AppFusions has been moving faster than we can keep up with in last month+.

It always gets crazed like this every year before Atlassian Summit honestly, as the run up to Atlassian Summit becomes more like a sprint up Mt. Everest vs. a leisurely run in the park.

Ah well - it's all part of the fun, and so the team jumped in with all FOUR FEET each (given that four is better than two, and we needed the extras this round!).

Over the next week, we will introduce the many new products being launched at Atlassian Summit - but also already available/released in last couple weeks!



Here's two new ones, and prototype glimpses of onDemand app coming this summer.


Dropbox in Confluence - for Atlassian Confluence "on-premise"


In short - access, preview, embed, download and edit your DropBox files in direct from within Confluence!

When editing, you can edit with any Office application, and the integration also knows what OS you are running, and adjusts appropriately (supporting Mac, Windows, Linux).

Read more about it here.

Check out the video:


Dropbox in JIRA - for Atlassian JIRA "on-premise"


Access, preview, download, and attach (link) your DropBox files to an JIRA issue directly from JIRA. Read more about it here.

Check out the video:


Dropbox in Confluence - for Atlassian OnDemand Confluence


NOT YET RELEASED, but by the following screenshots/slideshow, you can see that the integration is WELL underway. Summer fun! (smile)

This initial implementation was done for Atlassian Summit presentation as a solid example of Atlassian's new RemoteApps frameworks.

As you can see here - the future is becoming closer to near!


MUCH Kudos Warranted!


Kudos to the AppFusions development team - which was truly a many person team effort for these integrations!

In particular, Laura Kolker and Danielle Zhu lead the Dropbox On-premise implementations, with some pitch-ins by David Simpson. Patrick Li drove the OnDemand implementation, our first - of many to come!

Also - kudos to Don Brown and Rich Manalang of the Atlassian Dev Relations team for valued OnDemand development tips ...

We're pretty stoked about these, mostly since its only the beginning. We have a few others in the coup to evolve for OnDemand customers.

Will be a very busy Q3/Q4!


What's Next?

We have lots more to introduce - but if you'd like to skip ahead of the curve - here's the teasers already released/in queue with the fancy new Atlassian Marketplace:

Of course, these releases are on top of our many other existing integrations and plugins!



Contact us any time if you have questions or would like to evaluate any of these products.

MUCH additional product development will continue on all our products through the summer.

Just getting going, as usual! (smile)

[issued April 24, 2012]

iRise Simulations for JIRA and Confluence lets software developers quickly see and experience applications from within Atlassian’s most popular products.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. & SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iRise®, the global leader in enterprise visualization solutions, and AppFusions, experts in Atlassian system integrations and services, today announced new integrations between iRise and two leading products from Atlassian, one of the world’s most popular providers of collaborative platforms for software developers.

iRise visualization gives users the ability to create visual prototypes of new software projects that look and act just like the real thing, before a single line of code is written. The technology lets stakeholders and target users “kick the tires” on new applications, including mobile apps, and give feedback while it’s still easy and less costly to make changes.

AppFusions’ integrations of iRise visualization with Atlassian JIRA and Confluence brings significant new value to two of Atlassian’s most popular development products: JIRA – their issue tracking tool, and Confluence, their enterprise collaboration wiki platform.

About iRise Simulations for JIRA

Users can easily link to and preview working iRise visualizations from any JIRA issue. Associating JIRA tasks with simulations naturally speeds development. There is no faster way to understand an “agile story” or use case than through a live simulation. See video | more info.

About iRise Simulations for Confluence

Users can embed iRise visualizations directly within Confluence pages, enabling others to interact with and comment on live, working simulations without leaving the page. Through live simulations, vague textual use case descriptions are strengthened and quickly understood, saving endless hours of design time and confusion between engineering and product teams. See video | more info.

iRise’s patented software visualization technology helps companies and government agencies meet their workforce’s raised expectations of elegant design and ease of use, a by-product of users’ personal experience with mobile platforms such as the iPhone and the iPad. The demands that stem from the skyrocketing use of such platforms in business - often referred to as "the consumerization of IT" - have put many organizations under intense pressure to create business applications for stakeholders who expect to take their apps with them wherever they go, and who are quickly irritated by even small usability flaws.

iRise Simulations for JIRA and iRise Simulations for Confluence are available now for purchase from AppFusions.

“Integrated iRise simulations in Confluence and JIRA are a natural fit, enabling fast and efficient design, vetting, and code rework cycles,” said Ellen Feaheny, CEO and Co-Founder of AppFusions. “With high-fidelity iRise simulations early in the development lifecycle, requirements are conveyed crystal clear, misunderstandings are mitigated, and most importantly, costly design pitfalls are avoided.”

“As a trusted Atlassian integrations partner, AppFusions is an expert at developing integrations for Atlassian products. We couldn’t have found a better partner to integrate iRise to JIRA and Confluence,” stated Emmet B. Keeffe III, CEO and Co-Founder of iRise. “The availability of these two integrations will bring unprecedented speed and accuracy to the development process for JIRA and Confluence users.”

“We’re excited to see these new iRise integrations. Atlassian’s core objective is ‘to help software development products work faster and smarter, together.’ Simulated user experiences drive home this goal directly, and teams will now be able to diligently collaborate, tune, and drive their projects even faster in Confluence and JIRA, so when coding does begin, it is done right---the first time,” said Audra Eng, VP of Product Management at Atlassian.

"The use of iRise with other popular tools such as JIRA and Confluence can only help to streamline application development and accelerate time to market," says John Nevin, Manager of Technical Operations for The Community Corps at NPower and a user of both JIRA and iRise. “We've already experienced an order of magnitude improvement in speed and efficiency using iRise, and look forward to even greater gains now that these products are easier to use together."

AppFusions’ integrations of iRise into JIRA and Confluence were enabled by the iRise iConnect API, which provides web services that allow bi-directional linking between iRise and almost any requirements definition and management system. To learn more about extending and integrating with the iRise platform, visit the iRise Developer Network at http://idn.irise.com.

About iRise

iRise is the world's leading provider of enterprise visualization software for business applications. Visualization has become a critical competitive advantage for businesses to more effectively communicate their needs to technology teams and give everyone involved the ability to interact with and fully experience applications before they are built. Companies of all sizes---such as General MotorsUPSFedExHaworthManpowerM.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and hundreds of others---use iRise to "test drive" their applications before building, which accelerates time to market, improves customer experience, and drives cost down. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., iRise is backed by Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, and Deutsche Bank, and has sales offices across North America and in London.

About Atlassian

Atlassian products help innovators everywhere track, build, and launch great software. More than 18,000 large and small organizations – including Citigroup, eBay, Netflix and Nike – use Atlassian’s issue tracking, collaboration and software-development products to work smarter and deliver quality results on time.

About AppFusions

AppFusions is a social, business, and engineering systems integrations firm offering multi-technology application solutions, enabling enterprises to harness together key systems for improved efficiencies. AppFusions' Atlassian technologies' expertise is some of the most technically capable in the industry. Their products portfolio includes integrations with Atlassian, Jive, IBM, Box, Google, UserVoice, Attensa, Alfresco, and more. AppFusions' customers overlap with their technology partners' customers – from SMB to Fortune 100s, worldwide. AppFusions works in U.S., Australia, and Europe.
Companies and products mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.


Contacts

iRise
Maya Zarchan, 781-894-1739
SS|PR
mzarchan@sspr.com
or
AppFusions
Ellen Feaheny, 831-247-9417
CEO/co-founder
ellen@appfusions.com


A few weeks ago a technical communications industry-shaker book was released!


"Confluence, Tech Comm, Chocolate: A wiki as platform extraordinaire for technical communication" is a book by Sarah Maddox, the brain, brawn, and head information architect (along with the killer tech doc team at Atlassian) behind Atlassian Software's extraordinary technical documentation set, developed and delivered on Confluence Wiki, and supporting over 10 products, developer documentation, and more.

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Following is a story and by the end, book justification vs. review.

It is a story of a situation that likely resonates with many current or past tech writers – as well as marketers and execs, since truth be told, documentation affects all sides of a business.

This is a story about the love/hate realities of niche documentation tools, process knowledge, and all too common lone-soldier documentation roles. It is a story about the personal, professional, and corporate limitations and risks to this paradigm – and the many more opportunities available with a collaborative documentation strategy.

Sarah's book provides fresh industry perspectives for healthy documentation strategy freedom, and vital keys to her craft. Her book is a 476-page enabler to build a documentation set as great as Atlassian Software's.


Making "state of the art" documentation, back then

A little over 5 years ago, I was first introduced to Atlassian Confluence (and JIRA).

At the time, I was a newly hired product manager at a unified communications/voice messaging company in Cupertino, CA.

Prior, I'd had a thriving tech. doc consulting business for 10+ years. My experience came from great name corps, like AOL, Apple, Avaya, Cisco Systems, ChipX, Cylink, ECTF, Kineto Wireless, Motorola, 8x8, Octel, PublicMind, Symbol, Symantec, Visteon (Ford Motor Co.), and more than a dozen lesser known startup corps...

As a self-employed contractor, I’d always been tossed the gnarliest of tech doc challenges – which honestly, suited me just fine. The harder the problems, the better and more vital my skills became, the more contracts came my way. Work was endlessly steady, even through the dot-com bust. I’d often juggle 3-5 clients at a time. I was in my element.

My main tools: Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe Acrobat, and the ultimate niche skill product: WebWorks Publisher.

The new company I was joining had been my client for the previous 1 1/2 years. I owned and created their doc set from scratch, with all the latest and greatest flexible-doc bells and whistles:

  • single-sourcing
  • conditional text excerpts and flexible variables
  • integrated context-sensitive links from product dialogs
  • multiple graphics formats
  • auto-compiling doc builds
  • multiple platform/format outputs: online help, Website HTML, PDF, and print

It was versatile, friendly, and searchable with custom navigation features. It was polished. 

It was state of the art at the time, in tools, practices, and results. After all, I'd learned from some of the best high tech corps of the times!


The ominous onus of niche tech doc skills

I knew the company's product like the back of my hand – afterall I'd doc'd (and tested) it from all angles.

My conscience was clear – I could leave the doc behind with good faith, and dive into PMing fully.

==

Truth be had: NOT so fast!

Months later, a replacement tech writer job req had still not been opened! My management kept telling me "We'll hire; I assure you." But it never happened. I felt duped, and extremely challenged by the reality of my "stuck" predicament.

In-house, I was the only one that knew how to use my tools, update docs, even cross Ts. No one knew how the tools/doc process worked, compiled, ran, published -- and no one wanted to know!

I also knew that finding someone with WebWorks skills was close to impossible. It was the most sought after tech doc skill in the valley, and those who knew the tool were never available. I knew – I'd been one of them!

I was willing to train someone, but clearly my management thought differently: Why pay to train when you already have someone doing it great?

I was caught in the “hostage twist of the trade": cornered in a role because my skills were too specialized.

While deciding my next career move, I supported 40+ engineers in all product documentation efforts.


What? Confluence for official product documentation?

Confluence meanwhile was picking up pace for internal project management efforts. I started getting excited about the wiki and all it had to offer (even at v2.1!). 

About the same time, I learned of Sarah Maddox, a senior technical writer at Atlassian.

Sarah had a blog, providing sage and experienced tech writing advice. We used different tools, but I really identified with her way of thinking.

The Atlassian documentation team were in the early stages of building their product documentation set on Confluence Wiki.

Building official product documentation on a wiki?! This was new, and interesting:

  • I noticed that their wiki documentation was exposed to the Web, and changes were often made on-the-fly. They would do releases, but they could also make changes after a release. Unheard of!

  • I noticed that the online wiki doc was the primary format, but they also provided PDF and XML outputs, and context-sensitive links.

  • I noticed how certain components were templated ("excerpts", "includes", "user macros"), so "content blocks" could be shared in other docs or sections.

  • I noticed how easy it was to find things with Google, and that all content was SEO indexed regularly. Atlassian documentation always ranked high in search results.

    I recalled how Cisco did something similar years earlier during their rise. As one of the first networking companies, Cisco quickly gained credibility as THE defacto networking industry expert by overwhelming the Internet with their voluminous content and PDF documentation (among other reasons). RIM and BEA Systems were other corps that took this strategic approach, also having fast early momentum.

  • I noticed how engineers and PMs -- without special doc tool skills – would lend a hand, and update the doc themselves sometimes: fix wordings, typos, clarifications, add sections. In general, help – a notion that was completely foreign to me as a lone soldier.

  • I noticed how Atlassian was having above average fast success for a still very young company at the time. The doc had to be driving some of that Internet traffic and success.

  • I noticed how fast Atlassian was releasing product iterations. I figured that the increased documentation visibility and collaboration was naturally pushing better momentum in the organization.  

  • I noticed how Atlassian was also growing an active online community by allowing comments on the public doc wiki pages.

And a whole lot more. I didn’t know any companies at the time that was doing doc this way (yet!)


It was cutting edge, bold, powerful, and strategically AWESOME!

I watched Atlassian documentation evolve that year, and was envious. It pained "my stuck" feelings even more:

  • I started realizing just how deep my hole (and the entire tech doc industry hole) was. 

  • I started realizing just how inefficient niche tech doc tools and processes had become, ironically.

  • I could see that efficiencies well beyond the doc teams' efforts where being accomplished at Atlassian using these wiki approaches to documentation.

Clearly, "documentation" was not the only thing Atlassian was building through their documentation set!

==

I wanted to use the wiki for our doc, but I wasn’t allowed. I wanted the engineers to collaborate on bit pieces for the doc, and even that was trumped down. In fact, almost every time I added anything to the wiki, the Sr. PM would come to my desk and ask why I wrote something in the wiki; it was only for product management. #SeriousInsultToInjury

"What?! It’s a collaboration tool – that’s what it’s for!"

For a bit, I thought I was nuts. But I also knew that the Atlassian documentation progress I witnessed that year was not nuts.

After a year, I finally left that company/nuthouse! – with a new career passion in my sight: Atlassian Software!


Building a goldmine!

At a higher level, I considered Sarah Maddox to be one of the most brilliant and daring documentation professionals out there!

And Atlassian was building a goldmine in their web-based wiki documentation assets. 

Fast-forward 5 years... the proof is in the pudding!

  • The Atlassian documentation set speaks for itself.

    It is truly a phenomenal technical documentation set/reference implementation by any industry measure.

  • Atlassian as a corporation is now a globally well-known fast tracking success-story that has quadrupled in size since -- with far more in sales success -- even despite "the GFC".

    Sure, their great products and marketing help in this success, but as a company selling Enterprise software on the Internet, their documentation is an enormous contributor to this success without a doubt.


Morals of the story

While there's numerous points to this story, here's a couple key takeaways:

  • For tech writers/corporations stuck in linear old non-collaborative doc process paradigms, there's hope!

    With iterative collaboration and shared purpose deliverables, business goals, and processes – incredible efficiencies, teamwork, value, and new opportunities can take root through the documentation process.

    With management support – the potential of documentation (and you) to your organization is endless! And that’s how it should be!

  • If your management does not support you, leave. Run, do not walk, and find your path!


Who should buy this book?


Check out Sarah’s book -- for best-in-industry perspectives, valuable tips, tricks, recommendations, and a whole ton more on being successful using Confluence as a documentation platform, and beyond!!

476 stocked pages! Here's the link on Amazon.

I don't think there is any bigger power user than Sarah!

Are you ...

Why?

Atlassian customer

If you use Confluence - or considering Confluence in the future, learn about the endless opportunities with Confluence, for documentation and well beyond.

Technical Writers

Regardless of where you work or live in the world, if you are currently using conventional technical documentation tools like FrameMaker, Word, Webworks, Robohelp, MadCap, or the like, learn more about strategic documentation practices with Confluence.

Product Managers

If you are responsible for end-to-end product deliverables, including documentation, you should read this book for new perspectives. Optimize your team collaboration and product documentation, with greatest results.

Marketing Professionals

If you work in a company with documentation "behind the firewall", and large business growth objectives, you should review this book. By not having your documentation public, you are missing a massive SEO opportunity, in addition to an opportunity to show yourself off as a technical expert in your industry – among much more!

Executive Management

If you want to increase your brand, sales, marketability, and overall business growth, read this or give it to your team to evaluate it. Sarah's book has high strategic value.

If you fit in the above list, this book is a must have.

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AppFusions is pleased to announce the release of eight integrations supporting Atlassian Software's most significant release: Atlassian JIRA 5.

  • Box in JIRA
  • JIRA in Jive
  • JIRA Connector for IBM Sametime
  • Google Docs in JIRA 
  • UserVoice Feedback and Helpdesk for JIRA
  • JIRA+ Enterprise Activity in IBM Connections
  • SpeakMyLanguage Translation On Demand for JIRA
  • SSO Authenticator for Active Directory and JIRA

All offerings are available via Atlassian Plugin Exchange, AppFusions' website, and cross-vendor catalogs.

"AppFusions continues to push the envelope as an Atlassian expert in system integrations," said Ken Olofsen, Atlassian's group product marketing manager for JIRA. "They leverage JIRA 5's advanced API to enable users to gain access to information across varied software systems and applications that ultimately contributes to higher engagement and accountability."

About JIRA 5

Atlassian JIRA is project tracking software for teams building great software. Sitting at the center of your development team or support center, teams track cases, bugs and defects, link issues to related source code, plan agile development, monitor activity, report on project status, and more.

The JIRA 5 brings together people, teams and other applications through many social business and integration-significant new features. At a high-level, JIRA 5 includes: 

  • "share" issue or search forwarding features
  • embedded "@mention"-support to engage other team members
  • enhanced APIs for remote system creates, updates, links
  • mixed-system activity-stream integration support, and more

JIRA is deployed in 11,300 companies in 110 countries. See Atlassian JIRA customers here

About AppFusions' Releases

AppFusions took top advantage of the expansive JIRA 5 improvements during Q3/Q4 2011 to ensure timely releases of their integrations, new and updated. 

Box in JIRA -- new!

"Attach" (link), preview, edit, download, and navigate Box files directly from JIRA. Video | More...

JIRA in Jive -- updated!

Search, view, create, update JIRA issues directly from Jive, among other (e.g., activity streams, Jive discussion integration, etc.). Video | More...

JIRA Connector for IBM Sametime -- new!

Engage in IBM Sametime messaging in context with JIRA issues, where it matters. Video | More...

Google Docs in JIRA  -- updated!

"Attach" (link), preview, edit, download, and navigate Google Docs directly from JIRA. Video | More ...

UserVoice Feedback and Helpdesk for JIRA 5 -- new!

Bi-directional feedback and helpdesk ticket processing between UserVoice and JIRA. Video More...

JIRA+ Enterprise Activity in IBM Connections -- new!

Live-link activity streams in IBM Connections from JIRA and all systems integrated with JIRA. Video | More...

SpeakMyLanguage Translation On Demand for JIRA -- updated!

On-the-fly translations of JIRA issues, supporting 31 languages. More...

SSO Authenticator for Active Directory and JIRA -- updated!

Windows SSO authentication between Active Directory and JIRA (or other applications), using Kerberos protocol.  More...

Note: Most of these products have sister versions for Confluence 4.X, Atlassian's latest Wiki release (Oct. 2011). The product is enjoying much acceptance with a re-designed rich text editor that increases adoption cycles while reducing learning curves.

What's next?

Atlassian Summit is May 30, 2012 in San Francisco. AppFusions will be a key sponsor, presenting these and other applications in their portfolio, and under development. Early-bird tickets to the event are here!

About Atlassian

Atlassian products help innovators everywhere plan, build and launch great software. More than 17,000 large and small organizations – including Citigroup, eBay, Netflix and Nike – use Atlassian's issue tracking, collaboration and software-development products to work smarter and deliver quality results, faster. Learn more at http://atlassian.com

About AppFusions 

AppFusions is a social, business, and engineering systems integrations firm offering multi-technology application solutions, enabling enterprises to harness together workflows and key data systems with improved efficiencies. AppFusions has created many unique solutions, such as these mentioned herein, and more.

AppFusions' Atlassian technologies' expertise is some of the most technically capable in the industry. Their portfolio of products and active engagement in the community exemplifies this high level of expertise. AppFusions' customers overlap with their technology partners' customers – from SMB to Fortune 100s, worldwide. AppFusions works in U.S., Australia, and Europe. Learn more at http://appfusions.com.

Companies and products mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.CONTACT: Media & Business Inquiries:
Ellen Feaheny
CEO, co-founder
831/247-9417
ellen@appfusions.com

AppFusions has been a business partner with IBM officially for almost 7 months, and more actively 6 months. The first month we planned our working steps with each other, lining up plans to make it happen.


The Labyrinth Called IBM

One of the best things to receive in email -- or life -- is "You're approved!"

When it comes to working with IBM, that especially means alot in the early days as your traverse the labyrinth of IBM processes, not quite sure of what you got yourself into, or which way you are or are not going, or which part of the process is more special than the next.

I mean, you sorta know - but whatever you know is followed by reams that you do not know (you discover) - and the journey continues, seemingly endless. I do know that.

Overall, it's phenomenal to experience and pretty exciting, both what you know and don't know. And regardless, the IBMers have relentlessly guided us in great ways - and things are moving along pretty well it seems. 

In short - IBM is one amazing engine.


One Day The Maze Makes Sense

Happy to say that I think we are finally figuring out the maze a bit, with amazement and appreciation for what all the steps mean (that make no sense at the beginning - but later, start to, more).

Hmmm - life is like that too. So is entrepreneurship!

In time, I think I have grown an appreciation for how they work with partners and customers on the outside, the information that is shared is enormous (can't keep up), and pretty excited about our future efforts working together.


Seek first to understand then to be understood...

Today, we reached a first step of being understood by IBM, with an official technical validation email:

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the qualification process for the Ready for IBM Lotus software mark and are now eligible to take advantage of a wide range of attractive benefits.
...

The Ready for IBM Lotus software mark signifies to your customers that your product is production-ready and accepted by IBM as Ready for IBM Lotus software.

As a benefit, by receiving the Ready for IBM Lotus software mark, your solution will be displayed and marketed to customers in the IBM Lotus Business Solutions Catalog and the IBM Global Solutions Directory.


Technical Validation Sessions

We actually knew this before.

Last Friday, David Simpson had a special technical validation review gotomeeting session, where he underwent hands-on technical demos of the new integration applications, as well as their underpinnings.

Usually you are tested one at a time, but IBM development went through the validation process of all three in one go. 


You're Approved!

The following AppFusions solutions were approved/validated, and so now we have this great new badge associated with these solutions!  Thanks IBM!

Now they are REALLY available for customers - and that feels good!

Integration Solution

IBM
Sametime

IBM
Connections

Atlassian
Product

IBM Business Solutions
Catalog

Atlassian Plugin
Exchange

AppFusions
Website

IBM Sametime in JIRA

Sametime 8.5.1

NA

JIRA 5+

Posted here

Posted here

More Info

IBM Sametime in Confluence

Sametime 8.5.1

NA

Confluence 4.X

Posted here

Posted here

More info

JIRA+ Enterprise
Activity in IBM Connections

NA

IBM Connections 
3.0.1 

JIRA 5+

Posted here 

Posted here

More info


Great job!

Great job David! Definitely, you get today's gold star!

The first of many validations to come though!

Wait till they see what's in the hopper ... only gets better!

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lotusphere 2012 -- AppFusions is announcing integrations with Atlassian Software Systems and enterprise collaboration technologies from IBM, and the release of three new products.

About Atlassian JIRA+ Enterprise Activity in IBM Connections

Large companies often have multiple JIRA systems – being both a corporate-wide solution and team-level issue tracker. Many JIRA customers are also IBM Connections customers.  

With AppFusions' solution, cross-team JIRA+ activity streams are accessible within your IBM Connections deployment, continually.

Bringing real-time engineering activity from across the corporation to the front-line is powerful in itself. The "PLUS" part is including activity from integrated "other systems" (e.g., other Atlassian products, Box, Jive, UserVoice, Google Docs, etc.)

This YouTube video provides a glimpse, along with the forward potential (http://youtu.be/j7k0jn5ppTA).

"AppFusions continues to push the envelope as an Atlassian expert in system integrations," saidBryan Rollins, Atlassian's Group Product Manager of JIRA. "Their JIRA integrations incorporate our latest APIs focusing on connecting people, systems and activity. With their IBM integrations, they are exhibiting the continued potential of mixed system integrations, shared system collaborations, and large data trust visibility that, taken together, contributes to higher engagement and accountability by employees across the enterprise."

About Atlassian JIRA/Confluence integrations with IBM Sametime

"We use both IBM Sametime and Atlassian Confluence very actively. We're excited about this solution – seems only natural to collaborate in live discussions in the same place as our written discussions!" said Tom Digate, Director of eBusiness and Engineering Systems at Regal Beloit Corporation.

AppFusions' integrations with IBM Sametime and JIRA/Confluence provide users with work process efficiencies to collaborate more effectively. 

Conversations in the enterprise happen in multiple places. For example:

  • IBM Sametime -- a real-time UC messaging solution
  • Atlassian JIRA -- a prolifically deployed PM and engineering issue tracking system
  • Atlassian Confluence Wiki -- a popular collaboration platform 

These systems run independent of each other, yet content-rich discussions often find fever pitches in JIRA or Confluence, where project details are actively discovered, discussed, and shared – in writing. With AppFusions' solutions deployed, Atlassian JIRA or Confluence users can see if colleagues are "available" with in-app presence/profile indicators, then launch a conversation directly from within Confluence or JIRA.

If your Sametime subscription includes advanced features (group meetings or video conferencing), these features can also be launched. 

"Always-on presence indicators and instant live accessibility lends to many enterprise-wide minutes of saved efficiencies and eliminated workflow interruptions. AppFusions' integrations provide a valued advantage to capture thoughts and collaborate with real-time context," said Sherif Mansour, Atlassian's Confluence Product Manager.

Availability of AppFusions' IBM Integrations

AppFusions' Atlassian to IBM integrations are available via: 

AppFusions provides deployment support with the purchase of these integrations.

"We started with a goal of breaking down silos in the enterprise; these new solutions perfectly align to that, yet only the beginning!" said Ellen Feaheny, CEO of AppFusions. 

"Our hardest challenge these days is managing the endless continued solution ideas and energy coming out of AppFusions' engineering. We'll accept that challenge!"

AppFusions released and demo'd their solutions at Lotusphere 2012 (www.ibm.com/lotusphere), as well as many their other integration product solutions. (They have released 20+ Atlassian integrations / applications.)

More details on Lotusphere 2012, follow #LS12, #ibmsocialbiz, and #lotusphere hashtags on Twitter.

About Atlassian

Atlassian products help innovators everywhere plan, build and launch great software. More than 17,000 large and small organizations – including Citigroup, eBay, Netflix and Nike – use Atlassian's issue tracking, collaboration and software-development products to work smarter and deliver quality results on time.  Learn more at http://atlassian.com

About AppFusions 

AppFusions is a systems integrator and solutions provider offering multi-technology application development services to help enterprises harness together workflows and key data systems for improved efficiencies. AppFusions has created many unique solutions, including integrations with Atlassian JIRA, Confluence, and Crowd, Jive Software, Box, UserVoice, Google Docs, Google Analytics, Webtrends, Alfresco, and now IBM Connections and IBM Sametime.

AppFusions' Atlassian technologies' expertise is some of the most technically capable in the industry. Their portfolio of products and active engagement in the community exemplifies this high level of expertise. AppFusions' customers overlap with their integration vendor partners' customers – from SMB to large Fortune 100 corporations world-wide. AppFusions is a global organization, working in US, Australia, and Europe. Learn more at https://appfusions.com.

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Ellen Feaheny
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ellen@appfusions.com

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Been a busy last few months for the AppFusions team - here's just a few recaps.

Then, next up - IBM Lotusphere 2011, in Orlando, Florida in less than 2 weeks. Prep is mostly done - just have to show up now! (smile)  W00t!

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Conference quick reviews over last months

Following - a bit on where we've been hanging our hat over the last few months.


Atlassian Summit 2011 (June 2011)

Atlassian Summit 2011 in June was a great great event, with the whole team in town for it, and so many great customer meets and greets. If you missed it, be sure to take time to catch the many useful videos that were posted.

Do try to make Atlassian Summit 2012 too:

May 30-June 1, 2012 at the Concourse Design Center in San Francisco


AtlasCamp 2011 (Sept. 2011)

Three short months later was met with the always special AtlasCamp 2011, an intimate event with the Atlassian development ecosphere and top Atlassian developers.

Videos were just released - Check them out - just like being there yourself.

Thank you Atlassian for a standout event once again!


JiveWorld11 (Oct. 2011)

In early Oct, we had the exciting opportunity to present and exhibit/demo at #JiveWorld11, in Las Vegas. Here's a nice thorough recap of the event by Alan Lepofsky.

It was a truly awesome event with every detail handled impeccably by Jive, and the customers also were incredible.

So many customers were also JIRA customers, so we liked that, along with much validation of AppFusions newly launched JIRA in Jive integration - bringing JIRA INTO Jive! If you haven't tried it, do let us know if interested.

We also demo'd Attensa in Jive too - so again, if interested - do contact us.

Here's the press release from that event.

Thank you Jive and customers for a fabulous event!


Continued Services and Product Development

Meanwhile and ongoing, the engine never slows down - and much customer and product development continued steadily.


Customers

In terms or professional services, our queues are busy - and we kicked off numerous Atlassian migration, system and network ops, and JIRA configs, mentoring, development projects. Demand for our services continues to grow, with bookings through February now.

No complaints for that - and thank you to our customers, most importantly and sincerely!


New Product Development

Product dev is moving fast, faster than this blog or even Facebook can keep up with. We try to keep up on twitter though.

Notable new product activity:

Atlassian SSO Authenticator Deployment Service

YES, you should be able to log into your Windows desktop system, and automatically be logged into Atlassian products!

Sounds simple - well, it is, if you have AppFusions' SSO authenticator deployed in your network.  Off to a great start - pushing on our 11th deployment now!


UserVoice Helpdesk and Feedback to JIRA

YES you should be able to auto-magically push your UserVoice feedback or helpdesk tickets to JIRA. Of course!

Ready for the JIRA 5.0 release coming out in Q1, we're excited on all levels for this one. UserVoice customers - contact us now to join the TRIALS program.  


SpeakMyLanguage Translation for Confluence and JIRA


YES, and please stop WISHING for your international company to speak the same language, and also stop wasting time!

With on-the-fly translations, in Confluence or JIRA, eliminate the language barriers (and excuses) between offices.

These products are gaining a steady track - ready to globalize your Confluence or JIRA NOW!


Box in Confluence

YES, it is only logical that your Box files are readily accessible in Confluence.

This new release (Confluence 3.5.X compatible) came out in October, to our delight. Confluence 4.X version will be out any day now!


Box in JIRA


And YES, of course those specifications or architecture drawings - related to JIRA issues, need linking, now!

This product is done/ready, and will be released with Atlassian's JIRA 5.0 release. If you want to TRIAL, contact us now, and we'll get you going.


And that's not all...

While existing clients and the many new products were alot already, most all of the rest of our products were also updated in recent months for current platforms.And all our JIRA integrations were updated to JIRA 5.0 compatibility ... can't wait for the JIRA 5.0 release!

Three crowd favorites:

Google Docs in Confluence and JIRA

If Box is not your flavor, and you instead use Google Docs, no worries -  we have you covered there too!

All your Google Docs at your fingertips in Confluence and JIRA, where you need them.

Updated for Confluence 4.X (avail now) and also ready for JIRA 5.0. Done!


Google Analytics for Confluence

This product received a warm post in Atlassian blogs recently, but in short the message was - Do you know how adoption is growing (or not) in your Wiki? Really?

If you do not have tracking statistics, just like with your Website, it's a guessing hunch game at best. With usage trends being tracked daily - sooooo much insight is gleaned. Period.

For the new year, do yourself a favor - and start tracking it - SO YOU KNOW. You'll never look back!

Updated for Confluence 4.X - avail now. Done!


SharpView High Resolution PDF Viewer for Confluence

Finally, we think you need to look good in 2012 - especially inside Confluence.

And what better way to look good than with super high resolution presentation quality PDFs! In fact, launch into full screen mode directly from Confluence - smooth move, with tons of polish. SharpView is about that - making you look good! It matters.

Updated for Confluence 4.X - avail now. Done!


And then there's Lotusphere 2011 (thumbs up)

Meanwhile, in addition to all of the above, a small fire has been growing with IBM integrations, with three new integrations to be launched at IBM Lotusphere 2011 in two weeks.

For additional details on Lotusphere 2012 and registration, visit: http://www.ibm.com/lotusphere. On Twitter, follow the #LS12, #ibmsocialbiz, #lotusphere hashtags.

And here's what were launching and why we are excited:

Atlassian connectors for IBM Sametime (for JIRA and Confluence)

YES, of course being able to launch an IM discussion directly from Confluence/JIRA makes sense, with context right there too! Also it makes sense to see if people are online while you are in the platform.

Our new connectors for Confluence and JIRA allow for that - as well as advanced unified communications, if your Sametime subscription supports that.


JIRA+ Enterprise Activity in IBM Connections

And finally, here's the new horn blower in town, pumping in Enterpise activity (including intelligent linking) from JIRA, and any other integrated app with JIRA.

So, for example if you have Confluence integrated with JIRA, or other Atlassian apps, or Box, or Google Docs, or UserVoice, or or or or... you name it - it all shows up in IBM Connections!

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But here's the catch: you need to wait for JIRA 5.0 for these JIRA to IBM integrations. So run, do not walk, to upgrade as soon as Atlassian lets the JIRA5.0-cat outa the cage! I think it's soon - afterall, they already upgraded their very active public jira.atlassian.com instance to JIRA 5.0! (Love that!)

Today Atlassian had a great blog about shipping a "FedEx Day" (tm) to some lucky group on the earth.

What's that mean?

Well - that means - they are literally shipping a team of Atlassian best catalysts (4-5 of them) to your offices, if you win, to help you have an amazing Atlassian-style FedEx day experience, complete with pizza, beer, intense engineering and creativity, and I'm sure much other frivolity, as is normally the case with Atlassian folks.

Nice! Very cool contest! 

To enter, you had to turn in a story. Gulp - a story. Well since this was only announced this am - and due at 10pm TODAY, in FedEx style, cramming to get this out after a busy AppFusions day.

(DOH! Updated: Just realized deadline is DEC. 21, not NOV. 21! Ah well... ours is in..)

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Not sure we exactly have the "Whoa-is-me!-we-need-an-Atlassian-shot-in-the-arm-and-silver-bullet" story ..

But we did write "a story" from our heart about what we think makes a great team, the type of team needed to make a great FedEx Day.

We wrote about what we think Atlassian FedEx is about, and why we are perfect candidates (of course) to "play the game!" with aligned spirits and motivations!

We wrote why we'd love an Atlassian FedEx jolt, along with certainly bringing alot of our own energies to make it an amazing experience all the way around too!


Opening question on the application

"Tell us why your organization needs a FedEx Day."

Our short answer:

What?! Why do we need a FedEx day?! What kind of question is that? Doesn’t EVERYONE need one?!

Well, YES, however not everyone would be successful in a FedEx day – this is certain, sadly.

And a FedEx Day unfortunately is not going to cure that problem in 24 hours. Nor is this blog.

But, can say this: If you are working somewhere that would not be a good FedEx Day candidate, BUT you wish it was - then, here's some advice: simply, acknowledge it, and brush up your resume!

THEN, GO FIND the right place to work, with creative innovation, development, respect, and a great team if that is what you want! Don't settle.


Okay... without further ado, following is the app we submitted! (smile)


Here's how we see it

Atlassian FedEx Day is a mere extension of an existing “Let’s kick ass and SHIP IT” attitude already pervasive amongst an aligned and motivated agile development team (we think).

How that attitude got there in first place?

Well at Atlassian, maybe a lot of it was groomed in, since indeed these kinds of attitudes are infectious, but also you can’t force people to drink the kool-aid. Folks either get it or not. And if they get it, they likely also innately have an open and creative personality, style, or drive, that is collectively very powerful.

We get it – and we think FedEx fits AppFusions' style well too – since we are building a team of similar mentality, styles, values. Not as a copy - but truly in respects. We like that! Things like:

  • A team that is highly supportive and driven innately, endlessly curious, and self-stoked daily.
  • A team that can’t stop the ride, or natural drug – whichever it is – and the more we do, the more we want to do – individually and together. 
  • A team that is endlessly determined, innovative and creative, a team that loves to play, tinker, and win too… even if it’s just winning amongst ourselves. 
  • A team that can be open together, share iteratively without shame or scare or arrogance, and also compete together, and together get stronger and stronger. 
  • A team that really GETS agile development – truly. That it is more of an attitude than just process. 
  • A team that is technically very smart, well-versed, researched, and resourceful.
  • A team that is also supremely irritated by arrogance – internally or externally, but also impressed and intrigued by great style and confidence in accomplishing great things (such as the flavor that seems to emanate from FedEx events from our perspective).

A team that is aligned. A team that can be light, and funny; a team that likes beer and pizza too.


FedEx19.Bring.It.On.


With such infectious spirit already in the air, it seems FedEx Day simply ups the fun factor anty – with good beer (yay!) and “lovely” trophies of honor, symbolizing persistence, push, accomplishment, and excellence in what so many can barely think of, much less do in 24 hours!

No what ifs or why nots. No I wonders. No mental barriers. Only creative end visions and determination to completion.

In the end, 24-hours of pressure-on, just do it, do it intensely, do it with all your heart, do it well and with speed, help your bro’ and sis’, and simply – MAKE IT HAPPEN, every pore focused … and with that, expected success only for a bunch of very cool results.

Sounds great!

If you like this spirit – then we suggest that you select APPFUSIONS for FedEx19 … WE’RE ALL IN. We can bring that and a whole lot more to FedEx19.

If you want to merge our team with another group of FedEx junkies to make a bigger group – we’re also ALL IN for that too! =) The more the merrier!


Our Location Suggestion for FedEx19

Despite AppFusions innate enthusiasm, we exist on many different corners of the earth, being from US, UK, AU.

We’re like a team that is based “in the Internet” technically, within our farm of hosted Contegix servers, skype, gotomeeting, email, and our private offices!

While being able to make things happen so remotely is success alone – NOTHING replaces an in-person meeting, especially like:

FedEx19 in Barra de Navidad, Mexico*

This place is about as perfect as it gets – ESPECIALLY with some Atlassian flair.

And since everyone has to fly – including the poor Atlassians and Mr. Pink… well, might as well go to one of the most beautiful places on earth. (Yet not the biggest bank breaker!)


Final Vision

BARRA DE NAVIDAD, MEXICO: 24-killing-it-FedEx-hours making some amazing new things, and then enjoying good ol’ Mexican Riviera hospitality and beer, and margaritas, and nachos and fish tacos too, baby!!

Here’s the views:

* Just one of a zillion great corners – seed planted. =)

(as published, yet more hyperlinks)

San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2011 -- (PR.com) -- AppFusions, an innovative team of systems' integration developers with advanced application development expertise in Atlassian Software Systems and Jive Software, is pleased to announce the release of JIRA in Jive, v2.0, and Attensa in Jive, v1.0 during JiveWorld11 last week (Oct 4-6, 2011) in Las Vegas, NV.

“We're excited to have AppFusions as a Jive Apps partner given their deep expertise in enterprise system integrations,” said Robin Bordoli, VP of the Jive Apps Market at Jive. “With their JIRA in Jive and Attensa in Jive apps, they are showcasing how a social business platform can increase the value of existing applications through increased usage, visibility and engagement by employees across the enterprise.”

About JIRA in Jive, v2.0

JIRA in Jive, v2.0 is a key function integration application pulling in the most critical quick logging capabilities of the popular Atlassian JIRA issue tracker inside Jive - the Enterprise social business platform. (www.atlassian.com/jira)

The integration enables business users, product management, and engineering users to create JIRA task in real-time from within the Jive platform. Through the JIRA in Jive app for JIRA 4.3 and 4.4, key JIRA data is accessible and managed seamlessly via one system:

  • users can create JIRA issues inside selected JIRA projects directly from Jive;
  • text string and complex JQL searches can easily be run, as well as pulling in saved search favorites (previously set up in JIRA);
  • issue detail is displayed in clean sortable table lists;
  • searched-for JIRA issues can also spawn Jive discussions; and
  • JIRA events invoked inside Jive are streamed inside Jive's "What Matters" streams.

The following additional features will be available within the JIRA in Jive app for JIRA 5.0, which is expected to be released in Q4:

  • JIRA issues can also be updated from within Jive;
  • remote-links (to Jive discussions) are posted back to any relevant JIRA issue (inside JIRA) from spawned Jive discussions; and
  • JIRA activity streams are updated with any JIRA actions that are invoked from the Jive side.

And more to be seen.

JIRA 5.0 was Beta released September 28, 2011. AppFusions has already developed a beta integration, which was also demo'd at JiveWorld11, including the above listed features.

"We're thrilled by this new integration innovation and release! JIRA is undisputedly an indispensable tool in development and product management organizations world-wide - over 17,000 organizations use JIRA, in fact. Jive's social business platform has become a core intranet and collaboration platform for many large Enterprises, with a growing marketshare."

"Bringing these key systems together is an enormous technology leap forward to improve accountability, visibility, tracking, and management within large and small project teams, anywhere," said Ellen Feaheny, CEO and co-founder of AppFusions.

The JIRA in Jive app is available now through the Jive Apps Market.

About Attensa in Jive, v1.0

Attensa in Jive, v1.0 could easily be heralded as Enterprise information management and content delivery "on steroids" inside Jive, given advanced aggregation and stream management via the Attensa StreamServer, and available directly from within your Jive system. (http://www.attensa.com)

"Attensa helps businesses harness relevant information and capture knowledge from inside and outside of their organizations to fuel innovation, and make faster, more confident decisions and improve performance across the enterprise."

"With AppFusions' new Attensa integration in Jive, this power is brought up another whole level - with broader reach, visibility, and ultimately improved efficiency in organizations that are capturing the power and edge of knowledge," said Charlie Davidson, CEO of Attensa Software.

Popular with high-research intensive industries such as law, biotech, and pharmaceuticals, Attensa customers enjoy extreme competitive advantage with knowledge being quickly pulled, managed, and organized from both free and subscription information services. Enormous amounts of data can be properly aggregated and deposited in the right categorical places, with tagging, streams, commenting, analytics, and more.

Online videos are available for preview of the JIRA and Attensa integrations with Jive - see AppFusions's Youtube channel. (http://youtu.be/cI5oESiTESo)

AppFusions also presented at JiveWorld11 in the "Plugins to Apps" session, demoing three Jive integration apps: JIRA, Attensa, and an early PoC with Extentech in Jive, a powerful collaborative business intelligence spread-sheeting system.

For additional details on the JiveWorld11 conference, please visit: http://www.jivesoftware.com/jiveworld/agenda. Updates from the conference can also be found on Facebook or by joining the conversation on Twitter \#jw11 (http://twitter.com/#\!/search/jw11).

About AppFusions

AppFusions (www-temp.appfusions.com) is a systems integrator and solutions provider that offers multi-technology application development and professional services to help enterprises harness together workflows and key data systems for improved efficiencies.

AppFusions has created many one-of-a-kind middleware solutions to integrate data and workflow operations. These include integrations with Atlassian JIRA, Confluence, and Crowd, Alfresco DMS, Google Docs, Google Analytics, Webtrends, UserVoice, Box.net, and now Jive Software social business platform and Attensa information systems. As a seasoned partner of Atlassian Software, AppFusions expertise is some of the most technically capable in the industry - and their portfolio of products and active engagement in the community clearly exemplifies this high level of expertise.

They have an endlessly high penchant and drive to deliver new innovations on a fast and steady track, with many integration and proprietary releases to their credit. AppFusions' customers predominantly overlap with their integration vendor (listed above) partners' customers too, of course - including all types and sizes of corporations world-wide. Founded in April 2010, AppFusions is a global organization, working in US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. For more information, please visit www.appfusions.com, @appfusions on Twitter or Facebook, or call U.S. 888.516.2890.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.


Contact Information
AppFusions, Inc.
Ellen Feaheny
888.516.2890
www-temp.appfusions.com
ellen@appfusions.com

With the recent release of Confluence 4, we've been busily updating our plugins to the new format.

The new editor has a "Featured Macros" section under the "More" menu. Here's a screenshot showing how to add your macro to the "Featured Macros" section:

Reference

(Contributors: Lee Ackerman and David Simpson)


About Patterns-based Engineering

Patterns-Based Engineering (PBE) is one of the Agile practices that we support here at AppFusions.

If you’re new to the practice, a brief description would be to use patterns both in written form and captured in automation to streamline processes in delivering software.

When automating patterns, many different tools can be used. The key thing for us is capturing details specific to a situation and combining it with the elements of the best practice solution to create a unique and targeted solution.

It’s pretty cool stuff when you can automate a pattern – productivity goes up as tooling replaces human effort, and we reduce tedious mechanical steps which allows us to focus on creative problem solving. Finally, quality improves as we consistently apply a best practice approach.


Patterns at AppFusions

Here at AppFusions, we not only try to help others to use PBE, we also use it ourselves.

In our case, we use Maven to help us capture and automate Atlassian plug-in patterns. By automating how we create extensions we are able to reduce tedious mechanical steps.

Creating project structure, manifests, initial plug-in classes and test cases needs to be done for each plug-in – but these steps are tedious and time-consuming, and slows us down. Maven allows us to provide a declarative model that customizes the generation of the initial plug-in structure.

Further, we've recently extended our maven commands so we can embed our configuration and licensing panels, consistently and predictably across all AppFusions plugins. It's a solution that’s working for us - to boost productivity, improve quality, and make development more enjoyable.


Patterns at Atlassian

Today, we were thrilled to see PBE (patterns) coming from Atlassian during Atlassian's opening #AtlasCamp presentation by Jonathan Doklovic.

AMPS, the Atlassian Maven Plugin Suite, is a collection of Maven plugins that make it easier to develop plugins for Atlassian applications.

Atlassian has put in practice the ideas of PBE with a new plugin template as part of their new SDK 3.6 (get it here), clearly recognizing that they need to use patterns to support the developer community.

Great stuff - well done!


And there's still more - extended AUI!

Another aspect of plugin development with Atlassian products that we love is the design patterns they provide for user interface design.

The Atlassian User Interface (AUI) library of UI patterns allows plugin developers to build their user interfaces with the same look and feel as Atlassian. Today at #AtlasCamp, Atlassian announced some more improvements in this area.

Here's the documentation and also an AUI sandbox to try it out!

A consistency of UI means that end users become familiar with the standard patterns and this enhances the user experience.

At AppFusions, user experience is an important part of plugin development. So much so that we've been standardizing our plugin configuration and licensing screens, as well as error handing screens.

For example:



Many people might think a company like AppFusions, a busy partner of Atlassian software would of course host and maintain our own systems...

after all, technically servicing Atlassian systems is what we do!

But honestly and truthfully - we've got better things to do - like SERVICING OUR CUSTOMERS, not ourselves.

And so it was, 3 months after we began the company, we cobbled together our humble 7-server AWS-hosted Atlassian-Suite beginnings, and moved them all to Contegix Managed Hosting Services - and never looked back. 

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Now here we are - 24 hosted servers later, and growing - and after last night and a lickety split Confluence 4 upgrade to our main client/project wiki system, we've decided that Contegix needs to be recognized as actual members on our team, since life would be MEASURABLY harder without them!

And so that's that.

They are now officially on our team page - since we do think of them as that, and like any key team member - they are ones we can't imagine life without!

Thank you to the entire Contegix team for an awesome 15+ months ... you rock our world, really! Daily!

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Okay okay - enough of all the mush - lets refocus to the other big event of today.

Tonight, as mentioned, we moved to Confluence 4, joining the herds of endless twitter fans

... and now we're part of them too!


We've migrated - and in this too, we will not be looking back, and I can't tell you how excited.All systems a go with Confluence 4, and glad to be on board!

To our clients: you will see and be working with Confluence 4 as of NOW!

(There's lot in there - but mostly, can't wait to get into that new table editor - gone are the days of cursing Confluence tables!)

Thank you Atlassian - two words this time:


BRILLIANT EXECUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!




As for all you reading this, have you upgraded yet?? - and if not - why? GET GOING! You're late!!


You think this is all just hype?

OK - I challenge you -

DO IT YOURSELF, and you will also SEE FOR YOURSELF. Start here! and decide, today.

Just. Do. It. Already.

(Try on your staging first - that will give you the confidence to move to production. If you need some fast help - give us a shout. We'll get you there, FAST.)


EVERY DAY IN SEPTEMBER 2011 .... we will have a winner!

AppFusions will be raffling off JIRA 4 Essentials, by JIRA guru Patrick Li - the most end-to-end complete book written on JIRA, and available for sale at Amazon!

$52.05 at Amazon! (Kindle version also available at Amazon)

This book is GREAT for admins, end users, or project managers wanting to quickly demystify JIRA and ramp-up their learning on JIRA, fast!

Per customer comment left on Atlassian Answers:

I just want to give a thumbs up for JIRA 4 Essentials. It was very helpful in helping me to get started and focus on what was important in configuring the platform for project use. It's great for new Jira Administrators. ~~ PM at Sapient

Collecting entries now and thru Sept!

Here's some more info about it! And a great review by Atlassian's own @sarrahmaddox!

30 days, 30 books, 30 chances, 30 winners



Today Jive Software officially announced by press release – Jive Executives and Jive Apps Partners Explore Impact of 'Consumerprise' Era on Future of Business – their new Jive Apps Market included with their latest platform, "Jive five".

Included in their new Apps Market release is their highlighted new apps (cited below), of which AppFusions and our new JIRA in Jive application are "featured".

Thanks jive!


Ease of Use and Removing Excuses

JIRA in Jive is an application bringing together the needs of both the business user and development organizations with fast, quick and easy access from a single collaboration system.

  • Easy Lookups - The business user wants to have quick on-the-fly lookup capabilities in Atlassian JIRA, from jive. And they shouldn't need to be a developer to do so! Anyone should be able to do quick lookups in the data-rich JIRA systems!

  • Creating Tasks - Convenience couldn't be simpler, with easy access to log (create) tasks that come up in meetings. Again, quickly, on-the fly- removing all excuses. Just log them!

  • Share it! - And of course it only makes sense to share activity created in JIRA across the "What Matters" streams in jive. Activity in this way means progress and accountability, always. Much bettter than lost notes on paper notepads.

JIRA in jive v1.1 is about easy access, ease of use, easy interface, and most importantly - removing excuses on why "it" was not logged!

JIRA is a core system and business and development information data collector in most any business practicing accountable task management and agile product development.

JIRA needs to be at the finger-tips of all employees, all the time, to progress business accountability, ideas, product development, innovation, and strategic alliance in businesses.

JIRA in Jive brings these lofty alignment goals one step closer.

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v2.0 feature development efforts are already underway, in plans for JiveWorld11. Please stay tuned!


Exploring the 'Consumerprise Era' more...

AppFusions is thrilled to be attending a gathering of jive-ers and fellow featured Jive Apps partners for an "exclusive thought-leadership gathering on Wednesday, July 27 in San Francisco. The participants will discuss the quickly evolving apps market landscape and explore strategies to enable enterprises to thrive in the 'Consumerprise' era."

Featured Jive Apps Partners Attending the Event
Jive has partnered with leading cloud applications and system integrators to bring rich functionality to all employees across the enterprise, whether they work in sales, marketing, support, engineering or HR. Featured partners include:

  • Box – Box, the leading cloud content management platform, makes it easy to share files with coworkers and external parties alike. Using the Box for Jive app, employees can manage and access all their business content online and from mobile devices, with simple, secure sharing capabilities from directly within Jive.
  • CrowdFactory – CrowdFactory is a pioneer of Social ROI, enabling companies to run and optimize social marketing campaigns that dramatically increase new customer acquisition, drive loyalty and engagement and amplify brand awareness.
  • HEDLOC - HEDLOC's mission is to close the widening consumer-enterprise gap and propel organizations into the enterprise evolution by leveraging the latest technology and cloud based services. HEDLOC's first Jive App is focused on improving project and task management within the enterprise.
  • JIRA in Jive – AppFusions' first Jive App helps software development teams save time and increase accountability with on-the-fly lookups and new issue creation to their projects in the industry leading JIRA bug and issue tracker.
  • Lingotek – Lingotek makes it easy to translate content into any language in a rapid, trusted, and cost-effective way. The company helps enterprises that need to engage their global communities translate 'at the speed of Jive.'
  • RoundPegg – RoundPegg brings science to the art of hiring. The company helps businesses start looking beyond the resume and identify the round pegs of who are best positioned for success within their company.
  • Rypple – Rypple is a social performance platform built for teams to share goals, recognize great work, and help each other improve. The RyppleThanks app encourages a culture of real-time feedback by allowing employees to give thanks badges to their colleagues right within Jive.
  • SalesCrunch – SalesCrunch is a Social Selling platform that takes selling from fuzzy art to repeatable process. The company’s first application, CrunchConnect, lets sales professionals start live pitches without software, email pitches via links and track who reads them, qualify customers in real-time, and close more deals faster.
  • Sharepoint List Viewer for Jive-- ThreeWill's Jive App enables companies to easily pull important information stored in SharePoint lists into Jive. Using this data, users can start meaningful discussions with others in the company's community.
  • Social Selling with Salesforce.com – With Appirio’s Social Selling app, a sales rep can update their Salesforce opportunities without leaving Jive. They can bring their colleagues who don’t live in Salesforce into the critical discussions around those sales opportunities.
  • Spigit – Spigit is the leading provider of collective idea management software, connecting employees, customers and business partners for innovation and insight discovery. Using enterprise-grade social technology, Spigit’s software taps into the collective intelligence of an organization and transforms it into actionable, predictive information.
  • SurveyGizmo-- SurveyGizmo makes customer analysis simple. The SurveyGizmo app enables companies to build surveys, evaluations, polls and quizzes, without tech help. Customers can create an online survey, poll or website form in minutes.
  • Tungle-- Tungle, now part of Research in Motion, enables companies to eliminate double-bookings, time zone mishaps and the back-and-forth of finding a time to meet. They can now easily schedule meetings, inside and outside their organization.
  • yaM Labs – yaM's (short for 'yet another Meeting') real-time collaborative app allows companies to effortlessly prepare, run and follow-up on meetings to get the most out of the interaction.

Hot on the heels of Atlassian's first public EAP milestone of Confluence 4.0 earlier this month, comes the 2nd public EAP build. This latest milestone delivers 5 awesome new features and improvements.

Lets take a close look at one particularly interesting new feature. A feature that many of you have asked for…

Paste Images into the Editor (Firefox and Chrome)

This is a very popular feature that was unveiled at Atlassian Summit 2011. Just copy any image to your clipboard and press CTRL+V in the Confluence 4.0 editor. The image will be attached and embedded directly into your page. There's nothing to install on your desktop...it just works!

Don't believe us? Watch the short video below and see this new feature in action.

More Features & Improvements

This is just one of the many new features in this release. Head on over to the Atlassian blog to learn more about the other new features in this release.