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Question: Is Jira better or would you go with Micro Focus ALM Octane? 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 appropriate product. Atlassian JIRA Product Limitations ■ Optimized for the team centric use and management ■ 3rd party add-ons required for basic Quality Management features  ■ Scaled Agile is not a built-in capability & only supported via Services partner. ■ No Concurrent user licensing (Only Named Users, which becomes expensive at scale) ■ Extra add-on’s needed for HA, Enterprise scalability, and Performance  ■ Substantial Audit and compliance limitations when tracking field and record updates ■ Limited best-practice configuration for Agile implementations  ■ Minimal roll-up visibility makes enterprise reporting difficult and time consuming ■ Restrictive project structure limits platform adaptability ALM Octane Product Strengths ■ The only product that natively supports Waterfall, Hybrid, and Agile software development at enterprise scale with quality management built in.  ■ Full Agile support at Team, Program & Portfolio level.  ■ Native support for the most popular Agile frameworks  ■ A unified, end to end lifecycle management platform with no dependencies on 3rd party components for core functionality. ■ Delivers comprehensive governance and compliance for mission critical systems.  ■ Built to support Agile at enterprise scale, with out of the box integrations to Project Portfolio Management solutions, providing a “single source of truth”.  ■ Comprehensive Data Analytics measure quality, identify change impact, and determine code coverage. ■ Scales seamlessly to support thousands of concurrent users, with no additional product fee for High Availability.  ■ Flexible Licensing models including cost effective Concurrent Licensing in addition to Named users.  ■ Packaged integrations with open source and third party solutions to support planning, build analytics, continuous quality, end to end traceability, and extensive reporting. ■ Customizable business flows and governance frameworks  ■ Connections to Continuous Integration pipelines for real time application build quality. ■ Designed and built to scale for highly regulated large enterprises
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"Issue linking has enabled teams to trace issues.""The most valuable features in Jira are the dashboard, reports, and boards that help us to control the advancement of the project.""The most valuable feature is that it is somewhat flexible.""This is our way of communicating with different teams. We are a global company. I am based in San Diego, for example. A lot of the BAs are based in Paris. The development team is based in Minsk. We absolutely need to be in constant communication and on the same page.""The most valuable feature is project management.""The solution is extremely stable.""The solution offers up great transparency that makes it possible for everyone inside the departmental organization to see what's happening.""The most valuable features of this solution are workflow and reporting."

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"The interface is user-friendly.""The solution natively supports Agile-Waterfall hybrid software development at an enterprise scale. This is very important to us. Because even though the company wishes to go Agile, we still have projects which follow a Waterfall methodology. In order for us to accommodate both, we needed some sort of hybrid system. Because if we are using a fully Agile system, then the reporting might not be correctly extracted.""Its end-to-end traceability is one of the big advantages. Most of our agile projects work in a closed team structure. We are seeing what is the flow, where we are, and what is the project milestone. So, it provides end-to-end traceability and good visibility of project milestones.""The user experience is a lot better than any tool that I have used before. Overall, it is great. It has a smooth interface, which is very user-friendly. It makes it easier to work together and have more transparency and customization, which is very good.""The defect management gives us full-fledged capabilities for handling defects, including capturing the details of the defects and even screenshotting the defect cases. The defect management is comprehensive.""There are a lot of predefined reports. We can attach additional reports for users, like who worked on what defect and when, as well as what is the status of the release compared to the previous release. It is really endless. All the data is really linked together. Then, if all the data is linked together, there is an option to prepare reports out of it. We are very impressed with its reporting capabilities.""On the user side, what I like a lot is the reporting capabilities. There's no tool, to my knowledge, that gets anywhere close to Octane at the moment when it comes to the reporting capabilities. I can do everything with the reporting. There's nothing missing. I have all the options. I can create graphs, including graphs of several types and looks.""The key feature is the usability. It is fast to learn and easy to use. It's very intuitive to work with. Most of the important functions are available via a few clicks, compared to other tools where I have to open a sub-menu and then a sub-menu and another sub-menu, and then press a button."

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"The only thing that JIRA doesn't for us is release management in a way that I can create a list of versions easily.""We would like to see the integration of a lite-version of Confluence, just to manage some of the templates and documents.""It's also difficult to migrate through, things don't always tie-up. It's not easy to use.""Jira has recently updated their UI, but more can be done to make it even better.""When you first start to use the interface, it is confusing.""A lot of the user interface could be updated.""In general, although we use JIRA, we never really learned how to use it properly. The learning curve of the solution is high. It has a lot of power, and yet we don't understand its capabilities.""We would like to see integration between Tempo and Jira."

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"I would like to see the mobile testing improved so that we can simply select a mobile device, then specify what parameters we want, and the testing will be run based on that.""The reporting needs to be improved and allow for customization. I want to build my own widgets, but I don't want to use the ones already in the system. I want to build mine from scratch.""The cluster architecture that we implemented was server to server communication: Octane application to Elasticsearch and Elasticsearch to another Elasticsearch service. Recently, we found this is a security gap. The Octane application is interacting with Elasticsearch server, but that was missing from the requirements and prerequisites in the setup. The Micro Focus team has not given advice on how to implement authentication-based communication between Octane to Elasticsearch, and we found it as a gap later, then our security team asked us to fix that gap. So, there was a lot of time spent on rework.""It could use just some small improvements. I would like additional features, like planning features, user story mapping, or connection to collaboration tools.""Security and security management, meaning the integration of the security, could be enhanced. We know about Fortify, but it would be better to have security features in the original Octane platform without the need for another solution or another application.""They don't support all IDEs yet. We have Visual Studio code, which is not supported, and loved by our developers. This integration is missing. We also had to do our own in-house integration with the Confluence. That is also something that they could add.""Updating items, sorting, bulk updates—these things could have a bit more flexibility, but it's still possible to do them.""The elements in filtering need to be improved, meaning the number of filters I can use in widgets or in the grid views in parallel. There's a limitation which bothers a lot of our users. Filtering in text, or having a complex filter is limited. In a given field, for example, I can use a filter only once. I cannot say, 'Include the values 1, 2, and 3, and exclude value 17.' This is not possible but we have requested it often."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I don't feel that price is an issue.""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."

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"Going forward, I think we will want to explore adding more licenses.""The solution has reduced our testing costs.""Microsoft is a big challenge for Micro Focus when it comes to pricing because they are much cheaper. But it definitely depends on the complexity of the environment. If it has multiple technologies, at that point, looking at other options and Microsoft would be a feasible approach.""The comparison is always with Jira, so the pricing of Octane is a bit on the higher side. But if you look at what you have to add to Jira, on the plug-in side, to have the same abilities you have with Octane, you're more or less even, or even ahead with Octane."

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Answers from the Community
Netanya Carmi
author avatarStefan Berchtold
Real User

My personal opinion:

If you are a startup/small company with small teams, Jira is your tool to go.

If you are a bigger company with enterprise processes, audits, certifications, various Agile trains, etc., Octane is your tool to go. 


If you want to scale Agile, Octane is your tool to go.

author avatarTelly Shackelford
User

I haven't tried Micro Focus ALM Octane.  I have tried Jira and I like it.

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: In general, the GUI is nice.
Top Answer: The key feature is the usability. It is fast to learn and easy to use. It's very intuitive to work with. Most of the important functions are available via a few clicks, compared to other tools where I… more »
Top Answer: I was not part of the cost negotiations. But the purchasing guys confirmed that Micro Focus offered the best pricing to us.
Top Answer: The elements in filtering need to be improved, meaning the number of filters I can use in widgets or in the grid views in parallel. There's a limitation which bothers a lot of our users. Filtering in… more »
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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.

Micro Focus ALM Octane helps organizations implement a “quality everywhere” approach and improve Agile and DevOps development and testing processes to improve the flow of work across the software delivery value stream. You can tightly align quality efforts from development to release, employ a broad range of tests anchored by automation, and continuously monitor and improve for increased throughput. Micro Focus fosters an open approach so that quality is visible, traceable, and continuously improved. By synchronizing quality and testing with Agile and DevOps processes, risks are mitigated early in the software delivery value stream – speeding the way for faster delivery and improved customer satisfaction.

ALM Octane facilitates a tailored and scalable approach for large enterprises. You can deploy your way and minimize infrastructure needs with deployment options spanning on-premises, SaaS, and public cloud (Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure Marketplaces). Similarly, various licensing options can tailor the features to meet specific needs with support for thousands of concurrent users in geographically disperse locations.

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Jira is ranked 1st in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 108 reviews while Micro Focus ALM Octane is ranked 5th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 8 reviews. Jira is rated 8.0, while Micro Focus ALM Octane is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Jira writes "Great for collaboration, very stable, and extracting data is straightforward". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus ALM Octane writes "Reporting engine, widgets, and dashboards are a huge plus, and powerful REST interface means we can interact with other tools". Jira is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, TFS, IBM Rational DOORS, Rally Software and Micro Focus ALM Quality Center, whereas Micro Focus ALM Octane is most compared with Micro Focus ALM Quality Center, Microsoft Azure DevOps, ServiceNow IT Business Management, TFS and GitLab. See our Jira vs. Micro Focus ALM Octane report.

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