GitLab for DevOps teams

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Although the focus of GitLab CI in recent years has been primarily on source code management and continuous integration, the company has set itself the goal in 2019 of driving forward project management, continuous deployment and release automation, application security testing, and value stream mapping. The roadmap for 2019 includes more than two dozen features (Figure 3).

Figure 3: For 2019, the GitLab project has shifted its focus to continuous deployment and security testing. Source: GitLab; CC BY-SA 4.0 [18].

The most interesting novelties from a DevOps point of view include features like Incident Management and Serverless, but also the previously mentioned IAST, as well as Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP). Some of these features are already available for evaluation in the alpha or beta version.

The GitLab team plans to use the software not only in the DevOps area, but to establish it as a single application for other work areas, too, including security, QA, product owner, tester, and user experience designer.

Both the Community and Enterprise editions have publicly available issue trackers [19] [20]. Their existence motivates users of GitLab to contribute feedback, feature requests, or code. This form of transparency not only forms the basis of a fast feedback loop, but increasingly makes GitLab a versatile tool for DevOps teams.

The Author

Peter Förger is DevOps Coach with DB Systel GmbH, the digital partner of the Deutsche Bahn railway company in Germany.

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