The fact that cloud computing has so rapidly grown into an essential business tool is pretty much old news. But the challenge of strategizing, scaling and hiring for cloud based infrastructure, services, and platforms is an ongoing problem.
While cloud technologies have enabled businesses to achieve greater agility and focus on their core value propositions, these technologies affect and challenge businesses on a comprehensive level, across operations, functionality and deliverability. This is in part why DevOps has become integral to the conversation. In short, DevOps seeks to overcome the inefficiencies and disparity that occur when development and operations are separated; namely, by improving speed of delivery and quality of user experience.
Because Cloud technology and DevOps can harness the power to innovate and transform businesses in ways that have previously been out of reach, demand has increased exponentially over recent years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that cloud computing is a major factor in why IT occupations are growing so rapidly – with a projected 12% growth rate from 2014 to 2024. It’s the same story for IT professionals with experience in DevOps tools; the demand for skills such as Puppet and Chef has grown over 60% in the last two years.
As we see more and more companies adopting cloud computing and DevOps into their business practices, it is our goal to stay on top of these trends in order to better address the challenges our clients are experiencing.
The Inevitable Shortage of Talent
DevOps professionals and cloud architects alike must be able to keep pace with the evolving landscape of cloud computing, in addition to understanding the complexities and nuances of the technical ecosystem that the cloud creates.
But the biggest problem with the rapid advancement of these next-generation technologies is that the number of tech professionals who are able to keep up is simply lacking. Factors that were once easy to categorize or work around in the hiring process, such as seniority, certifications, time out of work, etc., are now trickier to handle unless that individual or their current employer makes intentional and significant effort to adapt, train and experiment. As a result, Jason DuMars, Director of Technical Operations at SendGrid, says, “the traditional rules for filling tech vacancies do not apply equally in the world of DevOps.”
Additionally, DevOps and cloud architecture roles take an advanced level of soft skills – communication, collaboration and adaptability in particular – to truly succeed in these complex, multi-functional business infrastructures. That means attracting, recruiting and retaining the right individuals takes careful strategy and defined hiring processes. It also takes speed – companies with aggressive hiring timelines and competitive offer packages are the ones who will win over talent.
The Prevailing Challenge of Security
Demand for cloud and DevOps professionals is only half the picture. The prevailing question of the day remains to be just how much can we guarantee the security of these technologies. With never-ending headlines about breaches and hacks upon high-profile and household-name organizations, it’s clear that we have reason to worry. And it’s an issue that has sparked a skyrocketing demand for cybersecurity professionals.
As we’ve discussed before, security measures simply haven’t evolved as rapidly as cloud technology itself, leaving businesses open to significant cyber threats. There’s also the fact that increasingly complex supply chains that exist at the enterprise level have opened up greater points of entry to hackers – and that’s not to mention the significantly lowered skill levels required for those hackers to begin with. Vulnerability testing is vital at every level of business, and a focused cybersecurity strategy is non-negotiable.
The glaring challenge, once again, is the lack of professionals available to fill the overwhelming demand. In fact, Cisco estimates that worldwide there are over one million cybersecurity jobs that remain unfilled. Cisco suggests that all companies are in need of holistic cybersecurity strategies, but that requires a unique collaboration of roles; from design and implementation to analytics and testing, as well as, not least, competent cloud architects and talented DevOps professionals. Security in the current tech ecosystem requires something so much greater than myopic business practices and pigeon-holed security professionals.
Overcoming Challenges in Hiring for Cloud and DevOps
Devising a holistic strategy for your infrastructure and overall IT initiatives will take high level expertise and deep insight into current trends and projections. It’s why Cisco further predicts that most companies will turn to outsourced solutions to take this burden off their shoulders.
At CyberSearch, our rich network and technical expertise enables us to work closely with clients to determine their specific needs and recruit the cloud architects, DevOps professionals, and CyberSecurity team members who can genuinely take business to the next level. Tell us more about your hiring and business needs today, and we’ll get you covered.