Atlassian Unfurls Bevy of DevOps Updates

Atlassian today made a dozen updates to its DevOps portfolio as part of an effort to better unify workflows spanning disparate tools.

Suzie Prince, head of product for Bitbucket at Atlassian, said the latest updates are intended to enable DevOps teams to streamline workflows without requiring everyone in the organization to standardize on the same set of tools.

Updates to the Atlassian DevOps portfolio include DevOps Automation Triggers, which makes it possible to create automation to keep development activities synchronized, such as reassigning issues surfaced in the Jira project management application from Atlassian to code review or sending a message to a Slack channel.

The Bitbucket repository from Atlassian has also been updated to make it easier and faster to review code changes after a pull request. New features such as a consolidated list of tasks, integrated Jira issue creation and activity feed filters make it possible for developers to complete their code reviews faster and juggle multiple pull requests at once, said Prince. A Your Work dashboard in Bitbucket Cloud has also been expanded to include assigned Jira issues.

The Atlassian VS Code integration is also being made available to make it easier for developers who use the Microsoft integrated development environment to more easily track and visualize Bitbucket Pipelines.

A Code Insights in Bitbucket Cloud has also been added to bring scanning, testing and analysis tools into the code review process, including Mabl for test automation and Sentry for automated monitoring. Bitbucket is also now providing integration with Snyk scanning tools to make it easier to discover vulnerabilities.

Available in a preview mode is an automated change management capability across Jira Service Desk Cloud and Bitbucket Pipelines that can be used to pause CI/CD processes, create a change request in Jira Service Desk and trigger deployment once it is approved.

A Risk Assessment Engine in Jira Service Desk Cloud also allows IT teams to score the risk of a change and automatically approve and deploy low-risk changes. A Change Management View has also been added to Jira Service Desk Cloud to streamline approvals for high-risk changes by pulling all of the relevant information together in traceable change requests.

Atlassian has also tightened integration between its Opsgenie incident management software and Bitbucket Cloud to centralize alerts and filters. Via an Incident Investigation Dashboard, members of a DevOps team can look at the deployment that happened right before the incident, add it as a potential cause, and contact the developer who made the change if it needs to be rolled back.

The company has also extended integrations with Slack and Statuspage to facilitate both members of DevOps teams and external stakeholders.

Finally, Atlassian is making available a resources hub to make it easier to share DevOps best practices, templates and guides.

Prince said it’s not ever going to be feasible for most organizations to standardize on one set of DevOps tools. The goal should be to enable organizations to construct DevOps processes in ways that allow developers to employ whatever tool is their favorite at the moment. Only then will organizations get developers to buy into a DevOps process that doesn’t necessarily change the way they are most comfortable working, she noted.

The challenge, of course, is often getting IT leaders to be as equally comfortable with what, from their perspective, might be an experiment in controlled chaos.

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