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We performed a comparison between Jira Align and Microsoft Azure DevOps 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 Align vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"I like Jira's structured project plan, with tasks and subtasks. Jira can use various external plugins. Third-party providers can add new features to the solution. If I need some functionality, I can usually find an app for it. They have thousands.""The product has good visualization capabilities and helps to see the different dimensions of a plan.""Being able to do PI planning using the program levels is most valuable. I find that the program-level reporting is most useful.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""It's easy to set up.""Jira Align's most valuable feature is the view of strategic control reports for high-level directors.""Jira Align is an intuitive tool that features a roadmap view...The initial setup was straightforward...Jira Align is definitely worth the money.""I've had no issues with Align's stability."

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"I think the most usable thing is that you can follow the whole progress of the development process. This makes it very useful for us.""Azure DevOps' collaborative features are good, and it integrates well with other tools in the software development process, like quality testing, documentation, and agile development.""This is an all-in-one, one-stop shop, nothing comes close.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that it saves time.""The most valuable features of Microsoft Azure DevOps are high-level protection. The protection is very important to the customers to prevent eavesdropping. eavesdropping is when a hacker tries to get into the solution. With this solution is it difficult for them to do it.""It's a pretty problem-free solution.""Microsoft Azure DevOps has helped the developers a lot and we are deploying process changes very frequently and simultaneously. A lot of my team members that are developers are updating the code in parallel using Git. Additionally, Microsoft Azure DevOps is providing a very good approval mechanism. Overall it is benefiting by creating efficiency in production deployment and applications, our new releases are running well. The security of secured is good.""Our technical sales staff and business development people need to know how far the developers are on any product that we're developing. DevOps makes it easier for you to see how far along they are with the work because they have a repository where they store everything. There is a portal where you can see what has been done, what has been tested, what is working, and what isn't. I have a huge dashboard with an overview of what the development team is doing from an executive point of view."

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"The synchronization between Jira and Jira Align takes too long.""Jira Align can improve the visibility of executive teams.""The solution needs to improve its pricing. It also needs to provide an integrated view of how other tasks are to be tracked. It would be also useful to see the integration of Confluence, Teams, and Slack into the product. I want to be able to communicate directly with others while using the product. I am also not sure if the integration of third-party alternate workflow tools like SAP would be possible.""There are fewer customization options in Jira Align due to how it was designed.""Jira Align should reduce the many information fields we need to provide while closing defects.""One area for improvement is that Jira Align's double menu and multiple menus can be difficult for new users.""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.""I would like to see Jira Align merge and integrate better with Jira as a whole. A lot of the time, the data from Jira won't map very well into Jira Align."

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"More features can be included.""Testing is very important. Microsoft Azure DevOps tests very well. However, DevOps teams need to be aware of what they are impacting when someone updates anything on the system.""We did have some brief performance issues, however, that was due to putting everything on one epic instead of breaking a project up.""Reporting could be better. We would like to see how many applications are onboarded in DevOps and in which phase they are. We would like to know for how many applications we have done only the repository, but we have not yet done the build pipeline or deploy pipeline. Currently, there is no such report. We have to figure it out ourselves. There is no way to check how many applications are completing their build pipelines, how many applications are completing their deploy pipeline, how many are ready to use, and how many pipelines are working.""As for room for improvement, more features need to be added to the classic pipeline. The build and release pipelines are present, but there has not been much improvement there.""The optimization feature in Microsoft Azure DevOps needs improvement. Control over multiple projects could also be improved.""The UI could be improved.""When we don't have some permissions, we have to research how to get them."

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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 majority of the components are reasonably priced."
  • "There are additional costs for some functionality, such as increased scalability."
  • "I am not aware of any licensing subscriptions for the solution."
  • "This product could maybe be cheaper. My organization handled licensing, so I'm not aware of which subscription they have."
  • "I don't know the pricing of DevOps. It would be much cheaper than ALM because ALM came out as a software product initially. Now they are moving into a cloud and subscription model. In that case, Microsoft is coming from Azure and the cloud and DevOps and software as a service, so it would be much cheaper, but the catch would be that they are trying to get money on all the sides, like an operating system, Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Azure DevOps."
  • "The price of the solution is expensive."
  • "The solution costs $5 or $10 per user, per month."
  • "We do not pay licenses for this solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    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:Jira is a great centralized tool for just about everything, from local team management to keeping track of products and work logs. It is easy to implement and navigate, and it is stable and scalable… more »
    Top Answer:TFS and Azure DevOps are different in many ways. TFS was designed for admins, and only offers incremental improvements. In addition, TFS seems complicated to use and I don’t think it has a very… more »
    Top Answer:The available Kanban board is the best feature for management decisions.
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    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
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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.”

    Microsoft Azure DevOps is a cloud service that enables developers to collaborate on code development projects and create and deploy applications quicker than ever before. The service helps unite developers, project managers, and software development experts through a collaborative experience while using the application. For the users' convenience, Azure DevOps offers the user cloud services through Azure DevOps Services or an on-premises service using Azure DevOps Server. In addition, it supports integration with additional services and adding extensions, including the ability for the user to create their own custom extensions. 

    Azure DevOps provides a variety of unified features that can be accessed through their web browser or IDE client, such as:

    • Azure Pipelines - Develop and deploy services to support ongoing application integration and delivery. Azure pipelines, which work with almost every project type and most languages, will automatically test code projects in order to make them available to others.

    • Azure Artifacts - Share packages and integrate package sharing between teams. Packages include NuGet, npm, and Maven, in addition to other private and public sources. Developers can now share and consume packages with other developers from different public registries.

    • Azure Repos - Offers source control of your code through Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) or Git repositories. Developers can now keep track of any changes that are made in their code over the course of their project.

    • Azure Test Plans - Offers continuous and manual/exploratory app testing through several tools. Test Suites, or a collection of Test Cases, are grouped together in a container called a Test Plan.

    • Azure Boards - Provides a suite of Agile tools to track work, support planning, code defects, and general issues while using Kanban and Scrum software. Teams are in need of tools that are flexible and will help them grow. Azure Boards is a service that helps developers manage their software projects. 

    Benefits of Microsoft Azure DevOps

    Microsoft Azure DevOps offers many benefits, including:

    • A quick setup and easy deployment
    • An elastic scale
    • Exceptional security
    • No-maintenance operations
    • Effortless collaboration through domains
    • The ability to create and deploy products faster than traditional software

    Reviews from Real Users

    Microsoft Azure DevOps stands out among its competitors for a variety of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to forecast how long each task will take and the ability for users to follow the entire development process.

    PeerSpot viewers note the effectiveness of this solution. An executive chief operating officer for a cloud provider notes, “We can forecast tasks and the number of hours a task will take and can compare it with how long a task actually takes.” 

    Carlos H., a product and system director at SPCM, writes, “I think the most usable thing is that you can follow the whole progress of the development process. This makes it very useful for us.”

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    Anthem, nielsen, Homeland Security, NCR, dimension data
    Alaska Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Columbia, Skype
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Maritime Company8%
    Financial Services Firm28%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Insurance Company7%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Jira Align vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps
    September 2023
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    Jira Align is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 20 reviews while Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 1st in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 40 reviews. Jira Align is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Jira Align writes "Creates visibility, has lots of reports, and removes silos". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "High level protection, scales well, but more customer feedback updates needed". Jira Align is most compared with JIRA Portfolio, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, Planview AgilePlace, Targetprocess and Rally Software, whereas Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with GitLab, Jira, TFS, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management and Rally Software. See our Jira Align vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps report.

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