End of Year Recap, while Reving up for IBM Lotusphere 2011 and "Hello 2012!"

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!)

Atlassian's Shipping a FedEx Day.. Gulp

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. =)

(Press Release) AppFusions Launches JIRA in Jive and Attensa in Jive at JiveWorld11 -- Bringing Together Key Enterprise Systems for Advanced Productivity

(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-temp.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

How to add a featured macro to the Confluence 4 editor

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

Patterns, Maven, SDK, AUI, and Atlassian...Awesome

(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: