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We performed a comparison between JIRA Portfolio 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 Portfolio vs. Rally Software report (Updated: September 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The most valuable features of Jira are the dashboards where we see all the features lined up with the release dates in the portfolio view, it is very good.""We have found the solution to be stable.""Its stability is very reliable.""Jira's Structure, agile, and Kanban boards are helpful. I also like JQuery, which allows you to fetch the relevant set of data. We use JQuery, JQL, and the Structure board a lot. Kanban boards help us monitor daily tasks, and we review the progress using the burndown charts.""The initial setup is simple.""Portfolio's most valuable features are that it's user-friendly and customer-centric.""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.""Jira Portfolio is useful for tracking time and hours. It's easy to manage, create tickets, and change the status of delivery reports. It's not complicated."

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"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.""The product has excellent customizable reports.""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.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the Kanban board."

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Cons
"Portfolio is easy to scale, but we've had some difficulties with it regarding compliance and support.""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.""An improvement would be if Portfolio were integrated with Office 365.""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.""If you want to generate a report for individual usage, it's difficult.""It's got kind of a steep learning curve.""It would be nice if it could provide an end-to-end solution for a project.""JIRA Portfolio could improve new implementation because if I want integration for the complete wide frame tools it cannot provide any wide frame tools."

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"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.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
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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."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: Having an option to view dependencies between projects and teams is great.
    Top Answer:They have a subscription model. If you're on the premium tier, that includes Advanced Roadmaps. This is similar for Data Center, which is self-hosted. A lot of companies will use the infrastructure as… more »
    Top Answer:It's hard for people to learn. It's got kind of a steep learning curve. As much as it's not Excel, I would like to see an auto-scheduling feature. It'll help you plan, yet it won't plan for you. Some… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:We are always looking for a discount, if the solution was less expensive it would be a benefit.
    Top Answer:Rally has the ability to improve the features. We would like to see progress made against the features, probably in the form of a dashboard, where when teams complete stories, the features upload, and… more »
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    Also Known As
    Portfolio for JIRA
    CA Agile Central, Rally Enterprise, CA Agile Training, CA Agile Coaching, CA Agile Academy, CA Agile Management , CA ALM
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    Overview

    The agile portfolio management tool, built for JIRA.

    With Portfolio for JIRA, you can plan and forecast a realistic roadmap, make data-informed decisions when the unexpected happens, and keep everyone in the know.

    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
    Rosetta Stone, Sprint, UBS, Workday, Expedia, J.P. Morgan
    Physicians Mutual, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Editora Abril, Tata Communications, Level 3 Communications, Seagate, TomTom, Philips, Hiscox, Physicians Mutual, MYOB
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company43%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Transportation Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Transportation Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise80%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise79%
    Buyer's Guide
    JIRA Portfolio vs. Rally Software
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about JIRA Portfolio vs. Rally Software and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    JIRA Portfolio is ranked 5th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 12 reviews while Rally Software is ranked 10th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 4 reviews. JIRA Portfolio is rated 8.6, while Rally Software is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of JIRA Portfolio writes "Great roadmapping, reasonably priced, and good support services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Rally Software writes "Useful for seeing if we are on target for work, but it is not intuitive and should have easier and user-friendly reporting without having to use the Excel add-in". JIRA Portfolio is most compared with Jira Align, Smartsheet, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Microsoft Project Server and Planview Portfolios, whereas Rally Software is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, TFS, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and Micro Focus ALM Octane. See our JIRA Portfolio vs. Rally Software report.

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