Microblogging for Confluence is a plugin developed by //SEIBERT/MEDIA, which expands Confluence by a seamlessly integrated microblogging function. Developed within the scope of an intern “Hackathon” and since then constantly enhanced by our team, this add-on has gained a great stability and a wealth of features. We have now released a new version. In this article we show the big and small innovations that are part of the latest release.
Within software development there are distributed version control systems, with especially git currently most popular. More and more teams are recognizing the advantages of DVCS and migrate from central version management. The market offers numerous products which enable teams of developers to manage their git repositories. All have their advantages. The most mature and most feature rich solution for an enterprise is in our opinion Atlassian’s Git repository management system Stash. We have collected 99 reasons, which all are argue for Stash and show why it is reasonable to test Stash, regardless whether a transition to Stash in the planning or has been started. 99 reasons – none longer than a Twitter tweet.
HipChat is Atlassians professional and well-engineered solution for hosted group chat and video chat for companies and teams – fast, uncomplicated and in realtime. No matter how you use HipChat, whether you prefer group chats with the whole team or separated chat rooms with guest access for your partners – HipChat supports the direct communication and therefore enhances productivity and efficiency within the company. A year ago Atlassian made HipChat free for teams of five, and since then the popularity of this application has been rising rapidly. As a reaction to this development, Atlassian now announces a new subscription plan that gives you unlimited HipChat users – for free.
draw.io is a sophisticated diagramming plugin for Confluence and JIRA, created by JGraph. With draw.io you can quickly and easily create a wide range of diagrams in both Confluence and JIRA: flow charts, network diagrams, org charts, UML diagrams, mind maps, and many more. Here are some examples. The underlying core technology, mxGraph, has been in development since 2005 and today is the market reference implementation. In 2012, the draw.io plugin for Confluence was created for the Atlassian Marketplace, these are some of the advantages of draw.io for Confluence and JIRA.
First steps in JIRA Yes, we won! At the end of 2013, Atlassian had started a small competition – the JIRA …
Did you know that Atlassian has a beer wardens? That the Atlassian User Groups in Sydney meet at the Hall of Justice? That there is an extremely dangerous item in the kitchen of the Atlassian office? That Atlassians innovation program ShipIt offers very practical solutions to everyday requirements? We bet you didn’t. Check out the video tour to learn more.
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//SEIBERT/MEDIA has been working with the Australian software manufacturer for years. Offices in Germany, the U.S. and Australia, //SEIBERT/MEDIA is one of the biggest Atlassian partners in the world. We have talked to Atlassian employees on several occasions and asked for their feedback.
Exciting product news, such as Confluence Questions, were announced during Atlassian Summit 2013, Atlassians big user and partner conference. Confluence Questions expands Confluence by functionalities to build a knowledge base, which allows the user to actively ask for information. During the Summit, we met and interviewed Matt Hodges, Product Marketing Manager for Confluence, and Chris Kiehl, Dev Manager in the Confluence Team. What can Confluence Questions do? How does it differ from Microblogging-Tools such as Yammer, where users can also ask questions? Why is Confluence Questions not available with Confluence for Enterprise customers, but needs to be licensed separately? The following video has answers to these and more questions:
JIRA is Atlassian’s tracking and project management system, recently released in version 6.0. We recommend teams and business that work with other tools, such as ClearQuest, Trac, FogBugz, Mantis, HP Quality Center or Bugzilla, to consider the alternatives, no matter how established an existing system might be. What does JIRA offer, that other tools don’t?
A few weeks ago, Atlassian released Confluence 5, a major update of it’s enterprise software. A great occasion to review the development of Confluence since version 3.5, which is still running in many organizations. There have in fact been fundamental changes since Confluence 3.5. The following are the main features of the last big releases: