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1820 Ratings
Top Rated
688 Ratings
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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Smartsheet ranks higher in 1 feature set: Project Management

Project Management

7.5

Confluence

75%
8.1

Smartsheet

81%
Smartsheet ranks higher in 13/16 features

Task Management

7.7
77%
83 Ratings
8.4
84%
118 Ratings

Gantt Charts

7.9
79%
12 Ratings
8.6
86%
101 Ratings

Scheduling

7.2
72%
21 Ratings
8.7
87%
103 Ratings

Workflow Automation

8.0
80%
55 Ratings
7.7
77%
92 Ratings

Mobile Access

6.8
68%
80 Ratings
7.5
75%
88 Ratings

Search

7.9
79%
103 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Visual planning tools

7.3
73%
82 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Resource Management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.8
78%
101 Ratings

Team Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
114 Ratings

Support for Agile Methodology

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7
77%
74 Ratings

Support for Waterfall Methodology

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7
77%
71 Ratings

Document Management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.8
78%
93 Ratings

Email integration

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
92 Ratings

Timesheet Tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
57 Ratings

Change request and Case Management

N/A
0 Ratings
8.7
87%
61 Ratings

Budget and Expense Management

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
67 Ratings

Communication

8.0

Confluence

80%

Smartsheet

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

8.5
85%
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

9.4
94%
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%

Smartsheet

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

7.6
76%
66 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Audio files

8.1
81%
60 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Document collaboration

8.4
84%
100 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Access control

8.9
89%
98 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Advanced security features

8.6
86%
74 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Integrates with Google Drive

8.0
80%
47 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Device sync

8.2
82%
46 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Professional Services Automation

Confluence

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.6

Smartsheet

86%
Smartsheet ranks higher in 4/4 features

Quotes/estimates

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
38 Ratings

Invoicing

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
30 Ratings

Project & financial reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
53 Ratings

Integration with accounting software

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
28 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Atlassian Confluence is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Smartsheet is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Performance, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

Confluence

83%
122 Ratings
8.0

Smartsheet

80%
139 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.8

Confluence

98%
19 Ratings
10.0

Smartsheet

100%
24 Ratings

Usability

8.3

Confluence

83%
12 Ratings
8.6

Smartsheet

86%
12 Ratings

Availability

9.0

Confluence

90%
5 Ratings

Smartsheet

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.0

Confluence

80%
9 Ratings
10.0

Smartsheet

100%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

6.0

Confluence

60%
45 Ratings
8.1

Smartsheet

81%
90 Ratings

Online Training

Confluence

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0

Smartsheet

70%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

8.5

Confluence

85%
6 Ratings
10.0

Smartsheet

100%
18 Ratings

Configurability

6.0

Confluence

60%
1 Rating

Smartsheet

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

8.0

Confluence

80%
4 Ratings

Smartsheet

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

8.0

Confluence

80%
2 Ratings

Smartsheet

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

8.0

Confluence

80%
1 Rating

Smartsheet

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

8.0

Confluence

80%
1 Rating

Smartsheet

N/A
0 Ratings

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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Smartsheet

There were new vendors who needed to submit their documents by the sales department for legal and Risk department for reviewing and checking the validity of the documents, The way of escalation and attaching the documents and the vendor's data was well suited to be done through the smart sheet. As the sales use smart sheet tickets for submitting the vendor's details and attaching the documents. Through the Smartsheet automation process, a notification mail was sent to the legal and risk department for reviewing and the tickets were assigned already to the admins for validating . After the admin's review and tick mark on the check box of reviewing in the smart sheet which was customized than when its clicked send automated emails to the supervisors for approval, Then after the supervisor's approval, an automated mail was sent to the sales team for completing approval of the vendor. All of these scenarios and hierarchy did because of Smartsheet.
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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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Smartsheet

  • Its hard to overstate the value of familiarity. Being able to use a tool that has some familiarity takes away the time needed to train and orient employees on a new tool and allows an organization to hit the ground running.
  • Smartsheet covers most of the basics of a project management tool, the usual tasks, milestones and project viewing options.
  • For data viewing, you get multiple data viewing options including a calendar view (good for marketing teams and those who work around scheduling), Kanban, Gaant etc
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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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Smartsheet

  • Smartsheet set up is similar to Excel, yet when you upload an Excel file, things like conditional formatting are lost. Smartsheet has its own conditional formatting, and you have to reinstate the rules. It would be great if those would apply automatically once a file is uploaded
  • Some Smartsheet management and access rules can take some tweaking to work properly. This may be a case of offering more info to admins so they can apply these better and with more efficiency
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Pricing Details

Confluence

Starting Price

$10 per month

Editions & Modules

Confluence editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Free0.001
Standard5.002
Premium10.003
EnterpriseContact Sales4
Server10.005
Server2700.006
Server5300.007
Server10,200.008
Server19,800.009
Server30,000.0010
Server45,000.0011
Server90,000.0012
Server150,000.0013
Data Center15,000.0014
Data Center30,000.0015
Data Center52,000.0016
Data Center79,200.0017
Data Center105,600.0018
Data Center132,000.0019
Data Center143,000.0020
Data Center154,000.0021
Data Center165,000.0022
Data Center176,000.0023
Data Center187,000.0024
Data Center198,000.0025
Data Center209,000.0026
Data Center220,000.0027

Footnotes

  1. Free for 10 Users
  2. Per User Per Month
  3. Per User Per Month
  4. none
  5. 10 Users - Perpetual License
  6. 25 Users - Perpetual License
  7. 50 Users - Perpetual License
  8. 100 Users - Perpetual License
  9. 250 Users - Perpetual License
  10. 500 Users - Perpetual License
  11. 2,000 Users - Perpetual License
  12. 10,000 Users - Perpetual License
  13. 10,001+ Users - Perpetual License
  14. 500 Users - Annually
  15. 1,000 Users - Annually
  16. 2,000 Users - Annually
  17. 3,000 Users - Annually
  18. 4,000 Users - Annually
  19. 5,000 Users - Annually
  20. 10,000 Users - Annually
  21. 15,000 Users - Annually
  22. 20,000 Users - Annually
  23. 25,000 Users - Annually
  24. 30,000 Users - Annually
  25. 35,000 Users - Annually
  26. 40,000 Users - Annually
  27. 40,001+ Users - Annually

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Smartsheet

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Smartsheet editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Individual141
Business252
EnterpriseContact Sales3
PremierContact Sales4

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

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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Smartsheet

It definitely meets our needs as far as organizing and archiving our tasks and files. As we train more staff to view it, I see opportunities for more improvement, which I am sure this program can handle. I look forward to seeing continued improvement from Smartsheet on their capabilities and functionality.
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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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Smartsheet

Smartsheet is very easy to learn. However, while I have been able to pick it easily, Microsoft Excel and Project super users that I have trained on Smartsheet get bogged down in the differences and can find it frustrating. Explaining the differences ahead of time and why Smartsheet is being chosen instead of a different software seems to counteract those reactions
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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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Smartsheet

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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Smartsheet

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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Smartsheet

I give this rating because it fills a niche in the market. MS Project scares many away from proper task management but there are limited tools our there, especially cloud-based that are mobile-friendly. Smartsheet fills this market gap, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. IT is not fair to compare it to MS Project, but fairer to see what gaps it fills.
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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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Smartsheet

It's absolutely paramount to take a few minutes to actually play with the software. It's nearly impossible to do anything wrong or make a mistake which cannot be fixed easily. Under the help menu is Live Training option. After you familiarize yourself with the commands, watch the live training for some in depth understanding of how to make the software fit your needs perfectly.
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Alternatives Considered

Atlassian

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.
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Smartsheet

Jira and Redmine are much more robust and technologically advanced project management solutions. I enjoy using either when managing a very large project. However, I prefer to use Smartsheet for my smaller to medium sized projects. As for Google Drive - I would say that Google sheets and Smartsheet are almost identical in my opinion when it comes to functionality. Personally I prefer to manage smaller projects via Google Drive, but it is a personal preference!
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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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Smartsheet

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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Smartsheet

  • This has really opened up collaboration across teams. A lot less working in silos.
  • It hasn't fully replaced any one tool so it means having to go to another place. Hopefully, we can eliminate a tool or two in the next six months.
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