What is a devops engineer?
Ayush Sharma Sep 23 Updated on Sep 26, 2018
So, what exactly is a Devops Engineer? Or Senior Devops Engineer? Mind you, the "o" in Devops is not capitalised. These are designations from potential job offers that are all over the place on India's no. 1 job portal website naukri.com (the word "naukri" is Hindi for "job"). Take a look:
The profiles are almost always either systems administration roles, production monitoring roles, or kind of do-everything full-stack development-plus-5-other-things kind of roles. I'm starting to wonder if the devops title, at least in India, has become a kind of money-saving and marketing scheme where employers want to higher more qualified people for less money.
My understanding of devops is/was that it was supposed to be a more holistic approach to product development, a kind of silo-busting mindset where you focus on what needs doing rather than only the front-end or the back-end bits and pieces you might traditionally be focused on. In India, the situation is quite grim, as devops is essentially eating into what could have been only front-end, back-end or sysadmin roles. The salaries haven't changed, but more responsibilities have been tacked on.
Another sad state of affairs is that potential employers will go through a litany of jargon with you over the phone before actually speaking with you about the job or your suitability for that role. "Do you know php-python-ansible-packer-terraform-chef-we-use-chef-and-not-ansible-can-you-use-chef-what-about-jenkins-aws-ec2-mysql-did-i-mention-chef?" Your yes or no answers to this litany might end up deciding if they ask you who you are, if you're doing well today, and how you heard about the job, etc. This has become quite prevalent in job hunting in India, where the focus is on tools rather than an ability to understand what those tools do.
Have you had a similar experience with "devops" jobs? How are you "doing" "devops" in your organisation, and whats the right to get hired for such a role? And do you think this confusion will end anytime soon? Are you a student of the Phoenix Project?