SYDNEY, Australia, 28th April, 2004 – Atlassian Software Systems, the innovative Australian company providing enterprise software to the world’s leading organizations, today announced that it has won the 2004 Consensus Software Award for its issue tracking application Jira 2.6. The award further cements Jira’s position as a world-leading issue tracking and project management application.

The Consensus Software Awards are Australia’s only independently judged Awards for Australian designed and developed software and are recognised and endorsed by government and leading industry bodies including Austrade and the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Prime Minister John Howard recently said, “the 2004 Consensus Software awards showcase the creativity and competitiveness of the Australian Software industry. I commend the awards for encouraging and promoting excellence in software design. I wish all participants every success in the future”.
Serving today’s knowledge organisations, Jira is more than just an issue-tracker, differentiating itself by targeting knowledge projects, supporting team-level project management and focusing on user-task achievement. With a simple powerful yet interface, Jira is highly usable by both technical and business users alike, fostering an environment of transparency and helping organisations take the philosophy of project management deeper into the organisation.
“This award recognises the efforts of our committed and highly skilled team of developers” said Atlassian co-founder, Mike Cannon-Brookes. “Building a product that manages knowledge projects rather than resource projects was always something we believed in. This along with our strict focus on providing legendary service and building world-class software is paying off.
We commend Consensus for helping to improve the profile of the Australian software industry”.
Unlike other companies that have slowed since the technology boom, Atlassian has grown rapidly over the past 2 years. Less than 2 years since its inception, Jira is now used by project managers, developers, managers, testers and other staff across approximately 1,000 organisations in over 30 countries. Customers now include departments from NASA, Boeing, Cisco, Stanford University, 3M, BP, Sony, Caterpillar, Pfizer, Vodafone, The World Bank, Citigroup and many more. Adam Foxson of CPAN says of Jira, “Thank you for putting out such mind-blowing software. Rarely do I give praise of this magnitude. You are a model of what all software should be. Thank you for making available the absolute best tool of its class”.
Upon announcing the award, the judging panel explained how they were “extremely impressed with Atlassian and their product Jira”. The large, global customer list and rapidly growing profitability did not go unnoticed either with the judging panel proclaiming, “You don’t often hear of a small Australian start-up succeeding globally. In our eyes their innovative product coupled with their impressive client list worldwide and the continuing growth profitability makes Atlassian worthy of a 2004 Consensus Software Award”.
The winning version of Jira, 2.6, brought over 70 new features and improvements. Scott Farquhar, Atlassian co-founder, explains, “we have continued to focus on evolving our software based on user feedback and user demand whilst ensuring compliance with standards and that Jira creates a strong price/performance proposition. With Jira 2.6, each of the 70 odd new features or improvements has stemmed from a customer’s suggestion and I believe this is one of the main reasons why Jira has been so successful”.
Whilst speaking at the awards last year, Senator Alston said, “The Consensus Software Awards have become something of a crystal ball for anyone wanting a glimpse of the future of the Australian software sector. They are about identifying excellence and then helping it become par excellence”.
Jira is an issue tracking application which runs on any platform. Jira manages issues and projects, allows real-time workflow, generates real-time reports, controls issue visibility and security and is completely web-based.
Jira’s fair and upfront per-server licensing policy includes unlimited projects, users and issues and each commercial license includes upgrades and support for 12 months. Jira is available free of charge to non-profit organisations and open source projects. Jira currently averages six releases annually. Jira 2.6 is available now via Atlassian’s web site .
About Atlassian
Atlassian is an innovative Australian software company providing enterprise software solutions to the world’s leading organizations. Atlassian’s mission is to build a different kind of software company – one that listens to client needs, values innovation in development and solves customer problems with brilliant simplicity. Atlassian’s commitment to legendary service provides consistent, high quality support for all our customers.
Atlassian also produces a practical knowledge management tool, Confluence – the professional wiki.
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Jira Wins Consensus Software Awards