Class of ’17 DevOps Academy: Where Are They Now? An Interview with Seb & Chrystel
Nearly two years ago we did a piece with two of our first DevOps Academy Graduates, they had just left the academy, and were doing some work with one of our clients for a few weeks to get some experience. If you missed it, you can take a look here. Fast forward to now and […]
Why I chose AL by Abdul Wahid
As a soon-to-be graduate, I asked my friends what to expect when starting a full-time job. Their answers were, unfortunately, mostly negative. They talked about some previous negative experiences, where they were given limited autonomy or personalisation in their role. This honesty pushed me to look for a job in a company that not only […]
Graduating the AL DevOps Academy
2018’s first AL DevOps Academy has now come to an end, culminating in this year’s intake presenting their final project to the team. We’re very excited to announce that all six of the team passed with Merits and Distinctions! 12 weeks seems to have flown by for us, but here’s a little from them about […]
Growing Tech Talent: An Interview with AL’s DevOps Academy Trainer Steve Shilling
AL decided to take a ‘grow your own talent’ approach to sourcing top quality DevOps Engineers. To do this we partnered with one of the best trainers in the industry, created a unique syllabus and selected candidates from STEM backgrounds with the attitude and aptitude for DevOps. I got to catch up with him to […]
Meet AL’s Newest Academy Intake
About Danish and Lily The first quarter of 2018 is off to flying start at AL with our latest DevOps Academy intake having joined us in January. We began the Automation Logic DevOps Academy last year as a unique way to equip graduates from STEM backgrounds with the skills they need to become DevOps Engineers. […]
An Interview with Automation Logic’s Academy Grads by Becky Hynes
The Academy A crucial part of AL’s business success is the ability to keep up with the changing technology landscape, from developing services that meet the needs of our clients to building and supporting a team of talented consulting engineers. Over the last 5 years there has been a shift towards DevOps leading to a […]
Sadly, the stork doesn’t deliver baby DevOps engineers. Introducing the AL Graduate Training Academy
Are you ready to become a Graduate DevOps Engineer?
It’s no surprise that demand for DevOps skills is outstripping supply. The world of web, platform and infrastructure delivery is changing, and new, agile methodologies of continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) require a rare set of talents. Sadly, the stork doesn’t deliver baby DevOps engineers. Surprisingly though, nor do universities. They do however turn out a talent-pool of incredible potential and relevance ready for DevOps training. Graduates from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are trained in the key problem solving skills for success in DevOps consultancy and they often discover an affinity with programming and technology during their degree.
It’s a job for the technically brilliant all-rounder
DevOps engineers are highly valued because of their ability to use the most appropriate technology for the job at hand, to deliver beautiful solutions from a broad portfolio of proprietary and open source tools; and for their ability to interpret and deliver outcomes against a business-brief, using modern project methodologies, while building positive business relationships.
In the last 2 years, DevOps roles have increased from 2% to 7% of all engineering jobs in London, with average salaries rising at almost 7% per year, outstripping inflation and other technical skill-sets. This trend is nowhere near its zenith meaning employers are searching high and low for well-trained, affordable DevOps talent to deliver their technical aspirations.
Where do great DevOps engineers come from?
The best-trodden path into DevOps is to move from a system development or system administration background and DevOps engineers from either background often relish the variety the role offers. However not all developers or system administrators are cut out for the challenges of a DevOps role, and the market has absorbed nearly all those who are interested and available.
What is needed now is a way for recent graduates to get the DevOps training they need to fast-track their career.
Introducing the Automation Logic Graduate Academy
We’re fast-tracking the next generation of DevOps Engineers. With our existing expertise in DevOps tools, methodology and client experience, we are ideally placed to launch a Graduate Academy. We have created a unique, intensive 12 week on-site training program, from our offices in Waterloo, aimed at turning STEM graduates with good degrees into Junior DevOps Engineers, ready to be productive team members on our projects.
On the course our graduates take part in classroom style learning, building their understanding of DevOps tools by practical application of building labs, environments and platforms. There are visits to our banking and central government sites, tech-talks from Automation Logic engineers, DevOps mentors and a great team around you to make sure you are supported and on track to graduate and be ready for your first engineering assignment.
Automation Logic Academy Graduates stay with Automation Logic for two years after their course, to gain unparalleled real-world experience on our client sites while being supported by the Automation Logic team.
Why train with Automation Logic?
At Automation Logic, we have an established team of DevOps engineers, from graduates through to Senior, Lead and Principal consultants. Our clients are in banking and central government and we work on some of the most challenging and rewarding projects in the field of cloud automation, applying DevOps methodology in all we do.
We pride ourselves on delivering beautiful solutions to complex problems, with a team of bright, engaged and supportive colleagues to whom we provide all the training, ongoing support, flexibility and autonomy they need to be successful, plus a great working environment and a suite of perks and benefits.
Beginning your Career with us
Careers at Automation Logic can take you in any direction from lead engineering, program management, thought leadership, to people management, technical specialisms, business leadership, agile coaching or technical pre-sales. And it all begins with a solid foundation in DevOps engineering.
Our next course starts March 2017. Are you ready?
Not graduating until summer 2017?
Email your CV and cover note to us stating when you’re ready to start training or visit our Academy page for more information.
Real Projects Aren’t Just About the Sprint…
As Graduates in the first intake of the Automation Logic Academy, Chris Mutono and I get to do some pretty special things. One of the highlights so far was our visit to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) offices to see the work that Automaton Logic Consultants are doing there.
Although central government might not sound that cutting edge, seeing the work that our consultants are doing there was pretty inspiring. The tools that we are building are helping to reduce bullying in prisons and directly improving the lives of inmates and their families.
Technology That Changes People’s Lives.
Learning about the impacts of the technology also gave greater context to the theory we have been studying. We got to see the technologies we’ve been getting to grips with used in a working environment and appreciate the effect that they can have on people’s lives. An example of this is the Prison Visits Booking system. Previously prison visits were booked manually but could be rejected if two prisoners with concurrent visitation requests had known violent relations, a prisoner did not have enough visitation days left, or there was not enough spaces in the visiting room. The new service is able to perform real-time checks of the prison database, give faster confirmation to visitors of their request. Processing time has been reduced from 7 minutes over the phone to 2.5 minutes for online bookings and has a user satisfaction rating of 89% while reducing costs by 50%. Increases in visitations has been proven to help keep re-offending rates down.
The team at the MoJ work in an Agile environment where the focus is on collaboration and adapting to changing requirements. A facet of this is fortnightly ‘sprints’ where work is allocated according to the team’s assessment of their own capabilities. This ensures that the team are set achievable goals and promotes an environment of trust and cooperation. This approach is often used by DevOps teams as this kind of environment is vital to the work that we do. Chris and I were lucky enough to observe the beginning and end, respectively, of an MoJ sprint.
Shadowing the MoJ Team
“I visited the Ministry of Justice on Monday morning and began the day with Matt, an onsite Automation Logic Consulting Engineer. Matt talked me through a typical day including meetings, planning and execution in addition to some of the common problems that emerge. I then joined the team in a sprint planning meeting where the tasks to be completed over the next 2-week sprint were outlined and allocated. We then looked over the long term objective of ‘Cloud Platform Adoption’ and I discovered how the day to day activities and sprints tied into it.
The highlight of the experience for me was to see how well AL integrated into the resident DevOps team at the MOJ. In addition to this hearing about some of the positive impact we are having in reducing prison violence and improving the lives of inmates highlighted the importance of the work we do and so makes me eager to increase my contribution.”
“I arrived on Friday morning and was met by Matt who introduced me to the team and showed me around the office. We had a quick chat about the areas that the last sprint had covered and some of the projects that the team had been working on within it. Then it was time for the end of sprint meeting. In the meeting the team recapped the progress that had been made over the two weeks. Cost saving had been the focus and so the KPI of total money saved was used to track progress. Everyone spoke about the projects they had done and the level of success they had had. After this there was a short break before we began the sprint retro. This was a new concept to me: everyone put their ideas of things which had gone well and thing which had gone less well over the last two weeks on the whiteboard and discussed them. Ways to tackle the issues that had gone less well were discussed and it was a productive meeting.
I really enjoyed the trip and it was great to see the sprint process in action. It was also interesting to see Automation Logic engineers in their natural habitat and hear first hand about the work that they do and the challenges they face. Some were technical: Matt and I discussed the problems associated in migrating a public facing app from one virtual machine to another with different encryption levels, but others were less so and more focused on interpersonal and inter-team relationships. I liked the emphasis on learning in the Agile process and open environment that it created, allowing the team to tackle both kinds of challenges effectively.”
Overall, we both learnt a lot from our respective visits and are already using the real world examples we encountered to guide our learning. Experiencing a working DevOps environment has given us the context for the theory which underpins the course. We are both excited to qualify as Consulting Engineers and get out there and make a difference ourselves.
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