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Inside Atlassian: Q&A with Imran Khan, Bitbucket Server product manager

Putting professional software teams first has always been the goal for Bitbucket Server & Data Center. How can we help your team move faster, worry less about mundane tasks, and adopt new ways of working – like DevOps – without seeing an impact to your security or scalability?

There’s no better way to understand how we tackle this challenge than to have a chat with one of Bitbucket Server/Data Center’s resident product managers, Imran Khan. At Atlassian, the product management team help guide the roadmap based on a number of factors including customer needs and requests, market trends, and a touch of intuition. Recently Imran sat down to answer some questions and reflect on what we’ve delivered to customers so far in 2017 and a peek into the future.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your background and your role as a Bitbucket Server/Data Center product manager?

A: I have been in the software development world for 10 years in various roles. I live in Sydney, Australia and in my spare time I love to watch/play football – or ‘soccer’ for the Americans  – and I’m a photography enthusiast.

In my role as product manager, I shape and prioritize the roadmap. This includes defining the ‘how’ and ‘what’ new features are implemented.

Q: Can you tell us a little about Bitbucket Server’s history and what makes it unique?

A: Bitbucket Server is Git repository management built for professional teams. We released Bitbucket Server to the public back in 2012 with the goal of supporting teams who require more control over their version control system. Today there are 2 permeations of self-hosted deployment options, Server and Data Center, with Data Center providing additional support for high availability, performance at scale, and other Enterprise-grade features. Some of the items that make Bitbucket Server and Data Center stand out include:

Q: Bitbucket Server releases about every 5 weeks. When you look back on the last 6 months there have been a lot of changes. Which ones have been the most exciting for you and the team?

A: There have been a lot of interesting releases over the past 6 months, including a version change from 4.x to 5.x. If I have to narrow it down to the most impactful and exciting features, I’d say:

Q: Can you give us a glimpse into Bitbucket Server and Data Center’s future?

A:  Your version control solution plays a key role in the development process. As more teams make moves to improve said process, e.g. by adopting more DevOps practices and workflows, we’re aiming to make that change as painless as possible. For example:

And there you have it, a quick look back at the past 6 months with a glimpse into the future of self hosted Git management with Bitbucket Server and Data Center. We believe helping teams be more efficient without over-complicating the development process should be a vital part of your version control solution. This has always been and will continue to be the driving force behind Bitbucket Server and Data Center. Give it a try or upgrade today!

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The past 6 months included much more – 276 issues to be exact! For a full rundown of new features check out our release notes.