DevOps for the Enterprise - Interview with Steffen Schluff


steffen_schluffSince the merger of Trivadis and OIO, the Atlassian product range, distributed through OIO, has been part of the Trivadis portfolio. Steffen Schluff, Head of Software Factory Orientation in Objects, explains in the following interview how DevOps can improve collaboration within the company. He gives an overview of common Atlassian tools and shows how software can be delivered faster and more reliably.


Who is Atlassian and what can Atlassian do?

Steffen Schluff: Atlassian is one of the leading providers of team-based solutions in the areas of collaboration software, task management and development tools. Atlassian was founded in 2002 in Sydney by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar and has more than 2,500 employees in 9 locations worldwide and over 100,000 customers. Atlassian is best known for the Issue Tracker Jira and the Enterprise Wiki Confluence, which were Atlassian's first two available products.

What exactly does Atlassian's product portfolio look like?

Steffen Schluff: Atlassian has a strong focus on teamwork and open working. Accordingly, Atlassian's tools can help teams to realize their full potential.  The product portfolio can be roughly divided into three broad areas:

Planning and tracking tasks

This area includes the three Jira products Jira Software, Jira Core and Jira Service Desk.
Jira Software helps development teams manage all aspects of software development and release. This is especially true when agile methods such as Scrum or Kanban are used.


Picture : Jira Scrum Board (aktiver Sprint) 

Jira Core allows you to manage any business project, be it marketing campaigns, onboarding activities or approval processes to name a few.
Jira Service Desk provides an easy way for users to request assistance and have the resulting incidents effectively handled by agents.


In collaboration software, Confluence and Trello are particularly noteworthy.
Confluenceis an Enterprise Wiki and offers teams a flexible platform to work together based on content. There are practically no restrictions on the type of content that can be created, the most common applications include knowledge bases, specifications, protocols and documentation.


Picture: Create Confluence page from template

Trello on the other hand, provides a web-based way to jointly manage projects in the form of so-called boards. These can be imagined as virtual whiteboards filled with lists of sticky notes that can be edited together. Two of Trello's strengths are its low entry hurdle and ease of use.

Development tools

Atlassian also offers several special development tools, of which Bitbucket and Bamboo are the best known.
Bitbucket is an enterprise solution for managing Git repositories and Bamboo is a very powerful Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery Server.


Picture: Jira Software Release Hub with integrated information from Bamboo and Bitbucket

In addition, almost all Atlassian products support three different deployment options: Server, Data Center and Cloud. Without going into too much detail at this point, it can be said that every user can use the mode of operation that suits them best.

The Atlassian Marketplace is also noteworthy, there you can currently access over 3000 third-party extensions, so-called apps. These range from small things, such as additional reports, to large conceptual topics, such as apps for test or portfolio management.

Regardless, Atlassian understands a tool stack never exists in isolation. Accordingly, it is easy to integrate other tools with Atlassian products. This is especially important for DevSecOps, as many other open source and proprietary tool vendors are active in this area and their products must be integrated.

Where do Atlassian's products fit Trivadis and OIO and how do customers benefit?

Steffen Schluff:Trivadis and OIO are IT companies that develop and operate software both for customers and for their own needs. In this respect, good planning and development tools are indispensable. At the same time, we must manage tasks and content, as everywhere else, so that colleagues from non-technical areas can also benefit from the Atlassian tools.

Our customers can benefit in several ways. First, depending on the type of collaboration, customers can access our Atlassian systems so that they are directly involved in "their" project at eye level. Second, we can help our customers to find the right mix of Atlassian tools to find, procure and set up so that they can work more open and efficient in the future.

The merger of Trivadis and OIO brings even more benefits to our existing customers. From now on, Trivadis customers will also have direct access to another established tool stack for process and method consulting to quickly implement whiteboard ideas. OIO customers, on the other hand, can benefit from Trivadis' many years of experience in providing IT services if support is required with the operation of Atlassian tools.

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