Atlassian announces new pricing plans, features in latest platform update

The update includes a new feature set for its admin command center Atlassian Access, with tools for identity, data loss prevention, and suspicious activity detection.

Collaboration software: Time to call BS Collaboration software sounds great in theory, but like the open floor plan in offices there are downsides. The noise can be a bit ridiculous. Tools like Slack--and things like Yammer and a graveyard of other tools--were supposed to end email. Instead, email is still favored by workers to get real work done. Why? Enterprise social networking is too noisy. How many times have we wanted to yell into one of our 100 Slack channels so people will stay on point. It's a chat fest that can hurt productivity. Now it looks like vendors may be getting more of a clue. Atlassian launched software called Stride that has a focus button and tools that can turn conversations into workflows with integrated video and voice meetings on the fly. Perhaps the biggest perk is the focus button. Collaboration needs an offramp and let's face it you can spend more time collaborating instead of getting work done. There needs to be more of this. Whether it's Facebook@Work, which is basically a version of Facebook for the enterprise, Microsoft Teams or some other package collaboration has forgotten about the work and productivity part of the equation. Sometimes you need to duck your head and plow through a few tasks.

Collaboration and productivity software firm Atlassian on Thursday announced a bevy of updates to its cloud platform, including new pricing and packaging plans as well as product and platform enhancements.  

The new cloud packages include a premium edition designed for enterprises requiring more advanced features, like support and storage and free versions for popular Atlassian products such as Jira and Confluence.

"These plans allow us to optimize for a variety of customer use cases, industries, verticals, and markets to better enable customers of different shapes, sizes, and regulatory environments with the pricing and capabilities they need," said Atlassian co-CEO Scott Farquhar, in a blog post.

Atlassian is also introducing new enterprise-grade functionality and tooling, including new features meant to offer customers additional control, security, reliability, and privacy. For instance, the company will soon let customers choose where their data is stored within Atlassian's global footprint. Customers will also gain the ability to customize the URL for their Jira and Confluence Cloud sites as a way to ensure trust brand familiarity for their end-users.

Meanwhile, Atlassian is expanding the feature set for its admin command center Atlassian Access, with new tools for identity, data loss prevention, and suspicious activity detection. Updates include integration capabilities with Microsoft ADFS for single sign-on (SSO) and Google Cloud Identity for SSO and user provisioning. Additionally, admins will have access to new audit logs and analytics for greater visibility and control. 

This latest platform update follows another significant set of feature enhancements that Atlassian announced in April. The updates included new incident management capabilities and integrations across the Atlassian platform, a revamped user experience and 15 new features for Confluence, and performance and infrastructure enhancements to the company's self-managed enterprise offering.