At an online Atlassian Team 2021 event this week, Atlassian launched a two-pronged effort to provide organizations with more insights into software development workflows constructed using tools from multiple vendors.
Suzie Prince, head of product for Atlassian, said an Open DevOps initiative will tighten integration between the Jira project tracking and management tools provided with Atlassian and a wide range of tools commonly employed by DevOps teams. The goal is to not only make it easier to correlate issues that are listed in Jira with artifacts found in various software platforms, but also to collect data from DevOps tools to automatically update Jira.
That data will then be employed to inform the key performance indicators (KPIs), based on graphs that Atlassian provides within Jira, to keep track of value streams. Rather than having to acquire a separate value stream management (VSM) platform to track software development progress, the insights needed to understand the impact of, for example, a delay to one project becomes a dividend of using Jira.
At the same time, Atlassian is moving to making it easier for other stakeholders in an organization to track software development projects. A Jira Work Management application is specifically designed for business users that require a higher-level tool to track projects. At the same time, Atlassian revealed this week it has acquired ThinkTilt, a provider of low-code application development tools optimized for Jira.
Atlassian for the first time this week revealed that half of Jira users are not software developers. As organizations increasingly appreciate the degree to which they are now dependent on software to drive digital business transformation initiatives, Atlassian is adding a set of project tracking applications designed specifically for users that need to consume Jira data in a more intuitive fashion.
Prince said Atlassian is committed to making it simple to replace one DevOps tool integration for another with a single click. Rather than requiring organizations to standardize on a single DevOps platform, Prince added that developers will be able to continue to rip and replace tools and platforms as they see fit without compromising visibility into application development workflows.
In addition, the integrations being provided by Atlassian will reduce the time and effort required to configure all the tools that make up a DevOps workflow, from roughly 60 steps today to about six.
As DevOps workflows become more pervasive, the way organizations operate is fundamentally changing. Formal product launches are giving way to a steady stream of software updates that add new capabilities to any platform with little to no fanfare. End users ranging from sales teams to custom support personnel now need to track updates to platforms more closely as new capabilities are continuously added.
Of course, not every organization has the same level of maturity. However, as competitors start to add new features to rival offerings, it is now only a matter of time before most business processes – that increasingly revolve around software updates – begin to evolve and change. As the pace of software development continues to accelerate, the pressure on legacy business processes will only continue.