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How to Plan Your DevOps Workforce for 2022?
How to Plan Your DevOps Workforce for 2022?
Kishor Venkatesh R

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How to Plan Your DevOps Workforce for 2022?

21 Jan 2022

DevOps has enabled organizations to act smarter, collaborate faster, and deliver better quality results, making it a top priority for talent acquisition exercise in the tech industry. DevOps provides speed, efficiency, reliability, and quality in software development.

Today, 42% of organizations apply DevOps for one or multiple projects, 19% use DevOps across their enterprise, and 15% plan to incorporate DevOps within the next year are now in the initial stages, according to a survey.

DevOps means different things for different companies. Finding the right people with a mix of skills depends on your company’s specific needs. So how can your workforce planning and talent acquisition teams help find the right people to complement your DevOps team or build a DevOps team from scratch in your company?

These tips could put the workforce planning and talent acquisition teams on the front foot while finding the right DevOps engineers for your company.

1. Plan and Outline an Objective

Talent acquisition teams must hire remote and onsite DevOps teams to drive efficiency and agility. It is on the talent acquisition teams to communicate the objectives outlined by the workforce planning team considering the following key outcomes:

  • Streamlining infrastructure and updating configurations.
  • Automating the development process, including building and testing.
  • Accelerating innovation and delivering results on time, internally and externally.
  • Improving DevOps with Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Delivery or Deployment (CD) pipelines.
  • Optimizing the entire Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)
  • Eliminating silos between Dev and Ops teams.
  • Forecasting collaboration and communication.

2. Consider Mandatory Skill Sets

A DevOps team will be responsible for implementing every step of your SDLC, from development to testing to operations. Below are specific skills the workforce planning and talent acquisition teams must determine:

a. Understanding of QA processes

QA is crucial in software development. DevOps engineers will ensure that QA testing is carried out flawlessly. They must analyze every development and deployment stage to ensure minimal bugs and errors in the process.

b. Sandboxing and virtualization

Being responsible for effective automation of the process, the DevOps team must be knowledgeable about virtualization to ensure the extraction of hardware or software to ensure effective remote operations. This includes the virtualization of applications, desktops, networks, or servers.

The team must also know sandboxing, which means running a program in an isolated box and controlling the program’s sources. This helps in security, testing, and curtailing the spread of vulnerabilities or preventing system failure.

c. Sysadmins skills

DevOps engineers must understand software behavior while deploying it. Their skills will help them deploy software effectively and troubleshoot on time. Along with this, they must know various programming languages.

d. Hardware and cloud technologies

Cloud is all the more important in this day and age as most organizations use the cloud to save data on infrastructure provided by Amazon and Google. So, DevOps engineers must also know the cloud infrastructure your enterprise deployed.

e. Programming skills

DevOps engineers must have the following programming skills sets:

  • Developing large and robust applications
  • Writing error-free codes
  • Understanding various libraries, frameworks, and development tools.

Understanding the Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery/Deployment (CD) Process

CI/CD is crucial in the agile development world, implying that the fundamental code is tracked and kept in a version-controlled system like GitHub. A DevOps engineer will regularly merge various versions or all the working copies into the mainline before the release.

They must ensure the deployment works continues in increments and is deployed flawlessly. After the workforce planning and talent acquisition teams determine the process, the DevOps team must bring these aspects together.

a. Project monitoring

DevOps will monitor your project at every stage with project monitoring skills. Applications comprise blocks including Micro Services, Servers, Databases, and others. So, the DevOps team must have experience monitoring the operability and availability of these components.

b. Security

Security concerns companies worldwide. Hence DevOps must ensure robust security measures during development, including security measures covering all components like software, hardware, firmware, drivers, and more.

DevOps has become a critical aspect of software development. DevOps will increase as the cloud becomes popular and more companies migrate from old infrastructure. Talent acquisition and management involve vetting candidates, reskilling, and preparing to take risks. Also, consider remote workforce options to raise your chances of finding great fits for your DevOps team.

It could seem like a workforce trend, but you must consider remote workforce options to raise your chances of finding great fits for your DevOps team. 

Reskilling can bridge the devops talent gap. Your company must develop its DevOps ethos and in-house training structure allowing new or current employees to learn DevOps skills and principles. They must obtain the required skills in machine learning, AI, cloud, hybrid infrastructures, architecture design and migrations, and technology management.

A robust reskilling program will lead to DevOps engineers collaborating to deploy automation across pipelines, ensuring immediate and future success.

Draup’s talent intelligence platform provides workforce planning and talent acquisition teams with a complete view of the DevOps talent ecosystem across geographies and industry verticals.

Additionally, the talent acquisition teams can examine the availability of DevOps talent across regions for your business use cases and check experience levels and their hireability quotient.

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