Top 5 Integrations for JIRA

November 22, 2013
#Jira#Integration
9 min

JIRA is well known as a powerful and rich-in-features issue tracker with flexible configuration mechanism and user-friendly interface. Besides this, JIRA has become a really popular issue tracker among quality assurance engineers and software development teams. Its popularity can be partially explained by profound out-of-box functionality that can be further customized to your own needs, and, additionally, it can be quickly and easily integrated with numerous systems. In this article, we will review the best JIRA integrations through third-party add-ons.

JIRA Bamboo Plugin

JIRA Bamboo plugin  is developed by Atlassian themselves. This is a plugin for integration between their own issue tracker and continuous integration build server Bamboo. This add-on establishes a communication channel for retrieving information about build and its status, the user who triggered the build release, revision, duration of build creation, date and time when build was completed. In addition, you can view artifacts left after build release. Interface of each issue also gets an additional tab with information about builds and all issues which the current task relates to.
jira-bamboo plugin (2)The main difference of this add-on and its core advantage in comparison with other tools is a capability to remotely trigger build release right from JIRA without a necessity to switch to Bamboo for doing this. Now you needn’t interrupt you current tasks for starting release build. So if you are planning to use a combination of JIRA and Bamboo for software development, this add-on will do its best.

Jenkins Plugin for JIRA

Jenkins Plugin for JIRA is developed by Marvelution. This add-on offers its users a way to integrate Jenkins continuous integration server with JIRA. Connection between two platforms is established on the basis of an application link that is required to be configured before you start using this add-on. The main objective of this plugin is visualization of Jenkins builds in JIRA. The user can easily customize which data synchronize and which data skip. This allows speeding up the entire sync procedure and sorts out the unnecessary data during processing.

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The add-on embeds into the interface of the project and individual issues, so the user can always quickly access the required information such as status of build, who and when ran the build, how much time it took to complete and which tasks it relates to. Additionally, the add-on displays the activity stream dashboard where you can find information about the progress of the project and release builds.

TeamCity Integration for JIRA

TeamCity Integration for JIRA is developed by StiltSoft. This add-on is one more extension that enables integration between the continuous integration server and issue tracker. By default,TeamCity provides only one-way integration, this add-on allows you to establish full double-way integration between TeamCity and JIRA. The plug-in does not require any additional skills and can be installed and completely configured in a blink of an eye.

This extension adds an additional tab into the interface of projects, product versions and individual issues. The add-on visualizes interconnections between issues and let you instantly view and track status of each build. If needed, you can immediately proceed to the appropriate build right from JIRA interface.
jira-teamcity plugin (1)The add-on displays quite enough information about each build. For example, you can see the number of files committed, the user who added code modifications, description of commit, tests if any were run after build completion. Additionally, you get statistics about date and time when a build was launched, duration of the procedure and the number of files committed for the current JIRA issue or task.

Enterprise Message Handler

Enterprise Message Handler is developed by The Plugin People. This add-on allows you to transform your JIRA instance into a full-fledged and powerful helpdesk platform. By default, JIRA requires one account per each user, which makes it quite irrational and expensive to create a great number of new accounts for all your customers who will potentially submit an issue in undetermined future. Even if you are a complete admirer of JIRA, you will start thinking of the financial question. This extension lets you cultivate your love to JIRA and use it as a helpdesk system with no restrictions.
jira enterprise message handler (1)It integrates its own Mail Handler engine into JIRA and enables processing of incoming letters as service requests with instant transformation of these requests into common issues. Besides, email letters it also supports HipChat and in the near future will also support XMPP. Intelligent field processors will easily detect and correctly handle the incoming letters, the set of fields can be configured to your needs and requirements.

Once the issue has been submitted, the customer receives a notification and when you post your comment to the current issue he also gets the update on his or her problem. Smart mail routing efficiently processes all the incoming letters and filters the spam, so your JIRA preserves high speed and instant response.

nFeed

nFeed is developed by Valiantys. Does it ever happen that you feel a need to load a bulk of data into JIRA from some external resource? So this add-on is just for you. When you create custom fields in JIRA, you need to manually pre-populate it with some values. So if the number of values does not exceed 10 values, it is not a problem, but what if you have hundreds of values that should also vary depending on the previously selected value. For such cases you can use nFeed plugin for JIRA.
nfeed (1)It allows you to load data from various resources including SQL databases, LDAP, Remote files, REST Web services or even JIRA’s database. Once the data are loaded, you can create different data fields for selecting the imported values. This extension lets you display text fields with autocompletion of entered query, select drop-down lists, read-only select fields, or query result pickers. Besides common insertion of single fields, you can create inter-dependencies between custom fields and organize them in the form of cascading menus. It also supports the autocompletion of default values and selection of multiple values in drop-down select lists.

We hope that these add-ons will help you to simplify your JIRA experience and get much more from it.

How to integrate JIRA and TeamCity in two minutes

October 21, 2013
#Integration#How To#Jira
4 min

Connect your Bitbucket to the TeamCity CI/CD server with TeamCity Integration for Bitbucket to run builds right from Bitbucket in one click, view build results, logs and artifacts right next to your code, and never lose time switching.

Hi, everyone who follows our products and our news (those who don’t, Big Brother is watching you too;).

We have captured a two-minute tutorial on how to integrate JIRA and TeamCity by means of our plug-in TeamCity Integration for JIRA. This plug-in allows you to establish two-way integration between JIRA and TeamCity, as standard tools provide only one-way integration between the continuous integration tool and issue tracker. After successful configuration and integration, you get a convenient means to view detailed information about build statistics, used configuration and results of the build procedures. Now you needn’t switch all the time between JIRA and TeamCity trying to figure out what was changed in the standard configuration and what caused the build failure. You can instantly view this information in JIRA interface and proceed to TeamCity if you need more details.

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We tried to simplify all the described-in-details procedures  to max so even inexperienced users will not be puzzled by configuration steps (if they, of course, follow all of them). So if you have no problems with configuration of all application links, outgoing authentications and other brain-cracking settings, you can skip this video and watch something more relaxing at YouTube. All the others don’t wait and start watching our video at once, two minutes of video will save you waste of time on reading tutorials and browsing numerous blogs showing ‘how to quickly just only within two or three hours get the desired results’.

Here you can find all the required configuration procedures to be performed with TeamCity and JIRA to get them integrated forever and ever. This tutorial will also briefly outline what you will finally get and what advantages will be at your disposal. Once you are done do not forget to add this video to your playlist, share with your friends and put likes (Big Brother is still watching you ;). We greatly appreciate your support and will be extremely happy to answer your questions if any still arise after watching this tutorial.

You can address all your questions to support@stiltsoft.com and ideas of new features to http://feedback.stiltsoft.com/.

Important Notice about Your TeamCity Integration for JIRA License

August 26, 2013
#Jira#Integration
3 min

We’d like to let you know that starting from version 1.6.0 TeamCity Integration for JIRA will be available for buying at Atlassian Marketplace as well as on our website. All licenses previously bought on our website are being imported to Marketplace.

When you update the plugin in the JIRA Administration Console, you’ll see this notification:

What you should, if you purchased your license:

less than a year ago:

  1. Click Paid Update. We’re neither charging you for this update nor changing your license period!
  2. When the plugin is updated, ignore the Get License dialog and UPM notifications saying that no license is found. The plugin is still up and running.
  3. (Optional) To get rid of UPM notifications, install the Marketplace license as soon as we migrate it.

more than a year ago:

  1. Wait till your license is migrated to Marketplace.
  2. Renew the license at Marketplace
How will your license be migrated?

If the email used for buying the license on our website is different from that used in your account at my.atlassian.com, a new account with this email will be automatically created. Otherwise, you will just see the plugin license in your Atlassian account.

We’re planning to migrate all licenses in two weeks. Please, let us know if:

  • your Atlassian account is not the email we sent the license key to,
  • you don’t want your license migrated to Marketplace (if buying from Marketplace is not available in your country, or you want to use PayPal for payment),
  • you want to collocate the plugin license period with that of the JIRA instance,
  • you have other questions.

 

Jira TeamCity Integration App is Available for Atlassian Jira 6

May 23, 2013
#Integration#Jira
3 min

JIRA 6 is finally out there! Another major version of Atlassian popular project tracker arrived on May 21th, piling on new features.

The most conspicuous new feature is definitely a new JIRA look and feel redesigned according to Atlassian Guidelines. We also love the mobile-optimised versions of JIRA pages, which is great if you use JIRA on your smartphone. Other nice features include the improved issue navigator, workflow sharing and editable usernames and many more. Upgrade your JIRA instance to discover all new feautures.

If you’re using our JIRA TeamCity Integration plugin and are planning to upgrade to JIRA 6, we already have a version compatible with it! JIRA TeamCity Integration adds a special tab to the Issue, Project and Version pages in your JIRA so that you could see related TeamCity builds without switching between the two systems.

Moreover, with this plugin you can follow links in JIRA to see more info directly in TeamCity. And a special gadget allows you to track TeamCity agents’ status in JIRA.

Go ahead and update your JIRA and JIRA TeamCity Integration plugin and give us your feedback. However, JIRA 4.x users should take into account that the latest version of the plugin is not compatible with it.