We are pleased to announce the 2018 DevOps Dozen honorees. When I launched the DevOps Dozen, I hoped they would grow to reflect and recognize the best of the best in the maturing DevOps space.
This year, there is no doubt in my mind that the winners are unsurpassed in the DevOps community. In fact, the whole process of nominations was open; from the the public making the selections of finalists; the judges and the criteria they used, it really does represent our best efforts.
Congratulations to each and every one of the winners in the 12 categories. It is quite an accomplishment to make it this far into the process. But congratulations not only to the honorees—all of the finalists should be proud to be part of such an impressive list.
Since the nomination process was opened, our team has gone through thousands of votes to pick out the finalists in each category. It was not an easy task, as we couldn’t automate (DevOps) it; we had to do it by hand. Also, many thanks to the judges for making the hard calls and thanks to everyone here at DevOps.com for helping out.
So, without further ado, here are the 2018 DevOps Dozen winners:
Best DevOps Open Source Project
Jenkins X is the winner of the Best DevOps Open Source Project for 2018. Jenkins X enables developers to take advantage of Kubernetes to develop cloud-native applications without having to learn the intricacies of Kubernetes. Developers can quickly establish CD best practices and cloud development by using the Jenkins X guided workflow that takes full advantage of GitOps, or environments managed as code. The power of GitOps allows developers to easily define, manage, deploy and scale environments with full history and traceability. Jenkins X leverages and packages many other open source projects of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation community around Kubernetes such as Knative, Helm, Prometheus and Vault, providing automatic integration with them and saving users the trouble of integrating all of these components themselves.
Learn more: https://jenkins-x.io/
Best DevOps Commercial Solution
JFrog Artifactory from JFrog is the winner of the Best DevOps Commercial Solution for 2018. JFrog Artifactory is the world’s only universal repository manager, with more than 5 million developers worldwide supporting development organizations across more than 4,500 global enterprises, and supporting all major packaging formats (more than 25), build tools and CI server. In 2018, JFrog Artifactory also won an Innovator award from IDC and the Firestarter award from 451 Research. Artifactory integrates with your existing ecosystem, supporting end-to-end binary management that overcomes the complexity of working with different software package management systems, and provides consistency to your CI/CD workflow. Artifactory is available in OSS and commercial versions, supporting hybrid development and deployment across the enterprise. Learn more: https://jfrog.com/artifactory/features/
Best DevOps Solution Provider Executive
The voting in this category actually resulted in a tie between two of the leading CEOs in the DevOps space. Sacha Labourey is the CEO and founder of CloudBees, the company powering the continuous economy by building the world’s first end-to-end system for automating software delivery. Sacha is also a member of the board of advisors and an investor at Codenvy (formerly eXo Platform), as well as a board member and investor at Wallix. He is praised as being a visionary with a strong understanding of technology and business. Sacha is experienced in open source, cloud computing, software development and more.
Shlomi Ben Haim is co-founder and CEO of JFrog. He brings more than 20 years of experience in building profitable, high-growth information technology companies. Shlomi is a recognized visionary in the DevOps space, having now guided a company from its inception with just three co-founders (along with Yoav Landman and Fred Simon) to a privately held, global DevOps company with a billion-dollar valuation. With the releases of JFrog Xray and the JFrog EnterprisePlus platform in the last two years, Shlomi continues to foresee market dynamics and push JFrog forward to deliver next-generation solutions.
Best DevOps Solution Provider
Electric Cloud was recognized for the third year in a row by Gartner as the leading solution in Application Release Orchestration, scoring highest in three out of three use cases in Gartner’s 2018 critical capabilities for application release orchestration. In Q4, 2018, Forrester ranked Electric Cloud as a leader in the newly released report, “The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Delivery and Release Automation (CDRA).” Additionally, ElectricFlow has been selected by EMA Research as a Top 3 enterprise software product in its new report, “EMA Top 3 Enterprise Decision Guide for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).” The report provides pragmatic guidance to enterprises on how to optimally benefit from AI and ML and continuously release better software. Electric Cloud is also the founding partner of DevOps Enterprise Summit USA.
Most Innovative DevOps Solution of the Year
CA Brightside is the winner of the Most Innovative DevOps Solution for 2018. CA Brightside is the first cross-enterprise DevOps solution designed to greatly improve the productivity and efficiency of development teams to control, script and develop for the mainframe like any other cloud platform. CA Brightside is also a foundational element of the Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe initiative, the first open source project for the mainframe which strives to attract a new generation of IT administrators to mainframe platforms and make it easier to include mainframes within the larger scope of an integrated set of DevOps processes that span multiple platforms. CA Brightside is designed to make it easy to integrate the mainframe into enterprise DevOps workflows by allowing development teams to control, script and build for the mainframe just like they would for any other cloud platform through the use of familiar open source tools such as Jenkins, Gradle and IntelliJ via a command line interface (CLI). Learn more: https://www.ca.com/us/products/ca-brightside.html
Best DevOps Evangelist
Chris O’Malley, Compuware’s president and CEO, is the Top DevOps Evangelist for 2018. Chris is a highly vocal, incredibly passionate evangelist for DevOps and, more specifically, Agile and DevOps on the mainframe. Having led the Agile transformation at Compuware, he speaks from the heart. No other executive in the industry comes close to exhibiting the energy Chris brings to every engagement, whether it’s a customer meeting or a LinkedIn update. Chris is unwavering in his commitment to make Compuware customers successful and believes DevOps on the mainframe plays a critical role in facilitating that success. Since late 2014, Chris has spearheaded an effort to educate the marketplace on the benefits of DevOps and Agile on the mainframe, as well as create a new generation of mainframe software that speeds this effort. Chris’ extensive media coverage and social outreach in 2018, included more than 25 articles, blogs, interviews, podcasts and conference presentations. Check out a few of his recent posts on ZDnet, Forbes, InformationWeek, eWeek, DevOps.com Chat, AgileCXO and DevOps Enterprise Summit, as well as more than a dozen LinkedIn posts in 2018.
Best DevOps Transformation
Capital One was the judges’ choice for Best DevOps Transformation for 2018. As one of the most well-known brands in America and among the top 10 largest banks in the nation based on deposits, Capital One offers a wide range of financial products and services to commercial clients, small businesses and individual consumers, both online and in-person at branch locations. The company was founded on the vision that the power of information, technology and testing could be harnessed to bring highly-customized financial products directly to consumers. The thousands of software engineers, testers and other professionals in the Capital One software development organization are making this vision a reality. Beyond their financial success and size, Capital One has a well-known and well-deserved reputation in the tech industry for being one of the most innovative and open source-friendly enterprises in the market.
Checkout this Case Study: Capital One Invests in Continuous Delivery to Automate Software Development Pipelines
Best DevOps Transformation Leader
George Swan is the winner of the Best DevOps Transformation Leader for 2018. George is director of Engineering Solutions at Autodesk, where his responsibilities include modernizing and optimizing Autodesk’s development and deployment capabilities using CI/CD solutions and best practices. George spearheaded the Engineering Solutions team tasked with modernizing the development and deployment solution based on CI/CD methodologies. The team built a source code solution using GitHub Enterprise and a binary management solution using Artifactory. Next, Autodesk standardized on CloudBees Core for orchestration and began implementing secure, automated Jenkins Pipelines. These pipelines enabled both continuous integration and more frequent deployments with shorter lead times via continuous delivery. Swan and his team delivered amazing results: “Productivity increased up to 10X. There is a team within Autodesk that saw a 10X improvement in productivity when they adopted CI/CD. If we can replicate even a fraction of this across the engineering organization, that will have an incredible impact.”
Checkout this Case Study: Autodesk Powers Cloud Initiative and Faster Releases with CI/CD
Best New DevOps Solution Company
ShiftLeft Inc., winner of the Best New DevOps Solutions Company in 2018, is an innovator in application-specific cloud security, delivering the industry’s first fully automated security-as-a-service (SECaaS) solution that understands the unique security needs of each version of each application and creates custom security and threat detection for it. With ShiftLeft, DevOps can make threat detection part of their CI/CD process. ShiftLeft’s approach allows teams to both protect their applications immediately and enhance the security posture of their code. The company was founded by a team with extensive backgrounds in security and cloud infrastructure who were early innovators of technologies such as sandbox, next-generation firewall, next-generation electronic payment network and fraud modeling, as well as several open source initiatives. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., ShiftLeft is backed by Bain Capital Ventures and Mayfield. For more information, see https://www.shiftleft.io/.
Best DevOps Book/eBook
“DevOps for the Modern Enterprise,” by Mirco Hering of Accenture, won the Best DevOps Book Award for 2018. In his book, Mirco, a thought leader in managing IT within legacy organizations, lays out a road map to success for IT managers, showing them how to create the right ecosystem, how to empower people to bring their best to work every day and how to put the right technology in the driver’s seat to propel their organization to success. But just having the right methods and tools will not magically transform an organization; the cultural change that is the most difficult is also the most impactful. Using principles from Agile, Lean and DevOps, as well as first-hand examples from the enterprise world, Mirco addresses the different challenges that legacy organizations face as they transform into modern IT departments. Mirco’s book is also featured by BookAuthority in the list of “26 Best New DevOps Books to Read in 2019.” View on Amazon.
Best DevOps Presentation of the Year
“Project to Product: Practical Realities at a Large Scale Enterprise,” a 30-minute presentation at DevOps Enterprise Summit London 2018, is the winner of the Best DevOps Presentation for 2018. The presentation featured Carmen DeArdo, currently working as senior VSM strategist at Tasktop, and Nicole Bryan, vice president of Product at Tasktop. Carmen DeArdo was the DevOps technology director at Nationwide Insurance, where he was part of the leadership team implementing DevOps practices and technologies across the 20+ IT areas at Nationwide. He is considered a DevOps industry leader, speaking at conferences and writing regularly on these topics at DevOps.com. He is also regularly interviewed by analysts (e.g. Forrester) and technical publications such as TechBeacon for research and articles. He has presented at previous DOES U.S. conferences. Check out Carmen’s Reflections from DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018 as well.
Nicole has more than 20 years of experience in software and product development, focused primarily on bringing data visualization/infographics and human factors considerations to the forefront of Agile and DevOps. She is passionate about increasing representation of women in technology and improving how software is created and delivered—making the experience enjoyable, fun and even delightful.
Best DevOps.com Article of the Year
“Continuous Discussions, Episode 90: Gene Kim and DOES18 Speakers,” by Anders Wallgren won the Best DevOps.com Article of the Year Award for 2018. Anders hosted Gene Kim and several speakers from the upcoming DevOps Enterprise Summit Las Vegas (DOES18) conference to talk about DevOps, the conference program and emerging conference theme of next-gen operations and infrastructure.
The panel of DOES18 speakers included Cornelia Davis, senior director of technology at Pivotal; Damon Edwards, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Rundeck; Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop; Tom Limoncelli, SRE at StackOverflow.com; Gene Kim, founder of IT Revolution and co-author of “The DevOps Handbook,” “The Phoenix Project” and “Accelerate”; and Electric Cloud’s Sam Fell and Anders Wallgren.
Check out the blog to find out the top takeaways from their discussion.
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