Blue Ocean puts continuous delivery front and center by making the process visual and intuitive, therefore easily accessible to all roles across an organization
SAN JOSE, CA. and PARIS, FRANCE – APRIL 5, 2017 -The Jenkins project, comprised of a community of practitioners using Jenkins, announced the official release (1.0) and general availability of Blue Ocean, its dramatic new UX implementation. The anticipated launch of Blue Ocean brings a new user experience to Jenkins based on a personalized, modern design that allows users to graphically create, visualize and diagnose continuous delivery pipelines. This is more than just putting a modern face on Jenkins: Blue Ocean re-imagines the Jenkins user experience by enabling teams to more easily adopt continuous delivery. CloudBees, Inc., the hub of enterprise Jenkins and DevOps, founded the Blue Ocean project and subsequently open sourced the software.
Jenkins is the most popular automation server in use today. With continued annual growth in active Jenkins installations of about 30%, the Jenkins community now has 533,839 active nodes, with more than 11 million jobs defined in Jenkins on them.
With the official release of Blue Ocean, Jenkins now allows any member of a DevOps team to adopt continuous delivery without having the expert knowledge previously required to use Jenkins. Continuous delivery pipelines are inherently complex, making it difficult for team members – from developers to IT operations to management – to get a common understanding of the progression of software through the pipeline. Blue Ocean simplifies the development of software pipelines by allowing developers to create them with a visual pipeline editor and then visualize the process flow in an intuitive way, such that the whole organization, not just developers, can understand it. Blue Ocean naturally fosters collaboration by providing a common view of the end-to-end pipeline that all team members can understand. Using Blue Ocean, team members gain a graphical overview of the entire pipeline, enabling them to quickly identify issues and then drill down to find the source of the problem. Blue Ocean is underpinned by Pipeline as Code which enables the pipeline definition to be stored with the application code and infrastructure as code; allowing teams to reproduce previous configurations and processes easily when things go wrong.
“With Blue Ocean, software delivery team members of all skill levels can participate in continuous delivery because we get a great visualization of our software pipelines throughout the entire process,” said Josh Graham, chief technology officer, mPort. “We are now able to include the software delivery pipeline itself as infrastructure as code without compromising usability; that has vastly improved the confidence in and timeliness of our software deployments. Furthermore, Blue Ocean offers a superb user interface - well ahead of anything else available.”
CloudBees and the Jenkins community have collaborated to architect and develop the Blue Ocean user experience with key features such as:
- Visual Pipeline Editing - Team members of any skill level can create continuous delivery pipelines from start to finish using the intuitive and visual pipeline editor. No code or text editing is required. Anyone can create sophisticated pipelines with just a few clicks.
- Pipeline Visualization - Enables teams to visually represent pipelines in a way anyone in the organization can understand - whether technical or not, improving clarity into the continuous delivery process for the whole organization.
- Pinpoint Troubleshooting - Blue Ocean enables teams to locate automation problems instantly, without endlessly scanning through logs or navigating through many screens.
- GitHub and Git Integration - Pipelines are automatically created and run for all feature branches and pull requests, with their status reported back to GitHub. The whole team has visibility into whether changes need work or are good to go. Blue Ocean provides native, in-depth integration with Git.
- Personalization - Team members can make Jenkins their own by customizing their dashboard so that they only see the pipelines that matter to them.
- Built with and for Declarative Pipeline - Any pipeline created with the visual editor can also be edited in your favorite text editor bringing all the benefits of Pipeline as Code.
“The Blue Ocean project has had incredibly positive feedback from the community since its inception. It brought a breath of fresh air to the working horse of developers everywhere that is Jenkins,” said Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Jenkins founder and CTO at CloudBees. “The new and very modern and intuitive UX makes Jenkins more approachable and continues to enhance the power and usability of Jenkins. It takes an organized team of contributors like the team that CloudBees provided to the Jenkins project to drive a large effort like Blue Ocean. As CTO of CloudBees, I’m very proud that we made this happen.”
Blue Ocean’s visualization of a software delivery pipeline
Blue Ocean’s visual pipeline editor
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