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.

yes
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

yes
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.

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
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
Reports

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
Metrics

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.

yes
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

Agile
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)
pricing
$2000/instance
(50% of that to renew)
pricing
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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Legend

yes
(large checkmark) – module
yes
(small checkmark) – feature
yes
(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
Sep 2019
BigPicture 7.5 for Jira Server and Data Center is now live. It has performance improvements (1,5x to 4x at times), new Multi-select feature, custom icons for programs, and more. The corresponding BigGantt 4.3 was released on the same day.
Sep 2019
SoftwarePlant adjusts pricing; new BigPicture, BigGantt and BigTemplate prices to take effect on Oct 3, 2019. More
July 2019
New Reports module in BigPicture 7.3 and the corresponding version of BP Enterprise was released in July. Drill-down pie and column charts, as well as spreadsheet-style reports, are available – 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.