By now it’s clear to most businesses that implementing DevOps into their company culture can result in a significantly improved product development rate – with fewer bugs and faster turnover time. But while this realization has provided more incentive for the switch to DevOps, organizations still struggle in the execution of the transition. The reason for this is not a lack of will or resources, but rather a lack of skilled DevOps developers, designers, and other critical IT staff.
According to the DevOps Report 2016, 31% of participants claimed that a lack of DevOps developers and designers was preventing them from building the ideal DevOps setup, while 28% claimed that programmers, coders and database administrators are similarly difficult to source.
As a result, companies that have already made the DevOps leap struggle staffing their newly agile operations. Many organizations are even discovering it difficult to find replacements for existing roles. There are plenty of technically able job-seekers, but the dearth of technicians who also understand how to work within a DevOps framework is limited.
One method being used to attempt to find new employees is mass hiring that eventually leads to mass firings – save for the few who make the DevOps cut. This method is inefficient and costly, but for many companies, the need for DevOps Developers and other workers outweighs the expense, time and legal work that come with revolving door acquisition and departure.
The DevOps report did provide an optimistic outlook on the future though. DevOps is being adopted more than ever before as it emerges as the new industry standard. Increasingly, the workforce is being trained while in school and the lack of appropriate candidates should begin to drop as DevOps becomes more ingrained into the mind and spirit of the developer community. That being the direction things are going, IT heads can breathe a sigh of relief, as the problem plaguing them will likely be short-lived.