Career and Upskilling Advice with DevOps Institute Global Ambassador, Romnick Acabado

DevOps Institute Ambassadors are volunteers from across the globe that want to help advance the career opportunities in IT and support emerging practices within the DevOps community based on a human-centered SKIL Framework, consisting of Skills, Knowledge, Ideas, and Learning.  

These individuals are advocates for the “Humans of DevOps” and are industry pioneers who are passionate about DevOps movement, are recognized DevOps subject matter experts and who voluntarily contribute to the Collective Body of Knowledge (CBok) of DevOps. 

This week, we are proud to feature an Ambassador from the Philippines, Romnick Acabado, who is the Applications DevOps Leader & Line Manager at Lingaro. 

Below, we asked Romnick a few questions about his career and the upskilling initiatives that he sees as most valuable for IT professionals today.

As a DevOps Leader at Lingaro, Romnick leads a team that specializes in data analytics (business intelligence, big data and IoT, data warehousing and enterprise reporting). He is responsible for growing and upskilling his team to achieve and sustain operational excellence, design and leverage knowledge management strategy, serve as service partner to their Fortune 500 customers and lead technical skills development in their Manila office. (You can connect with Romnick

directly on Twitter at @DevOpsLeaderPH or via LinkedIn).

In your opinion, what skills are most important in your line of work today and why?

Based on my experience, below is the list of my recommended skills in order to deliver customer delight, adapt to constantly changing business needs, create high-performing team and ensure better employee experience:

·         Being agile

·         Being cross-functional and cross-skilled (technology agnostic)

·         Expertise in software development, automation, process flow and analysis

·         Creation of efficient processes and procedures

·         Expertise in cloud environments

·         Expertise in continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD)

·         System thinking and analytical skills

·         Resilience, flexibility and adaptability

·         Excellent interpersonal skills

·         Willingness to collaborate, cooperate and support knowledge sharing

·         Creativity

·         Persuasion and presentation skills

·         Time management

·         Presentation skills

Romnick, you say your mission is to use your creativity, authenticity, and accountability in continuous learning to share best practices in achieving business value and sustainable success to whomever he is working with as an IT Leader. 

Who has been the most impactful IT Leader (or professional colleague) you’ve worked with throughout your career and why?

All my managers for the past 10 years made significant impact on my career. However, if we are going to talk about people who made life-changing impact, they are the following:

  1. Boris Joaquin (External Life Coach/Mentor) – Very fortunate and thankful for their training program about “Moving into Management” and “Personal Leadership” training which allow us to know ourselves better, use our strengths and passion, focus and be aware about our life purpose.   
  2. Eric Magdato (our Lingaro Country Head) – Everything started from his initiative to provide leadership training especially the external mentoring and coaching for the leaders in our organization. His extensive professional experience and wisdom have given us the clear direction on where we want to go and what we need to do to be successful.
  3. Malgosia Gryz (our Lingaro COO) – Had the opportunity to be mentored by her and this made me realize many things like why I need to be grateful and confident. Everything that I learned from her has given me the motivation to achieve more and continue to be better

At the end of the day, Romnick also explains that he is passionate about sharing DevOps transformation experience with traditional organizations that can make their business stable and sustainable.

As an ambassador, what are your goals for helping to advance the humans of DevOps?

As a DevOps Ambassador, I would like to help DevOps Institute in creating a community where members are supporting, engaging and empowering each other through continuous learning and collaboration. This year, I have started creating articles and soon will also release some learning minutes videos. This year, we are planning DevOps SKIL Up events. I am also looking for opportunities to speak at virtual and physical conferences. Overall, I would like to focus on upskilling humans of DevOps and cross-pollination of DevOps knowledge from one local community to another.

Thank you, Romnick! We applaud and appreciate your efforts towards advancing the humans of DevOps by contributing your “know-how” to help modernize IT and make DevOps succeed.

Is there anything else you want to share about what you’re working on now, or any other advice you want to provide to the community?

In my future articles, I would like to share my insights related to CI/CD, Site Reliability Engineering and Agile Service Management. Currently, I am preparing my other social media platforms aside from Twitter and LinkedIn to share and promote the events in our community:

o   Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/devopsleaderph/

o   Facebook Group in PH – DevOps SKIL Up PH

o   Meetup Group in PH - https://www.meetup.com/DevOps-SKIL-Up-PH/

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