Over the years collaboration platform provider Atlassian has evolved from its startup bug tracker origins to what is expected to be a blockbuster initial public offering this year, largely because of its widely popular array of software development and project-tracking tools.

Today it counts some 35,000 global companies among its users, an increasing number of which are not developers but sales, customer service, marketing and human resource business units, according to Atlassian’s stats.

As the platform grows, developers are rushing to add to the Atlassian Marketplace, which now has some 200 products. Several new apps joined this crew after making their debut at the Atlassian Summit this week.

Atlanta-based QASymphony offered an Atlassian JIRA plug-in called qTest Scenario in a limited release. It supports Behavior Driven Development (BBD) Test Driven Development (TDD) and Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) and will be generally available in December.

Newark, Calif.-based Zephyr, a provider of on-demand test management software, unveiled at least six products for the Atlassian Marketplace focusing on traceability across requirements, test cases and defects. The company is a favorite on the Atlassian Marketplace, having just announced its 600th customer.

About the Offerings

The QASymphony offering — qTest Scenario — allows software developers to test user scenarios within JIRA instead of sharing files by email, said Kevin Dunne, the company's vice president of strategy and business development. It also allows development teams to see the results of the tests being run in JIRA, he said.

The qTest Scenario plug-in also includes a Gherkin language editor for feature and scenario development, several reporting features, and integration with the Cucumber software-testing tool. A wizard will allow developers to import existing feature files created outside JIRA.

Developers can use their existing set-ups to import and export feature files, Dunne said. They can also build features and scenarios directly in the JIRA plug-in, and then query them through out-of-the-box integrations and APIs.

Zephyr’s Marketplace offerings support Atlassian's 7.0 versions of JIRA Software, JIRA Core and JIRA Service Desk, which were recently released, as well as add-ons for Bamboo and HipChat integrations.

Zephyr for JIRA Server 3.1 and ZAPI 2.1 support JIRA Software's new native agile capabilities and provides deeper integration between JIRA and testing. They provide easy mapping for Test Cycles to a Sprint, the visualization of test executions by stories, and the ability to execute tests from within the new Test Board. They also provides support for software quality tracking with testing burn down charts.

The company also released Zephyr for JIRA Cloud, Zephyr Enterprise Connector for JIRA, Zephyr for JIRA Add-on for Bamboo, Zephyr Enterprise Edition Add-on for Bamboo, Zephyr for JIRA Test Management Plugin for Jenkins.

Learning Opportunities

There is also an upcoming integration between Zephyr's products and HipChat.

Atlassian's Surging Popularity

Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founded the Sydney, Australia-based tech start-up in 2002. In September they filed for an initial public offering in the US with a company valuation of $3.3 billion.

For that it can thank a product line that focuses on solving specific problems, Alan Lepofsky, an analyst at Constellation Research told CMSWire. "They are not just a generic collaboration company," he said.

3 New Standalone Products

Last month Atlassian upped its game by completely overhauled its portfolio.

"After 13 years of building software for software teams, we discovered that a third of our users were using JIRA for non-software projects," the company announced via a blog post.

"This really piqued our curiosity, so we decided to find out more about these crazy folks and what they were doing. And here's what we found out: not only were business teams like marketing, HR, legal and Finance using JIRA, but they were customizing workflows and making JIRA their own. Light bulb!"

To make a long story short: Atlassian split its flagship JIRA issue tracker and project manager into three standalone products, all of which are based on its common platform. They are:

  1. JIRA Software, which is aimed at its software developer core user base. This is where it all started for Atlassian — helping developers track the apps and services they are building.
  2. JIRA Core, which aimed at the growing number of users who are not programmers. 
  3. JIRA Service Desk, which is aimed at a subset of those non-programmer users — specifically service workers, which use JIRA to track user issues and request.

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