GForge as a Atlassian Alternative

Why a silo approach is bad.

Atlassian's siloed approach means that you have to buy several different Atlassian products to get equivalent GForge functionality. Not only does each product cost separately, but if you host yourself, you will have to manage each product separately including operating system and product upgrades.

Have a look at this comparison to see why GForge is a better, easier, more cost-effective alternative to Atlassian.

GForge Next Atlassian  
Workflow
YES YES  
Full Agile Support
YES YES, BUT...

Add Trello or Greenhopper for kanban, and Align for Agile/Scrum

REST API
YES YES, BUT...

Each product has a separate REST API

Internal & External Collaboration
YES NO  
Managed Hosting
YES NO  
Cloud & Server-based Deployment
YES YES, BUT...

Adding more Atlassian products adds more servers, complexity, and points of failure

Offline Installation & Upgrades
YES YES  
Customized Tickets
YES YES  
Pull Requests
YES YES, BUT...

Add BitBucket for Git-based SCM

Document Management
YES NO  
Chat
YES YES, BUT... Add HipChat, or integrate with Slack
Continuous Integration
YES YES, BUT...

Add Bamboo for Continuous Integration

Knowledge Management
YES YES, BUT...

Add Confluence for Wiki

Centralized Search
YES NO Different Atlassian products have their own search feature, but there is no centralized solution. Third-party tools seem to come and go in this area.
Service Desk
YES YES, BUT...

Add Jira Service Desk, which is separate from Jira

Single Sign-on (SSO)
YES YES, BUT...

Add Crowd for enterprise authentication features

Pricing Comparison: GForge vs Atlassian

Let's finish our comparison by showing pricing for GForge and Atlassian with 30 users.

  GForge Next   Atlassian
Ticketing
$0 Jira $6,116
Full Agile Support
$0 Trello/Greenhopper, Align $???
Service Desk
$0 Jira Service Desk $6,300
Version Control
$0 Bitbucket $1,800
Continuous Integration
$0 Bamboo $1,100
Knowledge Management
$0 Confluence $1,800
Single Sign-on (SSO)
$0 Crowd $300
Chat
$0 HipChat $???
Centralized Search
$0 N/A $0
Total Cost
$4,500   $16,046*

* Keep in mind this cost doesn't include Atlassian's Align product nor the cost of finding a suitable 3rd party chat and search service.

Atlassian's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

We'd be remiss if we didn't discuss the importance of Atlassian's high Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), especially if you run any of their products on-premises. When you compare GForge in terms of features, cost and TCO, GForge is simply the better alternative to Atlassian.

Pricing

Pricing should be simple and transparent. Atlassian does a good job posting most of their pricing, but their silo approach means you have to negotiate for and buy multiple products. GForge is an all-in-one solution, with pricing that includes all the features listed above (and more). It's not just simpler, it's also much cheaper.

Installation and Maintenance

Both Atlassian and GForge can scale to support thousands of users. GForge does it from a single server, a single place to manage and upgrade. Atlassian's product silos make for more complexity for on-premise customers, with multiple servers, more complex upgrade cycles, and higher TCO, over and above the license costs.

Integration and Data Migration

In the real world, enterprises often have requirements outside of project delivery and collaboration - ERP, CRM, and industry-specific systems. GForge has a powerful, unified REST API for getting data into and out of GForge.

Other real-world scenarios require archiving, removal or migration of projects. GForge's Project Export feature allows customers to get all of their project data in a single package, and even move data from one GForge server to another. Atlassian's silo approach (our common theme!) requires you to export data separately from each tool.

It's taboo to talk about losing a customer, but if GForge isn't the right solution, we aren't going to hold your data hostage.

Shouldn't every software company treat you that way?

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