In our “Category Report” series of blog posts, we break down individual categories and look into them in a bit more depth. Today we will be looking at Reporting apps. In MARS, Reporting apps are apps that bring BI reporting into Atlassian products.
Reporting is a very significant category in the Atlassian Marketplace. As Figure 1 shows, with nearly 80,000 instances and 6% growth this year, Reporting is the 8th largest and 9th fastest growing app category this year.
Figure 1: Marketplace Overview
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With the Atlassian Marketplace booming (instances have grown 99% from 2018 to 2021) customers are increasingly recognizing the incredible value that is available from using 3rd party apps. However, with nearly 4,000 available apps and 1.6M instances, navigating it can be difficult.
At Blended Perspectives our Marketplace Analytic Research Service (MARS) means that we are uniquely situated to help you with this. MARS is our database containing over 2.5 years’ worth of in-depth data on the Atlassian Marketplace. We collect data covering all facets of the Marketplace including instances, growth, product, platform, license, price, reviews, and many more. Perhaps most interestingly, we have also carefully categorized all apps with over 500 instances (the 500 Club) which represent 83% of all Marketplace instances.
By far the most dominant app in Jira Reporting is eazyBI. As seen in Figure 2, both eazyBI and eazyBI for Jira Cloud have around 4,000 instances putting eazyBI as a whole at around 8,000 instances–far higher than the 2,700 instances of its nearest competitor sumUp.
EazyBI brings the power of a Business Intelligence tool but is still embedded within the Jira ecosystem. It has its own database (data warehouse) and uses time-based data import where the data is transferred from the Jira database and stored in a structured way and is configured to serve your reporting purposes. Although in most cases the EazyBI database is located on the same as Jira instance and share the same JVM to run, you have the option to use another database server and/or a separate JVM other than Jira’s own JVM offering flexibility that other products cannot match.
Although not quite as popular as eazyBI, sumUp is still a quality app. SumUp will calculate the sums of Jira system and custom fields without additional configuration or the need to code or script. Users have ease of use through saved filters or custom JQL queries for more customizable filtering. Although it isn’t quite as proficient at custom chart creation as eazyBI, sumUp is a great way to create more meaningful dashboards an reports in an efficient and simple manner.
It would also be a disservice to the Reporting category to not mention ‘Custom Charts for Jira – Reports’ by Old Street Solutions which has seen fantastic growth of nearly 50% just this year. In Custom Charts you can build customizable pie charts, bar charts, line charts & more on Jira Dashboards with a simple drag and drop editor. You can also chart by custom JQL or saved filters thus allowing for greater flexibility. However, what really sets Custom Charts apart from the other Reporting apps is the beautiful charts you can make on it. Charts made on Custom Charts really benefit from a polished, consistent look that can also be branded–this fact is not being missed by Jira users who are increasingly looking to Custom Charts to fill their reporting needs and create dashboards that are both understandable and easy on the eye.
Figure 2: Top Paid Jira Reporting apps
Figure 3: Top Paid Confluence Reporting apps
Although there are some popular free Reporting apps (such as Simple Reports & Charts Lite on Jira and Page View Tracker on Confluence), Figure 4 shows that the majority of Atlassian users opt for the greater ease of use, customization, and attractiveness of paid Reporting apps. While on the marketplace as a whole 68% of instances take place on free apps, in Reporting this figure is 85% showing that Reporting is definitely a category in which it pays to pay.
Figure 4: Paid vs Free