This is a guest blog post from Zephyr, the maker of Zephyr for JIRA Cloud.

Zephyr has announced the release of their next generation add-on designed to help customers accelerate agile testing inside JIRA Cloud. The release of Zephyr for JIRA Cloud helps project teams extend their JIRA Cloud software to include testing into their workflows, and become more agile and collaborative.

Since the launch of JIRA Cloud, customers have been asking Atlassian for a way to customize their Cloud instances with add-ons from the Atlassian Marketplace. Zephyr is thrilled to now support Atlassian’s Cloud offerings by providing customers with highly-sophisticated test management capabilities inside JIRA Cloud. More than 3,700 Zephyr for JIRA Server customers have found that this integration of testing within JIRA is huge because it brings in the entire project team without having to jump between applications. Zephyr is now bringing this capability to the large and fast-growing universe of JIRA Cloud customers.

There is virtually no learning curve since the user interface is exactly like JIRA. With just the right amount of quality and progress metrics that an agile project team needs, Zephyr for JIRA keeps the entire team in sync at all times in regards to software quality. With this product launch, project teams that have standardized on JIRA Cloud can experience the same benefits enabling the entire project team to be better prepared at every stage of the software development lifecycle.

Quick facts:

• Further extending its test management leadership in the Atlassian Marketplace, Zephyr has announced general availability of Zephyr for JIRA Cloud.
• This next generation add-on is the first and only test management add-on that leverages Atlassian Connect.
• The new add-on delivers on many customer requests for cost effective and sophisticated test management capabilities inside JIRA Cloud.
• Zephyr for JIRA Cloud allows project teams to create tests, link to stories, plan execution cycles, execute tests, link to defects, and track quality metrics.
• Join Zephyr for a webinar on March 3 or March 4, 2015 to learn about Zephyr for JIRA Cloud.

Test management in the Cloud:

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Zephyr for JIRA Cloud is integrated into JIRA’s agile workflows, providing a more holistic product development experience. Major features include:

• Creating, viewing, editing, and cloning tests
• Linking to stories, tasks, requirements etc.
• Planning test execution cycles
• Executing tests
• Linking defects
• Tracking quality metrics

Collaboration around testing:

Releasing high quality software involves multiple groups including product managers (PM), dev, QA, business teams, and analysts. Testing is one of the challenges project teams face when trying to standardize all project activities inside JIRA. Zephyr for JIRA Cloud fosters more collaboration across the project team, making it easy for developers to write their own tests or review results, PMs to keep track of testing progress, analysts and the business to run user acceptance tests and QA to manage all of their testing.

“Atlassian and Zephyr are pioneers in delivering world-class software that enables collaboration for the world’s largest companies. For the past three years, Zephyr has defined the market for test management in the Atlassian Marketplace, helping more than 4,000 customers manage all aspects of their software quality” said Samir Shah, CEO for Zephyr. “We are thrilled to support our partnership with Atlassian and help their JIRA Cloud customers benefit from the same testing capabilities.”

Available on the Atlassian Marketplace

Buyers can purchase Zephyr for JIRA Cloud directly from inside their JIRA Cloud instance or directly from Atlassian Marketplace, through a one-click process after evaluating the add-on free, for 30 days. The purchase process for Zephyr for JIRA Cloud is the same as purchasing any of the Atlassian Marketplace add-ons. Pricing starts at $10 a month for 10 users.

About Zephyr

Zephyr is a leading provider of on-demand, real-time enterprise test management solutions, offering innovative applications, seamless integrations, and unparalleled, real-time visibility into the quality and status of software projects. Zephyr products are the fastest growing agile test management products in the world, with more than 4,000 global customers in 80 countries. Their feature rich products address today’s dynamic and global needs across a variety of industries including finance, healthcare, media, mobile, IT services, and enterprise software. Zephyr is headquartered in Newark, CA with offices in Europe and India. For more information, please visit www.getzephyr.com.

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