Organizations Looking For?

DevOps engineers are in top demand right now … According to studies by Gartner, Inc., 25 percent of top global 2000 organizations will have adopted DevOps as a mainstream strategy by the end of 2016.

Because DevOps is as much a cultural movement and a philosophy as it is as a hard-and-fast set of skills, there are some ambiguities in what organizations are looking for, and what best defines today’s DevOps skillset.

With that being said, we’ve compiled a set of mission critical DevOps skills that are pretty much what organizations are universally searching for right now.

DevOps is a cultural, philosophical and organic approach toward automating workflow and getting products to market more efficiently and effectively. The following skill will show up on the resumes of top candidates.

1. Experience with infrastructure automation tools and fluency in web languages

 Experience with tools like:

  • Ansible
  • SaltStack
  • Puppet
  • Docker
  • Chef
  • Windows PowerShell DSC

Fluency in languages including:

  • Ruby
  • Python
  • Java
  • PHP

Organizations are searching for DevOps candidates who are highly proficient in many of these tools and languages, and open to increasing their competencies further when given the opportunity to do so.


2. Expertise in “soft skills”

DevOps evolved as a way to enhance collaboration across project lifecycles and connect front end and back end professionals on either side of the software development and operations spectrum.

When software developers and operations staff (system engineers, systems admins, DBAs, etc.) collaborate effectively, communicate honestly and work as a cohesive team, the software development lifecycle (SDLC) is streamlined, risk factors are mitigated, and projects are completed and deployed with a minimum of bugs, quality defects and glitches.

Organizations look for DevOps candidates who are skilled in the art of highly effective interpersonal communication, with an arsenal of listening, negotiation, problem-solving and team-building skills at the ready.


3. Familiarity with CI (Continuous Integration) tools

Continuous Integration is a DevOps methodology that continually merges source code updates from all developers on a specific software build, notifying the team of any failures in the process.

This offers a real-time window into the developing software system, allowing immediate and constant engagement of all team members throughout the project lifecycle.

CI tools DevOps candidates should be familiar with include:

  • CruiseControl
  • CruiseControl.NET
  • Jenkins
  • Bamboo
  • Hudson
  • ThoughtWorks’ Go
  • Urbancode’s Anthill Pro
  • Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server
  • Jetbrains’ Team City


4. What else are today’s organizations looking for in a DevOps candidate?

Other skills hiring managers are on the lookout for in the DevOps space include:

  • Extensive knowledge of software build cycles
  • Experience deploying code
  • Experience in software architecture
  • Familiarity with application programming
  • Database management and system design

Coupled with those skills, further attributes in the DevOps candidate’s toolbox might include:

  • Project Management experience or certification
  • Risk Management experience or certification
  • Scrum Master experience or certification

In addition, organizations look for DevOps specialists to be comfortable in the role of client consultant, able to interact effectively and build positive business relationships with customers while addressing their needs and wants.


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