Jira Software is purpose built to be the best tool for agile teams to organise, track and do software development.
Jira Core is purpose built for business teams to manage their work. Core features all the power of Jira (fine grained definition of work items and workflows, customisability, extensibility, JQL search, reporting/dashboarding etc.) This allows business teams to describe their work and processes without bumping into unfamiliar software concepts like releases or dev tool integrations.
Where it gets interesting is in the way we license the two products. You can buy both Jira Software and Jira Core on a per user basis;
-When you buy Jira Core stand alone, you get access to Business projects (see the choices when you start a new project).
-When you buy Jira Software, you get access to Software Projects AND Business Projects. So if you are licensed for Jira Software you can also start and use business projects and experience Jira Core. That's a great way for Jira Software users to experience Core and to show it to non-software teams the collaborate with . e.g. a marketing team planning a campaign for the latest release to market.
More on Core here: https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/core
Hi Sindhu, "Software" is - in short - the old agile, it seems. Bitbucket Integration, Branches, the blueprint "Software project" and Agile Boards (Scrum, Kanban) are not available to the users from "Core" to work with.
I have not tested yet, how much is hidden (e.g. view Boards as "core user").
JIRA Core is the software that the others are added to.
JIRA Software is an application you add to Core, it provides scrum and Kanban boards that help you work with your JIRA projects
JIRA Service Desk is another application you add to Core, it provides portals, service requests and queues in front of your JIRA projects
If you are missing the "boards" option from the top menu, then your user does not have the permission to use JIRA Software, or, it's not installed and/or licenced.
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