Spotlight Series – DevOps

The Spotlight Series – DevOps

Welcome to the Spotlight Series, every month we will be shining a light on high demand roles and technologies in the IT sector. The roles that we will feature will be based on jobs that are in high demand and using increasingly popular technologies like AWS, Azure, Google Cloud etc.

This month we look at DevOps.

So, what is DevOps?

DevOps is a set of practices that combines software development and IT operations. It aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality. DevOps is complementary with Agile software development; several DevOps aspects came from the Agile methodology. The DevOps practices help drive productivity and collaboration by automating infrastructure and workflows as well as evaluating performance.


The 7 key practices of DevOps are:

  • Configuration Management
  • Continuous Integration
  • Automated Testing
  • Infrastructure as Code
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Continuous Monitoring

Does DevOps need coding?

Though programming skills are required for all development approaches, DevOps engineers maintain a unique set of coding responsibilities. Rather than specialize in a single scripting language, a DevOps engineer should be familiar with multiple languages, such as Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP, Shell, Node and others. This makes this role unique and well paid in the industry.


The top platforms for DevOps are:

Amazon web services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Amazon providing on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, companies, and governments, on a metered pay-as-you-go basis.

Whether a company is looking for compute power, database storage, content delivery, or other functionality, AWS has the services to help them build sophisticated applications with increased flexibility, scalability and reliability.

Microsoft – Azure

Microsoft Azure, often referred to as Azure, is a cloud computing service operated by Microsoft for application management via Microsoft-managed data centers. With Azure, companies can build connected, cross-platform experiences – tailored to customer interactions using AI and machine learning. They can also create workloads that scale up and down based on demand and deliver software more rapidly and reliably with end-to-end DevOps solutions.

Google cloud

Google Cloud Platform, offered by Google, is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Drive, and YouTube. Companies can use Google’s core infrastructure, data analytics, and machine learning, plus securely deliver services to users with speed and reliability – all on Google’s infrastructure. They also give the company the ability to easily capture, manage, process, and visualise data.

Whichever platform your employer uses in your new or next DevOps role, being exposed to any of these incredible platforms is an amazing career opportunity and where the future of technology is.


Is DevOps easy to learn?

Most professionals embracing DevOps culture combine tools and practices with years of enterprise IT experience. Think about acquiring knowledge outside of your skill set—and maybe outside of your team— in order to gain the holistic view needed to become a DevOps engineer.


As we head into 2022, we know the opportunity for experienced DevOps will only continue for this popular role. It is such an exciting career choice for IT experts to specialise in and that’s why rates have increased so much the last year or two.

The salary guide for a DevOps engineer is between $150,000 – $180,000 as a salary package and contractors can get a massive $800 – $1000 a day.

At genesis IT we are currently working with some huge names in the IT industry who are looking for DevOps engineers. These companies range from a global leader in next-generation digital services to an organisation pioneering technology that unlocks the future using unrivalled expertise in data science and cloud technology.

If you want to find out more about how we can support you in your DevOps career, please connect with us below: