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Tools Every DevOps Engineer Should be Learning!

Wednesday 14th November 2018
Tags: DevOps

In this blog our DevOps specialist Jake discusses the latest trends and tech within the DevOps industry.

The word “DevOps” gets thrown around a lot by everyone in the IT industry and in 2017 there was a wide scale adoption of DevOps principles by many organisations across the country. According to a study, companies in the UK who have adopted some aspects of DevOps principles reached 84% in 2017 and that number has increased again in 2018. Meaning that the demand for high-calibre DevOps Engineers is greater than ever and there’s no signs of that slowing down. Also, because of the shortage of candidates per role we have seen a big increase in salaries across the UK. 

As companies start to embed DevOps deeper into their culture, the demand for new skills increases. Certainly, this year we have seen an increase in the number of organisations realising the importance of security and compliance being folded into the DevOps transformation. As well as the need to inject security thinking, and security experts earlier into the development and the release process. 

In the last few years we have seen more companies using Cloud. In fact it would seem, DevOps and cloud are joined at the hip! The overwhelming majority of cloud development projects that employ DevOps include application development, speed-to-delivery (to meet the needs of the business units faster), user demands that quickly fold back into the software and lower costs for development, testing, deployment, and operations.

When I speak to organisations, many are going through major digital transformation, moving entire data centres and servers to the cloud. 

So, what are the crucial skills in DevOps right now and what tech skills do you think are going to be key in 2019? 

I’ve asked this question many times to my network and I got a lot of different answers and viewpoints, which is great! But a phrase I keep hearing is ‘Kubernetes is King’.

As a demonstration of Kubernetes’ dominance, Docker is now distributing and supporting the tool while still investing in its own orchestration system.  

Another Tool that is getting a lot of praise is Terraform and many prefer it to AWS’ version Cloud Formation! It was first released in 2014 and is still a very niche tool with only 3600 professionals advertising it as a skill on their LinkedIn. 

What technologies are going to be on your list going into the new year?

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