Jun 042015

SFciti_SFPD_FutureGrads_KickoffYesterday (June 3, 2015), San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and sf.citi Chairman Ron Conway announced the 4th annual Future Graduates summer tech internships program, a partnership between the San Francisco Police Foundation and San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (sf.citi).

The Future Graduates program enhances youth access to 21st Century work experience, placing local high school students in paid summer internships at innovative, San Francisco-based technology companies. – Read the full Press Release here.

AppFusions is proud to host 8 of the future graduates this summer, to make up our “AppFusions’ Future Grads Leadership Camp“. During the camp, we will be facilitating, encouraging, training, and empowering the future grads in many typical tasks found in a startup.

They will work with us on numerous efforts, learning and performing tasks such as product testing, product management reviews and inputs, marketing collateral development (printed / PDF briefs), demo video development, CRM enhancements and analysis, code analysis and reviews, and possibly other contributions depending on skills.

While we will provide positive guidance, tools and objectives, a big part of our program is about them developing their skills independently over the summer, while growing confidence through tangible results. We expect each of the future grads to come away from the program with solid skills for their “evolving resume” in life, and who knows, maybe we will hire them in the future too one day.

Read more (and watch video) about the program at KTVU’s story segment on the Future Graduates program. Also some Facebook photos.


Our sincere thanks goes out to SFciti.org, the SF Police Department, Chief Suhr, and the future grads that will be working with us on this shared opportunity.

While perhaps this is an opportunity for the future grads, honestly, AppFusions sees this as an incredible opportunity for our corporation as well, and super excited for the summer journey together!



 Posted by at 11:01 pm
Apr 222015

Last week, 4 of us from the AppFusions team traveled to Boston to participate in the IBM Connections user group called Social Connections 8.

Here’s a “storify” slideshow that captures some of the essence, as well as this quote by Simon Vaughan:

It was a great conference that I would highly recommend, if interested in getting up front, close, and personal with “who’s who” in the IBM Connections’ ecosystem. This includes the many folks that work daily to make IBM Connections’ customers successful: IBM developers, PMs, and IBM Collaboration Services’ (ICS) management — they were all there!

In addition, the conference was attended by a passionate group of customer end users and administrators, and dozens of expert consulting implementors from across the globe.

With a packed schedule, it was an exciting two days and we are grateful for attending!

Boston Science Museum Dragon – Gala Reception 4/16/2015

For our part, on Thursday afternoon, AppFusions’ Patrick Li and Ellen Feaheny presented about our new AppSpokes Framework for faster development and deployment of single code-based integration applications for cloud, on-premise, hosted, or hybrid IBM Connections environments. We’ll be sharing more on that soon enough; just getting going with some initial deployments.

Already from the conference, David Simpson, a full-on dragon slayer AppFusions’ developer, was inspired, and quickly integrated the IBM Connections functional header with Atlassian Confluence, bringing a native IBM Connections Cloud feel to Atlassian Confluence.

Here’s some of his results:


David then took it another level and added the header integration into AppFusions’ Immersive for Atlassian Confluence, in IBM Connections, and with a bit of additional theming, he morphed the Confluence theme to mirror the currently applied IBM Connections look and feel/theme.

For example, this:


… which looks a whole lot like the default IBM Connections theme, as shown here:



Harvard or MIT Crew doing a “Power10” on Charles River – 4/16/2015

AppFusions’ Technical PM and overall great human Danielle Zhu was also with us, and AppFusions’ “Boston-camp”spin-off wouldn’t have been the same without her!

AppFusions left the conference with more knowledge than we arrived with or brought too, which to me means success. Our plate runneth over on great IBM Connections’ integrations plans and fired-up-ness — going to be a great rest of the year! THANKS to the Social Connections planning team!

The “Next” Social Connections event is planned for October, 2015 in Stuttgart! If interested, email info@socialconnections.info.

Mar 202015

Today we released version 2.6.0 of Mixpanel Engagement Analytics for Atlassian Confluence. Before I describe the update, let’s describe the add-on.

With Mixpanel Engagement Analytics installed on your Atlassian Confluence instance, you can measure all the content creation, edits, views and deletion you want – site-wide and space-wide. It’s a a real powerhouse of an analytics platform which enables you to see what was done where and by whom.

Here’s a quick video demo from a while back:

What’s in the new release?

With newer versions of Confluence, some customers were reporting a performance issue with the way this add-on sent events to Mixpanel. We have markedly improved performance of the analytics with an architectural re-design of the data collection event queue.

Whenever an event we wish to track is triggered, the event is added into an queue to be sent to Mixpanel. A Confluence Job then sends the events over to Mixpanel in batches of 50 (the maximum number which they allow in their API) which so far has met our customers needs.


If you’re using this add-on, please upgrade to the latest version:

Download Mixpanel Engagement Analytics for Atlassian Confluence

 Posted by at 3:13 pm
Mar 072015

Yesterday we released version 3.4 of the popular Google Analytics for Atlassian Confluence add-on. While this is the first release to actively support Confluence 5.7, there are some other features I’d like to share.

Automatic filtering of bots and spiders

If you’ve got an externally accessible Confluence instance, then this new feature is for you.

Bots and spiders are essentially automated programs that hit or crawl your site looking for new content, or worse trying to fill your comments up with spam. The most basic bots won’t be able to execute JavaScript on your site, so happily they won’t pollute your Google Analytics reports. Unfortunately more advanced bots and spiders can crawl your site executing the JavaScript on each page, potentially making a mess of your analytics reports and really skewing the results.

These bots massively increase your reported sessions, bounce rates, users and % new sessions, but at the same time driving down the average session times. It’s basically a corruption of your reporting with false data.

This update corrects all the reports by excluding bot traffic. It’s possible to exclude bot traffic on Google Analytics by flipping a switch, but that doesn’t affect historical data. This feature allows you to see historical data without the bot traffic.

The screenshot below shows a before and after screen. On the left you see reporting with the bot traffic present. On the right, you see the same data, but this time filtered to remove the bots.


“Who viewed this?” restricted to space admins

We introduced on page user tracking reports in version 3.1. While you can add Google Analytics reports on any page without restriction, on page reporting of actual users should be restricted to more powerful users.

Here’s an example report:


“Google Analytics” menu item in “Space Tools” menu

We’ve also made it easier to see space level Google Analytics reports by adding a menu item in the Space Tools menu.


Try it out…

Download Google Analytics for Atlassian Confluence today.

 Posted by at 8:01 am
Jan 212015

440x220_2z_11-12For our fourth consecutive year at this IBM social business conference, AppFusions is pleased to be digging in deeper as a Silver Sponsor, further cementing our belief in connected systems and reduced silos given the social business/collaboration movement sweeping enterprises across the world.

9 of us from the AppFusions team will be attending the IBM ConnectED 2015 conference in Orlando, on January 25th-28th. We can’t wait to share our new and updated product releases with customers and IBMers alike.

IBMConnectED2015_AppFusionsThis year, we’ll be demo’ing both new and updated packaged integrations for IBM Connections V5 and Sametime V9. You can find us at Booth S4.

Cloud File Management Integrations with IBM Connections

Video here – yet development continues too! :) 

These integrations allow you to seamlessly authenticate, access, preview, download, upload, display all your cloud files, directly from within IBM Connections.

IBM-Integrations-Graphic-Connections-Wordpress-AtlassianWordPress with IBM Connections

Video here – yet development continues too! :) 

  • WordPress in IBM Connections V5 Extended!

This integration allows you to post your WordPress blogs directly to your IBM Connections community. Further, activity streams are logged, and IBM Connections business cards are displayed for the WordPress authors.

Atlassian Integrations with IBM Connections

Video here – yet development continues too! :) 

  • Immersive for Atlassian JIRA, in IBM Connections V5 Extended!
  • Immersive for Atlassian Confluence, in IBM Connections V5 • Extended!
  • Immersive for Atlassian Stash, in IBM Connections V5 • New!
  • Immersive for Atlassian Bamboo, in IBM Connections V5 • New!

These integrations bring your Atlassian systems into IBM Connections. All from within IBM Connections, you have powerful advanced search capabilities into all the different Atlassian applications, native IBM business cards in Atlassian applications, you can create a JIRA issue directly or share it, access and interact with Atlassian applications’ live activity streams, and more. AppFusions have been developing these integrations since 2013.

Atlassian Integrations with IBM Sametime

  • IBM Sametime V9 in Atlassian JIRA • Updated!
  • IBM Sametime V9 in Atlassian Confluence • Updated!
  • IBM Sametime V9 in Atlassian Stash • Updated!
  • IBM Sametime V9 in Atlassian Bamboo • Updated!
  • IBM Sametime V9 in Atlassian FishEye • Updated!

These integrations allow you to run rich IBM Sametime chat sessions, with context, from inside your Atlassian systems. These integrations have been supported since 2012.


AppFusions will have two demo pods, so we hope you will stop by to check these out and/or to discuss with us your use cases or other possibilities for IBM Connections integrations.

Note: All AppFusions’ integrations are for sale as packaged supported solutions. As you grow and evolve, as well as your systems, so also do your AppFusions’ integrations. We’re right there with you on your integrated social business/collaboration journey.

GoldenGateBridgeSmallAppFusions senior integrations experts build supported use-case driven integrations between some of the most popular collaboration tools in the industry. Our integrations are not just web-links. AppFusions’ solutions bridge systems with enhanced user experiences so you can work faster and better.

With over 50 packaged integrations, and counting, AppFusions solutions quickly solve common yet tough pain point integration challenges by bridging together Atlassian Software, IBM Connections and Sametime, Jive software, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Egnyte, Alfresco, Microsoft OneDrive, Yammer and Parature, Lingotek (translations), single sign-on solutions (SAML2, Kerberos, OAuth2), UserVoice, and more.

 Posted by at 4:08 am
Dec 022013

UPDATE – Featuring Voice of the Customer: CA Technologies. A project with 100s of documents in Confluence wiki, translated into 11 languages (i.e., English, Simplified Chinese, Finnish, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Japanese)! 😎

Enterprise Translations Hub for Atlassian ConfluenceUsing Atlassian Confluence to serve up your Product Documentation is one of the wisest strategic moves a CEO, CTO, or Information Developer can make. There are countless advantages: collaborative info development environment, flexible SEO-friendly platform, shared access tools, and now – over 100+ languages to be able to translate to and from.

Please join us for a live demo on Tues, Jan 07, 2014 at 11 am EST, to see Enterprise Translations Hub for Atlassian Confluence in action.

Enterprise Translations Hub for Atlassian Confluence is a joint development and solution by Lingotek – leaders in translation content technologies, and AppFusions – a top-tier Atlassian expert team with over 40 mixed platform integrations to their credit.

Larry Furr, Lingotek’s VP of Product Management, and Ellen Feaheny, Appfusions’ CEO, will show you how to translate your Atlassian Confluence product documentation into multiple languages, all from Atlassian Confluence. No content exporting, importing and translation vendor management – everything is created, translated and published in one place: Atlassian Confluence.

Bring us your hardest Atlassian Confluence and Translation services challenges or questions. We’re ready for them!

Enterprise Translations Hub for Atlassian Confluence
Oct 052013

The sibling tabs user macro for Confluence gives a simple way to create a horizontal tabbed navigation system between sibling pages in a Confluence space.

Here’s a video demo:

Here’s the code and how to apply it to your Confluence system:

In Confluence Admin | User Macros, create a new user macro and paste in:

Simply add the Sibling Tabs user macro whenever you want horizontal tabs — don’t forget to att the macro to each of the pages 😉


The AppFusions team provides tough-problem expert-level product development and consulting servicesOur portfolio of solutions is a prime example of our expertise, aside from much other community involvement. Nonetheless, we are only at the beginning of our journey.

Please reach out any time. We know we can help you – it is our relentless obsession and passion!

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Oct 052013

Announcing Gister for Confluence, a new Confluence add-on that does just one thing. Effortlessly.

Gist is a simple way to share snippets and pastes with others. All gists are Git repositories, so they are automatically versionedforkable and usable from Git.

Got a gist on Github?

Want to embed it in Confluence?

Paste the gist URL into the Confluence editor and your gist will automatically be embedded using the Gist macro.


Here’s how it works:

What does it cost? Nothing at all. Have this one on me.

Get Gister for Confluence for free

Works with Confluence 5.2 and up.


The AppFusions team provides tough-problem expert-level product development and consulting servicesOur portfolio of solutions is a prime example of our expertise, aside from much other community involvement. Nonetheless, we are only at the beginning of our journey.

Please reach out any time. We know we can help you – it is our relentless obsession and passion!

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Oct 032013

Following on from a previous post about searching Confluence from an external website, I’ve forked the code to search JIRA instead.

Atlassian JIRAThis very simple PHP code searches a remote JIRA server by querying the JIRA search REST API, the formats the results into a neat list.

Here’s a walk through video demonstration of the code and the resulting web page:

The source code in available on Bitbucket here.

Fork it. Adapt it. Secure it.

Let me know how you’ve used it 😉


The AppFusions team provides tough-problem expert-level product development and consulting servicesOur portfolio of solutions is a prime example of our expertise, aside from much other community involvement. Nonetheless, we are only at the beginning of our journey.

Please reach out any time. We know we can help you – it is our relentless obsession and passion!

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Sep 292013
Dalai Lama

..sprecken of “popular” .. Dalai Lama


The Popular tab on the dashboard of Atlassian Confluence displays:

  • Pages, blog posts and comments that people have recently liked.
  • Pages and blog posts that people have recently commented on, and threaded comments that people have recently replied to.
  • Pages and blog posts that have recently been created.

A fresh installation will display a helpful “Welcome, looks like you’re new here” section – as shown below.

Some companies do not want this functionality and want to know how it can be turned off.

It’s very easy to remove this functionality, as it is based on an add-on module that can simply be disabled.

Here’s how:

  • Browse to Confluence Admin | Atlassian Marketplace | Manage Add-ons
  • Filter for “dash” in “System” add-ons
  • Expand the Dashboard Macros add-on
  • Expand the 14 of 14 modules enabled link
  • Disable the Popular Tab (popular-tab) module

Having stepped through this process, the Popular tab will no longer be displayed. Simple.


The AppFusions team provides tough-problem expert-level product development and consulting servicesOur portfolio of solutions is a prime example of our expertise, aside from much other community involvement.

Nonetheless, we are only at the beginning of our journey. Please reach out any time. We know we can help you – it is our relentless obsession and passion!