Do you need an agile project management tool? These are the reasons why numerous organisations made the choice of Tuleap as an alternative to Jira.

Designed for

Enterprise Project Management

In the early design, Tuleap has been conceived for managing projects on a companywide scale. This requires a focus on central management of workflows , security and access controls with a good balance to provide enough freedom to unleash the potential of teams.

Tuleap onboards multiple profiles and create cross-functional teams, sharing the same project workspace. It aligns teams and boost collaboration across your organization. Tuleap allows seamless collaboration and workflows within the different teams that need to cooperate, each one with its own quirks and needs, yet on a common schedule and with a coherent vision.


A collection of issues

Originally, Jira was designed as an issue tracker. It has grown patch by patch into a project management solution by the acquisition of companies, tools and a third parties plugins system. 

A Jira project is a collection of issues. No more. No software development tools, no document management, no test management. The thinking behind and functioning is not made of complete workspaces. But entreprises need full-featured project spaces and a global view on all the phases of the SDLC. This is a a key differenciator between Jira and Tuleap.


Al-in-one Agile ALM

Tuleap is a full ALM (Application Lifecycle Management ) solution as such, it provides all of the tools you need to create smart software, all in a single product. Contrary to others, with Tuleap, you get everything you need in one package. Tuleap empowers your teams with everything they need to plan, track, code, build, test and release better software.

Compare Tuleap versus Jira features


Limited to project and issue tracking

Jira simply cannot do everything Tuleap can on its own. Jira is a tool for project and issue tracking. If you want to get a complete agile software development solution, you will need to add several plugins and additional tools like Bitbucket, Confluence, Bamboo and even more… It’s important to be aware that each additional tool and plugin corresponds to an additional cost and administration.


Ready for years to come

Some of Tuleap clients’ production installations host up to 15.000 people and 4.500 project workspaces on one single platform. It has grown progressively, smoothly, without the need of new installation, nor complex administration. Probably adding CPU and RAMS but nothing more.

And guess how many admins for the whole Tuleap system for 15.000 users ? 100? 10? No! ONE is the correct answer!
Yes it’s just amazing, this alone describes the business orientation of Tuleap. Adapt to your entreprise needs, no matter how large or heterogeneous they are! No need to undergo heavy training just to administer and make it works. It’s simple and fast to maintain. “Seven minutes are enough to update our whole Tuleap platform” says an IT Manager.



As your needs will increase and become more diverse, you will probably need several Jira instances and the complexity of managing all of this will also increase. Atlassian advises to connect and work with their solutions partners in order to help you scale and manage your installations. This can imply additional costs and delay before implementation.



YOU TAILOR. Extended adaptability


With Tuleap your fantasy is the limit, not the tool.

Tuleap offers ready-to-use templates. This is as a way to standardize processes and help teams start quickly with pre-configured tools, used as a an adaptable canvas. Tuleap is a way to reach a balance between corporate templates and freedom for teams to customize their project workflows. It provides capabilities  at both of these levels. 

Tuleap tools provide teams the ability to work autonomously and collaborate with other teams across the enterprise. Each project team can configure and customize each tool to support how they work.

Picture this, you start small with a simple list of things to do, just a title and description in a Kanban. Gradually new team members join, so you need to know who is working on what: to do so, you just add a corresponding field e.g. “assigned to”. Later on, you need to display the “time spent”: well, just add the time tracking; you need some dates: ok just a click and you have the dates. You start coding and need a Git repository, just a click, it’s done!

When your customers start asking for planning, and release information, you need to structure it, easy peasy, add a planning dashboard to the same initial template and organise your work in releases.
Top Management becomes interested in your project success, and wants to see a Gantt report? No worries, just generate the report dynamically.
Now you need demonstrate your quality policy? Just activate “Tuleap Test Management” with a click, done! This is what we mean by your workspace adapts to your evolving needs. 


YOU USE. Limited adaptability


To start off, you have 4 versions of Jira among which you have to choose even before you start. Jira software, Jira align, Jira Core and Jira Service Desk, once you have read which version is more adapted to your project, you start being driven into a predetermined track that provides a series of workflows and templates to which the team must adapt, instead of the other way round.

Some personalisation is available within the limits of the initial framework chosen. No way to create your own transitions and triggers. No possibilities to create your own users group and permissions on your project trackers, etc. To get a better view, take a look at Tuleap trackers. You will understand by yourselves 😉

If a team needs to add some functionality, like a code review process, they will need to buy a new tool dedicated to that purpose. This concept is repeated with all additional needs your team might have as it evolves. Soon you’ll find that you spend a lot of time managing and updating your Atlassian tools and plugins in order to match your evolution.

Purchase logic

All in one product


Working with the Tuleap team is different. You buy much more than a software licence. You invest in a continuous journey towards better software engineering, as well as peace of mind with SLAs for guaranteed reliability.

You enter into a true human relationship based on trust and listening. As the first provider of an open source agile ALM solution, Tuleap business model is disruptif. See our Open Roadmap® option for example.

At Tuleap, we open bottles of champagne when our new client is satisfied, not when he buys a licence. Do you see the difference?


Buy and Buy

Jira software is a common tool so you think you take no risk with it. Are you sure of this? Have you really considered everything? The present and the near future? The people behind?

When you buy Jira, you buy a tool and keep your fingers crossed that everything goes well.

It is a classical buyer-provider relationship with a strict licensing model. You buy a certain number of user licences and for every additional tool or plugin, an additional licensing cost. It’s impossible to go over the limit of users. If you need one single user more, you will be blocked until the administrative process expands your licence.

Atlassian surely offers numerous features, but in a very hectic solution, not fully integrated and with a very time consuming process of selection and choice of tools, plugins, configurations and additional costs. It’s costing both in time and money to manage this system.


Tuleap people


At Tuleap, when you ask for help, you get immediate access to the core team. Our support crew is made of engineers and software experts. They truly understand your business challenges, your industry. They interact constantly with the R&D team.

You are not limited to issue resolution with a Tuleap subscription: we are here to help you avoid difficulties from the beginning. With unlimited incidents, we will guide you through installation, configurations, deployment, and operation. According to Tuleap SLAs, we provide you prompt enterprise support level 2 & 3 and expert insights to make you progress.

Who’s best positioned to help you ?


Unknown people

Done by a … third team

When buying a software, it is important to ask yourself: “What will happen when I’ll get stuck on a problem?”

With Jira, do you know the people who are supposed to help you? Can you discuss with them before purchase?You’ll probably need to go through resellers or intermediaries.

Software licence

Tools at the heart of a company ‘s growth are critical. Project management and software development tools are part of them. Gradually the company knowledge and innovations are embedded in the tool. Your company become directly linked to the tool and its provider…or not. Keep reading if you want to be sure of your choice.

Open Source logo

The Open Source alternative to Jira

Enterprises looking to make smart investment in a new tool have plenty of great reasons to prefer open source softwares. This is why leading companies trust Tuleap and its Open Source aspect as a strong advantage.

An open source software tool as Tuleap emphasizes transparency, sustainability, long-term viability and freedom from lock-in. In addition, Open source development promotes stability, security, and innovation. Much of the innovation in technology is taking place in the open source community, and companies all over the world trust open source software.

How does Tuleap become an Enterprise Open Source ALM?
To be an Enterprise Open Source solution, Tuleap is developed with an advanced DevOps engineering policy and tested in accordance with a demanding quality policy. Tuleap team is made of expert software developers and has a security crew that stands behind it, and processes for responding to new security vulnerabilities and notifying users about security issues and how to remediate them.
Because if you’re on your own when it comes to quality and security issues, you don’t get an Enterprise Open Source tool.



Proprietary. Vendor lock-in

Jira and other Atlassian products are proprietary tools. As other software providers, they keep their source code secret. Proprietary source code is closed off from outsiders who can’t inspect the code or find out how it works. You have no rights to read, modify or improve the code.

Rather than being locked into a proprietary vendor and often trapped into paying high fees, many companies understood they can get the same quality, capabilities and reliability with open source solutions.
In addition, as a CIO, avoiding vendor lock-in is a key challenge. One solution is choosing open source software.
Gartner recently reminds us: Most organizations use open-source software within their mission-critical IT estates. Application leaders must understand and embrace Open source: it is becoming the backbone for driving digital innovation.

Offering & Pricing

Cost-effective. Faster ROI

  • Self-managed On Prem
  • We can operate for you On Prem
  • Available in the Cloud
  • SLA levels
  • Open Roadmap option
  • Price: Immediate ROI for all. Cost-effective at scale


Increase fast

  • Self-managed On Prem
  • No possibility to operate for you
  • Available in the Cloud
  • SLA levels
  • Price: Think twice before deploying… You would probably need Jira + Bitbucket + Confluence + even more

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