Highlights from the 2017 Atlassian Summit, Barcelona

May 22, 2017
Aleks Yenin

Posted by Aleks Yenin

Atlassian’s global user summit was held in Europe for the first time and many of the features introduced focused on improving the experience for European customers. The biggest highlights were the introduction of a broad-based cooperation product Trello, a model of prioritization across Cloud, Server and Data Centers and Atlassian’s new design of Cloud products.

We apologize for the quality of the images. They are screenshots from the video presentation.

Welcoming Trello into the Atlassian family

We were excited to hear about the newest addition of Trello to the Atlassian product line-up. Trello was acquired by Atlassian in January 2017 and is now fully integrated with all the other products that may be used across all teams in your organizations, such as Hipchat, Confluence, Bitbucket and JIRA.

Trello is built around the concept of sticky notes, known as cards. It allows you to create detailed cards, attach files and conversations to them, arrange them on a board, add people to your board and collaborate. To make sure that the teams can quickly integrate Trello into their work, a Playbook is available in 21 languages.

Various companies, such as Pixar, Spotify, Google and National Geographic are already widely applying Trello in their businesses. And Twitter has created a public Trello board to keep its customers updated and to receive constant feedback.

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A new model of prioritizing features across deployment options

To respond to the different needs of the customers the Atlassian team has adopted a new customer-oriented approach in its deployment options.

Server

  • Portfolio programs. Portfolio programs allow you to get an enterprise view of business planning by displaying the work of various teams at the same time.
  • Improving installs and updates. The upgrade experience in JIRA has been completely rebuilt to prevent inconsistencies, allow for in-place troubleshooting for admins and provide the admins with links to clear and timely troubleshooting guides. (The following improvements will be implemented in the next version of JIRA and after that in Confluence)
  • Bamboo: Config as Code. Bamboo now supports creating and storing built plans and configurations that were normally only accessible in code and is now also is available for IOS and as a mobile version.
  • JIRA Software: updated kanban backlogs. The backlogs are now able to prioritize tasks on the lists and, thus, let you focus on the tasks that really matter to your team.
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Portfolio programs

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Kanban backlog proritization

Data Center

Many customers have confirmed that Atlassian apps are at the core of their work and that means that the speed with which they can be accessed as well as their smooth operation is mission-critical for running a business.  To ensure high availability, performance at scale, deployment flexibility and control, the following improvements to the Data Center have been introduced:

  • Zero downtime upgrades for JIRA Data Center
  • Performance testing framework for Bitbucket Data Center (coming soon for the Confluence Data Center)
  • Bitbucket smart mirrors now support off caching with remote built and distributed environments making local operations much faster.
  • Quick start guides and cloud formation templates for Amazon Web Services.
  • Single sign on via SAML for everyday Data Center applications.
  • Adding Hipchat Data Center (public beta)
  • Adding Crowd Data Centre (private beta)

Cloud

Over 700 add-ons in various spheres have already been created for Atlassian by its key vendors. Polontech is proud to be among them having created over 50 add-ons over the course of 8 years of partnership with Atlassian. In cooperation with the vendors the Atlassian team has ensured simpler Cloud integrations and continues to work on their improvement so that they best reflect the customer’s priorities.

“Simplicity on the far side of complexity” – the new interface of Cloud products

The connection between people and content is what lies behind effective teamwork, Atlassian believes. To make teamwork less messy and complex and to accommodate people with different backgrounds and perspectives more effectively, Atlassian has come up with a new design language, which has 3 layers at its core:

  • 1st  – Issues and pages layer
  • 2nd – Projects and spaces layer
  • 3rd – Global context layer

All the clutter has been removed from JIRA, which makes it easier to navigate in. Moreover, admins can now add new columns right from the Kanban Board and as the project is still going they can create issues wherever is needed.

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The most visited screen – “View Issue” screen has been conveniently redesigned. Users have markdown support for writing in the comment section and the summary field and add attachments from your favorite file hosting services is much easier.

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Trust and emotional connections are important in a team so to let people feel more connected Atlassian is bringing reactions to JIRA.

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Editing experience in Confluence has been completely reworked and with all of its powerful functions still there, its new layout is more accessible to the users. Collaborative editing has been made simpler, and mobile editing and content creating are also available.

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Bickbucket now has more capability and allows you to see the context when you look at an issue. Finally, Ipad and mobile versions of JIRA and Confluence are now available and work in sync automatically updating the changes you’ve made.

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Atlassian Home

It will no longer be hard to find pieces of work when they were scattered across many apps. Atlassian Home is the one place where you can find, resume and stay on top of all of your work. It adapts to your needs and gets smarter over time. It consists of the Global Search, Your Work, Recent Work sections and Recent Projects and Spaces in the sidebar. In the future, not only all Atlassian products will be brought to the Home Page, but it will also be open to third-party integrations.

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To quickly recap the key announcements at the Atlassian Summit 2017:

  • Trello is joining the Atlassian Family.
  • Atlassian takes up a new customer-oriented approach and will prioritize different features depending on your deployment option, be it Cloud, Server or Data Center.
  • Atlassian is going through the biggest redesign yet and is also introducing Atlassian home, a place that brings together all the apps with a convenient interface to navigate in.

From now on Atlassian will hold the summit twice a year. But to avoid the wait Atlassian users can meet and share knowledge every month in the specially created User Groups in their area, or even connect on an everyday basis through the freshly launched Atlassian online community.

Polontech in its turn is also eager to hear from you! Apart from the communication with the customers, we offer free 30-minute consultations on the use of Atlassian software. Be sure to hit us up with your questions here!

Overall, we had a lot of takeaways from the 2017 Atlassian Summit and we are looking forward to the new features!

The next summit is to be held on 12-14 September in San Jose, California. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch up with Atlassian’s latest developments!

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