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ricegf
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1/4/2014 | 10:19:46 AM
Re: DevOps+ cloud and mobile skills
"Just last week someone told me that there are no more server administrators, now that everything is virtualized."

That's pretty funny, in a Dilbert sort of way. Hope your statement is satirical. 

It's not always. We actually had a meeting with IT in which we were discussing our request for a new Linux server. They insisted that it had to be a virtual server, not a physical one, until we pointed out that the isolated network on which it was to be installed didn't *have* any physical servers yet!

*Every* server can't be virtual. And even virtual servers require administration! :-)
Somedude8
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1/3/2014 | 6:18:51 PM
Re: DevOps+ cloud and mobile skills
Susan - I am a fan of the old series Le Femme Nikita. The world of the show was very shadowy, super deep spy stuff, at a place called simply "Section". Nikita was told that she had been put on "Active Status". Later, she asked her only confidant what exactly that meant. She was told:

"It means whatever they want it to mean. Until they decide it means something else."

"Devops" really seems to mean different things to different people. Strictly speaking, I suspect that most have a misunderstanding of the 'correct' and intended meaning. But in a practical sense, does it matter? If everyone starts calling it blue when they see the color red, before long, blue *is* red.

I think in this case, Section had it right.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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1/3/2014 | 4:09:33 PM
Re: DevOps+ cloud and mobile skills
TerryB, thanks for checking into that. You are right that many of these are not necessarily jobs but specific processes or functions. Linux is especially interesting, now that you bring it up. Just last week someone told me that there are no more server administrators, now that everything is virtualized. Hopefully those Linux pros are keeping up with the times.
TerryB
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1/3/2014 | 1:48:25 PM
Re: DevOps+ cloud and mobile skills
Good question. I had to look it up. According to Wikipedia, it's more of a methodology/process than a job. Seems like it is trying to increase the scope of what Agile is trying to do in development, bringing the management of release cycles and application capacity into the mix.

That seems to be where it ties into the cloud/mobile thing, because those are a big deal as opposed to developing applications for your inhouse business.

Many of these "jobs" listed strike me as funny in the same way as DevOps.  BI for example. Isn't every developer's task to create information out of raw data? I'm not sure because you now have terabytes instead of megabytes the function has fundamentally changed, just a different toolset to get it done at that scale. Some developers have always been more gifted than others at making that happen.

I loved the Linux one also. Linux is an o/s, not a programming language. You don't create anything directly with Linux. And if you need an o/s admin for Linux itself, seems like a step back to the old days where IBM mainframes had System Programmers who had nothing to do with application development. And the comment about "open source being hot", I think about the Indiana Jones movie where the old knight says "Choose wisely, one chalice will give you immortality, others will kill you". If you know the winners and losers (long term) in the open source world, you are far more gifted than me.
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1/3/2014 | 11:55:22 AM
Program Managers?
One job category not listed, but is likely to be in high demand within the federal government in 2014, especailly after the HealthCare.gov fiasco: IT Program Managers who know how to manage large scale projects.
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1/3/2014 | 11:15:04 AM
Cloud takes a bite out of SAP/Oracle Jobs?
I find Cullen's observation about flat demand for Oracle and SAP skills very interesting. Is it a matter of the "expensive, cyclical, and sometimes slow-moving nature of large enterprise software deployments," or is it the start of a long-term move to cloud-based apps? Workday, NetSuite, Kenandy, QAD, Plex System and other cloud players are taking market share from somewhere.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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1/3/2014 | 10:30:03 AM
Re: DevOps+ cloud and mobile skills
Laurie, I noticed the exact same thing, and it definitely coincides with the pressure readers say they are facing to learn new skills. I have found, however, quite a bit of disagreement over the term DevOps and what people think it means. Who can set the record straight?
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1/3/2014 | 10:11:14 AM
DevOps+ cloud and mobile skills
Interesting that the term "bidding war" comes up for this skill set. Does this match with what you're seeing, IT pros?
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