DevOps Industry Awards Finalists 2020

Emma Frame 14th December 2020

Christmas has come early for ECS, as we recently discovered ECS, as well as two of our esteemed colleagues, Sarndeep Nijjar and Patryk Pilecki, have been announced as finalists in this year’s DevOps Industry awards.

Now in its 4th year, the DevOps Industry Awards celebrate companies and individuals who have accomplished significant achievements when incorporating and adopting DevOps practices – and we couldn’t be prouder of the achievements, innovation and leadership that have been recognised in our own team.

The awards we have been recognised for:

Best DevOps Cloud Project

Looking at the best use of cloud technologies in a DevOps project, this award looked for evidence of successful cloud adoption, proof of overcoming project obstacles and a commitment to industry best practices and standards.

ECS has been privileged to work on some extraordinarily complex, large scale migration and modernisation programs. This experience has seen us help enterprise clients to design, architect, build, migrate, and manage their workloads and applications onto modern cloud platforms – and we’re proud that one of these programs has been recognised as a finalist in this year’s awards.

DevOps Manager of the Year – Sarndeep Nijjar

Awarded to the most outstanding individual manager or team leader over the last 12 months, this award takes into consideration evidence of continued, excellent leadership skills, as well as a dedication to furthering DevOps – no easy feat!

Fortunately, we are blessed with having many a manager keen to commit to the greater IT community and Sarndeep Nijjar is such a person. A senior agile transformation lead at ECS, Sarndeep is one of the UK’s most experienced Agile professionals, having been at the forefront of the evolving DevOps sector from the start. He also possesses an unusual talent for being able as comfortable to talk about business benefits and metrics with the business owner and senior stakeholders as he is talking code with developers.

Most notably, around a year ago, Sarndeep noticed a growing gap in the market for a next-generation Digital Factory-type service to help large FTSE 100/250 companies struggling with complex legacy estates to undergo digital transformation.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Sarndeep worked with a focused team to repackage Agile principles and methodologies and simplify adoption for large enterprises. The result is the ECS Digital Engine Room.

In the words of Jason Westhorpe, Practice Lead at ECS,

as a technical leader in our business, Sarndeep’s consistency demonstrates fantastic leadership. He has been pivotal to a number of our new and popular services including our Enablement Pods, Digital Delivery Pods and our Digital Engine Room. Whenever there is a challenge – internal at ECS or at any of our clients – Sarndeep is able to quickly wade through the dross, diagnose the cause and put a sensible resolution plan in place.”

DevOps Newcomer of the Year – Patryk Pilecki

This award recognises the most outstanding DevOps Newcomer of the Year of the last 12 month. A newcomer who can evidence outstanding progression and commitment in the field of DevOps.

Patryk has been a part of the ECS team for little over two years and has his curiosity, creativity and problem-solving skills to thank for turning his career at an incredible pace. During the first 3 months at ECS, he already achieved his first certification (Docker Certified Associate) and it took him just another 3 months to host his first DevOps Playground in container tools – sharing his skills with the wider DevOps community in both London and Edinburgh on two consecutive nights.

In the words of his Line Manager Chris Dunkley: 

“Outside of this Patryk has been honing his skills as an engineer with one of our clients. He is well liked and trusted by his team to deliver, he does everything with a smile on his face… even returning to work the day after breaking his leg. Patryk is humble, always willing to learn and benefits from using his technical mind but also his talents as a people person to profligate DevOps culture wherever he is.”

DevOps Team of the Year

Awarded to the most outstanding DevOps team over the last 12 months, this award takes into consideration evidence of continued, first-rate communication between both team members and other stakeholders. As well focusing on the importance of a strong team ethos, it celebrates what possible through effective teamwork.

We are incredibly proud our own team has been recognised for achieving these standards and can’t wait to raise a toast at the awards evening next year.

Check out a full list of the finalists using the link here.

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