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Telstra’s investment arm, Telstra Ventures, has taken a stake in Web-based DevOps platform company GitLab, in a move it says will allow it to leverage its application to support innovation and optimise collaborative workflows.

The telco says it has chosen 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.

“One of the reasons we decided to invest is because GitLab is committed to continuously improving its application, which is key to helping companies rapidly take their best ideas from development to market.”

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

According to the company, 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.

“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, chief executive 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.”

Sijbrandij says 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.

And GitLab cites its recent global survey of 5296 software developers, chief technology officers and IT professionals which, it says, found that 55% of respondents are still using at least five tools for their development processes and 62% of the respondents acknowledged losing time due to context switching between tools on a typical work day.

The survey revealed that though 94% of respondents said it was important for them to work in a collaborative environment, visibility and transparency continue to lag with half of the developers.

GitLab pitches its solution as the only single software application that supports the entire DevOps lifecycle, built from the ground up to enable collaboration amongst teams adopting DevOps.

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