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Wednesday, 01 June 2022 05:18

GitLab Inc.’s partner ecosystem expands to meet increasing demand for DevOps solutions

By GitLab
Michelle Hodges, Vice President of Global Channels at GitLab Michelle Hodges, Vice President of Global Channels at GitLab

COMPANY NEWS: GitLab, the provider of The One DevOps Platform, kicked off its first annual US Partner Leadership Summit where it announced the ongoing growth of its award-winning partner program. The Partner Leadership Summit brings together channel and alliance partners with GitLab executives to celebrate the program’s growth and success, and collaborate on delivering The One DevOps Platform to businesses, to help organisations innovate faster, scale more easily and serve and retain customers more effectively.

In the past year, GitLab grew the number of channel and alliance partners in the Partner Program by more than 75%, adding new partners like Dynatrace, Secure Code Warrior, D2iQ and more. In the last fiscal year, the company saw a 292% increase in alliance partners onboarded. Additionally, to date, the company has issued 2,700 GitLab certifications – 1,500 in the last fiscal year – as well as 65 professional services and training partner certifications.

“The field of DevOps is constantly evolving, and we’ve been excited by the growth we’ve seen over the past year,” said Michelle Hodges, vice president of global channels at GitLab. “GitLab is proud to develop partnerships with the leading DevOps partners in the ecosystem, which have helped us support our customers’ success all throughout their DevOps journey.

The GitLab Partner Program enables existing and prospective partners to maximise the value of their DevSecOps expertise, ensuring that joint customers have access to a comprehensive, single platform that encompasses every function of the business. This allows business leaders to drive their vision and DevOps teams to deliver value while improving how they work.

According to a recent Bain report, roughly 60% of companies surveyed said that they planned to consolidate their DevOps toolchains over the next three years. To reach this consolidation goal, GitLab’s partnerships collaboratively build on the capabilities of an end-to-end solution and meet the evolving needs of joint customers.

“Our partner ecosystem includes top cloud, platform and technology providers to help deliver customers the most comprehensive, mature DevOps platform on the market. Our partners are a critical element of GitLab’s mission to provide customers with modern solutions,” said Nima Badiey, vice president of global alliances at GitLab. “These partnerships allow our customers to develop and ship products faster, and more collaboratively so that everyone can contribute. Together, we help customers lead the digital transformation necessary to compete effectively in the market today.”

“GitLab’s partner ecosystem effectively brings together alliance and channel relationships to improve the DevOps adoption experience for their joint customers,” said Steve White, program vice president, channels and alliances at IDC. “By leveraging combined cloud, security, and DevOps expertise, GitLab’s partner program helps deliver on the promise of a comprehensive DevOps platform by offering joint customers the tools required to transform their business.”

Key Updates and Milestones

  • GitLab Certified Training Partner Program: The GitLab Certified Training Partner Program became generally available in March 2022. Partners who become certified can sell and deliver GitLab Education Services directly to customers and leverage GitLab Licensed courseware in their service practices around the globe. GitLab is now seeing an influx in partners enrolling to become certified, and we encourage certification for those who are eligible.
  • Channel Leadership Recognition: five-star rating in CRN’s Channel Partner Program Guide as well as recognitions for vice president of global channels Michelle Hodges in CRN Channel Chiefs and Women of the Channel 2021. Additionally, head of global channels and alliances marketing Coleen Greco and director of channel sales, Americas, Annie Rooke were named CRN Women of the Channel 2022.
  • Reimagined Alliance Partner Program: The GitLab Alliance Partner Program has been redesigned to engage with the Alliance partner ecosystem more broadly, and align more closely to the unique value and contributions these partnerships bring to GitLab and our customers. The evolution of the program improves the value, impact and experience for GitLab partners and expands the resources, tools, and support necessary to accelerate the time to market of solutions that integrate and interoperate with GitLab.
  • Latest Alliance Partnerships: During GitLab’s last fiscal year, 55 technology companies embraced GitLab’s “better together” ethos and joined our Alliance Partner Program. Partner products and technologies integrate and interoperate with GitLab by expanding access to developer tool sets and further enhance users capabilities on the GitLab platform throughout the software development lifecycle. Recently, GitLab collaborated and co-innovated on new solutions with partners such as:
  • CyberArk: Improve the security of your code and help stop attackers from exploiting secrets and cloud access keys by centrally storing GitLab credential and securely retrieving them with CyberArk Conjur.
  • D2iQ: Enterprise organisations can now run the GitLab Kubernetes Operator on the D2iQ Kubernetes Platform (DKP) to automate and simplify the deployment of containerised workloads, accelerating software delivery cycle times.
  • Dynatrace: Developers can now leverage AI-enabled observability and automation to anticipate and proactively mitigate issues before code reaches production. 
  • Kontra: Kontra Application Security has integrated interactive training labs within the GitLab platform, allowing users to identify and fix vulnerabilities reported through security scans from the merge request and pipeline experiences. 
  • Rezilion: Rezilion now integrates immediately into GitLab Ultimate to reduce vulnerability patching work by 70% and make it even easier for developers to shift left to meet the demands of delivering secure software more efficiently.
  • Secure Code Warrior: Developers now have access to actionable and secure coding guidance from Secure Code Warrior within GitLab’s One DevOps Platform. 
  • Tabnine: Tabnine has integrated with GitLab to build custom AI models that improve accuracy and speed of code development. 

Visit the following pages to learn more about the GitLab Partner ecosystem, see a list of current channel and alliance partners, and how to participate:

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