Sep 17

BigPicture vs. BigPicture Enterprise. Who needs what

BigPicture Enterprise addresses the needs of large-scale organizations; it enhances the way projects and portfolios are managed by delivering high-level PPM features. The ‘BPE’, as we call it in SoftwarePlant, adds enterprise-level reporting, ‘see tasks across all programs’ sort of features and more. Let’s enumerate what does the Enterprise extension add on top of the regular BigPicture.

Table 1: BigPicture vs. BigPicture Enterprise

Note: BigPicture Enterprise cannot live alone. So you choose between ‘Jira + BigPicture’ suite and ‘Jira + BigPicture + BigPicture Enterprise’ one.

BigPicture for Jira logo Jira BigPicture Enterprise logo
Program manager yes yes
Add custom action buttons

These could be additional links to your programs or program manager tiles. Using customizable URL’s, you could also integrate your company intranet or external systems with BigPicture programs.

Scope yes yes
Roadmap yes yes
An overlay with pie/bar charts reporting on the progress of iterations yes yes
An overlay with pie/bar charts reporting on the progress of Program Increments yes
Gantt chart yes yes
Resources yes yes
Observe tasks from all programs (in a single view)

∼ cross-program resources planning and reporting

Board yes yes
Synchronize Program Increment (PI) #

with a custom field of your choice residing in Jira issue detail view. Set this 2-way synchronization for all teams (Shared), specific teams (Team specific), or disable the sync at all.

An overlay with pie/bar charts reporting on the progress of iterations yes yes
An overlay with pie/bar charts reporting on the progress of Program Increments yes
Risks yes yes
Teams yes yes
Integration with Tempo

Synchronize BigPicture’s Workload Plans, Holiday Plans, Teams, and Skills with their counterparts in Tempo Timesheets, Planner, Budgets.

yesavailable for Server and Data Center hostings

Use five predefined progress measuring drill-down/drill-through reports. Choose their format: bar/pie charts, spreadsheet-like reports.

yes yes
Add new multi-level drill-down and drill-through reports. Customize the grid of the Reports module. yes

Project-level custom fields. Label your programs (projects) using custom text, textarea, combo box, and date fields. Set the layout of this program describing page.

Configurable menu view

Customize the BigPicture plugin’s drop-down menu – the one that integrates with Jira’s main menu.

yesavailable for Server and Data Center hostings

Project Management methodologies

yes yes
Scaled Agile Framework program level yes yes
SAFe’s solution level yes
SAFe’s portfolio level yes
Waterfall, Hybrid
yes yes

Business, technical data & Pricing

Hosting types Cloud, Server, Data Center
Works with Jira Software, Jira Core, Jira Service Desk
Jira Server, 100 users, Atlassian Marketplace $2000/instance
(50% of that to renew)
(50% of that to renew)
Jira Cloud, 1000 users tier, Atlassian Marketplace $0.91/user/month $0.91/user/month
User rating (stars), Atlassian Marketplace 3.2/4 3.6/4
Developer SoftwarePlant, Atlassian Top Vendor

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(large checkmark) – module
(small checkmark) – feature
(gray checkmark) – a module or feature is available within the ‘regular’ BigPicture, so it’s also available within the Enterprise edition


What features does the Enterprise edition bring

on top of the ‘regular’ BigPicture? In 5 minutes.

Check the ‘Meet (regular) BigPicture’ video.


Who uses what

Roughly 20% of BigPicture license holders have the Enterprise extension added on top. When looking at user counts, however, we assume that 50% of the 3 million individuals who use BigPicture every day have access to the Enterprise edition. It’s because blue-chips, and large companies with a distributed workforce, rely on BPE heavily.


The good news

Perhaps a random order
Source: Scaled Agile, Inc. newsletter

Mar 2020
What Jira Align alternatives do large organizations have within Atlassian Ecosystem? More
Feb 2020
If you’re after dependency arrows in Jira, then consider BigPicture the leader. Read a guide on strong and soft visual task dependencies in BigPicture/BigGantt and how to map them to Jira task links. More.
Feb 2020
BigPicture is becoming an optionally standalone enterprise agile planning tool. With the new edition, called, you’ll be able to do project portfolio management without Jira. BigPicture for Jira will remain our core product, though, and will be developed concurrently. More.

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With his automotive background Marcin goes beyond the 'Jira + software development' standard. He likes simple, up-to-five-sentence answers to complex questions.