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Jira is the development system of record in 95% of SaaS companies. And it does a stellar job of managing software progress from Epics down to Tasks—primarily for the Engineering department. 

But the other departments in your company—Sales, Marketing, Finance, Tech Support, and so on—base their respective deliverables on the timing of product releases. While it’s possible to juggle multiple Epics across teams and Sprints, aligning development progress to department objectives may not be as efficient or intuitive in Jira as folks might need. Until now. 

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This is where Obo Reveal helps. 

 

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Learn more about Obo Reveal here, then take a test drive. See how to put Jira to work for everyone in your company. 





 

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Hi @Pete Sinclair , 

Thank you for your article.

do you have on-prem solution ?

We support Jira on-prem (Server and Data Center), but our product only runs as a SaaS app on AWS. Our app is very secure. We use Jira API tokens to enforce Jira user permissions, and communicate to Jira using SSL using only published Jira APIs in conjunction with the API tokens. API tokens are encrypted and stored only on our AWS servers - never in the browser code. Nothing needs to be installed on your Jira Server instance.

We have been vetted now by multiple security and financial services firms. I can share the details with you. Email me at pete@obo.pm with some times that work for a Zoom.

Pete

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