A new survey by Rackspaceinto the uptake of DevOps programmes highlights that 60% of UK companies already implementing the methodology and have DevOps-specific roles in their organisations while 52% still planning implementation will not have DevOps-specific roles in-house.
In the organisations that have implemented DevOps, the primary roles have been the DevOps developers (34%), followed by engineers (29%) and system admins (23%). And, for those in planning phase, the DevOps consultant (22%) was cited as the role believed most crucial to the success of the project.
Outsourcing DevOps services to third parties is an area that both groups are looking to in terms of expanding their DevOps skills base. Slightly more than half (52%) of those that have implemented the methodology currently outsource some or all of these automated services, with 51% intending to outsource DevOps services when they have implemented their DevOps projects.
Nigel Beighton VP of Technology and Product at Rackspace said: “The early DevOps adopters brought DevOps into their businesses by creating specific DevOps roles; which works when you are needing to build early-adopter competency/knowledge. Longer term for the mass market this is potentially counterproductive to the principle of breaking down operational silos in order to improve collaboration and ultimately productivity."
“Now, as DevOps matures and consultants and partners begin to emerge, the mass market second-phase adopters are well placed to use external parties to help embed DevOps into the entire IT operation. Building out a DevOps capability with a partner, alongside the existing teams, is a great way to accelerate the implementation and reduce the dependency on specific DevOps-roles; leaving not only the developers and operations, but the organisation to work together in a coherent and stable way.
“As we move forward it remains to be seen whether these roles will persist or if we will start to see them tailing off as respective Development and Operations teams adapt to the new way of working.”