IBM Rational Team Concert (IBM ALM) vs. JIRA

As of February 2019, IBM Rational Team Concert (IBM ALM) is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 6 reviews vs JIRA which is ranked 1st in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 24 reviews. The top reviewer of IBM Rational Team Concert (IBM ALM) writes "The valuable features are task planning and a way to see the status of the project. The team planning needs improvement. ". The top reviewer of JIRA writes "Helps us work in Agile and Scrum formats across multiple locations and time zones". IBM Rational Team Concert (IBM ALM) is most compared with JIRA, TFS and Atlassian ALM. JIRA is most compared with TFS, Microsoft Azure DevOps and ALM Octane. See our IBM Rational Team Concert (IBM ALM) vs. JIRA report.
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Work distribution among team members and accountability for completion with a clearer picture.Agile templates give us a standard methodology for every Agile project. Also, the ability to create our own object types and linkages to features/epics allows us to enhance the verification of feature readiness.

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It has an easy UI that can easily plug-in to every level.Some of the features that are most important to me of JIRA Agile are the sprint planning, being able to write user stories and being able to use task management.Reporting: It gives a nice report of my backlog and what my team has currently spent its efforts on.It benefits us because we have globally located teams. Our team members work in different geographies, so the product is a better way to manage progress and see the status of different tasksWe can cope with processes easily without adapting the tool, but adapting the tool to processes.The ability to change and rewrite tasks is valuable. You can add a lot of columns, change the owners and the change the components.JQL, JIRA Query Language enables me to filter all the issues, display the items as I want.It's very flexible. I can define workflows and custom fields and dependencies between issues and projects. And every project can have a custom configuration with my fields, my names for fields, my validations, and my workflows. It's very customizable.

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Teams need clearer pictures of resource availability in charts and dashboards along with plans.

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The CACD solutions on JIRA has some plugins, but they are not easily understandable or workable.I have had problems with performance and unresponsiveness. All of a sudden, the performance slowed down, and I had a number of users that could not use the tool.JIRA still has their own backtracking tools. It should have a better visibility into HPE UFT. Most people use functional testing tools, like QTP. They need to improve their integration to make it seamless.There is a difficulty viewing all the attachments because they are shown in one place. I would like attachments to be shown at the comment level.Sometimes, it is slow and hangs. We faced some stability issues where JIRA was down for a day. Also, we have lost some of our comments made in the JIRA because of downtime.There are no fields to search or to filter by, mainly the ones which use a data around a date and time when something changes.I would like to see it connecting to Git. That could be useful. We use it for Stash, but I think there is one for Git also. I don't know if it's a plug-in that exists already, but that could be nice.The following definitely need improvement: UI, speed, and mobile app functionality.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Licensing: The solution cost is high and should be brought down to increase competition.It's an expensive investment to make, so the decision should be driven on individual requirements.

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I understand JIRA is quite expensive.It does not cost that much.Almost everybody uses JIRA nowadays because it is the most cost-effective solution.The licensing model is annoying. They nickel and dime you.It is very cheap if you forego the local instance and stick to the cloud.

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Nitin KaushikReal User

RTC is strong in traceability across the lifecycle, Support for cross-platform development, Cross-project planning , Embedded Source Code Management ( while JIRA requires additional Atlassian product - Bitbucket), Continuous Integration (Build Engine) , easy Integration between SCM and CI, seamless integration with Requirements Management , Quality Management, Design Management, whilst JIRA has very flexible Marketplace with extensions and plugin, Number of available extensions and plugins, simplicity of extending the product functionality (developing plugin or extension), ease of Software as a Service, Recognition by analytics groups (for Agile Planning).

15 August 18
Duane EdghillUser

The problem is neither tool was originally built or designed with Agile in mind. Jira was originally a bug tracking tool and RTC was originally designed for waterfall. Thus both have some serious deficiencies when it comes to fully managing Agile projects especially when it comes to enterprise approaches like SAFe or LeSS. My personal preference is VersionOne and more recently Agile Craft has introduced a really good product. I have used what was Rally (now CA Agile Central) and HP ALM in the past. Maybe they have improved in recent years but when I used them they were not as strong as VersionOne. Both VersionOne and Agile Craft have the capability to hook into your DevSecOps environments to help streamline tracking and reporting.

07 September 18
Martin QuirogaUser

I prefer Agile Central is the most complete and not restricted with about companies that I work, some times Jira is not the correct, JIRA need to design workflow and the expertise to maintenance that will you need when you buy tools whit that features.
When the companies need to resolve some issue in the execution proceed, I prefer a tool who have a quickly deployment and maybe another features to control in the strategy of the companies.

15 August 18
Aaron Ibanez WerthermannReal User

In my experience, I prefer to use VSTS because is a very practical tool for ALM, Jira is more complete for issue management but is more hard to trace subtasks with changesets. If you want to choose beetwen Jira and RTC, I will chose Jira specially for cost and issue management

15 August 18
Christopher GallivanReal User

Our HP ALM tool serves the test management function. Jira is not a test management tool. I don’t really see the comparison. A project that only uses Jira loses a lot in my opinion.

14 August 18
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IBM Rational Team Concert helps companies build better software and products with an all-in-one agile environment for development teams. This includes agile, formal and hybrid planning and reporting that are all on a common platform. This solution offers no-charge server software and flexible pricing models. It also offers role-based licensing and multiple platform support in a single release, allowing you to implement individual components now and in the future. In addition, Rational Team Concert provides collaborative change management capabilities. These capabilities are available separately and can be integrated with popular source control systems. Rational Team Concert helps teams collaborate for faster software delivery.

JIRA has multiple deployment options to provide the flexibility your organization needs.

Cloud is a fully hosted service for customers who want to iterate quickly and have us take care of managing the infrastructure.

For customers who need to run our applications behind their firewall, we have Server and Data Center options. Server delivers greater capacity for a larger user base and gives you more control, allowing you to remain compliant with your enterprise IT, security, IP and privacy policies. For our largest customers, Data Center provides all the capability of our Server option, along with high availability, instant scalability and performance at scale.

Atlassian also offers premium support and strategic services for enterprise customers. Technical Account Managers are cross-functional technical advisors providing proactive planning and strategic guidance across your organization. Premier Support goes above and beyond our standard offerings to give you account-wide support from a team of senior support engineers.

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Sample Customers
Telstra Corporation, Visteon, Atos SE, Panasonic Automotive Systems, IBM Global Technology Services, CareCore National, JTEKT Corp., ItaÒ BBA, Avea, CACEIS, Danske Bank Group, APIS ITSquare, Nasa, eBay, Cisco, SalesForce, Adobe, BNP Paribas, BMW and LinkedIn, Pfizer, Citi.
Top Industries
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Insurance Company14%
Software R&D Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Financial Services Firm23%
Manufacturing Company17%
Comms Service Provider11%
Healthcare Company8%
Company Size
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise63%
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise52%
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise70%
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