Hearing everywhere about DevOps and how it is all about automation, and how manual steps should be removed from Operations. Starting to worry about your OPs job?
On one hand, yes, you should worry.
My job is to make other people’s jobs unnecessary.
While I was working on Maven the goal was to automate and standardize all the build steps so there’s no more need to have a magician build master that is the only one that knows how to build the software. All Maven projects are built in the same way and there’s no need to do any manual step. That ended the build master job in many companies as they knew it. Those that were interested enough moved on to do more useful tasks, like setting up continuous integration servers, integrating new quality assurance tools, adding metrics,…
So, on the other hand, no, you shouldn’t worry as long as you want to explore new areas, because there’s still plenty to improve. Stop doing tedious manual tasks and focus on what’s really important.
You should just worry about the NOOPS guys 😉
You are right, as long as people are open to learning new things – and embracing change (the hardest thing of all) – they have nothing to fear. I started out of college as a COBOL programmer and in the past 16 years have continually adopted and jumped in on new things. I am one of those operations folks – but I fully embrace the DevOps model and the role of automation. I’m excited about what the future is going to bring with DevOps, and so far the ride has been wonderful!
good luck in your journey 🙂