In today’s market, software development organizations find themselves racing against time. Their ability to compete often hinges on how fast they can deliver applications to customers with ever-increasing demands for quality and innovative features. Many software vendors adopt Agile methodologies and implement continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD), and DevOps to expedite time to market. Automation becomes key, as do thorough testing and quality control.
For enterprises opting for best-of-breed—rather than single-vendor—solutions, the ability to create a fully integrated development toolchain is critical to enabling higher velocity, CI/CD, and DevOps. Contrary to a collection of standalone or poorly connected tools, an integrated toolchain provides the following benefits:
- Automation. The tighter the development toolchain integration, the easier it is to implement build, test, and deployment automation.
- Rich project context. Access to broader project context helps developers better understand how their work fits into the development process, know if the code they build works, and recognize the effect it has downstream.
- Faster root-cause analysis. When something breaks in an environment requiring handoff between different teams and tools, determining the root cause becomes extremely difficult. A properly integrated toolchain delivers full traceability across the development process, which shows a hierarchy of all the artifacts and activities related to a work item (e.g., JIRA ticket), making it easy to trace a problem back to its source.
- Centralized visibility, traceability, and reporting. A properly integrated toolchain readily provides managers the end-to-end visibility, traceability, and reporting capabilities they need. This holistic view of the development process circumvents the need to pull data from each individual tool, and then manually combine them. Further, when the work of numerous teams is interdependent, the capacity to observe status and share artifacts enables developers to collaborate more effectively.
- Enforcement of security, compliance, and governance requirements. This is critical for any organization that considers its source code a valuable asset. Fragmented tools with different role-based access control (RBAC) and permissioning models not only become an IT nightmare, but also hinder enterprise efforts to secure intellectual property and ensure proper workflows. The lack of automatic audit log generation can make compliance audits time-consuming and costly.
To realize the benefits of an integrated toolchain, organizations using JIRA® for software development need to connect planning and tracking with the rest of the enterprise application lifecycle. For this purpose, enterprises create integrated development toolchains linking JIRA issues, requirements, and tasks to code-related activities to implement change management and promote further downstream integration with build systems, binary repositories, and deployment tools to enable CI/CD and DevOps.
CollabNet TeamForge® SCM provides an effective way to build an integrated development toolchain for JIRA. TeamForge enriches JIRA with unrivaled enterprise-grade code management capabilities for both Git and Subversion®, adds end-to-end contextual traceability, and readily connects JIRA to best-of-breed tools like Gerrit for code reviews, Jenkins for CI, and Nexus for binary management.
View our webinar "Expedite Enterprise Software Development with JIRA®, TeamForge® SCM, and Jenkins" to learn how a CollabNet customer in the storage space has achieved improved cycle times and better governance by creating an integrated development toolchain for JIRA using TeamForge and other connected best-of-breed tools.