During a virtual Unleash event, Atlassian today announced its generative artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities are now generally available across its Jira and Confluence suite of tools for managing IT and DevOps workflows.
In addition, Atlassian also committed to adding generative AI capabilities to its Bitbucket continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) platform to enable DevOps teams to review pull requests and leave comments automatically with suggested changes around syntax and code conventions via a natural language interface. Developers will also be able to autogenerate pull request descriptions from commit messages.
Matt Schvimmer, head of products for the Agile and DevOps division of Atlassian, said the capabilities provided by Atlassian Intelligence will reduce the level of toil and stress DevOps teams experience at a time when the velocity at which applications are being developed and deployed only continues to increase.
Atlassian reported nearly 10% of its more than 265,000 customers have already leveraged Atlassian Intelligence since the launch of the beta program. Organizations, for example, can instantly create user stories within Jira Software tickets, change the tone of a customer response within Jira Service Management, create summaries, launch workflow requests via prompts and generate a starting point for a test plan in Confluence.
Natural language capabilities, currently available for Confluence, will shortly be generally made available for Jira. An ability that promises to help demystify company-specific concepts, jargon or acronyms is also available now in beta, with support for Jira Software and Jira Service Management to shortly follow.
There is little doubt at this juncture that AI will be pervasively applied across both ITSM and DevOps workflows. As those advances are made, it should also become feasible to reduce the level of toil these teams regularly encounter. At the same time, the level of scale at which ITSM and DevOps workflows can be effectively managed should also increase substantially.
Each organization will need to decide how quickly to incorporate AI into those workflows, but hopefully, the level of burnout experienced by IT personnel will be sharply reduced as more tasks are automated. Less clear is the impact AI will have on the size of IT teams required to provide those services, but for the foreseeable future, there will always be a need for some level of human supervision.
In the longer term, the war for IT and DevOps talent that has been waged now for multiple decades should diminish as managing these workflows becomes more accessible, noted Schvimmer. Organizations will not need to rely so much on the expertise of a handful of specialists, he added.
Organizations, however, would be well-advised to make sure AI is embraced from both the bottom up and the top down to ensure optimal adoption, said Schvimmer.
In the meantime, IT teams should take an inventory of the processes that are likely to be automated by AI today with an eye toward restructuring teams as more tasks are automated. Ultimately, the goal should be to let machines handle the tasks they do best to enable the IT staff to provide services that deliver more value to the business.