Asana’s New Jira Integration: A Comparison With Unito

Asana Jira Integration

Our friends at Asana have just announced a brand new Jira Cloud integration — exciting news for Asana users that work closely with developers.

Unito also provides an Asana and Jira integration — one that covers Cloud and on-premise instances. Here’s a look at the functionality and uses cases for both, so you can make an informed decision on which integration is right for you. 

Asana’s native Jira integration

Available to all Premium, Business, and Enterprise customers, the Jira Cloud for Asana integration allows you to link or “attach” Jira issues to Asana projects and tasks. Once you create that link, a Jira widget within the Asana task will display real-time information including:

  • issue name
  • status
  • priority
  • assignee

You do have to manually create Jira issues for each corresponding Asana task, and then attach them (by pasting an ID or a url).

Use cases

With this native Jira integration, the task and issue each remain completely independent, with their own lifecycle, information, and workflows. While it doesn’t automate changes between the two or connect their functionality, it does make development projects more visible to teams in Asana. It also means less copying and pasting information from one task into another to keep people informed. This may also mean fewer emails and meetings.

In terms of specific use cases, Asana highlights the following:

Status updates for sales and customer success teams

The real-time updates to the status field allow sales teams and customer success teams to move on deal opportunities faster, keep training materials updated, and provide customers with previews of new features. 

Progress tracking for product leads

After product leads hand off development projects, they’re able to track the status of the work from within their own Asana tasks. 

More transparent development

With this new integration, developers can link their Jira issues to roadmaps and projects in Asana to keep non-technical teams looped in. They can also more easily share progress on product launch plans or web mockups. 

Unito’s Asana-Jira integration

In addition to increased visibility, Unito’s Asana-Jira integration empowers cross-functional collaboration. Unito allows Asana and Jira users to work together on projects, from start to finish, without leaving their tool of choice. Our two-way sync functionality allows nearly any changes you make to an Asana task to be automatically reflected in the associated Jira issue, and vice versa. They become connected on a functional level, with overlapping workflows and field matching.

Unito can sync the following fields:

Unlike the native integration, with Unito tasks and issues can be created automatically based on your requirements. So instead of manually creating something each tool to connect them, you can simply create a task in Asana and have a corresponding issue automatically appear in Jira, saving you time and effort.

Unito’s Jira integration can be used by Asana users on any plan, and covers both Jira cloud and on-premise instances. 

Use cases

Anything development-related that used to force your team out of Asana can now be done in that tool you know and love. You also gain visibility not just on the task level, but on the project level, enabling better reporting and opportunities for optimization. Top use cases for the Unito integration include:

Cross-team collaboration on development projects

How many of your teams depend on developers for support? Instead of making sales, marketing, or customer service teams jump into Jira, let them stay in the tools they know and love. Make a development request in Asana and it will sync directly to Jira as an issue. All fields update automatically as they change. Track progress from either tool or chat with a developer within the Asana task comments. Entire cross-functional projects can be completed without forcing teams to leave their tool, saving substantial time and effort. This can also eliminate unnecessary meetings and emails.

High-level roadmaps

A project manager’s day-to-day might happen in Asana rather than Jira, even if they’re in charge of a development team. With Unito, a project manager can create an Asana project to serve as a roadmap of all development efforts and sync multiple Jira projects to it. Because Unito syncs issue status, comments, attachments, and more, a project manager can keep their eye on every Jira project they’re responsible for — and communicate with their team — without leaving Asana.

Providing clients with project updates

Create an Asana project for a client and sync it to your development team’s Jira project to give them direct access to your progress. This gives clients the ability to communicate their feedback and requests to your team directly, rather than having it be distorted through multiple channels. Plus, you can use rules to keep sensitive information confidential and still give clients access to what they need to know.

Which integration is right for you?

If you want visibility into a Jira Cloud issue from within an Asana task, Asana’s new native integration is a great option. If you’re looking for a deeper integration that enables project-level visibility and two-way, cross-team collaboration for either Jira Cloud or Jira on-premise, Unito is probably the better fit. 

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