We performed a comparison between JIRA Portfolio and Smartsheet 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.
"The solution is stable and reliable."
"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."
"Its stability is very reliable."
"JIRA Portfolio has many wonderful features."
"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."
"Having an option to view dependencies between projects and teams is great."
"Portfolio's most valuable features are that it's user-friendly and customer-centric."
"The initial setup is simple."
"The most valuable feature of Smartsheet is it can be highly customized."
"Smartsheet does a really good job of creating Gantt charts. Export to Excel feature was also very useful."
"The ability to update in real-time before meetings is great."
"The management aspect is the most valuable. You can also prioritize tasks and then view tasks by priorities as passports."
"For doing project plans what was really valuable is the ability to do a predecessor."
"What I found most valuable in Smartsheet is its project customization feature. It's a great solution because you can add in your own WBS. You can see it in Jira style, Kanban, and you can even do Agile and Waterfall. Another feature that's valuable in the solution is when you have those connections, you have that API, you have a sandbox, and you can make a solution, it's a tremendous product because you can pull data."
"The dashboard feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution."
"Smartsheet is stable."
"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 HR aspect of the solution could be improved."
"It would be nice if it could provide an end-to-end solution for a project."
"If you want to generate a report for individual usage, it's difficult."
"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."
"In the next release, Portfolio should include more metrics and develop their portfolio planning."
"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."
"There should be an integration of efforts between the cloud service providers' side and JIRA Portfolio."
"An area for improvement in Smartsheet is that if you're in the government or you're a regulated customer, you're not allowed to use APIs due to internal restrictions, so there are specific things that you cannot connect to it. Another area for improvement in the solution is that because there's a capacity of how many records you can have, and there's a capacity of how many functions you can apply, Smartsheet has set up their system where they can force people into purchasing a $20,000 additional module that is called Control Center, that will create documents for them on the fly, so they don't use so many functions and automation. Smartsheet also needs to improve on training, because the training that is out there is very little. The solution requires a steeper learning curve. You have to do your own training and you have to work on your own solution."
"I would like if Smartsheet allowed more formulas in its sheets. I don't think working with formulas is as intuitive as it is in Excel. I use Vlookups and index matches in some of my sheets, and I had to find an outside consultant to help me build out those formulas."
"They provide a limited number of sheets which is not enough."
"Maybe the solution could be a little bit more flexible."
"The downside of Smartsheet is that there are some security concerns. We were able to restrict people from sharing sheets with anyone who was not in our domain, but it could be easier. We also found it hard to restrict certain user groups from adding attachments to sheets."
"Smartsheet should continue to expand the spreadsheet-type functionality because it's limited currently. Most business users are familiar with Excel and Office, so Smartsheet should adopt a similar way of navigating the program."
"A room for improvement I found in Smartsheet is the view, as it's currently row-wise. I should have the opportunity to view a full scale, top down list instead of just a column driven list. I shouldn't have to go just left or right. I should be able to view it top down."
"If there was some way to store more complex files in the system, or if there was a back-end structure where you could store files, that would be ideal."
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:
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:
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.”
Smartsheet is the enterprise platform for dynamic work. A leading cloud-based platform for work management, Smartsheet empowers organizations and teams to dynamically plan, execute, and report on work at scale, resulting in more efficient processes, innovative solutions, and better business outcomes.
Today over 90% of Fortune 100 companies and over 75% of Fortune 500 companies rely on the secure, scalable Smartsheet platform to connect the entire enterprise. The single Smartsheet platform gives people a solution flexible enough to adapt to the changing needs of dynamic work across a broad array of departments and use cases.
JIRA Portfolio is ranked 5th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 15 reviews while Smartsheet is ranked 5th in Project Portfolio Management with 18 reviews. JIRA Portfolio is rated 8.4, while Smartsheet is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of JIRA Portfolio writes "Great roadmapping, reasonably priced, and good support services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Smartsheet writes "Has customization, data pulling, and cross-functional global communication features; it's a secure solution". JIRA Portfolio is most compared with Jira Align, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Microsoft Project Server, Planview Portfolios and Planview PPM Pro, whereas Smartsheet is most compared with Microsoft Project, monday.com, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, Trello and Teamwork Projects. See our JIRA Portfolio vs. Smartsheet report.
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