The Consultant’s perspective on Cloud Native
Over the last 12 months, I have had the opportunity to work alongside a number of leading cloud transformation consultancies here in the UK and Europe, attracting senior technical talent at both Engineer and Architect level.
I think many would agree that 2016 was the year of the container and I have seen a lot of momentum this year behind containerised, cloud-native infrastructure with a number of trends emerging.
High on the priority list for many container users is Security. Early last 2016, JPMorgan Chase and Bank Mellon publicly stated that they were to pursue a container-based development strategy but acknowledged that security issues were vast. From my experience, Platform Engineers and SecOps Engineer requirements have nearly doubled over the last 12 months, which is supported by information from ITJobsWatch.
Another huge trend for this year is PaaS (Platform as a Service), specifically Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). The Cloud Native application platform has built a large customer base of developers and operators, and in March of this year stated that PCF is used by 6 of the 10 largest carmakers; 7 of the top 10 banks; and half of the 10 largest insurance companies in the United States, with big investments being made financially.
During the Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley in June, there were case studies that shared customer success stories which indicated growth across a number of industries.
From a recruitment perspective, the requirements for Cloud Foundry experience has increased with leading retail banks, insurance and automotive organisations making strategic hires into their Engineering/DevOps teams.
My focus has been to build a network of the best Engineers and Architects across Europe who can add value to any Cloud Native or PaaS project. The tools, technologies and methodologies that are going hand-in-hand are Java, Golang, Ruby, microservices, Kubernetes, Docker, Spring Boot, XP, Agile, CI/CD, TDD and Pair Programming.
Other PaaS that are also being adopted are OpenShift, AWS and Heroku.
If you are keen to hear about opportunities in this field or even if you are hiring into this area yourself, you can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org