In business, like in life, forging partnerships is never an easy thing to do. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, our partnership with Contegix has made a profound impact on the companies with which we work and how we provide the greatest impact to our customers. Most of you who follow this blog know by now that HotWax Media specializes in OFBiz development. However, these project management tools can be used no matter what platform you choose to develop in.
After working with rudimentary collaboration tools – read: not integrated – we went out and purchased a suite of tools that were supposed to solve many of our project management and company workflow challenges. After working with this software package (no need to name names) for a year and spending countless hours working with their professional services team and our business team, we were unable to make this software even close to the worth the investment. We learned from our mistakes and took this one to Contegix!
When we did our original research into the project management space, one of the contenders was the Atlassian suite of tools – but just didn’t measure up to the potential promised from the other tool. In the time between doing our initial evaluation, and the when the competition failed to live up to it’s promise, the Atlassian tools surged forward – and Contegix backed them as their solution to our problems we were facing.
From protecting access to applications and source code to managing documents and documentation – from showing SVN changesets to performing code review – from project management to development workflows – Atlassian has delivered an extensible set of applications that we can build a solid foundation on for our customers and internal teams alike. Preparing for our next set of posts, the tools we are using at this moment are:
- Crowd – centralized single sign on – permissions and access – easily pluggable to a variety of applications
- Confluence – document management and collaboration
- FishEye – real time reporting of source code repository changes
- Crucible – code and document review
- JIRA – project management and tracking
In this post, I had planned on going into detail about our Atlassian support partner, Customware, but we’ll save that for next post.
Tim Ruppert is Chief Operating Officer at HotWax Media, an OFBiz service provider, as well as an OFBiz project committer and active community member. Tim will join other HotWax Media employees and advisors in periodically posting thoughts here related to OFBiz, eCommerce, ERP, and related topics.