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2019 DevOps Dozen Finalists Announced

We are proud to announce the 2019 DevOps Dozen finalists. When we first launched five years ago, I hoped the DevOps Dozen would grow into an award that would honor the best of the best in the maturing DevOps space.

This year, we have included three new categories: Best DevOps Practitioner of the Year, Best Podcast of the Year and Best DevOps Conference of the Year.

Our finalist are definitely the most outstanding leaders in DevOps. Congratulations to each and every one of the finalists in the 12 categories. It is quite an accomplishment to make it this far into the process. Whether you’re chosen as a winner or not, you should be proud to be part of such an impressive list, and don’t get discouraged as there will be more opportunities in the future.

Since the nomination process was opened to the public, 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. Many thanks to the everyone here at for doing this.

The next step in the process is for the finalists in each category to submit a presentation on why they deserve the award. Please email your final presentation to by Dec 15, 2019. That information will be passed onto our panel of judges who will then select the winners. The 12 (it is the DevOps DOZEN, after all) winners will be announced in December.

Here Are the 2019 DevOps Dozen Finalists

1. Best DevOps Solution Provider

2. Best DevOps Practitioner of the Year

3. Best DevOps Solution Provider Executive

4. Best Podcast of the Year

5. Best DevOps Book/eBook of the Year

  • The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data – Gene Kim
  • War and Peace and IT: Business Leadership, Technology, and Success in the Digital Age – Mark Schwartz
  • DevOps Paradox: The truth about DevOps by the people on the front line – Viktor Farcic
  • Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow – Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais
  • Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow – Mik Kersten
  • Engineering DevOps: From Chaos to Continuous Improvement … and Beyond – Marc Hornbeek

6. Top DevOps Evangelist

7. Best DevOps Transformation

8. Best DevOps Transformation Leader

9. Best New DevOps Solutions Company

10. Top DevOps Conferences

11. Best DevOps Presentations of the Year

12. Best Article of the Year

Thanks to everyone who voted and nominated candidates. Good luck to all of the finalists!

Stay tuned and, as always, thanks for supporting and the rest of the MediaOps family of communities. If you have questions, please write us  Also if you want to be included in next years DevOps Dozen awards you need to subscribe to and look for announcements next September.

Alan Shimel

Alan Shimel

As Founder, CEO & Editor-in-chief of MediaOps, the company behind, Container Journal, Security Boulevard and Digital Anarchist, as well as co-founder of the DevOps Institute, Alan Shimel is attuned to the world of technology, particularly cloud, DevOps, security and open source. With almost 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Alan has been instrumental in the success of several organizations. Shimel is an often-cited personality in the security and technology community and is a sought-after speaker at industry and government conferences and events. In addition to his writing, his DevOps Chat podcast, DevOps TV and Digital Anarchist audio and videos are widely followed. Alan attributes his success to a combination of a strong business background and a deep knowledge of technology. His legal background, long experience in the field, and New York street smarts combine to form a unique personality. Mr. Shimel is a graduate of St. Johns University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, and holds a JD degree from NY Law School.

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