GitLab expands into Australian market


GitLab reports having recently hired a number of new people, covering Sales, Channel, Sales Development, Marketing, and Solution Architects, growing to 48 staff on the ground and a mandate to help revolutionise local software development in Australia.

The Australian expansion is part of a global expansion following year-over-year growth in annual recurring revenue (ARR) of 116%, which increased total ARR to $100M.

The company has grown from fewer than 10 people in 2015 to more than 1,250 team members in more than 65 countries and regions across the globe. With an all-remote workforce, GitLab continues its worldwide growth into the Australian market.

GitLab APAC will be led by Regional Director Anthony McMahon, a former HP and SAP Asia Executive, who believes the company is uniquely positioned to accelerate organisations’ digital transformations via a single application for any DevSecOps action.

“There is a big concern that Australian businesses are still developing software in the same way they were 10 years ago and risk falling behind. The future is more remote collaboration, agile secure development, and rapid cloud-native deployment,” Mr. McMahon said.

“GitLab’s single application approach to the DevSecOps lifecycle is providing a solution to the high costs and inefficiencies that come with multiple tools, as well as silos between developer, security, and operations teams. The business teams are no longer able to tolerate this “toolchain tax,” Mr. McMahon continued.

“The local market needs new ways to design, develop, and deploy software that are far more agile and address the need to innovate quickly for their customers and employees,” said Mr. McMahon.

The Australian operation will maintain the company’s global all-remote model, with staff already working nationally from locations including Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Katherine, Brisbane, and Geelong.

“We believe an all-remote workforce is more prosperous for both our business and employees with cost savings on office space and access to a broader pool of talent. Our team works in a flexible way to address  the needs of our customers while also balancing  their family and personal life,” Mr. McMahon said.

“To be competitive in the market today, companies need to be 10x faster to market and that requires a dramatically different way of developing, managing, and securing software,” said Sid Sijbrandij, co-founder and CEO of GitLab. “GitLab’s single application provides customers like Infoxchange a more unified, less complex approach to achieving this speed. Expanding our support to the Australian market allows us to equip locally based companies with this competitive edge.”