IT recruiting is at an all-time high and organizations want T-shaped professionals with cross-functional skill sets to join their teams. While “T” represents an individual’s core competency, and the top of the T represents a broad range of related knowledge, there has been little clarity on which skills are the most important across a wide spectrum of possibilities—until now.
DevOps Institute launched the Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills survey in 2018 to focus on the human element of skilling. The feedback from more than 1,600 individual responses echoed the notion that regardless of vertical, organizational size, geography or role, DevOps practitioners need data-backed skilling statistics. As the focus within the enterprise, DevOps community shifts from “What is DevOps?” to “How do we do DevOps,” this demand is more crucial than ever. After all, “how to” requires “know-how” and “know how” requires a new set of skills. But which skills?
According to DevOps Institute’s Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report:
- Soft skills and technical skills are equally important
- IT operations knowledge received the most “must-have” votes as a functional skill in DevOps
- Cloud and analytical knowledge are the top technical skills
- DevOps Engineer emerged as the most popular job title (see below for figure N=812)
The report was developed in partnership with veteran research analyst Eveline Oehrlich, formerly of Forrester Research. This comprehensive data provides indications of which functional, process, technical and automation skills are “must-have,” “nice to have” and “not important.”
This is particularly significant for IT professionals who are confused about where to focus their personal skills transformations in their journey toward the “T.”
Should developers work on upskilling their testing, automation, process and/or security skills? Should operations professionals learn to code, test or explore more about machine learning and AI? What about project management and systems administration? The Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report can be used as a snapshot of critical enterprise skills that are important to successful digital transformation.
The Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report was released March 4 and is now available for download. On behalf of Platinum Sponsor Electric Cloud, Gold Sponsor CloudBees and Silver Sponsor Lenovo, industry influencers and international DevOps community, we hope this data will help shrink the skills gap and support the transformational goals of both individuals and organizations. We’re already looking forward to the launch of DevOps Institute’s Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Survey 2020 to continue meeting the demand for ever-evolving skilling trends in the DevOps community—stay tuned!