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Primer on DevOps roles and responsibilities

DevOps planning in enterprises revolves around getting the right teams in place, the necessary skills tuned up and the proper tools to make it all come together.


DevOps means running IT operations with software development principals. Or it means heterogeneous groups holistically run IT applications. Or it means rapidly deploying Agile application updates on elastic cloud resources.

With such a malleable and nascent concept, there's no wonder IT organizations have trouble sorting out DevOps roles and responsibilities. What most adopters can agree on is that DevOps roles require different skills than siloed traditional IT jobs. And shared responsibilities across development, security, operations and other functional require enhanced communication and shared information from the whole stack.

This guide covers how to establish, embrace and enhance DevOps roles and responsibilities in enterprise IT shops. Not sure your company will ever get there? Scroll to the bottom for practice interview questions that will land you a job with forward-thinking SysOps teams and DevOps shops.


1DevOps tips-

How to get DevOps off the planning board

This set of four articles covers the difficulties for -- and lessons learned at -- IT organizations, from the basics of what DevOps means and why it's important to their company, through the changes that IT ops pros must make to fulfill a DevOps role. While cutting-edge digital and emerging technology companies have a longer track record with DevOps, IT pros at large enterprises and government organizations have plenty to say about infrastructure as code, shared dashboards, DevOps mindsets and more.


All in favor: Time to adopt DevOps

Can an IT organization buy into DevOps if everyone has a different understanding of what DevOps means? Learn how to address the common roadblocks to DevOps upfront with tools, processes and trust. Continue Reading


New tactics call for new skills

When the application dictates its infrastructure, and change occurs near continuously, the IT operations role takes problem-solving and change management skills higher up in the stack, new ways of thinking about security and compliance, and an aptitude for disseminating the right information at the right time. Continue Reading


Infrastructure as -- what? The concept and reality of IaC

Infrastructure as code is a neat way to think about compute, network and storage resources for dynamic applications. The concept alone is a shake-up for IT ops teams, but IaC implementation is a veritable earthquake. Continue Reading


We've got this: Collaborative tools for DevOps

Configuration management and automated infrastructure are just the start for collaborative, quick-moving DevOps projects. While IT operations and development teams have different skills and roles, ChatOps, container management and adaptive monitoring are everyone's friends. Continue Reading

2The scoop on DevOps-

Meet the reporter

Beth Pariseau covers DevOps, IT operations and the changes wrought by distributed applications and iterative development for SearchITOperations. She wrote this four-part series on DevOps roles and responsibilities in enterprises to showcase the struggle of applied DevOps. Want to learn more about Beth Pariseau? Click the link to her contributor profile to learn about her background and read other articles she's written.

3Speak the language-

Create a multilingual DevOps team

Filling the IT operations role on a DevOps team means communicating with developers, database administrators, test specialists, line of business stakeholders and more positions. You need the vocabulary to match.

4Know the field to get the job-

Get hired onto a DevOps team

IT operations pros who have developed skills, techniques and a depth of knowledge around DevOps are in demand. The more you can describe and demonstrate prowess with DevOps roles and responsibilities in real-life implementations, the more inclined progressive, IT-enabled companies will be to add you to their teams.


Impress the hiring manager for IT ops roles

IT ops, app management and Web ops roles require end-to-end IT capabilities and an ability to track interdependencies and troubleshoot challenging applications. A great IT operations pro should adapt easily to the DevOps roles and responsibilities laid out in the preceding series. Continue Reading


DevOps isn't a job -- so here's how to get hired for it

DevOps is a concept, methodology, approach -- and increasingly, a job. Enterprises, IT firms and other hiring companies use DevOps as shorthand in job listings for the kind of IT shop they're shaping and the kind of skills they want. Here's what to expect in the interview. Continue Reading

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