DevOps is a widely accepted practice because most organizations realize it’s the difference between leading the competition or not. Most companies ultimately end up with four main questions:
- Do I have a high-performing team that is happy and productive?
- How do I support the team’s need to use the best tools for a given job?
- How do I maintain visibility across these tools as a software delivery process?
- Are these tools and practices secure?
DevOps adoption can undoubtedly answer many of these questions. Still, a recent survey found that even though 90% of companies experienced its positive impact, out of those, 84% experienced barriers to implementing it. Digging deeper, it was found that nearly 50% of developers only spent between 1-4 hours a day coding, and the rest of the time was wasted on context switching between different tools and manual integration. Suppose we calculate the hourly pay rate for developers and multiply it by the number of developers and the hours wasted on tools integration. In that case, it can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars every day for larger organizations! These unnecessary costs can result in losing the industry lead and being less competitive. We need to review these critical challenges for DevOps adoption to mitigate the issue:
- Building the proper DevOps toolchain can be time-consuming.
- Autonomy vs. Coordination, i.e., Balancing, allows developers to work how and where they want without hurting visibility.
- Breadth vs. Depth, i.e., All-in-one tools may cover range but not the ideal depth of features.
- Too many responsibilities due to manual processes.
Most companies are not solving this problem very well since they have a little bit of everything but nothing holding everything together. This is not a problem that they can simply throw money at either because "DevOps isn’t bought; it’s built." Atlassian provides leading DevOps solutions, and its goal is to connect Business, IT, and Dev teams in ways no vendor can. Atlassian’s approach is open and integrated. Open so that teams can use the tools best suited for the job. They are integrated to bring coordination to the company’s actions. The tools and integrations are not restricted to the ones from Atlassian themselves. Most companies have to deal with a wide array of technology, platforms, and tools that Atlassian helps unify and integrate. Also, the Atlassian Marketplace has more than a thousand apps and integrations, which ensures that there is no need to build a custom integration in most cases.
To understand the Atlassian approach, we must review systems of record. Companies have CRM for their customer records, ERP for finance, and HRMS for managing people. However, when it comes to managing work in general, most companies struggle. Without a shared understanding of what needs to be done, when by who, companies expend all their energy working to collaborate instead of collaborating on work. Atlassian JIRA can help you answer these questions at scale:
- What needs to get done?
- Who is going to do it?
- When does it need to get done?
For many of the largest and fastest-growing companies ever, Jira is the backbone of work, not just dev work. Whether it is DevOps or the whole company Jira helps your teams take a big idea, project, or goal. JIRA enables you to decompose a big idea/initiative into one or more projects. Projects consist of "issues." Jira Issues become the single source of truth, the single “unit of work” for your teams. The software industry runs on the Jira issue as the core unit of work. With Atlassian’s open approach, you can combine autonomy with coordination. JIRA will track work across all your DevOps practices. JIRA goes one step further and integrates with most of the tools organizations use to truly be the unit of work that acts as the single point of reference. Atlassian’s solutions are enterprise-grade and work for Agile and DevOps and support ITSM/ITOPS and work management in general.
Atlassian Cloud enables teams to accelerate their development workflow by quickly getting up and running with the best-of-breed tools and best practices. Developers can choose where they do their best work, while management can still get a birds-eye view of how work progresses via Jira. This enables autonomy for your developers without sacrificing visibility and coordination. Deep integration between Atlassian and third-party tools allows you to stay focused on your code as Jira connects your dev, IT operations, and business teams with automation flowing through. DevOps metrics and insights ensure teams no longer have to wrestle between producing customer value versus updating and documenting the status of projects. Developers can plug in the tools they want while management and product can have the visibility and reporting they need. Each piece of work across both Atlassian and third-party tools – whether it’s an idea, commit, branch, or bug fix – is linked to a Jira ticket and enables top-level visibility and insights.
JIRA acts as the center of enabling these key functional areas:
- DevOps Features: Link issues to code, builds, tests (unit / integration / end to end / application security) and deployments.
- DevSecOps Features: Automatic code security scans for pull requests. Leverage powerful security features without leaving Bitbucket. Enable security in the CI/CD pipeline.
- ITSM Integration: Automatic links between recent deployment and incidents. Create incidents for failing builds and production deployment issues.
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