This is what we have now: "For JIRA Server 7.0 or later, the add-on tier should match the maximum tier of the licensed JIRA applications on your instance. For example, if you're running JIRA Software (50 users) and JIRA Service Desk (10 agents) on the same instance, you should purchase the 50-user tier for add-ons." Reference: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.radiantminds.roadmaps-jira -> Picing tab
I think you're missing the background of what an "application" is in this context. JIRA 7 split JIRA into three products - Core, Software and Service Desk. They're being marketed as separate products, but what they *really* are is: JIRA Core JIRA Software = JIRA Core with the Software Application installed JIRA Service Desk = JIRA Core with the Service Desk Application installed Applications are the new feature for JIRA 7 - they're JIRA Applications that run within Core. Not separately. An incorrect, but simple and useful way to think of them is "A different type of add-on". Service Desk and Software used to be add-ons, but now they're Applications. But still JIRA applications. I can't think of a single reason why a Portfolio customer would go elsewhere just because it changes from an add-on to an application. The move would have some benefits in terms of cost and flexibility for some users, and absolutely zero downsides.
...and you will continue to pay as a "core features" so for all users. the only plugin (provided by atlassian) that has a different license type is "service desk" but they have created a lot of bloking permission and features to create something similar of other "pay per use" system. A lot of users complain about plugin costs, because plugin are related to product license tier. If you want to add a small features to jira, you will have to pay it for all users...Service desk is different because has a different target (people outside system) and usually product like this one (zendesk ..etc) has a license not related o end users (This is my opnion as a user)
Atlassian price it that way, not us - we're end-users, like you.
If you're only having 3-4 people using Portfolio from a 100 user base, that's telling me that it's not something you really need. So I'd skip it. I totally agree with you - for a couple of people who might benefit, it's not worth it as the rest of you won't!
You can get most of the information you need from: https://www.atlassian.com/licensing/jira-portfolio
Here is the answer that Nic already gave to you: https://www.atlassian.com/licensing/jira-portfolio#serverlicenses-5
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