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Simplilearn Reviews: Better Leadership Through Sharpened DevOps Skills

 Ramnikunj Prajapati

Ramnikunj Prajapati

3+ years

Software Engineer

Software Engineer

Visa Inc.

Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer

Visa Inc.

As documented by Ramnikunj Prajapati.

In the tech world, you can’t afford to be left behind. You have to consistently keep upgrading to ensure that you and your company comply with the latest technologies on the market. This is why I knew that I will definitely have to keep upskilling to ensure that I stay relevant in my field.

When my company, Visa’s software engineering team in Bangalore decided to adopt the DevOps framework, I realized it was time to start looking at polishing my skills. I came across Simplilearn’s DevOps Engineer Master’s Program and to be very honest, after completing this comprehensive course I was able to improve my own effectiveness, but also help upgrade my entire team.

Like any good investment, career training usually pays off. For my contribution to my company’s growth, I got a raise shortly after completing the DevOps coursework. Let’s take a look at my journey of how I got into DevOps.

The Challenge: Combining the Dev With the Ops

After earning my computer science and engineering (CSE) degree from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) in Mumbai, I started receiving job offers from several prominent employers including my dream company, Visa. I have worked here for the past four years. But as I said, in the IT field, you either upskill or get left behind. So, I knew I would keep having to upskill and stay up to date with any new technologies that come my way.

In my day-to-day work, I had one foot in software development and the other in operations, in addition to security-related work. More specifically, I was the single point of contact for production requests or changes. So, while this is the type of position best suited for the DevOps approach, neither I nor any of my team members had formal training in this methodology. Since my team was moving in that direction, I decided it was time to add DevOps to my skill-set.

When I realized the benefits of DevOps for my organization and career,  I knew I needed to get the right education.

Post Graduate Program In DevOps
20+ hands-on projects across industry verticals with integrated labs

The Simplilearn Solution: A Comprehensive Package

I started by researching my options and looking into the various online training solutions that would help me, master DevOps. In addition to reading online reviews and comparing offerings from different providers, I asked for suggestions from my friends and colleagues as well.

One of my trusted team members recommended Simplilearn, in part because the course included insight on how to leverage agile practices on AWS and the opportunity for the elective to get on the path to becoming a certified Agile Scrum Master (ASM®). This was exactly what I was looking for to help me.

Prior to taking the course, my main goals were to get an overview of DevOps and learn best practices; learn about the various DevOps tools and how they can speed up various processes; and get a handle on agile practices. The best part about Simplilearn in addition to the comprehensive course was that I was able to complete my training while commuting to work, during the evenings, and on weekends, without having to take any time away from my job.

This flexibility really helped me focus on learning on my own schedule, The assignments were effective to help me retain everything I’d learned in the course. The course content was well-organized and presented in a useful format to help make it easy for busy professionals like me.

I even asked my company if they could include Simplilearn courses to help in upskilling and aligning teams around new processes inside the company. They agreed!

The Results: Alignment, Efficiency, and a Raise

I was able to easily implement DevOps practices and as a result the productivity of my team doubled. I realized that I hadn’t been properly applying agile techniques to work processes and by correcting this I was able to more confidently and efficiently plan and execute my team’s projects. Since time is money, and efficiency is the goal of the digital transformation sweeping all industries, my company was happy I even received a very generous raise.

We’ve even integrated Six Sigma and ITIL courses as standard training practices in my company to help improve our operations even further. My journey with Simplilearn has truly resulted in a lot of success for me and my company.