GitLab is a single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle that allows teams to work together better and bring more value to your customers, faster.
GitLab does this by shortening your DevOps cycle time, bridging silos and stages, and taking work out of your hands. It also means a united workflow that reduces friction from traditionally separate activities like application security testing.
A shorter cycle allows you to skate to where the puck is going to be. That means it takes less time to go from an idea for a change to actually having that change live in a production environment, monitored and ready for scaling.
By shortening this time, you're able to respond to changing needs from the market faster, adjust your long-term plans with feedback you receive on the way, and radically reduce engineering risk.
A shorter cycle time allows you to immediately respond to changing needs. Rather than having to wait upwards of several months for the DevOps cycle to complete, with a short cycle you're able to adjust your plans quickly. With each iteration you complete, you get new opportunities to collect feedback. Be that low-level feedback on the performance of your products, or direct feedback from your customers. GitLab has monitoring built-in, so no time is wasted on trying to get information surfaced.
In addition to creating a shorter feedback cycle and being able to respond quicker to changing needs, a surprising advantage of shorter cycles is reduced engineering risk. Shorter cycles mean more and smaller frequent deploys, which have many advantages:
Shorter cycle times means feedback on security vulnerabilities is delivered directly to the responsible developer right in their merge request pipeline report. Even dynamic application security testing (DAST), that requires a working application, can be done prior to merging the branch, using GitLab's review app function. Many vulnerabilities can be removed during development without wasting cycles downstream for security teams to vet findings, prioritize and triage and then create tickets to remediate.
GitLab shortens your cycles by bringing everyone together and taking work out of your hands.
In GitLab, everyone looks at the same things. There is a single source of truth for every single change, and it is linked automatically to anything relevant. This is because GitLab is a single application. Project management, code review, continuous integration and delivery – and even application security and monitoring are all part of GitLab. This means:
We like to think of the DevOps lifecycle becoming a single conversation, where GitLab automatically links all relevant information together.
And this means one team no longer needs to wait for the handoff of another team. For example:
We call this Concurrent DevOps.
You're working together in GitLab, everyone is looking at the same data, handoffs are a thing of the past and silos are blurring their lines. This is a great way to reduce cycle time, but GitLab does more.
Because GitLab is a complete DevOps platform, delivered as a single application that has everything you need to go from planning to shipping to production and even monitoring, you no longer need a complex DevOps tool chain. There is no more need to set up integrations, worry about authentication and authorization between the various applications and maintain a slew of apps to manage your DevOps SDLC.
GitLab will automatically build, test, analyze code quality, do dependency scanning, license compliance, container scanning, security testing, monitor and more through Auto DevOps.
Ultimately, with GitLab, teams are shipping changes continuously:
From a higher level: