For 3 days, the DevTalks conference provides an excellent platform to keep you up-to-date with the latest industry trends, bringing technical communities together, where the most important local and international key leaders share their knowledge and contribute to the future of the tech industry. At DevTalks 2022, you will have the chance to meet Rob Bos – DevOps Consultant at Xpirit on DevOps Stage / 8th of June.
#Who is Rob Bos?
Rob has a strong focus on ALM and DevOps, automating manual tasks and helping teams deliver value to the end-user faster, using DevOps techniques. This is applied on anything Rob comes across, whether it’s an application, infrastructure, serverless or training environments. Additionally, Rob focuses on the management of production environments, including dashboarding, usage statistics for product owners and stakeholders, but also as part of the feedback loop to the developers. A lot of focus goes to GitHub and GitHub Actions, improving the security of applications and DevOps pipelines.
#What drew you to the tech industry?
Being able to make computers do something with my own hands! I was already using PC’s before, but the real switch to the Tech industry came after a Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) assignment where we needed to stitch several rendered videos together: managing that project set things in progress to switch to IT.
#What is the best job decision you ever made? But The worst?
The best decision: Moving from my IT job where I stayed for 14 years into my current job with a new employer! I was stuck at where I was without much prospect of learning new stuff and growing personally. With my current employer the focus is on personal growth where I get to pick my own assignments and have active conversations on the next steps in my career.
The worst decision: Luckily I can’t think of any 😊
#What is the favorite part of your job?
Helping people to find their passion! So often people feel stuck because they keep doing things the same way as before. I can show them that there are different options and have a fresh mind on what could work for them. Often they see me doing things differently, which shows them that it doesn’t necessarily need to be “as we have always done before”
#Can you tell us what the most important topic in the DevOps field is right now?
For me that is Supply Chain Management: what are the components of the software we use to produce our code with or use inside of our code? Attacks in this space are more common as CI/CD and package management is main stream and a huge part of the industry. Since most companies do not take any control on what is being pulled in, it is an easy attack vector. We as part of the industry really need to step up our game here, and incorporate security measures in our DevOps methodologies.
#Do you have any advice for aspiring tech people who want to grow in the tech industry?
Go out and try things! There is no right or wrong way to do things, it’s up to you to figure out what works best for you: other people can only tell you what worked for them, which could not work for you. Do not get told you cannot do something, because “that’s the way we do things around here”: you can always question that on “why” that is the case. Be kind for other people and listen to what they share, but make your own path.