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Highlights

Confluence and Jira are pieces of software created by Atlassian. Though the products have some overlap, they both serve different business needs.

Confluence is a collaboration tool used by organizations to track the progress of projects, set up wiki-like structures, and allow users to share thoughts and ideas. Jira is software that is meant to provide in-depth ticket and milestone tracking throughout a project’s life cycle. 

Both Confluence and Jira are used by small, medium, and large businesses due to their ability to scale based on the demands of a project. 

Features

Confluence and Jira offer a number of features that make them an attractive proposition to companies. 

Confluence allows teams collaboration spaces where they can set up boards for discussions or wiki-style documentation for initiatives. With this comes excellent search capabilities for users to easily find what they need. Confluence also offers a plethora of department-based templates so users can get started quickly to meet the needs of teammates or customers. 

As mentioned before, Jira is more detailed and is suited to tracking progression through a project. It allows users to set up complex workflows and diagrams to navigate the life of releases. Jira also offers built-in analytics so users know which goals need to be reached and which ones have been achieved. Jira is an excellent tool for agile software development. It allows users to set up boards to track sprint progression and the ability to log defects during a release. 

Limitations

Depending on the use case, Confluence and Jira users may find faults in a few areas of these programs. 

Confluence users report having difficulty with version control in documents. Teams will want to make their version editing intentions clear due to other groups due to Confluence’s inability to monitor this. While Confluence offers the ability for users to edit documents concurrently, some users have experienced issues with this functionality. One other slight downside to Confluence is that users may need to select additional add-ons to achieve their goals and these add-ons are available for a fee. 

Jira users have complained that the user interface is complicated and takes time to get used to. Another issue is that there are sometimes multiple ways for users to achieve the same goal which can lead to training confusion. Jira users also note that it does not support access restrictions for individuals and that file upload size limits can cause issues.  

Pricing

A free version of Confluence is available and supports up to 10 users and allows unlimited spaces and pages. A Standard package is available for up to 10 users that expands on the free version with page permissions and archives for $10 monthly. A Premium tier is available for $10 per user and has a limit of 10,000 users. This tier includes unlimited cloud storage and 24/7 support. All plans can also be purchased on a yearly basis. 

Jira also offers a free version for up to 10 users which includes scrum and kanban boards and roadmaps. The Standard package is available for up to 10 users and includes audit logs and advanced permissions for $10 a month. A Premium tier is available for $14 per month per user on average and offers unlimited storage, sandboxing, and advanced roadmaps. All plans can also be purchased on a yearly basis.  

Feature Set Ratings

    Project Management

    7.5

    Confluence

    75%

    Jira Software

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Atlassian Confluence ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Task Management

    7.7
    77%
    83 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Gantt Charts

    7.9
    79%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Scheduling

    7.2
    72%
    21 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Workflow Automation

    8.0
    80%
    55 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Access

    6.8
    68%
    80 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Search

    7.8
    78%
    103 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visual planning tools

    7.4
    74%
    82 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Communication

    8.0

    Confluence

    80%

    Jira Software

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Atlassian Confluence ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Chat

    6.4
    64%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Notifications

    8.6
    86%
    103 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Discussions

    8.0
    80%
    97 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Surveys

    7.0
    70%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Internal knowledgebase

    9.3
    93%
    97 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integrates with GoToMeeting

    6.0
    60%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts

    9.3
    93%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integrates with Outlook

    9.6
    96%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    File Sharing & Management

    8.3

    Confluence

    83%

    Jira Software

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Atlassian Confluence ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Versioning

    8.6
    86%
    89 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video files

    7.7
    77%
    66 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Audio files

    8.0
    80%
    60 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Document collaboration

    8.5
    85%
    100 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Access control

    8.8
    88%
    98 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Advanced security features

    8.6
    86%
    74 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integrates with Google Drive

    7.9
    79%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Device sync

    8.1
    81%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Atlassian Confluence is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability
    • Jira Software is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
    • Atlassian Confluence and Jira Software are tied in 1 area: Performance

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.3

    Confluence

    83%
    122 Ratings
    8.6

    Jira Software

    86%
    178 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.7

    Confluence

    97%
    19 Ratings
    9.0

    Jira Software

    90%
    35 Ratings

    Usability

    8.3

    Confluence

    83%
    12 Ratings
    5.8

    Jira Software

    58%
    27 Ratings

    Availability

    9.0

    Confluence

    90%
    5 Ratings
    5.3

    Jira Software

    53%
    6 Ratings

    Performance

    8.0

    Confluence

    80%
    9 Ratings
    8.0

    Jira Software

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.4

    Confluence

    64%
    45 Ratings
    8.8

    Jira Software

    88%
    41 Ratings

    Online Training

    Confluence

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Jira Software

    80%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    8.4

    Confluence

    84%
    6 Ratings
    9.0

    Jira Software

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.0

    Confluence

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Jira Software

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Confluence

    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.
    Abhishek Nandi | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    The Jira software works well for managing scrum boards and allocating resources to a task. When your Epics and Issues are set up properly, it can give you a good idea of where your team stands and the trajectory of your project. It is not the ideal solution if you need to provide documentation and support to people outside of your product teams or organization. It would benefit from having a public documentation or repository feature.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Confluence

    • 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
    Binoy Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    • Agile software development management and micromanagement with Scrum and Kanban.
    • Agile planning and agile management with Kanban boards and custom boards, for projects and daily work.
    • Agile and old-school bug tracking.
    • Helpful reports on work done, workload, time tracking, Scrum sprints, planned vs. executed, etc.
    • Super friendly setup on the cloud, with just one Gmail account (less than 2 minutes).
    • Powerful on-premise alternative for large companies.
    • You can mergen boards from different workflows!
    • Really free full edition for 10 users.
    Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Confluence

    • 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.
    Hari kapse | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    • Management of the software is very difficult at times, although has improved.
    • Ability to manage resources is really non-existent, there are some plugins but they are ALL buggy (I've tested them all).
    • Better integration with Trello, would love to see this happen. Right now it's very clumsy.
    Jennifer Bland | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Confluence

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    $10 per month

    Confluence Editions & Modules

    On-premise Edition
    Server10.001
    Server2700.002
    Server5300.003
    Server10,200.004
    Server19,800.005
    Server30,000.006
    Server45,000.007
    Server90,000.008
    Server150,000.009
    Data Center15,000.0010
    Data Center30,000.0011
    Data Center52,000.0012
    Data Center79,200.0013
    Data Center105,600.0014
    Data Center132,000.0015
    Data Center143,000.0016
    Data Center154,000.0017
    Data Center165,000.0018
    Data Center176,000.0019
    Data Center187,000.0020
    Data Center198,000.0021
    Data Center209,000.0022
    Data Center220,000.0023
    1. 10 Users - Perpetual License
    2. 25 Users - Perpetual License
    3. 50 Users - Perpetual License
    4. 100 Users - Perpetual License
    5. 250 Users - Perpetual License
    6. 500 Users - Perpetual License
    7. 2,000 Users - Perpetual License
    8. 10,000 Users - Perpetual License
    9. 10,001+ Users - Perpetual License
    10. 500 Users - Annually
    11. 1,000 Users - Annually
    12. 2,000 Users - Annually
    13. 3,000 Users - Annually
    14. 4,000 Users - Annually
    15. 5,000 Users - Annually
    16. 10,000 Users - Annually
    17. 15,000 Users - Annually
    18. 20,000 Users - Annually
    19. 25,000 Users - Annually
    20. 30,000 Users - Annually
    21. 35,000 Users - Annually
    22. 40,000 Users - Annually
    23. 40,001+ Users - Annually
    SaaS Edition
    Free0.001
    Standard5.002
    Premium10.002
    EnterpriseContact Sales
    1. Free for 10 Users
    2. Per User Per Month
    3. none
    Additional Pricing Details

    Jira Software

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    $10 per month

    Jira Software Editions & Modules

    Edition
    FreeFree
    Standard7.002
    Premium14.002
    EnterpriseContact Sales
    1. none
    2. Per User Per Month
    3. none
    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Confluence

    Confluence 9.7
    Based on 19 answers
    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.
    Charles Thomasset, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    Jira Software 9.0
    Based on 35 answers
    While there are no fundamental problems with JIRA, I'm unsure that I will be working myself very closely with users of Atlassian Confluence. The client base I am concerned with tend to be more integrated with Amazon, IBM BlueMix / Watson, open source LAMP/PHP (WordPress, MediaWiki) & those that rely on more proprietary CMS would tend to use Sharepoint not Confluence. JIRA seems to me to stand or fall with the rest of the Atlassian silo or suite, as it is not closely integrated with Sharepoint or mediawiki based reporting or knowledge management. Data interchange standards in this area are weak so Microsoft, open source LAMP projects using Phabricator, and Atlassian JIRA seem to be three distinct silos, with Amazon, Google & IBM offering their own tools for similar needs.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Confluence

    Confluence 8.3
    Based on 12 answers
    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    Jira Software 5.8
    Based on 27 answers
    JIRA Software is a pretty complex tool. We have a project manager for JIRA who onboarded us, created our board, and taught us the basics. I think it would have been pretty overwhelming to learn without her. JIRA offers so much functionality that I'm not aware of -- I constantly need to Google or ask others about existing features. Also, although they are all under the Atlassian umbrella, I find it difficult to switch between JIRA Software and Confluence.
    Elissa Bernstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Confluence

    Confluence 9.0
    Based on 5 answers
    I do not recall having outages or applications error so far, very reliable and available.
    Normand Whitehead | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    Jira Software 5.3
    Based on 6 answers
    No answer on this topic is available.

    Performance

    Confluence

    Confluence 8.0
    Based on 9 answers
    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.
    Kaleb-John Loo | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    Jira Software 8.0
    Based on 2 answers
    No answer on this topic is available.

    Support Rating

    Confluence

    Confluence 6.4
    Based on 45 answers
    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    Jira Software 8.8
    Based on 41 answers
    Our JIRA support is handled internally by members of our Product Support team. It is not supported by a 3rd party. Our internal support will always sent out notifications for downtime which is usually done on the weekend unless it is required to fix a bug/issue that is affecting the entire company. Downtime is typically 3-4 hours and then once the maintenance is complete, another broadcast email is sent out informing the user community that the system is now available for use.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Online Training

    Confluence

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Jira Software

    Jira Software 8.0
    Based on 1 answer
    One of their strong points i stheir documentation. Almost all of the basic set up needed within JIRA is available online through atlassian and its easy to find and very precise. The more critical issues need to be addressed as well and hence the rating of 8 instead of a 9.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Confluence

    Confluence 8.4
    Based on 6 answers
    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!
    Bill Kratzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    Jira Software 9.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Take your time implementing Jira. Make sure you understand how you want to handle your projects and workflows. Investing more time in the implementation can pay off in a long run. It basically took us 5 days to define and implement correctly, but that meant smooth sailing later on.
    Bo Acimovic | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Confluence

    I haven't use any other software that I could compare to AtlassianConfluence. The closest one would be Sharepoint, but it's a different beast. Sharepoint has more feature, but it's a lot harder to use and understand. Furthermore like many Microsoft solutions the UI is terrible and very difficult to understand sometimes. Atlassian Confluence is just plain easy to use.
    Benoît Desroches | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    Jira Software has more integrations and has more features than many of its competitors. While some of its competitors do have better UI/UX than Jira Software, they have improved this greatly over time. Atlassian also acquired Trello years ago, so that adds better user interfaces to the system. They do also offer a pretty in-depth library of how to customize the platform that others don't.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Confluence

    Confluence 8.0
    Based on 2 answers
    This tool is very adaptable. So much so we use it for three completely separate projects, in three very different ways.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Confluence

    • 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.
    Brandon Patton | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Jira Software

    • Jira has positively made our company's daily activities much better organized
    • With Jira we can track progress and follow up on tasks
    • Jira has great reporting tools which aggregate various data and give us a good overview of our teams capacity
    Alexander Delivlaev | TrustRadius Reviewer

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