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I think I may have found one difference, but I am not sure. Can I create a form in the software version? It seems like it is only part a business project.
Basically all the project types are the same EXCEPT for the associated workflow/workflow schemes and corresponding default issue types.
The reason they are different is to help you determine which workflow/issue types you should start to use depending on use case (hence the names: Simple Issue Tracking, Software Development, etc). Not all users of JIRA use it for bug tracking, thus why there are more than one.
And I'm finding very difficult to have a clear list of all this differences, even after paying for the Jira administrator learning pathway. I'm setting up Jira at my new job, and all the little nuances between business and software keep throwing me curved balls. For example, forms are only available on business, you can only configure the board and have multiple workflows in one board in Software, and so it goes.
All this things should be black and white and listed somewhere to guide users on selecting the best platform. Or is there something out there and I just haven't found it?
Hi Mateus, haven´t found it neither, but one of our customers prepared pretty nice table of comparison for his purposes and I shared it here: https://community.atlassian.com/t5/Jira-discussions/comparison-of-features-of-Software-project-and-Business-project/m-p/2083571#M18234 so take a look.
The comparison above is very good BUT note that it is describing Jira CLOUD and not Jira Server.
On Jira Server the differences between Business vs Software are mainly in the original templates provided when creating the project. After that I'm not sure there are any differences.
On Jira Cloud these projects are not longer Jira Software projects at all, but instead are projects for a new cloud product: Jira Work. And they look quite different and behave in noticeably different ways from 'regular' Jira projects.
When migrating from server, be very careful about reviewing these differences and deciding if your 'business' type projects on server should migrate to become Jira Work projects in the cloud. In many cases the answer is 'no' and you need to change the project type BEFORE you migrate.