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In case you missed it: In July, we renamed Enterprise releases to Long Term Support releases and expanded our security bug fix policy. We will continue to backport critical security bug fixes and now when architecturally possible we will also backport all other security bug fixes to Long Term Support releases.
G’day Jira Community!
We’re pleased to inform you that the Jira Software 8.13 and Jira Service Desk 4.13 Long Term Support (LTS) releases are now available. As a refresher, LTS releases receive backported critical security and product bug fixes, and when architecturally possible, all other security bug fixes throughout their two-year standard support window. This long-term support makes LTS releases ideal for those of you with highly complex instances who can’t perform a major feature upgrade more than once a year.
Keep reading for highlights of what we’ve shipped since the last Jira LTS releases and resources to make your upgrade a success (including how to best make use of Zero Downtime Upgrades for those of you on Data Center).
We know that many of you on Jira Software 8.5 and Jira Service Desk 4.5 (the previous Jira LTS release versions) have been eager to take advantage of all the goodness we’ve been rolling out. And we don’t think you’ll be disappointed-- here are some highlights of improvements and new features we’ve released since 8.5/4.5:
Rate limiting improves instance stability, performance, and helps instances self-protect
Cluster monitoring improvements including the ability to view the custom fields that take the longest to index and the automatic removal of stale nodes
Optimized custom fields reduce the number of called field indexers which can negatively impact performance and indexing time
Advanced auditing provides new capabilities and more comprehensive event tracking which gives you the visibility and security-relevant digital records needed to help demonstrate compliance, strengthen security, and improve workflow
Anonymize users with just a few clicks to stay compliant with GDPR (also available on Server)
OpenID Connect enables seamless integration with 3rd party identity providers
Just-in-time user provisioning (JIT provisioning) allows users to be created and updated automatically when they log in through SAML SSO or OpenID Connect (OIDC) SSO
New sprint permissions allow for more granularity and enable you to assign tasks to specific users
Assign dates for future sprints to help you improve your sprint planning over time
Refreshed velocity chart that shows up to 120 sprints, lets you choose a pre-defined timeframe or custom date range, shows the average velocity of your team, and has a new look-and-feel with cool features like focus that lets you zoom in on the right sprint
Burnup charts to keep teams on track with a visual representation of a sprint’s scope and identify problems such as scope creep
Manage issues at once with bulk actions to save yourself time
New REST APIs for managing agent queues outside of the UI
Opsgenie integration with Jira Service Desk lets you set up incident management for individual projects, allowing agents to view ongoing incidents, create new ones to alert the Opsgenie teams right away, and link incidents to related requests to give everyone involved more context
Confluence Cloud integration enables those of you with Confluence Cloud to use it as your knowledge base
PostSQL 10 support
PostSQL 11 support
MySQL 8 support
OAuth 2.0 for your mail server
Personalized accessibility settings that make it easier to work with Jira, with options to:
Underline all links around Jira to make them more visible
Add unique patterns to issue status to distinguish between them more easily
Increase text spacing between characters, words, lines of text, and paragraphs
Add a gray background to subtle buttons (normally displayed on hover) to make them more prominent
Not sure where to begin? Here are a few resources to help you prepare for your upgrade:
Reminder: You’ll need to upgrade Jira Service Desk at the same time.
If you’re running Jira Data Center in a clustered environment, we recommend you take advantage of zero downtime upgrades so your team can upgrade during whatever timeframe that works best for them, without interrupting users. Check out this guide for step-by-step instructions on how to upgrade with zero downtime.
*Zero downtime upgrade is not available when upgrading from Jira 7.x to Jira 8.x.
We hope this post helped prepare you for your upgrade (and got you excited). Feel free to share any questions or comments in the Comments section below!