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Atlassian wants to take Git into the enterprise with Essentials

The Australian development tools company looks to bridge its otherwise disparate products with a new package that combines JIRA with Git repository management.

Atlassian has aimed up at enterprise-level distributed source control that is integrated with issue tracking, as the company has released its Git Essentials package that brings together the company's JIRA, JIRA Agile, Bamboo, and either Stash or Bitbucket products.

The company says that Essentials is extendable, and will allow for customisation or integration into other platforms, and is already able to handle Subversion and Mercurial.

Bryan Rollins, general manager of Atlassian's JIRA products group, told TechRepublic that the package provides a single-source overview of a project's status at a glance.

"We've seen a lot of acceleration in the last year around distributed development teams, and then distributed version control is a natural solution for a lot of those teams working asynchronously who don't want to trip over each other," he said.

"But it does mean sometimes that coordinated effort by development managers, if you've got three different teams in three different countries working on different parts of a problem, how can you get that singular view of the problem?"

Essentials allows for transferring information between the different package components, such as branching of a project's source tree from the issue tracker, as well as allowing the monitoring of relevant bugs in the source control component.

Rollins said that the natural place for the main view to exist is within the issue tracker.

"We know that if you think about it from a development manager [point of view], they're trying to look at progress and readiness, and that is a core part [of an issue tracking system] which says: 'This particular sprint, or this particular version we are releasing, am I ready to go?'

"Those questions naturally are things that you want to ask of JIRA. You just can't look at a source repository, you just can't look inside of builds."

The company has been trialling Essentials with a number of its customers, including Boeing, Cisco, LG, and Volkswagen, as well as dog-fooding the release.

Atlassian recently had its proposed redomiciling in the United Kingdom approved by the Australian Federal Court. It filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission at the end of 2013 to move its head operations and shares to the United Kingdom, where it believes it can more easily expand as an international company and make an initial public offering.

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