Do cloud-oriented devops people need to be people-oriented, as well as technology-oriented? That seems to be the case, according to a new report by the Devops Institute.

When it comes to recruitment, the study found that there is an equal balance in enterprises in looking for soft skills and in looking for technical skills. This desired balance is for both promoting people from within and finding skilled people outside the company.

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For C-level executives and IT management, business skills were considered particularly important, of course. The study found a distinct correlation between must-have and nice-to-have skill sets. Automation, cited by 57 percent of respondents as must-have, beat out process (55 percent) and soft skills (53 percent). But as the numbers show, not by much.

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