Editor’s note: This blog post was written by guest contributor, Jayne Groll, co-founder and CEO of DevOps Institute.
As the focus within the enterprise DevOps community shifts from “What is DevOps?” to “How do we do DevOps,” the competition for skilled talent has become fierce. After all, “how to” requires “know-how.” And “know how” requires a new set of skills. But which skills? While there is a lot of emphasis on hiring or grooming T-shaped IT professionals—where the stem of the T represents an individual’s core competency, and the top of the T represents a broad range of related knowledge—there has been little clarity on which skills are the most important across a wide spectrum of possibilities. Until now.
In late 2018, the DevOps Institute launched the first of its kind Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills survey in an attempt to put community data behind which skills are considered most critical to cultural and digital transformation. After all, culture doesn’t transform, people transform when inspired to do so. Partnering with Eveline Oehrlich, a veteran research analyst, this very detailed survey was responded to by more than 1600 individuals across verticals, organizational size, geographies and roles.
The resulting benchmark data is incredibly insightful and provides good indications of which functional, process, technical and automation skills are “must-have,” “nice to have,” and “don’t care.” This is particularly significant for IT professionals who are confused about where to focus their personal skills transformations in their journey towards the “T.” Should developers work on upskilling their testing, automation, process and/or security skills? Should operations professionals learn to code, test or explore more about machine learning and AI? What about project management and systems administration? The Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report can be used as a snapshot of critical enterprise skills that are important to successful digital transformation.
Stay tuned! The Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report will officially release on Monday, March 4, 2019. With the support of our sponsors such as Electric Cloud, CloudBees and Lenovo, industry influencers and our global DevOps community, we intend to make this a year-over-year event to provide the community with current skilling trends. We hope this data will help shrink the skills gap and support the transformational goals of both individuals and organizations.
Join DevOps Institute on March 5 at 1:00 pm ET for the webinar on DevOps.com sponsored by Electric Cloud. If that doesn’t work, join us on March 6 at 11:00 am ET for the webinar sponsored by CloudBees.