In a recent blog post, Atlassian announces twelve new features for DevOps that will allow developers to deliver faster and better code. For example, the “Your Work” dashboard in Bitbucket Cloud has received new features – as well as automated change management – and Jira Software Cloud has been enhanced with automation capabilities with powerful new DevOps “Automation Triggers”. Atlassian’s goal is to reduce the number of switches between programs, fewer meetings and fewer notifications of security incidents to the IT department.
The new features uniquely connect development, IT operations, and business teams with automation, both through proprietary products and third-party tools. With Jira as backbone, Atlassian unifies all of DevOps’ work and reduces the overload of collaboration. To help developers spend more time programming and delivering value to customers, Atlassian has announced twelve new DevOps features in its Blog. It is not without reason that Atlassian has focused on the teams that practice DevOps.
A survey conducted by Atlassian earlier this year – DevOps Trend Study – found that there are too many disjointed tools, manual processes, and ever-changing collaboration practices. This prevents developers from using the full potential of DevOps. Among other things, the study revealed that the implementation of DevOps often requires more than five tools to understand a project status, for example. As a result, at the end of the day, developers spend a lot of time integrating multiple tools, updating the work status and sharing it with other teams, rather than focusing on developing and programming innovative solutions. Did you know that 90 percent of the teams surveyed said that DevOps have a positive impact on business? This is the conclusion of the study. However, there is also a risk that innovation time will be lost. 84 percent said that they encountered obstacles during implementation.
The new features at a glance:
According to Atlassian, the new features unify all of DevOps’ work and reduce the overload of collaboration. For example, the new “Your Work” dashboard in Bitbucket Cloud has been enhanced with assigned Jira themes so that you can quickly move from one task to another. In each repository, you will also soon see a new team-level view of related projects and issues within the Jira Issues tab. In the Jira Software Cloud Atlassian has introduced automated triggers for DevOps. Now a few clicks are enough to create automation rules. The advantage: The work of the development activities is kept synchronized by triggers from the commit or pull request actions in each connected repository. In the simplest case, you can automatically update the status of the associated Jira problems. These new automations also enable more complex rules, such as reassigning Jira issues for quality assurance or code review, or even sending a message to your team’s slack channel about new pull requests. These automation rules work with Bitbucket Cloud, GitHub, GitLab, and any other code repository integrated into the Jira Software Cloud.
With the new Pull Request Experience from Bitbucket Cloud, which now has an innovative design, it is possible to check code changes more easily and quickly. New features such as the consolidated task list, integrated Jira problem creation, and activity feeds allow developers to complete code reviews faster and efficiently juggle multiple pull requests simultaneously.
Other new features include the integration of Atlassian VS Code, which brings the entire development pipeline into your editor, along with the task list from the Jira Software Cloud, full code review and CI/CD tracking from bitbucket pipelines.
The Bitbucket cloud code review has been added the inclusion of scanning, testing and analysis tools in the code review process. This includes Mabl for test automation, Sentry for automated monitoring and a new DevSecOps integration with Snyk.
The automated change management with the Jira Service Desk Cloud and Bitbucket pipelines (currently in early access) interrupts your CI/CD process, creates a change request in the Jira Service Desk, and then triggers the deployment once it is approved. automated change management supports Bitbucket pipelines, Jenkins, Circle CI and Octopus Deploy.
Also new is the Opsgenie and Bitbucket Cloud integration. It now makes it possible to centralize all warnings. With the Incident Investigation Dashboard, teams can view the deployment that occurred immediately before the incident, add it as a potential cause, and contact the developer who made the change so they can reset it and resolve the incident.
Atlassian has also created a resource hub: It gives advice on how to combine tools with practices and maintain a good DevOps culture. The resource hub is included:
- DevOps Community (with exclusive AMAs with DevOps thought leaders)
- DevOps Confluence templates (to improve the DevOps rituals and set long-term team goals)
- DevOps guides (to link tools like Jira with industry best practices such as CI/CD)
A detailed overview of the new features is available in Atlassian’s english blog post.
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