• Win free copies of the newly published JIRA 6.x Administration Cookbook

    Readers would be pleased to know that we have teamed up with Packt Publishing to organize a giveaway of the new JIRA 6.x Administration Cookbook that we have reviewed recently (See Book Review: JIRA 6.x Administration Cookbook).

    Three lucky winners stand a chance to win a digital copy of this book each.

    JIRA 6.x Administrator Cookbook


    How to Enter?

    All you need to do is head on over to the book page and look through the product description of the book and drop a line via the comments below this post to let us know what interests you the most about this book. It’s that simple.

    The first 3 valid respondents will get an e-copy of the Book.


    The contest will close on till 17th Sep 2014. Winners will be contacted by email, so be sure to use your real email address when you comment!

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  • Book Review: JIRA 6.x Administrator Cookbook

    JIRA 6.x Administrator Cookbook

    I was excited to receive an invitation from Packt Publishing to do a book review on JIRA 6.x Administrator Cookbook.

    Being an Atlassian Expert, it can be scary to see such books coming into the market because the tricks of the trade are being wiki-leaked. However, it also means JIRA has matured and is getting increasing adoption.

    I think the tagline for the book “Quick answers to common problems” is quite apt. It contains a lot of recipes to questions that we encounter day-to-day. Some of the answers are similar to what we are doing for ourselves or have done for our customers.

    The book is well structured with clearly illustrated steps and notes to highlight salient points. The e-book also contains coloured screenshots that makes it easier to see the highlighted text.

    Some interesting topics include:

    • How to reset the JIRA administrator password
    • Using Javascript with custom fields
    • Creating custom fields with custom logic
    • How to migrate JIRA to another environment

    There are also chapters covering:

    • JIRA workflows
    • JIRA security
    • JIRA customizations
    • Integration JIRA with other applications

    This book has a lot of practical recipes and is useful for those who want to administer their own JIRA instance.

    For those who are keen to pick up JIRA add-on development, you can also check out the JIRA 5.x Developer Cookbook

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  • How to protect your JIRA from viruses, missing files and performance issues

    5 May 2014
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    We have just released v2.0 of the Attachment Checker for JIRA plugin. The 2 key features introduced in this version are

    • virus scanning of uploaded attachments (JRA-8626)
    • restricting of attachments with duplicate filenames (JRA-2169)

    While it is already possible to install an anti-virus scanner on the JIRA server, there are some implications:

    • Attachments are deleted unknowingly by the scanner without notifying the author that his file is infected. Other users will be unable to download the file later.
    • As mentioned in https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRAKB/Anti-Virus+in+JIRA, some of the users have reported slowness with JIRA when anti-virus software is installed. This is because of the dramatic increase in disk IO and CPU usage as JIRA creates many temporary files. The Attachment Checker only scans the attachments once when they are just uploaded, thus addressing the security concerns.

    The checking for duplicate filename improvement also helps to alert the user if there is already another attachment with the same filename. This solves the scenarios where a copy of the attachment has been uploaded before or the user forgot to rename the file to include the updated version number. This saves time on identifying the correct attachment to work with.

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  • Publishing a knowledge Base Article with a wiki workflow

    7 September 2010
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    Last month, I shared a blogpost (How to enable active collaboration with your wiki) to share the benefits of using workflows together with wiki.

    Recently, Roberto from Comalatech, the creators of Adhoc Workflows plugin for Confluence has also contributed a guest post too. In his post, he shared how people can use workflows to streamline the process of publishing Frequently Asked Questions into a knowledge base.

    For details, check out Wiki Workflows: Publishing a Knowledge Base Article

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  • Happy Chinese New Year

    13 February 2010
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    Happy Chinese New Year

    We wish you a Prosperous and Happy Chinese New Year.

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  • A piece of great news to start the year

    9 January 2010
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    Atlassian Confluence was chosen by Elearning! Magazine to be the “Best Social Learning Tool“.

    Here’s what some of the voters said:

    • “It can be done from an IT enterprise system”
    • “It provides excellent integration with LMS”

    As a side effect of collaboration within the enterprise, Confluence is a large knowledge-base that can be tapped upon to enable social learning and reuse of knowledge & experiences. The knowledge continues to grow and yet up-to-date because it is so easy to add and search knowledge in Confluence.

    Congratulations to Atlassian for this deserving awards.

    For more, please visit Elearning to read about Confluence and all the winners.

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  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

    22 December 2009
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    Season Greetings

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  • Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum 2009

    25 February 2009
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    The Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum 2009 is ongoing at Sydney. And here are some of the good stuff to share around.

    What’s the latest trends in enterprise Web 2.0 use and how other organizations are using them for? Check it out at State of the Nation by Ross Dawson

    Messenger, Youtube, MySpace, and all the new things that will emerge on the web cannot be stopped. We must not fear them but learn how to embrace them” –
    Giam Swiegers, Deloitte CEO 

    Find out more on how Deloitte successfully tamed Web 2.0 in their office with Deloitte case study by Peter Williams

    You may want to visit their blog for more information

    And Ross Dawson has authored a book “Implementing Enterprise 2.0 Report which contains very good advice on how to create business value with web technologies. You can check out the table of contents and the sample chapters

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  • Sun Tech Days 2009

    Last week, I attended Sun Tech Days 2009 which made its round in Singapore. For the past few years, I always made it a point to attend this event as it allows me to have a glimpse of the latest technology development and the roadmap ahead. More importantly, it enables me to see whether they can be matched with any of the business needs. And I would know what and where to search for more details.

    Sun Tech Days

    Sun Tech Days

    I have written down my notes at our wiki:

    One piece of good news is that Jira is bundled within Project Kenai as one of the issue trackers. Project Kenai is Sun’s initiative to provide a collaboration site for the open source community.

    The Lightning Talk sessions which are newly introduced to this year’s agenda seemed to be a great idea. It allows end-users of Sun technologies to speak for a short period on how they utilized the technology and share tips and tricks. I do hope this will remain as a regular feature and I would be able to share my experience and knowledge on how to collaborate better with Confluence and Jira which are running on Java 🙂

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  • Happy Lunar New Year

    22 January 2009
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    Akeles Consulting wishes you a Happy and Bountiful Harvest in the coming year 🙂

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