2021 Finalists


DevOps Dozen²

They’re Here! Finalists Announced November 17

We are excited to announce the 2021 DevOps Dozen² Awards finalists. Those who made it to the finals have demonstrated exceptional performance and service to the community during the past year. Finalists were picked based on most nominations by the public and by our panel of judges. Congratulations to each and every one of the finalists in the 24 categories. It is quite an accomplishment to make it this far – you were up against some stiff competition!

Your votes define the winners.

Choose which finalists will receive the DevOps Dozen Award this year:



(Voting closes December 31, 2021)


Or learn more about this year’s finalists:

DevOps Dozen² awards program includes two different DevOps Dozen sections each with a dozen awards:

  • DevOps Dozen Tools and Services Awards — 12 awards recognizing the companies who develop and deliver outstanding solutions to empower developers, DevOps and IT operations teams.
  • DevOps Dozen Community Awards — 12 awards honor the leaders who have made a positive impact in the DevOps community.

There are a dozen awards in each category. 12 awards are for DevOps Tools/Services and the companies who develop and sell them. 12 awards are DevOps Community awards – those who make significant contributions to the DevOps community. Awards in the latter category are not meant for DevOps tools/service providers.

Nominees, Finalists and Winners

The way we choose the finalists and, ultimately, the winners of the DevOps Dozen² is a two-step process. Please see details, below.

  • The nomination phase is open to the public to nominate candidates for the finals. However, it will work a little differently for the 12 Tools and Services Awards categories than it will for the Community Awards.
  • While anyone can nominate a tool or service for the final phase, there is a $250 fee for commercial tools and services to be nominated. This is to cut down on superfluous nominations, which really slow down the whole process. We are only interested in serious tools/services for DevOps. Therefore, only nominate those tools and services that you think truly stand above the rest.
  • For the Community Awards, there is no fee to nominate for the finals. We will weed through the nominations and pick the finalists based on those who get the most nominations. COMMERCIAL TOOLS/SERVICES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE COMMUNITY AWARDS AND WILL NOT MAKE IT THROUGH TO THE FINALS.
  • As in years past, a maximum of two entries in each category per IP address will be allowed. Ballot box stuffing and other “gaming” of the spirit of the awards will result in disqualification. Techstrong Group reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any nomination or finalist if it is shown any impropriety is attempted.
  • Once finalists are announced, voting for the winners in all 24 categories will be open to the public.
  • Winners will be chosen from among the finalists, with public voting being weighted for 40% of the final total and our judges’ selections for 60% of the weighted total.
  • Finalists for this year’s awards will receive a badge to display on their website and social media with a link to the voting/survey site. Additionally, Techstrong Group will recognize finalists via articles, video, interviews and other media coverage across the Techstrong network.
  • Winners will be announced at the Predict 2021 Virtual Summit, January 19-20, 2022, and will receive both digital and physical trophies and badges celebrating their achievements. Additionally, all winners will be announced and highlighted via Techstrong Group channels.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Nominations for all categories via public vote or vendor registration shall open on September 15, 2021.
  • Nominations and voting for the first phase will close on October 22, 2021 at 5 pm ET.
  • Finalists will be announced/public voting opens on November 17, 2021.
  • Public voting ends/judges submissions are due by December 31, 2021.
  • DevOps Dozen² winners will be announced at the Predict 2022 conference, January 19-20, 2022.

The place for all things DevOps Dozen²-related is, and will remain, DevOpsDozen.com. For any information regarding the awards, entry process, deadlines, or other questions, please contact us at dd@devops.com

Good luck and looking forward to a great DevOps Dozen² this year!

Alan Shimel

Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Techstrong Group, Inc.


 Our Esteemed Panel of Judges

Who are this year’s judges? It’s always tough choosing qualified, neutral judges. Currently we have selected five judges for the finals. We reserve the right to add, subtract or substitute judges prior to the finalist phase.

  • Alan Shimel, founder and editor-in-chief, Techstrong Group, Inc.
  • Jayne Groll, CEO and co-founder, DevOps Institute
  • Mitch Ashley, principal, TechStrong Research and CTO, Techstrong Group, Inc.
  • John Willis, senior director, Red Hat Global Transformation Office
  • Helen Beal, chief ambassador, DevOps Institute


We’re here to help and answer any question you might have. We look forward to hearing from you 🙂