DevOps is no different to any other technical field, in that it comes with its own rich glossary of technical terms – many of which are misunderstood. One such term is ‘DevOps architect’ and so in this article, we will try and clarify exactly what a DevOps architect is and what their job role entails.
What is DevOps?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) defines DevOps as “the combination of cultural philosophies, practices and tools that increase an organisation’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organisations using traditional software development and infrastructure management process.”
DevOps delivers great outcomes for businesses, in the form of empowered teams who rapidly deliver value to their customers. The success of the DevOps team, therefore, relies on how well both development (Dev) and Operations (Ops) work together.
What is a DevOps architect responsible for?
The role of a DevOps architect is to work with the rest of the DevOps team to create processes and tools which ensure the software release pipeline flows smoothly and efficiently.
They are, therefore, responsible for:
- Analysing, executing and streamlining DevOps practices
- Automating processes
- Establishing a DevOps channel across the organisation
- Facilitating the development process and operations
- Guiding developers and the operation team if there is an issue
- Monitoring, managing and reviewing technical operations
- Set up a continuous build environment to speed up software development and deployment
In today’s fast-moving environment businesses are working hard to continually release software that improves their customer’s experience or grows their revenue, and the DevOps team needs to be able to keep up with this fast pace. The DevOps architect, therefore, has to work closely with the DevOps team to create an environment which encourages continuous development to enable this while also protecting the businesses future. A critical responsibility for them, then, is the choice of tools they pick to help to automate and streamline processes.
One of the benefits that a DevOps architect can bring to an organisation is the opportunity to provide them with a ‘long view’ which takes into account the fact that software needs to be released while doing the right thing for the business as a whole. This means, however, that sometimes software may be released that isn’t 100% perfect because there is a drive to ship it out on a certain date – this doesn’t mean that the DevOps architect has failed, just that they need to lead the team to work on a fix once the release is out there.
What skills does a DevOps architect need?
A great DevOps architect will have the trust of the whole DevOps team, but to gain this they need to have considerable experience of building software and a familiarity with the tools and processes that face the DevOps engineers. They should also have strong leadership abilities which allow them to exhibit empathy with the rest of the team, showing them support and guidance when they need it, and choosing objectives for them that fit in with both what they and the business want. They must be an inspiration to the team, as well as being able to counsel them if need be.
In a nutshell, a DevOps architect needs:
- A solid understanding of concepts
- Experience building great software using the most up-to-date tools
- A leadership mindset
- An inspirational approach to team management
- Strong operational experience
- Effective problem-solving expertise
As you can see then, the role of a DevOps architect is crucial in today’s business environment, as they can help to foster communication and collaboration within a business. Although it is a fairly new role, it will only increase in importance moving forward as DevOps team become much more prolific. Building an efficient DevOps team within a business gives you the opportunity to be more strategic with your decisions.
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