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Atlassian Marketplace Partner Appfire Acquires SoftwarePlant

The new integration combines two powerful Atlassian Marketplace players in the marketing and sales data intelligence.

David Pepin

Appfire, a leading partner of the Atlassian Marketplace since its launch in 2005, has announced its acquisition of BigPicture, a Project Portfolio Management (PPM) and sales data intelligence tool developed by SoftwarePlant. BigPicture is designed to be integrated with Jira as a tool that helps business organizations manage digital portfolios, products, and projects in efficient ways.

“The rapidly expanding PPM market is at the center of the digital transformation wave and ripe for disruption. SoftwarePlant’s team and technology combined with our experience scaling software businesses will allow us to offer a compelling alternative solution,” said Randall Ward, co-founder and CEO, Appfire. “We look forward to helping operate SoftwarePlant’s growing business, while their founders continue to work toward what’s next in the PPM space.”

Since its launch in 2015, SoftwarePlant’s BigPicture tool has been used by over 30,000 teams in over 130 countries to increase efficiency and effectiveness of project management. The solution supports number of strategies for bottom-up reporting and top-down planning for data management solutions. The solution aims to create a single connection for its teams for sourcing data sets.

“The typical project and portfolio management solution is a homogeneous solution,” Michal Niwinski, co-founder and CTO, SoftwarePlant shared. “If a company decides to go with another solution, everyone has to migrate to that solution. Instead of reinventing the wheel, we have a deep bi-directional integration with existing team management tools that’s helped this product scale very quickly.”

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Appfire currently has over 190 solutions available on the Atlassian Marketplace with over 200,000 global installs.

“As BigPicture’s customer base has grown, there’s also been more demand for new functionality and better performance, reliability, and security,” commented Tom Kucharski, co-founder and CEO, SoftwarePlant.

“We felt that we could make improvements in sales and other areas with help from a strategic advisor to grow even further. We knew we needed a partner, and we were excited to find that Appfire’s team already shared our vision for the product and our values, in addition to the huge portfolio and market expertise they bring.”