New Apps in the 500 Club! – August 2021

September 8, 2021

Welcome to the new Apps in the 500 Club!

Made up of all Atlassian Marketplace apps with over 500 instances, the 500 Club is a key part of our Marketplace Analytic Research Service (MARS)–our database of 3rd party Atlassian Marketplace apps.

We created MARS in November 2017 because while many Atlassian Partners make their own apps, we believed that we could bring greater value by creating a quantitative and objective database on every facet of the Atlassian Marketplace.

We believe that MARS is essential for two reasons:

Firstly, there is the vast size of the Marketplace: with 2,000 vendors, 4,000 apps, and 1.6M active installs it can be difficult to see through the noise of the Marketplace and find apps that will add value to your instance.

Secondly, vendors are able to self select categories on the Marketplace. While this is certainly democratic it can mean that when you’re searching for an app in a specific category, reporting for example, you will find it hard to clearly see and compare ‘true’ reporting apps because apps with any small amount of reporting will self categorize as reporting.

MARS overcomes these problems in two ways:

To overcome the size of the Marketplace we focus our attention on the 544 apps in the 500 Club. This means we are able to have more valuable insights into the Marketplace without seriously sacrificing our breadth since the 500 Club apps make up over 82% of Marketplace instances.

And to overcome vendor self selection, we have carefully assigned categories to all 500 Club apps based off of primary functionality. This means that when you search for a reporting app in MARS, you will only see true reporting apps. Every month we welcome in all of the apps that bypassed the 500 instance threshold–you’ll also be able to see how we’re categorizing them.

Blended 500 Club

Congratulations to the following apps for entering the 500 club!

August 500 club blended

This has been an incredible month for Planning and Integration apps with 5 Planning apps and 4 integrations constituting the 11 new 500 Club apps!

August was clearly the month for prioritization apps with a free (Backog Prioritization for JIRA. “Free” by Appbox.ai) and paid (Foxly by Jexo) app both making the cut. In terms of growth, Backlog Prioritization for JIRA has grown from just 1 instance at the start of the year to pushing 600 now. A quick analysis of these backlog prioritization tools indicates a very interesting new niche for planning where simple extensions to the scrum/kanban backlog offers very flexible scoring in alignment with multiple agile planning styles. As you can see below, built-in frameworks drive different scoring schemes. Neat.

Backlog prioritization app

Meanwhile, the second prioritization app, Foxly, has shown a growth rate of nearly 200% this year! Foxly appears to be also a powerful prioritization app with an enhanced UI and color coding. It’s important to note that this is a paid app, confirming this niche planning area to be worth serious watching.

Zoom Notifications for Jira

In terms of integrations Zoom Notifications for Jira is the stand out app of our new 500 Club members. This nifty app lets you add subscriptions for projects and issues into your Zoom Chat channel (but only if you use Zoom Chat rather than Slack or Teams). It’s interesting that it is growing but we’re skeptical that Zoom Chat will succeed against heavier players with substantial market share already. However, given the explosion of Zoom as a video platform which has chat enabled in the room, it’s an interesting base for Zoom to start with.

If you have any questions on MARS or App World then get in touch with us at hello@blendedperspectives.com.

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