Back in November I posted Application Lifecycle in the Cloud, making the argument that more and more of the phases of the application lifecycle (dev, testing, monitoring, etc.) are moving to the cloud.
Yesterday, Daryl Taft at eWeek published a nice piece about Atlassian, which in many ways validates what I was saying in the blog post. I actually mentioned Atlassian as a "pioneer" in this area, and it looks like the hosted versions of their developer products -- JIRA and Bamboo -- are gaining significant traction.
Here's a quote from the article:
Development teams who were previously paranoid about having their source code hosted are moving increasingly towards SaaS, he said. Even large teams with 100-plus developers are now confident to put their "behind the firewall" tools and most critical intellectual property into SaaS-based applications. Github is a good example of this, allowing developers to host their code online, he said.
Atlassian has noticed this trend with its hosted development product, JIRA Studio. "When we started, there was no such thing as Github," said Michael Knighten, director of hosted services at Atlassian. "We thought the market would go in that direction, but it was an educated guess, at best. Now the idea of SaaS development collaboration is starting to gain traction."
“One of the interesting trends we have seen is that JIRA Studio is one of our fastest growing products, and we see this as an indication that a lot of development teams are looking to SaaS and hosted solutions,” Gibbs said.