And just like that, the month of May has whizzed past! We’re ending on another Bank Holiday weekend and it looks like we’ll actually have the nice weather to go with it this time - second time lucky! I hope you have all managed to have a productive and enjoyable month, and I’m sure just like us at the Prism office, you’re all eagerly awaiting the 21st of June.
It seems May was filled with political dramas, namely Dominic Cummings conducting his full public exposé on the government, with Boris and Hancock caught firmly in his cross hairs. I must say, it’s like watching a TV drama unfold in real-time.
Moving swiftly back to the world of tech recruitment - something I’m much more familiar with! We are noticing an increasing scarcity of top tech talent on the market. Finding good DevOps Engineers who are open to opportunities (which is the day job), is almost as hard as reserving a table at a pub these days. Thankfully, through a lot of effort, we’re still managing to unearth some really capable engineers.
However, with that in mind, companies are going to have to really put their thinking hats on to come up with new and better ways to compete over the limited talent that is currently available in the DevOps market. One thing is clear, flexible/hybrid working options is now the standard. It seems bizarre to say considering the opposite was true just over a year ago, but engineers now expect to be able to work from home at least in some regular capacity now.
With foreign holidays now back on the table, it seems worth mentioning the government’s new traffic light system which gives you all the info you need to travel safely.
This long weekend, I will be going on holiday! I’ll be going back home to sunny Devon to see the family and some friends - which will be lovely, as it has been a while.
I hope you all have a great one yourselves and I look forward to kicking off the summer with a bang! As always, if you want to talk to me about the market, DevOps trends, etc. do not hesitate to get in touch, it would be great to hear from you. Book a call with me here
Hi folks, I'm Mandi! I'm currently a DevOps Advocate at PagerDuty, which means I get to help PagerDuty users with all the cultural stuff that helps them get better at handling incidents, like improving their postmortems and on-call practices. Before joining PagerDuty, I worked at Chef Software, so I've been working on DevOps "stuff" for what feels like forever. It's been almost 10 years since I wrote "Building a DevOps Culture"! I came in from the Web Operations side, as a sysadmin at AOL.
I've met a lot of great folks from all over at various DevOpsDays, Meetups, and other events, and I hope I've made their journeys in DevOps better.
I'm looking forward to being able to see folks in person again and hear about all the cool stuff they're working on over some cocktails. In the meantime, we'll be playing trivia in the PagerDuty booths at various events and chatting with folks on the Page It to the Limit podcast.
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Two great talks and a panel discussion for you in May. Firstly, we are delighted to have Dimple Dalby (@dimpledalby) & Mathew Wilkin from Comparethemarket.com who will be sharing their insights on running self managed K8 clusters. Our second session will be a lighting talk by Satish Natarajan (@nsatishk) from Deloitte, who will be looking at security tooling as well as best practices in relation to Guard Duty and Security Hub.
Our panel discussion will include Isabel Huerga Ayza (@isahuerga) - Senior DA UKI , Clive Nethersole (@cnethersole) - Thames Valley AWS Organiser and Phil Bashford (@philipbasford) - Ipswich AWS Organiser.