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Who Is A DevOps Engineer? – DevOps Engineer Roles And Responsibilities?

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What is DevOps?

In general, DevOps bridges the gap between development, quality assurance, and IT operations as shown below. DevOps is a set of practices that promote communication and collaboration among these various teams.

The goal of DevOps is to merge daily tasks involved in the development, quality control, deployment, and integration of software development into a single, continuous set of processes. Teams develop best practices and principles that will make development cycles shorter and assist teams in continuously delivering high-quality software.

DevOps Engineer Job Description

When we begin discussing the DevOps engineer job description, we may begin by saying that the role of a DevOps engineer is critical to the project’s overall success, right from planning to support primary KPI as customer satisfaction and productivity. A DevOps Engineer has an essential role in integrating the project functions and resources across the product life cycle, right from planning, building, testing, and deployment to support.

DevOps Engineers are conversant with all the technical as well as IT operations aspects for integrated operations. They are expected to know about the various automation tools which may be required for process automation and testing.

DevOps Engineer Job Description: Roles and Responsibilities

A DevOps engineer’s roles and responsibilities are a combination of technical and management roles. It is essential to have excellent communication and coordination skills to successfully integrate various functions in a coordinated manner and deliver the responsibilities to the customer’s satisfaction.

What are DevOps engineer responsibilities?

A DevOps engineer works with diverse teams and departments to create and implement software systems. People who work in DevOps are experienced IT professionals who collaborate with software developers, quality assurance professionals, and IT staff to manage code releases.

DevOps engineers need to be able to multitask, demonstrate flexibility, and deal with many different situations at a time. Specifically, a DevOps engineer’s responsibilities include:

Some of the core responsibilities of DevOps Engineer include –

  • Understanding customer requirements and project KPIs
  • Implementing various development, testing, automation tools, and IT infrastructure
  • Planning the team structure, activities, and involvement in project management activities.
  • Managing stakeholders and external interfaces
  • Setting up tools and required infrastructure
  • Defining and setting development, test, release, update, and support processes for DevOps operation
  • Have the technical skill to review, verify, and validate the software code developed in the project.
  • Troubleshooting techniques and fixing the code bugs
  • Monitoring the processes during the entire lifecycle for its adherence and updating or creating new processes for improvement and minimizing the wastage
  • Encouraging and building automated processes wherever possible
  • Identifying and deploying cybersecurity measures by continuously performing vulnerability assessment and risk management
  • Incidence management and root cause analysis
  • Coordination and communication within the team and with customers
  • Selecting and deploying appropriate CI/CD tools
  • Strive for continuous improvement and build continuous integration, continuous development, and constant deployment pipeline (CI/CD Pipeline)
  • Mentoring and guiding the team members 
  • Monitoring and measuring customer experience and KPIs
  • Managing periodic reporting on the progress to the management and the customer

What is the role of a DevOps team?

DevOps teams work as liaisons between IT operations and engineering. While DevOps teams rarely work with external customers, they keep a “customer first” mindset to ensure delivery of quality service and products to internal and external customers. DevOps teams work in collaboration with other teams to scale cloud programs, plan and create workflow processes, develop automation procedures, deploy updates, and so on.

Security & automation

The ability to write secure code is a big asset in DevOps. DevOps Engineers are responsible for supporting the users of the infrastructure they develop, and the first line of defense is protecting the cloud against hackers and viruses. They do this with code, of course, building secure software from the start.

Qualities of a DevOps Engineer

Collated below are the characteristics/attributes of the DevOps Engineer.

  • Experience in a wide range of open source tools and techniques
  • A Broad knowledge on Sysadmin and Ops roles
  • Expertise in software coding, testing, and deployment
  • Experiences on DevOps Automation tools like Ansible, Puppet, and Chef
  • Experience in Continuous Integration, Delivery & Deployment
  • Industry-wide experience in implementation of  DevOps solutions for team collaborations
  • A firm knowledge of the various computer programming languages
  • Good awareness in Agile Methodology of Project Management
  • A Forward-thinker with an ability to connect the technical and business goals     
  • Demand for people with DevOps skills is growing rapidly because businesses get great results from DevOps. Organizations using DevOps practices are overwhelmingly high-functioning: They deploy code up to 30 times more frequently than their competitors, and 50 percent fewer of their deployments fail.

The future of DevOps

Since the time DevOps entered the game, it has proved to be effective in lots of ways: From speeding up development processes to bringing more value along with high-quality products.

DevOps isn’t going anywhere, but it doesn’t stand still either. Here are three DevOps trends for the near future.

As more organizations migrate to the cloud, DevOps will be tightly connected with cloud-native security bringing changes in the way software is built, deployed, and operated. With SecDevOps, companies will be able to integrate security right into the development and deployment workflows.

Some experts predict the wider adoption of BizDevOps, a new approach to software development that eliminates the boundaries between developers, operations teams, and business staff so companies can build user-oriented products more quickly.

Last but not least, development teams will be more involved in the decision-making aspects to lead companies in the right direction of digital transformation.

DevOps Advantages

Advantages of a DevOps practice are numerous:

Improved Quality
Faster Deployments
Increased security and reliability
Once setup, there after minimal cost in production
Increased organizational productivity

Who is a DevOps Engineer?

As the name suggests, the DevOps Engineer is a person who practices DevOps in his/her organization. He/she can be a developer turned DevOps professional, an IT admin turned DevOps professional, an altogether newly hired DevOps professional holding a bunch of certifications. In a nutshell, a DevOps Engineer is one who understands the various aspects of the DevOps strategy, writes codes and scripts, creates CI/CD pipelines, automates testing workflow, automates infrastructure, collaborates and communicates with others.

Coding and Scripting Skills

A DevOps Engineer need not be a code ninja but essential knowledge of python, Java, JavaScript, bash, shell, Linux is required, mostly for automation processes, and remote operations.

Discussion (1)

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Tai Kedzierski

Sounds like you're describing an entire R&D, IT, Support and Management package, along with its management structure here. The "core responsibilities" list alone describes aspects from software engineering, product management, project management, systems administration, and support operations.

Ultimately, it sounds like you've been sold in to many marketing hypes and promises without much of a cricital thought of what hapens if you try to distill them into a single role description.

It doesn't add up.