Atlassian Confluence vs. Jira Service Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Confluence
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Confluence is a collaboration and content sharing platform used primarily by customers who are already using Atlassian's Jira project tracking product. The product appeals particularly to IT users.
$10
per month
Jira Service Management
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Jira Service Management (formerly Jira Service Desk, now including features from the former Mindville Insight, acquired by Atlassian in June 2020) is a service desk software that is purpose-built for IT, service, and support teams. The software provides everything IT and support teams need out-of-the-box for service request, incident, problem and change management. Jira Service Management integrates seamlessly with Jira Software so that IT and development teams can work better together. Users…
$0
per month
Pricing
Atlassian ConfluenceJira Service Management
Editions & Modules
Free
$0
Free for 10 Users
Standard
$5
Per User Per Month
Premium
$10
Per User Per Month
Server
$10
10 Users - Perpetual License
Server
$2,700
25 Users - Perpetual License
Server
$5,300
50 Users - Perpetual License
Server
10,200.00
100 Users - Perpetual License
Data Center
15,000.00
500 Users - Annually
Server
19,800.00
250 Users - Perpetual License
Server
30,000.00
500 Users - Perpetual License
Data Center
30,000.00
1,000 Users - Annually
Server
45,000.00
2,000 Users - Perpetual License
Data Center
52,000.00
2,000 Users - Annually
Data Center
79,200.00
3,000 Users - Annually
Server
90,000.00
10,000 Users - Perpetual License
Data Center
105,600.00
4,000 Users - Annually
Data Center
132,000.00
5,000 Users - Annually
Data Center
143,000.00
10,000 Users - Annually
Server
150,000.00
10,001+ Users - Perpetual License
Data Center
154,000.00
15,000 Users - Annually
Data Center
165,000.00
20,000 Users - Annually
Data Center
176,000.00
25,000 Users - Annually
Data Center
187,000.00
30,000 Users - Annually
Data Center
198,000.00
35,000 Users - Annually
Data Center
209,000.00
40,000 Users - Annually
Data Center
220,000.00
40,001+ Users - Annually
Enterprise
Contact Sales
Free
$0
per month
Standard
$20
per agent/per month
Premium
$40
per agent/per month
Enterprise
Contact sales team
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ConfluenceJira Service Management
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Atlassian ConfluenceJira Service Management
Considered Both Products
Confluence
Chose Atlassian Confluence
I used Lotus Notes many years ago and Atlassian Confluence reminds me of that - ugly and functional. We use Atlassian Confluence because we use JIRA. I doubt anyone would select Atlassian Confluence if they didn't also use JIRA. I've looked at Basecamp and it has a better …
Chose Atlassian Confluence
We only used internal solutions for knowledge-base management before so I have nothing "official" and marketable to compare.
Chose Atlassian Confluence
I did not have a say in selecting Confluence and therefore, did not conduct a thorough evaluation of similar platforms
Chose Atlassian Confluence
For our needs, Confluence absolutely blew both SharePoint and Google Docs out of the water. We were able to get more granular security than with SharePoint while maintaining the collaborative tool sets found in both SharePoint and Google Docs. Additionally, the integration into …
Chose Atlassian Confluence
We still have SharePoint and use it for its database functionality, however, as a collaboration tool Confluence wins hands down!
Chose Atlassian Confluence
Mediawiki was our previous knowledge repository. It works well as a standalone system but does not have the integration with other Atlassian products or crowd authentication that makes user management uniform across platforms.
Jira Service Management
Chose Jira Service Management
We evaluated Remedy's ServiceNow as well as a few homegrown solutions (in SharePoint and in JIRA Software), and found that Service Desk's integration into the rest of the Atlassian suite of products was the best selling point. We already were licensing a number of Atlassian
Chose Jira Service Management
It's out of the box the best option I could imagine and by-far better than any custom-made tools I've otherwise seen. Also thru its modular setup, it can be extended and upgraded as you go so the system adapts to your changing business requirements. Only downside is - without Co…
Chose Jira Service Management
Sure there are other great service management products in the market. Since we use JIRA and Confluence heavily, Service Desk fits perfectly in the suite. As a brief example, after the customer creates a case, we can create an associated issue at JIRA for development team, after …
Chose Jira Service Management
There are other systems that perform well, but we always came back to JIRA. One of the reasons is that it has companion systems like Confluence that can integrate and be used with it. Another reason is JIRA can be molded to be many things, not just project management. For us, …
Chose Jira Service Management
Jira Service Desk has similar or equivalent features to heavyweight competitors as HP Service Manager, for a better price. The highlight of Jira Service Desk, in my opinion, is that you can customize a series of visual boards that are tremendously useful for an agile and …
Chose Jira Service Management
Compared to other products I have used, like, Fresh Desk Service or Manage Engine it has more features included per user and technician (others may require a license for each type). Portal setup can be integrated to the Confluence Portal for easy access to Jira for service …
Chose Jira Service Management
We selected Jira Service Desk because we were already Jira users, and the price point was easy to absorb. Our experience as Jira administrators made it easy to customize Jira Service Desk to our needs.
Chose Jira Service Management
ServiceNow has many of the same features of JIRA. Teams within the organization use both ServiceNow and JIRA, but we primarily use JIRA. We chose JIRA because it seemed easier to set up the linking of related tasks and projects together, but other teams have said the same thing …
Chose Jira Service Management
JIRA stacks up very well in particular with Microsoft Team Foundation Server which I used extensively for 7 years. The transition I had to do to JIRA was seamless and they both compliment each other well.
Chose Jira Service Management
When I evaluated Spiceworks, it was not going to be replacing any ticketing systems. However, I did evaluate it and was not extremely impressed by the short demo I did.
JIRA was selected because a branch of our company was already using it, so it made sense to consolidate into …
Chose Jira Service Management
I think JIRA is best suited for IT tickets and service requests. Comparison is hard, but I use JIRA on a daily basis and I cannot think of a better alternative for the task we are using it for.
Chose Jira Service Management
I think JSD is better than all of the similar ones I have used because it allows for greater customization. It is also really geared to submitting bugs and enhancements, where the other products are more about the software development workflow and project management.
Chose Jira Service Management
I do not have experience with similar products
Chose Jira Service Management
I've tried many other systems and used them extensively in the past including GLPI with integrated software and computer inventory systems. Used OTRS for customer related ticketing (in comparison to using Service Desk for internal ticketing) and found the system not geared …
Chose Jira Service Management
There are quite a few good,powerful alternatives in the market. We choose JIRA thanks to its simplicity, intuitiveness, and its useful workflows.
Chose Jira Service Management
We considered Freshdesk but considering the tight integration with Jira and Confluence, this was the best bet.
Chose Jira Service Management
There are a myriad of plug-ins for Jira Service Desk, to customize the process to a company's particular needs. In addition, it links to Jira and Confluence which is magical.
Top Pros
Top Cons
TrustRadius Insights
Atlassian ConfluenceJira Service Management
Highlights

TrustRadius
Research Team Insight
Published

The users of Atlassian Confluence primarily comprise teams and organizations that require a collaborative workspace for project management and knowledge sharing. Reviewers frequently comment that it’s a tool that has enabled them to centralize all documentation and track project progress, promoting interdepartmental collaboration. From the users’ perspective, Confluence’s integration capabilities with other tools, such as Jira, play a significant role in managing and streamlining workloads across different projects and teams.

On the other hand, Jira Service Management caters to users who need a system for IT service management. Users often use it for incident management, problem management, and even change management. Feedback from the customers indicates that Jira Service Management excels in ticketing, tracking system issues, and automation of IT services, making it an invaluable tool for IT departments. Notably, its seamless integration with other Atlassian products, such as Confluence, was also mentioned by users to facilitate shared information and collaborative problem-solving among teams.

Although both products are under the Atlassian umbrella, their particular use cases differ significantly. While Confluence focuses on overall project management and knowledge sharing, the Jira Service Management is tailored more towards IT service management. However, users of both products have mentioned their ability to integrate seamlessly with each other, demonstrating their effectiveness to be utilized together in a synergistic manner.

Features
Atlassian ConfluenceJira Service Management
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Atlassian Confluence
7.1
110 Ratings
10% below category average
Jira Service Management
-
Ratings
Task Management6.488 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts7.912 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling7.221 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation6.359 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access7.483 Ratings00 Ratings
Search7.0108 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual planning tools7.687 Ratings00 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Atlassian Confluence
7.7
110 Ratings
4% below category average
Jira Service Management
-
Ratings
Chat6.415 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications8.1108 Ratings00 Ratings
Discussions6.7102 Ratings00 Ratings
Surveys7.015 Ratings00 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase8.8102 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting6.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts9.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook9.610 Ratings00 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Atlassian Confluence
7.7
110 Ratings
5% below category average
Jira Service Management
-
Ratings
Versioning7.593 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files7.670 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio files7.564 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration8.6105 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control8.5103 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced security features8.279 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive6.948 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync7.049 Ratings00 Ratings
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
Atlassian Confluence
-
Ratings
Jira Service Management
8.2
77 Ratings
0% below category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets00 Ratings7.576 Ratings
Expert directory00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Service restoration00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Self-service tools00 Ratings7.070 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation00 Ratings7.063 Ratings
ITSM reports and dashboards00 Ratings7.464 Ratings
ITSM asset management
Comparison of ITSM asset management features of Product A and Product B
Atlassian Confluence
-
Ratings
Jira Service Management
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
Configuration mangement00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Asset management dashboard00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Policy and contract enforcement00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Change management
Comparison of Change management features of Product A and Product B
Atlassian Confluence
-
Ratings
Jira Service Management
7.2
71 Ratings
15% below category average
Change requests repository00 Ratings7.565 Ratings
Change calendar00 Ratings6.52 Ratings
Service-level management00 Ratings7.569 Ratings
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User Ratings
Atlassian ConfluenceJira Service Management
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(127 ratings)
6.6
(78 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(19 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(13 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
5.4
(25 ratings)
9.1
(25 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.8
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
6.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Atlassian ConfluenceJira Service Management
Likelihood to Recommend
Atlassian
It has a comment option on the page, where you can tag other teammates tagging them. it sends the mail notification. Comment at the page end is pretty good for referring to other stakeholders and future references of the topic on the page. Creating the highlights of the discussions, and meeting held points with highlighted tagging. Easy shortcuts such as to add a date just type "//". The interface is cool and has easy shortcuts for quick page making.
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Atlassian
Great to manage your issues in a clear and centralised way. If your development teams work with Jira, it will all naturally come together. Great way to manage the issues from end to end. - Very flexible if you have people who understands the set up and is able to configure it for your needs - Maybe not the best if you want something with very easy set up
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Pros
Atlassian
  • QUICK How-to Guides that can be generated and share instantly
  • One can subscribe to the pages and spaces and receive updates in the feed on their home page
  • Automatic Email notifications of new updates in the Confluence area
  • The platform integrates easily with other Atlassian platforms including third-party apps thus improving its reliability
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Atlassian
  • Manageable workflow to ensure all users follow the same process.
  • Can ban boards for easy visual of ticket status.
  • Very flexible tool that can adapt to lots of different uses outside of the traditional service desk model.
  • Added communication tools help you get out of e-mail jail.
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Cons
Atlassian
  • Navigation. Similar to other Atlassian products, users have complained that aspects of Confluence are difficult to learn right away[.]
  • An issue that users can face when using Confluence is attempting to edit a document while someone else is editing. Although users can access the document and save it, they are unable to see the changes happening in [real-time] that other users are implementing until they refresh their page. Some users have also noted that this can result in loss of edits.
  • Another drawback of using Confluence is its specific organizational structure. All information is stored within one page or project, although the page is able to be broken up into sections, some users do not prefer this style. Users can use the ‘page tree’ on each page to organize the different elements of each project.
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Atlassian
  • Ability to control the number of email notifications received (Note: this is a new feature in the Latest release but I personally haven not extensively looked at it and how well it solves the existing problem).
  • No way to reply to multiple tickets at once, say you got 4 tickets in for the same issue, there is no way you can reply to them in one stroke. Other Ticketing systems do have this ability.
  • Using a large number of add-ons to customize and add additional features adds up quickly and can become rather expensive.
  • Request forms are very basic and there is no native dynamic field ability available.
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Likelihood to Renew
Atlassian
I am confident that Atlassian can come with additional and innovative macros and functions to add value to Confluence. In 6 months, Atlassian transformed a good collaborative tools into a more comprehensive system that can help manage projects and processes, as well as "talk" with other Atlassian products like Jira. We are in fact learning more about Jira to evaluate a possible fit to complement our tool box.
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Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Usability
Atlassian
Confluence can - and in my personal opinion, it will - be a bit hard to use in the first moment. Atlassian is a great company and is eager to help you with any question you have, though. The interface seems to be a bit clumsy at first but the customization options are enough to make it easier and simpler. In general, Confluence is easy to use when you understand what each section does, but this can take a while.
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Atlassian
Jira Service Management tool will serve it's purpose to do what it is meant to be. It has it's own limitataions on few features, however it's the industry standard ticketing tool. All covers all the processes that required to resolve the issues. It has various use cases in incident management, Request management etc.
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Reliability and Availability
Atlassian
I do not recall having outages or applications error so far, very reliable and available.
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Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Performance
Atlassian
Pages load very quickly, which makes it useful for quickly obtaining information. The search functionality is also very quick and is able to parse through all of the documents to provide the most relevant results for the query. Other information based software gets bogged down, but so far Atlassian Confluence maintains its performance.
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Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Atlassian
This rating is specifically for Atlassian's self-help documentation on their website. Often times, it is not robust enough to cover a complex usage of one of their features. Frequently, you can find an answer on the web, but not from Atlassian. Instead, it is usually at a power user group elsewhere on the net.
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Atlassian
I gave JIRA a 9 rating since for me JIRA works according to its purpose. Since there is a customer portal, our clients can leave a comment or communicate with us using the PR ticket that way it is easier for us to also request any additional information we need for our investigation.
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Implementation Rating
Atlassian
Overall, I am very satisfied with the initial implementation (and the subsequent upgrades and implementations made over the years).
This product has never rose to the level of being an major issue at an executive level. It has quietly and valiantly done it's job for our company!
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Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Atlassian
We used to use Google Drive to store all of our documentation, but it is disconnected from our every day working environment and it was easy to lose documents and become disorganized within the broad drive environment. [Atlassian] Confluence has kept us more organized and its tight coupling with Jira has made documents more accessible and more likely to be kept up to date.
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Atlassian
When I evaluated Spiceworks, it was not going to be replacing any ticketing systems. However, I did evaluate it and was not extremely impressed by the short demo I did. JIRA was selected because a branch of our company was already using it, so it made sense to consolidate into one service desk solution, and JIRA was the better option since it was less expensive and geared towards being a ticketing system.
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Scalability
Atlassian
This tool is very adaptable. So much so we use it for three completely separate projects, in three very different ways.
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Atlassian
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Atlassian
  • We've gone from folders and folders of Word documents and PDFs into a single system with a search feature to bring all of our data together and trackable
  • While onboarding took a bit longer for the company (to switch from a Word document centric mindset - to a web-based one), overall the company has embraced the features and power of Confluence within the working stack
  • However, as costs continue to climb for the Atlassian product, we are forced to continue our evaluation of the product - with replacing it a remote possibility if it begins to outprice its usefulness to us.
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Atlassian
  • JIRA has been incredibly useful. Our work is more organized and easier to view by the team members as well as upper-level people.
  • Our work is correctly assigned and when there are issues, they can be immediately addressed within the tool.
  • Users can attach screenshots or files of issues that help clarify the ticket. Developers can attach relevant data as well.
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ScreenShots

Jira Service Management Screenshots

Screenshot of Drive IT best practices with ITIL-ready templates. Get everything your IT teams need out of the box for service request, incident, problem, and change management.Screenshot of Get an ITIL certified service desk. Everything your IT teams need out-of-the-box for service request, incident, problem, and change management. Jira Service Desk is PinkVERIFY™ certified.Screenshot of Deliver a better service experience. Customers or employees can submit requests with an easy-to-use help center and add Confluence to Jira Service Desk to get an integrated knowledge base. Machine learning intelligently recommends the right service and learns from every interaction, so answers are easy to find.Screenshot of Stay in the loop with developers. y linking Jira Service Desk with Jira Software, IT and developer teams can collaborate on one platform to fix incidents faster and push changes with confidence.Screenshot of Deliver on SLA's. Nail your Service Level Agreements, every time. Your agents get a simple queue so they get the important things done first. Configure and get going in minutes.Screenshot of Automate those repetitive tasks. Is your team stuck in gear with repetitive tasks or missing priority requests? Setup automations so your agents can focus on solving the important stuff and help lighten the workload.