One of the major challenges associated with DevOps is that it’s not something an enterprise IT organization can buy. Because of that issue, it’s often challenging for IT organizations to forecast what types of DevOps tools they are going to need. To make it a lot easier to cope with that issue, Atlassian has announced Atlassian Stack, a suite of software that makes Atlassian DevOps tools available in a single package.
Sean Regan, head of product marketing for Atlassian, says this approach will make it easier for enterprise IT organizations to embark on a DevOps journey without having to worry about what type of tool they may need now versus in the future. For example, an IT organization may opt to get started using the Atlassian Jira software to track software development projects and then work its way up to deploying Atlassian Bamboo continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) software. From there, Regan says, a DevOps team may opt to embrace collaboration software to streamline communications across their various teams.
The move to launch Atlassian Stack comes after the company updated a slew of its DevOps offerings, including the release of Bitbucket Server and Data Center 5.0 and Bamboo 6.0. In addition to tightening the integration between both DevOps tools, the company added capabilities for verifying commits, smart mirroring and the ability to define a Bamboo configuration as code.
Rather than making DevOps teams acquire each tool individually, he says, many senior IT leaders now request a means through which the entire Atlassian portfolio can be made more readily available. That shift in purchasing behavior suggests that the level of DevOps maturity inside many organizations is advancing considerably, he notes.
Of course, there are many who would contend that level of DevOps maturity has been a long time in coming. Web-scale companies have been employing DevOps tools for years to accelerate the rate at which new applications are released and updated. In contrast, traditional enterprise IT organizations have been slow to implement DevOps processes. In fact, it’s taken the pressure arising from digital business transformation initiatives that have accelerated application deployment timetables to get enterprise IT organizations to fundamentally rethink IT operations. Business leaders are making it painfully obvious that their patience with extended rollouts for new applications is at an end.
Naturally, the rate at which those transformations are occurring within organizations will still vary considerably. However, the silos that exist within enterprise IT organizations need to be consolidated. The next issue is determining to what degree altering those processes needs to come in the form of a DevOps edict from above versus letting teams come together of their own accord to meet a specific application deadline. Whatever the approach, the way enterprise IT has been managed historically is no longer up to the digital business transformation tasks at hand.