Who doesn’t love a good tech salary survey? These benchmarks offer useful data for employers and vendors alike. And they delve deeper into compensation trends. It’s a welcome contrast to the “number of jobs with this keyword” graphic.
Dice.com, a careers site for tech pros, recently published their annual salary survey for 2016. The survey reflects data from nearly 13,000 respondents. According to Dice.com, the top 5 skills in 2016 were:
- Cloud Foundry
Review the full list, and read more about the skills and survey methodology in the summary.
Why was Cloud Foundry third on the list? We have a few theories.
Cloud Foundry Helps Adopters Deliver Better Software, Faster
Companies standardize on Cloud Foundry because they want better business outcomes through software. They favor building custom apps, not custom platforms. This approach boosts the bottom line. It creates a virtuous cycle that fuels demand for more engineers.
Me: looks at CloudFoundry longingly... https://t.co/XPWpxCE5Mw— Myrle Krantz (@myrle_krantz) April 17, 2017
Financial Services Firms are Strong Adopters of Cloud Foundry
Survey data reveals financial services as the most lucrative vertical in IT. Big banks have been some of the more ardent users of Cloud Foundry. Why?
Incumbent banks understand the threats and opportunities posed by new fintech models. The need to remaster banking with better software is clear to many industry leaders. The same goes for large insurance companies. Big dev teams, like those at banks and insurers, become immediately more productive Cloud Foundry.
Also, Cloud Foundry appeals to highly regulated verticals. The platform “bakes in” essential security and compliance features. That means these capabilities don’t impede the daily work of engineers. Teams can deliver new code rapidly, while meeting common industry security standards.
The Cloud Foundry ecosystem has rallied around this industry as well. Reference architectures featuring Cloud Foundry and network virtualization are readily available. These designs help large teams do two things. First, they achieve high-velocity output on their code (“go fast!”). Second, they improve their security posture, by adhering to “zero trust” networking principles.
Cloud Foundry is crucial to the future of several financial services firms. So, they joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation to help guide the movement.
J.P. Morgan Chase Joins Cloud Foundry Foundation in Cloud Automation Push - The CIO Report - WSJ http://t.co/KwNGEbKpIY— CIO Journal (@CIOJournal) May 13, 2015
Allstate is joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, read more here https://t.co/POlKzlZNjL— CompoZed (@CompozedLabs) May 23, 2016
Strong Demand Everywhere
It’s not just financial services of course. There’s demand for engineers that know Cloud Foundry in other sectors. That drives salaries skyward.
The Cloud Foundry Foundation alone includes many blue-chip power users: Ford, Volkswagen, BOSCH, and Comcast to name a few. They all use Cloud Foundry to transform their business. And they’re hiring!
Vendors like IBM, SAP, and VMware have long sought Cloud Foundry experts. Now Internet giants like Google have jumped into the Cloud Foundry hiring pool as well.
Cloud Foundry Interacts with Other High-Paying Areas of Tech
Successful platforms offer structured extensibility. Once you to standardize on cloud-native architectures, it’s time to build the apps. And that means assembling the right services for each use case. Hello service brokers!
Developers use service brokers to extend their apps to an array of plug-and-play tech. In fact, many popular add-ons to Cloud Foundry are listed on the Dice.com survey:
Cassandra. Use the DataStax Cassandra Service Broker!
ElasticSearch. For Pivotal Cloud Foundry users, there’s a tile from a9s for easy integration.
NoSQL. Developers have many NoSQL options to choose from. Service Brokers for Google Cloud Platform (Bigtable, Spanner), Microsoft Azure (Azure DocumentDB), and AWS (DynamoDB) appeal to public cloud users. Other options like Aerospike serve the on-prem crowd.
Docker. Containers sit at the core of Cloud Foundry. The platform uses the same runC standard as Docker. Both technologies posses many of the same security features (seccomp, AppArmor, unprivileged access). And your can run Docker images on Cloud Foundry. Further, the Cloud Foundry Foundation and the Open Container Initiative share many members.
Just for fun: PaaS ranks #10 on the salary survey, a term historically associated with Cloud Foundry.
ICYMI - New from me.... > PaaS is dead, long live PaaS https://t.co/PLx4AcCSqq— Ben Kepes (@benkepes) March 2, 2017
Cloud Foundry Skills are Portable and Highly Transferrable
Those with expertise in Cloud Foundry tend to be good at lots of other things. When you learn Cloud Foundry, you learn how to build and operate distributed systems that constantly change. This positions you well for the next 20 years of IT!
Let’s explore this further, and clarify what Cloud Foundry skills are. Operators who work with Cloud Foundry get better at automation, site reliability engineering, immutable infrastructure, horizontal scaling, and cloud-native security practices.
Most developers can pick up Cloud Foundry easily. It automates much of the grunt work they deal with today.
As an added bonus, companies that adopt Cloud Foundry also tend to adopt:
Experience with these patterns and practices make you more effective across the board.
Wondering What to Pivot Your Career to?
Engineers have no shortage of options when it comes to career growth and development. That’s why education remains top of mind for job seekers, according to the survey:
Cloud Foundry has so much to offer in this regard.
Forward-looking employers have joined the movement. Cloud Foundry features a level of abstraction popular with the world’s largest brands. And the platform’s open source governance model provides ample opportunity to contribute. Here’s a slice of what the community has done so far this year:
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