Announcing the Finalists

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DevOps Dozen²

Announcing the 2020 Honorees

We are pleased to announce the 2020 DevOps Dozen² Awards honorees. For six years in a row, we have been honoring the best of the best in the maturing DevOps space. This year, we decided to expand our awards program to include two different sections: DevOps Dozen Tools and Services Awards and DevOps Dozen Community Awards.

The DevOps Dozen honorees have displayed resilience, determination, commitment and willingness to embrace change in a year of unprecedented challenges to drive their business—and the industry—forward. They have all demonstrated exceptional leadership and support to the DevOps community during the past year.

Congratulations to each and every one of the honorees!

Honoree Selection Process

  • We used a two-step process to select the winners in each of the 24 categories of the DevOps Dozen².
  • The honorees have been chosen from among the finalists with general public voting being weighted for 40% of the final total and our judges selections for 60% of the weighted total.

Winners will receive both digital and physical trophies and badges celebrating their achievements.

Many thanks to our panel of judges for making the hard calls and to everyone who voted and nominated candidates.

If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the 2020 DevOps Dozen² Awards, you still have the opportunity to be part of next year’s awards. Stay tuned for more details on the 2021 DevOps Dozen Awards.

The place for all things DevOps Dozen-related is and will remain, DevOpsDozen.com. For any information regarding the entry process, awards, timing or any technical issues regarding the website, please contact us at [email protected].

Alan Shimel
Editor-in-chief, Founder
MediaOps Inc.

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DevOps Dozen 2020 – Community Awards Honorees

Category 1 - Best DevOps Industry Implementation

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This award honors organizations that have successfully adopted and implemented DevOps principles and practices.

Lloyds Banking Group, the largest financial services organization in the UK, is the winner of the Best DevOps Industry Implementation award. Lloyds Banking Group has invested heavily in driving the adoption of Agile development and DevOps practices across its business to strategically modernize its digital service capabilities and align with customer expectations.

Category 2 - Best DevOps Survey/Analysis/Research

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This award recognizes research that has significantly and positively impacted the DevOps community.

The Best DevOps Survey/Analysis/Research award goes to Puppet’s 2020 State of DevOps Report. The report focuses on two areas that can help organizations scale their DevOps initiative: a platform approach to software delivery and applying DevOps principles to change management. It is the ninth year in a row that Puppet produces a State of DevOps Report. It is the longest-running and most widely referenced DevOps research in the industry.

Category 3 - Best DevOps Related Video Series (Video)

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This category highlights the most entertaining, educational and inspirational DevOps video series—those with the most engaging and highest-quality content.

The Best DevOps Related Video Series is DevOps Unbound, a bi-weekly video series that focuses on DevOps, automation, CI/CD and testing. Top industry leaders join the series to explore the challenges and issues that software delivery and IT teams face on a daily basis.

Category 4 - Best DevOps Related Podcast Series (Audio Only)

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Which is your favorite DevOps Chat from this year? Check out our lineup of 2020 DevOps Chats, focusing on a multitude of topics from CI/CD and testing to DevSecOps, Kubernetes, containers and more.

The Modern Mainframe: Building a Better Software Delivery Platform is the Best DevOps Related Podcast Series. The Modern Mainframe is a podcast by Compuware that explores mainframe modernization and how to transform mainframe culture, processes and tools with DevOps to help your business compete in a digital age. Building a Better Software Delivery Platform is episode 9 of the podcast, featuring Compuware DevOps Architect Rick Slade.

Category 5 - Best DevOps Book / eBook of the Year

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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.

Standing On Shoulders: A Leader’s Guide to Digital Transformation by Jack Maher and Carmen DeArdo is the Best DevOps Books / eBook of the Year. This must-read provides leaders with practical, actionable information about the breadth of Agile, Lean and DevOps topics that are generally dealt with individually; and explains how each of these are necessary but alone are not sufficient to avoid market disruption of your business. The authors focus on how to build an employee and customer-obsessed culture with an organizational structure that drives speed and efficiency, while leveraging technology to enable speed to value that is faster, safer, better and cheaper.

Category 6 - Top DevOps Evangelist

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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. This should be a really competitive category.

The Top DevOps Evangelist award goes to Helen Beal, chief ambassador at DevOps Institute. Helen is a well-known DevOps evangelist leading the DevOps Institute Ambassador program’s efforts to provide broad-based thought leadership and localization. She is an analyst at Accelerated Strategies Group and an editor at InfoQ. Recently, Helen has been working with a group of ambassadors to develop a new, online DevOps Capability Assessment (DOCA), launching in 2021. Taking on strategic advisor roles with Plutora and Moogsoft has given her the opportunity to dive deep into value stream thinking and observability. She is the host of Day-to-Day DevOps, a BrightTalk series that focuses on topics ranging from neuroscience, to ChatOps, to AIOps and everything DevOps related.

Category 7 - Best DevOps Transformation (Non-Vendor)

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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?

The winner of the Best DevOps Transformation award is Fidelity Investments, a financial services company that supports financial institutions with innovative investment and technology solutions to grow their businesses. Fidelity’s embrace of cloud-based platforms has yielded tangible improvements, such as better operational resiliency.

Category 8 - Best DevOps Virtual Event of the Year

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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?

The DevOps Dozen award for the Best DevOps Virtual Event of the Year goes to DevOps World 2020. The virtual event, featuring more than 100 business and technical breakout sessions, focused on how DevOps is transforming the world of software delivery and how businesses are adapting their ways of thinking during the COVID-19 pandemic. Top industry leaders discussed where DevOps is headed and how the audience can best leverage advanced practices to succeed in the future.

Category 9 - Most Innovative DevOps Open Source Project

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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.

Grafana Loki was chosen as the Most Innovative DevOps Open Source Project. Loki is a horizontally-scalable, highly-available, multi-tenant log aggregation system inspired by Prometheus.

Category 10 - DevOps Executive of the Year

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This category celebrates excellence among DevOps leaders at the C-suite (or equivalent) levels.

The DevOps Executive of the Year is GitLab CEO and Co-Founder Sid Sijbrandij. Sid’s career path has been anything but traditional. He saw the first Ruby code in 2007 and loved it so much that he taught himself how to program. It was during his time as a Ruby programmer that he first encountered GitLab, and quickly discovered his passion for open source.

In 2012, he helped commercialize GitLab, and by 2015, he led the company through Y-Combinator’s Winter 2015 batch. Under his leadership, the company has experienced 50x growth in the last five years, expanded from nine to more than 1,300 remote team members across 65+ countries and regions and is now valued at $2.75 billion. A champion of the open source community and a pioneer in scaling remote organizations, Sid is altering conventional wisdom on DevOps practice.

Category 11 - Best DevOps Presentation of the Year

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This category recognizes the best DevOps-themed presentation from the many (virtual) conferences during the year.

On Ramp to Open DevOps for Mainframe by George DeCandio, chief technology officer of the Mainframe Software Division at Broadcom, is the winner of the Best DevOps Presentation of the Year award. In this keynote presentation, George DeCandio explained what you need to adopt an open strategy and how you can integrate with existing DevOps tools such as Git and Jenkins, or into existing cross-platform CI/CD pipelines. George discussed how Zowe, OMP’s first project devoted to the mainframe, is opening mainframe system commands, data sets and source libraries so you can integrate with tools that know nothing about mainframe.

Category 12 - Best DevOps.com Article of the Year

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DevOps.com publishes multiple new articles every day. Which was the best article from 2020? Let us know so we can recognize the author.

How to Reduce Engineer Burnout During COVID-19 by Henry Jewkes, staff software engineer at Split, is the Best DevOps.com Article of the Year. Henry explains how to cope with burnout effectively as it becomes increasingly common during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DevOps Dozen 2020 – Tools and Services Awards Honorees

Category 1 - Best End to End DevOps Tool/Service

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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.

The winner of the Best End to End DevOps Tool/Service in 2020 is GitLab. GitLab has demonstrated to be the most efficient solution for DevOps teams to collaborate and build software. The GitLab solution is the result of the collaboration between thousands of community contributors and feedback from the more than 100,000 organizations that have adopted GitLab to power their DevOps transformations. The GitLab community contributes code, documentation, translation, design and product ideas based on their real-world challenges, making GitLab more useful and valuable.

Category 2 - Best DevOps Repo/GitOps Tool/Service

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GitOps is an integral part of the DevOps toolbox. This award is presented to the most outstanding GitOps tool.

The DevOps Dozen award for the Best DevOps Repo/GitOps Tool/Service goes to GitHub, the most popular open-source version control code repository. GitHub is great to manage and maintain code in the cloud and contribute to projects quickly with automatic environment setup.

Category 3 - Best CI/CD Tool

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This award recognizes the best CI/CD tool that helps create a solid pipeline to deliver quality code more quickly.

CircleCI was chosen, by the public and the judges, as the Best CI/CD Tool. CircleCI is the leading CI/CD solution for software innovation at scale. The CircleCI platform allows teams to build and deliver software in the cloud or on their own infrastructure. CircleCI manages more than 35 million builds per month on Linux, macOS and Windows.

Category 4 - Best Value Stream Management Tool

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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.

The 2020 DevOps Dozen winner of the Best Value Stream Management Tool is Digital.ai Value Stream Platform. Digital.ai enables the world’s largest enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives by combining industry-leading enterprise Agile planning, application security, continuous testing, software delivery and AI-powered analytics in the first intelligent value stream platform. Digital.ai Value Stream Platform provides a unique view of the software delivery lifecycle through the customer experience lens to better align with business objectives and scale Agile and DevOps processes.

The Digital.ai Value Stream Platform features end-to-end connectivity, visibility with AI-powered analytics, continuous testing and quality, release management and flow optimization, and measurable outcomes through quantified metrics. The platform allows organizations to set business goals based upon market needs, deliver products and technologies to achieve those goals, measure and analyze results, and make adjustments to continuously improve.

Category 5 - Best Observability Solution

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This award recognizes the best observability solution for observing and monitoring performance logs and metrics to understand the performance of individual components and systems.

The award for Best Observability Solution goes to Splunk Observability Suite, a comprehensive combination of solutions designed to help IT and DevOps teams tackle new monitoring challenges that other tools haven’t been able to effectively address. The Observability Suite helps users maintain the highest levels of business performance and adaptability, improve release quality and velocity, improve developer efficiency, minimize downtime, and deliver world-class digital experiences.

Category 6 - Best DevSecOps Solution

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This award honors the best DevSecOps solution, which enables security to be included earlier and continuously throughout the SDLC.

JFrog Xray was voted the Best DevSecOps Solution of 2020. JFrog Xray is a universal impact analysis product enhancing artifact security, container security and OSS license compliance across your DevSecOps pipeline. JFrog Xray scans your artifacts, builds and Release Bundles for OSS components being used, and detects security vulnerabilities and licenses in your software components.

Category 7 - Best Testing Service/Tool

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Testing is a mainstay in the DevOps toolchain, and this award recognizes the most popular testing tool for ensuring the quality of code release.

Tricentis Tosca, a continuous testing platform that accelerates testing to keep pace with Agile and DevOps, is the winner of the Best Testing Service/Tool of 2020. With the industry’s most innovative functional testing technologies, Tricentis Tosca breaks through the barriers experienced with conventional testing tools. Simplifying end-to-end functional testing, Tricentis Tosca automates tests across all layers of modern enterprise architectures.

Category 8 - Best Kubernetes Platform/Service

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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. This award honors the most reliable and secure Kubernetes platform available.

The Best Kubernetes Platform/Service award goes to Red Hat OpenShift Container PlatformRed Hat OpenShift is an open source enterprise Kubernetes platform offering a consistent hybrid cloud foundation for building and scaling containerized applications.

Category 9 - Best Cloud Native Security Solution/Service

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The cloud-native movement has been steadily gaining ground as more organizations recognize the benefits of building applications and services specifically for cloud-native environments. This award recognizes the best solutions and services considered cloud-native.

Styra’s Declarative Authorization Service (DAS) is the winner of the Best Cloud Native Security Solution/Service award. Styra DAS was purpose-built to solve the authorization challenges of cloud-native, containerized application, and the infrastructure they run upon. Built on the open source project Open Policy Agent (OPA), Styra policy-as-code solutions have been proven in production, at scale, in many of the largest cloud-native deployments in production today.

Styra DAS allows enterprises to define, enforce and validate authorization policy across services, teams, clusters and clouds. As businesses move their cloud-native applications from development through to production, Styra DAS provides the tooling to minimize the risk of human error, offload compliance overhead and ensure security and compliance best practices are enforced across your environment. Styra DAS simplifies policy creation with a built-in library of best practices and security policies, as well as a point and click interface for building custom policy from scratch.

Category 10 - Best DevOps for Mainframe Solution

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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. This award recognizes the best of them.

It was very difficult to choose a winner in this category. There was a tie between two solutions, CA Endevor Bridge for Git by Broadcom and Compuware’s Topaz, and after a long discussion the judges decided that both should be honored as the Best DevOps for Mainframe Solutions of 2020.

CA Endevor Bridge for Git is a component of the CA Endevor Integrations for Enterprise DevOps. It connects Git to Endevor via an Enterprise Git Server, such as GitHub, Bitbucket or GitLab. Git as well as traditional mainframe developers can easily collaborate on the same mainframe application managed in Endevor. Only code that is pushed from local Git repository to the Enterprise Git repository is recognized by the integration and gets propagated to Endevor.

Topaz is a modern Agile platform of mainframe development and testing tools that integrates into the DevOps toolchain, empowering any developer, regardless of experience, to understand and work on any program, no matter how old or complex, so that their organizations can easily maintain and innovate from their base of mainframe investments.

Category 11 - Best DevOps for DataOps/Database Solution

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Databases often have been left out of the DevOps conversation, but that is changing. This award recognizes the best solution to enable organizations to apply DevOps processes and practices to database development and management.

The Best DevOps for DataOps/Database Solution is InfluxDB. Developed by InfluxData, InfluxDB is an open-source time series database that empowers developers to build IoT, analytics and monitoring software. It is purpose-built to handle the massive volumes and countless sources of time-stamped data produced by sensors, applications and infrastructure.

Category 12 - Best New DevOps Tool/Service Provider

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This award recognizes the service provider or tool that has brought the most innovation to the DevOps space in the past year.

The winner of this category is Opsera, the first continuous orchestration platform for DevOps teams. The Opsera platform automates any CI/CD toolchain, enables declarative pipelines and provides unified insights across the entire software delivery process.

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