Atlassian announced it is acquiring AgileCraft to give business leaders visibility into strategic projects in a way that is closely mapped to IT projects being driven by DevOps processes.
The value of the deal, expected to close next month, is estimated to be $166 million.
Many DevOps teams already make extensive use of the Jira project management software developed by Atlassian. AgileCraft emerged in 2013 as a provider of a collaboration application aimed at business users to keep track of the various strategic IT initiatives that are largely dependent on DevOps processes.
Atlassian and AgileCraft previously established a technology alliance to facilitate that goal. Atlassian president Jay Simons said the acquisition represents an opportunity for Atlassian to extend its reach into the realm of business users who increasingly are trying to keep track of complex digital business transformation initiatives that are dependent on multiple IT projects. Many of those digital business initiatives tend to quickly fall behind schedule because the dependencies between various IT initiatives are not clear to all the key business stakeholders, he said.
In addition, Simons said many businesses now are trying to apply the agile methodologies pioneered by DevOps teams more broadly within the IT organization. To achieve that goal, business users need a project management application that has been optimized to enable them to keep track of multiple inter-related DevOps projects, he noted.
Most organizations are not yet anywhere near the point where the IT organization is completing IT projects faster than the business can absorb. But as agile methodologies and best DevOps practices become more widely employed, there may come a day when IT organizations will complete IT initiatives faster than most business will be able to adapt. In fact, it’s not uncommon for organizations that have embraced DevOps to deliver multiple updates to applications a week. AgileCraft planning software will make it easier for business users to appreciate all the business implications associated with each of those updates. The irony is, the constant debate over the inability to align IT with the business usually comes down to the inability of IT organizations to keep pace with the demands of the business. It soon may turn out the business is no longer capable of absorbing the rate at which new applications are being rolled out.
In the meantime, applications such as AgileCraft should make it easier for IT leaders to have better-informed conversations with business leaders concerning where limited resources need to be applied and when. Business leaders will be able to see for themselves now what impact any given set of missed deadlines is likely to have on any strategic initiative. In fact, there may come a day when business leaders proactively make more resources available to achieve a specific goal without requiring IT leaders to attend a meeting to explain in excruciating detail how every delay adversely impacts the grand scheme of the business. Instead, business leaders will be able to see for themselves exactly where additional resources are needed to achieve a specific business goal.