When we at Midori are working on a new product, we aim to deliver our best possible solution, leveraging our 15+ years of experience working with Atlassian software. We don't just aim to do the simplest feature set and the easiest part, just to get it over with. We ask what hard problems customers struggle with, then we aim to solve those the best possible way.
This is what we always set out to do and we believe that we achieved this with our new Excel exporter app.
We are happy to announce that Better Excel Exporter for Jira Cloud has been released! Check it out on the Atlassian Marketplace!
What is Better Excel Exporter Cloud?
Better Excel Exporter Cloud is a native Jira Cloud app that allows you to export your Jira Cloud data to standard Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
Better Excel Exporter is shipped with ready-to-use templates for many typical use cases.
Take your Jira Cloud data and create intuitive and complex Excel exports and reports like:
- Issue comments Excel export
- Issue history report
- Created vs. Resolved report
- Total Time in Status report
- User Timesheet report
- Jira Service Management Report
- (... many more)
- plus your custom Jira Cloud Excel reports!
Note that you can export not only from the Issue details or Issue Navigator screens, but from the Jira Software backlog, Scrum and Kanban board screens, as well. (Even more screens and contexts will be added in the future.)
What did the early adopters think?
First off, a huge "THANK YOU" goes out to our most interested Server and Data Center customers, volunteering for alpha and beta testing. Their early feedback and sheer enthusiasm were a great source of motivation for the entire Midori team.
Customizable Excel export templates
"I have looked at Jira Cloud for Excel and some of the other Excel exporting options, but I want to have more control over the logic and format than just having a saved filter that produces bland Excel output." - Ben, a current customer on Jira Server
Just like Ben, our customers that are looking to migrate to the Cloud highlighted the control over the layout of the Excel export and the logic they can apply through templates and scripting. These enable customers to have much more than a simple Jira Excel export, but a dynamic and flexible Excel reporting and Business Intelligence solution.
Always correct data types
Less technical-savvy, business customers emphasized the correctness of exported data formats (dates, numbers, etc) and how that made it easy for them to work or share the Jira Excel reports without manual corrections.
Renato said, "Jira Cloud for Excel worked fine, but there's no ability to apply a template with a flexible layout. The reports I'm looking to create are Jira Software Sprint Reports, some aggregation of story points by component, initiative, period."
From another team, William said, "what we like about Better Excel Exporter Cloud is the much better data formatting. No surprises about unexpected date formats, etc. Also, Jira issue keys are exported as hyperlinks to the Jira issues!"
Jira issue keys as a hyperlink
Devil lives in the details, customers seem to love that Jira issue keys are exported as clickable links.
Ambika from a huge financial conglomerate mentioned: "One of the reasons we (especially program managers) like using Better Excel Exporter Cloud is because it exports the data in Excel with hyperlinks to Jira tickets."
How is it different from Jira Cloud for Excel?
Some of these capabilities are covered to some extent by other existing solutions. For example, Jira Cloud for Excel is a Microsoft Excel add-in made by Atlassian.
It's important to understand what it's good for and what it's not. Or, how to overcome its limitations (weak data formatting, no support for scripting complex Jira reports or no clear plans for integrations, etc.) with Better Excel Exporter. As it wouldn't fit the topic of this announcement, we highlighted the main differences in a separate blog post. We strongly suggest you read that write-up for a proper comparison.