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Hamid Shojaee is the founder of Axosoft, a software company that focuses on building tools to help development teams manage their projects and ship great software. Axosoft's flagship program, OnTime, is used by over 8,000 dev teams in 55 countries and has been honored with numerous awards. Hamid is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 6 posts at DZone. View Full User Profile

Agile/Scrum Tools List and Pricing Comparison

04.24.2012
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Almost every day prospects who are evaluating OnTime will ask us “how does OnTime compare to [Fill in a Competitor's Name]?” Of course, the answer to this question is very subjective and requires a detailed analysis of the needs of the prospect. It might not matter how fast two cars can go from 0-60 if the prospect is looking for a minivan with sliding doors. In software, the problem has additional complications because new releases are constantly changing the specs. Keeping up and answering that question totally accurately and objectively is impossible for a vendor.

But there is one spec that rarely changes and is less subjective: Price. Any vendor can provide a truthful and objective price comparison chart. Some make their prices hard to find, so we thought it might be helpful to put together an Agile/Scrum Tools price comparison for different user counts. Most of these competing products are probably great, but if the tools from multiple vendors meet your needs, your costs may play a big role in your decision-making process. This chart may be helpful:

SaaS Agile Tools – Pricing Comparison for 1 Year
  10 Users 20 Users 60 Users 120 Users
axosoft
OnTime Scrum
$100
per year
$1,400
per year
$4,200
per year
$7,200
per year
atlassian
Jira + Greenhopper
$200
per year
$1,500
per year
$4,500
per year
$7,500
per year
Fog Creek Software
FogBugz
$3,000
per year
$6,000
per year
$18,000
per year
$36,000
per year
Target Process
Target Process
$3,000
per year
$6,000
per year
$18,000
per year
$36,000
per year
Collabnet
ScrumWorks
$3,000
per year
$6,000
per year
$13,500
per year
$25,500
per year
Version One
Ultimate Edition
$4,680
per year
$9,360
per year
$28,080
per year
$56,160
per year
Rally Software
Ultimate Edition
$5,880
per year
$11,760
per year
$35,280
per year
$70,560
per year

In addition to choosing a product based on how it serves your needs and taking cost into consideration…choosing which company you will be working with ought to factor into your decision as well.  I know it’s a big deal when I make choices about the software that Axosoft uses.

Your criteria will vary, of course, but I think it’s important to say that Axosoft is constantly striving to be the type of company with which we would actually enjoy doing business. What does that mean?  To us it means:

  • Having a phone number that reaches real live people
  • Having smart employees who can answer questions quickly
  • Having super fast support that gets to the bottom of issues quickly, communicates efficiently, and helps customers accomplish what they need to do with our software
  • Never outsourcing support! Talking to a script-reading support rep half-way around the world on a 1/2 second delay is not our idea of saving money on support costs.
  • Providing refunds if we screw up, or if our customer is not happy
  • Producing frequent product updates that provides meaningful improvements for our customers
  • and just no BS ever — we mean it.

Feel free to let us know how we’re doing.

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