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Highlights and Takeaways from Atlassian Summit 2015

We recently returned from Atlassian’s seventh annual user conference, Atlassian Summit, in San Francisco, where we had a blast! It was our seventh year participating, and our second consecutive year serving as the Platinum sponsor of the event. It was great to be back in San Francisco this year and to mingle with Atlassians, Atlassian Experts, customers, and other add-on vendors and sponsors. Every year, the event gets bigger and better.


Summit is a must-attend event for admins, developers, product managers, and passionate Atlassian users. This year’s keynotes were packed with exciting product updates, including JIRA 7 for software development, service desk, and business teams, as well as product tips and tricks and talks from customers that have experienced major successes by using Atlassian’s products.

There was a lot of exciting information at this year’s event — and lots of music! In addition to the snacks and beer, we were excited to learn more about the company’s direction and how building an innovative and culture-driven enterprise has directly impacted their growth.  

Key takeaways 


With JIRA 7, Atlassian has launched three independent, purpose-built products that share a common platform and provide dedicated experiences for teams across an entire organization. The new product roll-out provides for a common, shared language, smoother collaboration processes, and a single source of truth for project data spanning teams across the enterprise. We're excited to be a part of the JIRA roll-out and offer customers solutions that extend JIRA Software, JIRA Service Desk, and JIRA Core

HipChat Connect

Atlassian introduced an enhanced HipChat and HipChat Connect, a new API designed to transform their chat client into a team decision-making platform for organizations. Through HipChat Connect, developers can build integrations that can be accessed by teams in-product.

An enhanced HipChat brings a slew of new capabilities forward, including:

  • Smart previews for objects you’d like to incorporate into chats, such as web links, social media posts, social media mentions, JIRA issues, and more.
  • The inclusion of action items through a stream via the sidebar. Drag important information to chats for more in-depth discussions.
  • Input actions allow you to start flows and create objects that are room-specific, and your teams will also be notified of the results.
  • New dialog options for teams through forms and interfaces, such as polls for quick decision-making (e.g. the ever-important question: What should we order for lunch today?)

JIRA and Confluence for mobile

With workplace dynamics shifting and teams becoming increasingly distributed, mobile isn’t “the future” — it’s table stakes. With that in mind, Atlassian announced that it will release JIRA and Confluence versions for mobile early next year, which can be fully integrated with HipChat for a connected experience across all devices.

You can sign up to be an iOS beta tester here.

p.s. Did you hear that Tempo recently released a mobile version of Tempo Timesheets for JIRA Cloud and Server customers? Free downloads are available for iOS and Android, so your teams can track their time on the go.

Focus on culture and innovation

Atlassian continues to lead by example and stand out as a company that has built itself to last. Since its early days, its leaders have made culture and innovation a top priority, giving all employees the opportunity to develop their own ideas and create solutions during their ShipIt Days. Several even presented the fruits of their labor at Summit's ShipIt session for attendees to vote on. It's a reminder that building the right team and focusing on innovation throughout any company is necessary when scaling so quickly and adapting to changing landscapes.

Room to Read and Pledge 1%

Atlassian has been a proud supporter of Room to Read, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities in developing countries rise out of poverty through education. Through their partnership, Atlassian has helped more than 250,000 children by contributing to empowerment through literacy and gender equality through educational and reading materials.

Pledge 1% is a movement dedicated to making the world a better place by inspiring, fostering, and celebrating early stage corporate philanthropy. In December 2014, Atlassian came together with Salesforce and Rally based on a shared passion for giving back, founding the Pledge 1% movement. At that time, they set a goal of getting 500 companies to pledge 1% equity, employee time, or product by December 2015. Today, they already have 500 pledges from companies that have pledged their commitment to sharing their successes with their local and global communities.

At Summit this year, Atlassian highlighted this program as well as the companies that are sharing some of their successes. Ten partners and add-on vendors, including Tempo, have recently joined this program.

Tempo has been a proud partner of the Room to Read since 2010, donating all proceeds of our $10 Starter License sales to this fantastic organization. We’re happy to continue our commitment to giving back by joining the Pledge 1% philanthropic movement.

Interesting stats:

Atlassian provided a number of interesting statistics at Summit:

  • There were 2,600 attendees this year. The event sold out weeks before it started! (Next year will be in a bigger venue).
  • Atlassian now has more than 50,000 customers — those using a commercial license above the 10-user tier. 79 of the Fortune 100 are customers.
  • There are more than 5 million monthly active users.
  • More than 50% Atlassian customers uses a product in the cloud — with continued growth expected.
  • There are now more than 2,000 add-ons on the Atlassian Marketplace. Add-on licenses have generated $100 million of lifetime sales.
  • $69 million worth of free licenses have been donated to not-for-profits.
  • 5,000 of Atlassian’s 50,000 customers are enterprise-level, with 1,000 users or above.
  • JIRA at scale is 30% faster than it was a year ago.
  • The largest JIRA instance in the world (Autodesk’s) has more than 1 million issues.
  • Atlassian team now spans 1,500 people around the globe.

Key Tempo highlights

Ecosystem Day Event and Partner Awards

We attended Monday’s partner day event and headed directly to the Marketplace sessions, where talks were provided for vendors, including tips and tricks from Atlassian’s team and technical and product know-how. That evening, we received two awards at the Ecosystem Awards reception — one for the Top-Selling Cloud Add-on for our Tempo Timesheets solution for JIRA Cloud, and one for Most Creative Marketing Campaign, for our Tempo Vision April Fools’ Campaign. We were honored and grateful to take home these awards to our team.


Tempo’s Partner Day

We hosted our second successful Tempo Partner Day, where we met with several of our coveted Atlassian Expert partners to share new product updates, what’s coming on the roadmap, and to mingle with representatives from ServiceRocket, Adaptavist, catWorkX, ACA IT-Solutions, Clearvision, Valiantys, Ricksoft, and more.   partner day 7partner day 8
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Two partners also gave interesting presentations on how they are integrating with the Tempo Ecosystem: Adam May from ServiceRocket presented on how they gamified Tempo with their homegrown integration, and Andre Sickland from Clearvision presented on their Spectrum Stack they built, which integrates with Tempo Timesheets.  Tommy Nordahl from Riada also presented on the asset management solution they built for JIRA, Insight.

Tempo Partner Day
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We handed out awards to our top-selling Tempo partner, Valiantys, the Fastest Growing partner, RickSoft, and the Best Newcomer, InfoSysta. Congratulations, everyone!  Sandra, our Channels Manager, organized a fantastic event, and we’re looking forward to next year. 

Summit Event & Bash

This year’s Summit was bigger and better than ever. We were thrilled to meet and speak with current Tempo customers and JIRA enthusiasts at our booth who are interested in taking their productivity and efficiency to the next level across their teams. We especially enjoyed hearing about the challenges you face and how we can better help you solve them with our solutions


The Power of Teams

If there was one key takeaway from the event, it’s that Atlassian is all about the power of teams and unlocking their full potential. The company considers customers an integral part of their team as part of their company and product journey. We feel similarly, and are continually inspired by Atlassian’s accomplishments over the last ten years, including reaching their 50,0000 customer milestone this year.

Congratulations, and thanks to Atlassian for hosting another fantastic event and setting a great example for the rest of us to continually aim higher. See you next time!

Watch Atlassian Summit

Didn’t make it to Summit this year? Atlassian has made available full replays of all keynotes and breakout sessions available by track. Check it out!

Watch Summit 2015