Atlassian revamps Jira Software, adds roadmaps tool

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Atlassian has overhauled its Jira Software Cloud issue-tracking application, adding a simplified user experience, new third-party integrations and a product roadmap tool.

The Australian company has been laying the foundation to update Jira for a while, breaking down the application, created in 2002, into smaller microservices and moving it to the Amazon Web Services cloud. The latest stage in Jira’s redevelopment is to modernize the user experience and interface.

With a more streamlined and simplified application, Atlassian hopes to appeal to a wider range of business execs involved in the software-creation process, said Sean Regan, head of growth for Software Teams at Atlassian.

“What we are seeing is that the software team is now made up of a more diverse group of functions,” said Regan, with a range of business departments – from data scientists to marketing professionals – providing input on software development. 

“In order to accommodate them, we need to democratize and open up Jira and make it something that feels like a much easier collaboration experience, but still has the power that was necessary to do really complex work,” Regan said.

Pricing for the software varies by the number of users. It costs $10 per user per month for teams of up to 10 people; $7 per user per month for teams of between 11 and 100 users; and varying prices for teams larger than 100. The company also offers a free 7-day trial.

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