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What You Need to Know about Atlassian’s Compass and Atlas Tools

By Elizabeth Clor

Since 2009, Atlassian has hosted an annual summit to show the world what’s new within the Atlassian ecosystem and how, with the help of the right tools, software teams around the globe can unleash their full potential. After a two-year break from hosting an in-person event, Atlassian’s live experience resumed this past April—and it did so with a bang. The Team ’22 event brought together leaders, innovators and thinkers in one place to connect and harness new skills for the workplace, where Atlassian unveiled two new products specifically designed for the modern way of work. 

As work continues to become more digitized, and teams continue to become more distributed, companies need to rethink their organizations’ toolbox. With their release of Compass and Atlas, two DevOps and work management tools, Atlassian is helping teams around the world get started. 

Here’s a closer look at what exactly these tools do and how users can make the most of their capabilities with the help of an experienced Atlassian solutions provider.

Atlassian Atlas: A One-of-a-Kind Teamwork Directory

As projects—and teams—grow, keeping everyone in the loop can become a seemingly impossible task, particularly when so many companies have ditched the office in favor of hybrid or remote work. That’s why Atlassian has Introduced Atlas, a new tool billed as a “teamwork directory to connect the dots across teams, their apps, and work—wherever it happens.” 

With Atlas, all the information for each project is gathered in one central location, keeping teams in sync while also allowing them to cut back on never-ending video meetings. Every project in Atlas receives its own dedicated homepage, and all teammates are reminded to post updates each week. They can do this through Atlas directly or through tools like Jira or Trello, or even Slack and Microsoft Teams. The beauty of Atlas is that it aggregates information about a project from across all of a company’s digital tools.  

In addition, each individual user receives a personalized profile with details about what projects they’re currently working on, who they’re working with and what they’ve already completed. That way, each individual teammate knows where they stand with regards to the project’s goals and helps the entire team stay on track.

Atlassian Compass: Taking the Headaches out of Distributed Architectures 

The second major product unveiled at the Team ’22 event was Compass. Like Atlas, it’s meant to streamline workflows and information for teams, only with a focus on tackling distributed software architecture. 

Distributed software architecture occurs when different software components are located on separate computer systems, yet these different systems are meant to operate as a cohesive whole. Managing such disparate tools can be confusing, take a lot of time and increase the likelihood of important information being lost or misinterpreted as developers build out code. 

With Compass, software teams gain a holistic, unified view of their software architecture, taming software sprawl (a large number of software licenses that overlap and/or are underused) and making sure teams ship the best code possible. Compass provides three distinct features to accomplish this:

  • Scorecards provide teams with a “health” check of their architecture, making sure it has strong security and meets all necessary compliance requirements. 
  • Apps help teams align their work across various SaaS tools and choose the tool that best suits their needs. 
  • Components give developers an easy way to track and share components, documents and more. 

Other notable Atlassian updates:

Atlassian also used the stage at this year’s conference to introduce two major updates to its flagship platform that are critical for teams operating in today’s data-driven world. 

With Atlassian Data Lake, teams can now take advantage of cross-product and cross-instance data, speeding up time to insights with pre-modeled and enriched fields. Then, with Atlassian Analytics, users can harness the data captured in this lake in one unified hub. Not only does this provide easy access for all users, but it offers a multitude of ways to visualize the data collected.

Get Started with Support from an Atlassian Partner

For those new to Atlassian or just looking to get the most from the new tools, an Atlassian partner like Contegix can be a major asset.

Contegix’s team of experts work to ensure each Atlassian tool aligns to an organization’s specific business needs across their various teams. Contegix can configure plugins, perform mergers, integrations, and migrations, customize solutions, and maintain a secure Atlassian environment, all while keeping costs in check. For those looking to add Atlas and Compass to their ecosystem, a partner like Contegix can ensure a smooth implementation.

Learn more about how Contegix can set up and support new Atlassian products with your organization.