The DevOps Dozen Awards are back for their sixth year and open for nominations. We are excited to celebrate the hard work and continued success of DevOps leaders, whose achievements over the past year deserve recognition. This year, we have expanded our awards program to include two different DevOps Dozen sections; hence, the name DevOps Dozen² (Squared).
There are a dozen awards for each section this year:
- DevOps Dozen Tools and Services Awards — 12 awards recognizing the companies that develop and deliver outstanding solutions to empower developers, DevOps and IT operations teams.
- DevOps Dozen Community Awards — Closer to the original vision that we had with the DevOps Dozen when we instituted the awards five years ago, these 12 awards honor the leaders who have made a positive impact in the DevOps community.
Nominations are made by the audience. However, it will work a little differently for the Tools and Services Awards categories than it will for the Community Awards. While anyone can nominate a tool or service for the final phase this year, there is a $250 fee for each Tools and Services nomination. This is meant to cut down on the spam and superfluous nominations we have received in the past.
We are interested in serious tools/services in the DevOps space. Nominate only those you think are truly deserving of an award. Commercial tools/services are not eligible for the Community Awards and will not make it through to the finals.
Winners will be chosen from among the finalists, with general public voting accounting for 40% of the final total and our judges’ selections for 60% of the total.
The last day to submit your nominations is Oct. 15. To vote, follow the steps outlined on the DevOps Dozen² website.
Meet the Judges
Who are this year’s judges? You may already be familiar with their names. The 2020 panel will be lead by:
- Alan Shimel, founder and editor in chief, DevOps.com
- Jayne Groll, CEO and co-founder of the DevOps Institute
- Mitch Ashley, CEO and founder of Accelerated Strategies Group
- Charlene O’Hanlon, managing editor, MediaOps Inc.
The 2020 DevOps Dozen² Categories
DevOps Dozen Tools and Services Awards
- Best End-to-End DevOps Tool/Service
Consolidation in the DevOps space has led to a greater selection of platforms offering end-to-end solutions. This award honors the platform with the most diverse and robust solution for DevOps teams.
- Best DevOps Repo/GitOps Tool/Service
Git has led to GitOps, which has become an integral part of the DevOps toolbox. This award is presented to the most outstanding Repo/Git/GitOps tool.
- Best CI/CD Tool
This award recognizes the best CI/CD tool that helps teams to deliver quality code better.
- Best Value Stream Management Tool
Value stream management has come into its own as an important tool for measuring the business value of DevOps and application development. This award recognizes the value stream management tool that most effectively helps visualize the value stream, track metrics and measure improvement.
- Best Observability Solution
This award recognizes the best observability solution for observing and monitoring to understand the performance of individual components and systems and entire applications.
- Best DevSecOps Solution
This award honors the best DevSecOps solution, which enables security to be included earlier and continuously throughout the SDLC.
- Best Testing Service/Tool
Testing is a mainstay in the DevOps toolchain, and this award recognizes the best testing tool for ensuring the quality of code.
- Best Kubernetes Platform/Service
The adoption of containers has paved the way for an entire solutions ecosystem supporting and enhancing the container technology. Kubernetes is perhaps the most widely recognized and utilized tool in the space. There are many platforms and services that offer Kubernetes-based solutions. This award honors the best Kubernetes platform/service available.
- Best Cloud-Native Security Solution/Service
The cloud-native movement has taken the IT world by storm due to the depth and breadth of the solutions available and the benefits of building applications and services specifically for cloud-native environments. This award recognizes the best tools, solutions and services considered cloud-native.
- Best DevOps for Mainframe Solution
Mainframes are far from being the dinosaur of the IT world, and a variety of solutions are available for enabling DevOps practices in mainframe environments and hybrid environments. This award recognizes the best of them.
- Best DevOps for DataOps/Database Solution
Databases often have been left out of the DevOps conversation, but that is changing. Recently, the whole concept of DataOps has started gaining traction. This award recognizes the best solution in the database for DevOps and DataOps categories.
- Best New DevOps Tool/Service Provider
This award recognizes the best new service provider or tool that has brought innovation to the DevOps space in the past year (must be less than 24 months old).
DevOps Dozen Community Awards
- Best DevOps Industry Implementation
This award honors organizations that have successfully adopted and implemented DevOps principles and practices.
- Best DevOps Survey/Analysis/Research
This award recognizes research that has significantly and positively impacted the DevOps community.
- Best DevOps-Related Video Series (video)
This category highlights the most entertaining, educational and inspirational DevOps video series—those with the most engaging and highest-quality content.
- Best DevOps-Related Audio Podcast Series
Which is your favorite DevOps podcast from this year? There are many great DevOps podcasts sparking some interesting discussions on a multitude of topics from CI/CD and testing to DevSecOps, Kubernetes, containers and more.
- Best DevOps Book/eBook of the Year
Each year sees a plethora of well-crafted DevOps-related books and ebooks. This category highlights the most popular and best read of the year.
- Top DevOps Evangelist
This category is one of our favorites. There are so many great evangelists who spread the DevOps gospel and we want to know who does it best. Nominees can work within the DevOps space or outside of it.
- Best DevOps Transformation (non-vendor)
In a year in which digital transformation became a must-have for survival, which organizations stood out in their efforts to transform their business through DevOps?
- Best DevOps Virtual Event of the Year
COVID-19 has changed the game when it comes to hosting events. In 2020, virtual events have become the new norm, reaching a global audience while everyone stays safe at home. Which DevOps virtual event stands out from the others?
- Most Innovative DevOps Open Source Project
Open source projects are meant to promote innovation and increase efficiency, velocity and quality. While there are many great open source projects out there, the best ones are those that create a community of people who work on and with the technology and support each other.
- DevOps Executive of the Year (non-vendor) This category celebrates excellence among DevOps leaders at the C-suite (or equivalent) levels.
- Best DevOps Presentation of the Year
This category recognizes the best DevOps-themed presentation from the many (virtual) conferences during the year.
- Best DevOps.com Article of the Year
DevOps.com publishes multiple new articles every day. Which was the best article from 2020? Let us know so we can recognize the author.
All the solutions nominated to the Tools and Services Awards will automatically be registered into the DevOps Tools Guide authored by MediaOps and Accelerated Strategy Group. This initiative is our effort to create a comprehensive listing of tools and tools vendors to help end users better understand the DevOps market landscape.
With so many talented and passionate leaders in our community, choosing a winner is no easy task. Though not everyone can take home the award, I truly believe every single person who is a part of this great community and has done some remarkable work to empower and support other members of the DevOps community is a winner. By acknowledging them in our award process, we want to highlight their work and show how important they are in the DevOps space.
For more information on the awards, please visit the DevOps Dozen² website. If you have any questions regarding entry process, awards, timing or any technical issues regarding the website, please contact us at DD@devops.com.