Atlassian launches Forge, a brand new cloud app growth platform

Atlassian on Tuesday formally launched Forge, a brand new platform for builders who need to construct cloud apps for themselves or for the Atlassian Market. The brand new platform will make it simpler for builders to construct apps throughout Atlassian merchandise, beginning with Jira and Confluence. It also needs to make it simpler for builders to construct B2B purposes which can be prepared to fulfill the wants of Atlassian’s massive enterprise clients.

Atlassian spent two years investing in Forge, a serverless platform that removes the heavy lifting of app growth. 

“We’re basically future proofing your code by abstracting out how all that compute works underneath the covers,”  Mike Tria, Atlassian head of platform engineering, stated to ZDNet. “As a 3rd get together software developer on Atlassian, you possibly can really feel protected realizing that you have constructed your app, and nonetheless it will get deployed — wherever the client occurs to be, no matter the most effective type of compute, if that is desktop, cell — it is all serverless.”

Beforehand, builders that wished to increase Atlassian cloud merchandise might use the Atlassian Join growth framework. In contrast to Join, Forge is constructed from the bottom as much as assist builders create Atlassian-wide apps. At launch, Forge will assist Jira Software program, Jira Service Administration and Confluence, and Atlassian can be constantly including extra merchandise to the platform. 

As a result of apps constructed on Forge depend on Atlassian-hosted compute and storage, it is simpler for builders to make sure their apps are in compliance with GDPR and different regulatory necessities. It should additionally assist apps scale as much as meet the wants of enterprise clients. 

The Atlassian Market represents an enormous alternative for builders who need to attain enterprise clients. It is already one of many largest B2B SaaS marketplaces, producing round $1.7 billion in enterprise since its inception in 2012. Greater than 60 p.c of Atlassian’s 200,000-plus clients use at the least one app or integration from the Market — and enterprise is not any exception. 

“If something, they use extra apps and customizations to combine Atlassian tightly into their workflows,” Tria stated. “So these apps should undergo the identical degree of safety checks and questionnaires and compliance as our personal merchandise do.”

By enabling enterprise-grade safety on Forge, Atlassian expects to see complete new classes of purposes open up on {the marketplace}, Tria stated. 

‘”That is actually liberating builders as much as not should spend all of their time doing infrastructure, to allow them to spend their time innovating,” he stated. 

Already, greater than 50 new cloud apps are launched on the Market each month, after they have been reviewed by Atlassian. A few of the hottest assist with duties like time monitoring and workflow automation, Tria stated. 

After Forge was launched in beta final 12 months, greater than 3,500 apps have been created with the brand new platform. The Visualize with AWS app (for Confluence and Jira) by Utoolity renders declarative charts and diagrams for simple visible communication. Hyperlink Administration for Confluence by Energetic Apps lets clients discover and repair damaged hyperlinks throughout their areas.