Wrike is firstly launched at the Le Web 3 conference in Paris in December 2006. A few years later, in December 2013 Wrike.Inc launched a new “Enterprise” platform aimed at larger businesses. Meanwhile, Jira is a project and issue tracker that released by Atlassian Corporation Plc in 2002.
In the beginning, Wrike and Jira were two project management software designed for different purposes. Wrike was designed around the typical marketing workflow, which often revolves around briefs, requests, assignments, reviews, and approvals. While Jira designed specifically for software teams that cover all aspects of the software development life cycle.
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Overall, Wrike consists of features in two categories: project management, and team collaboration. Project Management features are those which help teams track everything associated with projects. While collaboration features are those designed to aid in conversations and asset creation.
Meanwhile, JIRA Software combines a powerful developer tool integrations with the most important elements of agile development. Its features like flexible Scrum and Kanban boards. In addition, it includes JIRA Query Language, which offers search functionality to search and sort for tickets and creates custom filters.
For comparison with Jira, Wrike also provides agile management tools for managing software development projects. In Wrike, users can also create sprint planning or use Kanban boards for managing tasks.
In addition, Wrike also has the ability to integrate with Github to create two-way sync between GitHub repository issues and Wrike tasks. The most interesting thing, Wrike can be integrated with Jira. Below is a comparison table of feature availability at Jira and Asana.
|Project Planning & Scheduling|
|Setting priorities and deadlines||√||√|
|Resources & Workload Management||√||√|
|Support Agile Methodologies||√||√|
|Intake / Request Forms||√||√|
|Attach files to the task||√||√|
|Progress Tracking / Status||√||√|
|Project Financial Management|
|Payments / Billing||√||√|
|Integration with Accounting Systems||√||√|
As shown in the comparison table above, Wrike and Jira are feature-rich project management software. Also, its features are flexible enough to be customized.
However, in Jira, some features required additional plugins on Atlassian Marketplace. For example, some functionality of capacity planning such as workload plan and holiday plan for each employee are difficult to do at regular Jira. You need to purchase resources planning plugins such as “Tempo Planner” to get that functionality.
Wrike offers integration with CRM Software such as Salesforce and HubSpot. File storage such as Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. IT project management software such as JIRA and Github and many other different applications.
Meanwhile, in Jira, users are able to integrate the software with developer tools for end-to-end traceability such as Bitbucket Cloud, Github, Atlassian Cloud Applications, and more. In addition, Atlassian also offers many apps through their Marketplace to integrate Jira with other software such as Slack, Tempo Time Tracking, and many more.
Ease of Use
In our opinion, Wrike is easier than Jira. That’s because by default Wrike gives a simple method to manage projects. Unlike Wrike, Jira is a very detail-oriented application that can sometimes become quite cumbersome. Also, it is difficult, if not impossible to close a ticket if you are not the creator.
However, for agile project management, Jira is easier than Wrike. Because basically, Jira designed especially for Agile teams. Whether it’s the Scrum or Kanban method, you can start it quickly without need any configuration. Unless you want to create your own workflow or make other customization.
In the Scrum methodology, sprint planning is often divided into several parts. Because every sprint usually is between 1 and 4 weeks long. To make such a plan in Wrike, you can create folders to group tasks into several Sprint.
Unfortunately, creating folders to make sprint planning isn’t easy enough. After creating a folder, you will be taken to the folder page that you have created. So you need to go back to the Backlog folder page or project page to move tasks. And based on my experience using Wrike, “Table view” is the easiest way to create Sprint Planning.
Wrike has five pricing options — Free, Professional, Business, Marketers, and Enterprise. Prices range between $0 and $24.80 per month (per user) and are billed annually, except for Marketers plan and Enterprise plan. For Marketers and Enterprise, users need to contacts Wrike teams for a custom quote. The main differences between the plans include features, storage space, number of users/collaborators, and integrations.
Meanwhile, Jira Software has two pricing options for its cloud-hosted services. Prices depend on the maximum number of users. There’s a plan that’s a $10 monthly flat fee for teams with up to 10 users, and another that costs $7 per month (per user) for teams with 11 to 100 users.
At a glance, Jira looks cheaper than Wrike. But as mentioned above, in Jira, some features required additional apps purchase on Atlassian Marketplace. So in the end, the prices offered by Wrike and Jira for the same set of features is may not much different.
Pros and Cons
|Pros||Wrike is one of the best project management software on the market that provides intuitive features and easy to use. It also has flexible workflows and statuses that can be fully customized. Another good thing about Wrike is the ability to integrate with many different applications.||Jira is one of the most powerful, agile development tools that gives you everything you need to track projects, squash bugs, and deliver great software. It is very easy to track team tickets as well as display everything on a board that conforms to your team’s workflow (scrum, kanban, etc). Also, from an administrative standpoint setting up project permissions and integrating it with other systems was simple.|
|Cons||For Agile teams, the main drawback of Wrike is creating a Backlog and several sprint planning using a folder isn’t easy enough.||The bad thing that I found in JIRA is that the software is not really easy to use and take much time to explore all features.|
When it comes to project management software, you have a lot of options. There are advanced online solutions, like Wrike. Or simpler methods, like Trello. But when you’re looking for powerful for software development—JIRA is hard to beat.
Meanwhile, Wrike is suitable for you who are looking for project management software that easies to use and has flexible features to be customized to fit your business needs. It also a good choice for marketers. Because Wrike offers almost all features required by marketing teams. Furthermore, with the ability to integrate with JIRA and Github, it also can be Jira’s alternative for managing software development projects.