DevOps Engineer

What is DevOps?

The term DevOps comes from a combination of “Development and Operations,” as DevOps Engineers are often cross-functional team members with responsibilities that cross over into both IT and engineering.

According to Google’s resources for DevOps, the field aims to increase the speed at which software is delivered, improve reliability, and spend fewer hours fixing security issues.

When do I need to hire a DevOps Engineer?

If your engineering team is growing, and you need to be able to implement consistent engineering processes among your team – it may be time to hire a DevOps Engineer. It may also be time to hire a DevOps Engineer if you need to test and automate greater portions of your applications or products.

A DevOps Engineer can help build and scale a business by recommending and implementing infrastructure. These implementations can help ensure that site or product actions happen the same way, every time.

What are some of the typical responsibilities of a DevOps Engineer?

Evaluation: Since DevOps Engineers bridge the gap between engineering and IT, they may be responsible for evaluating new IT vendors. For example – what is the impact on engineering teams by implementing a particular partner, or software? What is the impact on the product? Is there any impact to IT security?

Automating infrastructure: A DevOps Engineer may be responsible for automating infrastructure. For example - if a certain event requires a complex amount of code, and someone to manually send data - a DevOps Engineer may step in and help automate that process.

Bug testing: A DevOps Engineer may constantly monitor for bugs and other undesired actions that can affect the product they’re building.

Maintaining a secure environment: A DevOps Engineer is often responsible for maintaining security on their platform, and for users of their products.

    What are some important skills of a DevOps Engineer?

    • Project management: It’s important for DevOps Engineers to be able to effectively manage their time, and juggle multiple responsibilities, teams, production and launch schedules, and more.
    • Curiosity: DevOps Engineers should have an interest in testing and deploying code. If a project, or a piece of code, doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do – how do you improve it, and make it better?
    • An understanding of new technologies and best business practices: It’s important for a DevOps Engineer to have a background in the latest programs and platforms that can help with coding, maintenance, and other projects they work on.
    • Well-versed in Python: Experience with Python, among other coding languages like Java and Ruby, may be important for a DevOps Engineer.
    • Strong communication skills: To communicate across different teams – from IT to product management, to engineering, to risk and compliance – a DevOps Engineer should have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

      What are some of the typical job titles of a DevOps Engineer?

      We’ve recruited for many different DevOps Engineer roles, including job titles like:
      • Associate Site Reliability Engineer, DevOps
      • Software Engineer, DevOps
      • Site Reliability Engineer
      • Reliability Engineer

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