Patrick McKenzie+ Your Authors @patio11 I work for the Internet, at @stripe, mostly on accelerating startups. Opinions here are my own. Aug. 28, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

I would probably take the “no code” out of it, as that emphasizes a lack of value versus “real” engineering, which is poor positioning in the tech industry.

I think the underlying prediction is basically right though. Ops is about to go through a “DevOps-style transition.”

I mean this less in the sense of “becoming about using an expanding but relatively defined set of new tools”, because that was a thing sysadmins also did.

I mean a once-in-a-lifetime upgrade in status, impact, authority, and career prospect for ops professionals.

And I think both ops professionals and the industry broadly would benefit *enormously* from that happening.

“What is ops?”

Excellent question, voice in my head.

It varies enormously by firm, but broadly, Ops are folks who stitch together and scale processes which cause the software created by the company to interface with customers, counterparties, atoms, the real world, etc.

And their job is no more “no code tools” or “Excel typist” than my job is “senior Sublime 3 operator.”


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