Atlassian Summit is the most important Atlassian-themed event of the year for numerous reasons: it has the largest number of sessions, it gathers together Atlassian CEOs, tool developers and practitioners, and the Bash party afterwards is really great. But this is not all – what we value the most in the Summit is the atmosphere of friendliness, openness, acceptance and mutual desire to educate and enlighten. These are the things our team comes back for several years in the row, and we’re greatly thankful to the people who plan, organize and host this event for keeping it so.
Here are the key points from Atlassian Summit 2018 in Barcelona
JIRA 7.0 version was released back in 2015, and despite the fact that it worked fine and needed only minor bug fixes and interface improvements, 2018 was a high time for a new version – and Atlassian delivered. The full list of new features you can find here, but what we find the most groundbreaking is that JIRA will from now be available as a mobile app at both Android and IOS. This improvement will greatly promote mobility of the tool, allowing the users to react, manage and brainstorm from anywhere. Another new feature that we as well greatly appreciated is the possibility to split issue if it’s too large.
We’ve already expressed our opinion on this 2018 addition to Atlassian stack in a separate article here. But generally we welcome Atlassian tendency of expanding and taking over new niches of ITSM and ITIL.
At the Summit Atlassian also announced release of a security management tool that will work across all your Atlassian Cloud products. By the way, in times when security becomes highest priority for any organization, a tool like that can’t no longer be done without. SAML single sign-on, two-step verification, single password policy are not advanced measures anymore – they are staples. What is more, Access could be even released sooner, but perhaps Atlassian wanted it to operate in complete alignment with GDPR and developed longer than it expected.
OpsGenie is an alerting and communication tool that was announced to be acquired by Atlassian for $295 M. It will be utilized as a part of Incident Management solution JIRA Ops for informing the responsible parties about an incident and automating responses to it. From this acquisition it becomes clear how thorough Atlassian can be when it comes to entering a new domain. They allow integrations, but when it comes to vital processes like communication, they want to solely have a hold of it.
There were as well some less significant introductions that we greeted as useful changes, like:
- introduction of datacenter approval of apps at the Atlassian Marketplace
- read-only mode for Confluence
- feature flags integration with JIRA
- live macros support at editing stage in Confluence
Obviously, words can’t fully reflect the excitement that being at the Summit in person brings to you, so if you ever get a chance to visit this event in future, take it.