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The relationship between Jira and Confluence

I'm sure this has been beaten into the dirt, but can someone simply explain the relationship between Jira and Confluence?  I'm a long time IT guy but I'm new to Jira, my background is not in software development, my company uses Jira to track day to day work it, and it's a bit confusing all the stories and epics and tasks.  I'd be grateful for any simple explanations that people may have..  Thanks in advance.


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Hi Andrew,

Jira is a Bug tracking software  - Simply, Jira is everything about Tickets.  Example tickets:

Confluence is mainly a Knowledge Base, People can document anything in confluence and share with their teams etc. - Simply, Confluence is everything about Documents. Example:

That's helpful Bhanu.  Thank you very much.

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Jira is used to track work for PM, software development, or service desk projects.

The sister software confluence is a WIKI environment that allows team members to collaborate as a team on JIRA issues, do reports from various sources including JIRA, and allow teams to through their spaces share data and documents. The Knowledge Base feature allows common "knowledge base" articles to be shared with JIRA issue types in the different projects...the individual projects can tie back to specific spaces.


Most organizations use confluence to report data and share data with teams and executives that it is why Confluence is also used a data repository.  


As being manufactured by same company--compatibility is strong.

Usually leadership reports of their JIRA teams are done in confluence if they do not need to be inside the JIRA tool on a daily basis.

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