Dec 28

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 at SoftwarePlant, adds an unlimited number of Box types, enterprise-level reporting, ‘Show overall assignment’ sort of features, and more. Let’s enumerate what the Enterprise extension adds on top of the regular BigPicture.

Table 1: BigPicture vs. BigPicture Enterprise

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

BigPicture for Jira logo Jira BigPicture Enterprise logo
Overview module
with three predefined Box types

Starting BigPicture 7.10, the Program Manager is renamed ‘Overview’.

yes yes
Unlimited configuration of Box types. Create new Box types.

Think of Boxes as high-level, custom containers/parent items, such as portfolios, phases, ARTs. They behave depending on how you program them.
Boxes are available in BigPicture version 8, and the corresponding BigPicture Enterprise ver. 8, and later.

Re-label modules

For instance, re-label ‘Gantt’ to ‘Schedule’ or ‘Roadmap’. Relabeling works per Box or per Box type. What’s the difference?

Scope – a standalone work breakdown structure module yes yes
Roadmap module yes yes
Gantt module yes yes
one public and one private scenario per Box unlimited number of private and public scenarios per Box
Resources module yes yes
Workload contouring
Flat, Front-loaded, Back-loaded modes Flat, Front-loaded, Back-loaded, and Manual modes
Show overall assignment

Once checked, you can observe a cross-project, cross-Box resources view, for both individuals and teams

Board module 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.

Risks module

Risks matrix and risks register

yes yes
Teams module 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
Calendar module yes yes
Reports module

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
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
Select the geographic location of your data server

GDPR in the European Union and various US regulators may require that you store your data in a home country or region.  The feature will be available soon. Read more

yesavailable for Cloud hosting

Project Management methodologies

Both BigPicture and BigPicture Enterprise let you practice a methodology of your choice, such as SAFe, LeSS, AgilePM, PMBoK, PRINCE2, and more. Differences become apparent once you try to blend more than one methodology in a portfolio(s), including in-home, custom-developed methodologies. Three slots available in the regular BigPicture might constitute a bottleneck. BigPicture Enterprise does not have this limit, therefore the Enterprise edition is safer if you practice many methodologies in one organization.
Number of available Box type slots 3 unlimited
Preconfigured Box types Program
Program Increment
Agile project
Classic project
Hybrid project
Hybrid stage
LeSS Requirement Area
Program Increment
Can users edit existing Box types? yes yes
Can users add new Box types, beyond the predefined ones? yes

Business, technical data & Pricing

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

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Boxes in BigPicture Enterprise

The video presents the way Boxes are in BigPicture Enterprise.

Also, check ‘BigPicture Enterprise version 7’ video. Fragments remain valid.


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.

Read more: 6 signs your organization should upgrade to BigPicture Enterprise.


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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.