Does Your Site Need a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)?
A SRE will work as part of the operations team and alongside writing code they make sure that IT systems function well.
What is a Site Reliability Engineer?
They are a software engineer with additional areas of expertise and responsibilities and although it is a relatively new role (it was created at Google in 2013), many major companies are already including them on their team especially when looking to develop large systems. Alongside this role they also bring a level of enthusiasm about systems to a team. Here are some of the main reasons why an SRE could be good for your company:
The role of the SRE is to combine the role of systems administration and development. This removes any conflict between the two roles and the SRE will use both sets of skills to form a brilliant operational system for your company in multiple ways:
Automation — A site reliability engineer will both write and manage all the code that is used to support the system and automation of processes. The automation of these systems reduces the time and complexity of manual programming and the SRE will work with the system to make sure it can both recognize and address any flaws in the system without human involvement.
Innovation — A site reliability engineer puts their focus on reliability by constantly looking at new and innovative ways to solve problems that occur. They are more focused on systems than on the end result or product
Collaboration — We know that if you want a high quality product collaboration is essential but it is even more vital if systems fail or problems start to happen during development. SREs have communication skills that are second to none and are the epitome of what it means to be a team player. Their wish to collaborate means that development process is much smoother and faster.
SREs have Invaluable Skills
If a system is not configured accurately in the development process, there are going to be problems when a product reaches the customer. Customers should expect anything they receive to be completely functional. As the developers make code the SRE will look at ways to provide intuitive user interfaces for users and system administrators. They are also geared towards making products able to adapt to the changing customer requirements or needs of the business.
The role of an SRE is challenging and fulfilling and many skilled developers and engineers are moving into the field. Although it is still a relatively new role it certainly seems to be here to stay. After having the experience of working with SREs most companies want them on their team because of their ability to increase innovation, collaboration and productivity.
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