Time flies and we are in 2021 already. We crunched our sales numbers for Atlassian Marketplace Apps licenses to identify the developing trends.
This year, we are sharing this list as we feel it may be useful to fellow Atlassian users looking to extract more value from Jira/Confluence/Bitbucket.
From our perspective, Marketplace apps play a significant role for established instances by
- enabling automation to improve productivity, speed or security
- adding features to provide additional capabilities like Business Analytics, Test Automation, etc
- organising information to provide insight and facilitate collaboration
How is the ranking done?
The ranking is based on the number of licenses (Server/DC/Cloud) we sold for each app in 2020.
We felt this will be a better measure of the popularity of the app.
In event of a tie, we go by the licensed users count, followed by the total sales for the app.
Akeles Top 10 List
We are pleased to share our list for 2020 voted by the end users in Singapore. While our list may not reflect their actual popularity in Atlassian Marketplace, it is an affirmation in the usefulness of the apps.
Congratulations to the winners.
Top 10 Jira Apps for 2020
S/N App Name Publisher 01 ScriptRunner for Jira Adaptavist 02 JSU Automation Suite for Jira Workflows Beecom 03 Advanced Roadmaps (formerly Portfolio) Atlassian 04 eazyBI Reports and Charts for Jira eazyBI 05 Extension for Jira Service Management Deviniti 06 Jira Workflow Toolbox Decadis AG 07 Zephyr for Jira – Test Management SmartBear 08 Jira Misc Workflow Extensions (JMWE) Innovalog 09 Dynamic Forms for Jira Deviniti 10 BigPicture – Project Management & PPM SoftwarePlant
Top 10 Confluence Apps for 2020
S/N App Name Publisher 01 Team Calendars for Confluence Atlassian 02 Gliffy Diagrams for Confluence Gliffy 03 draw.io Diagrams for Confluence //SEIBERT/MEDIA – Draw.io 04 Comala Document Management Comalatech 05 Table Filter and Charts for Confluence Stiltsoft 06 Refined for Confluence | Sites & Themes Refined 07 Excel for Confluence Bob Swift Atlassian Apps 08 SAML Single Sign On SAML SSO Confluence resolution Reichert Network Solutions GmbH 09 ScriptRunner for Confluence Adaptavist 10 Balsamiq Wireframes for Confluence Balsamiq
Top 10 Bitbucket Apps for 2020
S/N App Name Publisher 1 ScriptRunner for Bitbucket Adaptavist 2 Webhook to Jenkins for Bitbucket Mohami 3 Awesome Graphs for Bitbucket Stiltsoft 4 SAML Single Sign On (SAML SSO) Bitbucket resolution Reichert Network Solutions GmbH 5 Workzone: PullRequest Workflow Izymes Pty Ltd 6 External Hooks by Reconquest Reconquest 7 Jira Hooks for Bitbucket DevOpsSystems Mueller 8 Sonar for Bitbucket Mibex Software GmbH 9 Snippets for Bitbucket Server Mohami 10 Microsoft Teams Connector for Bitbucket Globo Solutions
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Here is a post to commemorate the release of a new feature: Color Scheme Enhancement for Multiple Filters Chart Gadgets version 2.1.0
- “What purpose will this color serve?”
- “Will this (color) serve it’s purpose effectively?”
When color is used effectively, it brings life to the charts and directs users to focus on details required for effective communication.
Such as to (1) highlight a particular data, (e.g. Tasks that has yet to be completed)
(2) encode quantitative values, (e.g. Density of importance corresponds to darker shades)
and, (3) to group items.
Colors themselves tell a story, and it’s the responsibility of the designer to make sure the palette used does not create confusion within a data visualization.
Thus, the palettes used are to have enough variation in hue and brightness.
Try out the different color palettes available in Multiple Filters Chart Gadget and explore the possibilities with colors.
What a wiki cannot do
Being a Confluence wiki user for several years, I have experienced the following difficulties:
- I have to email people after posting pages/comments to get their acknowledgement/approval/comments
- I got difficulty tracking which pages/comments that I need to reply after a few days elapsed
There is a lot of extra work duplicated between the wiki and emails. And when people conveniently reply to the email instead of posting to the page. The collaboration and knowledge leaves the wiki back into the emails.
As such, I observed that a lot of wikis are mostly used for passive collaboration like knowledge bases, FAQs and intranets.
However, Ad Hoc Workflows plugin for Confluence patches the gap and enables Confluence with the capabilities of:
- assigning of tasks
- defining workflows
How we use it
I will share one of the scenarios on how we use the Ad Hoc Workflows plugin to collaborative actively.
- After each meeting, one of us will draft the meeting minutes into our wiki
- Upon the completion of the draft, the author will assign the attendees a task to review the minutes
- We will receive an email notification to inform us of the task with a link to the wiki page
- Likewise, we can also see a list of our outstanding tasks on the dashboard for follow-up
- We will go to the wiki page to make minor changes or post comments
- Once everything is ok, we will mark the task as completed
- The wiki page is then marked as approved once everyone has completed their reviewing tasks
It can also support more sophisticated workflows as shown in the video below.
For more information, check out Ad hoc Workflows’ official website
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We have released the latest version of the Confluence Mail Utilities. Version 1.3 provides compatibility to Confluence 2.10.X.
For those who are new, Confluence Mail Utilities is a set of utilities to facilitate users to contribute content directly to Confluence via emails.
With this plugin, it removes the hassle to set up multiple email accounts to archive the emails in different spaces.
It also allows users to post blog entries directly from their emails without the need to log into Confluence. This will also encourage people to contribute information into Confluence without additional steps to copy and paste the information from their emails to Confluence.
For more detailed information on the Confluence Mail Utilities, check out Confluence Plugin Library.
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Balsamiq Mockups is a Confluence extension that allows application designers to create prototypes of their applications fast and easily.
This coming thursday (26th Feb), there is going to be a webinar where 2 end-users are going to share how Mockups for Confluence is helping their two hot startups develop killer products in a more agile, productive and fun way.
The webinar will start at 1am Singapore time and should run for about 30-45 minutes. Attendees can ask questions in real time and there will be a $100 discount code at the end of the webinar. The registration is free.
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