Jama Connect vs. Polarion ALM

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Jama Connect
Score 8.0 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Jama Connect® is a Requirements Management software and Requirements Traceability solution. Jama Software enables teams to manage product requirements and enable Live Traceability™ across the development process, in order to reduce cycle times and improve product quality.N/A
Polarion ALM
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Polarion ALM is an application requirement management software platform now owned and supported by Siemens since the 2015 acquisition. It is available on the cloud (Polarion X) and on-premise. Polarion connect teams and projects to improve application development processes with a single, unified solution for requirements, coding, testing and release.N/A
Pricing
Jama ConnectPolarion ALM
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Jama ConnectPolarion ALM
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Jama ConnectPolarion ALM
Considered Both Products
Jama Connect
Chose Jama Connect
Polarion did not have the outside sales support that Jama Connect has. Polarion seems better suited for an Agile development lifecycle rather than an evergreen repository of requirements, design features, and verifications.

Excel is the low-cost/low-feature requirements …
Chose Jama Connect
Ease of access.

TBH, polarian looks so weird for me and am not a big fan of that tool. I even don't like it's UI
Polarion ALM
Chose Polarion ALM
Polarion is a juggernaut of a tool when it comes to traceability and modelling. And it is far better for task management.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Jama ConnectPolarion ALM
Small Businesses

No answers on this topic

GitLab
GitLab
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center
Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center
Score 8.8 out of 10
GitLab
GitLab
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center
Micro Focus ALM / Quality Center
Score 8.8 out of 10
GitLab
GitLab
Score 9.0 out of 10
All AlternativesView all alternativesView all alternatives
User Ratings
Jama ConnectPolarion ALM
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(59 ratings)
8.2
(8 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
5.5
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
5.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
7.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
6.4
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
5.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Jama ConnectPolarion ALM
Likelihood to Recommend
Jama Software
Jama is an excellent tool for requirements management, development, and traceability throughout the development lifecycle. Jama aids in peer reviews of generated artifacts with time-boxed review cycles. Jama provides a robust ecosystem which is highly tailorable to the demands of the particular organization in which it is used
Read full review
Siemens AG
It is well suited in just about any large scaled environment. For the cost to benefit ratio, it works perfect for large scaled systems. With standard traceability matrix view and enhanced task management, it's a behemoth of a software and welcomed one. In the cases for smaller efforts or organizations, it may be a tall order so I would heed with caution for those people. Polarion has wonderful modelling abilities to test try any system being built. And the Risk Management components are down right amazing. Some filtering enhancements can help it rise to the top as well as performance optimizations
Read full review
Pros
Jama Software
  • Requirements Management in general
  • Focus in the content without loosing the track of the evolution of the items by maintaining the exchange of information between the users inside the Tool.
  • The possibilities to integrate this tool within our IT-landcape and with our other engineering tools is for us a leverage to success.
Read full review
Siemens AG
  • Polarion ALM is very robust and provides rock-solid traceability
  • Polarion ALM can be easily configured to adapt to our company needs
  • Polarion ALM can be customized to extend its functionality beyond the standard package
  • Polarion ALM provides inter-connectivity to other databases to integrate into our tool landscape
Read full review
Cons
Jama Software
  • Integration with other tools is always something that can be improved, although Jama does pretty well with it.
  • Allowing cross-organization task assignments to be easier. You can do this now but it would be nice to find a way to make it more seamless.
Read full review
Siemens AG
  • Complete REST API as soon as possible
  • User Interface could be a bit more state of the art, like adding more drag and drop, save changes after leaving the field.
Read full review
Likelihood to Renew
Jama Software
Jama Connect is not adding many extra features with their major releases. It showed launched new features, but those are not very useful for developers or creators working with Jama. From the performance side, Jama has been reduced it's performance in Jama 8 as compared to Jama 2015.5 from the functional perspective. The test suite must be provided by Jama to test the performance and function of things in our instance, but Jama doesn't provide it. Also, Jama requires a lot of manual intervention for adding users.
Read full review
Siemens AG
There is too much at stake to go into a new system. But with everything else being promised as far as newer more innovative products, the justification to not renew is a huge risk so that is not a concern
Read full review
Usability
Jama Software
Jama is mostly designed for requirement gathering, but that can be possible using JIRA if we add only approval type of plugin for special requirement types. Jama's performance and features do not improve on a periodic basis i.e. with each release. Even bug fixes take a lot of time and they don't care about customer impact.
Read full review
Siemens AG
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Jama Software
Jama is available most of the time if it is used within the application's boundary. Jama has very good availability if we use very high hardware servers. Sometimes we face issues if there are batch operations running.
Read full review
Siemens AG
No answers on this topic
Performance
Jama Software
With performance compared to JIRA, I do recommend Jama in this case. Jama provides very good performance, it loads immediately for any of the items and searches any item immediately. Performance is really good in all of the operations including creating stories, epics, item types or other support operations or report generation.
Read full review
Siemens AG
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Jama Software
They typically answer within minutes of posting a ticket, and then you have a clear expectation of what the issue is, how to diagnose it, how long will it take to get resolved, and in which version a given problem is resolved, or if there is a patch for hosted services. They have a number of support people, and all of them are top-notch.
Read full review
Siemens AG
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Jama Software
Jama 2015.5 implementation is very smooth and no need for much manual work. Jama 8 has many challenges and we can not install it as smoothly as Jama 2015.5. Initially, Jama didn't provide the Jama 8's installer files or zip files and they were just providing docker files to everyone (which was really strange). It is the worst that they don't provide all the files at a time. Why should they tell us where we should deploy, and why only a dockerfile? I am not very satisfied with Jama implementation.
Read full review
Siemens AG
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Jama Software
The major sellingpoints of Jama were the review-system for internal and external reviewers and the inclusion of (Use Case) modelling tools, while keeping the core requirements-centric. Ability to synchronise with currently in use test-tooling and the low learning curve were additional selling points. Availablity of support in our local language was much appreciated as well.
Read full review
Siemens AG
Polarion ALM has the best usability, extensibility and reactiv product management. The support is also very good compared to other companies. Or in other words it is closer to the customer. Codebeamer is for sure also a good ALM tool with a great feature set, but existing customers are often neglected. We will see, what PTC as the new owner of codebeamer will change at this point.
Read full review
Scalability
Jama Software
There is no horizontal scalability available in Jama, we have only one choice to scale it vertically. But vertical scalable applications always have limitations to grow. In this case, Jama doesn't support horizontal scalability functions like multi-node architectures with a shared drive for the home directory.
Read full review
Siemens AG
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Jama Software
  • We have saved so much time just using Jama to get requirement approvals and moving forward with engineering development after approvals.
  • Jama has been the center tool around our System Requirements Review.
  • We moved away from Google Docs and Google Sheets to capture requirements.
  • Traceability was acknowledged and integrated by the team, just by having the feature available.
Read full review
Siemens AG
  • It navigates through several documents quickly and efficiently.
  • It allows numerous people to examine and comment on the same document at the same time.
  • It offers a way to control software and hardware needs.
Read full review
ScreenShots

Jama Connect Screenshots

Screenshot of Jama Connect - Live TraceabilityScreenshot of Jama Connect - Project Dashboard ViewScreenshot of Jama Connect - Requirements Management

Polarion ALM Screenshots

Screenshot of Combination and Appending of Multiple Live Docs 2Screenshot of Combination and Appending of Multiple Live DocsScreenshot of Document Baselines, Collections and ReuseScreenshot of Functional and user experience improvementsScreenshot of Performance and Sacalability OptimizationsScreenshot of Polarion Jenkins Connector