South African specialists in implementing SOA solutions and middleware integration and products, 9TH BIT Consulting has announced the availability of an industry first from XebiaLabs.
XL Impact, a new software as a service (SaaS) offering, is the first goal-based DevOps Intelligence solution to optimise DevOps performance while also measuring the business impact of DevOps initiatives.

With XL Impact, companies can now track their DevOps performance and gain insights across the software delivery value stream. Administrators are able to drive core goals, like improving quality and increasing the speed of delivery with low fuss, while developing a clear understanding about their metrics, providing greater clarity in guiding, and shaping optimisation efforts.

The solution delivers a clear view of the inner workings of the DevOps pipeline, meaning that users can take action based on hard data collected via tools such as XL Release, Jenkins, JIRA and GitHub. With this, businesses will understand optimal next steps and recommended actions based on their team’s historical data, machine learning, DevOps best practices, and the current state of the pipeline.

XL Impact identifies trends, irregularities, at risk areas and high- and low-performing processes, empowering organisations to address issues before they become failures. It also boasts new features that help businesses elude bottlenecks, increase the rate of successful releases, and duplicate high-performing processes.

Administrators can easily share the impact of their activities and demonstrate return on investment to stakeholders with a dashboard, which presents as a dynamic infographic of past, present and projected future states of your pipeline in a single holistic view and has been specifically created with DevOps in mind.

Says Barry de Waal, chief executive of strategy and sales at 9TH BIT Consulting: “What we’re doing here is talking to organisations that are implementing DevOps but struggling to visualise the impact of these initiatives. XL Impact computes and monitors the health of pipeline with integrated KPIs. It combines best practices with historical analysis, machine learning, and data from across your toolchain to show trends, predict outcomes, and recommend actions.”

“This is a game-changer for IT teams, who in the past had to rely on manual data collection or unrelated dashboard tiles to guestimate the results of their DevOps initiatives,” states Derek Langone, CEO at XebiaLabs. “Now, everybody from DevOps team member to Agile coach, from development manager to CIO, can see the impact of their DevOps activities immediately and quantitatively and make the best decisions to optimise software delivery.”