The Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Survey is Now Open!

Written by: Samuel Fell
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Editor's Note: This guest post was contributed by Arlene Hoffman, global marketing director of the DevOps Institute.

In collaboration with CloudBees , Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) and other community sponsors, the 2020 Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Survey will once again help the community measure trends and progress of DevOps skillset development building upon the 1,600-plus survey responses from the 2019 benchmark report. But, in order to get a clearer picture of where the IT skills gaps are and what areas we need to focus on most, we need you to take the survey and share it with your friends and colleagues!

Last year, DevOps Institute published the first-everUpskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report and the results were very deep and insightful. The 2019 Upskilling report provided the DevOps community with a solid benchmark on the state of DevOps skills across those categories. But once is not enough in a rapidly changing skills landscape. It’s time to do it again in order to analyze and validate the data year over year.

Furthermore, the 2019 Upskilling Report provided a benchmark upon which to measure future patterns and trends by identifying which skills are considered "must-have", "nice to have" and "not important" across roles, region, and perspectives. The categories of process, automation, and soft/human skills were shown to be of equal importance.

Why take the survey?

Upskilling is on the tip of a lot of people’s tongues these days, and on the minds of large organizations (just look at the investment Amazon made this summer). But, how do hiring managers know which skills are considered “must-have”, “nice to have” and “not as important” these days? What are the hiring trends within the industry including the most sought after roles and plans? With the vast array of tools, technologies, process frameworks, and human/soft skills, it is daunting to try to establish a meaningful enterprise upskilling program or personal upskilling strategy.

The Upskilling Survey is meant to help empower and advance human transformation by identifying the skills and knowledge that lead to ideas and learning for DevOps success. DevOps Institute looks forward to building on the SKIL Framework (Skill, Knowledge, Ideas, Learning) and the success of the 2019 benchmark report to offer new and updated insights on the trends in DevOps skills sets from a year-over-year perspective.

The 2020 Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report survey is active through December 20, 2019, and the second annual report will be published in early 2020.

We are once again honored to have organizations such as Cloudbees, Continuous Delivery Foundation , and others sponsoring and supporting this important community initiative. For more information, you can read the full press release here or have a listen to a recent podcast with CloudBees', Sam Fell, and Jayne Groll as they discuss upskilling and how IT professionals can identify skills for the future to stay relevant and help their organization.

Last, but not least, let’s never forget that upskilling is a purely human endeavor. We need the help and support of enterprises, individuals, vendors, consultants and influencers. Please help us fulfill our mission to advance the human elements of DevOps by completing the survey and sharing the link with your friends, colleagues, and community.

Your effort will also go to a much needed charitable cause. We’d like to do our part to help the under-represented pockets of youth around the world and to that end, we’ve identified a global charity that aligns with our vision, Teach for All . Teach for All tackles complex challenges facing children in disadvantaged communities as millions of children lack the education, support, and opportunity they need to thrive. We will contribute $1.00 for each completed survey and are aiming for 5,000 participants. Please share the survey link with all your colleagues and network.

Every donation, no matter how small, can make a huge difference and we are happy to contribute on your behalf to thank you for your participation with the 2020 Upskilling Survey.

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