Gitlab acquires UnReview to fuel its open-source DevOps platform

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GitLab has acquired UnReview to fuel its open-source DevOps platform. They plan to utilize machine learning tools by UnReview to identify expert code reviewers from its platform.

GitLab also plans to introduce machine learning operations features to help data scientists with research. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The reasons for the acquisition

GitLab, a provider of online DevOps lifecycle tools, has announced the acquisition of UnReview, a machine learning tool to aid software teams in recommending the best code reviewers for developers.

Neither has disclosed the price or terms of this acquisition. The expected result of this is the advancement of user experience within the Dev Section of GitLab, which includes the Plan, Create and Manage stages. This will take place by using UnReview’s machine learning tools for code reviewer recommendations. At the same time, it will be based on the reviewers’ workload and earlier contributions to areas within which the code is applied.

Development teams can then improve their code quality and increase their security and velocity.

This decision was finalized after the results of the DevSecOps survey conducted by GitLab in 2021. In the survey, 75 percent of the respondents reported that their DevOps team has either planned to use or are currently using artificial intelligence/machine learning for code review and testing.

The survey also concluded that over 55 percent of operation teams reported that their DevOps life cycles were either partially or fully automated. Due to these statistics, it is evident that GitLab took the right approach by planning to apply Unreview’s machine learning and automation technologies for their DevOps.

When will the service be available?

GitLab will soon integrate UnReview’s technology into the Code Review Experience section for their SaaS customers, making it available for all by the end of 2021.