When you think of an API, you probably don’t picture a bunch of drawings on a whiteboard. But exactly one year ago, our plans for HipChat Connect were just that. In a year, this idea evolved through several stages and finally made it to public GA with over 30 partners. We’ve learned a lot about shipping and partnership in the process, and we hope what we’ve learned will be helpful to other software development teams (like yours, maybe).
This is a guest blog post by Justin Witz, CTO and project manager at PlanTools.
As a CTO and project manager of a remote team, I am particularly sensitive to issues that cause project failures. For my company, PlanTools, failed projects can mean lost profits, dissatisfied customers, reputation damage, lost opportunity for future engagements, and failure to secure a reputable referral source. While project management always has challenges, the particular obstacles of doing so with a remote team are unique.
If you’re a systems administrators or application admin, you probably spend much of your day in the command line interfacing with version control systems, initiating infrastructure jobs, and monitoring (allthethings). You probably also spend your day in HipChat communicating with your team. The new Puppet Enterprise for HipChat integration bridges the gap between conversation and action so you can run operations within chat, initiating a ChatOps collaboration model.
The cloud is a large, infinite place. Or so it may seem. With the new TOPDOX integration, the cloud feels accessible from chat in the simplest way.
TOPDOX connects cloud services Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive to HipChat. Rather than searching each cloud service individually to share or find a file, this integration consolidates the search process right inside of HipChat.
It’s the age-old lesson, and it continues in HipChat. Do good, and good will come to you. Karma Bot makes sure this is so.
Karma Bot enhances camaraderie and teamwork in any HipChat room by giving your team a fun, easy way to celebrate and encourage teammates. Using this bot, you’ll be able to give (and take away) karma points to teammates in your HipChat rooms, and this wise bot will keep tally.
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, a small number of users experienced issues accessing and interacting with HipChat. Whether the impact is small or large doesn’t matter—we know you rely on HipChat. As we work to scale HipChat and the underlying architecture, we’ve committed to keeping you up to date on what is happening.
We’re happy to announce the release of HipChat Server 2.0 in beta! Improvements to HipChat Server make it faster, more secure, and more reliable than ever.
Designers, marketers, engineers, and meme-lovers alike will fawn over the new Adobe Image Editor in HipChat. Instead of uploading and downloading images all day, you can now edit and create beautiful images right inside of HipChat using the power of Adobe. And that is some serious muscle.