The 7 Highlights of the Atlassian World

October 6, 2021

A lot has happened in the Atlassian world over the past 3 months. Here are our 7 biggest takeaways: 

1. Atlassian's Impressive Growth

The biggest news in the Atlassian world over the past three months has to be Atlassian’s unbelievable Q4 earnings report on July 29th and the subsequent climb of its stock price to over $400.

Atlassian is growing on a scale completely unmatched by its competitors and, unlike many of them, is basing its growth on an ever-expanding customer base rather than shifting higher and higher costs onto customers.

We put together a full analysis of Atlassian’s remarkable 81% YTD stock price growth and what it means for customers (it’s good news). You can read the report in full here!

2. Finally, Finally Jira Service Management has made the Gartner Magic Quadrant

The good news kept coming for Atlassian as it was recognized as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools and, for the first time, a Visionary in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Service Management Tools.

It’s great that JSM is finally being recognized for the incredible value it provides to its over 35,000 customers. However, we still think that Gartner is underestimating JSM versus costly and rigid competitors like ServiceNow. The Atlassian Marketplace is a major differentiator for JSM and Atlassian as a whole, yet the innovative apps available there seem to still be underestimated by Gartner.

3. MARS App of the Month

In August we launched our new “MARS App of the Month” award in which we commend the Atlassian Marketplace app that we believe has been particularly impressive over the previous month.

The reasoning behind this is driven both by our qualitative assessment of the apps but also through our completely unique MARS database. MARS enables us to look at the Marketplace from a quantitative point of view allowing us to approach the Marketplace objectively. You can learn more about MARS here.

In August Aura was the standout app with its 16% monthly growth and 203% YTD growth putting it significantly above the rest of the Marketplace. //SEIBERT/MEDIA obviously has a long track record in creating quality Confluence applications and Aura is yet another feather in their cap in this regard. Aura is, as the name would suggest, a beautiful app that is a must-have for anyone looking to make visually pleasing Confluence pages. Aura is unique in both its easy-to-use interface and the unparalleled clean designs that users can apply to all of their Confluence pages.

In September the MARS App of the Month was Whiteboards for Jira by Spartez Software (Appfire). Whiteboards is well suited to the new remote/hybrid work environment that we’ve all experienced and will continue experiencing so it’s no wonder that this it grew by 5% over the previous month and 125% YTD. Despite many of the benefits that remote working can bring, meeting remotely can often fail to bring about the truly collaborative, creative, and structured meetings we all wish we were having. Whiteboards brings the benefits of in-person planning sessions but goes deeper with significant integration with Jira, real-time collaborative editing, and the ability to plan with partially distributed teams.

4. Appfire Acquisitions

As we’ve mentioned, the Atlassian Marketplace is a major differentiator for Atlassian and in this space, there has been one story dominating–Appfire’s spree of acquisitions. Over the course of July, August, and September Appfire made three acquisitions, all of which filled a gap in Appfire’s app portfolio and brought them closer to a complete solution covering all market segments.

First up was Spartez which brought the increasingly relevant Whiteboards apps under Appfire’s control.

Next was Snapbytes which significantly strengthened Appfire’s ITSM offering.

While the final acquisition was RoninPixels with its rapidly growing set of dashboards.

Appfire’s takeover-based strategy has led to a lot of questions in the Atlassian ecosystem around what exactly their long-term plan is. Fortunately, we were able to conduct a Q&A session with Appfire CEO Randall Ward in which he shed light on what’s behind this strategy and where it’s going. You can read the Q&A here!

5. Blended Webinars

Over the past three months, we ran a number of interesting webinars. In July we ran an in-depth webinar on Issue Cross-Referencing Apps and a more broad overview of the current state of the Atlassian Marketplace. In September we were also delighted to run a joint webinar with Tempo on Time Management and why time still matters for all teams.

If you missed any of these webinars you can still catch up on them here!

6. MARS Overview

One of our key differentiating factors at Blended Perspectives is our MARS database of 3rd party apps.

While many partners out there focused on making their own apps, we believed that we could bring greater value to the Atlassian ecosystem by creating a quantitative and objective database covering every facet of the Atlassian Marketplace. Therefore, in late 2017 we created MARS. Since then we have been consistently updating MARS with the latest Atlassian Marketplace data and discovering new ways to use our unique Marketplace insight to help our customers.

MARS provides great value for our customers in so many ways from app selection, cloud migration, customized Platform Leverage Reports, and much more. We put together our most detailed document yet on what MARS is, why it’s necessary, and how all users of Atlassian products can maximize the value they get out of it.

To learn more about MARS and what it can do for you click here to read the document in full.

7. Fastest Growing Apps Over the Past 3 Months

These are the fastest-growing apps over July, August, and September (apps with over 2,000 instances):

Of course, Zephyr Scale is leading the way with a very impressive 20% instance growth rate, but how about those reporting apps! eazyBI and Custom Charts for Jira – Reports have both had an excellent few months as eazyBI continues to establish itself as the most popular app in the category and Custom Charts continues to make a name for itself.

If you would like to learn more about Blended Perspectives or any of our unique offerings then get in touch with us at hello@blendedperspectives.com.