Over the last 15 years, the industry has focused on the idea that software engineering is the root of all disciplines. For example, Microsoft has phased out the traditional QA engineer and replaced it with the Software Test Engineer, the idea being that manual QA is not efficient and all testing should be automated. Similarly, traditional operations roles have been replaced with site reliability engineering (or similar), the idea being that manual operations is not efficient, and the only way to scale is through software automation. To be clear, I agree with these trends. Automation is a more efficient way to scale.