4 Apps to report on Jira dashboards for multiple projects

Leo Díaz
Feb 2, 2021 4:30:00 PM

When working with Jira, we need the system to provide reports to measure our work since there's a lot of information distributed among several tasks and projects. That's why we're going to show four different solutions from the Atlassian Marketplace that will help you to create customized solutions to report on Jira dashboards for multiple projects. 

Using Jira to manage software development or just to track day-to-day tasks can be overwhelming. If you're not controlling this information, and if you need to continuously apply improvements within the processes and/or in the decision-making process, it's important to remember the following quote:

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.
- Peter Drucker.

And here's when the following options will allow you to create useful Jira reports for multiple projects, besides, in our blog and resources page, you'll find related content when creating reports for projects, mostly with Projectrak:

   - The four chapters of the Jira Project Reporting Academy:

        1. Set Projectrak as a project source and cross-project information in eazyBI.
        2. Generate charts and diagrams combining data from both Jira and Projectrak.
        3. Build reports to track your projects with Gantt Charts.
        4. Create a Jira dashboard with project information using Projectrak and eazyBI.

   - The advantages and some tips when integrating Projectrak & eazyBI.

   - Different ways to generate reports with Jira by default.

   - Monitor multiple projects through Jira dashboards.

   - A list of reports for Jira to make data-driven decisions.

   - Build Confluence reports from Jira project data.

4 Atlassian Marketplace apps to improve Jira project reporting

It is worth noticing there's a variety of solutions to improve reporting in Jira and create useful Jira dashboards for multiple projects, and you can find them from different apps in the Atlassian Marketplace; that's why, this time we'll review some of these solutions that, together with Projectrak, will enhance the tracking of projects in Jira.

Check the Atlassian Community reporting app demos for the Apptoberfest, here >>  

1. Custom Charts for Jira
Get quick charts with issues and projects cross-information

Although it has been in the Marketplace for over a year, this app is quickly carving a niche within many customers' facilities due to its simplicity. This app takes Jira reports to another level without a BI (Business Intelligence) tool's complexity. This app is available for both Cloud and Data Center.

Custom Charts for Jira to gain fast charts with project cross-informationDo you want to try this app? Pass by their website and directly work with it at an interactive playground.

Two things you need to know about Custom Charts for Jira:

  1. In the same gadget, you can choose the way you view the data (pie chart, bars, counter, etc.) without having to switch to another gadget.

  2. You can view these Jira gadgets in Confluence (This is important considering the new framework that Atlassian uses to develop gadgets will not allow you to import gadgets into Confluence by default.)

Old Street Solutions, the creators of this app, launched a version integrated with Projectrak, which will enhance users’ capacity to track projects through the reports provided by Custom Charts:

How does the integration of Projectrak and Custom Charts for Jira work?

By the end of last year, to promote this integration, we prepared a Co-Hosted Webinar, a series of webinars where we showcase different extensions for Atlassian tools. This was the time for Custom Charts, Projectrak, and Power Suite.

Check and like the Projectrak Apptoberfest demo in the Atlassian Community >> 

Before playing the video, be aware that we previously created a field in Projectrak called Project Status, which we have mapped into a Jira issue custom field, as seen below:

How to create a Status Field with Profields

How to create a project field, Status field type with Projectrak? As simple as seen above.
This is the first step to organize better your Jira projects.

Once the project field has been created and has some projects with issues within, and its project values updated to different statuses, it's possible to get the reports from projects without further configuration with Custom Charts. This app recognizes the fields created with Projectrak and adds the information to the graph. This feature, together with the new option they have incorporated of counting by projects, allows users to have different reports in which the information of the projects and the issues are crossed.

Watch the following video clip, which explains the integration of Projectrak and Custom Charts for Jira:

Tom Harris, from the Custom Charts team, explains how the integration with Projectrak (formerly Profields) works.

2. Rich Filters for Jira

Get dynamic dashboards based on the project information

Rich Filters is only available for Data Center, and it's one of those apps easy to recommend given its contribution to controlling environments through Jira dashboards. Very useful for support teams, for example.

The main benefit of Rich Filters for Jira relies on filtering right from the Jira dashboards, which completely reloads the dashboard based on the selected criteria. Besides allowing to incorporate new gadgets into the dashboard, it makes it a very handy app.

To get the results you need, it's necessary to configure the app to define which criteria (fields) will be used in each filter and its behaviors. Another advantage of this app is that it is easy to reuse once this configuration is completed.

Rich Filters for Jira gives dynamic dashboards based on the Profields project information The possibilities Rich Filters for Jira offers right from the Jira dashboards make it a powerful app.

Like the previous case with Custom Charts for Jira, we had a Co-Hosted Webinar with Qotilabs, Rich Filters' creators. They prepared a short video showing how the integration with Projectrak works.

Before hitting the play button in the following clip showing the integration of Projectrak and Rich Filters for Jira, bear in mind that we have created a field in Projectrak called Project Status, which we have mapped with a field of Jira issues, as we have shown before.

In addition to teaching how to perform a basic setup of Rich Filters, we'll also see how to use the Projectrak fields within the dashboard controller:

For this Co-Hosted Webinar edition, we also invited Communardo, who showed a great solution to structure data in Confluence.

3. eazyBI for Jira
Obtain advanced reports with project information

When it comes to Jira reports and/or when users need advanced reports, this app is usually the first choice, and it's a no-brainer. In addition to reports, eazyBI for Jira provides all the benefits a Business Intelligence (BI) tool for Jira might offer; This makes it very attractive for teams needing to have both: operational reports and strategic reports centralized in a single tool. A different case from Power BI, which allows connecting the BI tool to your Jira.

eazyBI it's a great Jira app to build advanced reports with project information coming from ProfieldsThe image above it's just a preview of all the charts you can get from Jira data adding eazyBI.

eazyBI is available for Cloud and Data Center, as well as its integration with Projectrak. Currently, it's the only app connected with Projectrak in both hosting options. Nevertheless, that situation will change this year. Projectrak will release its first version in Cloud with a public API, which will surely ease integration with other Atlassian Marketplace apps.

For this integration, there is no need to perform any particular configuration, given eazyBI extracts all the information from Projectrak through its API without the need to map fields to Jira.

In the same situation as the two apps mentioned before, we have a video explaining further. The first edition of the Co-Hosted Webinars was one in which eazyBI took part; there, you will see how eazyBI exploits the information from Projectrak.

Before watching the video, consider that we've previously created three project fields with Projectrak, and we've given it value in different projects. The project fields are Programming Language, Project Status, and Start Date. Look at the video:

This integration has become an alternative to create project reports in Jira as well as useful as the ones shown in this article.

4. Dashboard Hub for Jira
Get predefined dashboards to track projects easily.

It's an app that has been in the Atlassian Marketplace for a short time,  available for Jira Cloud, Server, and Data Center. It aims to inform about the evolution and status of the different KPIs associated with Jira Software, Jira Service Management, Bitbucket, or other tools (even outside Atlassian.)

Dashboard-hub-for-jira-DEISER-AppfireImagine having a Jira dashboard looking like this containing project information about your Jira projects.

Right after publishing the Projectrak Cloud Public API, we've integrated Dashboard Hub with Projectrak, allowing great ease when creating reports for project tracking in Jira Cloud by embedding in a Jira Dashboard any of the set of gadgets Dashboard Hub offers, these gadgets can be0 fed with project information handled with Projectrak. The following image can give you an idea of the possibilities you can achieve by using this integration:

Dashboard Hub gadgets fed with project information from Projectrak for Jira Cloud- DEISER - Atlassian
Dashboard Hub gadgets fed with project information from Projectrak for Jira Cloud.

Main benefits from Dashboard Hub:

It's an app that doesn't leave anyone who needs to publish Jira Dashboards indifferent, and you will need it if you want to:

  1. Unify within a single tool all the main development dashboards, support, and team management systems.

  2. Be able to report metrics to external Jira users.

Learn how Dashboard Hub helps you to enrich your Jira Service Management project reporting >>

As you might see, each app available on the Atlassian Marketplace offers a specific solution to a specific need within Atlassian tools.

Each Atlassian app solves a specific need within the creation of Jira project reports

It's important to note each app provides a different type of report. Each of them represents different solutions, and it's even possible to have these apps for reports installed in your Jira; this will depend on your needs.

If you have doubts about which reporting app for Jira is the best, or at least which one best fulfills your needs, we recommend trying them all; by doing so in Data Center, you'll have a 30-day free trial period; in Cloud, you'll have seven days to assess which choice is most suitable for you.

If you need any help, please remember, we're Atlassian Platinum Solution Partners. We help and advise you to find the best possible solution saving you time and cost.


The secret to start building great reports is here

The key behind greatness usually relies upon order, and there's no difference when building Jira dashboards.

To build solid project reports, it's essential to organize the information. Download this guide, organize and catalog the necessary information stored in Projectrak and bring to life those Jira dashboards for multiple projects you need so badly.


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