Atlassian ALM Overview

Atlassian ALM is the #17 ranked solution in our list of top Application Lifecycle Management Suites. It is most often compared to Polarion ALM: Atlassian ALM vs Polarion ALM

What is Atlassian ALM?

How to use Atlassian to manage application lifecycle

Atlassian builds software to pull together all the elements of application lifecycle management. Product management, developers, Q/A, dev ops, and business stake holders all have their own ways of interacting with application lifecycle management and Atlassian splits up the process into a few buckets.

1) Collaborate to plan and envision work

Atlassian's Confluence is a collaboration platform for building and driving consensus. Call stake holders in to give approval, comment on, and share pages and integrate with the rest of the development toolchain.

2) Build and track roadmaps

Atlassian's JIRA Software offers incredibly flexible project management with custom workflows, plugins, and high visibility rollups through JIRA Portfolio. Issues can be embedded right in confluence, or be used to kick off new branches in version control. Keep everyone on the same page with project progress. 

3) Track and deploy code

Atlassian's Bitbucket is the world's most robust Git solution. The ability to deploy multiple-nodes with failover, global mirroring for super fast clones, and powerful code review control set it apart from competition. Bitbucket also has a mature plugin and hooks system that allows extensions and connection to a suite of CI software. 

4) Support and Iterate

Track support requests, bugs, and route users in the right direction with JIRA Service Desk. With the same custom workflow engine as JIRA Software, a tight integration with the rest of the stack, and a knowledge base function make it a powerful addition to the ALM stack. 

5) Tie it together

ChatOps helps tie every part of the ALM together. Get stake holders in the same room to manage a project, teams in the same page to manage their work, or plugin automated members to report on CI status, pull requests, page changes in Confluence, or bug reports. Like every piece of Atlassian's ALM there is a mature API for extending plugins and everything can be hosted behind your own firewall. 

Buyer's Guide

Download the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: July 2021

Atlassian ALM Customers
Facebook, NASA, Cisco, eBay, Redfin, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, Gilt, CSIRO, Autodesk, The Daily Telegraph, CODE, Illumnia
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Atlassian ALM pricing:
  • "There is a community edition available, but if the price were lower for the addons then more people would use the full version."

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Agile and DevOps Coach at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
User-friendly, easy to set up, and has good integration with other Atlassian products

What is our primary use case?

The primary use of this solution is agile application life cycle management.

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution fits very well into our agile product management environment."
  • "The reports are not really customizable, which is something that they should improve on."

What other advice do I have?

Atlassian is a market leader in this segment and I would definitely recommend this solution. I would just like to see more of the features available at a more reasonable cost, which would keep more people from going to the community version. This is a good solution, but the main thing we want to see is better traceability between epics, features and stories. As it is now, there are only two levels. The link is between an epic and a story or an epic and a feature. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Jean-Marc Iribe
Director Software R&D at Fluid Data Services
Real User
Top 20
Has good integration between the different products of the Atlassian suite

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is to have as an ALM Software. We develop Software, so we need to have a solution that supports the full cycle of the software development, starting from the requirements to work management, to source code management, to being tested. And on top of that, we have sharing capabilities with Confluence.

Pros and Cons

  • "The main power of this tool is the integration between the different products of the Atlassian suite. We have good integration with work management with Java. This is the major strength from this provider."
  • "The automation for scheduling software and doing software tests should be simplified because it's complex and too rigid."

What other advice do I have?

My first recommendation would be to think about what you want to use the data modeling for? Do you want to have organization per project, per customer, per product, per business? This is my recommendation, think about how to make the modeling work with what you want to do. The scheduling feature is too complex. They should make the project management part of the course plan activity easier. I would rate it a nine out of ten.