How DevOps Can Help Organizations Close the ‘IT Skills Gap’

The cloud computing industry moves forward at a lightning pace. A process that may have been considered an industry best practice a year ago could be considered passé today. This rapid rate of acceleration has created a gap between the skills demanded by employers and the skills present in the workforce, and this gap means that many organizations struggle to fill open positions in cloud computing, negatively impacting their ability to keep up with the speed of innovation.

To overcome this challenge, organizations are increasingly expanding their search for qualified employees beyond their immediate location, creating IT teams with members located around the world. The rise of so-called remote working signifies companies breaking down longstanding policies and structures that have traditionally dictated the hiring process in favor of a more efficient and productive system. And the benefits include more than just access to new talent – according to a Gallup poll, many employers find the rise of remote working as “broadly beneficial,” saying that remote workers “are more productive.”

Remote working is only possible in a culture that places values open communication and collaboration between team members and different teams in an IT department. It should come as no surprise then that the breakdown of traditional barriers that led to the rise of remote working coincides with the rise of DevOps, which seeks to break down the walls inside traditional IT organizations to increase communication and collaboration between development and operations teams. DevOps practices have facilitated the rise of remote working that’s helping organizations close the IT skills gap. With the silos between development and operations gone, the departments can work together on the same goal, communicating with each other throughout the entire process and really helping to solve the business problems.

According to TechTarget, there are more than 11,000 open cloud computing jobs on, a high-tech job site, on any given day. In the article, TechTarget also cites a recent survey from CompTIA, which found that “46 percent of firms see the skills gap growing, with the primary reason being that too many workers – 96 percent – lack advanced skills.” Not only are these companies looking for IT professionals with the latest cloud computing knowledge, they’re increasingly looking for employees with specific toolsets – such as expertise about specific service or provider – which only widens the skills gap.

With an effective culture, organizations are no longer constrained to finding employees in their immediate location. The emphasis on open communication and collaboration that defines a successful DevOps culture also defines an effective remote working culture, which could be one of the answers to closing the IT skills gap.

For more information on DevOps best practices, check out the blogs below:

DevOps for the Enterprise Blog Series

How an Effective DevOps Culture Can Lead to Better Automation

Automation vs Orchestration in an Effective DevOps Culture

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Jatil serves as Director of Product Development in Devops and Automation for Rackspace, the same position he held at Datapipe, Jatil leads the development of Trebuchet, a platform helping clients to adopt modern cloud and application practices and manages the team of developers bringing the vision to fruition. He writes about DevOps, automation tools, development and how technology can help enterprises. Outside of Datapipe, Jatil is a technology enthusiast, always keen to learn what’s new and how it works.