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We performed a comparison between Jira Align and JIRA Portfolio based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Agile Planning Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed JIRA Portfolio vs. Jira Align Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"Defect tracking and dashboards are the most valuable features of Jira Align.""The product has good visualization capabilities and helps to see the different dimensions of a plan.""The reporting structure is great.""I've had no issues with Align's stability.""The OKR experience is great.""Align enables the capture of all capabilities.""Velocity and reporting provide good visibility, burndown charts, and particularly velocity measurement.""The tool helps us to stick with the timeline and budget of our projects. It also helps me to identify dependencies and red flags and intervene wherever possible. I have found the key metrics tab also useful."

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"The most valuable feature of JIRA Portfolio is the visuals it provides rather than Kanban boarded tickets.""Managing product development and managing inter-team communications are also valuable features.""Has many functionalities including good supervision and workflows.""The initial setup is simple.""The most valuable feature of the JIRA Portfolio is for managing teams of 10 or more. It can track the program level and portfolio. There are plenty of beneficial features, such as the hierarchy-level view, customization, and structure plugin.""The most valuable feature of the JIRA Portfolio is the many features it provides, such as code integration, documentation, roadmap, and Eclipse. The solution is useful for product managers.""The most valuable feature for me is the visualization and organizing of the tasks. We can have a pick, and then we can stick the multiple issues under that, and then we can again have a sort of hierarchical installation, and that's very useful.""In general, the valuable features of the tool are its capabilities concerning dependency reports and task status."

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"Jira Align should reduce the many information fields we need to provide while closing defects.""There are fewer customization options in Jira Align due to how it was designed.""Deployment was very complex.""Jira Align's setup process could be more straightforward, and they could make training and educational documentation more accessible.""Other companies that are competitors of Jira and Confluence, they are able to create their active directories for the vendors that don't come in internally.""Lacks sufficient reporting capabilities.""The synchronization between Jira and Jira Align takes too long.""The tool's corporate pricing is expensive."

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"There should be an integration of efforts between the cloud service providers' side and JIRA Portfolio.""If you want to generate a report for individual usage, it's difficult.""It's got kind of a steep learning curve.""The HR aspect of the solution could be improved.""The solution's look and feel could be a bit more intuitive and user friendly.""Currently lacks AWS integration.""The kanban board could also use some more filters. We just had a project where the deployment for Jira didn't have any ETA, and it's a requirement for the client. We accommodate a lot of issues on the board, so the workaround was to create boards by project, not client.""The interface JIRA Portfolio could improve."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The software is very good, but the price is expensive. Our licensing costs are on a monthly basis, but there are no additional costs to the standard license fees."
  • "The license for Jira Align is priced fairly."
  • "Jira Align is quite expensive for small-to-medium companies, but it's quite reasonable for larger ones."
  • "I would rate this solution a nine out of ten for pricing. The price of the solution depends on the number of people using it and the projects you are working on."
  • "My company pays approximately 399 USD per month for the solution."
  • "On a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate Jira Align a seven out of ten."
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  • "The price could be improved."
  • "We have a license to use JIRA Portfolio, we are not using the free version."
  • "Portfolio is well-priced - a license for ten users costs $100 or $150 a month."
  • "Portfolio is very expensive, costing on average $2000-3000 per user per month."
  • "On a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the pricing an eight."
  • "There are free plugins available, but most of them are at an additional cost. Additionally, other services are an extra cost."
  • "I rate JIRA Portfolio a five out of ten for its pricing."
  • "On a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the pricing a six."
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    Top Answer:Defect tracking and dashboards are the most valuable features of Jira Align.
    Top Answer:Jira Align should reduce the many information fields we need to provide while closing defects. Jira Align should improve the ease of use for developers.
    Top Answer:Our clients use Jira Align for new development and defect tracking.
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature for me is the visualization and organizing of the tasks. We can have a pick, and then we can stick the multiple issues under that, and then we can again have a sort of… more »
    Top Answer:There is room for improvement in terms of scalability.
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    Jira Align is a cloud-based agile planning tool designed to help enterprises visualize, manage, and carry out large-scale software and IT projects. Jira Align’s features are designed to align the activities of your company’s development team with the overall goals of the organization by helping you achieve the following results:

    • Connect and coordinate enterprise-level business teams.
    • Make your entire enterprise’s work visible to drive and improve business outcomes.
    • Improve product quality with a fully aligned organization.
    • Shorten delivery cycles by increasing operational efficiency.

    With Jira Align’s integration with Jira Software, businesses can simplify governing large-scale software development efforts by translating their strategy and goals into the technical execution and delivery of work.

    Jira Align uses the aggregated data from Jira Software to produce reports on every aspect of the development process. Product stakeholders are granted immediate visibility into the progress that has been made and can easily identify delays and their causes.

    The solution also assists in budget planning by assigning expenses to various work items and giving management real-time insights into ongoing expenditures and performance against set budgets.

    Jira Align Features

    Some of the top features and benefits of using Jira Align include:

    • Strategy management: Jira Align provides a clear visualization of where your enterprise is holding via strategic snapshots. The snapshot helps guide teams throughout the product. With the snapshot in view, it becomes easier to see and track the goals your company wants to carry out.
    • Progress monitoring: View a progress bar that provides indication of the level of completeness of your projects. The interface is populated with live data, which assists with planning and execution reporting.
    • Reporting and metrics: Jira Align creates valuable insights using the aggregated data it collects, ensuring that changes are tracked across teams and results are made visible early on in the process. These metrics allow managers to quickly determine what actions need to be taken.
    • Scalability: Jira Align is designed to work within organizations with hundreds of technical staff members and it can scale to support tens of thousands of users.
    • Backlogs and workflows: Effectively manage your work utilizing backlogs and workflow boards.
    • Customizable dashboard: Lay out key data points to help management keep tabs on important items. Easily make decisions based on active live consolidated data along with forecasting, risk tracking reports, and more. To help lower risks, Jira Align provides you with a visualization of program cross dependencies. It also displays a comprehensive view of resource utilization across projects, and highlights inefficiencies so that they can be resolved quickly.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Jira Align stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its program-level planning options and its reporting capabilities.

    A project manager at a consultancy notes, “I like how things can be sorted out, and it shows the different objectives one can do. You could also create a team view that would allow your team to see work outcomes. Jira Align also helps with the reporting, because we can export data to Excel or another format.”

    Jira Portfolio is an agile roadmapping tool designed to help teams build plans, envision the big picture, track progress, and share the process with stakeholders.

    Jira Portfolio is planned based. A plan in Portfolio is a complete view of the tasks, teams, and release dates for your Jira projects.

    Once you start to create a plan, there are three main factors you need to define: 

    • Scope: A list of tasks that need to be carried out in order to complete the plan.
    • Teams: Who will be implementing the work? With the correct data in place, Portfolio can estimate how long it will take for the team to complete their tasks.
    • Releases: Your scheduled release date.

    With Jira Portfolio, you can create a visual timeline to gain visibility across each of your teams and projects in a single place from a granular level and review cross-team and cross-project dependencies to prevent bottlenecks. This visibility can help you plan realistic release dates and manage your team’s capacity. The solution allows you to try out different scenarios with your roadmap and resources to help guide your decision making. Once you have a solid plan, you can easily integrate with Jira Software and commit your changes.

    Jira Portfolio allows managers to easily add team members. The tool’s powerful scheduling algorithm assigns tasks to teams while taking priorities and dependencies into account so it can create a realistic forecast for project completion. 

    Jira Portfolio Benefits

    Some of the top benefits of using Jira Portfolio include:

    • Roadmaps and roadmaps dependencies: Roadmaps list details about the tasks that need to be executed in order to complete a project, as well as predictions for when they will be completed, which teams are in charge of the task, and a list of resources they require. By setting dependencies on your team’s roadmaps, unnecessary bottlenecks are avoided.  
    • Integration with Jira: Jira Portfolio is dynamically integrated with your Jira Software project data and constantly pulls your latest data from Jira Software, allowing you to plan your projects with updated information.
    • Envision scenarios: Create what-if scenarios and save them to Jira if you decide to adopt them.
    • Reporting: Share capacity reports and more to allow team members and stakeholders to gain visibility and insights into the process.
    • Task completion estimation methods: Estimate how long a specific task will take and compare these estimations with the actual time to completion to help assess team performance and efficiency and improve the accuracy of estimation calculations over time. 

    Reviews from Real Users

    Jira Portfolio stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its roadmap creation tools and its flexibility.

    Meeta L., a lead product manager at a tech vendor, says, “The valuable features of the JIRA Portfolio are the customization it provides which is very useful and the Agile project management capability.”

    Juan P., a senior IT project manager at Avantica, writes, “Portfolio helps us increase the visibility of projects' status and management with remote workers who make up most of the company.”

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    Sample Customers
    Anthem, nielsen, Homeland Security, NCR, dimension data
    Rosetta Stone, Sprint, UBS, Workday, Expedia, J.P. Morgan
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Transportation Company8%
    Educational Organization8%
    Financial Services Firm28%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Insurance Company7%
    Computer Software Company38%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    JIRA Portfolio vs. Jira Align
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about JIRA Portfolio vs. Jira Align and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Jira Align is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 20 reviews while JIRA Portfolio is ranked 5th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 30 reviews. Jira Align is rated 8.0, while JIRA Portfolio is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Jira Align writes "Creates visibility, has lots of reports, and removes silos". On the other hand, the top reviewer of JIRA Portfolio writes "Great roadmapping, reasonably priced, and good support services". Jira Align is most compared with ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, Planview AgilePlace, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Targetprocess and Rally Software, whereas JIRA Portfolio is most compared with Smartsheet, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Adobe Workfront, Microsoft Project Server and Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management. See our JIRA Portfolio vs. Jira Align report.

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