It was another busy week in the DevOps media world; not just here on DevOps.com either. We had almost 30 new original features and blogs published this week. You should take some time and read them before running off and reading any of the articles and blogs I mention here. But then again I am biased, so take it from where it comes.
Besides the DevOps.com articles, I wanted to call out to two different articles over on Information Week. One is a guest post from Rackspace CTO, John Engates. It is called DevOps: ITs only chance of keeping up. In it the Engates calls out that breaking down barriers between development and operations, as well as other barriers in IT is the only hope for IT departments to keep up with the pace of business. I spoke about this with one of my friends and he thought of it as a chicken and egg question. Does DevOps make business go faster or does business going faster make us do DevOps? Of course the answer is probably “C”, all of the above. Anyway it is a great article by John and after you read enough here on this site, you should head over and take a read.
The other article on Information Week is by my Facebook friend Lorna Garey. Lorna was a participant in a recent DevOps State of the Union event I attended in Boston some weeks back. We both heard firsthand from some companies where DevOps allows IT to perform at a high level. Lorna writes that DevOps is creating a digital divide. It is creating a class of haves and have nots. Much like those with fiber internet and those with sub-5mbps DSL. This is going to create inherent advantages to those who have DevOps over those who do not. For me there is an easy answer, everyone should do DevOps if they want to.
Another topic that has been active here on DevOps.com and on other DevOps discussions is whether or not DevOps is a title and real job. I don’t care what you call it, there are certainly people doing it for a living, but that is just IMHO. According to this article in ITproportal, the number of DevOps engineer jobs in the UK has tripled over the last two years. In another report based on the same Rackspace data, Computer Weekly declares that “It is official, DevOps is a real job“. So I guess that ends that discussion, said no one ever.
Finally I have been having a good time monitoring the Twitterverse as the @devopsdotcom stream grows over these past weeks. I would say overall the reaction has been pretty positive. The DevOps community has embraced what we are trying to do with open arms and have been more than eager to help out and even be involved. But you can’t please everyone. One person in particular thought we have come “late to the conversation” with “little credibility beyond buying DevOps.com”. Hey there will always be some of that. But for the record we didn’t buy the domain and as I said in my first post three weeks ago, we aim to post a big tent here at DevOps.com. There is plenty of room for old DevOps folks and even more room for all of the new DevOps folks to come. We all don’t have to agree, but this site is here to give everyone a platform to add their voice to the discussion. I don’t think you need a union card or have to pass any literacy test to particiapte.
Have a good weekend!