Let’s end the week with some intelligence on the jobs market. Which, it is being said, is now finding AWS automation skills in high demand in areas like DevOps and multicloud.
As reported, there has been a notable rise in demand for automation skills in the enterprise, and this is an area that could lead to potentially new IT roles in the near and upcoming future — automation is now clearly a big focus for businesses as they migrate to the cloud.
And implement DevOps strategies along the way.
DevOps, itself, has seen a steady climb over the years.
According to the 2017 State of DevOps Report by Puppet Labs, the percentage of people on DevOps teams has increased from 16% in 2017 to 27% in 2017, and the initiative itself has moved from grassroots level to a much more widely adopted and advanced option across the enterprise.
In DevOps initiatives, teams orchestrate continuous testing and release of new applications using automation, along with configuration of their underlying cloud resources and environments.
This in the words of Scott Thomson saves time at a level unseen before:
“The benefit of automating anything is to reduce the time and effort required to complete a set of tasks. At scale, this automation can save organizations months’ worth of man-hours a year, which results in direct savings in the form of greater productivity.
In this context, new roles or accountability will certainly be required to steer the ship.”
Thomson is the director of public cloud at Softchoice, a Toronto based IT consulting and managed services provider.
Now, although, companies might have to search for talent outside, a cloud administrator that knows his way around scripting can easily pick up some additional AWS automation skills and responsibilities by learning toolkits like Chef and Puppet.
These skills also play a key role in multicloud deployments, where tools like Chef and Puppet are a godsend, as they work across platforms.
Business also have access to an AWS solution in the form of an automation tool called AWS OpsWorks, which treats server configurations as code and makes use of Chef to automate the processes of server configuration, deployment and management across EC2 instances and on-premises environments.