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Okay. So based on 20+ years of experience, I can say that most developers have no interest in automating deployment, configuration, monitoring, performance, logging, etc... Who should do this work?

Yeah, operations-focused engineers will continue to have a niche carved out for them because too many devs black-box infrastructure.

Companies can either choose to have their devs take on ops responsibilities or continue having dedicated ops jobs.

In either case, whether or not dedicated ops jobs exist, ops responsibilities always will. I'll be there to pick up the slack because designing and maintaining systems is an interesting job that has to be done that a lot of people can't/won't do and it pays accordingly.

People overlook that there's a common systematic belief that looks like this:

  1) Developers don't code on prod
  2) Prod needs to be protected
  3) Therefore, developers need to be restricted from prod
One of my teams went through the process of "let's do DevOps!" with the intent of giving developers the ability of pushing something all the way through to prod on AWS. Months later, this resulted in having a poorly-supported dev-only VPC with IAM/policy restrictions, and other "official" VPCs that devs are locked out of in various ways. Since then, devs had little incentive to learn and are again reliant on Ops for any deployment problems.

There's a common systematic belief of that because that's the sort of thing a lot of actual compliance regulations de facto require (i.e., they demand controls around software deploys, and putting enforcing that in the same hands as those wanting to deploy it, i.e., devs, will fail an audit).

Source: My employer is currently undergoing SOX compliance

And there's a good reason that separation of duties is in every compliance standard...

Not saying whether it's a good or bad idea, just that it's a common systematic belief because it's a required thing in many organizations.

This might be achieved with software tooling, though we're a while away from having a great solution. Lots of stuff hasn't been automated yet, and we tend to be afraid of some of trying it, but I like to think we'll be able to automate that someday.

Interesting, I've observed many teams where the engineers seem to prefer the DevOps work to actually building features. To the point where I think some times we have too many engineers Opsing rather than Deving.

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