Tempo Timesheets: MARS™ App of the Month (October 2022)

October 3, 2022
Tempo Timesheets

MARS App Profile:

App: Tempo Timesheets – Jira Time Tracking

Vendor: Tempo for Jira

Primary Category: Time Management

Platform: Cloud, Data Center, Server

Active Instances: 31,525

Users: 6,322,858

2022 % Instance Growth: 10%

Competitors: Timesheet tracking for Jira (TouchDown), Worklogs – Time Tracking and Reports (SolDevelo), Clockify: Time Tracking & Timesheet (COING),Timetracker (Everit), Automated Log Work for Jira (Gebsun), Quantify TimeSpent (Quantify Technologies), Clockwork Automated Time Tracking & Timesheets (HeroCoders), WorklogPRO (The Starware)


One of our unique offerings at Blended Perspectives is our Marketplace Analytic Research Service™ (MARS™) database of Atlassian Marketplace 3rd party apps.

MARS™ is a unique and unbiased data engine on the Atlassian Marketplace. Through MARS™ we are able to help our customers navigate the vast array of Marketplace apps, provide insights to the Atlassian ecosystem, optimize add-on selection, and much more.

MARS™ contains a vast array of data from instances, reviews, and pricing, to platform, app growth, and version releases. This is all tied together at the top level through our meaningful app categorization in which, for every app over 500 instances, we carefully assigned our own categories based on the primary functionality of each app. We do this instead of using Marketplace app categorizations which are somewhat meaningless due to vendor self-selection. This means that MARS™ can give us a completely unique perspective into which apps are really excelling and driving forwards in the Marketplace.

Every month we like to highlight the app that we think has stood out the most over the previous month, and in August that app was Tempo Timesheets by Tempo!

Tempo Timesheets (MARS™ Analysis)

Tempo Timesheets by Tempo is an automated time tracking application for Jira that helps thousands of teams produce reliable time based insights to help with reporting, invoicing, and accounting.

A mainstay in the Atlassian Marketplace for over a decade now, Tempo is by some distance the market leader in the Time Management space. As Figure 1 shows, by both installs and number of users, Tempo is the dominant application in the space with over 30,000 users and 6M users.

Time Management Category Overview and Tempo Timesheets

Figure 1: Time Management | Category Overview

Tempo’s dominance in this space is so thorough that many of their competitors are offering free alternatives in order to break into the Time Management marketplace landscape. In particular, Timesheet tracking for Jira by TouchDown, Tempo’s next closest competitor by instances and users, is currently being offered for free on the Atlassian cloud. Furthermore, with Appfire’s recent acquisition of 7pace, Tempo will likely be facing more competition in this space then they have seen for a long time.

However Tempo are certaintly not resting on their laurels: they have been investing heavily in Tempo Timesheets (as it’s impressive growth of 10% over this year shows) and are looking to build out a comprehensive planning/time tracking solution with their recent acquisition of ALM Works.

Figure 2 shows that over the past few years Tempo has grown at a strong, consistent rate from under 22,000 to close to 32,000 today and recent trends show no signs that they’ll be slowing down.

Tempo Timesheets Growth

Figure 2: Tempo Timesheets | Growth

In an increasingly competitive landscape, Tempo are well positioned to maintain the success they have had over the past decade or so that they have been listed on the Atlassian Marketplace. Up next we’ll look at some of the features that set Tempo apart and what use cases customers generally see for it.

Tempo Key Features

As you would expect from such as well-established Marketplace application, Tempo is incredibly feature-rich. Here are just a few of it’s most innovative and standout features:

Optimize time by alleviating any manual administrative tasks and make filling timesheets easy with Tempo automation (cloud) and multiple ways to track time (server)

Tempo Timesheets Features

Track billable hours to generate accurate invoices and prevent disputes with customers and help you re-negotiate agreements.

Tempo Timesheets Features

  • Plan and manage projects with precision, stay on top of budget, investments, timelines and costs (note: strictly speaking, this is only in server. For cloud, you need to add Cost Tracker for this)
  • Easy and accurate categorization of data.
  • Know where time is spent to apply for tax credits.

Tempo Timesheets Features

  • Use Reports to get valuable insights on how much time is spent on tasks, projects, by teams and resources and generate/export custom reports on capacity and time allocation.
  • Estimate future projects based on historical task data

Tempo Timesheets Features

Embedded directly in Jira to log time spent on tickets, connect Timesheets to tools such as Structure, Jetbrains, VS Code, Scriptrunner, eazyBI and more, to automatically fill out timesheets with the time spent in your day-to-day apps.

Tempo Timesheets Features

Tempo Use Cases

As a very flexible application, Tempo has a broad range of use cases. Aside from tracking time, here are a number of the most common uses for it:

  • Custom Reporting
  • Cost Center Identification and Organization
  • Cross-Functional Team Creation
  • Non-project Monitoring
  • Project Bidding
  • Customer Invoicing
  • CAPEX/OPEX Reporting


Tempo Timesheets has long been one of the largest applications on the Atlassian Marketplace and has dominated the time management space for around a decade now. With growing competitiveness in this space it’ll be fascinating to see how Tempo and it’s competitors develop going forward but from the evidence we’ve seen so far, Tempo is very strongly positioned.

Tempo Timesheets is incredibly feature rich, and with continued investment by Tempo into the product it’s no surprise to see the strong growth it has experienced over the past few years. With growing synergies between Tempo and ALM Works’ Structure, how these apps work together in the future will be very interesting for all of us in the Atlassian ecosystem to see.

Congratulations to the team at Tempo!

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