Atlassian Summit review: A full breakdown of the 2016 conference

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Atlassian makes well-known software platforms like JIRA Software, Confluence, and BitBucket which many of you are likely to be familiar with. They also host a yearly conference called Atlassian Summit which focuses mainly on their products and platforms supported by a wealth of information on DevOps, Agile development methodologies, and collaboration.

In this review, I’ll take a look at the 2016 Conference and let you know what I learned from the weekend.

Setting the scene of Atlassian Summit 2016

The 2016 Atlassian Summit itself was divided into two major portions: the partner day and the main conference.

Partner day was geared towards providing Atlassian experts, marketplace vendors, corporate resellers, training partners, and partner affiliates with product updates, news, and training courses. The main conference was where experts came together to give presentations on a variety of topics. Here are some of the notable session highlights from the main conference.

Main conference day one

Building smart software

Shihab Hamid: Principal Product Manager, Atlassian

Shihab gave a great presentation on the machine learning initiatives at Atlassian and how they’ve been influencing product design and support systems. If you’re like me and like to see practical applications of machine learning over just theory, it is definitely a talk to check out!

Diversity matters: be the change you seek

Grace Francisco: Head of Global Developer Relations

Nichole Burton: Designer

Mickie Betz: Software Developer, (All Atlassian)

Diversity has become one of the hottest topics of discussion in tech these days for good reason. With the perceived shortage of software developers and the marginalization of underrepresented groups in the workplace, addressing diversity is a crucial part making a business successful. Grace, Nichole, and Mickie gave real life examples of how they helped get the ball rolling at Atlassian.  You can view the recording here.

Main Conference day two

Combining operations and support: incident management with Atlassian

Doug Squires: Senior Manager of Customer Care, GetGo/Citrix

As a software support veteran myself, I know the pains of having a communication barrier between the support and operations teams. If one side can’t collaborate and share information with the other side, it’s not only the company that pays the price but also the customers. Doug detailed the process GetGo, a division of Citrix, used to improve the communication and collaboration between their support and operations teams.  For more information, here is the video of his talk.

Mock servers: fake all the things!

Peggy Kuo: Senior Developer, Atlassian

I have had the ‘pleasure’ of working on several projects with major components broken out into separate services. While great for the production application, the multiple services complicated life when trying to write and run tests. Enter the Mock! Peggy did an amazing job at explaining how they used a mock server to increase development speed and improve the quality of tests they were writing. Definitely worth a look if you’re running into the same issue!

What have Raygun and Atlassian been up to?

Last month we released our updated integrations with Atlassian BitBucket, JIRA  Software, Bamboo, and Pipelines. Here’s a little more information on how these integrations work with our Raygun products.

Deeper BitBucket integration

When viewing stack trace information inside Raygun Crash Reporting you can now click on the BitBucket icon next to the stack trace line to be taken to the code location inside BitBucket to speed up developer workflow.  If you want to know more, check out our in-depth feature release post.

Two way JIRA sync

With the two way sync with JIRA you can not only create new issues from error groups in Raygun Crash Reporting but you can also mark those issues as ‘Done’ in JIRA which will update the status of the error group to ‘Resolved’.  To find out more about the two way sync take a look at our product update announcement.

Atlassian Bamboo

Is your company using Bamboo for deployment and you want to track errors? Raygun Crash Reporting  has you covered. Get detailed information on errors tied to specific deployments and commits with our integrated deployment tracking.  For detailed information, head on over to our Atlassian Bamboo documentation.

BitBucket Pipelines

We’ve enabled deployment tracking to work with BitBucket Pipelines. This enables users to timestamp deployments to track them in Raygun Crash Reporting, allowing users to see which deployments were problematic and the commits that were part of those deployments.  Want to see an example of our BitBucket Pipelines integration?  Take a look at our BitBucket Pipelines example repository.

Parting thoughts and a look to next year

The 2016 Atlassian Summit was a fun filled, information rich experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. From the diverse crowd of attendees to the incredibly professional and well-done sessions, I couldn’t recommend it more.

The Atlassian team has started planning for the 2017 Summit, which should be even bigger than this year.

While no additional information has been released on the date or location for next year’s Atlassian Summit, rest assured that the event will be a must-see for those companies utilizing any of the Atlassian family of products.