As a JIRA administrator, you’ve no doubt heard and seen some of the highlights of JIRA 5 – big features to connect people, activity and applications across your organization. For administrators, we’ve opted for – as SD Times put it – ‘A relentless focus on saving you 5 minutes here and there’. While these incremental improvements aren’t grabbing any headlines, you don’t want to miss them! Here are some of the admin highlights of JIRA 5, designed to free up your time so you can play Angry Nerds or dig for issue history gold.
Unless there’s a significant change to the user interface, your end users might have no idea that they’ve been upgraded to the latest and greatest JIRA release – so discovery of the coolest new features might happen by accident, long after the upgrade! Cue the What’s New Dialog, a light box that opens up the first time a user logs into a newly upgraded JIRA 5.0+ instance.
Short videos and descriptions highlight the most useful new features for your end users, so you don’t have to communicate updates or release notes! The What’s New Dialog drives adoption and handles upgrade training for you.
One of the common ways your users communicate with one another is via email, and @mentions and the Share button in JIRA 5 are two new ways your end users can generate email notifications. The more email you’ve got circling around, the more likely it is you might change the configuration – so with JIRA 5, setting up and configuring email handlers to process that incoming mail is easy.
The convenient wizard and improved layout of JIRA’s mail configuration options isn’t something you’ll need to use often – but when you do, it will be a breeze.
JIRA Administrators now have power over user-shared filters and dashboards. This is incredibly useful when a user leaves an organization or a contractor finishes work: if his or her shared filters and dashboards continue to be used by others, making edits to change and improve these over time is easy. Should those objects no longer be useful, you can remove old dashboards filters – including email subscriptions to them – to free up space and memory they had been using.
Testing and troubleshooting email problems and LDAP connections – including user retrieval, group membership, and authentication – are a double win: they make it easier for you to solve your own issues without relying on our legendary support team, and when you do lean on our support engineers, they use the new debugging and troubleshooting tools to get you a faster resolution.
Upgrades and Plugins
You’re often busy supporting users and applications, and carving out time to test an upgrade or a new plugin keeps getting pushed back on your calendar. This leads to two problems: first, you and your users don’t always get to take advantage of the latest and greatest, but worse, you go through days or weeks knowing that big project is coming, and you’re going to have to get around to it. Haven’t you heard that stress is bad for your health?
JIRA 5’s stable Java API and new REST API are both signs of hope on the horizon.
- The JIRA Public Java API will remain forward-compatible from JIRA 5.0 through minor releases (5.1, 5.2 and so on), until the next major release (6.0). For the JIRA administrator, this means you can build and use plugins with the JIRA Public API and not have to worry about testing and compatibility for minor release upgrades.
- The JIRA REST API takes this even further: applications can integrate with JIRA via REST, so you can build or use integrations to work with JIRA issues remotely, and never have to worry about upgrading a plugin when you upgrade JIRA.
Now is the Time
JIRA 5.0.3 is available today with even more enhancements over the 5.0 release. There’s never been a better time to upgrade JIRA!