By Nick Howser
For the past seven weeks the Atlassian team has been presenting their free “Atlassian Team Tour” events from Europe to Asia to North America. This year’s topic is “The Future of IT,” with the focus on ways to enable IT teams to work more quickly, proactively and iteratively. Coyote Creek is excited to be a part of the last stop on their schedule, right here in the Silicon Valley.
Day one, which took place yesterday, was an invitation-only accelerator event for Atlassian’s Data Center offering. Data Center, which is offered for JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket and JIRA Service Desk, is Atlassian’s top tier license. Data Center gives enterprises high availability, disaster recovery and scalability—all key drivers for companies that are in a growth mode.
About a third of the 40 to 50 attendees were from Coyote Creek’s invitation list. From the conversations I heard, everyone got a great deal of value from the afternoon.
The agenda for the 4-hour accelerator featured three sessions. Here are the key take-aways from each…
Opening Keynote: How people will work in the future
The keynote was delivered by Atlassian’s resident Work Futurist, an Australian with a thick accent and great sense of humor. Here’s what he’s seeing:
- Importance of cross-functional teams – If you look at how companies solve customer problems, you see that they’re not doing it by org charts. They’re doing it with cross-functional teams. To succeed in the future, organizations need to be able to assemble and support these cross-functional teams in a very agile way, “swarm” on problems and solve them collaboratively.To encourage and support great teamwork you need the right people, the right products and the right practices. The right products, of course, are the Atlassian Data Center products. With Data Center organizations get the always-on tools that power these cross-functional teams.
- Growth of distributed workforces – Another big driver of the future of work is the battle for talent. Thanks to the huge lack of talent in the technical space, companies are starting to hire people wherever they happen to be. With multiple teams that are not physically together in one location or time zone, organizations must be able to manage and thrive in this environment.
Session 2: What’s coming soon to Data Center products?
One of Atlassian’s experts gave a technical deep dive into some of the things that are either coming down the pike or being released with the latest updates to the Data Center products. The two most important were:
- Support for integrating Jenkins with Bitbucket – A big announcement was that Atlassian will now offer support for integrating Jenkins, a continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CV) tool, with Bitbucket. Although Atlassian has their own CI/CV tool, Bamboo, the fact that Jenkins is free makes it extremely popular.
- CDN enablement for JIRA and Confluence – Atlassian will be supporting CDN (content delivery network) enablement of Amazon’s CloudFront and other CDNs for JIRA and Confluence. CDNs, which are geographically distributed group of proxy servers that work together to provide fast delivery of internet content, are increasingly important layers in the internet ecosystem. Atlassian’s tests are showing that with CDN enablement, JIRA Data Center will be 30% faster and Confluence Data Center will be 25% faster. A very significant improvement!
In addition, Atlassian will also be adding some new Admin permissions to Confluence Data Center. Details are (hopefully) coming soon!
Session 3: Adobe & LinkedIn’s recent Data Center deployments
For the final session Matt Schenk, Atlassian’s Western Regional Partner Manager, hosted a panel discussion with representatives from Adobe and LinkedIn, both of which have recently deployed Data Center products in their environments. Highlights included the following:
- Why they chose to move up to Data Center – LinkedIn’s decision was fueled by some serious problems with uptime. For Adobe, the tipping point was JIRA issues. Once they got to 500,000 JIRA issues they realized that the regular Server license for this issue-tracking system was not going to be enough to support their needs.
- Benefits of having multiple nodes – Both Adobe and LinkedIn are seeing Data Center’s multiple node configuration as a big plus. They like the fact that they can now do upgrades without any downtime, by upgrading one node at a time. And Adobe has create a separate node just for their Admins. This gives them a “sand box” where they can try things out without worrying about breaking production.
- What they wished they knew – While Atlassian provides a great deal of documentation regarding how to get there, very little is available regarding what to do once you arrive. How do you manage the environment once you have it set up?
Intermission and happy hour: Great networking opportunities
The event also offered excellent networking opportunities for the attendees to compare notes and learn from one another.
As an Atlassian Platinum Solution Partner, Data Center is one of our areas of expertise. If you want to talk about these products in more detail—especially regarding how they relate to your specific situation and needs—let’s schedule an exploratory call.