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GitLab: A New Vision for a Single-Application DevOps Lifecycle

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GitLab, the company best known for its on-premises, open source Git-repository, is now reimagining the entire DevOps lifecycle toolchain with its vision for what it calls Concurrent DevOps. The driver for this new vision, according to the company, is fundamental: the survival of every organization now depends on their ability to deliver a ‘radically faster DevOps lifecycle.’ And, as the company sees it, it is the current incarnations of the DevOps toolchain that is the limiting factor.

The company believes that it is the integration complexity that exists between the various elements of existing toolchains that slow teams down and introduces organizational disconnects. In many ways, as the company sees it, current DevOps efforts are nothing more than faster, sequential, waterfall methodologies — when what these organizations need is the ability to work in a truly parallel fashion. This parallel work effort is what the company calls  ‘Concurrent DevOps.’

To solve this problem, the company built a new, single application from the ground up to support the full DevOps lifecycle. The platform includes components that support planning activities, development, verification, packaging, release, configuration, and monitoring — all built upon a single data store, permission model, and interface. Moreover, the platform also includes built-in governance, collaboration, and analytics.

True to its open-source roots, all elements of the platform are based on open source technologies, and the integrations that they’ve built between them are also open sourced. While the company believes that their single-application vision will result in significantly reduced time-to-market for its customers, it also recognizes that its enterprise clients need the ability to implement incrementally. The company, therefore, supports deep integrations with existing toolchains and enables its customers to use the elements of the platform that best suit their needs.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.