Lucie’s story


  • DevOps on a work-study programme
  • Joined September 2016
  • Roubaix, France
  • University of Lille

Can you briefly sum up your experience and your role as a DevOps at OVH?

I’m currently in the second year of a master’s degree in TIIR (Technologies for the Infrastructures of the Internet and their Robustness) at the University of Lille. I have been following a work-study programme as a DevOps at OVH started September 2016. My work involves identifying and making sense of each department’s requirements and developing new Go, Python or Perl microservices in response. At the moment, I am working on a big project to add features to the internal invoicing and ordering system.

What made you want to do your vocational training at OVH?

OVH has a unique history that has always inspired me. I wanted to be a part of the adventure. I wanted to code on plenty of different subjects and discover and master a wide variety of technologies, while working in an international environment. Today, that’s what my work is like: an experience that moves at a hundred miles an hour, with teams that are every bit as enthusiastic as I am!

What were your expectations when you arrived? Can you tell us about your first days at OVH?

I was expecting to encounter a technically demanding environment. Right from my induction week I realised that everyone at OVH placed a lot of importance in listening and the human factor, and that is just as true now as it was then. My tutor gave me all the help I needed in order to move forward quickly and become independent. I’ve been given a variety of different assignments, which have allowed me to discover different environments and languages. I work on projects in exactly the same way as any other member of the team.

How is your relationship with the international teams?

I’m a member of the Engine team, which is present in several countries: France, Spain, the US and India. We have a permanent videoconference in place, so it really feels as though we’re working side-by-side despite the fact that we’re thousands of miles apart. And when they come to Roubaix, we can chat and talk about our different cultures. It’s very rewarding from a human point of view!

What are your favourite aspects of the work-study programme?

I enjoy being able to work on projects that respond to customer requirements, whether internal or external. It lets me make a genuine contribution to a service that will actually be used. In addition, I am learning what being a company DevOps is really all about and how we interact with people in other jobs as part of constructing a project. I’m gaining experience that goes beyond mere programming.

The work-study programme demands a lot of time and effort, but I’m really glad I’m doing it! My supervisors are aware that I am juggling work and academic studies and they are keen to ensure that everything is going as well at university as it is at OVH.

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