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The event was action packed and our return to New Zealand was quickly followed by three public holidays over 2 weeks so I'm only now able to catch my breathe and gather my thoughts on the event to share with you.
Just like a normal day at work, while at the Atlassian Summit 2019 I wore many hats. The short answer of whether it was worth it to attend is YES for all of those roles.
A key reason I was at the Atlassian Summit 2019 was to talk to attendees about TechTime's apps EasySSO and UserManagement designed to help the Administrators of enterprise-sized organisations. The venue was huge and there were over 1000 vendors however the foot traffic was busy enough to keep the day moving and allowed us to connect with people that wanted to know more about the apps for themselves or to take back information to their Administrators back 'home'. We will continue to follow up with people for months.
SWAG, is also known as 'stuff we all get', is a fun part of any expo experience. Styling myself as TechTime's Temporary Chief SWAG Officer, I had a lot of fun collecting stickers, t-shirts, and other swag from the many expo booths so I could share the fun with the team back in the office. I'm confidant I collected more than enough SWAG to share with the team, what do you think? A sample of what I collected is shown below:
At the Atlassian Summit I was able to hear the new of the exciting rebrand of two major elements of our community - replacing the roles of Atlassian User Group Leaders and Atlassian Community Champions with Atlassian Community Leaders. Atlassian User Groups (AUGs) will also be renamed as Community Events to reflect you also don’t have to be an Atlassian user to attend these events and get value out of them. Feedback, questions, concerns? Comment on this article.
I underestimated how much is going on at Summit so I was only able to attend a couple of talks on Partner Day. It was great to be able to hear some announcements live (details shared below). I wanted to visit every booth on my breaks from being at booth 302 for TechTime but it was impossible to get around all the sponsor booths on the first day. In the end I barely spent any time at the Atlassian product booths.
While in Las Vegas it is easy to forget how large everything in as everything is scaled up in proportion. On a normal day my step count rarely exceeds 5000 steps but the final count for the week was in excess of 73,000 steps!
My post-Summit to-do list includes trying out the following apps with the TechTime team:
I'm also looking forward to being able to play in an Atlassian Cloud environment particularly their new tool/toy the Cloud Migration Assistant for Confluence. Sorry all, but I am keeping the unique login details for this test environment to myself and the team here!
The team and I are already benefiting from two timesheet tips I learnt visiting the Tempo booth at Summit:
This section is mostly information written by Atlassian (indented).
At Summit, we announced a number of exciting new features and tools to help our customers get the most out of their cloud deployments.
Cloud scale and reliability
As a reminder and re-cap, we had a lot of great announcements about Data Center come out during Summit. We truly are laying down the foundation for the future of Data Center with CDN to Rate Limiting and more. Make sure to find out all the amazing news.
Responding to feedback from customers and solution partners, Atlassian will announce planned Enterprise Releases in advance so project planning can get underway. New enterprise release versions will now be released with that designation rather than applying it retrospectively as they have done to date. Enterprise releases only apply to Confluence, Jira Software and Jira Service Desk. The enterprise recommendation for Bitbucket is n-1 based on the minor version (i.e. the latest release is Bitbucket Server 6.2 and the enterprise recommended version is Bitbucket Server 6.1).
Confluence 6.13, Jira Software 7.13, and Jira Service Desk 3.16 are the enterprise releases at the time of writing. Jira Software 8.5 & Jira Service Desk 4.5 are targeting Q3 2019.
Agile Craft, which provides an executive-level reporting view on what your Agile and software development teams are doing, was acquired by Atlassian in March 2019. Agile Craft has been rebranded as Jira Align and is now part of our Agile at Scale solutions.
The Atlassian online community has a dedicated space to ask questions and talk about past, current and future Summits. You will see a lot about the Atlassian Summit held in Las Vegas in April 2019 right now and over the next few months talk will turn to the 2020 Atlassian Summit to be held at the same venue in the first week of April.
Some attendees shared their thoughts recently when asked to write about our Summit experiences.
Atlassian also understands it is not possible for everyone to travel to Atlassian events so they created an online portal. Read about Jody's (Virtual) Summit Experience and think about whether this could be a good option for you next year if a work trip to Las Vegas is not on the (credit) cards for you.
Rachel Wright (author of the JIRA Strategy Admin Workbook) has written about Summit through the years:
She has also written a helpful article How to Get your Boss to Send you to the Atlassian Summit User Conference.