JIRA vs HP ALM: In-Depth Comparison

jira vs hp alm

JIRA is an agile project management software that supports issue management and bug tracking. HP’s ALM (Application LifeCycle Management) is a set of software tools developed and marketed by Micro Focus for application development and testing. However, over the years, JIRA is also widely used for ALM. Let us take a look at the detailed comparison of JIRA vs HP ALM to find out which is the best application lifecycle management software for your business



Here’s a step by step comparison of JIRA vs HP ALM.



JIRA is an agile project management software that also supports bug tracking, issue management and backlog management. It is built to support IT and software development projects of businesses of any size and industry.

HP ALM is an application lifecycle management platform that also supports requirements management, test planning and functional testing, performance testing, developer management and defect management.



JIRA offers tons of features to support agile management, such as:

  • Support for Scrum & Kanban boards
  • Highly customizable workflows
  • Powerful bug and issue management
  • Seamless source & issue integration
  • Advanced reporting
  • Powerful search & filtering
  • More than 1,000 plug & play add-ons
  • Available as on-premise as well as cloud versions
  • Integrates with plenty of developer tools

Here’s the complete list of features offered by JIRA


HP ALM’s features are focused on the various stages of development lifecycle, such as:

  • Project planning and tracking
  • Application lifecycle intelligence
  • Lab management automation
  • Asset sharing and re-use
  • Cross-project reporting
  • Enterprise Collaboration
  • Performance Improvement
  • Quality assurance
  • Requirements definition and management
  • Fortify security
  • Multi-environment support


Supported Platforms

Both JIRA and HP ALM are available as cloud-based and on-premise versions. They both work well on all major web browsers in Windows, Linux and Mac. JIRA even offers mobile apps for both iOS and Android.


Setup and Ease of Use

JIRA is easy to use and intuitive. Its cloud-version requires no setup and its on-premise version might require IT assistance. On the other hand, HP ALM is quite difficult to use and requires proper IT assistance and some training before you can get started.



JIRA’s cloud-version is priced at $10/month for 10 users, with $7/user/month for every additional users thereafter. Its on-premise version costs $10 for 10 users. It even provides a data center for $12,000 that supports 500 users.

HP ALM pricing are available only on request. You need to contact them for a quote.



Both JIRA and HP ALM integrate with popular business apps like Google Drive, Dropbox as well as developer platforms like GitHub and Bitbucket.


Customer Support

Both JIRA and HP ALM offer customer support via email, online ticket submission and phone. They also provide training and tutorials to get started.



There are plenty of alternatives to JIRA and HP ALM like Version One, ITM Platform, Pivotal Tracker.



Although HP ALM offers application lifecycle management, more and more businesses have started adopting JIRA for the same purpose, simply because it is easier to use and has a transparent pricing. HP ALM is more for large-scale enterprises who are still used to the old-school process of buying software after rounds of negotiations.

About Sreeram Sreenivasan

Sreeram Sreenivasan is the Founder of Ubiq, a business dashboard & reporting platform for small & medium businesses. Ubiq makes it easy to build business dashboards & reports for your business. Try it for free today!