It seems like every year Atlassian is getting bigger and bigger. And this year was no different.
I was at the Atlassian Summit hosted in San Jose this year. And if you were too, you probably had as much of an amazing experience as I did.
But in case you missed it, or couldn’t catch all of the keynotes, I made a summary of the main takeaways. We found out what major changes we could expect in the year ahead. There were some pretty significant announcements, so keep reading.
1. Atlassian Got A Brand New Look
This was probably the most shocking experience for Atlassian attendees. Especially the ones who were the most passionate about the brand.
On September 12th of 2017 the old “Charlie-logo” retired. And was replaced by a simplistic, more modern design. Here it is:
The logo identifies with Atlassian’s core beliefs focused around teams.
Together with the rebranding of the Atlassian logo, came a rebranding of all the product logo’s as well.
I like it. What do you think?
2. Apps In The Marketplace
That’s right, all Atlassian add-ons or plugins are now called: apps.
3. Trello is Fully Integrated
Trello, is now fully integrated in the Atlassian product stack.
In case you’re not familiar with Trello, it’s a project management tool for both individuals as well as teams. The core strength of Trello is its visual approach to boards with cards.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you should really check it out. Like Michael Pryor said: Trello is like project boards with superpowered post-it notes. I paraphrased that.
Secondly, from now on Trello is also available as a desktop app.
As a third update, you can now power up Trello with other great Atlassian products. Like Jira, Bitbucket, Confluence or Hipchat. The following is an example gif of a Bitbucket integration:
And it doesn’t hurt Atlassian has now adopted Trello’s pet dog, Taco!
4. Stride Announcement
Atlassian made another big announcement with Stride, their new and improved messaging tool.
Some of the important features of Stride will be:
- Group chat & direct messaging
- Voice & video conferencing
- Built-in collaboration tools
Curious about Stride? You can learn more right here.
5. Datacenter Offering
The demand for more datacenter offerings has been growing and Atlassian has definitely noticed.
Here are some of our key takeaways on all things datacenter:
- Improved core infrastructure, resulting in:
- Zero downtime upgrades
- Support for SAML
- Quickstart guide for AWS
- Ability to scale agile practices.
- Two new members are added to datacenter: Hipchat and Crowd.
6. Identity Manager
Identity manager will now be added to the Atlassian cloud.
These are the functionalities you should know about:
- SAML single sign-on to help your IT team streamline identity management
- Enforced two-step verification, so the right people get the right access
- Password policies to ensure your company is using password best practices
- Priority Cloud Support to help you resolve issues faster
7. Atlassian Teamwork Platform
Another great announcement, Atlassian will be releasing the teamwork platform.
This will empower teams to collaborate more easily both internally as well as with external companies.
8. New Bitbucket Functionality
Bitbucket has also received its share of updates.
The following 3 new features are worth a mention:
- Support for service containers
- Docker Push and Pull
- Use Multiple steps to test against different environments
9. Jira Service Desk Updates
Maybe you noticed how I spelled that. All caps are gone. It’s now pronounced Jira. Jira came from the word Gojira by the way, which is Japanese for Godzilla!
But that’s not really a major update. The following bullets, however, are:
- Personalized branding options added to the portal:
- Added support for internationalization
- Ex.1: Portal can support language of your choosing
- Ex. 2: Tickets will be routed to the right queue, based on the language of your user.
- An option to embed the service desk. That means you can provide access in a website, a mobile app,… wherever your customers live.
10. Jira Software Updates
This year, Jira Software for cloud has received a bunch of new (and great) design changes. Atlassian has mainly improved the layout of different components. But the makeover will definitely lead to a less cluttered UI, resulting in a more novice-friendly environment.
When it comes to functionality, you can now add administrators at the project level.
Atlassian also added Kanplan as a means for an easier way to plan and prioritize your backlog.
From now one you can also divide Jira tickets into smaller work items. Making managing tickets more intuitive.
There’s more though. You can look at all the updates on Jira Software here.
11. Deployment to Microsoft Azure
From now on you have the ability to deploy Jira Software to Data Center in Microsoft Azure!
This means you can easily get started using a jointly-built Atlassian template for Azure Resource Manager, accessible in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. With easy we mean building a Jira Software Data Center instance with configurable nodes in a few guided clicks, or simply spin up a test instance with dummy data.
Extended services like automatic backups, geo-replication and encryption are supported with Azure SQL Database.
Want more information on upcoming changes? We got you covered. You can watch all the sessions of the summit right here.
That was another truly amazing summit.
I really feel Atlassian is stepping up their innovation initiatives, only just enough for everybody to keep up.
The brand new look of the Atlassian logo and it’s products shows us they have their eyes on the future. And they continue to emphasize the value of teamwork in the identity of every Atlassian.
This teamwork-mindset is further emphasized by the new Atlassian Teamwork Platform.
The Trello integration shows great promise for giving the end-user another great platform to choose from. While super-powering it with other Atlassian tools.
The Stride announcement should leave us all on the edge of our seats.
Datacenter offer improvements tells us they are meeting the needs of enterprise-level businesses.
You can also clearly notice they put a lot of effort in improving the design of all products with the user experience at heart.
And of course you have the multiple functionality updates for Bitbucket, Jira Software, Core & Service Desk.
Anyway, these were our key takeaways of the Atlassian Summit of 2017 in the US. If you liked this article, feel free to share it through Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
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