Computing's DevOps Excellence Awards will showcases outstanding achievement from organisations, personalities and solutions operating within the DevOps space.
Many organisations today now see the benefits of implementing a DevOps culture, with faster, more iterative software releases, more innovation, and an overall more nimble business being amongst the desired results. But the road to DevOps can be a rough one, as with any cultural change.
There are many different ways to move towards a DevOps culture, and these awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the best of every organisation, team, individual, product and tool. With many categories covering every stage of progress across the industry, there should be a space for you to enter, to get your opportunity to be celebrated for your success in DevOps.
Closing Deadline for Entries: Friday 12th January, 5pm
All categories are FREE to enter.
Entrants will be asked to submit a maximum 800-word explanation, demonstrating how they meet the criteria. For product or service award entries, you are strongly encouraged to use the entry text to provide a customer case study. Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only.
All information submitted will be for the use of judging and will remain confidential.
Please read on for further information on each category and application criteria.
Closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 12th January.
Product and Project Awards
Best Cloud Agile Technology
Many call cloud and DevOps natural bedfellows, but we want to see proof of that in execution. How does your technology serve both cloud and DevOps approaches to create the perfect mix? Customer examples would be a sincere advantage when explaining.
Best DevOps Transformation
DevOps is celebrated for its ability to transform business or project processes, and we want to find the perfect example of the different made by following DevOps culture and practice. This, of course, will require proof, and a convincing before-and-after story.
Best DevOps Security Tool
The need for security is a neverending cycle, and that fits DevOps like a glove. As a relatively new area of the security industry, we want to seek out the best DevOps security tool, and award those leading the pack. This is another award where customer stories are an important addition to winning over the judges.
Best Open Source DevOps Tool
The freeflowing nature of open source is an excellent companion to DevOps, and there are some very special tools appearing in the space. We'd like to find out why you consider yours to be pulling ahead. Please include customer case studies to help tell the story.
Best Development Platform
This will be awarded to the software development platform which demonstrates the best functionality or the most innovative features. Customer references, evidence of strong market share and innovation will all help entries under this category.
Best Use of Agile
Awarded to the use of agile within a project or programme which best demonstrates the impact of the Agile methodology. Descriptions of how Agile was used, and what its impact on the overall body of work undertaken will be taken into consideration.
Best Automation Project
This award will go to the automation project which demonstrates the best overall impact on the business. Evidence of innovation, financial impact on the business, and performance against initial expectations will be required.
Best Software-Defined Product
Awarded to the software-defined product which demonstrates the best functionality coupled with ease of use and innovation. Customer references, evidence of strong revenues attached to the product, and explanations of why this product out-competes or out-innovates its rivals will be taken into consideration.
Best DevOps Cloud Product
Awarded to the DevOps cloud product which demonstrates superior functionality and/or the most innovation amongst its field. Evidence of revenue, market share and customer references will be taken into consideration.
Best Continuous Delivery Product
Awarded to the continuous delivery product which demonstrates superior functionality and/or the most innovation amongst its field. Evidence of revenue, market share and customer references will be taken into consideration.
DevOps Project of the Year Award
Why is one of your recent projects an example to everybody else of how to make Dev Ops shine? Tell us all about it. The project must have been started, completed or first executed in 2017 to qualify.
DevOps Tool / Product of the Year
While DevOps started as more a philosophy than a toolset, tools and solutions to speed DevOps results are now key to the game, and we're looking for the best in class. Why is yours leading the pack, and how can you prove it? Again, customer case study examples would stand you in good stead with the judges.
Organisational and Individual Awards
Most Innovative DevOps Vendor
DevOps is another buzz phrase of the day, but 'not doing waterfall' is a far cry from actually innovating in the space. This award will go to the vendor displaying the most industry-leading approach to working with Dev Ops. Customer case studies are a strongly encouraged addition to your entry.
DevOps Leader of the Year
This is an award for the individual who is leading Dev Ops by example. It may be departmental management, project leadership, or a personal innovation which has grown and developed the space.
DevOps Engineer of the Year
It's still perhaps too early in the game to be a qualified "DevOps engineer". You'll have found your own career path, and have your own unique skillset and belief system. We want to find you, and celebrate your success as an example to others.
DevOps Hero of the Year
Our DevOps hero of the year a DevOps practioner who has gone the extra mile to show the rest of the industry how it works in action. They're not necessarily a leader in the traditional sense, but simply an individual who has taken DevOps to their core, and produced results not possible without seamless blending of development and operations.
Best DevOps Consulting Firm
While a firm may have got to grips with DevOps, it's always a good idea to get an extra pair of eyes on a philosophy or a particular project, and that's where consulting comes in. Who are you working with, what are you doing for them, and what drives your perfect blend of incisive advice and guidance?
Best DevOps Training Provider
Good DevOps requires new skills, and the best way to gain these is to learn from the experts. Are you the expert? We'd like to hear why. We'd like to know what you teach in DevOps, your core pillars of understanding of the practice, and as much information as you can offer on who you've taught, and the successes they've reached under your tutelage.
Young DevOps Engineer of the Year
Awarded to an engineer working in a DevOps environment (or a workplace which is in the process of implementing a DevOps culture for all or part of its workload). Must show evidence of excellence, and of going above and beyond normal expectations. The engineer must be 30 years old or below at the time of the final submission deadline for the awards.
Best SCRUM Professional
Awarded to the Scrum master, or other developer working within a development team using Scrum, who demonstrates the best attitude, aptitude and results. Descriptions of successful recent projects, including their results and how this professional contributed, will be considered.
Best DevOps Recruitment Firm
Awarded to the recruitment firm which demonstrates excellence in its placement of DevOps professionals. Client references and volume of placements will be considered, as well as any novel or innovative recruitment methods.
Best DevOps Cloud Provider
Awarded to the cloud provider which offers the most innovative and/or successful DevOps tools. Judges will consider overall financial performance, market share, innovation, functionality and range of products, and customer references.
Best DevOps Team
DevOps is fundamentally about team work, and we want to find the best example of such a unit working like clockwork. Developers, operations and other key stakeholders working in harmony is the name of the game. Obviously, we also want to see a discussion of the results generated by such a great group.
Best DevOps Services Company
We're looking for the best overall DevOps services operation. From strategy to planning, maintenance to implementation, you'll do some or all of these to a high degree, and be able to prove it with good customer stories.