Jira Pricing: Features, Costs and Top Project Management Solution Alternatives

Jira is an agile project management tool designed to help software development teams track and plan product releases and new software. It supports numerous agile methodologies, including Kanban boards and Scrum boards, which are popular workflow visualization tools to optimize the work process. In addition, Jira allows software teams to capture and organize their team’s issues, prioritize what’s important, and stay up-to-date with ongoing workflows.

We reviewed Jira and compared it with other project management software in terms of features and other attributes. This post focuses on Jira’s pricing structure, as well as prices of three alternative tools.

How Much is Jira?

Jira Software provides both an on-premise and cloud hosting version of its solution. The following are the pricing differences between each kind of deployment:

Cloud Deployment – Small teams of up to 10 users pay a flat fee of $10 per month. FFor larger teams (11 to 100 users), Jira offers two pricing plans. The Standard plan costs $7 per user, per month and accommodates up to 5,000 users, has unlimited single project automation and has a 250 GB file storage space. The Premium plan costs $14 per user, per month and includes additional features, such as audit logs, unlimited storage and 24/7 premium support. Jira Software provides an online calculator for companies with over 100 users to calculate their costs. Jira also accepts annual subscription payments.

The cloud version of Jira Software includes these core project management features:

  • Project and issue tracking
  • Backlog prioritization and sprint planning
  • Flexible workflow
  • Scrum and Kanban support
  • Out-of-the-box agile reporting
  • Developer tool integrations
  • Plug-and-play add-ons
  • Rich APIs

Note: The maximum storage offered for each cloud deployment is 25 GB.

Self-Hosted – Jira offers two pricing plans for companies who wish to host on their own servers: Server (perpetual license) and Data Center (annual license). The Server license is a one-time payment that varies based on the number of users. For example, a company with 10 users would pay $10, whereas a company with 500 users would pay $40,000. The Server license includes one free year of software maintenance. The price for the Data Center licensing plan also varies depending on the number of users. A company with 500 users can pay about $20,400 per year, whereas a company with 50,000 users can pay about $475,200 a year.

The self-hosted option is good for companies who want to manage all the details of their setup and have the technical resources to handle the complexity of hosting themselves.

The on-premise version of Jira Software includes all these features plus disaster recovery, active-clustering and zero downtime upgrades.

Top Alternatives to Jira

Jira offers straightforward pricing so that companies only pay for the number of users they have on the software. The pricing structure is scalable so it accommodates any changes in an organization’s workforce.

However, for organizations that want to compare costs, we found three alternatives that also use a similar pricing structure.

WorkZone: WorkZone uses a similar pricing model as Jira but doesn’t offer on-premise deployment. There are three pricing plans for its cloud-hosted software: Team, Professional and Enterprise. The Team plan includes project management features, 100 GB storage, file collaboration and approval, unlimited work spaces, training and success-based approval. The Professional plan includes all features of the Team plan plus custom project intake forms and 50 GB extra storage. The Enterprise plan includes all the features of the other two plans plus API access, workspace groups, custom reports, critical paths and 100 GB extra storage. Pricing is not publicly available, so you’ll have to contact WorkZone for a quote.

Wrike: Wrike has five packages available: Free, Professional, Business, Wrike for Marketers and Enterprise. Companies with up to five users can benefit from the free version, which includes 2 GB of storage space, unlimited collaborators and Wrike’s core elements such as file sharing, advanced email integration and tasks discussion. The remaining four plans have a pricing structure similar to Jira’s pricing. For instance, Wrike’s Professional version consists of three pricing tiers for five, 10 and 15 users and costs $9.80 per user per month. It offers additional features, such as unlimited levels of folder hierarchy, Gantt charts, email add-ons, dashboards, 5 GB storage space, advanced notifications and 15 GB of video uploads per month. Wrike is a cloud-only project management solution.

Trello: Trello offers three pricing tiers: Free, Business Class and Enterprise. The free version includes an unlimited number of attachments, boards, lists and members. The Business Class plan costs $9.99 per user per month (when paid yearly) and offers users the ability to sync data with other business applications (Salesforce, Slack, etc.), a board collections feature and some basic administrative tools. Costs for Trello’s Enterprise plan are tiered and vary according to the number of users. In addition to the features in the Business Class plan, the Enterprise plan offers additional security features, such as intrusion detection, file encryption and two-factor authentication, as well as single sign-on access. The Enterprise plan costs $20.83 or less per user per month. Contact the vendor for an exact quote.

Users can also add extra functionality with Trello Gold, which can be purchased for $5 per month or $45 per year, or it can be earned for free by inviting new members to Trello.

Takeaways

Jira Software has the least expensive price out of all four solutions, although it doesn’t offer a free plan like Wrike and Trello do. On the other hand, WorkZone provides a few additional add-ons in its subscription price, such as 100 GB storage.

These four tools aren’t your only options. We’ve featured over 25 project management solutions on our site for businesses of all sizes.

If you’re entirely new to project management tools, take a look at our Project Management Definitive Guide. It offers a full overview of market trends, must-have features and common challenges to avoid.

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