Today, we stand on a critical juncture to enable and support our organizations towards putting the right technology to work. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2022, over 60% of global GDP will be digitized. An estimated 70% of new value created in the economy over the next decade will be based on digitally enabled platforms1. Welcome (again) to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. While organizations are transforming towards digital operating models, challenges of speed and scale of technological advances, IT budgets and a huge skill gap are causing a slowdown of this fourth Industrial Revolution. The world is facing a huge skill gap and business and HR leaders say that this will have a stifling impact on the economy and innovation. A recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management reports that 83% of the respondents had difficulty recruiting a suitable candidate in the past 12 months with the biggest skill gap in tech talent2. Our research shows that 52% of survey respondents are currently recruiting or are planning to recruit DevOps humans. The biggest challenge is to find skilled people across all regions and all verticals. The good news, according to the World Economic Forum, is that 60% of organizations are willing to invest in reskilling current employees.
The DevOps human and the associated skills plays a huge role in enabling an organization and it’s culture towards agile innovation, cross-functional collaboration and risk-taking to support digital operating models such as DevOps. The fight for talent is not new as hiring managers are nervous about a talent gap in their teams relative to human, functional, technical and process skills and knowledge. Individuals in current positions are eager to update their skills. New job entrants are needing to know how to compete with skills and talents for todays and future opportunities. All the above has motivated us at DevOps Institute to conduct the second study researching the necessary skills a DevOps human must possess. The following report shares the result with all interested in understanding the DevOps human must-have skills to SKILup for 2020.