Building on the work done by its most recent acquisition, Puppet plans to announce a brand new product line Tuesday at its Puppetize Live conference that promises to help engineering managers justify the time and money they’re spending on DevOps tools and training.
Puppet Insights is based on work done by Reflect, a Portland-based neighbor of Puppet’s that the company acquired in June. Puppet Insights is a group of data visualization dashboards and reports that allow software development teams to measure and evaluate the most important metrics helping them gauge how well they are doing in the shift to DevOps, a software engineering philosophy that software developers and operations engineers should work more closely together than they once did.
“We’re making it easier for people to get started with DevOps as they are transforming their applications,” said Omri Gazitt, chief product office at Puppet. “It’s really about helping them measure their success.”
Puppet Insights will connect to all the software development tools in a company’s toolbox — not just Puppet’s tools — and measure things like software quality, how long it takes to ship software, and the places where the process breaks down. Too often this data is spread across different tools used for continuous delivery or code repositories, and Puppet thinks its new product can bridge those gaps and provide a single view of software team performance.
“A lot of engineering leaders don’t have a lot of insight,” said Alex Bilmes, currently senior director of product management at Puppet and former co-founder and CEO of Reflect. “It is hard to answer fundamental questions about how fast we’re moving and the quality of software that we deliver” given the time and effort it takes to gather and analyze that data across multiple tools, he said.
Puppet Insights will be available as a private beta, with plans to “move aggressively” toward wider availability, Gazitt said. Puppet also plans to announce updates to several other products in its arsenal Tuesday at Puppetize, including new versions of Puppet Discovery, Puppet Enterprise, and Puppet Pipelines.