Telstra Ventures has invested in GitLab and will leverage its application to support innovation and optimise collaborative workflows.

GitLab lets companies develop new solutions and capabilities more quickly by providing an end-to-end DevOps solution in a single application, while also providing the flexibility to plug into many developer tools such as Jira and Jenkins.

Telstra’s corporate VC said it chose to invest in GitLab for its open core DevOps philosophy that supports the entire development and operations lifecycle, and its capability to enable software development teams to achieve faster DevOps lifecycles.

“Customers are increasingly demanding better digital experiences, and DevOps is becoming the leading way for companies to develop, deliver and support applications that drive great customer experiences,” said Mark Sherman, Managing Director at Telstra Ventures.

The software’s collaborative approach gives development, quality assurance, security and operations teams the ability to concurrently work on the same project within a single application and to see the entire workflow from their own point of view, the company said. GitLab is now used by more than 100,000 organisations worldwide, including Expedia, Sony, Intel, Red Hat, and NASDAQ.

“We look forward to partnering with Telstra to support its large application team and to aid the company in its vision of connecting people through technology,” said Sid Sijbrandij, CEO and co-founder of GitLab.

“DevOps is increasingly being adopted by organisations around the globe to radically improve productivity and the pace at which software moves from idea to market.”

Many companies are realising the importance of driving increased collaboration among their teams for successful adoption of DevOps to support the entirety of the software development lifecycle.

GitLab’s recent global survey of 5,296 software developers, CTOs and IT professionals found that 55 per cent of respondents are still using at least 5 tools for their development processes and 62 per cent of the respondents acknowledged losing time due to context switching between tools on a typical work day.

Though 94 per cent of respondents said it was important for them to work in a collaborative environment, visibility and transparency continues to lag with half of the developers.

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