Category Archives: announcements

Akeles evolves … being more social

We have shifted our blog to a new site. The new address is http://blog.akelesconsulting.com. Please update your bookmarks.

The new blog site will allow you to

  • retweet those articles you want to share with your peers
  • like the page for your Facebook friends

If you are an active Facebook user, you can follow us on our  Facebook fan page where we will share interesting links and updates.

With these changes, you can now follow us at


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Atlassian Named 2011 Technology Pioneer at World Economic Forum

Atlassian, our partner and the developers of JIRA and Confluence has been selected as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

The thirty-one winners of this year’s award hailed from 13 countries. Past winners include some of the most sensational names in business such as Google, Mozilla and Twitter.

This is a strong endorsement of Atlassian’s leadership in the collaboration and software development market.

We extend our congratulations to Atlassian and share the honour of being an Atlassian Partner.

Here’s a short interview with Scott Farquhar, Atlassian’s Co-CEO

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Confluence 3.3 released

The latest version of Confluence has been released with a faster and simpler editor.

Here’s a short video clip summary of the new features released.

For details, you can also release to Confluence 3.3 release notes

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Confluence Sharepoint Connector 1.2 released

The latest version of the Confluence SharePoint Connector has been released.  The key features in this release are:

  • Support for SharePoint 2010
  • Integrated Windows Authentication
  • Easy Connection to Additional SharePoint Site Collections
  • Multiple AD Domains

Confluence SharePoint Connector allows Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) users to tap on the strengths of Confluence wiki and its extensive plug-ins:

  • viewing SharePoint content on Confluence and vice versa
  • search within the content of pdf documents attached on Confluence pages
  • drawing diagrams online with the Gliffy plugin
  • drawing mockups with Balsamiq Mockups
  • and many other plugins

While documents are commonly used for work,  web pages are a better way to share information and collaboration.  One of the strongest evidence is the Internet, where there are more web pages than documents. For a quick overview of the Confluence SharePoint Connector, check out the video below.

For more details on the new features of Confluence SharePoint Connector 1.2, please refer to the release notes

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Let’s turn Copenhagen into Hopenhagen

As the world recovers from the financial crisis, we are facing another impending crisis – The Climate Crisis.

We are experiencing more and more hurricanes in the recent years, hotter temperature and rising sea levels which means our houses may be submerged under water in time to come.

Although the world may not end in 2012, it is likely that the end may arrive soon if we do not start doing something about it now. A new movement “HopenHagen” is gathering the support of all the citizens of Earth to demand world leaders to take proactive action to reduce carbon emissions to 350ppm (parts per million) and preventing irreversible climate damage.

Akeles Consulting invite you to join HopenHagen together with us to make a difference now.

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2 good news for Atlassian users

Great news from our partner. Atlassian has been named by IDC as 10 Innovative Applications Companies under $100M to watch“.  Atlassian has exemplified herself in the following key trends in applications:

  • Acceleration of software as a service (SaaS), business process outsourcing (BPO), and open source over traditional on-premise software
  • New business models for software use by service providers (software-within-a-service)
  • Web 2.0-like functionality moves into the enterprise (e2.0).

Another great news is that Atlassian has moved up ranks in this year’s Gartner‘s Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. The report cites

Atlassian is a Challenger because it has demonstrated the ability to penetrate a global market with its popular wiki functionality…

Both news are good recognition of Atlassian’s good business strategy and effort to deliver good & useful applications to the world.

For our clients on Confluence and JIRA, you can rest assured that you are on a leading platform and expect more useful & interesting features in time to come.

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Trade in your bug tracker for a free version of JIRA 4.0

Atlassian is currently running a promotion for JIRA 4.0 for users to trade in their bug tracker for a free version of JIRA 4.0 (10-user licenses)

Beside keeping track of bugs and change requests, JIRA can also be used for

  • Project Management – Track, allocate and report on project tasks with real-time statistics
  • Technical Support /Helpdesk – Escalate cases, monitor response statistics and manage team workload.
  • Agile Development – Estimate, allocate and track your iterations.

For those that haven’t tried using JIRA, here’s a good opportunity to try out the full enterprise edition of JIRA with no cost!

For those are using JIRA, you might want to share this information to your colleagues who are still using Excel worksheets, Bugzilla or other tools to track issues.

Here’s 10 more good reasons why you want to consider this attractive offer now.

For more details on this promotion, you may check out Atlassian’s website.

And here’s a quick preview on the new features to be launched in JIRA 4.0

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