EA Case Study

Electronic Arts Using Autodesk ShotGrid and Jira with GPL Technologies' Integration Solution

Introduction

Electronic Arts (EA), a leading AAA game company, faced a significant challenge in managing its creative and production processes. They utilized Autodesk ShotGrid for managing creative assets and Jira for game production. However, the absence of native synchronization between these two critical systems created inefficiencies and coordination difficulties. This case study explores how GPL Technologies’ ShotGrid to Jira Bridge application revolutionized EA’s workflow management.

The Challenge

EA’s use of ShotGrid and Jira in isolation led to fragmented workflows. This disconnection resulted in:

➤ Duplication of work.

➤ Increased chances of miscommunication.

➤ Difficulty in tracking project progress accurately.

➤ Inefficiencies in resource allocation.

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GPL Technologies' Solution

GPL Technologies developed the ShotGrid to Jira Bridge, a service enabling bi-directional synchronization between ShotGrid and Jira. This solution allowed EA to:

➤ Synchronize any ShotGrid Entity with a specific Jira Issue type.

➤ Sync Jira Fix Versions and Epics with ShotGrid Entities.

➤ Maintain relationships and hierarchies in both systems.

➤ Initiate syncing from either platform.

➤ Define custom mappings and status correlations.

Standard mappings included syncing ShotGrid Assets to Jira Issues, linking ShotGrid Tasks to Jira Task Issues, and maintaining Jira time estimates from ShotGrid tasks.

The Implementation

Results

GPL’s Software Services division, with a background in VFX and Animation Production pipelines, implemented the GPL ShotGrid to Jira Bridge at EA. They integrated it with primary digital content creation tools like Maya, Flame, 3DS Max, and more. The process involved:

Enhanced Efficiency: Streamlined communication between creative and production teams.

Improved Project Tracking: Real-time updates and tracking of assets and tasks across platforms.

Reduced Redundancy: Elimination of duplicate entries and reduced manual work.

Better Resource Management: Accurate time tracking and allocation of resources.

Increased Productivity: Smoother workflow leading to faster project completion.

Conclusion

GPL Technologies’ ShotGrid to Jira Bridge application provided a comprehensive solution to EA’s workflow management challenges. By enabling bi-directional sync between Autodesk ShotGrid and Jira, EA experienced enhanced efficiency, better resource manage- ment, and improved project tracking. This integration exemplifies the importance of cohesive workflow systems in large-scale game production and the effectiveness of tailored technological solutions in addressing specific industry needs.

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