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We performed a comparison between JIRA Portfolio and Polarion ALM 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. Polarion ALM Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"The initial setup is simple.""The valuable features of the JIRA Portfolio are the customization it provides which is very useful and the Agile project management capability.""JIRA Portfolio has many wonderful features.""The solution is very powerful and the underlying structure of it is well done. The company behind the solution is very open as far as their whole ecosystem is concerned. They also do a lot of work in the training area.""Portfolio's most valuable features are that it's user-friendly and customer-centric.""Having an option to view dependencies between projects and teams is great.""We have found the solution to be stable.""The solution is stable and reliable."

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"The technical support is quite good.""The best feature of Polarion ALM to me is its traceability link.""Polarion ALM has some valuable tools for managing our targets and requirements. I think that's its best feature.""Polarion ALM helps us better structure our customer requirements, and we can also validate the specs of our products against those. If anything changes on our side, we see the impact, and we can see the effect If a customer changes requirements.""The features I find the most valuable are requirement tracking and schematics."

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"The HR aspect of the solution could be improved.""Their interface is a little unique and I think that's partly because the core of the product has morphed into several sub-products, but the underlying architecture has stayed the same on all of them in that it was originally a help desk ticketing system. It's a very tech-focused product and that's fair given its origins, but if they really want to expand their community of users, then they're going to have to move beyond that a little bit and polish it up.""The query features should improve in JIRA Portfolio. For example, if I would have to create my own queries for looking into something such as what business features we have released last month, or the last three months, I don't know if I can do it. The solution requires a certain level of expertise.""If you want to generate a report for individual usage, it's difficult.""There should be an integration of efforts between the cloud service providers' side and JIRA Portfolio.""Jira has room for improvement in terms of managing various projects and linking requirements centrally under one project. They could include some add-ons that enable you to link all the requirements and put them into a centralized place. That central place should be restricted to a limited set of users with privileges based on user groups with those rights.""In the next release, Portfolio should include more metrics and develop their portfolio planning.""An improvement would be if Portfolio were integrated with Office 365."

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"The solution can be improved by making it more user-friendly, and a server-based application rather than client based.""We use PTC Windchill, and Polarion ALM doesn't have native integration, so we had to purchase the connector to integrate it with Polarion ALM. We still haven't implemented it.""One of Polarion's shortcomings would be planning. It can handle plans, but the planning feature is very basic.""As Polarion ALM is a development-oriented tool, easy support or easy access is provided by default, but if I want to use detailed features, I need to write the script, particularly the VM script, and this is its area for improvement. I want Polarion ALM to have a graphical user interface that doesn't need scripting. In the next release of the tool, I'd like for it to not require scripting and programming because needing to run script language is time-consuming.""The configuration aspect of the solution is not easy. A person needs a lot of programming knowledge in order to successfully handle the job."

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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."
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  • "Our license for Polarion ALM is yearly. And it's not the cheapest tool that we've looked at. So if we had made our decision purely based on the licensing cost, we wouldn't have selected Polarion."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I don't deal with the pricing or licensing aspects of the solution.
    Top Answer:I don't have much exposure to it. We use the tool to a minimum amount. The integration needs to be done with different tools. In terms of email functionality, if we have an email, it would be helpful… more »
    Top Answer:We use the solution for tracking stories or issues. Developers create tickets, and project managers track everything using Jira.
    Top Answer:The technical support is quite good.
    Top Answer:The solution is not easy to use. The configuration aspect of the solution is not easy. A person needs a lot of programming knowledge in order to successfully handle the job. The cost of the product is… more »
    Top Answer:Polarion can be used typically for application lifecycle management. Typically it's used for requirement management, test case management, and defect tracking.
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    Portfolio for JIRA
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    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
    Rosetta Stone, Sprint, UBS, Workday, Expedia, J.P. Morgan
    Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, IBS AG, Zumtobel Group
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company40%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Healthcare Company33%
    Transportation Company22%
    Manufacturing Company22%
    Consumer Goods Company11%
    Manufacturing Company23%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Buyer's Guide
    JIRA Portfolio vs. Polarion ALM
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about JIRA Portfolio vs. Polarion ALM and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    JIRA Portfolio is ranked 5th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 15 reviews while Polarion ALM is ranked 8th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 5 reviews. JIRA Portfolio is rated 8.4, while Polarion ALM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of JIRA Portfolio writes "Great roadmapping, reasonably priced, and good support services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Polarion ALM writes "It incorporates almost all engineering tasks we need to do for one project". JIRA Portfolio is most compared with Jira Align, Smartsheet, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Microsoft Project Server and Planview Portfolios, whereas Polarion ALM is most compared with Jira, Microsoft Azure DevOps, codeBeamer ALM, PTC Integrity and GitLab. See our JIRA Portfolio vs. Polarion ALM report.

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