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JIRA vs Microsoft Project vs OmniPlan System Properties Comparison

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SystemsJIRA  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Project  Xexclude from comparisonOmniPlan  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionBug tracking and project planning tool, available as cloud service and as commercial tool.Project planning and tracking tools available in various editions: Standard, Pro, Server and Online.OmniPlan is a project planning tool for OS X and iOS
CategoryProject Planning
Issue Management
Project PlanningProject Planning
Project Management Zone Rankinginfomeasures the popularity of Project Management SystemsScore 1,043.09
Rank #3
Score 2,067.11
Rank #2
Score 12.38
Rank #61
DeveloperAtlassianMicrosoftThe Omni Group
Technical documentationconfluence.atlassian.com/­jira/­jira-documentation-1556.htmlsupport.omnigroup.com/­documentation/­en/­omniplan-2-for-mac-user-manual
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Initial release200219842006
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service model
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service modelinfoProject Online
Web-based architectureyesyesinfoProject OnlinenoinfoSync via self-hosted or hosted web server
Programming languageJava
Operating systemsLinux
WindowsOS X
Mobile appsAndroid
noinfo3rd-party apps to import Microsoft Project files existiOS
APIinfoApplication Programming InterfaceyesinfoJava, RESTyesno
Multi-useryesyesinfoProject Onlineyesinfovia sync server
Authentication mechanismPassword
LDAPinfoLightweight Directory Access Protocol
Active DirectoryinfoProject OnlinePasswordinfovia sync server
NotificationsEmailEmailinfoProject OnlineDesktop push
Mobile push
Project Planning Properties
Hierarchical tasksinfoSupport for parent-child relationships of tasksyesyesyes
Recurring tasksinfoSupport for definition of tasks that occur repeatedlynoyesno
Milestone trackinginfoMilestones indicate the completion of major deliverables, normally by completing a set of tasksnoyesyes
Task dependenciesinfoDependencies between tasks are logical relationships that restrict the sequence of task executions, e.g. one task must be completed before another task can startyesinfovia "issue linking"yesyes
Critical path managementinfoThe critical path method calculates the set of tasks that cannot be delayed without increasing the project's duration, taking into account task dependenciesnoyesyes
Critical chain managementinfoThe critical chain method expands the critical path method by additionally taking resource constraints into accountnoyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party add-onno
Gantt chartsinfoBar chart to visualize a project's tasks and milestones scheduleyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesyes
PERT chartsinfoNetwork diagrams according to Program Evaluation Review Techniquenoyesno
BaselinesinfoSupport for creating and using snapshots of a project's plan in terms of cost, scope and schedule noyesno
Resource managementinfoSupport for managing a project's human and/or non-human resourcesnoyesyes
Resource levelinginfoSupport for optimizing the allocation of a project's resourcesnoyesyes
Time trackinginfoSupport for estimating and monitoring the time spent on a project's tasksyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesno
Cost trackinginfoSupport for monitoring a project's expensesyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesno
Earned value managementinfoSupport for tracking a project's performance and progress via earned value measurementsnoyesno
Risk managementinfoSupport for identifying and keeping track of project risks and risk-related activitiesyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesno
Scrum supportinfoSupport for typical Scrum techniques such as sprints, backlogs and burn-down chartsyesinfowith JIRA Agile add-onnono
Kanban supportinfoSupport for typical Kanban techniques such as visualization of tasks on boards using cardsyesinfowith JIRA Agile add-onnono
Project portfolio management infoSupport for collectively managing a set of current or proposed projects, e.g. by evaluation and prioritization of projectsyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party pluginsyesno
Issue Management Properties
Hierarchical issuesyes
Custom fieldsyes
Custom workflowsyes

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