With the recent releases of JIRA 4.3, Atlassian’s bug and issue tracker, and Confluence 3.5, Atlassian’s wiki and collaboration tool, we introduced a game changing feature called Application Links. What does it do? It makes it incredibly easy to connect your Atlassian applications together. Why would you want to do that? Connecting JIRA to Confluence via Application Links gives you some killer integration features between the two applications.

Bringing JIRA and Confluence Closer Together

My work life hovers between JIRA and Confluence. JIRA for creating and managing tasks assigned to me and keeping an eye on issues I’m interested in, and Confluence for planning, researching and recording my work. The introduction of Application Links in these releases eliminates much of the need to switch back and forth between JIRA and Confluence.

Add a Linked Application’s Gadgets to JIRA

JIRA 4.3 includes a new feature called Gadget Subscriptions. This allows you to quickly add all gadgets from your Confluence, Bamboo, FishEye or Crucible instance — or from another JIRA instance — to your JIRA Gadget Directory, for easy addition to your JIRA dashboard.

Create New Issues From Confluence

A new ‘Insert JIRA Issue’ dialog lets you create new issues without leaving the Confluence editor. Great for those times when you’ve got actionable items on a Confluence page that need to be tracked inside of JIRA. No more application switching or disruption to your editing flow.

Insert Existing Issues in Pages and Blogs

If you’ve got existing issues in JIRA that you want to collaborate around in Confluence, you can quickly insert individual issues or an entire list of issues using the new ‘Insert JIRA Issue’ dialog. Creating ad-hoc reports about your issues inside of Confluence couldn’t be easier.

Check out the short video below to see some of these features in action.

Stay Tuned

Come back next week for our in-depth post on JIRA 4.3’s integration with LDAP and Active Directory.

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