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March 2021

How to become a DevOps engineer

As a software engineer at Singapore’s Government Technology Agency (GovTech), Ryan Goh would wonder what was wrong whenever deployments of his code hit a snag. He started getting into the nuts and bolts of continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD), an approach in DevOps for software delivery where code is produced and tested in short continual cycles, to figure out why something had gone wrong. For example, when the time it took to test his code became longer, Goh started tinkering with the CI/CD pipeline to speed things up. Meanwhile, he was still writing code, although he soon found himself spending more time on DevOps and expanding his knowledge of the practice through books and conferences. “I didn’t mind the additional work because I found DevOps interesting, and whatever I did in the pipeline benefited not just me but the entire team as well,” says Goh, who is now a DevOps engineer and spends most of his time improving CI/CD pipelines. Across the Asia-Pacific region, DevOps engineers are in demand as ...

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