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Customer Use-Cases

Customer Use Cases: A customer use case is:

Specific Use Cases

  1. Create, manage and protect my source code - Source Code Management (SCM) I need a better way to manage changes to documents, software, images, large web sites, and other collections of code, configuration, and metadata among disparate teams. (Examples in GitLab include Git, branches, merge requests, code review, InnerSourcing, WebIDE, and files.)

    Analyst Coverage: No recent reports, though Gartner may be considering a future report.

    Value Drivers:

    1. Increase Operational Efficiencies: Share and reuse code, prevent rework, and make reviews more efficient.
    2. Deliver Better Products Faster: Streamline reviews and collaboration around code changes.
    3. Reduce Security and Compliance Risk: Easier compliance through approvals of code changes.
  2. Increase the quality of my code while decreasing time to delivery - Continuous Integration (CI) I need to automate the build and testing processes to consistently integrate code and continuously test. I want to run the unit and integration tests, measure performance and automate manual QA processes. I may use GitLab SCM or another. (Examples in GitLab include Pipeline, CI Runner, Jobs, Scheduled Jobs, Testing, Security Scanning (SAST), and Code Quality).

    Analyst Coverage: Forrester CI and Forrester Cloud CI

    Value Drivers:

    1. Increase Operational Efficiencies: Single source of truth between SCM and CI; consistent and efficient dev experience.
    2. Deliver Better Products Faster: Automation to speed the process.
    3. Reduce Security and Compliance Risk: test my code automatically and early to reduce risks
  3. Want to speed up my build and release process and empower my developers to automatically deploy code - (CI/CD) I want to automate the build, test and packaging, configuration and deployment of applications to a target environment. (Examples in GitLab include: Pipeline, CI Runner, Jobs, Scheduled Jobs, Testing, Security Scanning (SAST), and Code Quality.CI Runner, Container Repository, Deploy Boards, Canary Deploys, Partial Deploys, Manual Deploys, Environments.)

    Analyst Coverage: Gartner ARO, Forrester CDRA

    Value Drivers:

    1. Increase Operational Efficiencies: Scalable, self-service, reusable deployment template. Deploy anywhere.
    2. Deliver Better Products Faster: Automatically deploy and test application with early feedback.
    3. Reduce Security and Compliance Risk: Enforce common controls and scan for vulnerabilities at the point of code change.
  4. Test for application security vulnerabilities early in my app dev lifecycle - (Shift-left security or DevSecOps) I need to identify vulnerabilities during development with actionable information to empower dev to remediate vulnerabilities earlier in the life cycle. (In GitLab, SAST, DAST, Dependency Scanning, and Container Scanning.)

    Analyst Coverage: Forrester SCA Wave, Gartner Application Security MQ

    Value Drivers:

    1. Increase Operational Efficiencies: Fix vulnerabilities at point of code change to reduce rework
    2. Deliver Better Products Faster: Ability to start testing early in dev process to eliminate vulnerabilities at the source
    3. Reduce Security and Compliance Risk: Fix vulnerabilities with actionable feedback to the developer at point of code change. Auto remediate when possible.
  5. Need a better way to manage projects using Agile methodology - (Agile Project Management) I need a better way of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time. (Examples in Gitlab include Issues, Issue Boards, Issue Weights, Labels, Milestones, and burndown charts.)

    Analyst Coverage: Gartner EAPT, Forrester PPM

    Value Drivers:

    1. Increase Operational Efficiencies: Scalable, self-service, templated CI/CD, Consistent and efficient dev experience
    2. Deliver Better Products Faster: Ability to work in parallel and collaborate. Single source of truth between dev, sec and the business.
    3. Reduce Security and Compliance Risk: Single source of truth between dev and sec
  6. Want to achieve expected results of DevOps given siloed teams, lack of visibility and collaboration which inhibits my speed of delivery - (Simplify DevOps) I want to manage my entire DevOps lifecycle more efficiently with better outcomes. The number of tools and maintenance of integrations is overwhelming and costly and security is challenging to integrate. My processes may include planning to production or may be a segment of the SDLC. (GitLab examples: Epics, Issue Boards, Source Code Management, CI, CD, Security Scans and Monitoring from GitLab. Value Stream Management: (VSM) helps you visualize and manage the flow of new innovation from ideas to customers. In GitLab, cycle analytics is a key element of managing the value stream.)

    Analyst Coverage: TBD

    Value Drivers:

    1. Increase Operational Efficiencies: consistent and efficient dev experience with single source of truth and simplify tool chain
    2. Deliver Better Products Faster: More collaboration, working in parallel
    3. Reduce Security and Compliance Risk: Testing early, and enforcing common controls like single sign on, and shared view for collaboration, reporting and visibility.
  7. Want to use more modern, cloud-native approaches to application development (cloud native) I want to use things like containers, K8s, and/or serverless for new development or containerize legacy applications. Help me lift and shift to cloud. Minimize my learning curve to set up, maintain and use clusters.

    Analyst Coverage: TBD

    Value Drivers:

    1. Increase Operational Efficiencies: consistent dev experience, streamline cloud native deployment, simplified tool chain
    2. Deliver Better Products Faster: developer self-service, application scalability, resiliency
    3. Reduce Security and Compliance Risk: Reduce technical and operational risk of migrating to the cloud. Enforce common controls.
  8. Want to automatically provision, administer and maintain infrastructure as code - (CI/CD Infrastructure-as-code or GitOps) I manually stage and test environments for infrastructure making it hard to track and error-prone. I want to stage all components and test them to be sure it works to automate my release pipelines, provide consistency, reduce cost, and eliminate errors. I may frequently leverage integration with Terraform, Kubernetes, Ansible, OpenStack and others.

    Analyst Coverage: TBD

    Value Drivers:

    1. Increase Operational Efficiencies: consistent dev experience, reusable scripts for operations.
    2. Deliver Better Products Faster: developer self-service, reusable CI/CD templates.
    3. Reduce Security and Compliance Risk: Enforces common controls

Other Usecases to consider

Non-Use Cases:

Specific GitLab Usage Examples

  1. Using JIRA with GitLab
    • A company in the healthcare space had been using GitLab for about a year now, and the number one reason they decided they could make the move to GitLab was because it works well with JIRA. They had been using JIRA for years, so any interruption to this workflow would not be easy for them. Because GitLab works well with JIRA, they were able to move over quickly and found features like referencing JIRA issues in GitLab merge requests, issues, and commits, as well as the ability to close JIRA issues with GitLab commits to be easy for them.
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  2. Using Jenkins with GitLab, then trying GitLab Integrated CI
    • Like the case above, another company had been using Jenkins as their CI tool for a long time. As they were evaluating GitLab and found we had a Jenkins CI integration, this allowed them to make the move to GitLab without disrupting what their team was already use to. Being able to display merge request status for builds on Jenkins CI within GitLab was the number one reason they decided to make the move to GitLab. They also became aware of GitLab's recently implemented Integrated CI, which their users have started to test and are finding it may be a solution that ends up working better for them.
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  3. Moving from Core to EE
    • A long time CE user decided to move their company to EE as they grew from 10 users to 120 in 2 years. Their needs changed, so features like LDAP Group Sync that allowed the Admin. to manage group's and their permission levels easier, were essential. Another key feature in EE that they now needed was Git Hooks. They wanted to prevent git tag removal from their users, so implementing a Git Hook allowed them to now do this. On top of these features, they were happy to discover how easy it was to upgrade to EE from CE simply by using the Omnibus package.
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  4. Using High Availability with GitLab
    • A current Standard Subscriber decided they wanted to move from having a single instance on GitLab EE, to having an HA setup. GitLab offered them multiple HA solutions, and after speaking with our Support Engineer's, they decided that using two machines with one being a single slave server was their best option. What was important to them was each machine had all of their GitLab repositories, configuration, and the database. With the slave server being a copy of the master, they used DRBD to ensure their data from the master is being replicated to the slave server in a timely manner. This of course made everyone feel better :)
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  5. Access to your server and security
    • A customer in the banking industry had security as their number one concern. An on-premises solution like GitLab is exactly what they needed as it allowed them to have access to their own server, view log files, and they could also install additional software like intrusion detection. Since GitLab also comes with Audit Events, they could have a history and view changes made within the GitLab server which was of extreme importance to them.
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  6. Importing repos and files from GitHub
    • A startup was using GitHub for their source control needs. They wanted to leverage GitLab to streamline their DevOps processes. As a startup, it was important that they not lose any time or metadata to the transition process. Using the GitHub importer tool, they were able to transfer all of their data to GitLab without any impact to timeline or productivity.
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  7. Migrating from SVN to Git
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  8. Protected Branches
    • The customer had been using Bitbucket and was not able to limit developer permissions to specific branches and repositories. They had an ongoing problem with developers accidentally pushing branches to the wrong project or without proper code review. They decided to switch to GitLab because we offer protected branches with more of a fine grained level of permissions at the Master level.
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