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Professional DevOps engineers

 

DevOps has grown as an efficient software development strategy over these years. You might have heard this term before, but are still incognizant of what exactly is it, or what DevOps engineers do. We will enlighten you about their roles and responsibilities in software development. Let’s know a little about DevOps first.

DevOps is a set of strategies, frameworks, and tools which augments quality, automation, and software delivery. It acts as a liaison between the development and operations teams to make the software development lifecycle faster. DevOps engineers collaborate with the development team and IT operations to improve software development tools, and automate processes, and release cycles.

Development and operations are two different departments working on different things and technicalities. They are different like two banksides, but DevOps acts as a bridge to connect these ends. DevOps is a blend of the Dev-Development & Ops-Operations team. DevOps facilitates the fast and effective development of desired software products.

Who is a DevOps Engineer?

It is an IT professional who assists in communication and cooperation between the development and operation teams. He/she is responsible for boosting the software development process by regulating necessary processes.

 Usually, they take on different roles as per the requirements of software projects. They are cognizant of programming languages, coding, and programming with knowledge of frameworks as well. They are responsible for efficient changes in the process of software making.

DevOps engineers are supposed to work and coordinate with internal customers of the software company. Professional DevOps engineers usually coordinate with web and application developers, project managers, and QC personnel. Rarely, they communicate with external participants. They use a customer-centric approach to software development.

 

Roles of DevOps Engineers:

  Depending upon the needs of every project, the roles of DevOps engineers vary too. These are the tasks that they are supposed to do;

  • Project planning
  • Maintaining IT infrastructure
  • Supervising development & deployment
  • Error tracking & reporting
  • Coding and editing codes
  • Quality assurance & testing
  • Troubleshooting & maintenance
  • Maintaining delivery pipelines
  • Security

These tasks are either fulfilled by a sole DevOps engineer or some companies get these tasks done in the form of a group of DevOps engineers.

 They are given specific roles to perform in software development. These roles are liable to evolve and change according to the stage of development. The main types of DevOps engineers vary depending on their roles. Some of them are as follows;

  1. Cloud DevOps engineer deals with the technical responsibilities of cloud computing. A professional cloud DevOps engineer deploys services, delivers pipelines, monitors, and manages all the processes over clouds.
  2. DevOps evangelists are responsible for the implementation of the devised plan in software development.
  3. Security engineers are responsible for keeping a check on the security of software.
  4. Automation experts, these engineers are supposed to achieve automation and orchestration of all tools.

 

Titles of DevOps Engineers:

Now let’s move to the titles of DevOps engineers which are based on multiple factors like skills (hard and soft) and experience.

An sr DevOps engineer is the leader of the DevOps team who architects and plans the complete delivery process. Being an sr DevOps engineer, he supervises all the operations and decides the usage of appropriate tools. It is the responsibility of an sr DevOps engineer to solve problems and use the right methods and tools.  

A jr DevOps engineer is a subordinate of an sr DevOps engineer. A jr DevOps engineer implements and maintains the delivery process. He works on a specific task in DevOps under the supervision of an sr DevOps engineer. The responsibilities of a jr DevOps engineer are more technical and stressful. He helps in improving and automating development and release processes. Jr DevOps engineer has to monitor the processes in development and operations.

 

Skills of a DevOps Engineer:

   A professional DevOps engineer has a wide range of skill sets which helps him/her to foster a collaborative environment between QA, testing, IT operations, and software development. Certain hard and soft skills are a must for a professional DevOps engineer.

DevOps engineers have expertise in multiple famous DevOps tools like Git and GitHub, Jenkins, Selenium, Docker, Kubernetes, Puppet, etc. A DevOps engineer is an all-rounder IT specialist who writes unique codes and regulates the processes.

A DevOps engineer is cognizant of agile methods and implementing CI and CD in development processes. A professional cloud DevOps engineer has exceptional skills to design and manage computers over clouds besides other hard skills.

For a DevOps engineer, soft skills like collaboration and team teamwork, creative problem skills, communication skills, and openness to feedback are essential as well.

Conclusion:

   For sure this blog has helped you to understand the role of DevOps engineers and other titles. It is the most highly paid profession. Though there are no clear ways to become a DevOps engineer, an IT background opens up the way to DevOps. Some platforms offer certifications and training as well. There are always golden opportunities for DevOps engineers. They get an edge over other IT professionals.

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