Typically DevOps? – How Systems Architects work

typically DevOps

Typically DevOps?!

DevOps is having a growing impact on digital innovations in business. Systems Architects provide the necessary basis for digital applications. The amount of DevOps in development projects is steadily rising. This means that infrastructure and cloud-related projects are increasingly being implemented with cross-functional teams.

Would you also like to work as a Systems Architect? We are looking for experienced Systems Engineers. Browse through our vacancies and apply now.

We deliberately publish most of our jobs in German. So feel free to switch to the German page to see more open positions in the field of DevOps.

Typical tasks of a Systems Architect

Since the activities as a Systems Architect in the DevOps environment come from both the areas of development and IT operations, the tasks are very versatile. The focus is more on automation, monitoring, and operation of the software. In the product or service business, they create the appropriate agile infrastructure for demanding software projects. Positions and concrete fields of application are not fixed at jambit.

And what might a typical day at work of a Systems Architect look like? Manfred Schreiber and Stefan Ströbl are both Systems Architects in the DevOps environment at jambit. We asked both of them about their daily work and got both similar but also different answers. Both build software systems, develop infrastructures, and optimize operational processes. Both work with Scrum and in Kanban mode – if it makes more sense.
So where is the difference? In the details of a typical day.

A typical day for Manni

  • Where? Manni works mainly at the customer's site (but in times of Corona more remotely). On Office-Friday, he likes to exchange with other jambitees over coffee, foosball and co. in the office.
  • How? As the only external member of the cross-functional team, with developers and people from infrastructure and graphics.
  • What? Manni supports the setup of an on-premise Kubernetes cluster architecturally and conceptually, with multi-tenancy capability, as an immutable infrastructure. This includes software deployment, but also operation, updates, and backups as well as security: monitoring and alerting to detect errors. The goal is to ensure high availability on a permanent basis.
  • Tech stack? Kubernetes with Terraform and Terragrunt. Cloud services such as AWS, Azure, Google. CICD: Jenkins, Gitlab-CI. Programming languages: Go, as well as Kotlin and Java for fellow developers.
Manfred Schreiber, Systems Architect im DevOps-Umfeld

A typical day for Stefan

Stefan Ströbl, Systems Architect im DevOps-Umfeld
  • Where? Stefan enjoys working at the jambit office (in times of Corona also from home) and sometimes at the customer's site. He appreciates the teamwork and the exchange with his jambit colleagues – sometimes at the coffee machine.
  • How? He is part of a cross-functional team of developers, DevOps, testers and other customer's interfaces.
  • What? Stefan is currently working with two other jambit developers on a content catalog platform. The project is about back-end services and (his favorite challenge) automation.
  • Tech stack? Kubernetes, Helm, and Docker incl. lots of automation

Video interview with our Systems Architects

Find out in this video interview what our experts particularly like about their job as Systems Architects (only available in German).

Successful entry into the DevOps environment
How to become a Systems Architect?

One essential cornerstone is thinking outside the box of a single discipline. For working in a DevOps environment, Systems Architects need a t-shaped skill profile with deep expertise in operations, i.e. systems architecture, and general, broad development expertise, i.e. from the field of software development. But how to get such a skill set? Our jambit skill game creates your personal profile of knowledge from selected technologies and domains (currently only available in German, but we bet you'll understand all the technical terms anyway).

There are different ways to learn the profession of a Systems Architect. A typical way of education is a degree in computer science or technical computer science – but also business informatics, electrical engineering, mechatronics, or a comparable engineering discipline. Another good way is a training as IT specialist for systems integration. With a solid foundation in networking and computing, DevOps skills can be developed before entering the workforce. In your study, majors such as computer networks as well as operating systems can provide a solid theoretical foundation for this field. If you are not sure if you are interested in this field, an internship is the first way to approach this line of work. A working student job might also be a fit for you, since in addition to the theoretical studies, you can expand your practical knowledge in parallel. jambit also offers the possibility for internships in the field of DevOps or studies with in-depth practice (job ads only available in German).

However, a successful professional entry into the DevOps environment can also take place "on-the-job" after the training. If you are interested in infrastructure, you can specialize and develop further with a professional training in the direction of containers, cloud computing, security, or automation. At jambit, we believe that continuous knowledge exchange is essential for motivation and outstanding project work. Therefore, at jambit we invest in knowledge – knowledge building, knowledge sharing, and knowledge management. jambit wants its employees to always stay Top of Mind.

Your prospects at jambit

"It wouldn't work for me without interesting projects," says Stefan Ströbl satisfied with the project situation. jambit as a software service provider is a project company and serves the most diverse industries. For a Systems Architect, this is exactly the right playground to be creative. If you feel comfortable with one topic, you can stay within one industry and expand your customer base. If a project comes to an end or you feel the desire for a change, you can join another project or change the business division. With each new project, a Systems Architect gains new insights and perspectives and never stops learning. Check out our Innovation Stories to learn about the project variety jambit has to offer.

Besides our interesting projects, social components and human interaction play a major role. Our employees appreciate their team, smart colleagues, and the open jambit culture. Things are actually getting done instead of only talking about it. The culture is characterized by helpfulness and flat hierarchies. People like to meet at the coffee machine and exchange ideas with other experts over a coffee.

Manfred Schreiber explains: "I also like working at jambit because of my colleagues. Even when I was on-site at the customer's for four days, I had contact with other jambitees. That's important to me because they can give me advice in case of a problem. Even if you don't work together on a daily basis, you help each other out. And through this exchange, I also get new, valuable impulses for my work."

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