For the many thousands of organizations—both large and small—that use Git as their source-code version control system, the tool that they use to house that source code—the repository—can have a big impact on how efficiently and effectively they work. Two of the most popular source-code hosting solutions are Bitbucket and GitHub, and while both have their followers, at Isos Technology, we’re strong proponents of Bitbucket, especially for organizations already using other Atlassian tools like Jira Software.
Both Bitbucket and GitHub are enterprise-level code management solutions. They both provide integrated CI/CD functionality and offer enhanced security. Importantly, they also both integrate with Jira Software, although only Bitbucket, as part of the Atlassian family of tools, provides native integration, and that make a big difference in how the two tools work. With native integration, Bitbucket is more than just a Git code management tool—with Bitbucket, teams can plan projects, collaborate on code, and even test and deploy.
Bitbucket—The Power of Native Jira Integration
According to Atlassian, teams that integrate Jira with Bitbucket release versions 14% more often—that’s a lot! When the two tools are integrated, you can easily connect activities and take advantage of automation to speed processes. A few important ways you can do this include:
Planning and tracking projects from within Bitbucket
When Jira Software and Bitbucket are integrated, you can view, edit, and comment on Jira tickets and interact with Jira projects from right within the Bitbucket UI. You can, for example, view assigned Jira issues from Bitbucket’s Your Work dashboard, so you can move on to the next task without switching between tools; create Jira issues from within Bitbucket’s code review and assign them to specific projects; and view and interact with Jira issues by adding comments, viewing attachments and making edits.
Viewing code and deployment status within Jira
When Jira Software and Bitbucket are integrated, you can see at a glance what work still needs to be completed. With the Code in Jira view, you can automatically see which repositories your team is working across. With Deployments in Jira, the entire team can see which issues have been deployed, where and when they’ve been deployed, and whether a build has passed or failed. You can also see real-time development status updates from right within an issue.
Automating manual tasks between Jira and Bitbucket
When Jira Software and Bitbucket are integrated, you can create automation rules to connect and automate processes across the two tools—and it’s super easy to do (really!). It only takes a few clicks. All you have to do is set a trigger—a commit or pull request, for example—and customize it to a rule (like updating a Jira issue, reassigning an issue for QA, etc.)
Three More Great Reasons to Choose Bitbucket
While the native integration with Jira Software is certainly a good reason to choose Bitbucket over GitHub for your code repository, it’s not the only reason. There are, in fact, quite a few other differentiating factors. Following are just a few that you should know about:
Bitbucket provides enterprise-grade security overall, while Bitbucket Premium supports enhanced security features like single sign-on, required two-factor authentication, and IP allowlisting, which gives you more control over who can access the tool.
Bitbucket Pipelines is Bitbucket’s integrated CI/CD solution. It’s super easy to set up, and with it, you can automate your code from test to production—without managing servers or synchronizing repos. Bitbucket Cloud works with most major CI/CD providers, so can also continue using Bamboo, Jenkins, or many other third-party CI/CD tools.
Streamlined DevOps Processes
Atlassian tools are all designed to work together as part of a larger DevOps toolchain: Jira sits at the center as a single source of truth, and automation connects it to other Atlassian and third-party tools. As a result, development, operations, ITSM, and business teams can better collaborate and share information. Bitbucket, with its deep, native integration, is an integral part of Atlassian’s DevOps offering.
A Few More Fantastic Bitbucket Features
Bitbucket offers slew of other features and functionality to streamline and improve process, and many of them are things you can’t do with GitHub or any other code repository tool. Following are a handful of our favorite Bitbucket features:
Integrated code reports
Code Insights in Bitbucket Cloud helps you create better code by integrating security scanning, test automation, and monitoring into your code review process. You can view code reports and act on code quality issues right in Bitbucket.
Code aware search
Search results in Bitbucket are code aware which means function and type definitions display before other search results like first usage or variable names. This type of semantic search saves a lot of time and prevents a lot of confusion.
With deployment permissions, you can manage who can deploy and from which branch, which reduce the risk that unwanted changes will accidentally be deployed.
In addition to these features, Bitbucket functionality is amplified through a number of key integrations with both Atlassian and third-party tools: Jira Service Management, OpsGenie, Trello, and Slack are a few noteworthy ones.
A Whole Lot More for a Whole Lot Less
If the best-in-class, native Jira integration, enterprise-grade security, streamlined DevOps, integrated CI/CD, and all the other great integrations, features, and functionality still aren’t enough to convince you, we have one more really good reason to choose Bitbucket—cost. Generally speaking, Bitbucket is just a fraction of the cost of GitHub, but you can check out this cost comparison chart on the Bitbucket site and see for yourself.
If you’d like to learn more about Bitbucket and how it can help your organization, we’d be happy to talk with you!