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We performed a comparison between Jira Align and Rally Software 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. Rally Software Report (Updated: January 2023).
672,411 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The OKR experience is great.""I've had no issues with Align's stability.""The most valuable features are the ability to customize the entries and to update them quickly. Since the new version they released, we started utilizing the customization features to create specific codes and symbols for our teams that were not available before. For example, in team A each person had their own symbols and we had our own demarcation. When our project or task was completed, we had a code that we could enter online that let the main project managers know that it was time to remove it.""It's easy to set up.""In my previous experience, the Portfolio and Structure feature in Jira is really valuable because it assists with forecasting for projects.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""The most valuable feature of Jira Align is the overall team vision.""Jira Align's most valuable feature is the view of strategic control reports for high-level directors."

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"We use the roadmap features, and we're getting better at using dates to use the roadmap so that we can see if we're on target for work.""What I like most about Rally Software, in terms of using it for the agile process, is that it's clear, useful, and user-friendly. I also like that it has every field you can use for the Scrum process.""It's very user-friendly.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the Kanban board.""The product has excellent customizable reports.""The most valuable features of Rally Software are the executive dashboards, ease of use, and many other features. They have encapsulated everything that a GI can do, such as monitoring, maintaining, and then releasing. It's continuous integration and development."

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Cons
"One area for improvement is that Jira Align's double menu and multiple menus can be difficult for new users.""It would be helpful if they had something for capacity planning that was simpler to understand.""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.""The synchronization between Jira and Jira Align takes too long.""Maybe some of the terms and the connectivity could be improved.""One of the biggest issues I found in the new version was once we clicked on one of the tasks that were specifically for our group and went to look at the other portfolios in other areas we had to browse all the way back to the beginning. If you click the back button, it would not work, it stayed the same place. Additionally, if you click on page B, but then you wanted to go back to page A it would not go back to page A. You would have to browse back to the portfolio and then find your group again and open it. This was the only issue that I had with it and I am not sure if it is a Jira issue or it was because of the way the site was laid out.""The workflows are scalable from portfolio to individual level but can sometimes be complex to navigate.""We have experienced errors with the internal server that occurs frequently."

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"What I don't like about it is that it is really hard to find old work to reference information and use the reporting section of the application in terms of trying to analyze trends. If I am trying to find out which interfaces took this long and I want to compare and measure improvement from one quarter to another quarter, the reporting mechanism within Rally is very troublesome. They have an Excel plugin that you're supposed to use, but you literally have to pull the raw data out before you can do the analysis. You can't do it within Rally, and if you can, it is a secret, and I don't know how to do it. It should have better, easier, and user-friendly reporting without having to use the Excel add-in. It is very clunky. There is a lot of data in there, but it is not organized in such a way that makes it intuitive. You really have to kind of look for where do you put your documentation or dates. Some customization is available, but it is not plug-and-play like Jira. When I switched from TFS to Jira, I just went and started using Jira, whereas with Rally, you kind of have to really get in and figure out what you need to do before you set stuff up, or you're going to get yourself stuck. You can just start using Jira and be successful.""We want Rally to generate OKRs, to allow teams to record the OKRs, and then the OKRs can be mapped to the epics and there is organizational alignment.""The product needs to have more integration capabilities.""We'd like better dashboards to make visibility better.""In Rally Software, the connection with GitLab and GitHub needs improvement."

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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."
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  • "We are always looking for a discount, if the solution was less expensive it would be a benefit."
  • "I understand it's a little more expensive. That is why many people prefer Jira."
  • "Rally Software costs $50 a month, and for a base account, that price is acceptable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Jira Align helps us manage communication and tasks for a variety of teams without overlap.
    Top Answer:The workflows are scalable from portfolio to individual level but can sometimes be complex to navigate.
    Top Answer:I used Jira Align when I was working with CACI. We use Jira Align to build and manage workflows, which allows each team to understand their work.
    Top Answer:We'd like to be able to export information about the users, like rules. It's not easy to identify the teams, users, and rules. We'd like better dashboards to make visibility better. They are a bit… more »
    Top Answer:We primarily use the solution to scale agile and for safety.
    Top Answer:I was a user and customer. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten. I've very happy with the solution.
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    CA Agile Central, Rally Enterprise, CA Agile Training, CA Agile Coaching, CA Agile Academy, CA Agile Management , CA ALM
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    Overview

    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.”

    With Rally Software, you can plan, prioritize, manage, track, and continuously improve your work so that you can deliver the value that your customers need with speed, quality, and efficiency. Our enterprise-class Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) SaaS platform provides visibility into progress, roadblocks, and dependencies across multiple teams, projects, and programs. This allows you to align to your strategic goals and create better business results, and to do it all in a single system of record.

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    Sample Customers
    Anthem, nielsen, Homeland Security, NCR, dimension data
    Physicians Mutual, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Editora Abril, Tata Communications, Level 3 Communications, Seagate, TomTom, Philips, Hiscox, Physicians Mutual, MYOB
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Insurance Company8%
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company17%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise43%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise80%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise79%
    Buyer's Guide
    Jira Align vs. Rally Software
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Jira Align vs. Rally Software and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
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    Jira Align is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 16 reviews while Rally Software is ranked 8th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 6 reviews. Jira Align is rated 8.4, while Rally Software is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Jira Align writes "Creates visibility, has lots of reports, and removes silos". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Rally Software writes "User-friendly, with project tree and backlog features". Jira Align is most compared with ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, JIRA Portfolio, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Planview AgilePlace and ServiceNow DevOps, whereas Rally Software is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, TFS, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and Atlassian ALM. See our Jira Align vs. Rally Software report.

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