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We performed a comparison between Jira and Microsoft Project Server based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Jira vs. Microsoft Project Server Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"We have around 2000 plus users, so scale wise, there are no issues. We can easily scale up with multiple users.""The solution is easy to use and user-friendly.""We use Jira mostly for task coordination and assignment. Additionally, scrum methodologies defined work items and bug issues. If we create any bugs all of them are fixed.""The most valuable feature of Jira is the integration with all the different Atlassian tools. They all integrate very easily.""The most valuable feature of Jira is the project package for development.""A stable solution with no unplanned downtime.""We integrate Jira with QRadar which is helpful.""JIRA's technical support is absolutely fantabulous. I had used it in the past when I was working at my previous organization. And when we wanted to link it with a framework, they helped us out with the API we were looking for."

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"The technical support for Microsoft Project Server and the support is very good. Microsoft support is working very well.""The solution scales well.""Technical support is good.""It's stable and reliable.""The solution has easy integration with Excel.""The solution is scalable and easy to expand.""The most valuable features are the gantt charts. It's easy to use for me.""The usability is excellent."

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"The automation feature needs to be more user-friendly.""If I'm comparing it to ALM Octane, the documentation is not as robust as ALM Octane's documentation. So, they can improve on the documentation side.""It should be less expensive.""Jira is a project management tracking tool, and it would be great to see integration with the source front or Azure DevOps, etc.""An area for improvement in Jira is that it's not designed for test management. To use it for test management, you need an add-on or several add-ons, e.g. Xray or Zephyr.""It is a bit harder for management or the business partners. I used to search the Atlassian Community online for some troubleshooting issues and I think there were some issues that seemed to not be a big problem for other similar applications, like Microsoft Teams, that were not considered by Jira.""Of course, the price could always be cheaper.""For our company, we're thinking about not only project management solutions but also collaboration solutions, and maybe if Jira had a chart or quick commenting option, it would be great."

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"The price of the solution could be reduced.""The check-in, check-out feature makes Microsoft Project Server pretty slow or cumbersome to use.""The cost could be lower.""Microsoft Project Server could improve by making the solution more user-friendly.""The initial setup was complex.""This solution could improve by adding integration with Primavera schedules to allow the reading and management of them.""We are on the on-prem version. The cloud, however, gives more regular updates that we can take advantage of.""We need to be able to compare milestones, calls, and other variables regarding the projects we are working on. I have to contract developers to make reports, which is where things get complicated. They need to develop personal and custom fields for us."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is not too expensive. It is just comparative to other tools like Microsoft Teams."
  • "I am not sure if the client is using a commercial version. I think it is on a per-user basis, and it is around 15 Canadian dollars for a user, but I'm not sure. It also has a free version."
  • "As a company, we get a subsidized price, and it's lower than what's quoted on their website."
  • "We are using the enterprise license which is nice because it ensures that we always have the latest versions of Jira software."
  • "Its price is fine, but we would like it to be less expensive. We are paying on a yearly basis."
  • "We are a regional research and education institute. We're using the free license provided for educational institutes."
  • "One of my customers told me that they were receiving better pricing for a similar tool from Microsoft."
  • "We have an enterprise license that includes cloud service and support."
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  • "There is a licensing cost."
  • "There is an annual license required for this solution."
  • "I cannot comment on the price as I was not responsible for purchasing the solution."
  • "I'm not quite sure about the licensing costs. We're probably paying somewhere in the neighborhood of about 80,000 to 90,000 a year for our current on-prem because we handle our own licensing. As far as Project Online is concerned, we're still trying to get a good handle on that. It looks like it is going to be in a neighborhood of about 120,000 to 150,000 a year, but we're getting a lot more capability out of it."
  • "The price of the Microsoft Project Server could improve, it is expensive here in Africa. When comparing Microsoft Project Server to Oracle Primavera for us, Microsoft Project Server is quite cost-effective."
  • "It's not subscription-based, we purchased the on-premises version."
  • "There is a subscription model for different types of users for different types of roles."
  • "Microsoft Project Server is more expensive than other solutions on the market. We purchase the license annually."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Hi Netanya, Basically , it all depends on the use cases for your environment and the business needs. Hope the below data may be relevant to you for identifying your needs and deciding on the… more »
    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:HP ALM and Jira can be easily integrated with the aid of a third-party Integration Solution. To help you select the right integration approach and tool, you should first define your integration… more »
    Top Answer:Everyone in the company has projects, and everyone needs approvals from everyone in the company. They need to handle approvals, rejections, cost estimates, project timelines, et cetera. This is an… more »
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    Overview

    Jira is a powerful cloud- and subscription-based application lifecycle and issue management solution. It is designed to aid users both in project management and in resolving any issues that arise at any point in the software development process. It is especially concerned with easing the ability of developers to collaborate. 

    Jira Benefits

    Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by choosing to deploy Jira include:

    • DevOps lifecycle visibility and planning. Jira provides application developers with tools that enable them to track and visualize where they are in the development process. This means that a DevOps team can measure their progress at all times. Jira’s roadmapping feature also enables a DevOps team to work more efficiently by setting goals for their projects, keeping them on track. Additionally, they are able to track whether they are meeting the goals that they set for their projects.
    • Regular product updates. Atlassian is constantly updating Jira so that it is continuously evolving into an ever more powerful and user-friendly solution. Users can be sure that the product that they are using is always being tweaked so as to provide them with the best possible project management solution. 
    • Flexibility. Jira enables users to customize their workflows and dashboard so that the solution is operating in a way that best matches their needs. Jira can also integrate with more than 3,000 other applications and integrations. Organizations can use it to expand their project management and DevOps capabilities in many different ways. 

    Jira Features

    • Security capabilities. Jira is equipped with a number of useful security features. It gives administrators the ability to restrict access to certain tools so that only users who are authorized to complete certain tasks have access to the tools related to the completion of that task. Users can also set default permissions so that only particular users can work on new projects or particular projects.
    • Real-time notification feature. Users can set Jira so that it offers them notifications that contain critical information in real time. It can send users email notifications when pressing issues have been updated. They can also set it to notify them about tasks that may be due, or other similar events.

    • Activity log. Jira has the ability to track any and all changes that are taking place within the software framework. Users can keep a close eye on everything that is going on. This promotes a high level of visibility and can be leveraged to aid developers in their collaboration efforts. 

    Reviews from Real Users

    Jira is a powerful solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Two major advantages it offers are its workflow engine and its highly customizable dashboard. 

    Bharath R., the tool implementation and project management lead at a financial services firm, writes, “I feel the strongest feature of Jira is its workflow engine. It empowers us to automate our workflows within our organization. It's the one characteristic of Jira which I think can help any organization, be it in any domain.”

    Uday J., a staff engineer at a computer company, says, “Another thing that I like a lot about Jira is that in the dashboard, you can plug the modules that you want. You can enable certain sections. For example, you can show trend history, open Jira tickets, etc. Some of the managers have created a dashboard for each engineer.” 

    Microsoft Project Server 2013 is a flexible on-premises solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work. Team members, project participants, and business decision makers can get started, prioritize project portfolio investments and deliver the intended business value from virtually anywhere. Requires SharePoint 2013, sold separately.
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    Sample Customers
    Square, Nasa, eBay, Cisco, SalesForce, Adobe, BNP Paribas, BMW and LinkedIn, Pfizer, Citi.
    Magnachip, Gwinnett County Schools, CLEAResult, Medbit Oy, Intelbras S.A., ETS, CORE Construction, Keller Foundations
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Insurance Company8%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Jira vs. Microsoft Project Server
    November 2022
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    Jira is ranked 1st in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 143 reviews while Microsoft Project Server is ranked 7th in Project Portfolio Management with 17 reviews. Jira is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Project Server is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Jira writes "Great for collaboration, very stable, and extracting data is straightforward". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Project Server writes "Provides holistic reporting and allows us to keep track of what's going on with projects". Jira is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Micro Focus ALM Octane, IBM Rational DOORS, Polarion ALM and TFS, whereas Microsoft Project Server is most compared with Microsoft Project, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, Broadcom Clarity PPM, Planisware and JIRA Portfolio. See our Jira vs. Microsoft Project Server report.

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