Jira wants you to live in Jira-land: sign up separately and store your files in Jira's cloud. But if you are already using Google Apps, what you need is a tool that works really well with your existing infrastructure.
Kerika meshes with Google. Sign up using your Google ID, and Kerika will store your files in your own Google account, where they can be managed using your security and content management policies. You can even create new Google documents from inside Kerika, and have your Kerika due dates show up with your Google Calendar.
The bottom line: If you are already using Google Apps, Kerika slides right in. You don't have to worry about managing your users, or where your files are being stored.
Jira doesn't have the flexibility you need. Everything has to be done the Jira way. Need to do some brainstorming along with your task management? You are out of luck. Want to combine elements of Kanban and Scrum? Nope.
Kerika is flexible. Use Kanban boards or Scrum Boards, whatever works best for you. Change your mind if you need to; Kerika won't freak out. And when it's time for creative work, Kerika's patented Whiteboards let you collaborate in real-time with anyone, anywhere.
The bottom line: Kerika supports you the way you want to work. So everyone can be productive, no matter how different the teams are.
Jira is strictly for heavy duty work. It is way too heavy for small, flexible, fast-moving teams, and bigger teams inevitably need someone to become the full-time "Jira Admin". If you have work that needs to be done in just a few weeks, setting up Jira will take most of that time.
Kerika scales smoothly from one to infinity. It doesn't matter whether your board is small or large; you never feel lost or out of control. Highlights help you manage large boards, and Views help you see at a glance everything that needs your attention, across dozens of ongoing projects. (Jira doesn't have anything like it.)
The bottom line: you can use Kerika for your personal task management, or to work in large teams. Kerika's Views & Highlights will make sure you are always on top of everything that matters. Kerika scales when you need your tools to do more. So all your teams can get more done.
No one else thinks global, the way we do. All our competitors assume that people are always located together, and that team collaboration is always real-time. They don't understand the rhythm of distributed teams, with everyone juggling multiple responsibilities with limited overlap in working hours.
Kerika was built for global teams; our own team has been global from Day One. We have a deep understanding how the collaboration challenge is different for global teams. We know how to avoid misunderstandings (like when does "today" end for a global team?) and how task management needs to work when everyone isn't in the same room at the same time.
The bottom line: Kerika makes sure everyone is always on the same page, no matter where they are located. So it doesn't matter if your team is crammed into one big room, or spread out over one big Earth.
Jira was designed by geeks, for geeks: it's a ticket management system designed for software teams that has visual collaboration tacked on as an afterthought. It was never designed for task management and easy collaboration by regular users.
Kerika was designed for you. We want to enable everyone to use Kanban, Scrum and Whiteboards, without needing any special training or certifications. Not just the specialists, but regular folks – folks like you.
The bottom line: Kerika will be easier for everyone in your organization to adopt, regardless of their background, job function, or title. Kerika will actually get used every day, by everyone.