Why the demand for DevOps is on the rise.
DevOps started originally as a simplistic combination of “Development” and “Operations“. Today, in the era of digital transformation driving new business operating models, the boundaries of DevOps are pushed much wider. DevOps refers to seamless IT management and implementation practices that emphasize a new iterative delivery of digital products across a full spectrum of IT systems. Companies of every size and from every industry vertical are finding ways to integrate the DevOps mindset and strategies into their operations in order to be in sync with digital age needs and customers’ expectations.
The latest reports by IMARC Group, ResearchAndMarkets.com, and Global Market Insights demonstrate that the global market for DevOps methodology in 2019 reached a value of $3.5-4 billion and is expected to keep growing by about 20% a year. Our own experience shows that the number of companies seeking to implement DevOps is rising exponentially, as evidenced by the growing demand for DevOps professionals.
What we also see is a drastic shortage of DevOps skilled professionals in a market that is unable to meet the growing demand. Our own process at Avenga takes 3 days to allocate the right IT talent for our clients and up to 2 weeks with DevOps specialists.
DevOps decade. Going mainstream.
DevOps started a little over a decade ago as a niche trend of cooperation between departments and it has evolved into a foundational instrument for the alignment of business and IT. And with the proliferation of a whole realm of innovations like container tech, microservices, cloud, serverless, AI, everything as code, and innovative technology, DevOps continues to embrace the newer approaches of transforming IT into a digital transformation culture, a mindset of quality, across the board collaboration and seamless delivery which is gradually turning into “Everything Ops”. No wonder the market for DevOps is growing on a daily basis.
Generally, the role of DevOps is to make sure that no one loses sight of the project’s full picture and to assure the velocity, quality, availability and stability of the delivered software projects and products. So primarily, DevOps has to have a solid grasp on the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) alongside automation testing tools for developing continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipelines. In reality, each company defines DevOps in its own way, which means that candidates running DevOps will have to face various additional requirements. Some companies assign DevOps the role of an Administrator, with the ability to automate processes using scripting languages. Others expect that candidates will have knowledge of cloud solutions, issues related to containerization or autoscaling.
IT elites going mass market.
In such favorable conditions, specialists with experience in DevOps have become one of the best earners in IT. In Poland, their average income is about 20,000 PLN per month; and many years of experience is not a critical requirement. A candidate with 2 years of experience working on a big advanced DevOps project will be treated as more valuable than a System Administrator or System Engineer with several years of experience.
Avenga recruiters have observed that there are three pools of specialists in this field, not only in Poland, but also in the most developed DevOps markets in the United States and the EU. Juniors simply start in this area with internships and apprenticeships. Programmers switch to another area of specialization after mastering DevOps tools. The most natural “evolutionary” DevOps sources are system administrators and system engineers, which are the most common cases. The latter group performed similar tasks in “pre-devops” times. The DevOps methodology forces them, above all, to work more closely with programmers and to be more design-oriented.
Challenges becoming opportunities.
In order to stay relevant, business models are developing under the influence of evolving market demands, pandemics, and customer expectations, as well as the traditional ways of operating that are also being challenged. DevOps skills are under constant evolution as well. A proficient DevOps has to be well-acquainted with the topics of optimization, improvement and automation on top of a good business understanding. They will most likely work for companies that need to constantly explore new solutions, products and services across a wide variety of industries, such as finance, insurance, telecommunications, life sciences and healthcare, media, and e-commerce. Among potential employers, some already have their DevOps revolution behind them and others just want to get through it. The first ones focused on supporting their teams across tools and skills in order to make the most of the opportunities available. With the latter ones, DevOps has had to embrace the opportunities the digital world offers and do the revolution themselves.