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Five Things We’re Grateful For In 2013

2013 has been a great year for our Tempo team. We’ve had a year of product growth with our award winning Tempo Timesheets add-on for JIRA, the announcement of two new products, Tempo Planner and Tempo Books (scheduled for release in early 2014), and through product sales, we’ve been able to give back.

We’ve had a lot on our plates, but we’ve also had a lot to be grateful for. As we head into the new year, we’re taking some time to reflect on some of the past year’s highlights before we jump into the excitement to come in 2014.

1.  Our Amazing Customers

We have an amazing group of customers ranging from small start-ups to large-scale enterprises with distributed teams worldwide that are using Tempo Timesheets to capture work efforts across their organizations, plan resources, manage teams, projects, agile boards and customer accounts, and monitor their key business data in real-time.

Through customer feedback and participation in our early access programs for our Tempo Planner and Tempo Books add-ons for JIRA, as well as on our Tempo Timesheets add-on, we’ve been able to hone in on what’s been working, what hasn’t been, and where you’d like our products to take you.

Suggestions on new features, improvements, and solutions that you’re looking for have made the viability and success of these products possible, so a big thank you for helping us build better products!

2.  Launching New Features

Over the last 12 months, we’ve been able to address a number of problems that customers were seeking to solve with our Tempo Timesheets add-on for JIRA. Starting with our Timesheets 7.5 and 7.6 releases, we introduced enterprise scalability features, including new workload and holiday schemes to help organizations manage distributed teams and those with team members working on varying schedules, more flexible permissions settings to fine-tune operations, and team management features to better meet our customers’ organizational needs.

Starting with our Timesheets 7.7 and 7.8 releases, we’ve introduced an enhanced, modern user interface (UI) redesigned for efficiency, intuition, and visual appeal, and to bring Tempo Timesheets in line with Atlassian’s Design Guidelines.

In our latest Timesheets 7.8 release, the UI improvements focus on Tempo Timesheets’ most widely-used features and functions, so team members can more easily access timesheets and reports, create and edit worklogs, submit timesheets for approval, and visualize overall team capacity and resources. Our 7.8 release also optimizes Tempo Timesheets for better team management and collaboration, improved browsing, aggregation and roll-up related to all organizational work efforts, and better consistency and product navigation.

3.  Announcing Two New JIRA Add-Ons

In the last year, our team has grown from 12 to 27 members, and with that growth, we’ve been able to focus our efforts on addressing solutions that customers and evaluators have been searching for, and that relate to — but are distinguishable from — the central solutions offered by our Tempo Timesheets add-on for JIRA. Enter our two new add-ons: Tempo Planner and Tempo Books, which will be released early next year.  These add-ons can be used alone with JIRA or in tandem with other Tempo add-ons for a full professional services solution for organizations.

Tempo Planner offers teams high-level and granular resource planning and project management capabilities, JIRA Agile integration, and business analytics to teams. Tempo Books helps businesses flexibly manage and budget costs for projects and teams, designate rates, and manage actual costs and expenses for client billing.

We’re excited to be able to address some additional pain points felt by organizations worldwide, and to offer dynamic solutions for these challenges.

4.  Being a Top-Grossing Atlassian Marketplace Add-on

Last year, Tempo Timesheets was voted the #1 Atlassian Marketplace add-on by Atlassian, a major, humbling honor. At Summit 2013, we took home the award for the Top-Grossing Atlassian Marketplace Add-on FY 2013.

We’re not letting these distinctions and growth go to our heads. Instead, we remain tightly connected, looking forward to channeling our success into building new, better solutions for our customers.

5.  Giving Back

Being able to channel efforts into new product development to further address customer needs feels like a major accomplishment, but giving back and taking responsibility for causes that matter is an equally important part of our business model. To that end, we’ve introduced our Starter License program, which has helped us raise money for the non-for-profit, Room to Read. This  fantastic organization aims to to promote and enable education through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education.

We’re incredibly proud to have been working with Room to Read for over three years now, raising over $40,000 from the proceeds of all sales of our Tempo Timesheets starter licenses. In 2012, we helped raise nearly $20,000 for Room to Read, and this year, we’ve raised nearly another $20,000. Of course, we couldn't achieve this without our Starter License customers, so a big thank you for helping to make this all possible!

Thank You

2013 has been another exciting year to be a member of the Atlassian ecosystem. To all of our users, partners, and fans, we're so happy to be with you on this ride.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the Tempo team and TM Software!