This week, the Financial Times’ technology team took home the top prize for Best DevOps Transformation at the DevOps Excellence Awards 2017. The FT’s skill in technology was also recognized at the Digiday Publishing Awards, where it won Best use of Technology for its next-generation website.
The DevOps Excellence Awards showcase outstanding achievement from organisations and people working within DevOps. DevOps refers to collaboration between software developers who create new software, and technical operations teams who maintain systems.
The FT’s Technology department has undergone significant transformation over the past few years, as multidisciplinary teams now collaborate to build and maintain effective systems rather than operate in a production line type structure. Bringing technical teams closer to journalists means the FT is better equipped to deliver world-class journalism to readers in the formats they want.
The FT DevOps team was recognised for embracing agile working and substantially reducing the amount of time required to roll out new systems into production, moving from an average of four months in 2013 to just minutes in 2017.
The Financial Times was also awarded for its use of technology at the annual Digiday Publishing Awards in New York. The awards recognize the best global digital publishing innovation by publishers, brands, agencies and technology platforms.
The FT’s US Online News Editor, Emiliya Mychasuk, accepted the award last night honoring the redesign of FT.com. It is now one of the fastest news sites in the world on both desktop and mobile, featuring a host of personalisation and customisation features, in addition to a clean, elegant design.