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Atlassian’s JIRA 5 Takes Flight With @Mentions, Sharing And Enterprise Version

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Atlassian, which makes product management software for software development, is debuting a new version of its collaboration software for product teams, JIRA. As you may know, JIRA is a product and issue management tool that connects people, applications and activity to accelerate the software development process.

JIRA 5 is debuting today with a number of new social features such as mentions, sharing and live activity streams. JIRA 5’s new sharing and mention features make it easier to pull team members or co-workers into the conversation. Live activity streams update team members on all related activities and information, much like Facebook and Twitter activity streams.

An expanded plugin API and improved REST APIs allows third-party developers to integrate with JIRA. More than 30 integration partners, including Box, Gliffy, New Relic, Zephyr, Zendesk, Salesforce.com, Tempo and GetSatisfaction are launching JIRA 5 compatible third-party products. And more than 100 commercial and free plugins are also available with today’s launch.

Atlassian, which has over 20,000 customers of the product, says that JIRA is currently used by more than 70 percent of Fortune 100 companies. Because of the increasing number of large deployments, Atlassian is introducing a new JIRA Enterprise offering with additional support, training and engagement. Customers with 500 or more JIRA users can now receive 24/7 phone support, end-user training, and administrator certification, among other services.

Atlassian has been seeing success as one of the go-to software platforms for the software development world. Revenues for 2011 were $102 million, up 35 percent, and the company tells us it did $10 million in revenue in January alone.